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COMPUTERS/INTERNET/SECURITY

Feb 05 22:34

Palin rails against 'anonymous, pathetic bloggers'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, Sarah, the only reason we pay any attention to you at all is that you won't SHUT THE @#$% UP!

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 05 14:26

Watch a live video, share your PC with CNN

Many people who watched live streaming video of the inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama on Jan. 20 may not realize that their PC was used to send the video to other PCs, too.

Clicking "yes" to a CNN.com dialog box installed a peer-to-peer (P2P) application that uses your Internet bandwidth rather than CNN's to send live video to other viewers.

Feb 05 11:12

Fake parking tickets direct to malicious Web site

In a scary online-offline Internet scam, hybrid cars in North Dakota have been tagged with fake parking citations that include a Web address hosting malicious software that drops a Trojan onto the computer.

The yellow tickets found on the cars in Grand Forks, North Dakota, read "PARKING VIOLATION This vehicle is in violation of standard parking regulations. To view pictures with information about your parking preferences, go to" and gave a Web site, according to a blog posting on the SANS Internet Storm Center site.

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 childhe.com and attempted to trick the victim into installing a fake anti-virus scanner from bestantispyware securityscan.com and protectionsoft warecheck.com."

Feb 04 07:54

Google Offers "Latitude" To Track People

It is designed to work on any phone with Internet capabilities, except the iPhone.

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Feb 03 21:28

SpySkype.C Trojan Wants to Talk to You!

Panda Security’s weekly report on viruses and intruders (1/30/2009) provides details on a recently discovered Skype Trojan classified by Panda as SpySkype.C. The initial objective of this malware is to steal the user’s login details.

According to Panda, the Trojan achieves its ends by convincing the user that a new Skype plug-in, Skype-Defender has been loaded onto the potential victim’s computer. As is common with this type of parasite, user action is then required to complete the infection.

Feb 03 16:46

PayPal Sucks

Webmaster's Commentary: 

NOTICE: Users of AVG anti-virus are reporting that visiting this website triggers an warning of malicious code. I cannot see it, and it does not show up on any non-AVG tools. AVG has a bad reputation for false-positives, so exercise the appropriate cautions.

Feb 03 15:05

'NYT' refused to run Bill Moyers's letter intact

A fine column by Eric Alterman in the Nation, echoing David Grossman's outrage over Gaza (see bottom of excerpt) and saying that the New York Times refused to run intact Bill Moyers's letter defending himself on Gaza after he was slagged by Bill Kristol. I don't think this would happen on the internet, by the way.

Feb 03 09:24

So is Wikipedia cracking up?

It was a utopian vision: an encyclopedia for the people, by the people. But eight years on, Wikipedia is plagued by endless hoaxes, riven by boardroom rebellion – and lurches from one cash crisis to another. Will it become a footnote in the history of the web?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wikipedia destroyed its own credibility when it began to enforce a particular editorial bias.

And I think my own case illustrates the point.

At one time there were articles at Wikipedia about Whatreallyhappened and about Michael Rivero. Then a wiki user made some changes to both articles making claims and accusations which were "exaggerated" to say the least. Under the rules of Wiki I was allowed to correct the errors and I did. Then the errors were put back in. I corrected. The errors were put back in and the article locked against changes. When I complained, Wiki told me (I am not kidding you) that Michael Rivero was not considered an authoritative source on the subject of Michael Rivero. When readers complained, Wiki simply deleted the articles and all subsequent attempts by my readers to create new ones.

Many others have also noticed a clear bias in Wiki's articles and edits, and because Wiki now comports itself along the same lines as the corporate media, it has lost the trust of the consumer who views corporate media as little more then paid advertising for vested interests.

I am not surprised Wiki has hit hard times. They abandoned their original purpose of a pure online democracy in favor of enforcing their editorial view of the world on everyone else, and We the People have already had our fill of that kind of thinking.

Feb 03 08:39

Google executives facing jail in Italy over a video

Peter Fleischer and three other Google executives face criminal charges in Italy over the posting of a video showing a disabled teen being harassed by peers. They face up to a maximum of 36 months if convicted on the charges.

