Security Now 179

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Security Now
Episode 179

This week's episode of Security Now is titled "Cracking Security Certificates". Steve Gibson explains how security certificates are created and used and how a group of hackers were able to crack certificates signed with an MD5 hash. This episode was originally recorded on January 14, 2009 and published on January 15, 2009.

News & Errata

  • Update your Windows, patch Tuesday was last week
    • Three critical fixes including an important SMB patch
  • Microsofts Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) was updated recently. Microsoft stresses that it offers you no protection from getting infected with malicious software, but can only remove malicious code when detected. To make sure you aren't infected in the first place you still need to use an anti-virus.
  • Brian Krebs at the Washington Post reports 25¢ charges on credit card statements may be prelude to trouble. The theory is that a group is that bad guys are putting these small and hard to notice charges on credit cards to make sure stolen credit card information is valid. If it is they could be able to make larger charges to the card later. If you notice any of these small suspicious charges on your statement then contact your credit card company immediately.
  • Paypal one-time credit cards require download of the plug-in first, then you'll get a Plug-In menu item ([1] U.S. Paypal users only)
  • McSweeny's authentication questions
  • ThinkGeek's Phantom Keystroker v2

Spinrite Story: How Spinrite Saved Hanukkah

This weeks Spinrite Story is brought to us by Gary Weil. Mr. Weil bought a copy of Spinrite several years ago for use at work and home. He had bought his daughter two Playstation 3 games for Hanukkah and on the fourth day it was time to give her her gift. After lighting the manora his daughter tried to play Mirrors Edge only to find that the PS3's harddrive appeared to be broken. She asked her brother to fix it, but the restore option would not resolve the issue. Mr. Weil got the idea of pulling out the harddrive and putting it into his notebook. He ran Spinrite on on the drive and found 1 bad sector. He then put the harddrive back into the PS3 and his daughter was able to play her new video video games.

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Audible Pick

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The Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Vol. 1 by Philip K. Dick (UNABRIDGED)
Narrated by Anthony Heald, Malcolm Hillgartner, Paul Michael Garcia, G. Valmont Thomas, Scott Brick

Production Notes

  • Recorded Date: January 14, 2009
  • Release Date: January 15, 2009
  • Duration: 01:18:27
  • Log line:
  • Edited by: Tony
  • Notes: NA

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