DigitalCashNews tweeted that the head of ChronoPay, an alternative payment system, was arrested in Russia, being accused of orchestrating a DDoS attack on a competitor. The tweet links to threatpost.com, but I can’t access the site at the moment. Nevertheless, it seems doubtful for people trying to establish PayPal alternatives.
Microsoft Research has identified what it thinks may be a flaw in the system: Namely, there’s an incentive for miners not to forward Bitcoin transactions. See here for the MS paper and here for basic info on the Bitcoin protocol. Can Bitcoin survive the death of a thousand cuts?
This is a little technical, but it affects your ability to access secure sites without anybody seeing what you’re doing.
DigiNotar, a Dutch provider of SSL certificates, has been hacked, and hacked well and good. The hackers then created rogue SSL certificates, which can be used to impersonate actual, well-known websites, like google.com.
Read on for more, including what to do about it.
Google released a free website scanning tool called Skipfish. Skipfish accesses your entire website’s URLs and tries to find problems from a huge list of tens of different security problems.
Click through for more.
A data security company released a list of the 20 most common passwords.
Of course, these are also the top 20 passwords to avoid, too.
Click through for the list.
I wrote the other day about social media backup with a new service called Backupify.
These days many people prefer to have their applications in the cloud, instead of hosting them by themselves.
For example, people who use Gmail prefer accessing e-mail through a web browser instead of downloading their e-mail and viewing it with an e-mail program.
But what happens if Google loses your e-mail? The answer, for some, might be Backupify, a new cloud backup service.
It seems that, anymore, Visa is increasingly encouraging credit cardholders to use their “Verified by Visa” program, in which you’re supposed to enter a secret code to confirm that it’s really you using a credit card number.
The problem is, it’s insecure.