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  • Years-old security flaw gives attacker full remote control of Android devices

    Posted December 22, 2011 - 2:39 pm

    In July, 2010 researchers presented details of an outrageous flaw in Android security and how it could be used to take over a user's device. Yesterday a viaForensics researcher posted video showing how to make even better use of the flaw, which has not been fixed.
  • Air Force drones now come equipped with missiles, cameras and malware

    Posted October 7, 2011 - 4:09 pm

    Predator and Reaper hunter/killer UAVs hunting terrorists and insurgents in Afghanistan have been infected with malware carrying A/V resistant keyloggers. It's not clear if they're benign, but the rule of thumb is nothing carrying Hellfires should get hijacked by the enemy.
  • Setting up sudo

    Posted July 22, 2009 - 3:49 pm

    System administrators are generally very protective of superuser access, as they should be. Root access in the hands of anyone who doesn't fully understand what they're doing is a dangerous thing. Root access in the hands of someone well versed with Unix is bad enough -- we all make mistakes. At the same time, your users can become overly dependent on you if they can't issue any commands as root. Some developers, for example, really need to be able to reboot the systems on which they do development and it isn't necessarily a good thing if they have to wait for you to come back from lunch.
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