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Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Happy New Year! (not if you’re snapchat)

Happy New Year to all our beloved customers!

Barely a day into this new year, and we have reports of a massive security breach of popular social media network Snapchat. The loopholes enabling this exploit was found months ago by mysterious company Gibson Security who, on Christmas Eve, released the API along with 2 scripts enabling this security exploit.

Gibson Security claims to have done this because Snapchat had not fixed any of the exploits found and reported in August. Shortly after releasing the API and scripts, Snapchat responded in a blog post, saying ‘We recently added additional counter-measures and continue to make improvements to combat spam and abuse.’

Today a website called SnapchatDB now claims to have the username and phone numbers of 4.6 million Snapchat users, and is allowing downloads of the entire database (Thankfully the last two numbers of all numbers are blurred out). The uncensored database may be released, but only ‘under certain circumstances’.

This seems to be someone who simply took advantage of the information provided by Gibson Security, but there’s no telling if more nefarious parties have also accessed and obtained the same data. Guess one new year resolution should be to avoid Snapchat! Or just pay more attention to the security of your social media / communications platform of choice.

Oh, and if you want to check your username against the database, there’s a script to do so, here: http://robbiet.us/snapchat/

Sources:

SnapchatDB,  Snapchat Blog, Gibson Security

Friday, December 13th, 2013

BolehGeo

At BolehVPN, we’re always working hard to evolve and produce new features for you. Today, we’re proud to announce our new BolehGeo feature!

Simply put, this allows you to access geo-locked websites such as Hulu, Veoh, and Pandora, without having to connect through a VPN. This eliminates the overhead inherent in using a VPN.

However, this feature is strictly for surfing and streaming. You won’t get the privacy and security benefits that a VPN provides.

We have tested this list of streaming services and found that they work well with this new feature.

1. Hulu
2. Netflix
3. Hulu Plus
4. HBOgo
5. Pandora
6. Fox
7. Crunchyroll
8. CBS
9. Youtube

If you have any suggestions or recommendations for new additions, please do let us know at [email protected]

We’re releasing this for our 2 Year Package subscribers to test out first! If you’re one of them, you should have received an email from us with a guide on getting started. If you’re not, don’t worry, we’ll roll this out to you soon! Our 2 year package will still be around up till the 31st of December, if you really can’t wait.

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Australian Embassies: Spying on us

News has just broken that Australian embassies and High Commissions are being used as part of a US-led global spying network. These reports come fresh on the heels of news that the USA conducted spying on foreign leaders, including allied government heads such as Angela Merkel.

The embassies house clandestine surveillance facilities, operated by the top secret Defence Signals Directorate, and intercept calls, telecommunications  and internet traffic across Asia. Australian News corp, Fairfax Media, has been informed that this takes place in embassies in Jakarta, Bangkok, Hanoi, Beijing and Dili, High Commissions in Kuala Lumpur and Port Moresby, as well as other diplomatic posts.

These revelations are due to a leaked report from Edward Snowden, as well as a former Australian intelligence officer who confirmed surveillance activities are carried out in the Asia Pacific region.

While not a major issue for the average citizen, this shows the extent to which  surveillance activities are conducted and how routine it is, even between allies.  This isn’t a recent epidemic either, France in the 80′s was one of the biggest culprits of industrial spying even on the USA.

Sources: SMH, WAToday

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Google Malaysia falls victim to DNS hijacking

The website was replaced by a splash screen of a Pakistani hacker group calling themselves “Team Madleets”. This screen remained up for several hours, starting about 2 AM Friday until about 8 AM.

This attack was not done on the Google Malaysia website but on the Malaysian Network Information Centre, which is solely responsible for all .my DNS records. Upon gaining access to MYNIC, hackers changed the addresses for google.com.my and google.my to redirect to their splash screen.

The attack does not seem malicious or politically motivated. The group issued a statement saying

“There’s not much reason behind it, only to prove that security is just an illusion. It does not exist. We have no political intentions whatsoever.”

This is the second time this year that MYNIC has been compromised. A full report of this break-ins damage has yet to be released, but this only underscores the importance of DNS security, something that has been overlooked until now.

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

2.2.4 semi-released!

We have a new version of the client that should fix the TAP issues some 64 bit users have experienced.

This is however, a beta and not for full release as there’s some upgrading issues. If you wish to try it, the link will be below.

Please note, if you face any issues with the upgrade, or any crashes, downgrade back to 2.2.2. Installer will be on our website.

http://www.bolehvpn.net/downloads/BolehGUI224.exe


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