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Submission + - Anonymous kills websites, cartels kill bloggers. (npr.org)

katarn writes: While drug cartels in Mexico are disemboweling people they accuse of blogging about drug violence https://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/09/15/140501229/mexican-drug-gangs-send-gruesome-message-to-internet-users Anonymous, busies its self taking down Mexican government websites. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/15/us-mexico-hackers-idUSTRE78E7AC20110915 With all the problems facing people in Mexico right now, including drug cartels extorting teachers for 50% of their pay and killing schoolchildren http://www.examiner.com/drug-cartel-in-national/cartels-now-extorting-teachers-killing-schoolchildren-mexico Mexico's Cantarell oil field in terminal decline http://survivalandprosperity.com/2011/07/28/forget-cantarell-kmz-latest-oil-concern-for-mexico-and-u-s/ and drug cartels kidnapping bus loads of people and forcing them into gladiator-style contests to the death http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2003743/Mexican-drug-cartels-force-kidnap-victims-fight-death-gladiator-style-contests.html Anonymous' actions appear particularly petty. In light of all the problems Mexico is facing, Anonymous' attacks seem about as appropriate as kicking the crutches from under under Tiny Tim.
Security

Submission + - "horrendous flaw" found in popular forum software (bbc.co.uk)

katarn writes: A simple hack to vBulletin software allows even unskilled people easy access the main administrator username and password. Internet Brands, owner of vBulletin software, has released a fix, but many sites remain vulnerable. Many notable firms use vBulletin software, and this bug could be used to compromise the email addresses and other personal information of thousands of people.
Security

Submission + - Hotels the industry leader in credit card theft. (nytimes.com)

katarn writes: A study released this year found that 38 percent of the credit card hacking cases last year involved the hotel industry. At hotels with inadequate data security, the greatest amount of credit card information can be obtained using the most simplified methods. It doesn’t require brilliance on the part of the hacker. Most of the chronic security breaches in the hotel industry are the result of a failure to equip, or to properly store or transmit this kind of data, and that starts with the point-of-sale credit card swiping systems.
Security

Submission + - Hacker attacks disable cars (bbc.co.uk) 1

katarn writes: In what probably isn't a great shock to us, main stream media realizes modern automobiles can be hacked in many ways. More of interest though, they were even able to disable the brakes (assumedly this was on a car with anti-lock breaks). Refreshingly, the article isn't fear mongering, and states "Cars benefit from the fact that they are (hopefully) not connected to the internet (yet) and currently are not able to be remotely accessed". One can only hope (perhaps in vain) that as cars become more connected they would be designed so that the electronics could not override the brakes. Of course once you have physical there are many ways an auto can be damaged or disabled even without being an electronics cracker. In my mind this type of attack could be much subtler and harder to detect; instead of physically cutting a brake line, the brakes could be programmed to only fail when needed the most, such as when anti-lock would normally be activated.
detect; instead of physically cutting a brake line, the brakes could be programmed to only fail when needed the most, such as when anti-lock would normally be activated.

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