Feb 20 18:32

Zero-day Attack Found In Adobe Acrobat

Adobe and others have warned against a critical-level security flaw affecting all recent versions of Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader for all platforms including Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

The attack is known as a zero-day attack because it takes advantage of computer vulnerabilities that do not currently have a solution, making it even more dangerous. In this case, all versions of Acrobat and Reader are vulnerable. Attackers are going after the vulnerability by sending infected .pdf e-mail attachments to various users.

Tip: ditch the bloated Adobe Reader and use a lightweight alternative like Sumatra PDF.

Feb 20 18:24

Bill proposes ISPs, Wi-Fi keep logs for police

Republican politicians on Thursday called for a sweeping new federal law that would require all Internet providers and operators of millions of Wi-Fi access points, even hotels, local coffee shops, and home users, to keep records about users for two years to aid police investigations.

Feb 19 21:02

New bill would force ISPs to retain user data for two years

A pair of Republican legislators have introduced legislation that would require ISPs to retain user data for two years as a means of helping law enforcement fight child porn; is this latest effort narrow enough to finally pass?

Feb 19 12:38


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(I am still not sure if this is a joke or not)

Feb 19 10:15

Google Earth reveals secret history of US base in Pakistan

The US was secretly flying unmanned drones from the Shamsi airbase in Pakistan's southwestern province of Baluchistan as early as 2006, according to an image of the base from Google Earth.

The image — that is no longer on the site but which was obtained by The News, Pakistan's English language daily newspaper — shows what appear to be three Predator drones outside a hangar at the end of the runway. The Times also obtained a copy of the image, whose co-ordinates confirm that it is the Shamsi airfield, also known as Bandari, about 200 miles southwest of the Pakistani city of Quetta.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay Googlers; start searching out those secret US bases!!!!

Feb 18 19:03

Privacy law call in Facebook row

The row over Facebook's change in its terms of service governing users personal data highlights the need for a privacy law, claims a leading watchdog.

The Electronic Privacy Information Centre was on the brink of filing a legal complaint when Facebook announced it would revert to its old policy.

The new terms seemingly gave Facebook vast control over users' content.

"This row underlines the need for comprehensive privacy laws," said Epic's president Marc Rotenberg.

Feb 18 18:52

IBM 'pulls out of US'

Earlier this month, the Examiner reported that the IBM has given an option to its 2,000 ex-employees who were recently laid off in Canada and the US to relocate to cheaper destinations like China, Brazil, India and Europe. However, an insider told the Examiner, it’s not just ex-employees but even existing employees are being asked to make the move.

"Those who shift will be paid at the prevailing wage of the country they shift, and may even include a lower position. The company will pay for their movement to the other country but will not guarantee a job length or help in moving back to the original country. The exception to this is for executives," said the insider.

“IBM’s goal is to move all non-customer facing jobs off North American soil," he added.

Feb 18 14:50

Den of thieves raided in S.F.

People who frequented the two-story home knew it as "the Castle," probably because of ornamentation along the roofline that resembles that of a turret. Inside were illegal gaming machines, methamphetamine for sale and an extensive identity-theft operation in which criminals could trade stolen mail, authorities said.

Feb 18 09:26

New exploit targets IE 7 hole patched last week

Cybercriminals are exploiting a critical hole in Internet Explorer 7 that was patched a week ago by Microsoft, security firm Trend Micro warned on Tuesday.

The malicious code, which Trend Micro named "XML_DLOADR.A," is hidden in a Word document. On unpatched systems, when the file is opened an ActiveX object automatically accesses a Web site to open a backdoor that installs a .DLL (dynamic link library) file that can steal information, according to a Trend Micro blog entry. The code sends stolen data to another Web address via port 443, Trend Micro said.

As a result of the back door, "anybody can run commands on the affected system," said Jamz Yaneza, a senior threat analyst and researcher at Trend Micro.

Feb 18 08:33

The Obama Forum - Websites that must be banned!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I sure hope this website is a joke!

Because it looks like part of a larger campaign to trick Americans into taking their anger out on each other, Republican versus Democrat, rather than uniting against the real cause of our woes, the US Government.

UPDATE: No sooner had I linked this page then the site went dark.

Whois data indicates the site was located in Texas.

Feb 17 19:43

Antitrust lawsuit filed against Google

A complaint has been filed in federal court charging Google with violating antitrust laws by “eliminating competition and choice.” The suit has been filed by a New York company called

The company is alleging that Google identified, which is a business to business search engine and subsidiary of, as a competitor site and took “predatory” steps to drive the company out of business.

Feb 17 19:28

Facebook - With friends like these ...

