Posts Tagged ‘anti-hackers’

The head US National Security Agency recently warned that the notorious internet hacking group, Anonymous, may soon have the ability to attack the entire US power grid. However, this does not mean hackers are all bad people. There are White Hat or ethical hacker too.

They identify security weaknesses in computer systems and networks but instead of taking advantage of these loopholes, expose the weakness to the system’s administrators allowing them to fix the breach. So, like everywhere there are good and bad hackers. Here are some international hacking heroes and villians.

Hero: Steve Wozniak

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Co-founder of Apple and the company’s original engineering brain, Woz got his first kicks out of the Blue Box, a phone phreaking device that allowed him and Steve Jobs to make long-distance calls for free by imitating the tones that routed signals on the AT&T network. The duo sold more than 100 Boxes for $150 each.

Hero: Tim Berners-Lee

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The World-Wide Web was not on his mind when Lee and a friend were caught hacking at the Oxford University.

Both were banned from using the university’s computers during their study tenure. Maybe that’s why Lee soldered one for himself using iron, TTL gates, an M6800 processor and an old television.

Hero: Linus Torvalds

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The star of the ultimate hacking fairytale. Torvalds cobbled together a makeshift operating system titled ‘Linux’ and shared the program at an online forum.

Feeds poured in with fixes, improvements and new features. Code contribution became the USP of Linux, an operating system built on central hacker ethic: free for all.

Hero: Tsutomu Shimomura

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Not an intuitive hacker, he was prodded to showcase his skills when Kevin Mitnick hacked Shimomura’s home computer.

The result: a good cop bad cop chase that ended with Mitnick in jail. Shimomura didn’t escape scrutiny: he hacked Mitnick’s cell phone to track him to an apartment near Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Hero: Richard Stallman

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Dubbed the father of free software. He earned the badge as a ‘staff hacker’ at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he cracked a password system.

He moved on to tinkering with the code of a printer and finally ended up with the big one: The GNU Project that writes free software and mass produces its operating system.

Villian: Kim Dotcom

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Known as Kim Schmitz, Kim Tim Jim Vestor and ‘Kimble’, Dotcom’s hacking credentials are dubious. Be it cracking Citibank to transfer $20 million to Greenpeace, or hacking Osama Bin Laden’s Sudanese account, no claim has been verified.

But he is known for phone phreaking and has been arrested for online piracy.

Villian: Kevin Mitnick

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The US Department of Justice says he was “the most wanted computer criminal in United States history.” Mitnick started by bypassing punch cards to hitch free rides on LA buses. Later, he hacked databases of corporate giants like Nokia and Motorala.

Finally a peeved Shimomura out-hacked him and Mitnick was jailed for 5 years.

Villian: Jonathan James

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At the age of 16, James installed a backdoor into the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency server and messed with user names, passwords and strategic emails. Next up was the NASA database from which he stole software worth $1.7 million. The result: in 2000, James became the first juvenile to be imprisoned for hacking.

Villian: Kevin Poulsen

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Law officers think he was “the Hannibal Lecter of computer crime” but hacker buddies knew him as Dark Dante.

Poulsen’s biggest hit: cracking Los Angeles radio’s phone lines to ensure he was caller number 102, slated to win a Porsche. The FBI got interested when he hacked their database and soon it was prison time for Poulsen.

Villian: Robert Tappan Morris

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The brain behind the first computer worm to attack the Internet – the Morris Worm. Released in 1988, it infected over 6,000 machines. Morris claimed he wanted to test the reach of the Net. Law officers didn’t buy the theory: he served three years’ probation, 400 hours of community service and paid a fine of $10,500.

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Back to some intresting blog and this time it’s on Anti-virus kits, yeah I know we all browse and always have one or the problem with the anti-virus we use for your PC. So I went ahead and worked out based on reviews and my own usage, presenting some of the TOP Antivirus you can look to install for your PC.. You may have a different opinion this but I guess one or the other would match your needs, so I am not rating them this time..
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    Kaspersky:

Kaspersky Lab one of my favourite and currently used stuff :), program used to identify and remove potential risks and malicious programs attempting to corrupt files and data on a computer. Real-time email scanning & automatic hourly updates; Rootkit and keylogger protection.

Performance: Superior, Ease of Use: Good, Features: Good, Price when ranked: $40,

Bottom Line: Program had the fastest response to new malware outbreaks. Interface is clean but not exceptional.
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    BitDefender:

The best way to defend your computer against computer viruses, spy ware, hackers and spam is BitDefender 2008. BitDefender 2008 is an exceptional product with a user friendly interface that scans all existing files on your computer as well as all incoming and outgoing emails, IM transfers and all other network traffic.

