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Major Browsers Hacked at Pwn2Own Contest

Major Browsers Hacked at Pwn2Own Contest

All four major website browers, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Apple's Safari were hacked at the Pwn2Own contest in Vancouver, Canada on Thursday.  JungHoon (lokihardt) of South Korea was able to hack all four browsers by himself.  He was rewarded with $225,000 USD and new laptops.  The Chrome hack was the largest payout since the contest started, resulting in $75,000 in prize money.  He was able to to destroy 64 bit Internet Explorer 11 using time-of-check to time-of-use (TOCTOU) volunerability and recieved a payout of $65,000 for that piece of the pie.  He was able to complete all of his Google hacks in two minutes.

Another individual, Nicolas Joly, was able to hack Adobe Reader and Flash Player for a payout of $90,000.  

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Anonymous Hacks NYPD Union Website?

Anonymous Hacks NYPD Union Website?

The YPD Captains Endowment Association website was recently hacked by an anonymous hacker group.  It has been declared that "no confidential information has been compromised." Anonymous was accused of the attack, but recently has stated that they did not actually inject malware into the website.  They also jabbed NYPD for targeting and abusing the people it is meant to protect, and that the attack was expected due to their previous actions.  

NYPD has been criticized recently for the choking to death of Eric Garner, 43, by Officer Pantaleo on November 21.  Pantaleo was not indicted for the death and protests occured throughout the United States and on social media as well #ericgarner.  The FBI has also accused a NYPD officer Yehuda Katz of installing a camera inside the NYPD Traffic Safety Office and spying on the people working there.  When nobody was in the office, he hacked into a computer and stole records for vehicle accidents and used this information to scam the people who had been in accidents (March 20, 2015).  Another NYPD cop, Jazmia Inserillo, accused her lieutenant of sexually harassing her and has been provided with $110,000 from the city of New York.  The accused, Lt. Jason Margolis, has been punished by the NYPD, losing 10 vacation days and forced to watch sexual harassment training videos (March 18, 2015).

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Why Do I Need to Keep Working with a Web Service After My Site is Launched?

It is important to update and manage your website over time. Your website is an important tool to keep you in touch with your clients. Just like a physical shop or storefront can be built and opened, so too can a website be. A website can be launched, functional, and accessible for an indeterminate amount of time. However, much as storefront requires active maintenance to keep inventory updated and the exterior in good condition, so also must a website be updated for performance, style and security.

As California’s leader in website development, K2 Website Design uses the high-functionality Joomla framework for the our websites. We enhance our websites using extensions that increase development efficiency and limit hard-changes to PHP and JS code. These softwares are regularly updated by their developers in response to market pressures from their users. These extensions must be regularly updated on each site in order to improve functionality and optimize security systems . For instance, a shopping cart extension for an e-Commerce website might alter its attributes system to align with the best user experience as determined by new market research. These sorts of updates are important for keeping your site competitive in a rapidly progressing web environment.

The second major reason extension developers update their software is to thwart new security threats. Developers who wish to have reputable products must remain vigilant in the face of ever more sophisticated hacking attempts. Many extension updates are purely security fixes, and out-of-date extensions on your website are exploitable security holes. While a website may stay online for years without management, the risk of breaking of hacking grows constantly . Business owners in California know how important it can be to retro-fit buildings or carry insurance for earthquakes, as was reminded to Napa County just recently. A website owner knows that it is best to maintain a healthy and ongoing business relationship with their knowledgeable web-developer if at all possible. The designer/ developer that built the site is going to be most familiar with the technologies in question and in what way they were implemented, so he/she will be most prepared to maintain the security and functional integrity of the site.

Finally, the most apparent reason that a website owner wants to keep employing their web service after launch – style is key. Here's where the tangible building analogy falls apart: when you go to your local supermarket, do you think to yourself, “god this place looks fifteen years old”? No, probably not; but when a site was last built on in 1998, the user will be immediately stricken by how archaic it appears (check out this link and tell me I am wrong). California website owners need more than just the updated functionality to stay market-competitive; their site needs to look attractive and inspire users to click through more pages. Your website is more than just a tool for you to convey your purpose/product to the consumer; it is an experience.

Retaining an active business relationship with K2 Website Design ensures that the experience that your clients receive remains modern and compelling. Graphic image updates will keep repeat users interested, even with subtle changes. The functionality updates will maintain the perception of quality improvement among clients, a reflection of the integrity of your business in providing the best possible service. K2 Website Design is a California website design service that promises to provide the best possible service so that you can too.

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Why You Should Invest in Website Security

Website security is an important aspect of website ownership.  A hacked website makes your business look unprofessional and can pose a threat to your website visitors.  Websites developed on out of date website platforms are targeted by hackers because of vulnerabilities within the core, extensions, modules, plugins, scripts, or components. Hackers find a way to hack into a site and will install malware and viruses into the website to target your customers.  They also install unwanted advertisements for performance enhancing drugs like Viagra.  

Certain precautions to increase website security include:

  • Make sure that your website framework is up to date.
  • Make sure that all extensions, modules, plugins, scripts, and components of your website are up to date.  If there is no updated version available, consider swapping out your extension for one that is more secure.  
  • Use complicated encrypted passwords that utilize numbers, symbols, and upper and lowercase letters.  
  • Lock your file permissions (755 for folders and 644 for files).
  • Use FTPS for file transfers.
  • Use SSL to send emails and use suPHP.
  • Hide your administration URL by changing the URL location so hackers don't know where to try to log in.
  • Block IP addresses that are blacklisted from visiting your website.
  • Install extensions that do not allow login attempts to occur for an extended period of time after a certain number of attempts are taken.
  • Use CAPTCHA in forms to avoid spamming through form systems.
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When and How to Update your Computer Systems

Understanding when to update your computer systems is an important component of running a business.  A computer crash or theft can leave you wondering how you are going to move forward with your business or deal with taxes come tax season.  In addition, increases in hacking, malware, virus injection, and other types of security problems increase the risk associated with keeping important business information on your computer or online system.  

It is important to update your computer systems after every three to five years.  Out of date computer systems utilize out of date software and that can enable hackers to access your personal information.  In addition, out of date computer systems are more likely to fail or have a crash.  Updating computer systems to high quality systems can be cheap and effective and rapid processing full desktop systems can be purchased for less than $400.  

Old computer systems should be replaced with new and quality computer systems.  Buy a removable hard drive to migrate your important files and documents from the old computer to the new computer.  All of your personal files on the desktop and in My Documents can be easily migrated by navigating to your main hard drive, usually the C drive, and then going to Users, and then copying the folder for the users that you want to back up.  Then make sure that you export all of your necessary program files properly, such as QuickBooks backup and Outlook archive features, to the new removable hard drive.  Then copy the files from the removable hard drive to your new computer.  It is recommended to store the hard drive in a safe location, such as your closet at home or in a fire-proof safe.  

 

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