Friday, July 29, 2011

The New Wayback Machine Lets You Visually Travel Back In Internet Time

The Wayback Machine is one of those online tools that you know exists, but never really seem to think about until you really need it! Any Internet enthusiast knows just how valuable the Wayback Machine has become to the online community. I find myself turning to it constantly to find websites that have been taken down, for one reason or another. This is especially common dealing with online scams or frauds where people want to try and cover up things that they’ve written or published in the past.

The Internet Wayback Machine gives you an awesome place to go not only to find webpages that would otherwise be lost to the ether of cyberspace after they are no longer hosted, but it also allows you to observe how some of the larger and more popular websites today have evolved over time. Read more

'War texting' lets hackers unlock car doors via SMS - Computerworld

Software that lets drivers unlock car doors and even start their vehicles using a mobile phone could let car thieves do the very same things, according to computer security researchers at iSec Partners.

Don Bailey and fellow iSec researcher Mathew Solnik say they've figured out the protocols that some of these software makers use to remote control the cars, and they've produced a video showing how they can unlock a car and turn the engine on via a laptop. According to Bailey, it took them about two hours to figure out how to intercept wireless messages between the car and the network and then recreate them from his laptop. Read more

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Google's Search Engine Now Sniffs Out Malware | PCWorld

Google's search engine is now fighting against a strain of malware that secretly intercepts Web browser activity on Windows PCs. Infected users will see a big yellow box at the top of search results, directing them to a Google Web page that explains how to remove the malware. That page urges users to download or update their antivirus software, and also provides manual instructions for removing the malware from Windows computers. (To see if you're infected, run any search on and look for the yellow box.)Read more

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Your Old Smartphone's Data Can Come Back to Haunt You | PCWorld

Your old cell phone data can reemerge from the past to haunt you. Whether it’s because sellers are lazy or naive, cast-off phones still contain troves of information about their former users. And as phones get smarter, they’re ever more likely to hold bank account passwords, personal email, or private photographs that anyone with the right kind of motivation could exploit. Read more

WiFi-hacking neighbor from hell gets 18 years in prison

A Minnesota hacker prosecutors described as a “depraved criminal” was handed an 18-year prison term Tuesday for unleashing a vendetta of cyberterror that turned his neighbor’s lives into a living nightmare.

Barry Ardolf, 46, repeatedly hacked into his next-door neighbors’ WiFi network in 2009, and used it to try and frame them for child pornography, sexual harassment, various kinds of professional misconduct and to send threatening e-mail to politicians, including Vice President Joe Biden. Read more

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Recuva | PCWorld

Chances are that if you've accidentally erased a file, or something malicious like a worm or virus has done it for you, Recuva will find it. It's a great little undelete program, possibly the best on the market... if you can really say donationware's on the market. Download

Friday, July 8, 2011

The social networking wars move up a gear | News | TechRadar UK

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg clearly thinks that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery: as he launched an important new Facebook service, he described Google's Facebook rival Google+ as "validation" of his vision. Read more

Friday, July 1, 2011

Massive botnet 'indestructible,' say researchers - Computerworld

A new and improved botnet that has infected more than four million PCs is "practically indestructible," security researchers say. "TDL-4," the name for both the bot Trojan that infects machines and the ensuing collection of compromised computers, is "the most sophisticated threat today," said Kaspersky Labs researcher Sergey Golovanov in a detailed analysis Monday. Read more

Google+ Social Network: Hands-On First Impressions | PCWorld

Google's new social network, Google+, premiered Tuesday, promising a new spin on socializing online with a slick interface and a unique way of sharing content. The service launched to a limited number of users Tuesday in what Google is calling a "field trial." Read more