Category: Security

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Anti-virus’ & the WoW Launcher

I’ve been informed that from revision 109 and on (about the time I switched to Visual Studio 2012), my WoW Launcher is being falsely identified by an Antivirus named ‘QuickHeal’. I’m currently attempting to get this rectified either on their end, or mine.

For those who are truly paranoid, I’ve compiled revision 112 with Visual Studio 2008 here (VirusTotal scan). Just run it with the command line option “-uptodate” to skip the new version is available message when new versions get posted.

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SOPA & PIPA Protest

 

Tomorrow, January 18th 2012 this site will be offline from 8AM EDT, to 8PM EDT in protest of both SOPA, and PIPA.

I urge anyone who cares for internet freedom to participate and help spread the word about this bill (and its future forms), and even black your site out too, if you own one.

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Under the Hood: World of Warcraft – Logging In

Welcome to the first of many planned ‘Under the Hood’ articles. This article series will take you inside a program and explain how things work – and sometimes how to expand on them to add functionality to their existing code base.

This time, we’ll be looking at World of Warcraft version 2.4.3 (Which is far from the newest version, for obvious reasons). If you’re familiar with the game, you’re no doubt aware that it’s filled with playable elves, ogres, trolls, and even punt-able gnomes. What you may not know is what goes on behind the scenes during the process of logging on, selecting a realm to play on, creating a character, and finally logging on to that character to play the game.

World of Warcraft's Logon Screen [Continue Reading…]

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Passwords, Insecurity in the millions

Passwords.. You’ll hear it a lot from tech people about how complex your passwords should be. And although you may think “Oh, I’m fine using simple passwords if I make it long.” – I beg to differ.

An old community I used to be a part of and help manage had quite a lot of members – over 6 million registered (although I’m sure the majority of those were spam accounts). It died near the end of 2008, I was fortunate enough to have made a backup of the accounts database on July 13th, 2008.

Yesterday, and earlier today I was sifting through some of my old backups and I ended up doing queries on the database to see the most common passwords (Before you say anything, I’m aware that these passwords are not hashed – the software we used did not support it until later sadly) . It’s kind of funny, the #1 most common of the passwords was ‘123456’ – used by 3,482 people. Passwords like that are extremely insecure and can lead to your account being broken into very easily. It’s no wonder people are always having security problems, losing access to their PayPal, bank, and other important accounts – all because the didn’t want to secure their passwords. Stupidity knows no bounds.

I’ve compiled a list of the top 100 passwords used below for your viewing, and laughing pleasure. [Continue Reading…]