Hacking MS Team


What is your very fist impression, when you hear a name for a group – the Hacking Team? Probably, not such a positive one. Right? Who is to blame us, for our cyber prejudices? However, in this particular case, the busy little bees in the Hacking Team helped both Microsoft and us, a lot.

The Hacking Team has identified a security bug associated with the specific font’s driver. On the other side, grandpa Microsoft has delivered a security update, silently and efficiently. This is how it is supposed to be done. I tell you that something is wrong or broken. You fix it.

The end of potentially dangerous cyber story. As simple and as complicated as that. We have to say that we area dying to hear, what grandpa Microsoft sent to the Hacking Team as a sign of its gratitude. This is something we would like to hear and share with you.

It seems that every time your hear words, such as hacking or a hacker, this does not necessarily mean that something bad is going to happen. Just ask grandpa Microsoft, we are quite sure, it has so much to tell you about it. Good job, Hacking Team!

300 MSpartans


Grandpa Microsoft is in the Windows 10 mood. There are no exaggerations, when it comes to Windows 10 promotion. Yet, we are not particularly impressed with this Star-Wars-laser-logo-wallpaper-thing-whatever. There is something else that has caught our attention.

Did you know that Grandpa Microsoft was able to fix 300 bugs with its second  Windows 10 Insider Preview build? Two days and 300 bugs. How about that for a change? So, when there is a will, all of a sudden jumps a way. This is something we should remember. No more excuses, that is for sure.

Would not that be a sight to see this unparalleled bugs-fix-efficiency on a daily basis? What do we need to do? Is the only way to pump out with a new OS, in order to fix all the bugs? This is unbelievable. It feels almost like an election year. Grandpa Microsoft is willing to do anything and everything.

If you can fix 300 bugs in 2 days, then imagine what you can do in 2 months or 2 years. You can literally fix all the bugs in the world, and the entire cyber history. This is a bad news definitely. So, it is entirely up to us. But, we do not want to do it. Until the next Windows, be safe.

Android Security Rewards Program


If you are looking for a legitimate way to earn some money while you live up to your hacker’s fantasies, Google presents you with the Android Security Rewards Program. This is such a lovely reminder of those good old days, when we had quite a few bugs bounty reward programs.

With this one you can earn from $2,000 up to $40,000 for a single bug hunt. The minimal amount in this bug bounty stories is reserved for the newest Nexus models. On the other hand, if you want to earn some serious money, then you have to do some serious work. Here is an example.

The five figure amounts are reserved for the guys, who can find a bug in the Android system itself. In addition, there is a nice way to double your reward. If you can find a bug, and a solution for it, as well, then you got yourself a rocking win-win. It seems that Google has figured it all out, isn’t it?

When it comes to bug bounty programs, there is no such thing as a wasted money. Every single dollar you invest for these purposes pays back two, three or more times. It is definitely better to reward people, than to compensate them once a certain cyber problem occurs. Right?

XSS Bugs On WordPress Leaves


What is the thing between numerous bugs and the WordPress? You cure one, but before you know it the next one jumps in. The latest one is associated with the DOM or the Document Object Model, which gives the XSS cross-site scripting trouble in return. What is the cause?

Well, this bug was an unexpected “gift”, which was introduced with the WordPress 4.2.2. We do not claim to be WordPress gurus, but from what we have heard this update eliminated all non-critical HTML files. Could they have predicted that these operations would cause so many problems?

What kind of problems, exactly? First of all, in order to create a living hell for a certain website, you only need to be a registered user. In return, you could easily host all kinds of malware attacks, influence financial transactions or simply take over the entire website. Let us stop here.

There is no crystal ball for developers. However, you have to devote some of your precious time for predicting the most possible outcomes. Even the worst case scenarios. That would also mean less stress for the WordPress, as well. Or, how about some effective cyber insecticide for all of these bugs?

The Millennium Bug Has A Cousin


Oh dear, just when we thought that the cyber things can get any worse than this. It turns out that there is one more Millennium Bug set for the 2038. In other words, somewhere during the January of this year our cyber world will meet its end, this way or another. Why? For the same reasons the millennium bug threatened us.

We will try to avoid the rocket science in this story as much as possible. This so-called the year 2038 problem targets specifically the 32-bit systems. For what is worth, the 64-bit crew can relax. At least for a while. On the other hand, what are we supposed to do in the meantime? How many years we have left?

Some 23 years, more or less. Right? Plenty of time to come up with a solution. Yet, what is going to happen to the cyber world as we know it today? Two decades are more than enough time to reinvent all what we know and use beyond recognition and the most optimistic expectations. What does it mean?

Maybe, in the year 2038 there will be nothing to damage for this bug, in the first place. Remind us what happened with the millennium bug in the year 2000? We are still alive and typing, as well. Right? Maybe, we are worrying too much. There are some other more dangerous things, which deserve our attention. More than this one.