Month: December 2013

Ubuntu Security: The Wifi Passowords Are Stored In Clear Text, Outside The Users Home

A user has reported that the wifi passwords are not encrypted on Ubuntu systems, being stored in clear text in a folder outside the user’s home, (/etc/NetworkManager/system-connections/) making it accessible for unwanted users.

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After this issue has been reported, a Canonical developer has explained in the mailing lists that this is caused by the fact that the “All users may connect to this network” option is enabled by default.

This issue has an easy fix, directly from the graphical user interface. All you have to do is: Open network indicator -> Edit connections -> Select network -> Click edit -> untick “All users may connect to this network.” from the general tab.

By doing this setting, the password will be stored in the user’s home and so, it will become unavailable for unwanted users. Also, encrypt your homedir, for better security.

WARNING: A fake electrum website with malware is advertising on duckduckgo and yahoo.

If you perform a search for electrum on duckduckgo or yahoo, an ad claiming to be electrum.org will be at the top.

In reality the ad links to:
electrum-bitcoin org

The domain was created December 21.

This site is nearly identical to electrum.org except the download links give different files. All three of the files that can be download are much smaller than the real electrum and are most likely malware.
The three files are:
electrum.exe – 91136 bytes
electrum.out – 60316 bytes
electrum.zip – 32478 bytes

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MtGox hits one million customers!

This is the mail i got recently:

Dear Stun

Thank you for your patience and support all throughout 2013. As we noted in our previous update there are many things happening, and we’re proud to announce two more major developments that will make MtGox both easier and more economical for our valued customers:

1) One million MtGox customers and reduced fees for the holidays! Thanks to our loyal customer and increased global interest in Bitcoin, MtGox has now achieved a milestone of over one million customers and growing. This is an incredible moment for us all, and to celebrate, we are offering a Special Holiday Discount of 25% off all trading fees starting today, December 20th 2013 to January 20th 2014!

2) Mayzus MoneyPolo Partnership We are proud to announce a new partnership with Mayzus MoneyPolo that will enable our customers outside of the United States to deposit quickly and without long processing times. Now that we are working with Mayzus MoneyPolo, a leading financial company that is in-tune with the future of Bitcoin, anyone with a verified account will be able to quickly send money to their MtGox account via 128 global currencies.

For more information, please click on the following link: https://www.mtgox.com/press_release_20131219.html Thank you again for your support, Best regards, MtGox Team

#Humblebundle now accepts #bitcoin

About 2 weeks ago, Humble Bundle opened a new webshop and asked for feedback. I really liked it, the only thing I felt missing was the option to pay with Bitcoin – and told Humble Bundle so.

Yesterday I got an eMail from Humble Bundle support, with an apology for the late reply and the information that bitcoin is accepted now (using Coinbase).

That’s what I call premium support! Thank you Humble Bundle!

My government (I’m Dutch) is building their own NSA.

This stuff blows my mind. A nice background article can be found using google translate here: http://translate.google.nl/translate?sl=nl&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=nl&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Ftweakers.net%2Freviews%2F3337%2F1%2Fnieuwe-wetgeving-nederland-bouwt-aan-zijn-eigen-nsa-inleiding.html&act=url

While everyone is outraged over the NSA revelations, my government wants to extend their wiretapping laws so it can reach NSA proportions. The laws are not even changed yet, but recently they already purchased the equipment to allow extended data analysis.

Also, you have to give them credits for their lack of care: “The secret services are not interested in your private conversations”.

Anyways, i have no idea where to go next with this. Will people protest? I’d like to join them. I can do all these computer tricks to just encrypt everything, but clearly this is a political issue also. We’re turning into a surveillance state here.

First #Twitter reported about #Bitcoin, how did #MtGox look 5 years ago and more

Today’s post is completely a “feel good” post.

Meaning, you probably won’t learn anything new from it, but it will make you feel good. As Bitcoin prices continue to roller-coaster endlessly I thought this would be a good time to look back at where Bitcoin was when it just started out.

Using the Internet’s “Wayback machine”, Google search and various tools to explore Bitcoin’s past

So what I did in order to travel back in time is use the Wayback machine which is basically an Internet archive to see how several of the biggest Bitcoin websites looked when they first started out. I also used advanced Google and Twitter search tool to find out what where the earliest mentions of Bitcoin online. So let’s start out by comparing the biggest site of them all Bitcoin.org.

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