At the time of writing Facebook claims 59-million active users. That's 59-million suckers, all of whom have volunteered their ID card information and consumer preferences to an American business they know nothing about.

Feb 17 09:22

Australia government limited Google's bushfire map

Feb 17 09:03

Linksys Routers Now Have Built-In Internet Security

The software will basically deny access to any site it deems unsafe based on a set of predetermined criteria and constantly talks to Trend Micro's server to determine how secure a site is. But you can adjust the sensitivity level of the filter and/or filter out specific sites as you see fit. And if there's a site deemed unsafe you think shouldn't be, you can notify Linksys for consideration.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But if Linksys says you cannot visit a site like WRH, then you will not be allowed to visit the site.

That's the last Linksys product I buy!

Feb 17 09:00

New Zealand netizens go black in protest of new "no-proof" copyright law that cuts off your Internet on accusation

The first day's action was blacking out Twitter and Facebook avatars. I did it, as did Channel 3 Business News, a Creative Director at Saatchi and Saatchi, oh and Stephen Fry. Kudos to Juha Saarinen who first put out the call. This is building up to a full Internet blackout day on February 23rd. I'm delighted to say that the idea was formed at Kiwi Foo Camp, and the folks who were at Kiwi Foo have been running wild with it--building banners, releasing templates, spreading the word.

Feb 17 08:58

Draconian DRM Revealed In Windows 7

"A few days' testing of Windows 7 has already disclosed some draconian DRM, some of it unrelated to media files. A legitimate copy of Photoshop CS4 stopped functioning after we clobbered a nagging registration screen by replacing a DLL with a hacked version. With regard to media files, the days of capturing an audio program on your PC seem to be over (if the program originated on that PC). The inputs of your sound card are severely degraded in software if the card is also playing an audio program (tested here with Grooveshark). This may be the tip of the iceberg. Being in bed with the RIAA is bad enough, but locking your own files away from you is a tactic so outrageous it may kill the OS for many persons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Having failed to learn any lessons from the VISTA debacle, Microsoft continues their arrogant attitude that installation of their product means they own your machine.

When my XP machines finally die, I will be switching to LINUX (Already have on 2 boxes).

Feb 16 09:57

Facebook s New Terms Of Service "We Can Do Anything We Want With Your Content. Forever."

Now, anything you upload to Facebook can be used by Facebook in any way they deem fit, forever, no matter what you do later. Want to close your account? Good for you, but Facebook still has the right to do whatever it wants with your old content. They can even sublicense it if they want.

Feb 15 19:38

Harry Markopolos' Big Error...

if Harry Markopolos had taken all of his evidence about Bernie Madoff and put it on a blog, instead of submitting it to the SEC, there's a good chance that would have been the end of Madoff right there. All the time Markopolos was talking to the WSJ, trying to get them to run a story about Madoff, would have been much better spent setting up an anonymous Wordpress blog and just putting the information and analysis out there himself.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A word to the wise for all the other Harry Markopolis' out there.

Feb 14 20:35

Clock ticking on worm attack code

Experts are warning that hackers have yet to activate the payload of the Conficker virus.

The worm is spreading through low security networks, memory sticks, and PCs without current security updates.

Feb 14 18:53

Computer virus invades German defence computers

A computer virus which has already hit defence computers in Britain and France has spread to German military systems, the Defence Ministry in Berlin said Saturday. The Conficker computer worm has exasperated computer users right around the globe in recent weeks, but security-conscious military users had been thought to be better prepared to repel it.

The spokesman said several German armed forces sites had to be disconnected from the military network after hundreds of computers were taken over by Conficker.

Don't it make you feel safe knowing that the "defenders of the free world" can't even apply a much publicised computer patch.

Feb 14 17:53

MS sued for charging for Vista-XP downgrade

Microsoft has been sued this week over claims that the necessity to pay for its Vista-to-XP downgrade program abuses the company's Windows monopoly. Filed in a Seattle federal district court, the lawsuit found by the Seattle Times accuses Microsoft of violating Washington state business and consumer protection laws by creating an unfair license that cost plaintiff Emma Alvarado $59.25 to revert from Windows Vista Business to XP Professional when she bought a Lenovo notebook in June 2008.

She believes Microsoft has knowingly exploited Vista's poor reputation and created a captive audience which has no choice but to pay a significant amount to use an operating system it believes is more compatible and reliable.

Feb 14 11:05

Final Economic Stimulus Bill Permits Americans' Personal Health Information to Be Sold for Research and Public Health Purposes WITHOUT Patients' Consent

The final economic stimulus bill permits Americans' personal health information to be exchanged and sold -- without patients' consent -- for research and public-health purposes, warns the Institute for Health Freedom (Washington, DC) and Citizens' Council on Health Care (Saint Paul, MN).

