On { codebutler } 24th of October 2010, they described how a software called Firesheep  a Firefox extension designed to demonstrate how you can hack almost any body on the same network as you are.

– After installing the extension you’ll see a new sidebar. Connect to any open wifi network and click the “Start Capturing” button. Then wait.

– As soon as anyone on the network visits an insecure website known to Firesheep, their name and photo will be displayed.

– Double-click on someone, and you’re instantly logged in as them. That’s it.

Firesheep is free, open source, and is available now for Mac OS X and Windows. Linux support is on the way.

FaceNiff used the same Technic and did it even within encrypted WiFi networks.

Websites have a responsibility to protect the people who depend on their services. They’ve been ignoring this responsibility for too long, and it’s time for everyone to demand a more secure web. Our hope is that Firesheep and FaceNiff will help the users win.

As for us users we have to Protect ourselves against ARP Spoofing (or sniffing in general).

recent Android application called FaceNiff can hijack unencrypted login credentials from users on the same Wi-Fi network. It also works on networks encrypted with WEP, WPA or WPA2 protection.

But in order to use FaceNiff, your Android smartphone must first be rooted (here’s a list of devices confirmed to work). Right now, FaceNiff works with Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Nasza-Klasa, but more are sure to follow.

Here is some videos to proof it really works:

Survey statistics confirms that users are adopting the cloud technology even if IT does not.

Microsoft-Accenture consultancy Avanade has recently conducted a survey showing that cloud computing is now a mature technology, yet it causes some heartburn in many enterprises.

According to PC Magazine’s Samara Lynn, “out of the 573 C-level executives, business unit leaders, and IT decision-makers surveyed, three key indicators of the maturing of cloud computing were made apparent: businesses have increased investments in resources to secure, manage, and support cloud computing; there is growing adoption and preference for private clouds; and a healthy interest in cloud computing for revenue-generating services.” This is a 23 percent growth since 2009, according to the survey.

“Many users find that they have to purchase and use cloud computing services without the consent or knowledge of corporate IT. In many instances, corporate IT has been pushing back on cloud computing. The use of cloud resources is really the departments trying to expedite the automation of some business processes without having to wait for IT to respond. And according to the survey, there are no penalties for a cloud without permission. So go for it — you won’t get fired.

Cloud computing is showing similar growth patterns to other technologies, including the fact that there are multiple paths into an enterprise. Moreover, working around IT seems to be a new pastime within larger companies, and IT seems to no longer drive the use of technology in many respects.

IT needs to get ahead of the use of cloud computing in order to begin moving to a larger and more value-oriented strategy, but as I’ve said several times in this blog, IT has often become the Department of No. Clearly, IT needs to take a more innovative approach to using new technology. Otherwise those who need to get business done will find cloud computing a low-friction and cost-efficient path all on their own.” Info World article.

My Opinion:

The scary fact that “IT seems to no longer drive the use of technology in many respects”, and also that IT is recognized as the “Department of No”. This is not right, the IT should drive the technology because of the hidden aspects that the users will always be not aware of (e.g. Security …etc.). and they always say No with a reason.

About cloud computing, When you’re telling someone I wish to replace you with a cloud team taking care of all my IT needs. Should they accept it gladly, or should they consider working at a clouding company. And, are you truly comfortable with the idea of having all your IT infrastructure away from your premises and should have a connection to it at all time? and why are you doing this, to get rid of “Department No”, you are delusional if you think so, simply because the people working at the cloud computing company still IT, and eventually they will say no for things that are not compliant to security policies among other concerns.

In short, I think IT team can never be left out whether they are at your company in a department or at a cloud computing company. So don’t think for a moment that users are driving some technology aspects, they will always need an IT.


There are no detailed hardware specs or any further news on the PC’s capable of running Windows 8, yet. The news is half baked as of now and you might as well read it as a rumor.

“That is rather worrying as Microsoft will upset a lot of hardware vendors, many of them its hardware partners. Though, it will be a major player in the hardware industry with a firm grasp over the current software and desktop operating system space. This might be a desperate move to take on iPad but it is indeed a remarkable move.” borrowed from techie-buzz.com

Here is a video on what Windows 8 would look like called “Windows 8 Demo”:

“Lots More Windows 8 Information: Power Conservation, Evolved Identity Management, Stereo 3D and More” is the title of an informative piece at techie-buzz.com, here is the link (check it out):

http://techie-buzz.com/windows/windows-8-leaked-identity.html

I am Ahmad Rezk, an IT Manager out of Cairo – Egypt, I will be posting selected technology news with the latest Techie subjects and items. I will try to make it as informative and knowledgeable as possible. I hope you would like my subjects, and am anxious to see your feedback.