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Last week Skype internet phone service didn't work for more than a day. This week, it's delivering a worm to users through a counterfeit IM buddy message, which -- surprise, surprise -- offers to show you a picture of a young lady with her clothes off.  If you click it, it loads the worm on the user's computer, and sends the worm to everyone on your buddy list. The Skype blog, which descries the worm and calls it "w32/Ramex.A," says that three anti-virus vendors have developed cures. F-Secure, Kaspersky Lab and Symantec Corp. have already updated their products to catch it. The same blog offers a manual fix, which it emphasizes is for experts only. It involves deleting five .exe files,... Read more...
Rich Skrenta now has the dubious distinction of being recognized as the first person to write a self-replicating boot-sector virus.It'd be easy to criticise Mr Skrenta for his choice, but keep in mind that he was a high school student at the time, and will never really be able to complain when somebody infects his PC and swipes his eBay account information.So how does he feel about his place in computer history?  We'll let the man answer that for himself: "It was some dumb little practical joke," Skrenta, now 40, said in an interview. "I guess if you had to pick between being known for this and not being known for anything, I'd rather be known for this. But it's an odd placeholder for (all... Read more...
Although many of us place our trust in GPS and satellite navigation, there have been several under-reported stories of people placing too much trust in the units, and driving into dead ends or even to the edge - though not off - of cliffs.  In a problematic area in South Wales, the first official signs in Great Britain warning of such a GPS error have shown up. The signs, introduced by authorities in rural St Hilary, in the Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales, to warn drivers about placing too much faith in the directional gadgets, could be brought in across the country if the trial is successful. Problems were reported after foreign drivers found it difficult to understand phrases such as... Read more...
One of the first things we did upon installing Windows Vista was to turn of the User Account Control (UAC). Why? Because we didn't want all the pop-ups generated by the darn thing. And most people we know have turned it off as well. If we were to be generous, we would say the pop-ups are confusing.  If we were to be honest, we would say they are annoying.  "The things that were scaring us away from Vista were the hardware requirements and UAC," says Omar Ghneim, network administrator for EXCO Resources, an energy company based in Dallas. "We tried Vista on a few administrators' machines, but they couldn't handle the pop-ups and we went back to XP the next day."Ghneim says he could not... Read more...
Intel has accelerated the launch date of its “Penryn” 45nm quad-core chips to Q4 of 2007. Such a move would allow for head-to-head competition between Intel’s Penryn and AMD’s K10 Phenom processors. “According to documents seen by X-bit labs, Intel will release its new ‘Intel Core Extreme’ processor with four processing engines made using 45nm process technology in Q4 2007. The document states that ‘launch of the Intel Core Extreme processor pulls into Q4’07,’ emphasizing that the actual brand-name of the product is not yet determined. What is highly likely is that the top-of-the range extreme processor will be clocked at 3.33GHz, will use 1333MHz processor system bus and will have 12MB of... Read more...
EUROPEAN COMMISSION (EC) CHARGES INTEL WITH ANTITRUST VIOLATIONS - Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Chairman and CEO, Hector Ruiz and AMD CAO, Tom McCoy Respond to Media Inquires Via Conference Call - WHO: AMD Chairman and CEO Hector Ruiz and Executive Vice President of Legal Affairs and CAO Tom McCoy. WHAT: Conference call with Hector Ruiz and Tom McCoy to respond to media inquiries regarding the European Commission's announcement that it has formally charged Intel with violating EC antitrust law and issued a formal "Statement of Objections" against the company. The EC charges underscore how Intel's illegal actions have suppressed competition in... Read more...
Have you ever wondered why there are so many viruses and other malware out there just waiting to infect your PC(s)?  Is it really possible that there are so many people these days who have the intelligence and the lack of scruples required to make so many viruses?  Or is it more probable that there are a few bright people out there who have let greed override their sense of right and wrong and are willing to sell the fruits of their intellectual labor to others?  It could very well end up being a mix of the two and other factors, but it certainly seems that a program called Pinch could very well be an example of the latter: “One of the most dangerous features of Pinch can be exploited through... Read more...