Feb 14 07:08

Military Laptops For Sale on Pakistan's Black Market

Peshawar, Pakistan, has always had a reputation as a smuggler's paradise, the perfect place to score a 3,000 rupee Kalashnikov knockoff, a rusty Lee-Enfield or a nice block of hash. And as GlobalPost correspondent Shahan Mufti discovered, it's also a place where you can buy some off-the-shelf U.S. military equipment.

Mufti recently paid a visit to the Sitara Market on the city's western edge, and was able to pick up a ruggedized U.S. military laptop for $650. The laptop, which looks like it is part of a vehicle diagnostics kit, came with clear U.S. military markings. According to the story, the laptop also stored "identities of numerous military personnel and information about weaknesses and flaws in American military vehicles being employed in the war in Afghanistan."

Feb 14 07:04

Canadian judge: No warrant needed to see ISP logs

A Superior Court in Ontario, Canada has ruled that IP addresses are akin to your home address, and therefore people have no expectation of privacy when it comes to their online activities being accessed by law enforcement. This means that, in Canada, police can potentially request information from your ISP about online activities, and can do so without a warrant.

Feb 13 15:16

Party like it's 1234567890

This is one of those tidbits only a true geek will appreciate. For those of us who are completely out of the Unix loop, the operating system measures time by counting seconds from January 1, 1970. Needless to say, quite a few seconds have passed in the past 39 years and today, at 6:31:30 PM EST, that magical number will reach the wonderfully sequential 1,234,567,890 mark.

Feb 13 15:05

Why Google's Software Update Tool Is Evil

The recently released desktop app Google Earth 5 contained a little surprise for many Mac OS X users — it installed Google's automated Update Engine without clearly asking.

Worse, the latest version of Google Earth won't work without the Update Engine running in the background.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Google's arrogance is getting into Microsoft country.

Feb 13 09:03

Microsoft Terrified Companies Won't Upgrade To Windows 7

While a Vista-to-7 upgrade seems easy, upgrading from XP-to-7 (or even XP-to-Vista, which is how Microsoft got stuck in this hole in the first place) is a major headache. For an enterprise client with thousands (or tens of thousands) of PCs, upgrading off XP could easily be the most difficult and/or expensive IT deployment a company will undertake all year.

We heard CEO Steve Ballmer tell CIO mag that corporations should move to Windows 7 because "people will ask their boss why the heck they don't have the stuff they have at home." Now that's not the stuff corporate buying decisions are made of, and Steve is smart enough to know that. Which underscores how Microsoft is grasping at straws to get their corporate customers to undertake major IT upgrades amidst the recession.

Feb 12 19:37

Microsoft Offers $250K to Catch Worm Creators

Microsoft has offered a $250,000 bounty for the creators of the dreaded Conficker worm, which has infected 10 million computers worldwide, PC Magazine reports. The software giant is working with security firms and domain name administrator ICANN to find the culprits, whose virus exploits a vulnerability in Windows. Microsoft helped catch a worm author in 2005 with a reward of the same size.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'll throw in an official WRH coffee mug AND a bag of Kona coffee!

Feb 12 14:35

Malware writers target Digg with fake celebrity stories

Where the Web goes, the malware authors follow, and that's doubly true when it comes to websites like Digg that rely on their userbase to submit content. Some of the headlines might never catch your eye, but just a few might—and they don't lead anywhere good.

Feb 12 14:27

New law to give police access to online exchanges

The Conservative government is preparing sweeping new eavesdropping legislation that will force Internet service providers to let police tap exchanges on their systems - but will likely reignite fear that Big Brother will be monitoring the private conversations of Canadians.

Feb 12 09:43

Councils to be given power to snoop on calls and emails

Towns halls, along with police, security services and other public bodies will be able to view "communications" details of any one suspected of crime.

But critics fear the move will simply pave the way for authorities to spy on millions of citizens and taxpayers.

The power is contained in a new statutory order quietly laid before parliament yesterday.

If approved, it will come into effect from next month and cost the public more than £46 million to set up and run over the next eight years.

Feb 12 08:23

New Windows virus attacks PHP, HTML, and ASP scripts

Researchers have identified a new strain of malware that can spread rapidly from machine to machine using a variety of infection techniques, including the poisoning of webservers, which then go on to contaminate visitors.

The malware is a variation of a rapidly mutating virus alternately known as Virut and Virux. It has long proved adept at injecting itself into executable files, which are then able to attack uninfected machines through network drives and USB sticks.

The variant, which Microsoft is calling Virus:Win32/Virus.BM, is also able to infect web scripts based on languages such as PHP, ASP, and HTML. Servers that become infected include an iframe in webpages that attempt to spread malware to visitors.

