Software cracking Software cracking is the modification of software to remove or disable features which are considered undesirable by the person cracking the software, usually related to protection methods: (copy protection, protection against the manipulation of software), trial/demo version, serial number, hardware key, date checks, CD check or software annoyances like nag screens and adware. The distribution and use of cracked copies is illegal in most countries. There have been lawsuits over cracking software. A computer program that performing software cracking is called crack, or is euphemistically referred to as a patch. History The first software copy protection was applied to software for Apple II, Atari 800 and Commodore 64 computers. One of the primary routes to hacking these early copy protections was to run a program that simulates the normal CPU operation. On Atari 8-bit computers, the most common protection method was via "bad sectors". Methods Effects
Computer Hacking 101 - Real Simple Hacking, the computer world’s version of breaking and entering, has been around as long as the Internet itself. And the criminals have gotten bolder than ever. Last summer alone, online assailants broke into the computers of Citigroup, Sony Online Entertainment, and gaming company Bethesda Softworks, gaining access to information pertaining to nearly 25 million customers. Probably not, experts say. “In some cases, these cyber criminals just want to prove that they can break into the computer systems,” says Chuck Davis, a professor of ethical hacking and computer forensics at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Nevertheless, you can take a few steps to be safer should an attack strike a company that you do business with.
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Null Byte - The aspiring grey hat hacker / security awareness playground « Wonder How To Hacking Techniques in Wireless Networks Prabhaker Mateti Department of Computer Science and EngineeringWright State UniversityDayton, Ohio 45435-0001 This article is scheduled to appear in “The Handbook of Information Security”, Hossein Bidgoli (Editor-in-Chief), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2005. 1. Introduction. 2 2. 2.1 Stations and Access Points. 3 2.2 Channels. 4 2.4 Infrastructure and Ad Hoc Modes. 4 2.5 Frames. 4 2.6 Authentication. 5 2.7 Association. 6 3. 3.1 Passive Scanning. 7 3.2 Detection of SSID.. 8 3.3 Collecting the MAC Addresses. 8 3.4 Collecting the Frames for Cracking WEP. 8 3.5 Detection of the Sniffers. 9 4. 4.1 MAC Address Spoofing. 10 4.2 IP spoofing. 10 4.3 Frame Spoofing. 11 5. 5.1 Detection of SSID.. 12 5.2 Detection of APs and stations. 12 5.3 Detection of Probing. 12 6. 6.1 Configuration. 12 6.2 Defeating MAC Filtering. 13 6.3 Rogue AP. 13 6.4 Trojan AP. 13 6.5 Equipment Flaws. 13 7. 7.1 Jamming the Air Waves. 14 7.2 Flooding with Associations. 14 7.3 Forged Dissociation. 14 7.4 Forged Deauthentication. 15 7.5 Power Saving. 15 8.
Spying Campaign Bearing NSA's Hallmark Found Infecting Thousands of Computers - Bloomberg Business (Bloomberg) -- A sophisticated spying campaign infected tens of thousands of computers worldwide with surveillance software embedded in hard drives, according to a report from a cybersecurity company that points toward the U.S. National Security Agency. The malware was found in 30 countries -- including Iran, Russia, China, Afghanistan and Pakistan -- and targeted governments and diplomatic institutions, military, Islamic activists and key industries such as telecommunications, aerospace, energy, financial institutions and oil and gas, Kaspersky Lab Inc., a Moscow-based cybersecurity company, said in a report released over the weekend. The group’s ability to infect hard-drive firmware “exceeds anything we have ever seen before,” the company said. Kaspersky named the perpetrators the Equation Group. NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines declined to comment on the report or discuss any details about spying programs. Snowden Leak Seagate Encryption Tailored Access
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How the NSA Plans to Infect 'Millions' of Computers with Malware Top-secret documents reveal that the National Security Agency is dramatically expanding its ability to covertly hack into computers on a mass scale by using automated systems that reduce the level of human oversight in the process. The classified files – provided previously by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden – contain new details about groundbreaking surveillance technology the agency has developed to infect potentially millions of computers worldwide with malware “implants.” The clandestine initiative enables the NSA to break into targeted computers and to siphon out data from foreign Internet and phone networks. The covert infrastructure that supports the hacking efforts operates from the agency’s headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland, and from eavesdropping bases in the United Kingdom and Japan. In some cases the NSA has masqueraded as a fake Facebook server, using the social media site as a launching pad to infect a target’s computer and exfiltrate files from a hard drive.
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