Firesheep, meet BlackSheep. The Firesheep Firefox extension makes it a simple point-and-click operation to hijack the unsecured Web session of anyone on the same unprotected Wi-Fi hotspot network using any of a couple dozen popular sites. It was created as a demonstration of poor user data protection, but can be used maliciously, too. BlackSheep is a strange rejoinder. While I recommended here at BoingBoing that people consider using a VPN, encrypting communications with specific services, or using a secure Web proxy, Zscaler's free BlackSheep uses jiu-jitsu. It creates fake tokens and transmits them over the live network in a manner that Firesheep scans for. Then it alerts you if another system on the same network attempts to resubmit the same credentials. What you do next, I don't know. Stand up, start pointing your finger around the coffeeshop, and yell, "J'accuse!"?
When I walk out the door, I can't help but run through my "phone, wallet, keys" checklist. Perhaps that list may shorten as digital ID options gain popularity. "Residents of Arizona and Georgia will soon be able to use their iPhones and Apple Watches as digital driver's licenses or ID cards. People living in Kentucky, Maryland,… READ THE REST
T-Mobile's poor security has long been a disaster waiting to happen: if you couldn't remember your password, one user wrote, they'd just send it to you again as plain text. So when millions of its users' personal information went on sale online, including Social Security Numbers, the outrage was not spiced by surprise. In The… READ THE REST
ANOM was a black market cellphone platform sold to crooks with the promise of secret comms. Sadly for them, the software was made by the FBI, leading to many arrests. Since the chips were called in, the spooked Google Pixel 4s have been appearing online for sale and Vice bought one. Joseph Cox: When booting… READ THE REST
There's no more helpless feeling than the moment you realize you've been robbed. The mix of anger, fear, and a sense of violation are enough to turn your stomach. And in addition to stolen items, there's usually clean-up and repair needed since 95 percent of burglaries involve a forced entry. As horrible as it feels,… READ THE REST
Okay, so you're not the best cook, but we all have our flaws. And at least your creations are edible, right? Sure, that recipe for peanut butter and jelly chicken wasn't the best option to feed a dinner party, but it surely could have been worse than just a mild case of the runs after.… READ THE REST
We as humans run the gamut in super weird food allergies, from gluten to seafood (and, consequentially, cicadas apparently), but your precious pet may also be allergic to a host of other foods you're unknowingly feeding them. Everything from proteins to wheat could be causing your critter distress unbeknownst to you, and that's pretty scary.… READ THE REST