Feb 12 08:18

Phorm: damn the EU, full speed ahead!

The EU has some tough questions for the UK government about why it never prosecuted advertising firm Phorm for its secret trials. Not that Phorm sounds worried; the company's CEO pledges the system will be live in the UK by the end of 2009.

Feb 11 19:59

UK party edits Wikipedia to support leader's claim

When checking facts with Wikipedia it helps to know who edited the entry last.

In their weekly debate Wednesday in the House of Commons, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and would-be prime minister David Cameron clashed over — of all things — how old the Renaissance painter Titian was when he died.

Titian came up at Prime Minister's Question Time as Cameron asserted that Brown never got his facts right.

"You told us the other day you were like Titian aged 90. The fact is Titian died at 86," the leader of the Conservative Party told the Labour prime minister.

Within minutes, a Wikipedia user registered at Conservative party headquarters logged on and changed Titian's date of death from 1576 to 1572 to conform with Cameron's statement.

Feb 11 19:42

What's so bad about XP?

I prefer XP because, unlike Vista, I don't need to worry about the quality of my GPU or how much RAM my computer has. It just works with what I have. More importantly, I find that Vista is much slower, even with better components, than a comparably equipped XP machine. For a newer OS, that's unacceptable.

From a business perspective, it makes perfect sense to keep XP for now. The enterprise is still upset about Vista's compatibility issues when it first launched and because it's so resource-intensive, many companies would need to update their machines just to deploy the OS.

Feb 11 17:24

US lawmaker injects ISP throttle into Obama rescue package

US Senator Dianne Feinstein hopes to update President Barack Obama's $838bn economic stimulus package so that American ISPs can deter child pornography, copyright infringement, and other unlawful activity by way of "reasonable network management."

Clearly, a lobbyist whispering in Feinstein's ear has taken Comcast's now famous euphemism even further into the realm of nonsense.

According to Public Knowledge, Feinstein's network management amendment did not find a home in the stimulus bill that landed on the Senate floor. But lobbyists speaking with the Washington DC-based internet watchdog said that California's senior Senator is now hoping to insert this language via conference committee - a House-Senate pow-wow were bill disputes are resolved.

Feb 11 15:28

IRS warns against e-mail filing scam

El Pasoans beware of an e-mail scam that is making the rounds.

The e-mail claims to be from the Internal Revenue Service and asks people to complete a W-4100B2 form. The form asks for a name, date of birth, address, Social Security number, bank account and other personal information.

The e-mail states, "Our records indicate that you are a non-resident alien. As a result, you are exempted from United States of America tax reporting and withholdings. ... Therefore, you are to authenticate the following by completing form W-4100B2, and return to us as soon as possible through the fax number: +1-646-519-7245."

Clay Sanford, an IRS spokesman, said the e-mail has the IRS seal and may look real.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not just El Paso. I just got one here.

Feb 11 13:22

Western Digital Passport USB Portable Hard Drive (160GB, black)

It seemed ok in the beginning - installed itself quickly and easily, and started humming along as I moved my 120 GB of music from my brand new XP desktop to the drive. But when I checked on it an hour later, there was an error, saying the drive was not recognized. I tried different USB ports, which would work for a few seconds, and then again, the drive wouldn't be recognized.

I tested my USB ports with other devices - all were fine. When I called WDC Customer Support, they told me the drive does not work with front USB ports (not close enough to the motherboard), but the cord is too short to use it effectively on the back ports. I tried it anyway - doesn't work. There are no drivers to download, no fixes, it's just a bad drive. Apparently this is a common issue.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yes it is, because my Western Digital Passport drive did the exact same thing. It will work with one laptop, but not my main desktop machine (the one I am typing this post on). It will work with the VISTA machine but only though a rear USB port, not the front one.

Now, this review of this product dates to 2 years ago. And yet, this item is still being offered for sale! Shades of the Parnell guy ordering his peanut company to ship out peanuts laced with Salmonella!

And yes, I am still in a very negative mood about American products after those made-in-the-USA Duracall batteries leaked and ruined my Mead Captureview binocular/camera a few days ago, not to mention anything sold by Microsoft. So yeah, I am pissed off and not at all tolerant of crappy American products.

But here is my point. After I pulled this drive out to use it to make an offsite copy of WRH's source tree, and found I could not get it to work any more (like the author of the linked piece, the drive worked the very first time I tried it, then decided to piss me off), I did a web search and I found TONS of complaints about this drive and model, and astonishingly, an overwhelming amount of "consumer reports" on supposedly unbiased computer information websites which lauded this drive to the high heavens!

