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Stratfor.si

End of December 2011 group Anonymous attacked Stratfor (Strategic Forecasting Inc.) web page. Results were around 200 GB of important data. Among other data there have been customer information and also CC numbers. This data breach disclosed also some of Slovenian users.

Looking from Slovenia this wouldn’t be anything special, but if we take closer look, follow some data that have been posted on Pastebin, then this looks little bit interesting. If we take a look at the list of Slovenian customers, we see that this list is quite interesting. We find people from government, ministry of defense, media houses, private companies, private unknown companies and even Catholic Church.
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Ethical hacking

In the last decade the Internet spread like no-one anticipated. A lot of information was moved to the Internet. Almost everything is being digitalized: information is being stored in various databases, services are being performed over the Internet, we’re even paying bills from our computer, etc. But in all this craze, we can ask ourselves one question: what about security?

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Warsitting

WiFi access points are growing like mushrooms after the rain. Every day, there are more and most of them are protected with WEP, WPA or WPA2 security mechanisms, whereas some of them are open to the public (either on purpose or by accident).

Sometimes it would be interesting to know the exact location of certain access points. In general, we can achieve this by triangulation, but the process can be nontrivial and normally we need some sort of special equipment. However, there is an easier way to do this: enter Google Location Services. Not many people are aware of this service, even though it was integrated with Firefox quite some time ago. It enables us to send our geographical location (coordinates) to web sites we trust if they need it. Google Location Services calculates our location by considering signal strenghts to our nearby wireless networks. We can use this service to determine our geographical location, but we can also use it to locate wireless access points by sending a request to Google Location Services, which defines maximal signal strength to each access point.
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