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Obama and McCain Campaign Computers Hacked

Posted by Jaime Raphael Licauco, CISSP, GSEC on November 7, 2008

Newsweek reports that both the Obama and McCain camps had computers that were hacked. This is apparently also around the time Gov. Palin’s Yahoo account got hacked (details of how the hacker got into Palin’s account are here). SecurityFocus reports on the hack here.


On a related topic, SCMagazineUS reports that hackers began spreading malware soon after Obama got elected. In the typical bait-and-switch method of social engineering, spam e-mails that were supposed to contain a link to Obama’s “amazing speech” were actually links to trojans.


New critical vulnerabilities were found for the popular VLC media player. However the Window’s version has not been updated to close the said vulnerabilities. Workarounds can be found in a Heise Security report.


Heise Security also reports that the BotHunter tool has been updated with the new features listed here. The tool helps network administrators find out if their network has zombie computers.


There are now more worms that exploit the MS08-67 Critical vulnerability that was reported last month. So if your Windows system uses the “Server” service, you’ll hopefully have it patched soon. For home users that do not need this dis-service, they can easily disable it, by going to services.msc while using their Admin account.

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