So, one of two cases applies. Either these supposedly unbiased computer information websites which lauded this drive to the high heavens were testing something other than what is really being sold to us consumers, or, these supposedly unbiased computer information websites which lauded this drive to the high heavens are biased, which means their websites are just covert advertising for whoever hands them the most cash.

Bottom line. If the US cannot make products like batteries that don't leak and disk drives that operate longer than a few weeks, then our nation is in far worse trouble than we thought.

Feb 11 11:21

Fleischer: I kept Bush from calling on 'dotcoms and oddballs'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now I am pissed!

Feb 11 09:55

Intruder Hacks Into Colorado Woman's Facebook Page

Over the weekend Gamberg received a phone call from a Facebook friend from out of state.

"She's said 'Donna Lu, please call me as soon as you get this message. Somebody is ... I'm chatting with you and it sounds like you need help, and so I'm very worried,'" she said.

Someone had hacked into Gamberg's Facebook account and had started chatting.

Her poser wrote "I'm in London. I've been robbed. Send money."

Feb 10 08:04

Spate of 'zombie' attacks hit road signs

Pranksters in at least three states are messing with electronic road signs meant to warn motorists of possible traffic problems by putting drivers on notice about zombies and raptors. Highway officials aren't amused.

The latest breach came Tuesday morning near the St. Louis suburb of Collinsville, Ill., where hackers changed a sign on southbound Interstate 255 to read, "Daily Lane Closures Due To Zombies."

A day earlier in Indiana's Hamilton County, the electronic message in a construction zone warned drivers of "Raptors Ahead — Caution."

Feb 09 09:14

Australian Minister talks Internet Censorship as Victoria burns

As we’ve reported regularly over the last two days, Victoria, Australia has experienced the worst natural disaster in Australian history. As I type this post, the official death toll has risen to 130, with up to 200 people believed dead.

It’s a tragedy beyond all reckoning. So what do you think the Australian Minister for Censorship Senator Stephen Conroy was doing?

Well he was promoting the Australian Governments censorship proposal.

Feb 09 07:53

Apple blocks Bush shoe throwing game from App Store

However, the developer of the title has claimed that the game was removed from the App Store, with a message from Apple stating: “We cannot post this version of your iPhone application to the App Store because it contains content that ridicules public figures.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ridiculing public figures is protected free speech under the First Amendment.

Feb 09 07:11

Ballmer: Stay on Windows XP and you will face a backlash

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is warning IT organisations that they risk provoking an end user backlash if they don’t move off the XP operating system.

The word "desperation" springs to mind.

Feb 09 07:04

Google is watching

'THERE was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment . . . It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time."

That quote from George Orwell's "1984" becomes increasingly prescient in light of developments in eavesdropping, pioneered by Google. Recently the company launched a service called Latitude, which allows consenting users to monitor each other's whereabouts. It's the company's latest snooping tool, the most controversial being the Street Views photographic mapping service.

When I tried Street Views by entering my address, I was surprised to see that with a single click a truly Orwellian image popped onto the screen: my house, my car, the newspaper in the driveway.

Feb 08 10:41

Alternative to Google search engine.

A search engine that does not track you.Google has become a bad habit for many I believe.
Clutchy is also available as a Firefox tool bar.
The Clusty Toolbar for Firefox offers several unique features to help you find information more quickly and easily than ever before.

Now search engines want to know you very well indeed: your queries, the pages you visit, the books you buy, the email you send, your age, sex, zip code, etc. etc. This new world is an inviting target of snoops or agencies that want to analyze, censor, or monitor you.

We at Clusty don't track you. Our toolbar doesn't track you. We don't want to know your email address.

Just search, all the time. No questions asked.

Feb 08 08:28

French fighter planes grounded by computer virus

The aircraft were unable to download their flight plans after databases were infected by a Microsoft virus they had already been warned about several months beforehand.

Feb 08 00:29

Sure, the Googlebots know your deepest secrets - but it's worth it

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No it isn't.

Feb 08 00:25

Warning on US online entry

Websites are charging tourists for a service that is free. Conrad Walters reports.

Feb 07 08:24

Gary McKinnon profile: Autistic 'hacker' who started writing computer programs at 14

From the bedroom of his girlfriend's aunt's house in north London, he hacked into 97 America military computers at the Pentagon and Nasa between 2001 and 2002.

McKinnon was caught in 2002 as he tried to download a grainy black-and-white photograph he believed was an alien spacecraft on a Nasa computer housed in the Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas.

Feb 06 06:26

Beware Of Latest Scheme Targeting Social Networking Sites

Last week, Bryan Rutberg's Facebook page fell into the wrong hands and a strange message appeared.

