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Category Archives: Computer Crimes

An Answer to Apple’s Answer about the Iphone Hack FBI’s Request

Apple addressed in a letter to its customers the issues related to the FBI’s request to be provided with Iphone cracking tools. Here is a detailed analysis of Apple’s statement. Why is Apple objecting to the government’s order? First, the government would have us write an entirely new operating system for their use … It […]

Iphone-as-a-weapon: back to 1991 (or: why you can’t trust commercial grade security)

The Iphone vs FBI quarrel about the “need” of Apple’s support to hack into an Iphone switches back the clock to 1991, when Phil Zimmermann gave PGP to the rest of the world, infringing the US veto on encryption export. So, this Apple vs FBI thing is actually nothing new since the position of the […]

Is The IPhone Criminals’ Weapon of Choice?

According to NBC, Apple has been ordered by a federal judge to support the FBI in decrypting the Iphone used by the people accused of having slaughtered 14 people in San Bernardino, California, last December, 2, 2015. The court order has been necessary since Apple refused to voluntarily provide such support. These are the bare […]

Italian Digital Signature Software Exposed to Man-in-the-middle Attack?

An independent researcher compiled a list of known Apple OSX-related vulnerabilities, including one that affects the Sparkle Updater Framework. I’ve just checked my Mac with this command find /Applications -name Sparkle.framework and found that DikeX, the old version of the digital-signature tool released by Infocert S.p.a., uses Sparkle. I don’t know if the software is […]

Why Him? (Marco Carrai, Matteo Renzi and Cybersecurity in Italy)

The appointment made by Italian PM Matteo Renzi of Marco Carrai as head of the Italian cybersecurity raised a storm of criticism and concern among the IT Security “professionals” that started complaining about his lack of competence, conflict of interest and so on. Many of the complaints (a few of them I’ve heard privately, from […]

Why Italy Already Lost the World(Cyber)War

We (Italians) can of course continue to lure ourselves into believing that dealing with “password policies”, “critical infrastructure committees” and “mandatory security measures” – just to name a few buzzwords – is enough to grant a decent level of security for our networks. We can continue, after twenty years, to listen at – and say […]

The Web is ISIS’s Nuclear Bomb

The Web is ISIS’s Nuclear Bomb. This is what Loretta Napoleoni, author of books on the economic side of terrorism, wrote in an article for the leftwinger Italian newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano. Napoleoni claims that – as the Marxist ideology did in the past with the “word-of-mouth” or, better, “word-of-book” – ISIS’s propaganda gets its […]

War is fought with bullets

True, the monumental unscrupulousness of the ICT business (which sells systems without concerns for the security side), and the naďveté of its clients (trusting hardware instead of good practice and appropriate security processes) built today’s western digital infrastructure as a Colossus with feet of clay. True, this made the Western World a soft target for […]

Italy To Storm Playstation Networks? The Steve Jackson Game Case Strikes Back

According to Andrea Orlando, Italian Minister of Justice, Italy plans to fight  the war on terrorism on Playstations. In a press conference, Mr. Orlando said that new technologies are exploited by terrorists, and it is imperative to keep pace with the innovation, by allowing the capability to wiretap chat (whatever this means) and Playstations. Apart […]

Hacking Team: A Class Action Against Adobe?

After the Hacking Team scandal, everybody and his cousin is calling for a “death sentence” against Adobe Flash, accused of being the “vessel” that allowed Hacking Team’s malware to land on users’ PC and smartphones. A logical consequence of this  vulnerability and its exploiting by several malwares, including those made by Hacking Team, would be […]