"Month of MySpace bugs"

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"Month of MySpace bugs"

Robert McMillan, IDG News Service 1 hour, 47 minutes ago

They won't divulge their real names, they call their project a "whiny, attention-seeking ploy," and they appear to take their fashion cues from Beastie Boys music videos.

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But two hackers going by the names of Mondo Armando and Müstaschio promise to begin disclosing security vulnerabilities in MySpace, News Corp.'s popular social networking site, every day next month.

"The purpose of the exercise is not so much to expose MySpace as a hive of spam and villainy (since everyone knows that already), but to highlight the monoculture-style danger of extremely popular websites," wrote Mondo Armando in an e-mail interview.

"We could have just as easily gone after Google or Yahoo or MSN or IDG or whatever. MySpace is just more fun, and is becoming notoriously [obnoxious] about responding to security issues," he said.

These "Month of Bugs" projects have become a way for hackers to bring attention to both themselves and to security problems in certain types of products. Well-known hacker HD Moore kicked off the craze last year when he published one browser bug per day for the month of July. His effort was followed by a "Month of kernel bugs," a "Month of Apple Bugs," and a "Month of PHP Bugs."

The MySpace hackers launched their project late Thursday expressing simultaneous enthusiasm and disdain for the task ahead. "If it ends up being just as lame as the Month of Apple Bugs, then we haven't really missed the mark. If it's funnier, then great," they wrote on their project's blog. "If it kills this Month of Whatever fad, then hurray for everyone, it's over."

They intend to primarily publish cross site scripting bugs, which can allow an attacker to execute malicious script within a victim's browser, but they may also publish bugs that affect browsers or technologies like Flash or QuickTime.

Though the project, which launches on April 1, has all the appearance of a practical joke one well-known hacker said he'd been contacted by the Month of MySpace team with legitimate security questions. "Those guys and I have been keeping in touch," said Robert Hansen, chief executive of Sectheory.com. "It's funny but it's not a joke."

Whatever comes of the MySpace bug month, security experts are paying more attention lately to vulnerabilities in Web sites that allow users to upload their own content.

Last December a fast-spreading worm hit MySpace, flooding users with spam and copying a malicious QuickTime file all over the MySpace network.

If these attacks continue, MySpace will have a tough time balancing security with its desire to provide interactive tools that users love, said Ken Dunham, director of VeriSign Inc.'s Rapid Response Team. "From a design perspective, it's difficult to wrap your arms around it," he said. "Even when they have countermeasures in place... it's trivial to obfuscate to evade their detection mechanisms."

News Corp. did not respond to requests for comment on the "Month of MySpace bugs."

   

   

GeekInThePink
Re: "Month of MySpace bugs"

Oh great....just what I like to see!!! More idiots ruining something that is intended for good and making it go bad! Do these people not have anything else to do w/ their time? Obviously these guys are smart, they have a knack for computer programs that most of us only wish we knew. This is just sad!

Thanks Foam for getting this article on here, now I'll be on the lookout for anything funny on Myspace! 

The truth has no deadline...Oskar Schindler

foambrush
Re: "Month of MySpace bugs"

This could be good if they expose private profiles, or expose ways around Myspace security, or it could be they screw the whole place up for a month, or this could be an April fools hoax since they say it will start April 1 

_blue_moon_
Re: "Month of MySpace bugs"

I saw their website today...funny that you brought it up...from what I read from them it really seemed like a joke...guess not.

jleo35
Re: "Month of MySpace bugs"

 is there a particular website that will give you email alerts on stuff like this....or vulnerability?

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foambrush
Re: "Month of MySpace bugs"

PC World news, Reuters Internet report, AP Technology News, and ZDNET News

jleo35
Re: "Month of MySpace bugs"

 thanks foam......are these sites going to be where mondo will release his month of myspace bugs?

--. And remember, no matter where you go, there you are . --

foambrush
Re: Hey Foamy...

I don't think they are going after users of myspace just after flaws in MySpace itself. I am hoping they will expose some privacy bugs that aren't malicious, but no way of knowing until they start up. This could be like the month of exploits that make no difference to novices/amateurs? like myself but may give someone like Beethoven something to work with.

 

**OK maybe I am wrong cross site browser exploits doesn't sound like it would be good for us who knows back up your profile just in case I guess 

crystal
Re: Hey Foamy...

Ok, I feel really stupid asking this, but I'll get over it:  How do I back up my profile?

foambrush
Re: Hey Foamy...

Well you can cut and paste the code into a word or text document from the different sections of your profile, or you can use  Firefox and the MySpace Mozilla extension and back it up that way.

crystal
Re: Hey Foamy...

I was thinking more like backing up comments, messages, blogs.  I suppose they could be saved, but not put back.  Am I correct?  Anyway, from the posts I've been reading, it doesn't sound like anything drastic like my profile disappearing, will happen.Smile

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