Showing posts from March, 2011

Iranian activists endangered by delay of SSL theft disclosure, researchers claim

Google, Yahoo and Skype among victims of theft By Gregg Keizer | Computerworld US | Published: 17:54, 25 March 11 The delay in disclosing a theft of the digital certificates for some of the web's biggest sites, including Google, Skype, Microsoft and Yahoo, put Iranian activists' lives at risk, a researcher argued Wednesday. Comodo, the Jersey City, NJ-based security company whose reseller issued the bogus certificates, disputed the charge, saying that at no time was anyone at risk. Last week, attackers used a valid username and password to obtain nine SSL certificates - used to prove that a site is legitimate - from an Comodo affiliate. The certificates were for six websites, including the log-on sites for Microsoft's Hotmail, Google's Gmail, the Internet phone and chat service Skype and Yahoo Mail. A certificate for Mozilla's Firefox add-on site was also acquired. Iran accused of stealing SSL certificates to crack down on dissent | Iran builds two new super

Wireless carriers delay paying Japan's text-to-give donations

58,000 sign petition to speed payments; Senator Boxer urges carriers to use the same payment policy as Haiti disaster. By   Source Seeker   on Wed, 03/23/11 - 4:34pm. As the fallout from the Japanese earthquake/tsunami/nuclear meltdown tragedy continues to unfold, Americans want to help. We learned from the Haiti disaster that the easiest thing to do is to text a donation to our favorite relief organization. But, unlike Haiti, did you know that a text donation will take as long as three months to get to the relief agency? Updated 03/24: wants you to help put pressure on   and wireless carriers such as AT&T, Sprint and Verizon to speed things up. A petition asks these organizations to follow the precedent they set for Haiti and send the text donations to Japan immediately. RED-FACED:   Microsoft apologizes for using Japan disaster to market Bing The petition was launched by Masaya Uchino, a third-year law student at University of California Hastings College

Firefox 4 Heats Up the Browser Wars

Mozilla's popular open-source, community-developed browser has been updated to   Firefox 4.0   today. Users can now download the significantly overhauled   software   in 75 languages from . Versions are available for Windows (including the popular XP, shunned by the also-new Internet Explorer 9 ), Mac OS, and Linux. The new browser version was announced on the   Mozilla blog   in a post lengthily titled "Mozilla Launches Firefox 4 and Delivers a Fast, Sleek and Customizable Browsing Experience to More Than 400 Million Users Worldwide." The browser that pushed Internet Explorer to stop resting on its laurels after years of stagnation has now been pushed by Google's newer Chrome browser to do just the same. Not that Firefox had been stagnating the way that IE had been before the Mozilla browser's debut. But Chrome has served as inspiration for the new version of Firefox in more ways than one—improved speed and a simplified interface are stando