"It changed to "BRYAN IS IN URGENT NEED OF HELP!", all caps, exclamation point," Rutberg said. "I guess that is the way the scammer set the table for reaching out to my friends."

Rutberg couldn't access his own account because a hacker changed the password and was posing as Bryan.

That hacker was chatting by instant message with the friends listed on Bryan's Facebook page, telling them a harrowing story.

"The story was I'm stuck here in London," Rutberg said. "I was on vacation at a resort. We were held up at gunpoint and now I have no way to get back home. Please send money."

Feb 05 19:39

Multiple Vulnerabilities in Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

Multiple vulnerabilities exist in the Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs), Cisco Catalyst 6500 Wireless Services Modules (WiSMs), and Cisco Catalyst 3750 Integrated Wireless LAN Controllers. This security advisory outlines details of the following vulnerabilities:

  • Denial of Service Vulnerabilities (total of three)
  • Privilege Escalation Vulnerability
Feb 04 22:29

Malware distributed by fake parking tickets

The flyers were fake parking violation notices, and instructed people to visit a website (which SANS did not publicize). Once they visited the website, they were infected with a malicious browser helper object.

From the post:

"The initial program installed itself as a browser helper object (BHO) for Internet Exploter that downloaded a component from and attempted to trick the victim into installing a fake anti-virus scanner from bestantispyware and protectionsoft"



Feb 03 06:53

Windows Vista stuck on single digit enterprise adoption

Just over two years since Microsoft launched Windows Vista, fewer than 10 per cent of PCs in the enterprise are running the successor to the company's eight-year-old Windows XP.

That compares to last July when Forrester reportedly said Windows Vista adoption was at 8.8 per cent and Windows XP was at 87.1 per cent. In that report, Forrester said Windows Vista was like "new Coke", which was killed by its corporate parent because nobody like it.

Clearly, little has changed since then, with the analyst shifting its emphasis to say Windows Vista is powering "just fewer than 10 per cent of all PCs within enterprises."

Feb 02 08:15

Windows 7 Will Not Sway XP Users

Why such dire predictions for Windows 7 ability to convert Windows XP users? As I've said, Windows 7 will do very well but just not with XP users. Like our new President Barak Obama, Windows 7 is overburdened with expectations from many constituents, especially Windows XP users who've strongly resisted moving to Vista. Windows 7 has a lot of making up to do for the Windows Vista debacle and that clearly is Windows 7's aim. But merely achieving par with what Vista promised to be at its launch more than two years ago isn't compelling enough to move XP users from their now hardened position about upgrading.

Feb 02 08:11

Your ISP is watching you

Since last autumn, BT – under the "Webwise" banner – has been trialling a technology called Phorm, which dials direct into your internet service provider's network and intercepts communications between you and the websites you visit, using information about the sorts of things you are viewing to serve you targeted ads.

Feb 01 18:13

Networking site cashes in on friends

Facebook is planning to exploit the vast amount of personal information it holds on its 150m members by creating one of the world's largest market research databases.

In an attempt to finally monetise the social networking site, once valued at $15bn (£10.4bn), it will soon allow multinational companies to selectively target its members in order to research the appeal of new products. Companies will be able to pose questions to specially selected members based on such intimate details as whether they are single or married and even whether they are gay or straight.


Feb 01 08:07

[Video] Charts Music - Songsmith fed with Stock Charts

Melodies derived from Stock Charts, arranged with Songsmith, the Microsoft Composition Tool.


Jan 31 10:28

Google FAIL!

Ok, this seems to be the biggest screwup Google ever made.

There were error messages “This site may harm your computer” for anything you searched no matter what browser you used or country you were from. The erros seems to be fixed now but I still have the screenshots.

Jan 30 19:05

Comcast Labels Innocent Customer a Movie Pirate

Dave Satz wrote in to inform us that one of his friends was served with a DMCA takedown notice a few weeks ago. His friend, John Aprigliano, had allegedly downloaded a CAM release of “Cadillac Records”, without ever having heard of the movie. Although these takedown notices are just a formality and intended to scare the recipient, John decided to contact his ISP and ask for clarification.

After four calls to Comcast support the truth came out. The infringement notice was forwarded to the wrong person because the MAC-address of John’s old modem was still linked to his account. The Comcast techs eventually corrected the mistake, but this case yet again shows how inaccurate takedown notices can be.

Jan 30 19:01

Thousands join email privacy campaign

When Jacqui Smith unveiled Home Office proposals to track the emails, telephone calls and text messages of every member of the public, she might have got more than she bargained for.

Thousands of civil liberties campaigners are planning to flood the Home Secretary's inbox by copying her in on every email they send on June 15.

