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Thursday, August 27, 2009

H20 Woes: Measuring the Damage of our 'Water Footprint', Twitter struggles to plug security hole

A Dutch hydro engineer has come up with a "water footprint." At a conference in Sweden, he and other participants discussed water waste, supermarkets filled with fruits and vegetables produced in some of the world's most arid regions and ways we can stop wasting our most precious resource. H20 Woes: Measuring the Damage of our 'Water Footprint'

The appointment of a federal prosecutor to probe CIA abuses while interrogating terror suspects is exposing deep divisions in the US. While conservatives oppose the plans, liberals say it doesn't go far enough. German commentators think the Bush administration must be brought to account. The World from Berlin: 'Obama Should Make Sure Cheney Is Brought to Justice'

A British search specialist finds a security hole in micro-blogging service Twitter that could allow a malicious user to steal your account Yesterday, James Slater with SEO specialist firm Dave Naylor uncovered a security hole on popular micro-blogging service Twitter that could allow accounts and user details to be stolen and even allow for the installation of malware. Twitter claims to have closed it, but Slater says in an update today that a vulnerability still exists.
Slater explains why users should care: With a few minutes work, someone with a bit of technical expertise could make a Twitter 'application' and start sending tweets with it. Using the simple instructions below, it can be arranged so that if another Twitter user so much as sees one of these tweets - and they are logged in to Twitter - their account could be taken over.
The vulnerability uses a cross-site scripting vulnerability, which means that malicious code is inserted into a hyperlink. The attacker encodes the URL in such a way that it looks less suspicious to web users. Twitter struggles to plug security hole By Kevin Anderson on Media


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