If you’re an avid YouTuber, then you might want to pay close attention to this new way to spread viruses.  New methods of virus distribution tend start with just one or two people doing it, but copycats come out of the woodwork at a stunning rate. The new method shows viewers a web site URL during the presentation and encourages them to go there to download the virus-infected software.  Luckily the virus doesn't seem to take full effect until a reboot, so if you've downloaded the "mod" and haven't rebooted yet, now would be the time to run your anti-virus/spyware remove software. “Someone is using a Grand Theft Auto mod video as a way... Read more...
Microsoft has issued a hotfix (a patch for a patch) for the animated cursor exploit we told you about earlier this week. Beware: There's a zero day attack making the rounds of the internet promising nude Britney, and delivering a virus instead. Sounds Just like the real Britney, now that you mention it. Sophos, a security company, reported Wednesday morning that attackers launched a new spam campaign aimed at luring users to malicious Web sites where their unpatched systems can be infected with malware. The lure? The e-mails are promising users nude pictures of pop star Britney Spears if they follow the link to a Web site. Initially, the e-mails only contained text, but in the past day or... Read more...
According to an article from CNN, new strains of the RINBOT and DELBOT virus have been uncovered by technology experts. These nasty viruses make it possible to hijack entire networks and are generally targeted towards businesses. The most insidious discovery about the new strains of RINBOT and DELBOT is that both can now target vulnerabilities in commonly used anti-virus programs as well as Microsoft's basic anti-viral software. Technology experts are warning about new strains of the insidious RINBOT computer virus that could potentially hijack network systems of businesses worldwide. Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant with Boston-based IT security firm Sophos, said... Read more...
For those of you who remember our school teacher friend Mr. Ponosov it may make you happy to know that recently a Russian court in the city of Perm threw out the charges of piracy brought against him. Ponosov's lawyers claimed that the twelve PCs that arrived at his school came with the pirated Microsoft software pre-installed and therefore he could not be held responsible. The case, probably a response to international pressure on Russia to crack down on piracy, may have been triggered by the fact that Russia has been ranked by industry experts as second in the world for illegal use of software and media only after China.  ... Read more...
While we may not see him playing a character opposite Jack Sparrow any time soon, Mikhail Gorbachev is doing his part to save a Russian teacher accused of piracy, Alexander Ponosov. The teacher, accused of using pirated software at his school, is seen by many Russians as the unfortunate sap who Microsoft has chosen to go after in order to set a precedent when it comes to piracy in the region. Gorbachev asked Bill Gates himself to personally intervene in the case and show mercy to Mr. Ponosov, since he only meant to help his students. In a response Gates said that Microsoft did not initiate the prosecution and that due to the small scale of the event, criminal proceedings would not be necessary.... Read more...
This one definitely borders on the freaky side for sure. Viruses used to build electronic structures? Hello?  Maybe we can all just skip the flu shots this year and head on over to MIT for a crash course in electrophysics?  In some sort of sick and twisted way, that runny nose you're fending off could possibly power your iPod... "By manipulating a few genes inside these viruses, the team was able to coax the organisms to grow and self-assemble into a functional electronic device. The goal of the work, led by MIT Professors Angela Belcher, Paula Hammond and Yet-Ming Chiang, is to create batteries that cram as much electrical energy into as small or lightweight a package as possible.... Read more...
Well, as is often the case, the criminals aren't all that smart, but they sure are clever. These fellows in Manchester, England, grabbed transaction information right off the telephone line that connects cash machines to the telephone system: Parsons or other gang members would use MP3 portable music players to record data transmitted from free-standing ATM cash machines. The data was then converted to readable numbers using a separate computer programme. The phone line running from the machine to an ordinary BT white socket was unplugged and a two-way adaptor inserted. The MP3 player was then placed between the ATM machine's output cable and the phone socket. The player would record the... Read more...
