Lost+Found: Keyboard taps, slow scans and Android security
Too small for news, but too good to lose, Lost+Found is a compilation of the other stories that have been on The H's radar over the last seven days:
- Not entirely new, but nicely done: Eavesdropping on a Logitech iTouch PS/2 wireless keyboard.
- Metasploit to lose GUI components: the open source graphical front-ends msfgui and Armitage will not be bundled with Metasploit 4.6.
- It is of course possible for port scans to avoid detection if they're performed slowly enough. But how slowly exactly? Someone has gone to the trouble of testing the threshold for port scan alarms in a range of different products.
- News from our "No great surprise" department: according to AVG, nearly 90% of all hacks and cracks for games are infected with malware.
- Slides from Marko Gargenta provide a good breakdown of Android security, ranging from basic concepts to extensions (press "m" for an overview.)
- According to Fortinet, the herder behind the ZeroAccess botnet has updated the botnet 20 times in a 90-day period. Only Adobe's Flash Player is able to rival this kind of update frequency. The bot, which carries out activities including cracking Bitcoins and modifying banner ads, is reported to be extremely successful. Fortinet claims to have observed 100,000 new infections per week and three million active bots in total.
- Chinese hackers really are everywhere.
- Are you underhanded? Can you write underhanded C code? Then the 6th Annual Underhanded C Contest may well be for you.
- When laptop tracking software works a little too well – this cautionary tale from a tracking software user in London whose lost laptop turned up in Iran serves as a reminder that whoever took the laptop may well not have kept it.