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mogs Daily CYBERCLIPS September "Edition" INFO.
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Well, apart from a rickety start to the previous "edition"; the CCLIP transition has gone quite smoothly. Support, as measured by readers/views, continues, with thanks to all.
I will start to try to differentiate between Alert/Product/Information/Update entries, this month.....making a relevant note of such, in the post's heading....it may help if you need to search for an entry
I should reiterate that no entry/post should be taken as a personal recommendation, unless otherwise stated.
Please continue to keep CYBERCLIPS free of junk/litter and unattractive to any contentious individuals; whilst, at the same time feeling disposed towards posting suitable content, and one-off comment yourself.
Have a Cybersafe September everybody !


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mogs CClip 1 Apple QuickTime flaw.. ALERT
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Apple QuickTime backdoor creates code-execution peril

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By Dan Goodin in San Francisco • Get more from this author

Posted in Malware, 30th August 2010 19:27 GMT
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A security researcher has unearthed a “bizarre” flaw in Apple's QuickTime Player that can be exploited to remotely execute malicious code on Windows-based PCs, even those running the most recent versions of operating system.

Technically, the inclusion of an unused parameter known as “_Marshaled_pUnk” is a backdoor because it is the work of an Apple developer who added it to to the QuickTime code base and then, most likely, forgot to remove it when it was no longer needed. It sat largely undetected for at least nine years until Ruben Santamarta of Spain-based security firm Wintercore discovered it and realized it could be exploited to take full control of machines running Windows 7, Microsoft's most secure operating system to date.

More info at :-
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/08/30/apple_quic...

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mogs CClip 2 . Mouse Extender INFO.
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Quickly launch applications from your desktop
Launch programs in no time with Mouse Extender
Use this free launcher tool to open programs at the click of a mouse
Written by Computeractive staff, Computeractive
30 Aug 2010
Introduction
Windows provides plenty of ways to launch applications and open files, from the Start menu to shortcuts placed on the desktop. However, these areas can quickly become cluttered and therefore awkward to navigate.

Mouse Extender is free ‘launcher’ tool that literally puts shortcuts at your fingertip. Assign a mouse button, such as the middle one, typically part of the scrollwheel, to Mouse Extender and then its launcher panel is just one click away.

The panel can be customised to include shortcuts to pretty much whatever you want on your PC: it’s a great time-saver.

In this Workshop we will show you how to get started with Mouse Extender.
See more at :-
http://www.computeractive.co.uk/computeractive/wor...



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mogs CClip 3 Instant Message Worm.. Alert/Info.
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A new type of malware speaks many tongues, as it crawls around instant messaging services.
By Eric Doyle, 31 Aug 2010 at 11:59

Kaspersky Lab has found a new breed of computer worm that spreads through instant messaging (IM) clients. These include Yahoo Messenger, Skype, Paltalk Messenger, ICQ, Windows Live Messenger, Google Talk and the XFire client used by online gamers.

The research team have found four variants which affect Windows systems. When one of these worms, generically named IM-Worm.Win32.Zeroll, infects a client, it searches for the contact list and sends itself in disguise to all the addressees. The recipient sees a message from the infected machine with a link to an image which turns out to be a malicious file.

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http://www.itpro.co.uk/626503/versatile-worm-infec...

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mogs CClip 4 Compromised Accounts ALERT
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Fake TweetDeck update lures prompt password resets

Are UK hackers behind Trojan horse attack?
By John Leyden • Get more from this author

Posted in Spam, 31st August 2010 12:26 GMT
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Compromised Twitter accounts have been used to post links to an exploit portal that poses as a download site for an update to TweetDeck, the popular micro-blogging client software package.

Malware lures pose as messages such as "Critical tweetdeck update Bank Holiday", a reference to a national holiday in the UK that may suggest the miscreants behind the ruse are based in Britain, net security firm Sophos notes.

Twitter is in the process of resetting the passwords of presumably compromised accounts distributing the dangerous links, which expose visitors to possible infection by Trojan horse malware.

Meanwhile TweetDeck - which has not issued an update - reiterated its standing advice that users should visit its website for patches. By default, TweetDeck updates are offered automatically following the publication of a security or stability update to the software, on Macs at least. ®
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/08/31/tweetdeck_...


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mogs CClip 5 Gaurdians INFO
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Switch off Inprivate browsing in Internet Explorer
Can I stop Inprivate browsing?
Turn off this browser feature to monitor your household's internet habits
Written by Computeractive staff, Computeractive
31 Aug 2010
Q We have young children who use the internet. I want to see their browsing history so I know exactly what websites they are viewing, so I can ensure they are safe.

I would like to know how to disable Inprivate browsing in Internet Explorer 8 on Windows 7, which hides the sites they have visited.
Anthony Gallagher

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http://www.computeractive.co.uk/computeractive/q-a...

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mogs CClip 6 New Gmail feature INFO
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Google adds Priority Inbox to combat information overload
Gmail feature will "revolutionise the way we use email"
Written by Khidr Suleman, V3.co.uk
31 Aug 2010
Google has launched a ‘Priority Inbox’ interface for all Gmail account holders, designed to flag the most important messages and allow users to deal with emails more efficiently.

The interface breaks the inbox into three sections – ‘important’, ‘starred’ and ‘everything else’



Read more: http://www.computeractive.co.uk/v3/news/2268888/go...


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mogs CClip 7 Ruby on Rails INFO
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Ruby on Rails 3.0 sets sail gets off ground oh, chuff chuff

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Posted in Applications, 31st August 2010 16:01 GMT
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The Ruby on Rails creator has released version 3.0 of the open source web framework, following a two-year project involving more than 1,600 contributors to the code.

David Heinemeier announced the third generation release of the software – which has been designed to work with Ruby 1.8.7, Ruby 1.9.2, and JRuby 1.5.2+ – on Sunday in a blog post.

More at :-
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/08/31/ruby_on_ra...

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mogs CClip 8 IE Problems. INFO.
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Solving Your Annoying Internet Explorer Troubles
By Jay Dougherty
August 31, 2010 9:47AM


Internet Explorer is likely the most popular web browser around, but users have numerous gripes, such as fixing settings to comfortable levels and securing passwords and usernames. Third-party tools such as the free IE New Window Maximizer make it easy to set your options over how IE launches, including the ability to close pop-ups.


Love it or hate it, Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE), by most estimates, still commands the lion's share of the browser market. That means a lot of people spend a lot of their day using the browser, and a lot of people encounter problems they'd like to solve. Here are a few.
Q: Internet Explorer opens up in a different size and position each time I start it. I would like it to open up maximized. How can I do this?



The Answer and more at :-
http://www.newsfactor.com/story.xhtml?story_id=133...

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mogs CClip 9 Puran Defrag Free PRODUCT
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What Is Puran Defrag? - A Disk Defragmenter
The files saved on your hard disk will become fragmented for various reasons. Because of this, your hard disk is extra busy gathering data from different fragments located at various locations on the hard disk in order to access your files. This process degrades your hard disk performance and overall system speed which gets gradually worse over time. In addition, the read/write speed of your hard disk varies by location and the files on your hard disk are randomly distributed. Therefore, you lose any potential speed gains from other system optimization programs.

Puran Defrag provides the solution! Puran Defrag is a very simple disk defragmenter which will defrag the files and optimize your system, collecting all the fragments of a file and putting them together, as well as moving some frequently used files and all directories to faster disk areas. This process boosts your hard disk performance and thus overall system speed. In addition it reduces wear and tear on your hard disk, thereby increasing its life span.


Main Features
Puran Intelligent Optimizer - PIOZR
Directories Consolidation for speed boost
Optimization by Freeing Space
Automatic Defragmentation for worry free defrag
Boot Time Defragmentation for system files like MFT
Low Priority Defrag for work while defrag experience
Individual File/Folder Defrag for selective defrag
GUI and Console Command Line Defrag Supported
Restart/Shutdown After Boot Time Defragmentation
File/Folder Exclusion or exclusion by wildcard facility
Native support for 64Bit Windows
Supports Windows Xp/2003/Vista/2008/7


http://www.puransoftware.com/Puran-Defrag-Download...

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mogs CClip 10 MS Fixit INFO.
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Microsoft releases FixIt for critical flaw in 100 apps

Relief for Firefox, Nvidia, PowerPoint
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Posted in Enterprise Security, 1st September 2010 16:57 GMT
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Microsoft has released a software tool that helps system administrators protect PCs against a critical class of vulnerabilities found in more than 100 applications from a variety of software makers.

The FixIt Tool works only on machines that have already installed the workaround Microsoft published last week. The latest point-and-click release is designed to make the previous workaround easier to use and fine-tune a variety of settings that will ensure compatibility with applications such as Outlook 2002, members of the Microsoft Security Response Center said.

More of the article at :-
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/09/01/microsoft_...

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mogs CClip 11 File extensions INFO.
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How can I show hidden file extensions in Windows?
Let Windows know which program it needs to open files
Written by Computeractive staff, Computeractive
01 Sep 2010
Q I sent my PC to a repair shop for some maintenance and to have a new hard diskfitted. Now it has returned, I keep seeing a warning whenever I try to rename photos in Windows XP.

The error message warns that renaming a file could make it unusable. If I do rename the file I can no longer open it. Why is this happening?
Malcolm Whiteley

See the reply at :-

http://www.computeractive.co.uk/computeractive/q-a...
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mogs CClip 12 Google retalliation INFO.
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Google fires back on vulnerability reports
Company lobbies for better assessment procedures
Written by Shaun Nichols in San Francisco, V3.co.uk
01 Sep 2010
Google has voiced sharp criticism of vulnerability database services in the wake of a report from IBM's X-Force which accused the search firm of leaving 33 per cent of its reported flaws unpatched.



Read more: http://www.computeractive.co.uk/v3/news/2268987/go...


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mogs CClip 13 Sore eyes ? INFO.
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Why does my monitor hurt my eyes?
Ensure your computer's display is set up properly to reduce eye strain
Written by Computeractive staff, Computeractive
02 Sep 2010
Q A friend is suffering severe eye strain from her monitor. We have tried changing the brightness and contrast settings and using a screen filter but without success.

We would rather not go to the expense of a new screen and were hoping that there might be some setting that can be changed to improve matters. The computer runs Windows XP.
Alfred Miller

See the Reply........

Read more: http://www.computeractive.co.uk/computeractive/q-a...

