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AMD is kicking off its weekend with news of a partnership between itself and CAD software developer PTC (Parametric Technology Corporation). PTC owns and develops the Creo software family. One of the programs at the heart of the company, Creo Element/Pro, was originally known as Pro/ENGINEER. It's not at all unusual for software developers in the CAD/CAM space to ally with hardware manufacturers, but it's typically Nvidia, not AMD, making such announcements. AMD claims that the upcoming Creo 2.0 product suite will be able to take advantage of the GPU in unprecedented ways that simultaneously improve... Read more...
Traditional antivirus (AV) testing, such as that done by organizations such as AV-test.org and AV-comparatives.org, uses collections of malware to demonstrate the capabilities of security products. Secunia, on the other hand, focuses on exploits. For example, it has a scanner at its site that will search your system for unpatched vulnerabilities in products such as Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, or Firefox. As Secunia's focus is on exploits, you might expect them to try to put AV solutjions to the test with exploits, rather than just already published malware, and that's what they did. They... Read more...
How many times have you forgotten to lock your car, or a door? While that's bad enough, what about essentially leaving a back door open for hackers, by "forgetting" about an old administrative system?A hacker infiltrated an eBay server and disabled accounts of several members on Friday. Representatives of eBay say that the hacker used vestigial components of an old eBay administrative system that has long been unused. The code exploited by the hacker has since been taken down, and eBay claims that no financial information was exposed. An individual who identifies himself as Vladuz has taken responsibility... Read more...
The shooting at Virginia Tech is big news, and it's certainly bad enough without the pond scum of the net impersonating charities and swindling you out of your hard earned cash. Information week is running a story that warns users to steer clear of any such emails or other online solicitations: "Security researchers are warning people to be watchful for phishing scams and malware attacks that take advantage of this week's tragedy at Virginia Tech.   U.S.-CERT issued a warning that users and IT managers should be aware that new phishing campaigns generally are launched in the wake of tragedies... Read more...
 An exploit has become publicly available for a newly disclosed critical -- and as yet unpatched -- vulnerability in Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer Web browser.The exploit has been posted on several Internet sites and gives even relatively novice hackers an easy way to take advantage of a flaw in the way IE processes information using the createTextRange () method, according to Secure Elements Inc., a Herndon, Va.-based security firm. "It's just a matter of time before the exploit gets turned into a virus or a worm" capable of creating considerable damage on unprotected systems, said... Read more...