"It's akin to prosecuting mail service employees for hate speech letters sent in the post," a Google spokeswoman said in an e-mail. "Seeking to hold neutral platforms liable for content posted on them is a direct attack on a free, open Internet."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We cannot try a President who orders torture of innocent people, but we'll bitch-slap the Google execs for a video to prove that we are a species that respects the law!

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 11:33

Windows 7

Feb 02 11:24

Passport RFIDs cloned wholesale by $250 eBay auction spree

Feb 02 10:39

DESERTPEACE IS BACK!

There was an ‘interruption in service’ yesterday on this Blog. If you logged in you were greeted by a message informing you that my Blog had been suspended due to a violation of the Terms of Service.

As this was not the case, I informed WordPress administration and they quickly reinstated my blogging priveleges…

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 20:42

SWAT teams deployed in 911 fraud

They were victims of a new kind of telephone fraud that exploits a weakness in the way the 911 system handles calls from Internet-based phone services. The attacks — called "swatting" because armed police SWAT teams usually respond — are virtually unstoppable, and an Associated Press investigation found that budget-strapped 911 centers are essentially defenseless without an overhaul of their computer systems.

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 10:02

Google blacklists entire internet

Glitch causes world's most popular search engine to classify all web pages as dangerous.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maybe Google should quit trying to decide for us what pages we should and should not visit. If they detect malicious code on a server TURN THEM INTO THE POLICE!

Feb 01 10:00

Fines fraud hits Italian drivers

Thousands of drivers in Italy are expected to seek compensation after it was revealed that a system to catch them jumping red lights was rigged.

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Feb 01 08:07

[Video] Charts Music - Songsmith fed with Stock Charts

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

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Jan 31 18:49

Millions hit by Google 'breakdown'

Google users around the world have been hit by a malfunction that incorrectly reports every other website as potentially harmful.

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 31 08:19

Over 90% Emails Are Spam & Malware

Out of all the email messages analyzed, 89.88% turned out to be spam and 1.11% were infected with some type of malware. In the last three months of the year, 301,000 zombie computers were activated and used for distributing spam

"For companies, spam is more than just a nuisance: It consumes bandwidth, wastes employees' time and can even cause system malfunctions. In the end, it all results in a loss of productivity," Luis Corrons, technical director of PandaLabs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And the government that proclaims how successful it is at hunting down terrorists can't do a thing about it.

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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 15:29

Cigarette lighter camera shows there's nothing more patriotic than espionage

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oooooooh, I just GOTTA have one! :)

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 09:43

Google out to expose Internet traffic chokers

Google has begun offering tools to expose Internet service providers (ISPs) that choke traffic or shift users into slow lanes while allowing others to zip along at high speeds.

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Jan 29 08:53

Pro-Israel media: Bloggers join media war

Some 1,000 new immigrants and foreign-language-speaking Jews volunteer to army of bloggers set up by Absorption Ministry and Foreign Ministry with the stated objective of flooding blogs with pro-Israel opinions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hitler had a huge propaganda operation, too.

It didn't work.

Jan 29 08:46

£20 broadband charge to fight online music and film piracy

The agency would act as a broker between music and film companies and internet service providers (ISPs). It would provide data about serial copyright-breakers to music and film companies if they obtained a court order. It would be paid for by a levy on ISPs, who inevitably would pass the cost on to consumers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, all the law abiding computer users get to pay for the pirates' "free" music.

So these bozos are no longer simply stealing from the music and film companies, they are effectively stealing from all of us.

Jan 29 07:19

College student wins free-speech spat ... but what about next one?

News comes via the Electronic Frontier Foundation that Michigan State University has dropped disciplinary action against a student who had been accused of spamming and network abuse because she sent e-mail about a controversial campus matter to 391 faculty members.

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

and

Firefox Denied: Exploit.JS.Pdfka.ec

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.
Sun Java JDK / JRE Multiple Vulnerabilities

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Jan 27 16:32

Wiki editors trying to cover up that Richard Fuld is Jewish?