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mogs CClip 14 CCleaner UPDATE
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CCleaner version 2.35.1223
Optimization and Cleaning
CCleaner is the number-one tool for cleaning your Windows PC. It protects your privacy online and makes your computer faster and more secure. Easy to use and a small, fast download.
Cleans all areas of your Computer
Internet Explorer
Temporary files, history, cookies, Autocomplete form history, index.dat.
Firefox
Temporary files, history, cookies, download history, form history.
Google Chrome
Temporary files, history, cookies, download history, form history.
Opera
Temporary files, history, cookies.
Safari
Temporary files, history, cookies, form history.
Windows
Recycle Bin, Recent Documents, Temporary files and Log files.
Registry Cleaner
Advanced features to remove unused and old registry entries.
Download available at :-
http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

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mogs CClip 15 Chrome Beta and Stable UPDATE
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Stable and Beta Channel Updates
Thursday, September 2, 2010 | 07:04
Labels: Beta updates, Stable updates
Google Chrome 6.0.472.53 has been released to the stable and beta channels for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Updates from the previous stable release include:
Updated UI
Form Autofill
Syncing of extensions and Autofill data
Increased speed and stability
More information on these and other changes in Chrome 6 can be found on the Google Chrome blog. Download Chrome today!

http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.com/

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mogs CClip 16 iTunes UPDATE
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iTunes update plugs WebKit flaw

Ping-pong
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Posted in Malware, 2nd September 2010 14:16 GMT
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The latest version of iTunes for Windows addresses 13 security vulnerabilities, as well as adding much-publicised social networking functionality.

iTunes 10 for Windows addresses flaws in the media player's WebKit browser that were fixed in Safari late last month with version 5.0.1 and 4.1.1 of Apple's browser software.

Apple's advisory on the security content of iTunes 10 can be found here.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/09/02/itunes10_s...

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mogs CClip 17 Inflection INFO.
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Inflection outbreak could hit privacy

The telephone book for the Internet is here
By David Neal
Thu Sep 02 2010, 15:45
A STORY in the New York Times has us putting our 'delete Internet accounts' doomsday clock up to 11:59:58, introducing as it does Inflection - which sounds as scary as a sneezing, drooling rabid monkey.
According to the NYT, Inflection is about to launch something called Peoplesmart, which aims to be a people search engine and sounds like a social notworking service too far.
Like Soylent Green, the Inflection social networking searcher is all about people, and it aims to do to online presences what the old style phone book used to do to your physical location - that is, put your name and a number to it.
The NYT said that Inflection is unleashing PeopleSmart today, and cautioned that it "mines public records as well as social networking profiles to build an online directory of people". This means that it is being loosed onto the Internet like a personal data snuffling cockroach and then provides, for a fee of course, information that is already publicly available on other websites.
It is not all about spidering social notworking services though. There are people prepared to act on request too, and while users can choose to pay $2.95 a month or $9.95 for 24-hour access, non-intrusive and perfectly acceptable things like reverse cellphone look-ups cost extra.
The Inflection website is live now. We resisted the lure of the tagline "People search & background checks by name, phone, email or address". µ


http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/1731075/i...

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mogs CClip 18 Chrome INFO.
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Chrome celebrates second b-day with sixth release

Remember the Googasm
By Cade Metz in San Francisco • Get more from this author

Posted in Applications, 2nd September 2010 22:05 GMT
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Google is celebrating Chrome's second birthday by releasing a new stable version of its rapidly evolving browser, offering a slightly simpler user interface, an automatic form filler, and the ability to synchronize extensions and form data across machines.

The first public version of Chrome arrived on September 2, 2008, sparking a worldwide Googasm. Since then, Google has churned out six stable releases for Windows (and two for Mac and Linux). Chrome 6 arrived today — September 2, 2010 — with a celebratory blog post from Google product manager Brian
Rakowski.
More to read at :-

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/09/02/chrome_6_g...

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mogs CClip 19 Broadband waste. INFO.
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Consumers throwing away £700m on fast broadband services they don't need, says O2by Katie Theisinger on Friday 03 September 2010Comment


We're all wasting lots of money paying for fast broadband connections we're not really using - that's the message from O2 today, which reckons that a total of £700 million a year is effectively wasted on fast broadband.

So how do they get to that conclusion? Well, a survey published today shows that the average UK broadband user is paying for a package with connection speeds of up to 20 Mb, while in fact the vast majority of households really only need connection speeds of around 8Mb - with the result that an estimated £58m per month is being spent on broadband that just isn't utilised.

More to read at :-

http://www.broadbandgenie.co.uk/news/20100903-cons...

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mogs CClip 20 INFO.
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Spam advertising IQ tests over instant messaging services has spiked and scammers are using some smart sales techniques, a security firm has warned.

In one case, the spam message asked the user to click through to partake in a test, which had 11 questions in total, noted Trend Micro fraud analyst Christopher Talampas.

The purported service then prompted the potential victim to sign up and provide a mobile phone number to get the actual results.

Looking down at the Summary of Terms at the bottom of the page, Talampas read that by giving the quiz’s creators their phone number, users signed up to a “mobile content subscription.”

The subscription fee ranged from $9.99–$19.99 a month, Talampas noted in a blog, and this led the researcher to leave the site immediately.

He added: “One may ask why the site would need a mobile phone number just to send IQ test results. Will they use this information to spam me through my mobile phone? Nor is it clear if the answers to the questions actually matter to the IQ ‘score’ given to the user, if they actually receive one.”

Cyber criminals have been using varying sales tricks of late. A new Trojan was recently spotted by Sunbelt Software, which offered a comparison of anti-virus services.

The products that appeared to do the best jobs turned out to be rogue anti-virus products.

http://www.itpro.co.uk/626590/tricksters-getting-t...




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mogs CClip 21 EMET INFO.
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Microsoft updates a security wrapper for dodgy code

Comes in after developers have given up
By Lawrence Latif
Fri Sep 03 2010, 15:56
SECURITY CONSCIOUS USERS will be given a helping hand by using a toolkit from that fortress of highly secure software, Microsoft.
The Vole has updated its Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET), a piece of software that aims to plug potential security holes in third party software. This second version of the Microsoft toolkit provides two mitigation techniques that should help harried Windows systems administrators try to contain things when applications go awry.
Export address table access filtering and mandatory address space layout randomization are fairly standard security techniques and combine with others in the previous EMET release that included technologies such as dynamic data execution prevention. EMET is supposed to be particularly useful for those legacy programs that cannot be recompiled to make use of Microsoft's latest security hacks, er, techniques.
Microsoft's decision to provide a security wrapper for applications is a pretty damning indictment of the attention Windows applications developers pay to security. It's clear that software such as EMET is not the best way to implement security, however Microsoft should be given some credit for at least trying to tackle shoddy coding practices that expose the vulnerabilities in its hairball operating systems.

Read more at :-
http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/1731240/m...

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mogs CClip 22 Blue Screen INFO.
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OPERATING SYSTEMS NEWS
How to diagnose and fix blue screen of death crashes
Debugging explained
By Mike Williams
8 hours ago | Tell us what you think [ 1 comments ]

The dreaded BSOD can be a pain, but if you know what to look for then we can help prevent them from happening
There's nothing quite as frustrating. One moment you're working at your PC, the next your screen turns blue and your system reboots, destroying all unsaved work. Then, an hour or so later, it happens again. What's going on?

To diagnose and fix blue-screen crashes you need to know what is causing them. But don't expect Windows to help.

Head off to 'Problem Reports and Solutions' in Vista, for instance, and you'll typically see useless crash descriptions like 'Windows shut down suddenly'. Gee, thanks. Fortunately there's a free alternative: Microsoft's debugger, WinDbg.



Read more: http://www.techradar.com/news/software/operating-s...

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mogs CClip 23 Unnofficial SP INFO.
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OPERATING SYSTEMS NEWS
Upgrade Windows 7: the unofficial Service Pack
Forget the real Service Pack 1, here's the tweaks you need
By Mike Williams
August 27th | Tell us what you think [ 3 comments ]



Use SE Screensavers to refresh your screensaver experience. This one puts your images into a 3D photo album
Windows 7 is a great operating system, but it's not yet fantastic. Like us, you'll probably have come up against some of its most irritating shortcomings in the time since you installed it on your PC.



Read more: http://www.techradar.com/news/software/operating-s...

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mogs CClip24 BBC iPlayer INFO.
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BBC iPlayer gets even better
Post categories: iplayer
James Hewines | 16:15 UK time, Friday, 3 September 2010
The BBC iPlayer team are very excited about the latest developments going live next week - this is a big step for the product, and its users, bringing:

A new design which is more fun to use, and distinctively styled.
A range of personalisation features that let you shape your very own BBC iPlayer experience.
Integration with your social network account that lets you add a social dimension to your viewing and listening.
You can find out more about the new features in Anthony Rose's post.

Less obviously, to make all of this personalisation work well for 5m+ visitors each week, we've developed an entirely new technical platform, discussed in technical architect Simon Frost's post. It's been an exciting project with many challenges, both design and engineering, along the way.
More at :-
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/bbcinternet/2010/09/bbc...

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mogs CClip 25 Desktop INFO.
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Give your desktop a personal touch
Customise your Windows Desktop
We explain how to customise the Windows Desktop to make it more fun and more functional
Written by Rob Beattie, Computeractive
02 Sep 2010
The Windows Desktop has become one of the most iconic images of modern times but do you know how easy it is to change it?

You can add your own picture, choose the look of icons and how they are arranged, alter the size of the text that’s displayed on the screen and even shift the position of the Taskbar.

In this Back To Basics guide we will explain how these features and more besides work in Windows 7, Vista and XP.

Read more at :-
http://www.computeractive.co.uk/computeractive/fea...

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mogs CClip 26 Power options INFO.
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Know Your PC's Power-Saving Options
By Jay Dougherty
September 1, 2010 9:40AM


Power-hungry PCs can make for an inflated electricity bill and make more of an impact on the environment than today's green-conscious consumer is comfortable with. The good news is that options abound to reduce the power consumption of your PC. The bad news is that it's sometimes difficult to know which power-saving options to use.

More to read at :-
http://www.newsfactor.com/story.xhtml?story_id=011...

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mogs CClip 27 iPlayer reminder INFO.
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New BBC iPlayer goes live today

Social networking, new design and personalisation

By Patrick Goss
22 minutes ago | Tell us what you think [ 1 comments ]

BBC iPlayer 3 - rolling out
The latest incarnation of the BBC iPlayer is set to go live early this week, with the popular beta finally arriving as a full release and bringing social networking tie-ins, personalisation and a funky new design.
The BBC iPlayer has been a the trailblazer for online video in demand in Britain, and the BBC's latest version, iPlayer 3, has been available to play around with in beta.
"The BBC iPlayer team are very excited about the latest developments going live...this is a big step for the product, and its users," said the BBC in a blog post.


