Here’s What Helped Sony’s Hackers Break In: Zero-day Vulnerability

Here’s What Helped Sony’s Hackers Break In: Zero-Day Vulnerability

Read More Microsoft Outlook ‘hacked’ by China These types of vulnerabilities are known as Zero-Day because the original programmer has zero days after learning about it to patch the code before it can exploited in an attack. These flaws are usually the result of errors made during the writing of the software, giving an attacker wider access to the rest of the software. Sometimes the errors are spotted by security researchers who collect bounty fees offered by software firms.
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Details about the vulnerability are being closely held, and its unclear which software was compromised. The New York Times recently reported that spear phishing attacks involving malicious code were inserted into email attachments in September. That attack technique has been used in the past to exploit Zero-Day vulnerabilities. It would also add weight to a claim by Kevin Mandia founder and head of Mandiant, the security firm hired to investigate the breach that the attack was one for which neither Sony nor other companies could have been fully prepared. Sony suffered the worst corporate hack attack in history last fall when a group of attackers going by the name Guardians of Peace first crippled itsnetwork andthen released sensitive corporate data on public file-sharing sites, including four unreleased featurefilms, business plans, contracts and the personal emails of top executives. Mandiant, the corporate parent of the security firm FireEye,declined to comment, as didSony and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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RIVERSIDE: Car club resurrected to help the community – Press Enterprise

My parents donated one of the old tin hen sheds, which we divided into an auto pit, storage room and club house, club member Andy Lucas said. By spring 1960, the Rickshaws were successfully organized and held one of the largest car shows in the Inland area. Attracting hot rods and custom cars from all over Southern California, the event was at Riversides Evans Park and earned more than $3,000 for the clubs treasury.
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Sheds star in North Hornell Village Board discussion – News – The Evening Tribune – Hornell, NY

Mayor John Falci countered that a building permit is not required for a structure as long as it is 144 square feet or smaller, even though the village would like to be notified. “We’re not requiring that it goes into the zoning,” Falci said. “Our concern is that the person putting that (structure) up is on their own property and is as close to the line as they want to. When the code officer went through this and the planning board went through this in several meetings, they feel that this is the way we’re going to handle this.” Bebout inferred that the board read the law incorrectly and insisted that the shed should be held to the six-foot open space ordinance. “Just because you don’t need a building permit doesn’t mean you don’t have to comply to the zoning laws,” Bebout said. “Apparently you didn’t read far enough.” Falci made a motion to approve the Planning Board’s decision on the situation, but it was tabled after none of the Village Board members seconded his action.
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