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24 June 2013, 09:48

Lost+Found: Unicode upsets and PRISM presaged

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Lost+Found icon Too short for news, too good to lose; Lost+Found is a roundup of useful and interesting security news. In this edition: McAfee's deinstalllation guides, Spy Pi, the coming Javapocalypse, Spotify's Unicode upset, BSides BSlides, and PRISM presaged.

  • For the last ten years, John McAfee has had nothing to do with the anti-virus firm he founded. But that doesn't mean that he isn't ready to offer YouTube deinstallation tips for McAfee's anti-virus software.

  • You can cross an onion with a Raspberry Pi to get a Tor Router, but what do you get when you cross a Raspberry Pi with a notebook power adapter? A remarkably well camouflaged spying tool is the answer.

  • Security experts like to curse about the insecurity of Java. But according to the trailer for the movie Javapocalypse we'd be a lot worse off without it. Unfortunately, it's not a real movie... yet.

  • A vulnerability allowed attackers to compromise any accounts with the Spotify music service and that vulnerability only existed because the company allows Unicode characters such as ☃ in a username. The pitfalls that await Unicode-supporting companies are looked at in a blog post from Spotify Labs.

  • If you are among those who weren't at the BSides Security Conference held in Rhode Island, you'll now be able to find the slides for the event online.


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