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The Digital Economy Act explained
The Digital Economy Act covers more than just copyright online. We explain how it affects you
Written by Anthony Dhanendran, Computeractive
06 Sep 2010
Before the election, one of the most controversial bills going through Parliament was the Digital Economy Bill, which contained several new and amended laws in the area of technology.

When the election was called the bill went through the ‘wash-up’ process, which meant it was passed quickly, without much of the debate that normally goes into the passing of bills in Parliament. The Queen signed it into law on April 12 and it went into force on June 12 as the Digital Economy Act 2010.

So what can we expect from the new act?



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mogs CClip 29 Digital Signature INFO.
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Digital signature message explained
It is common to see a digital signature message when you try downloading a file. We explain what it is
Written by Computeractive staff, Computeractive
06 Sep 2010
Q I tried to download Ace Money Lite, which was recommended in Issue 318. When it had finished downloading the following message appeared: ‘The publisher could not be verified’. Am I putting my computer at risk by continuing?
Robin A. Ellis

A When Internet Explorerdownloads a file from the internet, Windows checks whether or not it has a digital signature and asks you to confirm that you are happy to run it before doing anything.

Digital signatures are similar to the website certificates that dictate whether or not a padlock is displayed on secure web pages. Not that many companies sign their files so it is common to see this warning message. As long as your anti-virus and security software is up to date, and the download comes from a trusted manufacturer, you can safely ignore this warning.



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"I've got into the habit of not downloading anything without a digital signature " Mogs.



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mogs CClip 30 A new ruse ALERT
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Browser security warning lookalike pushes malware

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Posted in Malware, 6th September 2010 10:42 GMT
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Scareware peddlers have developed a new ruse that relies on mimicking browser warning pages.

The malicious code - dubbed Zeven - auto-detects a user's browser before serving up a warning page that poses as the genuine pages generated by IE, Firefox or Chrome. Prospective marks are warned that their systems are riddled with malware to trick them into running a fake anti-virus software package, called Win7 AV. The warnings are generated from malicious scripts planted on compromised websites.
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URL shortening shenanigans
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Posted in Applications, 6th September 2010 15:28 GMT
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Microsoft is investigating reports of a new bug in Internet Explorer.

Redmond's Security Response Team (MSRT) said on Friday that it was aware of a "publicly disclosed issue involving Internet Explorer", and promised an investigation, without going into details.


Circumstantial evidence suggests Microsoft is referring to a post by security researcher Chris Evans, of Google, to a Full Disclosure mailing list on Friday, hours before MSRT's tweet.

"A nasty vulnerability exists in the latest Internet Explorer 8," Evans wrote. "I have been unsuccessful in persuading the vendor to issue a fix."
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Spam Worm Rapidly Propagating on Facebook

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September 7th, 2010, 07:20 GMT| By Lucian Constantin





Spammers are exploiting an undisclosed Facebook vulnerability to force users to automatically post rogue messages on their walls when opening a maliciously crafted app page.

"I thought this survey stuff was GARBAGE but i just went on a shopping spree at walmart thanks to FB = [URL] , this wont last long so gooo!" or "I thought this survey stuff was BULL** but i swear I just used the Best Buy giftcard they sent me here [URL] to buy a laptop!" are two examples of messages the victims are posting.


It seems that simply opening any of the spammed links while logged into Facebook is enough to get compromised and automatically add the rogue application to your profile.



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Greedy sprats
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Posted in Spam, 7th September 2010 13:38 GMT

Fraudsters have wasted no time jumping on news of a tax mix-up in the UK as a hook for scams.


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Twitter bug creates account hijacking peril

One-click vuln 'ridiculously easy to attack'
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Posted in Security, 7th September 2010 17:55 GMT
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Twitter has been bitten by a hard-to-kill web-application bug that's being actively exploited to steal users' authentication credentials, a security expert said Tuesday.

A link that exploits the XSS, or cross-site scripting, vulnerability was included in tweets that sent users' session cookies to two servers under the control of attackers, according to Stefan Tanase, a security researcher for Russian anti-virus provider Kaspersky. The tweets, written in Brazilian Portuguese, claimed a popular band suffered a “tragic accident” and offered additional information.


The shortened link was clicked on more than 116,000 times, according to statistics from URL service bit.ly, although the actual number of people who fell for the attack is probably much smaller than that.

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A new mass injection attack has compromised tens of thousands of websites with code that directs visitors to rogue antivirus programs.

The new attack was detected and reported by security researchers from Websense, a provider of Web and email security solutions.


"Websense ThreatSeeker Network detected this large-scale break out of the campaign recently. The targets are four well-known Web hosting providers: BlueHost, DreamHost, Bizland and Go Daddy," the Websense experts note.

During last week the number of affected sites varied from 22,000 to almost 39,000 depending on the day, with BlueHost being the most affected hosting company.

Statistics compiled by Websense reveal that BlueHost accounted for 38% of compromised sites and was followed by DreamHost with 28%, BizLand with 19% and Go Daddy with 12%.

The attack involves a rogue <script> element being added just before the end of the page body, with the src attribute loading content from several remote addresses.

This external code checks if the user was targeted before and if not it redirects them to websites in the .co.cc domain space, which display fake antivirus warnings commonly associated with scareware campaigns.

The purpose of these bogus alerts is to convince users to install rogue antivirus program, which further bombards them with fictitious warnings in an attempt to trick them into paying license fees.

Two of the malicious domains involved in this attack, whereisdudescars.com and losotrana.com, have participated in a similar mass compromise back in July.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/New-Mass-Injection-...

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mogs CClip 36 Registry Scanner INFO.
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Registry errors can cause many problems, starting from computer slowdowns to system hanging and crashes. Auslogics is proud to offer one of the most stable and reliable registry cleaners available on the market. It is designed for fixing and repairing the Windows Registry and is absolutely FREE!

Why use Auslogics Registry Cleaner?
Fixing registry errors helps to avoid system crashes.
Registry cleanup will speed up your computer.
Auslogics Registry Cleaner is recommended by industry experts.
It is safe to use as all changes are backed up and can be easily restored.
This is one of the most popular registry cleaners on the Internet.
It is absolutely FREE!

Causes of Registry Errors
Windows Registry is a database that stores crucial settings and options of the Microsoft Windows operating system. Registry entries are created for each application and driver installed on your computer. When running, a program may access the Registry thousands of times per second.
Just like any other database, the Registry becomes a real mess without proper maintenance. When you uninstall programs, invalid entries can be left behind and cause various errors. As a result your computer slows down, starts freezing, and crashing. That's why it's very important to clean the Registry regularly.
Registry errors can cause many problems, starting from computer slowdowns to system hanging and crashes. Auslogics is proud to offer one of the most stable and reliable registry cleaners available on the market. It is designed for fixing and repairing the Windows Registry and is absolutely FREE!


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Vulnerability Report: Auslogics Registry Cleaner 2.x
This vulnerability report for Auslogics Registry Cleaner 2.x contains a complete overview of all Secunia advisories affecting it. You can use this vulnerability report to ensure that you are aware of all vulnerabilities, both patched and unpatched, affecting this product allowing you to take the necessary precautions.

If you have information about a new or an existing vulnerability in Auslogics Registry Cleaner 2.x then you are more than welcome to contact us.


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Firefox 4 beta gets hard on Windows

Drops 60s psychedelia API
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Mozilla has released a fifth Firefox 4 beta, offering graphics hardware acceleration on Windows and a new API that lets site developers code pages that visually display audio data inside the browser.

"The latest update to Firefox 4 Beta brings super fast graphics and incredible new audio capabilities to the Web," reads a blog post from Firefox development head Mike Beltzner

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mogs CClip 38 100% CPU INFO.
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'Larry and Sergey's HTML5 balls drained my resources'

Users left moaning by bouncy Google experience
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Posted in Applications, 7th September 2010 10:55 GMT
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Google's latest animated logo on its search homepage has caused a kerfuffle among many surfers whose CPU has been besieged by the ballsy doodle.

The Mountain View Chocolate Factory released its fancy HTML5-based BuckyBall animation on Saturday, and immediately users began complaining that it was sucking up too much CPU.


Reg reader Paul contacted us, after he initially thought that his computer may have been attacked by a virus.

"It appears the new Google Buckyball animation is consuming 100% CPU. I found this out after fearing, eek system CPU usage bit much, Trojan panic and found out it was the Google homepage animation sucking my CPU and increasing my electricity usage."

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mogs CClip 39 Chrome Update INFO.
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Stable, Beta Channel Updates
Tuesday, September 7, 2010 | 16:14
Labels: Beta updates, Stable updates
The Stable and Beta channels of Chrome have been updated to 6.0.472.55 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This version contains the following fixes:

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[r58038] [r58039] Failures when using autocomplete (issue 51727, 52940)
[r58106] Default search engine settings wiped out (issue 10913)
Shift reload not working (issue 1906)
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[r58190] Importing data from other browsers when chrome is set as default (bug 53655)
[r58288] Chrome can’t be made default browser when it already exists (bug 53656)
More details about additional changes are available in the svn revision log. If you find new issues, please let us know by filing a bug. Want to change to another Chrome release channel - find out how.

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By Darien Graham-Smith, 27 Jul 2010
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We review Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 to see whether it can help protect against modern-day computing threats.
The world of security doesn’t stay still for very long. Which is just as well as the bad guys don’t stop moving either.

Indeed, we’ve only really just got through the first six months or so of 2010 and Kaspersky Lab has already delivered its 2011 internet security suite.

Expectations are high, as Kaspersky was once a regular recommendation for sister site PC Pro, but in the past 18 months it's struggled to compete with stellar detection rates from Avira and Norton.
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mogs CClip 41 Overheating Tosh. INFO.
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by Janet Harris

Toshiba has recalled 41,000 of its Satellite T135, T135D and Pro T130 laptops due to problems with overheating that could lead to the machines catching fire.

The problems is mainly affecting users in the US, Canada and Europe.

Overheating of the plastic around the AC adaptor plug is reported to have caused two users to suffer minor burns and has also caused minor damage to property.

The overheating problem has been reported to Toshiba by 129 users, causing the US Consumer Product Safety Commission to issue a warning notice.

