LinkedIn

Posted on : 07-06-2012 | By : admin | In : Russia sends, Russia to Cancel Oil Export Tax, Russian Central Bank, Russian Hackers Spill LinkedIn Passwords, Russian officials, Russian spy agency, Syria

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LinkedIn

Russian hackers leaked 6.5 million passwords from the business networking site LinkedIn this week, prompting the site to deactivate accounts to protect users.
The passwords were posted Monday to a Russian forum, Insidepro.com, a website specializing in recovering passwords from an outdated format used to store encoded passwords in a database, RIA-Novosti reported.
LinkedIn confirmed the password leak with comments in an official blog post late Wednesday, but didn’t say how the hackers got access to them.
The passwords were posted in a simple cryptographic code, suggesting the networking site had been using outdated security precautions, CNNMoney reported. The format is considered to offer weak security protection if not supplemented with additional protections.
Half of the passwords have already been decoded and posted online.
Users of one hacker forum reported finding passwords including “linkedout,” “recruiter,” “googlerecruiter,” “toprecruiter,” “superrecruiter,” “humanresources” and “hiring,” CNNMoney said.
The extent of the damage was not immediately clear, and it was unknown whether or not the hackers knew the user accounts associated with the passwords.
LinkedIn says it is investigating the breach. The company said affected accounts would be deactivated, and users would receive emails with instructions on how to restore the accounts.

Syria

Posted on : 13-04-2012 | By : admin | In : Syria

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Syria

U.N. OBSERVERS ON STAND-BY

Annan spokesman Ahmad Fawzi said the U.N.-Arab League envoy hoped the council would pass the resolution on Friday.
“The (U.N.) Department of Peacekeeping Operations is working around the clock to find the necessary number of troops for the full observer mission eventually,” he said.
“At the moment we have the advance team standing by to board planes and to get there, to get themselves on the ground as soon as possible,” he said.

A U.N.-backed ceasefire aimed at halting more than a year of bloodshed in Syria appeared to be holding on Thursday, but forces loyal to Assad fought rebels near the border with Turkey on Friday, threatening the truce.

The latest U.S. draft would have the council say Damascus should “ensure full, unimpeded, and immediate freedom of movement and access throughout Syria for all (observer) mission personnel as deemed necessary by the mission.” Russia’s draft, seen by Reuters, has deleted that paragraph.

The first U.S. draft had made a number of demands on the Syrian government and did not explicitly demand anything of the opposition. That, council diplomats said, annoyed Russia.

The new U.S. draft includes proposed Russian language about the rebels, saying the council “demands that all parties in Syria, including the opposition, immediately cease all armed violence in all its forms.”
It also has the council “condemning the widespread violations of human rights and the use of force against civilians by the Syrian authorities, recalling that those responsible shall be held accountable.”
It ends with a vague threat of “further steps” by the council if Syria does not comply with the resolution.