Posts Tagged ‘security’

Massive Steam security hole closed a decade late

Put your hacks on the ground and step away from the keyboard!

For most of the past decade, it has theoretically been possible to hijack someone’s PC via Steam, according to IT security consultant firm Context Information Security. Don’t panic or go setting your PC on fire, though – as far as anyone is aware, no machines were hacked through this method. While no known harm from using the exploit exists, it’s a solid reminder as to why internet security is something that everyone needs to keep on top of, no matter how big or small your outfit.

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Feeling Vulnerable? Steam’s Protocol Could Allow Attacks

craaaaaccck.

Is Steam killing your children?, I was tempted to title this article. We’re not sensational enough here. But it does seem that Steam offers some serious vulnerabilities to your PC, if a paper published by security research company ReVuln is accurate. As reported by PCWorld, it seems the steam:// protocol might be a way in for nefarious types.

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WoW Screenshots Allegedly Include Acct Names, IP Info

And that tiny mechanized chicken is to blame for all of it.
Well, this is more than a little upsetting. A picture, our forefathers (or someone’s forefathers, anyway) said, is worth a thousand words, but I’m willing to bet they’d have upped that wager a little if their pictures contained bits of decryptable info that revealed very sensitive personal information. Reports coming out of the world of World of Warcraft, however, suggest just that, and – given that hackers tend to flock to Blizzard products like ravens to places that will soon be dooooooooomed – it’s a bit worrisome, to say the least.

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Play To Say: The Lighter Side Of CAPTCHAs

If there was cake there, she'd be a ****ing diva...

Very little bodes quite as ill as an attempt to make something boring ‘fun’. Learning. Taxes. Opera. It doesn’t really matter. At best, it adds an increasingly ignored diversion to an unwelcome task. At worst, the added glitz makes it even more irritating.

In unrelated news, Are You A Human is attempting to make CAPTCHAs fun.

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