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Jan 27 11:07

Online privacy tips for teens ... and the adults who ignore them

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 27 07:45

Wikipedia editors may approve all changes

Wikipedia faces a revolt among thousands of its contributors over proposals to change the way the online encyclopedia is run.

Until now, Wikipedia has allowed anybody to make instant changes to almost all of its 2.7m entries, with only a handful of entries protected from being altered.

But under proposals put forward by the website's co-founder Jimmy Wales, many future changes to the site would need to be approved by a group of editors before going live.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which means censorship and filtering, the very things Wikipedia claimed to oppose at the start.

A little history:

Wikipedia used to have articles about whatreallyhappened.com and Michael Rivero. Both were filled with inaccuracies, so I undertook to correct them. My changes were deleted! I did the edits again. Again my changes were deleted and the articles locked against further changes with the explanation that I was not considered an expert on Michael Rivero. When I pointed out that I am Michael Rivero, the articles were deleted. Further attempts to create new articles by my readers are consistently blocked.

So, far from being a people's encyclopedia, Wikipedia is just another controlled media outlet.

Jan 27 07:39

Gary McKinnon believes in little green men – but it doesn't make him a terrorist

To listen to the ravings of the US military, you would think that Mr McKinnon is a threat to national security on a par with Osama bin Laden. According to the Americans, this mild-mannered computer programmer has done more damage to their war-fighting capabilities than all the orange-pyjama-clad suspects of Guantanamo combined.

And how? He is a hacker. He hacked into the Pentagon, he hacked into the army, the navy, and the air force, and the Americans say he temporarily paralysed US Naval Weapons station Earle, by deleting some files.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'm convinced; hang the bastard! TWICE!

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Jan 26 12:59

Macs hit with BitTorrent-embedded malware attack

For years, Mac users have long been rightfully smug about their platform's relative immunity to virus and malware attacks, but it's inevitable that those days will eventually come to an end. (As the Mac gains in popularity, it also earns more attention from malware developers, and it's this lack of malware being actively developed, not some special, inherent security, that have really kept the Mac a "safe" platform for the time being.)

Now we're seeing one of the first moderately-sized exploits to take advantage of Mac users.

Jan 26 09:56

Mystery virus hits 15 million PCs around the world

A mysterious computer virus, the purpose of which has yet to become apparent, is spreading so fast that it has already infected more than 15 million computers around the world. Some six million machines have been contaminated in the past three days alone by the virus, a worm known as Downadup, Conficker or Kido.

More than 3,000 British organisations – including hospitals, the Ministry of Defence, councils, and what are described as "well-known firms" – have been hit. They and the hundreds of thousands of other victim organisations in countries such as the US, Russia, China and India are now bracing themselves for the virus to be triggered and do whatever malicious work it has been designed to do.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Who wants the blog-o-sphere silenced right now?

Had it not been for the internet and the blogs, Israel would have succeeded in selling the idea that the attack on Gaza was all HAMAS' fault.

When Tzipi Livni got up and stated flat out that there were no civilian casualties in Gaza. she did so because she honestly believed that all contradictory information would be blocked from reaching the world.

She was wrong. Photos of dead children were already in wide circulation even as she stood at the podium.

Israel has invested much of the money they get from the taxpayers to buy up and control the media (see BBC). This PR disaster over the last month has finally made them realize that the precious control over the information of the world has been lost; the high ground in the war for the minds of the people is here on the net. If Israel cannot control that (and they are trying) then they will lose the war of public opinion.

So, to repeat; who wants the blog-o-sphere silenced right now?

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 12:20

Mystery virus hits 15 million PCs around the world

A mysterious computer virus, the purpose of which has yet to become apparent, is spreading so fast that it has already infected more than 15 million computers around the world. Some six million machines have been contaminated in the past three days alone by the virus, a worm known as Downadup, Conficker or Kido.