Performance: Superior, Ease of Use: Very Good, Features: Very Good, Price when ranked: $30,

Bottom Line: Inexpensive product received excellent scores in our performance tests, although its scan speed was sluggish.
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    AVG Antivirus:

AVG Antivirus has been an up and coming virus scanner for many years. Its free version is one of the most downloaded files on the Internet in the Computer Security sector. The new interface is clean and intuitive while still remaining useful. AVG went through a re-write of their virus scanning engine and included two of their stand alone products with AVG Antivirus as well. AVG Antispyware and AVG Antirootkit were both integrated with the virus scanner. Also revamped is the way AVG Antivirus uses the hardware within your computer. It has been changed to make better use of the multiple cores which are common in todays computers. This should speed up scanning as well as reduce slowdowns

Performance: Fair, Ease of Use: Very Good, Features: Good, Price when ranked: Free,

Bottom Line: Free product has a slick media-player-style interface that hides some features. Scan speed was slow in tests.
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    Norton Anti-Virus

Norton, one of the leaders in security software, offers viable antivirus protection. The software is easy to use and has wide-ranging security features to protect your PC from malicious programs. Some of this protection includes instant messaging scanning, script blocking and POP3 and SMTP email protection. But, this software does not provide protection from P2P or file sharing transfers.

Performance: Good, Ease of Use: Very Good, Features: Very Good, Price when ranked: $40,
Bottom Line: Veteren utility offers solid threat detection and a nice interface. Phone support costs $30 per incident
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    McAfee:

McAfee is an industry leader in computer protection and VirusScan is their #1 defense against viruses. This software comes with a ScriptStopper, to stop viruses to spread from one computer to another via email, and WormStopper. Some downsides to the program are that it does not offer instant message protection, P2P/file sharing protection or registry startup protection. McAfee offers an 800 number, however it’s going to cost you and good luck finding the number.

Performance: Superior, Ease of Use: Very Good, Features: Very Good, Price when ranked: $40,
Bottom Line: Relatively good heuristics help VirusScan provide solid protection. Phone support costs $3 per minute
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    F-Secure Anti-Virus:

Does thoroughly scan your PC for viruses, and has a built-in anti-spyware scanner. One or the other or both can be run to cut down on scan times. Moreover, the program scans outgoing and incoming email in real-time, does a great job of shielding your registry against probable hijackers and controls which programs startup automatically. F-Secure has a news section that can be used to sign up for virus alerts and updates of what is going on in the virus world.

Performance: Superior, Ease of Use: Good, Features: Good, Price when ranked: $40,
Bottom Line: Solid performer responded quickly in tests and provides best breaking news on malware outbreaks.
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    TrendMicro – (Pc-Cillin):

Anti-virus has protocols for protecting PCs against viruses, worms and trojan horses as well as spyware, rootkits and malware. It scans incoming files realtime, including emails, downloads and files from portable storage devices. You can also schedule scans, run customized scans or conduct a scan on demand. Trend Micro’s Anti-virus plus Anti-spyware now gives its customers the tools it needs to battle malicious spyware, amongst things like trojans, hackers, worms, and adware.

Performance: Fair, Ease of Use: Superior, Features: Good, Price when ranked: $50,
Bottom Line: Former Best Buy performed poorly in heuristics and zoo tests but has the best interface of the bunch.
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    NOD32:

The NOD32 anti-virus software by ESET is a novel virus program that provides real-time protection against worms, trojans, spyware, malware, phishing and hackers. Nod32 has two different ways to run the program. You can run a simple Nod32 scan or you can spend more time using the control center. Within the control center you can have access to tons of customization feature and different types of scans-DMON, IMON, EMON and more.

Performance: Good, Ease of Use: Good, Features: Fair, Price when ranked: N/A,
Bottom Line: Performed the best, although it failed to clean several old macro viruses
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    Panda Antivirus:

Panda Antivirus making protecting your personal computer as easy as possible. Free automatic updates. Powerful blockage from hijackers, keyloggers, intruders, and hackers. Panda’s Antivirus software comes with an virus and spyware protection. Panda allows you to block, delete, clean, and quarantine infected files and does not slow your pc down during virus scans which is helpful to those constantly on your PC

Performance: Very Good, Ease of Use: Good, Features: Very Good, Price when ranked: $50,
Bottom Line: This former Best Buy performed well, but not exceptionally, in our newest nonspyware tests.
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    Alwil Avast!

Performance: Good, Ease of Use: Good, Features: Fair, Price when ranked: Free,
Bottom Line: This program has decent overall malware detection, but poor proactive protection and an awkward interface. It also lacks phone support.
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    The Shield Deluxe:

The Shield Deluxe 2008 combines reactive virus protection and spyware detection methods with the latest proactive technologies to provide your computer with the most effective protection against malicious programs. The product is simple to install and set up, while offering advanced users a range of versatile settings for fine-tuning the program.

Performance: Superior, Ease of Use: Very Good, Features: Very Good, Price when ranked: Hmmm not be find it :(,

Bottom Line: Inexpensive product received excellent scores in our performance tests, although its scan speed was sluggish.

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    Avira AntiVir:

AntiVir includes: AntiSpam, Firewall, GameMode, backup, AntiBot, AntiDriveBy, ParentalControl and more. Avira provides many of the world’s largest companies and institutions with Anti-Virus and Malware detection software. Protection for your entire network, including desktop PCs, file servers, proxy servers, email servers and mobile end devices.

Performance: Fair, Ease of Use: Good, Features: Price when ranked: Free,
Bottom Line: This program has good overall malware detection, but poor proactive protection. It also lacks phone support.
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This are some comprehensive list of good Anti-virus available today in the market which will help you out on all Security features including, anti-spyware, email protection, script blocking, instant message protection , P2P/file sharing protection or registry startup protection, RootKit protection, anti-trojans, anti-hackers, anti-worms and adware protection!

Hope it helps,,
Will be back with more action…