Around 41,000 laptops sold between August 2009 and August 2010 worldwide are believed to be affected by the fault.

In a statement Toshiba said: “To protect you from injury and your computer from damage, Toshiba strongly recommends that you update your system BIOS to version to 2.70 for the Satellite T135, 1.90 for the Satellite T135D and 2.70 for the Satellite Pro T130.”

The downloaded programme will detect if a laptop is overheating and will shut down its power supply.

Consumers will then be able to get the machine repaired by Toshiba, free of charge.

Story link: Fire hazard forces Toshiba Satellite laptop recall

http://www.techwatch.co.uk/2010/09/06/fire-hazard-...

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Any number of folders can be pinned to the Windows 7 taskbar
Pin folders to Windows 7’s Explorer icon
Access favourite folders quickly and easily in Windows 7 by pinning them to the Explorer icon
Written by Computeractive staff, Computeractive
08 Sep 2010
Introduction
Windows offers various shortcuts that make it easier to find and open favourite folders easily but many users still prefer to go down the tried and trusted route, either double-clicking their main folder icon on the Windows Desktop or finding what they want via the Start button.

However, Windows 7 introduces a way that’s so quick and easy that anyone who wants to get where they are going at speed should investigate it. This Workshop explains how to take any folder and ‘pin’ it to the Windows Explorer icon that Windows 7 places automatically in the Taskbar.

Any number of folders can be pinned in this way, with the originals remaining stored safely wherever you normally keep them. Here’s how to do it.
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Posted in Applications, 8th September 2010 11:21 GMT
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Tuesday marked a busy day for alternative browser security updates with patches from both Apple and Mozilla.

An update to Apple's Safari browser resolves three vulnerabilities for Windows and two for OS X. One of the flaws is particular to Windows while the other two involve Safari's WebKit engine and affect both Mac and Win flavours of the browser.


All three of the vulnerabilities potentiality allow malicious code injection onto unpatched systems and therefore should be treated as high-priority, critical patches. Users are advised to update to Safari 5.0.2 and Safari 4.1.2 to guard against drive-by download attacks made possible by the flaws, as explained in an advisory from Apple here.

Mozilla also released an updated version of Firefox on Tuesday. Firefox version 3.6.9 resolves 14 vulnerabilities, 10 of which are critical, as explained here. Firefox shares a common codebase with Mozilla's Thunderbird email client and the SeaMonkey application suite, so both these packages also need updating to Thunderbird 3.1.3 and SeaMonkey 2.0.7, respectively. ®

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It's just predictive text with search
By Rob Coppinger
Wed Sep 08 2010, 19:17
A WOPPING 5 SECONDS per search can be saved by Google users if they use the company's Google Instant service that is available from today for computers and later this year for mobile devices.
Instant will immediately start searching using a predictive text style user interface that does not require the user to hit enter to produce search results. As well as search outcomes, the user gets suggested search terms and using the down cursor key those can be selected. Hitting the search button will truncate the search to just what users typed in.
From today, Instant is available to all users on google.com in English and to signed-in users in Germany, France, Spain, Italy. Russia and the UK, which of course also speaks English. Other countries, such as Japan, will get Instant in the coming months. Instant works on Chrome v5/6, Firefox v3, Safari v5 for Mac and Internet Explorer v8 and Instant can be found here now.

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mogs CClip 45 Adobe Reader Info/Alert
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Adobe Reader 0day under active attack

No mitigations for click-and-get-hacked exploit
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Posted in Security, 8th September 2010 19:13 GMT
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Researchers have uncovered sophisticated attack code circulating on the net that exploits a critical vulnerability in the most recent version of Adobe Reader.

The click-and-get-hacked exploit spreads through email that contains a booby-trapped PDF file that remains virtually undetected by most anti-virus programs, according to Mila Parkour, the security researcher who first alerted Adobe to the threat. It was being sent to a small group of individuals who “work on common issues,” he said, causing him to believe they were narrowly selected by the attackers.

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Dev Channel Update
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 | 18:00
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The Dev channel has been updated to 7.0.517.0 for Windows, Linux, and ChromeFrame.

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Two thirds of web users hit by cyber crime
Web threats are so prevalent that 65 per cent of online users have been hit by an attack, figures show.
By Tom Brewster, 9 Sep 2010 at 12:15

Almost two-thirds of people in the world have been hit by cyber crime in some capacity, be it from viruses, credit card fraud or identity theft, a report has shown.

The most serious threat by far is malware, which was responsible for 51 per cent of cyber crimes affecting victims surveyed by Norton.

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mogs CClip 48 Email worm ALERT
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Email worm wants to party like it's 1999 (almost)

'Here you go"
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Posted in Malware, 10th September 2010 00:24 GMT
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A fast-moving email worm that began spreading on Thursday has been able to affect hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide, anti-virus provider Symantec warned.

The email arrives with the subject “Here you have.” An executable screensaver that's disguised as a PDF document then tries to send the same message to everyone listed in the recipient's address book. The .scr file is a variation of the W32.Imsolk.A@mm worm Symantec discovered last month.


In addition to spreading through email, it can propagate through mapped drives, autorun and instant messenger. It also has the ability to disable various security programs.
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mogs CClip 49 Fakers INFO.
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One in four gives fake net names

People are nearly as likely to be web criminals as to be victims of them
More than a quarter of people online have lied about their name and more than one in five has done something online they regret, says a new report.

The behavioural and psychological impacts of online life are outlined in a report from the security firm Norton.

The report suggests that two-thirds of web users have been hit by cybercrime, with the costs and time to resolve the crime varying widely around the world.

But a large amount of online dishonesty came from the respondents themselves.

Seventeen per cent of respondents to Norton's survey had lied online about their age or where they lived, while 9% lied about their financial or relationship status and 7% about their appearance.

The study, "Norton Cybercrime Report: The Human Impact", reveals telling details not only about the proportion of web users struck by cybercrime, but the disparity among countries as to the costs to each cybercrime victim.
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Adobe warns that a new critical zero-day vulnerability affecting its Reader and Acrobat products is actively being exploited in the wild to compromise computers.

The company has published a Security Advisory about the flaw, identified as CVE-2010-2883 and for which public exploit code is available.


"A critical vulnerability exists in Adobe Reader 9.3.4 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX, and Adobe Acrobat 9.3.4 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh.

"This vulnerability (CVE-2010-2883) could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. There are reports that this vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild," Adobe writes.

There are no mitigation instructions available at the moment, but the company is working with security vendors to add detection for the exploit in their products. Therefore, users are strongly encouraged to keep their antivirus programs up to date.

Adobe thanks malware researcher Mila Parkour, who maintains the Contagio malware dump blog, for reporting the attack and working with its security team on the issue.

Meanwhile, the company is looking into scheduling a security update to resolve this vulnerability, which will probably be released out of band.

Since July 2009 Adobe Reader and Acrobat are supposed to follow a uniform quarterly update cycle, but the developer was forced to break out of it in order to patch zero-day flaws four times already.

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MS preps 9 bulletins for September Patch Tuesday

Four critical
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Posted in Enterprise Security, 10th September 2010 07:47 GMT
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Microsoft is planning another busy Patch Tuesday this month - with nine bulletins that tackle a total of 13 vulnerabilities ready for delivery next Tuesday (14 September).

Four of the bulletins cover critical flaws in Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Vista. Extra security protection means that Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 dodge the bullet on three of these vulns and are only grazed by the fourth, which is rated as an "important" and not a critical security update on these systems.


Microsoft Office XP, 2003 and 2007 users can expect two "important" updates. The other updates address less severe Windows bugs.
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mogs CClip 52 Digitally-signed Malware Alert/Info.
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Zero-Day Adobe Reader Exploit Drops Digitally Signed Malware


September 9th, 2010, 07:50 GMT| By Lucian Constantin





Security researchers from Kaspersky Lab warn that malware dropped by the latest PDF-based attacks is digitally signed with a certificate stolen from a credit union.

The new attacks targeting a zero-day vulnerability in Adobe Reader seems to become more sophisticated by the hour.


One of the exploits uses return-oriented programming (ROP), a relatively new technique aimed at bypassing the ASRL and DEP technologies, which prevent the execution of unauthorized code in Windows Vista and 7.
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mogs CClip 53 Flash latest Alert/Info.
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Flash Player Vulnerable to Remote Binary Planting Attacks


September 10th, 2010, 18:36 GMT| By Lucian Constantin





The latest patched version of Flash Player is vulnerable to a type of attack known as remote binary planting or DLL preloading.

According to information disclosed by an outfit called the YGN Ethical Hacker Group, attackers can force Flash Player to execute arbitrary code by placing a rogue file named dwmapi.dll on the Desktop.


Apparently the plug-in attempts to load dwmapi.dll (Microsoft Desktop Window Manager API) each time Flash content is accessed inside the browser.

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The site includes advice on how to use YouTube's Safety Mode
Google launches "Family Safety Center"
Includes advice on how to filter out adult content and report abuse online
Written by Tom Royal, Computeractive
09 Sep 2010
Google has launched a new Family Safety Center page, giving advice on how to restrict adult content shown on its services and report abuse.

"There are parts of the real world that you wouldn’t let your children explore unsupervised—and that goes for the online world as well", said the company's Kate Hammond in a blog post.

"But while most of us remember being taught to cross the road and not talk to strangers, we probably weren’t taught how much personal information we should share online or how to handle cyberbullies. Therefore, it’s no surprise when parents and teachers tell us they want to learn more about how to help their kids use the Internet safely and responsibly", she added.
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09 Sep 2010
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There are a number of security applications that reside on our ‘most popular’ list for a reason. Not necessarily because they are immensely popular, but primarily as they’ve been available for a long time, so have become tried and tested technology.

The problem with security software is that it generally doesn’t appear to be doing anything, until we experience a problem with our system. At that stage, your security software has failed and it’s time to curse, move on and look for more reliable technology. However, if it doesn’t fail, why move across to new security software?

Ad-Aware Free Edition is, as the name describes, free anti-spyware technology that has recently had a major revamp. It’s still in beta and this version is simply the first public preview of the forthcoming release. The technology has been around for ages, which is why we suggest it’s one of those tried-and-tested AV suites that we can recommend to both new and existing Ad-Aware users.


New features in Ad-Aware Free 8.3 include an anti-virus module, in addition to anti-spyware, so you have maximum protection from your free security tool.