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 09:45

CUIL search engine

I decided to test this search engine by typing my wife's name into it, and found that her name had been selected to ride aboard NASA's Stardust Mission possibly because she had sent a copy of her album "Isle of Sanctuary" as a gift for the crew of

Jan 25 09:38

Most Successful U.S. Startups 2008 - Cuil

I'd hate to see a bad startup.

http://www.quantcast.com/cuil.com

Jan 25 09:26

Monster.com suffers database breach deja vu

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

Jan 25 09:22

Microsoft could face $8.5 billion in damages for "Vista Capable" case

The Vista Home Basic lawsuit alleges that Microsoft's Vista Capable program would inflate the prices of PCs that were only capable of running that edition, thus enticing users to purchase machines that would not be able to upgrade to a better version of Vista at a later date.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No, it wasn't, because every single commercial for VISTA showed the Aero interface which would lead any reasonable person to conclude that this was what they were paying (huge bucks) for.

I have a VISTA machine here someone gave me when they found out the BIOS prevented them from installing XP on it, so I have had a chance to look at VISTA Home Basic closely. Frankly, it is a step down from XP, and obviously the features of VISTA shown in the TV commercials are all in the expensive add upgrades. I am probably going to load LINUX on this thing when I am done with the VISTA post-mortem.

Jan 25 09:07

Microsoft to axe 5,000, no job cuts in India

"Microsoft will eliminate up to 5,000 jobs in R&D, HR, marketing, sales, finance, legal, and IT over the next 18 months, including 1,400 jobs today," the company said in a statement.

The layoff, however, would not be impacting the Indian operations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my joy.

Jan 24 14:52

CIA/MOSSAD GENERATED "VERIFY YAHOO ACCOUNT" SCAM/PHISHING/VIRUS

Webmaster's Commentary: 

An expert traces the IP path and finds the source of this virus attack is Israel.

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 19:56

Microsoft layoffs: Is Vista to blame?

In Microsoft's public speeches and press releases, CEO Steve Ballmer has portrayed Windows Vista as nothing short of a wild success, an operating system that has sold millions of copies to adoring fans worldwide.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When you sell an operating system that takes care of corporations more than it takes care of the users, do not be surprised when people do not want to buy it.

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

SHOULD MEMBER STORIES BE MOVED TO A SEPERATE SECTION?

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 23 10:47

You Tube Expands 9/11 Truth Purge

You Tube has permanently suspended another major 9/11 truth account in a continuation of the purge that began following efforts by the establishment to smear the 9/11 truth movement as terrorist propaganda.

You Tube has previously been caught blocking 9/11 truth videos from entering into top ranking charts for both views and comments despite their enduring popularity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The videos can still be seen HERE

PLEASE DOWNLOAD AND SAVE LOCAL COPIES WHILE YOU STILL CAN!

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 22 15:56

Downvote Bots Fight Propaganda War

Government propagandists, their hired private contractors and useful idiots are creating "downvote bots" or scripts to bury stories which question the government.

Anyone who has posted news items questioning the government's version of 9/11, the government's unquestioning support for Israel, or a host of other topics has probably noticed that all of their recent stories get downvoted virtually simultaneously, which defies the laws of probability.

One free, simple scripting program to create automatic downvotes of certain topics or news posters is called "Greasemonkey", which is commonly used on large social news sites such as Reddit.

Jan 22 10:14

Trojan takes 'Office Space' approach to stealing from phone users

Last week, Kaspersky Lab experts detected a new malicious program for Symbian that targets customers of an Indonesian mobile phone operator. The Trojan is written in Python, a script language. It sends SMS messages to a short number with instructions to transfer part of the money in the user's account to another account, which belongs to the cybercriminals.

There are five known variants of Trojan-SMS.Python.Flocker, from .ab to.af. The amounts transferred range from $0.45 to $0.90. Thus, if the cybercriminals behind the Trojan manage to infect a large number of phones, the amount transferred to their mobile phone account as a result could be quite substantial.

Jan 22 10:07

Microsoft profit misses, to cut up to 5,000 jobs

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'll bet all the jobs will be from the "let's make the software better" department, while leaving the "Let's make licensing and DRM even more of a headache" department and the "Let's pretend we are fighting off the hackers" department.

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