Cookies can be stolen to get into MySpace

August 4, 2007

… and pretty much any web site.
clipped from www.physorg.com

A customer types as he uses wireless internet access at a coffee shop in 2006 in San Francisco California. Hackers and computer security specialists gathered in Las Vegas on Friday took aim at popular social networking websites exposing ways to plund ...
A customer types as he uses wireless internet access at a coffee shop, in 2006, in San Francisco, California. Hackers and computer security specialists gathered in Las Vegas on Friday took aim at popular social networking websites, exposing ways to plunder data from software “cookies” used to track users.

Hackers and computer security specialists gathered in Las Vegas on Friday took aim at popular social networking websites, exposing ways to plunder data from software “cookies” used to track users.

“Websites could easily fix the problem by encrypting cookies,” Errata Security chief executive Robert Graham told AFP.
“You can become them on MySpace; basically hijack accounts left and right,” Deacon told AFP.
Hackers that don’t want to trick users into clicking on booby-trapped links to raid cookies can do it remotely at “hot spots” where people wirelessly connect to the Internet, said Graham.
“I would never use public Wi-Fi,” Graham said.”Not on your life.”
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