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Open links in the browser of your choice
Using a free tool can help you open particular web links in a preferred browser
Written by Computeractive staff, Computeractive
09 Sep 2010
Introduction
Some people like to juggle web browsers when surfing the web. Google Chrome, for example, works particularly well with Google’s Gmail service, for instance, but may not be your preferred choice for everyday browsing.

Of course, it’s easy to start up a browser and direct it to whatever site you want but if a link is clicked in another program, such as a link in an email, it will open in the default web browser. And that may not be the web browser you want to use for a particular task.

Browser Chooser is a simple utility that intercepts links and provides a choice of which web browser to launch.

It can also force certain sites to always open in a particular browser. Here’s how to download and use it.

First, visit the Browser Choice website and follow the steps below.



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Hackers make 57,000 booby-trapped websites weekly: experts
September 10, 2010

About 57,000 seemingly legitimate websites booby-trapped by hackers spring up on the Internet each week, computer security researchers at PandaLabs said. The online traps are often made to look like versions of legitimate bank, auction, or shopping websites, according to the team at Spain-based Panda Security.
About 57,000 seemingly legitimate websites booby-trapped by hackers spring up on the Internet each week, computer security researchers at PandaLabs said.

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What Adobe could learn from The Flying Wallendas

Do security safety nets make Reader less safe?
By Dan Goodin in San Francisco • Get more from this author

Posted in Security, 10th September 2010 19:25 GMT
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Analysis The Flying Wallendas were a legendary circus troupe that performed death-defying acts from a high wire without the use of nets or safety devices of any kind. Even when they performed their world-famous four-person, three-level pyramid act 50 feet in the air, patriarch Karl Wallenda steadfastly eschewed nets out of a belief they sapped the aerialists' concentration.

“He did feel that a net could cause you to be sloppy and not really train the way you should to prepare for a performance and therefore give you a false security,” Karl Wallenda's grandson, Tino, said recently from a performance in Greenfield, Massachusetts. “It makes the audience feel comfortable more than it makes us, the performers, feel comfortable.”

Perhaps the recently discovered attack targeting a code-execution vulnerability in Adobe's near-ubiquitous Reader application should raise similar concerns in the software arena.
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Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) Beta Ships Next Week

September 10th, 2010, 07:14 GMT| By Marius Oiaga





The launch of Internet Explorer 9 Beta is just around the corner, with the Beauty of the Web event scheduled for next week, on September 15th, 2010.

Next Wednesday, with the availability of the IE9 Beta bits, Microsoft reaches an important milestone in its efforts to unlock the native web.

“Unlocking the native web” for the IE team is equivalent with narrowing the gap between the desktop and the Cloud, essentially making Internet-based applications look and feel like native Windows apps.


IE9 is Microsoft’s most standard compliant release of IE yet, but it brings so much more to the table, including a new JavaScript engine codenamed Chakra, and extremely powerful HMLT5 hardware acceleration for graphics, text and media content.

Early adopters and developers have so far been able to download and test no less than four Platform Preview Builds of IE9.

Although the various developer releases of IE9 were downloaded in excess of 2.5 million times, the browser will only be ready for the public as of the Beta phase, which is planned for arrival next week.

IE9 Beta will be a full browser, ready for widespread testing, even by end users, unlike the Platform Preview Builds which did not feature an Address Bar, or navigation elements such as Back and Forward buttons.

Undoubtedly, some of you have questions related to both Internet Explorer 9 Beta and the future evolution of the browser.

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How to build a slipstream Windows 7 install disc
Create a build that comes with your choice of drivers and apps
By Mike Williams
6 hours ago | Tell us what you think [ 0 comments ]

Cut out the junk and add the apps and drivers you need for your next Windows installation
There's no great secret: Windows 7 is a brilliant OS. But like all versions of Windows, it takes a long time to set it up just as you'd like.

You must wade your way through the installation process; tweak those annoying default settings that Microsoft still hasn't fixed ('Show hidden files and folders' in Explorer); customise your desktop; set up your network; install drivers and applications; download and install maybe years of Microsoft security updates; and the list (and the work) goes on.

What if there was a better way? Suppose you could build your own Windows 7 installation DVD, one that would complete the set-up prompts automatically. It could also include security updates, apps, music, drivers and more. Asking too much? Not at all.

RT Seven Lite does all this for free – although there are some points you should consider before you get started.



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10 September 2010 Last updated at 15:26
Ofcom looks to simplify broadband switching policies

A full half of people get more than one telecoms service as part of a bundle
Telecommunications watchdog Ofcom has found that nearly half of consumers think that changing their broadband or landline provider is "too much hassle".

Ofcom is now suggesting a system in which a new provider "takes the lead" in performing the switch.

However, Ofcom notes it must protect consumers from the growing practice of "slamming" in which the switch occurs without the consumer's consent.

Ofcom is engaged in a consultation on the issue and welcomes public comment.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11262651

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Dell will stop offering Windows XP

Under orders from Microsoft
By Lawrence Latif

HOT OFF its recovery of second place on the PC sales charts, Dell has announced that it will stop selling boxes loaded with Microsoft's Windows XP.
The move, outlined on Dell's blog, points the finger at Microsoft forcing Dell's decision rather than the firm actively trying to flog the Vole's latest operating system. It says that Microsoft has told OEM system vendors like Dell to stop shipping machines with Windows XP Home or Professional after October 22 2010 and, not surprisingly, Dell has complied.

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Google Chrome Extensions at School: Staying Connected
9/09/2010 11:56:00 AM
Labels: Chrome Extensions, Products, Tips and Tricks
September officially marks the days when millions of students like you are gearing up for another year of hanging out with friends, planning social events, and - of course - hitting the books! If you’re already using Google Chrome, we have a few tips to share about Chrome extensions that will help you make the most out of your academic year. We’ll be featuring some extensions over the next few weeks to help you keep in touch, research and write papers, and generally be more productive.



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Google Chrome Canary Build

Google Chrome's team added a new releases channel for early adopters and developers: Canary builds. Unlike the beta channel and the dev channel, Canary builds can be installed without overwriting a regular Chrome build. That means you can install both a Canary build and a regular build that could be on the stable, beta or dev channel.

The Canary build is only available for Windows, it's "installed to a different path, gets updated separately, and runs side by side with an existing stable/beta/dev installation". Google says that the Canary build will usually be the same as the dev build. "Sometimes if necessary, we may push additional updates on Canary build so its version is higher than dev."

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Censorship, Anglo-Saxon values and boring economics
By Jane Fae Ozimek • Get more from this author

Posted in Music and Media, 12th September 2010 08:00 GMT
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Opinion Is US dominance of the internet – and particularly of the social networking space – leading to the export of US prudery across the globe? Or is the growing debate on international censorship a little more complicated?

As Becky Dwyer, a US citizen and, as member of CAAN Scotland, a campaigner for less censorship in the UK put it: "Isn't this more about American Corporations forcing conformity upon private individuals rather than 'American' values?"


First off, examples of US social networking sites coming down hard on subscribers who fail to toe the line set by Ts & Cs are widespread.
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The avergae family could save £75 per year on ink
Cut the cost of printing with Kodak
Sponsored article: we show you how you how to cut costs and still get great prints with a Kodak printer
Written by Computeractive Staff, Computeractive
03 Sep 2010
No home computer is complete without a printer but with replacement ink costing a small fortune it can sometimes make you think twice about clicking the Print button. And with the new school year fast approaching, one thing you don’t want to be worrying about is how much your family printer is going to cost to run.

In this two-part series in association with Kodak, we will take a look at the thorny subject of inkjet printing costs and examine how Kodak’s range of all-in-one inkjet printers can help save money for families and those who need a printer to help with work, without compromising on quality.

If there’s one aspect of home printing that stirs up strong feelings, it’s the price of replacement ink. What’s more, head to your local computer store to buy replacement ink and it’s easy to be baffled by the huge selection of cartridges on offer.
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12 September 2010 Last updated at 07:29
How good software makes us stupid
By Dave Lee
BBC World Service

London cab drivers must undertake a test on the city's streets before they can work, but Sat-Nav could make that knowledge unnecessary
Imagine for a moment that you have thumbed a ride in one of London's iconic black cabs.

"Where to, guv?" he asks, in typical cockney-twang. You tell him.

"No problem - let me just enter that into my sat-nav…"

"The particular part of our brain that stores mental images of space is actually quite enlarged in London cab drivers," explained Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains.
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What if Microsoft disappeared overnight?

How a world without Microsoft might look

By Jamie Middleton
21 hours ago | Tell us what you think [ 6 comments ]


We ponder the possibility of a world without Microsoft
Microsoft is the top dog of tech firms. Its operating systems have guided the evolution of home computer use for over 30 years. It's hated, loved, mocked and praised in roughly equal measure. It's even powerful enough to turn its nose up at the US government.
What happens then if, suddenly, it dies? If you wake up one morning and there's no Windows, no Internet Explorer, no MSN, no Office, no Bing… it's all just gone


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Windows malware dwarfs other viral threats

Guess that's why they call it window pain
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Posted in Crime, 13th September 2010 10:57 GMT
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The vast majority of malware - more than 99 per cent - targets Windows PCs, according to a new survey by German anti-virus firm G-Data.

G-Data reckons 99.4 per cent of all new malware of the first half of 2010 targeted Microsoft’s operating system. Just 0.6 per cent of the 1,017,208 new malware programs discovered in 1H2010 targeted other systems, such as Apple Mac boxes and servers running Unix.


The figures help to place much-publicised but rare malware attacks against mobile phones and other platforms in context with the overarching Windows malware threat.

G-Data reckons the rate of virus production in 1H10 is 50 per cent up from the same period last year. It predicts 2010 as a whole will witness two million malware samples.
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I'm away from home PleaseRobMe.com
By John Leyden • Get more from this author

Posted in Music and Media, 13th September 2010 12:32 GMT
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US police reckon a band of burglars used social network status updates to select victims.

The alleged thieves carried out an estimated 50 burglaries in and around Nashua, New Hampshire, after gaining intelligence on properties that had been left vacant from status updates on social networking sites, such as Facebook.
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Change the passswords Firefox stores
How do I manage saved passwords in Firefox?
Change stored passwords in the Firefox web browser
Written by Computeractive staff, Computeractive
13 Sep 2010
The Saved Passwords tool in Firefox is useful until you change a password.

If you enter a new password a message will appear at the top of the page asking if you want to change the stored password for that website. Click on the Change button to save the change. Wait until the password works before you click on Change.

If the username also changes, you may want to remove the old reference altogether. Click on the Tools menu and then Options. Click on the Security tab and then on the Saved Passwords button.


