Posts Tagged ‘Security’

My Yahoo account has been hacked!

November 8, 2012

It is one of my old secondary account, which I use to register myself in forums and such. So I do get a higher number of spam emails on it. The password was a full numerical characters. But seeing that I rarely use the account, I though the password was strong enough and my email wasn’t so popular for hacker attacks.

And that’s where I was wrong. Recently I received an email – from my secondary account. With suspicious link. I quickly logged back into my old account (password still works!) and immediately checked sent items. Nothing new.

I went over to inbox and there I saw thousands of MAILER-DAEMON@yahoo.com emails! Someone entered my account to send all these garbage link that may lead to virus or dangerous sites. I went to my account info and checked my Recent login activities.. HA!

One login from Netherlands! I believe they use proxy for this.

So if your account has been compromised, here’s what you should do

  • Login and immediately change your password (I changed mine to an alphanumeric type, this should be okay. If you want a more secure, add some symbols as well)
  • Go to your Yahoo! Account Information and view your recent sign in activity to confirm
  • You may also create a Yahoo sign in seal (like those used in internet banking) to double your account security

Should you loss access to your account if someone has changed your password, consult the Yahoo! Password Helper and select My account has been compromised.

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Unprison the Internet!

August 18, 2011

There had been so much blocking activities these days, on censoring the internet. China has em, Malaysia has em, and it’s not going away so soon isn’t it? (Or did they just threw the keys off?)  I have previously covered Access blocked sites with your Android before, however we won’t be sure how long before some idiot come and block the hole on this one.

There’s a new system developed by University of Michigan and Waterloo in Canada, called Telex which quoted “would thwart Internet censorship and make it virtually impossible for a censoring government to block individual sites by essentially turning the entire web into a proxy server

Heck I don’t know much about computers and networks.. but proxy? I mean, proxies can be blocked too right?

Here’s a little more jargons for you guys to digest – “When a user wanted to visit a blacklisted site, they would establish a secure connection to any HTTPS password-protected website that isn’t blocked. This connection acts as a decoy and the Telex software marks it as a Telex request by inserting a secret-coded tag into the page headers. This tag utilizes a cryptographic technique called “public-key steganography.”

Sounds like some serious hacker thing, but I agree that the internet shouldn’t be censored. Of course, censorship, blocks, and filtration is necessary for companies to make sure that they don’t get blamed for employees misconduct, but hey, talking about censoring the internet to the entire country. That is just lame… <credit goes HERE and HERE>

Ok, tunnel on, VPN up, mask set, bounce active.. let’s roll!

What is Phishing?

September 7, 2009

One of my customer emailed me several days ago and highlighted one ‘fishing’ email. Well, he was correct about it – about the meaning that is 🙂

fishing anyone?

I believe most of you already know about ‘phishing’. For those who are not familiar with it – Phishing is the act of fradulent activities – for example, to trick you to provide sensitive informations such as your username and password, bank account number, personal verification number, challenge questions – which the purpose is to obtain or gain control of your account – that will result in minor or major loss for yourself (just imagine if someone were to grab your internet banking details and have full access to your accounts!).

Here are some good websites to test your understanding of ‘phishing’

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Free WIFI?

August 17, 2009

In the days of modern living – you can grab free WIFI from all over the place – KFC, Starbucks, Kenny Rogers – heck I even know of a local restaurant at a small town that offers free WIFI! Everyone is just so tempted to be online.

But are you aware of the dangerous possibilities that may occur by using these free services?

free wifi are dangerous?

Here is what I did to find out…

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