Day: June 28, 2011
A number of customers of EA (Electronic Arts) are reporting receiving emails from the company telling them that their passwords have been reset as a security measure.
Here’s one such email forwarded to us by a reader of Naked Security:
Your password was recently reset to ensure account security. Changing your password regularly is always helpful to protect your account. Please visit this [LINK] to reset your password.
If you have any questions or if you experience any troubles during login please feel free to contact our support at 1-877-357-6007.
Electronic Arts, Inc.
The good news is that the emails do appear to be legitimate, rather than a phishing scam targeting video game players.
It’s quite natural to assume that EA has reset users’ passwords because it is concerned that credentials have been compromised. And maybe this password reset is linked to the LulzSec hacking group’s apparent final attackover the weekend, which exposed login details of over half a million players of EA’s Battlefield Heroes game amongst a hoard of other data.
My advice to you is to use different passwords on each and every website you access, and make sure they can not be easily guessed or cracked.
MasterCard’s website was knocked offline earlier today following a WikiLeaks-inspired internet attack against it.
In what appears to be the latest salvo by hactivists, the mastercard.com website is thought to have suffered from a denial-of-service attack – where an internet site is bombarded with a large amount of traffic making it impossible for genuine visitors to access it.
A Twitter user called ibomhacktivist seems to be taking responsibility for the attack, and links the action to the WikiLeaks-inspired attack on MasterCard by the Anonymous group last year.
MasterCard.com DOWN!!!, thats what you get when you mess with @wikileaks @Anon_Central and the enter community of lulz loving individuals :D
MasterCard angered the hacktivist community after it suspended the ability for WikiLeaks to accept payments via the firm. Police in the Netherlandsarrested two teenagers for allegedly playing their part in the attacks last year.
WikiLeaks is a subject which tends to generate strong emotions – whether you’re in favour of what the organisation stands for, or against it.
Computer users would be wise, however, to remember that even if you feel WikiLeaks is being persecuted by the authorities or abandoned by online companies, denial-of-service attacks are still illegal.
Update: The MasterCard.com website appears to be back online. It will be interesting to see if it stays up, or whether it will sporadically disappear again. Fingers crossed
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The world is getting a first look atImpermium, a new startup that aims to help sites fight growing user generated spam – spammy comments, hacked accounts and (mypersonal favorite) fraudulent registrations.
Sounds like a useful service. And the team behind it just makes it more compelling. CEOMark Risher was known as Yahoo’s “Spam Czar” until he left in June 2010. Joining him from Yahoo are Vish Ramarao and Naveen Jamal. These guys have seen, and fought, a lot of spam over the years.
Investors seem to think Impermium is onto something, too. The company is announcing their first round of funding today – $1 million from Accel Partners, AOL Ventures, Charles River Ventures, Freestyle Capital, Greylock Discovery Fund and Morado Ventures. Angel groups Archimedes Capital andEmbarcadero Ventures also contributed to the round, says Impermium.
Companies can use Impermium as a service to detect and remove fraudulent and spammy content. To date they’ve been testing the service with ten or so websites that reach more than 50 million combined unique users. 50 million pieces of content have been analyzed, says Risher, and they’re feeling pretty good about their ability to root out the bad stuff. Livefyreand Posterous are among those intial beta testers.
Part of what makes Impermium work well, says Risher, is that they can analyze content across multiple partners to detect previously unknown patterns. Rules based approaches to spam don’t work well, he says. Instead they’ve developed a machine learning based approach that looks at single site traffic as well as different types of traffic across the entire network to find patterns, anomalies and suspicious transaction groups.
Three students at the University of Pennsylvania—Joseph Cohen, Dan Getelman, and Jim Grandpre—are quitting school to launch a new education startup calledCoursekit, and they’ve raised $1 million in a seed round to do it. (Peter Thiel would be proud). The New York City startup just closed a seed round from Founder Collective, IA Ventures, Shasta Ventures and some angels. IA Ventures led the round.
Coursekit is like Facebook or Yammer for courses. Like many other students frustrated with Blackboard, the current online course management standard, the Coursekit founders think they can do a better job. “It is really a Blackboard replacement with a heavy emphasis on social networking,” says CEO Cohen.
The service will launch later this summer in time for the Fall semester. It’s a place where teachers can post their syllabus, reading materials, grades, calendars, links, and so on. It is designed as a way for professors to manage their course and interactions with students.
But it is also a social messaging system for students to communicate with each other. “We want a 300 person lecture feel like a 20 person seminar,” says Cohen. Students can share links, videos, MP3s, and other files like PDFs. In this way, they can bring in relevant material from the Web to enhance the course and teach each other.