Find the site whose password you want to remove. Click once on the site reference and then on the Remove button.
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Google Instant causes autocomplete havoc

Exclusive And can't switch it off
By Rob Coppinger
Mon Sep 13 2010, 17:17
NO OFF OPTION for Google Instant's Autocomplete function is causing havoc for some users and since Instant's 8 September launch the company's help forum has seen hundreds of complaints.
While users have the option of switching off the predictive text based search system that is Instant they can't switch off Autocomplete, which was Google Suggest until Instant was launched. Users have found that Instant's Autocomplete interferes with the autocomplete on their browser stopping it from recalling usernames and other data for frequently visited websites. One user also reported that their background picture disappeared.
In response to the initial complaints Google Employee Kelly F. wrote, "As Autocomplete quality has improved, we felt it was appropriate to have it always on for all of our users." Asking Google UK what it had to say The INQUIRER was given a comment that essentially repeats Kelly F's response.
Users can avoid Instant Autcomplete if they sign out of their Google account but that is not a popular solution, unsurprisingly. Other users found that switching on private browsing helped but not for all browsers.
INQUIRER reader Vince Runza wrote, "Yes, you can turn off Google Instant. The autocomplete function, however, is mandatory for everybody. It's annoying and messes up your own browser's auto-complete function."
The lack of any off function recalls the public relations disaster Google had with its background images. µ

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Microsoft revamps social-networking link in Outlook
Microsoft updates Outlook Social Connector tool
Software giant upgrades social-networking link tool
Written by Dinah Greek, Computeractive
13 Sep 2010
Microsoft has updated the Outlook Social Connector so that people can view updates on their social-networking accounts and Windows Live Messenger while using the email client.

People using Outlook 2010, will have the new version distributed through Microsoft Update, so they don't have to do anything to upgrade. Those using older versions will need to download the application from the Microsoft Download Center.

By default in Outlook 2010 the application is minimised and appears as a single line at the bottom of the Reading Pane. To use the Outlook Social Connector, people need to click the expand arrow, or drag the top of the minimised pane until it is the size that they want.

This opens the People Pane, a new area in Outlook where it is possible to view and access information that the Outlook Social Connector displays from social networks. To add a site such as Facebook, or Linkedin and Windows Live Messenger to Outlook Social Connector people need to use the partner page.

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Critical Flash vuln under active attack, Adobe warns

Tale of two 0days
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Posted in Security, 13th September 2010 23:06 GMT
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Adobe Systems on Monday warned of a critical vulnerability in the most recent version of its Flash Player that is being actively exploited in the wild.

The vulnerability affects Flash Player 10.1.82.76 for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Solaris, and Android operating systems, Adobe said in an advisory. “There are reports that this vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild against Adobe Flash Player on Windows,” the warning said, without elaborating. The latest versions of Adobe's Reader and Acrobat applications are vulnerable to the same flaw, but there's no evidence they are being exploited.

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Adobe exploit bears fingerprints of hack on Google

New in-the-wild attacks unearthed
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Posted in Crime, 13th September 2010 18:06 GMT
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Recent attacks that exploit an unpatched vulnerability in Adobe's near-ubiquitous Reader application bear the hallmarks of the people who breached Google and dozens of other large companies earlier this year, researchers from Symantec said.

The booby-trapped PDF files are attached to emails that request interviews and offer expert commentary on matters involving North Korea and China, according to Symantec's Karthik Selvaraj. They began circulating as early as September 1 and contain similarities to emails that contained the Hydraq trojan that was used to penetrate Google, Adobe Systems and at least 32 other companies. Parallels include wording in the email, multiple variants of the PDF, and the same geographic region of one of the people responsible.
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Stable, Beta Channel Updates
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 | 18:02
Labels: Beta updates, Stable updates
Google Chrome 6.0.472.59 has been released to the Stable and Beta channels for Windows, Mac, and Linux. In addition, it has been released to the beta channel for Chrome Frame.

Security fixes and rewards:
Please see the Chromium security page for more detail. Note that the referenced bugs may be kept private until a majority of our users are up to date with the fix.
[$500] [50250] High Use-after-free when using document APIs during parse. Credit to David Weston of Microsoft + Microsoft Vulnerability Research (MSVR) and wushi of team 509 (independent discoveries).
[$1000] [50712] High Use-after-free in SVG styles. Credit to kuzzcc.
[$500] [51252] High Use-after-free with nested SVG elements. Credit to kuzzcc.
[Linux only] [51709] Low Possible browser assert in cursor handling. Credit to “magnusmorton”.
[$500] [51919] High Race condition in console handling. Credit to kuzzcc.
[53176] Low Unlikely browser crash in pop-up blocking. Credit to kuzzcc.
[$500 x 2] [Mac only] [53361] Critical Fix bug 45400 properly on the Mac. Credit to Sergey Glazunov and “remy.saissy”.
[$500] [53394] High Memory corruption in Geolocation. Credit to kuzzcc.
[Linux only] [53930] High Memory corruption in Khmer handling. Credit to Google Chrome Security Team (Chris Evans).
[54006] Low Failure to prompt for extension history access. Credit to “adriennefelt”.

More details about additional changes are available in the svn revision log. If you find new issues, please let us know by filing a bug. Want to change to another Chrome release channel - find out how.

http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.com/

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Security researchers 'destroy' Microsoft ASP.NET security

In less than 50 minutes
By Lawrence Latif
Tue Sep 14 2010, 14:07
RESEARCHERS have managed to exploit the way in which AES encryption is implemented in Microsoft's ASP.NET software to leave web users' data up for grabs.
The exploit, to be shown off at the Ekoparty Conference later this week, could affect millions of websites that use AES encryption functions built into Microsoft's ASP.NET software to protect the integrity of cookies during user sessions. Since 'sessions' are used in web applications such as online banking, shopping and just about any website that requires a login, the exploit is particularly worrying.
For users there's little to be done, as the problem resides in ASP.NET and is not mitigated by changing the web browser or operating system.

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mogs CClip 78 Network Activity PRODUCT
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Monitor network activity with Netlimiter 2 Monitor
Do you know how your broadband connection is being used? A free tool can reveal all
Written by Computeractive staff, Computeractive
14 Sep 2010
Introduction
With fast broadband now commonplace few of us give much thought to how our internet connections are used.

After all, as long as web pages appear promptly who cares what’s going on behind the scenes?

Even so, we all experience internet slowdowns from time to time and plenty of broadband subscribers have ‘capped’ packages that place limits on downloads; and breaking the cap can be costly. So, being able to monitor how applications use a broadband connection can be both revealing and useful.

In this Workshop we’ll explore how a free tool called Netlimiter 2 Monitor can keep on eye the internet traffic that is flowing across your broadband connections.

Click here to open the Netlimiter 2 Monitor download page.

Step by step instructions

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mogs CClip 79 HDCP Key INFO.
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Potential HDCP key is out in the open

Shows the promise of free media
By Lawrence Latif
Tue Sep 14 2010, 16:25
IT SEEMS that the movie industry has once again been hit with bad news as a hacker has published what he claims is the High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) key.
The HDCP key is used by just about every major video format to protect the transmission from source to sink. The data is encrypted using the key at source, typically a set-top box, DVD player or even computer and is then decrypted at the sink, the display. The protection, or rather digital restrictions management (DRM) is aimed to stop people from making copies of content such as television shows or Blu-ray movies.
At this point it is not clear whether or not this key is actually the one that could render HDCP worthless. The hacker did not disclose how the key was obtained or whether it was a scene effort. Don't expect a twitch from Digital Content Protection, the subsidiary of Intel that owns and licenses out the technology. After all, if its golden goose has just been slain, it's hardly likely to make too much noise about it.

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mogs CClip 80 Brakes on Firefox INFO.
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By John Leyden • Get more from this author

Posted in Enterprise Security, 15th September 2010 09:33 GMT

Patch Tuesday from Microsoft coincided with browser updates from both Mozilla and Google this month.

Mozilla released a new version of Firefox 4 Beta that's designed to fix a pair of stability bugs that caused problems for some testers. One of the tweaks addresses a problem with plugins for the Mac version of the browser that made it hard for users to type into some web pages while the second addresses an unspecified stability issue in the Windows version of Firefox 4 beta.


The open source browser developer was keen to stress that the "beta schedule hasn’t been impacted by this additional release".

Other stability bugs have caused Mozilla to suspend automatic updates to the latest full release version of Firefox while it investigates stability bugs. Normally users of the browser will be offered new releases between 24 to 48 hours after they come out, but this is not happening with Firefox 3.6.9 and Firefox 3.5.12, released last week on 7 September.
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mogs CClip 81 Update Chrome dev INFO.
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Dev Channel Update
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 | 18:00
Labels: Dev updates
Update: 7.0.517.5 has been release for all platforms including Mac (new feature for Mac inline in the blog post).

The Dev channel has been updated to 7.0.517.0 for Windows, Linux, and ChromeFrame.

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Holes used by the Stuxnet worm remain in Windows XP

Patch Tuesday comes up short
By Spencer Dalziel
Wed Sep 15 2010, 12:52
SOFTWARE PATCH OUTFIT Microsoft has left a gaping hole used by the Stuxnet worm in Windows XP just one day after Patch Tuesday.
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mogs CClip 83 Mail Back-up PRODUCT/INFO.
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Back up emails simply and quickly
Emails are as precious as other personal files on your PC. Back them up simply and quickly
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15 Sep 2010
Introduction
When backing personal information, such as documents and digital photos, do you remember to include email messages and settings?

It’s amazing how much important, irreplaceable, information is stored in email inboxes so it goes without saying that protecting messages is a good idea.

The backup tools provided with the various versions of Windows have a mixed record here: Windows XP offers no email-backup options whatsoever, while not all email programs are covered by the backup tools in Windows 7and Vista.

That’s where a free tool like KLS Mail Backup can help. They specialise in backing up email messages and in this Workshop we’ll reveal how to use KLS to both back up and, if necessary, restore your emails.

Step by step instructions.

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Outlook Express profiles and Windows Address Book

Internet Explorer Favorites and Internet Accounts

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Postbox profiles

Opera profiles

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IncrediMail profiles

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mogs CClip 84 IE Beta Release INFO.
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Internet Explorer 9 will be available to try today
Internet Explorer 9 Beta released today
Public test version of Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) to be unveiled tonight
Written by Tom Royal, Computeractive
15 Sep 2010
Microsoft will unveil a public beta (test) version of its next web browser, Internet Explorer 9, this evening.

