Tech-Security-News: Roundup from SNP


HSBC online customers at risk over security flaw

New Phishing Trojan Disguises Illicit Activity

Malware Search engine developed by H.D. Moore

Serious BlackBerry Hack Threat Expected

Evolved worms could attacks all Instant Messaging networks

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Thursday Kudzu

It’s A Shokka



It really doesn’t matter what the crime is, why it was committed, or where it occurs. It never fails. The journalist shows up to interview the neighbors, and they make some statement like, “I can’t understand it, he was such a nice person.” Sound familiar? So, here we go again…

Neighbors of suspected terrorists shocked, skeptical
The Associated Press, Aug. 10, 2006
LONDON
Residents of an east London neighborhood where several homes were raided in an investigation of the alleged plot to down trans-Atlantic planes expressed bewilderment and skepticism Thursday.
Across from a home on a busy street, guarded by police and cordoned off with tape, neighbors said unmarked police cars lined the street Wednesday night and about 20 officers broke down the door of a three-story yellow and white building and searched its first-floor apartment with flashlights.
Police arrested 24 people in London, as well as the nearby town of High Wycombe and Birmingham. They were allegedly part of a massive plan to blow up flights from Britain to America, authorities said. None of the suspects’ names have been released.
Neighbor Wendy Phillips, 31, said the men who lived in the home had paid for it in cash _ unusual in expensive London _ and just moved in last month. A white and red “SOLD” sign still stood in front.
“It’s scary when it’s on your doorstep,” Phillips said. “You start wondering who you’re living next door to.”
Neighbors thought two bearded men who might be from north Africa or Pakistan lived in the home.
Amar Singh, 17, stood on the corner across the street from the house talking animatedly with friends about the alleged plot.
“I’m shocked,” Singh said. “This is usually a quiet area.”
Singh said a family lives in the home and one of the arrested men is in his 20s or 30s.

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Pak Intel Helped Nab Suspects


ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) – Pakistani intelligence officials helped British security agencies crack a terrorist plot to blow up U.S.-bound aircraft and have arrested two or three suspects, officials said Thursday.

“Pakistan played a very important role in uncovering and breaking this international terrorist network,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Tasnim Aslam said.

“Cooperation in this particular case was spread over a period of time. There were some arrests in Pakistan which were coordinated with arrests in the U.K.,” she said.

She declined to give details about the arrests, including the number of suspects, their identities or when they were arrested.

But a senior government official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to comment on the matter, said “two or three local people” suspected in the plot were arrested a few days ago in Lahore and Karachi.

British police and security services said 24 people were arrested in what they said was a plot to simultaneously blow up several aircraft bound for the United States by using explosives smuggled in hand luggage.

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“American Hiroshima” – LasVegas Think Tank and Nuclear Terror

In the wake of the terrorist attacks five years ago, the chairman of the 9-11 commission declared nuclear terrorism to be the nation’s number one threat. The U.N.’s nuclear watchdog thinks if extremist groups obtain nuclear weapons, there is little doubt they will use them. Half of the nuclear stockpile of the former USSR is, as yet, unsecured. Rogue nations with atomic arsenals could potentially cooperate with terrorist groups.

“Al Qaida has announced plans that they want to see an American Hiroshima. They say they want a world without Anglo Saxon civilization. They have the money. They have the resolve,” Marquis says.

read it all by:George Knapp, Investigative Reporter

Link to “T:NT Website

System Security and News Roundup


A day after Microsoft posted a dozen patches for Windows and Office, the one pegged by security analysts as the most dangerous is being used in attacks, the federal cyber-agency said.
According to an advisory issued Wednesday by US-CERT, the arm of the Department of Homeland Security that disseminates information about developing computer threats, an active exploit of the buffer overflow bug in Windows’ Server service has been confirmed.

“If a remote attacker sends a specially crafted packet to a vulnerable Windows system, that attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code with system privileges,” US-CERT said in the warning. LINK


NEW YORK (AP) – Google is issuing this warning to people who try to click on links to sites with spyware and other malicious code: “The site you are about to visit may harm your computer!”

Users can search again, learn more about malicious code at the site StopBadware.org or proceed to the suspect site anyhow — at their own risk, of course.

Google Inc. said its initiative is just starting and is by no means comprehensive.
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Major Aircraft Bombing Plot Thwarted

Aug 10, 8:28 AM (ET)

By DANICA KIRKA

LONDON (AP) – British authorities said Thursday they had thwarted a terrorist plot to simultaneously blow up several aircraft heading to the U.S. using explosives smuggled in carry-on luggage. Heathrow was closed to most flights from Europe, and British Airways canceled all its flights Thursday between the airport and points in Britain, Europe and Libya.

Britain’s Home Secretary John Reid said 21 people had been arrested in London, its suburbs and in Birmingham following a lengthy investigation, including the alleged “main players” in the plot.

Officials raised security to its highest level in Britain and banned carry-on luggage on all trans-Atlantic flights. Huge crowds formed at security barriers at London’s Heathrow airport as officials searching for explosives barred nearly every form of liquid outside of baby formula.

The extreme measures at a major international aviation hub sent ripple effects throughout the world. Washington raised its threat alert to its highest level for commercial flights from Britain to the United States amid fears the plot had not been completely crushed. The alert for all flights coming or going from the United States was also raised slightly.

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UPDATE 08:30

Heathrow Shut — All Flights Cancelled

Security Changes In Effect At Pittsburgh Airport

US Sending Air Marshalls to Britain for Security Help

Delta Airlines Makes Recommendations for Passengers

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