Windows isn't exactly known as the most secure OS at the moment, which is why Microsoft has gone to great lengths to improve all aspects of security in Windows Vista. Microsoft has coded Vista in such a way that traditional viruses would have a tuff time of compromising multiple machines, thanks in part to the new ASLR (Address Space [Layout] Randomization) feature. Though no system is perfect, Microsoft co-president Jim Allchin is still optimistic about the new security features found in Vista. "I'll give you an example: It's my favorite feature within Windows Vista, it's called ASLR (Address Space [Layout] Randomization). What it... Read more...
WORLD OF WARCRAFT(R): THE BURNING CRUSADETM IN STORES JANUARY 16, 2007 Street date set for the expansion to Blizzard Entertainment(R)'s massively multiplayer online role-playing game as subscriber base reaches 7.5 million players worldwide IRVINE, Calif. - - November 9, 2006 - - Blizzard Entertainment(R) announced today that World of Warcraft(R): The Burning CrusadeTM, the highly anticipated expansion to the world's leading subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game, World of Warcraft, will be in stores on January 16 in North America and Europe. The expansion will be available in a similar time frame in Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore as well, and availability... Read more...
Yet another development in the ongoing Department of Justice antitrust investigation. Yesterday Sandy Drew reported on the Departments Probe of Sony. Last month Toshiba was contacted by the DOJ. Exactly what will happen from this investigation is yet unknown. Stay tuned for more detail. "We were raided on Oct. 11 in connection with our SRAM products," a spokesman for Samsung Germany said on Wednesday. "We are cooperating in full with the investigation." The European Commission said on Tuesday it had raided the offices of several makers of SRAM (static random-access memory) chips in Germany, suspecting price-fixing in the sector.... Read more...
No, the headline isn't a mistype. Apple as revealed that a small number of video iPods contain the Windows RavMonE.exe virus, which they say found it's way onto iPods shipped after Sept. 12th. This virus won't be any trouble for Mac customers, and can be removed by using free Anti-Virus software found on Apple's site, and also with some popular Windows Anti-Virus tools. "The iPods were infected with the virus at one of Apple's contract manufacturers. The virus does not affect Mac customers. "As you might imagine, we are upset at Windows for not being more hardy against such viruses, and even more upset with ourselves for not... Read more...
Microsoft's Vista OS is going to almost instantly transform the market for all things OS, if the market share of all the other Windows operating systems is anything to go by. Businesses like Symantec and McAfee have made tidy little businesses out of protecting people from holes in Windows security. Well, they think they've been frozen out of a chance to offer virus and firewall protection for Vista, and they don't like it. And they took a full page ad out in The Financial Times to say so: McAfee, Symantec (SYMC.O: Quote, Profile, Research) and other security software companies argue Microsoft's new Vista operating system will make... Read more...
Well, the cat and mouse game continued today with the latest release of FairUse4WM version 1.3. FairUse4WM is a program used to strip the Windows DRM from audio files "leased" from online services such as Yahoo Music, Napster, etc.  This type of program can be very damaging to the pricing models of these companies subscription services where users typically pay fixed rates from $9.95 to $14.95 to lease the music as long as the subscription is valid.  Once the subscription is invalid, the user would no longer be allowed to listen to the music due to the DRM in place. FairUse4WM effectively removes this restriction and could potentially allow users unlimited and unrestricted access... Read more...
The big news of AMD filing an antitrust case against Intel, for their anti-competitive actions in the processor market, happened almost a year ago. The latest update on the issue is of Intel trying to get certain parts of the case dismissed based on the fact that they happened outside the U.S., and the U.S. court has no jurisdiction over what happens on foreign soil. Intel's motion will most likely be dismissed, as those acts have a direct effect on the U.S. economy and market. The trial will not be held until 2008, so a final court decision is still a long time away.  ... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that both AMD and Intel are making moves which are frustrating motherboard vendors. With regards to Intel, vendors are less than thrilled to see the company aggressively pulling in the launch dates for Woodcrest, Conroe, and Merom. With products launching months ahead of schedule, motherboard vendors now need to creatively figure out a way to get rid of existing product as attention will certainly drift towards the new platform once it is launched. In terms of AMD, the AM2 platform is not offering the same performance promises of Intel's new architecture. Regardless, AMD will likely launch the AM2 platform ahead of its original dates in an effort to lessen the blow... Read more...
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