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Holiday shopping at one of the web's popular retailers was impossible for some European users over the weekend. Amazon's websites in Europe were down for more than half an hour on Sunday night. Although a group of activists by the name "Anonymous" had encouraged an online attack in an attempt to crash Amazon.com by overwhelming it with requests, the outage experienced by Amazon's European websites over the weekend was unrelated to any such attack. It appears the outage was caused by a hardware failure in the company's European data center network. According to a spokeswoman for Amazon, "The brief... Read more...
For the third time this year, Twitter was the victim of a security breach that stemmed from a simple attack. In the most recent case, a hacker simply guessed an employee’s personal email account password and then worked from there to steal confidential company documents. This most recent attack brings to light some of the problems associated with storing data online instead of on computers that are within your control. By stealing the password for someone’s Gmail account, for example, a hacker not only gains access to that person’s email, they also gain access to any of the Google applications... Read more...
Can you spell "SEC investigation?"  There is definitely going to be one after this.  A post at CNN's new social news site, iReport, resulted in Apple stock plummeting this morning, when it was rumored that Steve Jobs had suffered a heart attack.  iReport allows users to post unvetted stories, which then --- after vetting, may be posted to the iReport page on CNN.com.  This story obviously didn't make it there, and has since been taken down.Interestingly, this user has never submitted a story previously.  And the time of the story posting, 6 AM PDT, was obviously very suspicious. ... Read more...
Sophisticated, targeted phishing attacks have successfully swiped data from roughly 15,000 victims within the last 15 months according to Internet security company, VeriSign. VeriSign believes that almost all of these attacks are coming from just two groups. "Unlike traditional phishing attacks, which are sent to millions in hopes of luring some victims to fake Web sites, spear-phishing emails contain personal information, such as the name of the victim or his employer's name to make them appear legitimate. In the attacks tracked by Verisign, victims are tricked into visiting malicious Web sites... Read more...
You had to know this was going to happen.  CNN is reporting that Apple plans to step up their attacks on Windows Vista and the PC in general with new ads featuring recurrent "Mac-Guy" Justin Long. Has anyone ever asked that guy if he's actually a Mac user? "For nearly a year, television and Internet audiences have been seeing a familiar string of ads from Apple Inc. attacking rival Windows-based computers. With this week's release of Windows Vista, the newest jabs aren't any friendlier. In one ad, the character personifying the PC is dressed in hospital patient garb, talking... Read more...
There is a very interesting story breaking today concerning AMD processors and a new "proof-of-concept" virus.  It seems the virus can gain low-level access to hardware and potentially bypass kernel and user-level protection mechanisms. Dubbed W32.Bounds (32-bit) and W64.Bounds (64-bit), the virus is not much of a threat at the moment, as you can see in the threat assessment posted at Symantec. "The worm comes in two versions, targeting 32-bit and 64-bit processors from AMD. Symantec refers to the online pests as w32.bounds... Read more...
Fudo reports that Corsair is distributing a .PDF in which the company tackles some of the bold claims made by OCZ in regards to the success of their heatspreaders. In a rather bold move on their part, Corsair illustrates the fact that heatspreaders on memory modules are largely for aesthetic purposes only and offer less than 5MHz of overclocking headroom versus bare modules. This gets you thinking if heatspreaders don't serve much of a purpose, maybe Corsair is onto something afterall with their heatspreader-mounted diagnostic LEDs on their XMS Xpert modules.The CEO of Asetek, the company that... Read more...