Welcome back to Head in the Clouds, our ongoing blog of interesting web articles we’ve noticed, with a focus on cloud computing and security. With all the information thrown your way constantly – why not see what CloudLock has been reading, found compelling, or thinks is worth a look.
Today, we’re looking at Good Guy Chrome Browser, the Internet as 1970’s NYC, and our old friends Lizard Squad going Superfishing.
Lenovo meets Lizard Squad
Lenovo has been having a rough few days. Earlier this month, a story broke detailing their shipping the adware called Superfish on all notebook PCs. The outcry from consumers, security experts, and privacy advocates was loud and intense, but the response from Lenovo was not enough for some.
Lizard Squad, mostly known for hacking Xbox Live and the Playstation Network on Christmas Day, have shown up again – hijacking Lenovo.com, and Google’s Vietnam domain, in what seems to be a direct response for this adware reveal.
The story linked above, by Brian Krebs, details how Lizard Squad was able to take control of these pages by attacking the Webnic.cc registrar, by using a comand injection vulnerability.
I’m sure this isn’t the last we’ll hear from this group, as more of these types of adware concerns becomes public. Meanwhile, Lenovo has said they’ve pulled Superfish off all of their products, and their site is back up and running.
Surviving the Internet
In an excellent article on Ars Technica called Cybergeddon: Why the Internet could be the next “failed state,” author Sean Gallagher lays out a scary comparison of the current state of the World Wide Web, and the crime ridden city of New York in the 1970s.
Small crime, robberies, and a general lawlessness are certainly hallmarks of both. Replace muggings with credit card hacks, and back alley deals with Silk Road purchases, and the comparisons fall into place easily.
The real scary detail of the article is how without some crackdowns, and attempts to mitigate more of the criminal element, it might soon look like, “1990’s Mogadishu: warring factions destroying the most fundamental of services, ‘security zones’ reducing or eliminating free movement, and security costs making it prohibitive for anyone but the most well funded operations to do business…”
It’s a very compelling read, and well worth a few minutes.
Click at Your Own Risk
As the browser of choice for an increasing number of people, Google’s Chrome is adding some new functionality to help protect it’s users from potentially damaging software.
The latest security update for Chrome includes a new warning that pops up for sites that have downloads that they determine to be harmful. This includes software that piggy backs on other downloads, and even some pages that will try to force change your home page.
This should be a goldmine for me to set up on various relatives’ computers, to hopefully eliminate the 16 toolbars and homepage changes they’ve installed since my last visit.
That’s it for HitC this week. We’ll be back soon with the secretly embedded adware of the day, and its outlandish name.