IE9 is expected to support several new web technologies, including HTML5 video and CSS3 layouts, and to use a new Javascript engine.

Like the latest beta version of Firefox, it is expected to also support the use of a computer's graphics chip to accelerate the on-screen composition of complex web pages.

It will be released for Windows Vista (with Service Pack 2) and Windows 7, but not Windows XP.

The launch was first hinted at on a special website promising "a more beautiful web", then confirmed on a Microsoft blog.

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mogs CClip 85 FFox crashes INFO.
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mogs CClip 86 IE9 Beta INFO.
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IE9 strips to win Chrome fans

Beta snuggles with Windows 7
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Posted in Applications, 16th September 2010 04:11 GMT
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Review Microsoft took an unusual approach with Internet Explorer 9, first releasing "Platform previews" that showed off the new rendering engine but with little user interface, before finally issuing a beta that shows off its full features.

The engine is the big story, with its implementation of a significant chunk of HTML5, hardware acceleration, and fast new JavaScript engine, making Wednesday's beta launch a comparatively minor event. This is no re-invention of the browser, but a refinement of familiar elements, and in some cases, it echoes what Google has already done with its Chrome browser.

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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/09/16/ie9_beta_r...

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mogs CCip 87 Unofficial fix Reader INFO.
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User beware
By Dan Goodin in San Francisco • Get more from this author

Posted in Malware, 15th September 2010 20:47 GMT

Security researchers have released what they say is an unofficial fix for the critical Adobe Reader vulnerability that's being actively exploited to install malware on machines running Microsoft Windows.


“We patched it without having source code in two hours and they need 20 days with code, looks odd to me!”
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mogs CClip 88 Carbonite Backup PRODUCT/INFO.
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Carbonite is an online backup tool. There’s no messing around with external disks or DVDs. Simply let it run in the background and it will back up your files.

Once installed it will search the hard diskfor files to back up, ignoring programs and Windows system files. An icon in the Notification Area shows what it is doing and has various options for pausing the backup or opening the Carbonite window.

This includes more information about the ongoing backup and you can view the files waiting to be backed up.

There’s no way of adding extra folders to the backup from this window. Instead folders can be added using the right-click menu in Windows Explorer and selecting the appropriate option. There’s no risk of including a folder twice as dots are added to show the status of the folder or file.

The Restore section has received some attention and there are several ways of recovering files. The first is to search for files, you can browse the online backup drive or opt to restore all the files. the sort of thing you would need after reinstalling Windows or getting a new computer.

Speaking of new computers, Carbonite can cope with restoring files to different locations when you move between different versions of Windows.

The Options section also has some new features including schedule options and the option to freeze a backup, which stops Carbonite from making any changes to the online backup, which is useful when reinstalling Windows.

Carbonite 4 is a good online backup program that adds an extra layer of protection to your files. Carbonite costs £42 a year and they claim there are no limits on the storage spaceavailable.

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Hi Mogs ,

Remember the good old days :))

1400: Owain Glyndwr proclaims himself prince of Wales, launching the last Welsh rebellion against the English.

How time flies !!

Yachi da

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mogs RE: Daily CYBERCLIPS September "Edition" INFO.
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How did you know that was my "House" in High School, Anthony ?!
Fortunately tho, before that, I'd been taught more of David and Goliath !!!
My grandfather talked less about the "war to end all wars" than my father about, Ceylon ( now Sri Lanka ); Malaya as was then, and dear old India....luckily, all kinds of bitterness didn't find it's way into my cup !!!
The British language should always profit....if tongues don't fall upon themselves ?!
These days we've got Secunia, whilst tackling much more than the Browser Wars....crime is often paying world-wide....we need to be much more forward thinking ? My English isn't corrupt ?! It's not my mother's ?!

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Anthony Wells RE: Daily CYBERCLIPS September "Edition" INFO.
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Some joyful coincidence may bring partial sense to all things , dear Mogs .

My "House" was "Armours" and my steed the iron horse steaming there and black .

Those who made it back from Burma spoke little other than to the Stars - too distressing .

I have roamed the world in great steel birds ; but the Cyber Wars yet to come will need many new fangled resources beyond my ken .

keep us posted .

Slàinte mhaith

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mogs RE: Daily CYBERCLIPS September "Edition" INFO.
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We won't get the chance to be strange bedfellows in suspended animation nor white suited galactic soldiers of the federation ?! We won't be remembered either for our miserable attempts at universal peace ?! We'll be able to rest well with our conciences...we never made all the noise the unseeing or unhearing to reach ?!

All the best to you too Anthony.

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mogs CClip 89 Chrome dev INFO/UPDATE.
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Dev Channel Update
Thursday, September 16, 2010 | 17:52
Labels: Dev updates
The Dev channel has been updated to 7.0.517.8 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and ChromeFrame.

This release focused on resolving minor bug fixes or crashes. More details about additional changes are available in the svn log of all revisions.

You can find out about getting on the Dev channel here: http://dev.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-chann...

If you find new issues, please let us know by filing a bug at http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/entry

Anthony Laforge
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mogs CClip 90 Compromised sites INFO.
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Over a million websites served malware in Q2
Dasient claims poisoned sites are reaching epidemic proportions.
By Eric Doyle, 17 Sep 2010 at 17:12

Over a million websites were compromised by malware in the second quarter of this year, according to a report from security firm Dasient.

The report was compiled from the company’s telemetry systems which, it claims, monitor millions of websites daily. The figures are then extrapolated to render infection rates across the internet.

Malware attacks appear to be rising at a rate averaging around 24 per cent according to the numerous research figures on the internet. Dasient’s own figures show 56,000 websites poisoned at the end of last year followed by 720,000 in the next quarter. With the new figure of 1.3 million the trend seems to be a rapidly rising curve.

Malvertising is an area of concern, according to the research team.

Malicious online advertising, or malvertising, is an area of concern, according to the company. They look like harmless adverts but deliver malicious code when they are clicked on or lead the victim onto a more treacherous website.
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September 17, 2010
Social networks riddled with malicious pages
by Janet Harris
Security firm AVG has discovered 19,491 compromised web pages on 50 social networking sites, with 11,701 of these on Facebook alone. Cybercriminals are stealing log-in details and can then access profiles and post fake status message. AVG found that the under-25s are most at risk of having their details stolen, with many of them failing to log out of the ...

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mogs CClip 92 Adobe Flash/IE9 INFO.
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Adobe readies Flash Player for IE9
64-bit support also planned for 'Square' update
Written by Shaun Nichols in San Francisco, V3.co.uk
17 Sep 2010
Adobe has begun previewing the latest version of its Flash Player multimedia tool. The 'Square' release is tuned to run with Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9, which is currently in beta.

Paul Betlem, senior director of Flash Player engineering at Adobe, said in a blog post that the 'Square' update increases Flash graphics performance in IE9 by as much as 35 per cent, and provides a particularly strong boost to bitmap-intensive images.

The release also offers support for the 64-bit versions of Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. 64-bit support had previously been limited to Linux.

"The community has been very vocal around the need for native 64-bit support, and we've heard you loud and clear," wrote Betlem.

"If you're using a 64-bit browser, I encourage you to install a 64-bit version of Flash Player and give it try."

Betlem noted that Square is believed to be stable and compatible with all content, but is not yet a final release and users are encouraged to report any errors to the company.

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mogs CClip 93 IE9 Beta Video INFO.
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Microsoft has released a beta (test) version of its new Internet Explorer9 (IE9) web browser, so in this video we take a look at what's new. Windows Vista and 7 users can download the beta here.



Read more: http://www.computeractive.co.uk/computeractive/vid...


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mogs CClip 94 Cybercrime INFO.
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Cybercrime is world's most dangerous criminal threat
September 17, 2010 by Adrian Addison
A crime epidemic is silently sweeping the globe as criminals turn our ever-increasing dependence on computers against us, and even the head of Interpol is not immune.

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mogs CClip 95 Chrome UPDATE/ INFO.
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Stable, Beta Channel Updates
Friday, September 17, 2010 | 14:31
Labels: Beta updates, Stable updates
Google Chrome has been updated to 6.0.472.62 for Windows, Linux and Mac on the Stable channel. In addition, all of the above plus Chrome Frame have been updated on the Beta channel.


Along with the security fixes listed below, this version includes an updated version of the Flash Plugin with a fix for a security vulnerability.

Security fixes and rewards
Please see the Chromium security page for more detail. Note that the referenced bugs may be kept private until a majority of our users are up to date with the fix.
[$500] [55114] High Bad cast with malformed SVG. Credit to wushi of team 509.
[55119] Critical Buffer mismanagement in the SPDY protocol. Credit to Ron Ten-Hove of Google.
[$1000] [55350] High Cross-origin property pollution. Credit to Stefano Di Paola of MindedSecurity.
More details about additional changes are available in the SVN revision log. If you find new issues, please let us know by filing a bug. Want to change to another Chrome release channel - find out how.


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mogs CClip 96 Phishing scam INFO.
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Commonwealth Bank Phishing via DNS Hijacking Trojan

September 17th, 2010, 19:54 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Security researchers from Sophos warn of an unusual phishing attack targeting Commonwealth Bank customers, which makes use of a DNS hijacking trojan to steal login details.

The attack starts with spam emails abusing a real Commonwealth Bank email template, which includes the organization's logo, copyright notice and other identification elements.

The rogue messages come with a subject of “Update your Commonwealth Bank” and read: "This e-mail is to inform you that your account will be suspended within 48 hours due to your Account Inactivity."

The recipients are told that they need to confirm certain information associated with their account in order to continue using it.

A "Verify My Account Information" link is included in the email, but surprisingly, it doesn't lead to a phishing website.

Instead, it points to a file called CommBank.scr hosted on an external .cx (Christmas Islands) domain, which if ran, installs a computer trojan.
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mogs CClip 97 Scareware Alert/Info
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New Scareware Displays Fake Microsoft Security Essentials Alerts

September 17th, 2010, 13:57 GMT| By Lucian Constantin


A new scareware threat is using some very convincing tricks, which include displaying fake Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) alerts.

According to security researchers from Symantec, as soon as the malicious installer is executed on a computer, a fake MSE window pops up and warns the user of an alleged infection called "Unknown Win32/Trojan."


The alert lists C:\WINDOWS\system32\cmd.exe as being infected and claims that "This program is dangerous and executes commands from an attacker."

