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IT Unwrapped Episode 7 for Sunday June 19, 2011
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Welcome to IT Unwrapped your entertaining source of IT related frivolity
In todays show, we’re going to talk about some more security breaches, hacker in-fighting, we pour one out for Rim, and what every IT person should know …
Citi Credit Card Hack
Bigger than originally stated (was 210K, now 360K people). This is the second breach for Citi Bank announced in a weeks time on June 9 (two Thursdays ago).
Account numbers and email addresses were taken but no SSN. “The Times reported this week that the hackers easily penetrated the company’s network by using a commonly known technique called parameter tampering against a vulnerability in the Citigroup website”
The other attack was three from Romania and one from Austria in an ATM scheme where they replaced key pads to capture pins
Cnet has a great spreadsheet of the latest know hacks and breaches
Sega hacked just like Sony – Lulz wants revenge
“Customer email addresses and birth dates, which can be read in plain text were taken, as were passwords, which could not be read in plain text because they had been scrambled or encrypted using security software before being stored in the database.”
“Sega – contact us,” Lulz said in its Tweet to the video game developer. “We want to help you destroy the hackers that attacked you. We love the Dreamcast, these people are going down.”
LulzSec hackers taunt with a POTS telephone hotline
“A recorded greeting featured a man speaking with an exaggerated French accent explaining that “Pierre Dubois and Francois Deluxe” were unavailable because they were up to mischief on the Internet.”
“Incoming 614-LULZSEC calls now redirect to HBGary. You take care of the horde while we’re gone @AaronBarr, thanks mate. Bye for now.”
RIM is going under?
Article that says that RIM stock is plummeting and they are planning major layoffs. IT pro’s beware of using RIM tablets and/or other products as a company standard.
Why RIM is getting left behind – Crap hardware??
Network world says RIM has had too many issues with not having cutting edge hardware when compared to other companies. I think it’s probably a combination of that and the fact that they just don’t have anything above Apple or Android tablets. They seem like a generic version of big name tablets without the app environment. Their apps store hold about as many apps as the Windows marketplace for the WP7. The difference is that Microsoft seems to have deeper pockets to make things happen. MS also released API converter for the Android and iPhone apps. MS Windows 8 tablet looks as if it will blow the Blackberry OS away and MS also is saying that they will have a major OS release every year now for their phone (maybe tablet).
The 30 skills every IT person should have
Taken from this weeks Spiceworks community post of the week
One thing not on the list… Programming!! Steve said this when I first started and it’s absolutely true. Programming helps IT people get past some pesky hurdles. You don’t have to be an awesome programmer but knowing how to throw together simple apps can save you (and/or your department) from having long manual processes to get things done.