We are close to Windows 8 release, but as you may have learnt from our site – it is already possible for some time to test the Release Preview version. Nadim Kobelssi, one of the most eminent security experts, has done so and shared his remarks on his blog
Some time ago I was writing about interesting project named YouHaveDownloaded. If it didn't stop you from using torrents, maybe the news coming from Poland's CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) will.
The security experts from CERT have observed an intense activity in BitTorrent network especially in Canada, Russia, China, USA and Australia. The traffic in April 2012 was over 20 times higher then in April 2011. They observed that someone is sending massive amounts of forged data packets.
The specialists couldn't find the real source of this traffic or tell what exactly does it do, but they got few hypothesis. The attacks seems to be targeted at specific BitTorrent swarms sharing Russian movie releases. It is possible that some anti-piracy groups are doing them to “protect” their clients interests. It is obvious that multimedia companies would benefit from this type of attacks. This hypothesis is very probable especially when we have in mind that Microsoft funded a startup called Pirate Pay (More about Pirate Pay HERE).
CERT also notes that this kind of poisoning attacks/anomaly as they call it, may violate cybersecurity law: "In terms of Polish law, European Convention on Cybercrime and U.S. Codes (and probably many other sources of domestic law) legality of process producing the anomaly is questionable..” .
Time will show what is going on in here:)
Carrier IQ is used in millions of smartphones worldwide, including those running Android and BlackBerry OS. Carrier IQ boasts that their product is present in more than 140 million devices. Its task is to monitor the performance of mobile devices and mobile networks so manufacturers and service providers can make better products and services. It looks like they need a lot of informations to make their offer better.
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