Martin Allan Gray, an account manager from Dulwich, south-east London, is spearheading the campaign. He said his intention is to send the message: "You want to see our emails? OK then, here they are then!"

Jan 30 18:58

Microsoft force-installs Firefox extension

I haven’t worked with Visual Studio and .NET for a while, but in my current project that’s the platform. I downloaded a necessary update, and as it turned out, Microsoft hit a new low…

Jan 29 19:13

Welcome to the brave new world of broadband for all – and Big Brother

A rights agency will help to deal with piracy issues, funded by a levy on internet providers and music and film companies — effectively a tax on broadband subscribers and CD and DVD buyers. Lord Carter did not say how much the levy would be, but some Whitehall insiders have suggested a figure amounting to £20 per broadband connection per year.

Jan 29 10:18

Irish ISP will disconnect Internet users after three unsubstantiated copyright claims

Eircom, a major Irish ISP, will now disconnect its users from the Internet if they receive three unsubstantiated copyright infringement claims from the record labels. The record labels are vowing to hold other ISPs to the same deal, which is part of a court settlement in a lawsuit against Eircom.

Jan 29 04:15

The RealNews Network Malware attack.

I logged on to that site and my Security software alerted me to the following.

11:47:27 Firefox Denied: HEUR:Trojan.Script.Iframer


Firefox Denied:

An Exploit is software or code that targets security vulnerabilities, usually in the operating system or browser, but may also target vulnerabilities in other programs. Exploits are typically used to install malicious software on the victim's computer without the victim's knowledge or consent. An Exploit may be used to install malware that gives the attacker complete access to and control of the affected computer from a remote location.

update.More here on that threat.
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Jan 27 09:27

More Malware Targeting Users of Pirated Software for Mac

Users of pirated software have a new headache to worry about. For the second time in less than two weeks, malware targeting Mac computers has surfaced on the Web.

According to an advisory from Intego, OSX.Trojan.iServices.B is a variant of the iServices Trojan the company found last week targeting pirated copies of iWork '09. This time, the malware has its sights set on versions of Adobe Photoshop CS4 downloaded via BitTorrent trackers and other sites containing links to pirated software.

“The actual Photoshop installer is clean, but the Trojan horse is found in a crack application that serializes the program,” Intego’s advisory reads.

Jan 27 09:22

Man 'finds US troop data' on MP3

A New Zealand man says he found confidential data about US military personnel on an MP3 player he bought from a thrift shop in Oklahoma.

Chris Ogle, 29, said: "The more I look at it, the more I see and the less I think I should be looking."

The files included names and telephone numbers of American soldiers, according to reports by TV New Zealand.

Jan 26 09:13

Microsoft misses memo, launches DRM-laden mobile music store

Retailers from Amazon to Real have launched their own DRM-free MP3 music stores in recent years. Faced with the competition, Apple finally put the last nail in the coffin of á la carte music DRM earlier this month with the iTunes Store, but don't tell Microsoft. The world's largest software maker just launched a mobile phone-based music store in the UK that charges nearly twice the price for media while offering even fewer rights.

Jan 25 12:09

Worm infects millions of computers worldwide

A new digital plague has hit the Internet, infecting millions of personal and business computers in what seems to be the first step of a multistage attack. The world's leading computer security experts do not yet know who programmed the infection, or what the next stage will be.

In recent weeks a worm, a malicious software program, has swept through corporate, educational and public computer networks around the world. Known as Conficker or Downadup, it is spread by a recently discovered Microsoft Windows vulnerability, by guessing network passwords and by hand-carried consumer gadgets like USB keys.

How to remove the Downadup and Conficker worm

Jan 25 09:38

Most Successful U.S. Startups 2008 - Cuil

I'd hate to see a bad startup.

Jan 25 09:26 suffers database breach deja vu

For the second time in 18 months, employment search site has lost a wealth of personal data belonging to millions of job seekers after its database was illegally accessed.

Jan 24 01:11

Should controversial subjects be banned?

3th June, 2008 | Community Management
Should communities ban the discussion of certain topics?

"It’s a fact that some subjects are more controversial than others."

Jan 23 17:25

Windows 7 put up against Vista and XP in hardcore multicore benchmarks, XP wins

Now that the Windows 7 beta is out, the benchmarks are coming fast and furious, and while 7's been previously found to best XP and Vista during "real-world" tasks, it looks like XP is still the outright speed champ on current hardware.

Jan 23 11:50


YES - Promoted stories should have a section of their own.
26% (511 votes)
NO - leave the promoted stories in the main article list.
74% (1478 votes)
Total votes: 1989
Jan 22 17:17

Seagate offers free data recovery for faulty drives, new firmware

Seagate Technology LLC today is offering free data-recovery services for customers who purchased the company's Barracuda 7200.11 desktop hard drive through December 2008. A firmware bug in those drives has produced a high number of failures.

