Linked by David Adams on Mon 8th Nov 2010 16:49 UTC, submitted by HAL2001
Privacy, Security, Encryption Firesheep is a Firefox extension that makes it easier to steal logins and take over social media and email accounts after users log in from a WiFi hotspot or even their own unprotected network. Zscaler researchers have created, and are now offering to every consumer, a free Firefox plugin called BlackSheep, which serves as a counter-measure. BlackSheep combats Firesheep by monitoring traffic and then alerting users if Firesheep is being used on the network. BlackSheep does this by dropping ‘fake’ session ID information on the wire and then monitors traffic to see if it has been hijacked.
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RE: Required SSL
by Kroc on Mon 8th Nov 2010 20:57 UTC in reply to "Required SSL"
Kroc
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2005-11-10

The reason so few use SSL on their sites is the brain-dead stupid business model of SSL certs. Tying identity to encryption is a misdirection. Encryption should not require identity. SSL certs are expensive and simply don't prove anything useful.

Developers are not the problem. It's the CAs and the browser vendors. Producing scary errors on self-signed certs protects absolutely bloody nobody and locks password protection to the SSL racket.

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