Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Jailbreak for 4.1 Finally Released


Finally, after the long, agitated wait for the jailbreak.. Its now released folks!

Important note though, there is no UNLOCK (Ultrasn0w) yet. Just wait for the new Pwnagetool so you could create IPSWs without the baseband updates.. Proceed with caution.

This will just jailbreak your 4.1 (and possibly beta 4.2) device. Ola!

From the Dev-Team blog: Dev-Team Blog - redsn0wier

Sunday, September 19, 2010

One of the Oldest Phishing Tricks

I got surprised when I saw this email. I didn't know that these tricks were still being used. Its a dangerous world out there people, be careful!
One of the oldest phishing trick.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Credit Card Phone Policies, Social Engineering and You

I called my credit card company earlier this evening to either have my credit card discontinued or have my annual fee waived. Due to the problems I had with that company, it was not really my loss if they didn't waive my annual fee. Everything went smoothly and as the transaction completed, got home, started browsing, I came across this very nice article about cyber security (ironically) courtesy of Microsoft and (more ironically) released for free. 12.3MB downloadable here.


Then I thought, I think there's a bit of a security hole in those companies policies. I remember Kevin Mitnick and his book, The Art of Deception.


You see, banks asks about details which identity thieves could easily obtain. Take for example, I was asked for my credit card number and my full name. Credit card numbers could be easily listed down by some employee of a merchant you bought some goods on, so is your full name (its on the card Sherlock). Even that 3 digit CVV2 code behind the card. So make sure that you keep an eye on the person whom you hand your credit card to. But sometimes this is hard, take restaurants for example. When you ask for your bill, you drop your card on that black sleeve and wait for it to come back. You don't normally follow the waiter around to the cashier just to make sure that they don't do something funky with your card details.

Second, the card company normally asks for your mother's maiden name, your cellphone number and/or your home phone, and your birthday. Your phone number and birthday? Check your Facebook profile, you've might have given it away there. Home phone number? You might want to un-list yourself in next years Yellow Pages. Mother's maiden name? Someone pretending to be from a certain company calling your mothers secretary at her office could easily pry that information from that unsuspecting secretary. Heck, maybe even Google Search has those information about you.

But if you're pretending to be somebody else, even with those information, they could still trace your number! Sherlock, there's a thing called a payphone.

I don't know up to what extent one could exercise phone banking powers, in my phone conversation a while ago, just by saying yes to discontinue my credit card they would immediately process it. Now, use your imagination. What if someone who has a grudge on you, pretends to be you and calls your credit card company and right then and there terminated your card? Isn't that a pain in the ass?

Or what if that person, asks the bank on what current promos or bundled insurances they have? Then you'd just be surprised when you find out that you're already being charged for insurance payments which you never actually approved. The possibilities are endless.

I think banks and credit card companies should improve their identification or authentication techniques. If you watched the video with Leo Laporte and Kevin Mitnick, you'll be surprised on how easy it is for people to do those things.


The Art of Deception is available for purchase from Amazon or you could have it imported through your local book vendor.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Duke Nukem Forever, Taking Forever

If you've been into computer games for several years now, you've probably heard about the Duke Nukem franchise. I remember playing the 2d Duke Nukem side scroller on my old 386 box and heard about the new FPS Duke Nukems though popular PC magazines. So if it was a popular franchise comparable to Mario, Zelda, Final Fantasy and other games in that era, what the heck happened to it?

Image courtesy of Joystiq
 Much like software development, it deteriorated because of ambition and the ever changing technologies involved in software development. The development suffered a fatal blow shifting from one game engine to another. Its a bit tempting to use modern technology halfway through the development given the mindset that "hey the new engine would probably cut the development time into 1/4 so I don't mind sacrificing the time wasted developing with the old engine" But then again, the implications of such would be having to learn the new engine probably leaving your developers flying in blind. Not to mention that the workforce was slashed during 2009. Ouch.

Yes, a newer engine would probably yield better results, much like comparing the old Quake engine with the CS Source engine or what have you. The difference in the gaming experience would mean high sales or a flop. The problem with Duke Nukem was probably planning. If development were meticulously planned that despite improvements on gaming engines, despite delays in deliverables, that development using the previous engine would continue, then most probably even if its late.. They could have delivered.

It was announced on PAX that Duke Nukem Forever will be coming to the PC, PS3, XBOX 360 this 2011 thanks to the efforts of Gearbox.

Well, lets just wait and see.

More reading about this topic:
Joystiq - Duke Nukem Forever coming '2011' on XBOX 360, PS3 & PC, courtesy of Gearbox
Wikipedia - Duke Nukem Forever
The Duke Nukem Forever List

Thursday, September 2, 2010

YouTube Movies

I heard that Google is launching movies through YouTube but I didn't realize that it was already available.

Head on to: http://www.youtube.com/movies for your fix on documentaries, bunch of horror flicks, cartoons, Bollywood, Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan movies.

Now, don't you think that those media boxes with YouTube support are now worth the investment?