According to users on Seagate's online support forum the drives tend to freeze for about 30 seconds during I/O transfers of streaming video or when reading or writing files at low speeds.

"We're offering free data recovery because the information on the drives is not deleted. It's just rendered inaccessible by this suspect firmware," said Seagate spokesman Michael Hall.

Jan 22 17:10

MAC HACKERS - Pirated iWork '09 installer may contain trojan horse

Intego, makers of VirusBarrier and other security software for the Macintosh, issued a security alert for Mac users on Thursday, advising them about the existence of a new Trojan Horse, which they’ve named OSX.Trojan.iServices.A. This new Trojan Horse can be found in pirated copies of Apple’s iWork ‘09 application suite, which has been downloaded over 20,000 times, according to Intego’s numbers.

When installing an infected pirated copy of iWork ‘09, an extra iWorkServices package is installed; this installation begins as soon as the user launches the iWork ‘09 installer. This package is installed as a system-wide startup item, where it has read-write permissions as root. In other words, this code can do anything to any part of the system, with full authorization.

Jan 21 18:06

Credit Card Processor Says Some Data Was Stolen

Heartland Payment Systems, a major payment processing company, disclosed a data breach on Monday that potentially exposed tens of millions of credit and debit cardholders to the risk of fraud in what could quickly become one of the country’s biggest data compromises.
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Robert H. B. Baldwin Jr., Heartland’s president and chief financial officer, said that his company believed the card numbers, expiration dates, and in some cases cardholder names were exposed after attacks on its computer systems at the one point where data had been unencrypted.


Jan 19 13:16

New RFID Technology Allows You to be Tracked WITHOUT Your Knowledge

By invitation, I recently visited a remote facility in northern Virginia to see a demonstration of NOX – a new Intelligent Perimeter Defense system deployed by the FBI that uses covert Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to track people and assets without their knowledge.

That’s right, using RFID to track people without their knowledge. This system is exactly what the privacy advocates have long feared: Big Brother tracking us with spy chips.

Jan 19 12:38

Windows virus infects 9m computers

The number of Windows computers infected with the new "downadup" worm – also known as "Conficker" and "Kido" – has exploded to almost 9 million worldwide, from roughly 2.4m last Thursday, according to the computer security company F-Secure.

The growth in the number of infected machines – which the company's researchers called "just amazing" – makes it one of the worst malware outbreaks of the past five years. The principal targets are corporate Windows servers belonging to small businesses who have not installed security updates released by Microsoft last October. F-Secure estimates that a third of all potentially vulnerable systems have not had the update.

Jan 19 12:37

Banks slip through virus loophole

Is my money safe? A quiet rule change allows British banks to refuse to compensate the victims of online fraud if they do not have "up-to-date" anti-virus protection, says Danny Bradbury

Jan 18 18:22

Virus ‘sends RAF e-mails to Russia’

THE Ministry of Defence is investigating a major breach in security amid claims that all e-mail traffic from a number of RAF stations has been sent to a Russian internet server.

The e-mails were allegedly diverted to the Russian sender by a worm virus that entered the MoD systems 12 days ago bringing down computers and blocking e-mail communications across the military.

Jan 18 10:33

Are These Pro-Israel Mobbing Technologies RICO violations? Or Even Treason?

It could be argued, and substanitated with much evidence that, since 911, this war we have been fighting for Israel has destroyed's economy, its military, its constitution, its people; and pursuing this agenda, using these techniques and aid a foreign power, is treason.

Jan 14 09:08


Status : moderate risk

Kaspersky Lab has detected that multiple variants of Kido, a polymorphic worm, are currently spreading widely.

Net-Worm.Win32.Kido exploits a critical vulnerability (MS08-067) in Microsoft Windows to spread via local networks and removable storage media.

The worm disables system restore, blocks access to security websites, and downloads additional malware to infected machines.

Users are strongly recommended to ensure their antivirus databases are up to date. A patch for the vulnerability is available from Microsoft.

Jan 13 10:17

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 drives failing

SEAGATE'S FLAGSHIP desktop Barracuda 7200.11 drives, in particular the 1TB (ST31000340AS) units, are failing at an alarming rate and prompting outrage from their faithful customers.

A new self-bricking feature apparently resides in faulty firmware microcode which will rear its ugly head sometime at boot detection. Essentially the drive will be working as normal for a while, then - out of the blue - it'll brick itself to death. The next time you reboot your computer the drive will simply lock itself up as a failsafe and won't be detected by the BIOS. In other words, there's power, spin-up, but no detection to enable booting.