If the "Clean computer" or "Apply actions" buttons are clicked, the user is taken to a new MSE-like window, which shows a list of over 30 security solutions allegedly in the process of scanning the file.



The catch is that five programs from this list – AntiSpy Safeguard, Major Defense Kit, Peak Protection 2010, Pest Detector 4.1 and RedCross Antivirus – are rogue.
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mogs CClip 98 .NET vulnerability ALERT/INFO.
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Microsoft Publishes Workaround for Serious ASP.NET Vulnerability


September 18th, 2010, 12:52 GMT| By Lucian Constantin





Microsoft has published a new security advisory, which describes an workaround to prevent possible attacks exploiting a publicly disclosed ASP.NET vulnerability.

The vulnerability and exploitation methods were demonstrated by security researchers Juliano Rizzo and Thai Duong, at the ekoparty Security Conference in Argentina.


They describe the exploit as a "padding oracle" attack and claim that it totally destroys ASP.NET security.

In its advisory, Microsoft has confirms that the vulnerability can be leveraged to capture protected ViewState data.

"[…] If the ASP.Net application stores sensitive information, such as passwords or database connection strings, in the ViewState object this data could be compromised," the company's Security Research & Defense (SRD) team explains.

This encryption vulnerability, which affects all .NET Framework versions, is the result of ASP.NET leaking sensitive information via error messages returned to web clients when decrypting certain strings.
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Maurice Joyce RE: Daily CYBERCLIPS September "Edition" INFO.
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I fail to see what CClip98 has got to do with this Forum which is for home users.

Does it affect home users? I think not but am willing to learn if U have dug something up worth knowing.

Given that most users will have .NET 3.5 & possibly 4 installed are U alerting us to use the Microsoft Work around?

.Net 3 & 4 are showing as patched by PSI - how do U reconcile that against your CClip?




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mogs RE: Daily CYBERCLIPS September "Edition" INFO.
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I'm a home user; I'm not looking for contention with you Maurice.
Justification for posting.....some people have greater knowledge; some posts may be of interest....something I do when I have the time.
Upon reflection/reconsideration; prior to your prompt; I too found myself thinking that I should have tagged the post simply INFO.
Take it or leave it....nobody is forced to read it.....I've got enough beef this Sunday. I hope I havn't given too many grief.
Have a good day.

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mogs CClip 99 File Synchrony PRODUCT/ INFO.
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Use Syncless to synchronise files and folders using tags
Find out how a free tool can keep your files synchronised using a novel method
Written by Computeractive staff, Computeractive
17 Sep 2010
Introduction
File synchronisation is a great way to quickly and easily create backups of any type of files but it is particularly useful when working on a project.

Keeping folders in sync means that as the files are edited in one folder the changes are then mirrored in a second.

Some synchronisation tools can be time consuming to configure, requiring the user to specify and monitor various source and destination folders.

However, Syncless is a free tool that works a little differently. It enables ‘tags’ to be assigned to any folders you would like synchronised. This means multiple folders can be kept in synch very easily on your computer. And when a folder no longer requires synchronisation, just remove its tag. We’ll explain how in this Workshop.


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mogs CClip 100 Adobe patch Monday UPDATE/ INFO.
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Flash Player Security Updates to Land on Monday

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September 18th, 2010, 11:25 GMT| By Lucian Constantin





Adobe has announced that a new batch of Flash Player security updates are expected to land on Monday, September 20, and will include a fix for an actively exploited critical vulnerability.

At the beginning of the week, the company revealed that a new arbitrary code execution has been discovered in Flash Player 10.1.82.76, currently the latest version of the application.


It also warned that the bug, identified as CVE-2010-2884, is being exploited in the wild and announced plans to deliver a patch during the week of September 27.

Yesterday, the company amended its security advisory to announce that the patch has been pushed forward and will ship on Monday.

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mogs CClip 101 Adobe Fix INFO.
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Adobe has said it expects to fix a critical vulnerability in Flash today, a week ahead of schedule.
By Tom Brewster, 20 Sep 2010 at 15:52

Adobe expects to fix a critical Flash Player vulnerability today, a week before it had planned to issue a patch.

Alarm bells were ringing last week when reports emerged the flaw was being actively exploited in the wild against Adobe Flash on Windows.

An update for Flash on the Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Solaris and Android operating systems is now due to be issued today.

Google Chrome users can already protect themselves by updating to version 6.0.472.62 of the browser.

The same vulnerability exists in Adobe Reader 9.3.4 for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX, as well as Adobe Acrobat 9.3.4 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh.

Adobe said it expects to fix the problem in those software models during the week starting 4 October, although it has not been made aware of any attacks exploiting the vulnerability in Reader or Acrobat.

http://www.itpro.co.uk/627052/adobe-expects-flash-...

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mogs CClip 102 Adware scam INFO.
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Adware Distributed via Bing Sponsored Search Result for Firefox

September 20th, 2010, 16:50 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Security researchers from GFI Sunbelt warn that users who searched for the open source Firefox browser on Bing recently, might have ended up on a website pushing adware.

Unlike the regular BHSEO campaigns, this malicious result which directed users to a rogue site called fire10fox.com, appeared at the top of search results because it was sponsored.
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One down, one to go
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Posted in Enterprise Security, 20th September 2010 20:36 GMT
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Adobe Systems has patched a critical vulnerability in its ubiquitous Flash Player that has been under active attack for at least a week.

The company on Monday issued an update for Flash Player 10.1.82.76 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Solaris, and Adobe Flash Player 10.1.92.10 for Android handsets. Adobe has disclosed few details about the threat other than to say it allows attackers to take complete control of computers running the application and that there are reports that it is being “actively exploited in the wild against Adobe Flash Player on Windows.”

The vulnerability also affects fully patched installations of Adobe Reader and earlier versions, for Windows, Macintosh, and Unix, and Adobe Acrobat 9.3.4 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh. Adobe has no reports the vulnerability in those programs is being exploited.

Monday's patch closes one of two known zero-day vulnerabilities being used to attack Adobe users. As previously reported, a highly sophisticated attack spreading by email attempts to install malware on Windows machines by tricking recipients into opening a booby-trapped PDF file. The underlying stack overflow vulnerability affects non-Windows versions of Reader as well.

Adobe has said a patch for that bug will be released the week of October 4

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Google Plans Two-Factor Authentication for Everyone

September 20th, 2010, 13:48 GMT| By Lucian Constantin





In addition to announcing that two-factor authentication is available for Google Apps, the search giant revealed its plans to extend the technology to all Google accounts in the upcoming months.

Two-factor authentication is the practice of using two independent methods to verify a user's identity before granting them access to sensitive data.

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Fake website 'takes seconds' to set up
By Kevin Peachey
Personal finance reporter, BBC News

They look the same hair straighteners - but the set at the bottom is fake
Setting up a copycat website to sell fake goods only takes a few seconds, according to a computer expert.

Some websites are so sophisticated they add counterfeit security certificates to fool shoppers, said David Holman, of First Cyber Security.

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Premium Rate SMS Trojan Poses as Installer for Popular Applications

September 21st, 2010, 09:36 GMT| By Lucian Constantin


Security researchers from Microsoft warn of a new trojan, which poses as an installer for various popular applications and tricks users into sending SMS messages to premium rate numbers.

The monetizing method used by this new piece of malware, which Microsoft detects as Trojan:MSIL/Fakeinstaller.A, is similar to that employed by ransomware programs.


Ransomware is a term used to refer to applications that disable critical operating system functions and ask for payments in order to restore them.

This model is viewed as the next step in the evolution of scareware, which in comparison, only attempt to scare users into parting with their money.

Some ransomware variants discovered so far, particularly those targeting Russian-speaking users, ask victims to send SMS messages to premium rate numbers in order to obtain the unlock codes.

According to Microsoft, this new trojan masquerades as an installer for software like µTorrent, avast! Antivirus, DivX, eMule, or LimeWire, and is distributed from a number of domains named after those programs.

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Twitter flaw creates micro-blogging mayhem

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Posted in Enterprise Security, 21st September 2010 13:58 GMT

A cross-site scripting flaw on Twitter's website creates a means for posting code into updates, causing chaos across the network today.

The vulnerability allow messages to pop-up and third-party websites to open providing surfers move their cursor over a link, earning the flaw the nickname of onMouseOver. Thousands of Twitter accounts posted messages exploiting the flaw, mostly for fun and games, at least for now. Some users have begun exploiting the loophole to create tweets that contain blocks of colour (known as "rainbow tweets").
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Check Point Pulls the Plug on Misguided ZoneAlarm Pop-Ups
September 22nd, 2010, 06:02 GMT| By Lucian Constantin


Security vendor Check Point has stopped displaying scareware-like alert pop-ups inside ZoneAlarm Free firewall after facing a customer backlash.

Late last week ZoneAlarm users started complaining about seeing security warnings, which falsely suggested that they might have an infection on their computers.


The pop-ups were called "Global Virus Alert" and claimed that "Your PC may be in danger!" They went on to describe the threat as ZeuS.Zbot.aoaq and advise people to buy additional protection.

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Spammers Impersonate Facebook Staff to Push Trojans

September 21st, 2010, 14:55 GMT| By Lucian Constantin


Security researchers from Websense warn that a new round of spam emails carrying malicious attachments pose as password reset notifications sent by Facebook employees.

An example of such an email bears a subject of "Facebook Password Reset Confirmation" and its From field lists "Facebook Security-Manager, Sylvia Eary" as sender.


Compared to previous spam campaigns with a Facebook password reset theme, the contained message is well formulated and reads:
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Extremist websites skyrocketing, says Interpol

Interpol says it has a register of almost 10,000 wanted or suspected terrorists
The sharp growth in extremist websites is making recruitment much easier for al-Qaeda, according to Interpol head Ronald Noble.

"The threat is global, it is virtual and it is on our doorsteps," he said.

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Hacker Releases Tool for Producing the Ultimate Persistent Cookies

September 22nd, 2010, 13:51 GMT| By Lucian Constantin





A newly released open source tool allows webmasters to create extremely persistent cookies, which get stored in several different places through a variety of methods.


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Software vulnerabilities reaching 'unacceptable' levels
More work to do on closing security holes, says Veracode
Shaun Nichols in San Francisco
V3.co.uk, 22 Sep 2010
Developers are failing to meet industry security standards when creating new software, according to testing firm Veracode.

Data collected on 2,900 applications by the company's security verification service suggests that more than half of tested applications contain " unacceptable" levels of vulnerabilities.


Financial sector applications had the lowest vulnerability levels, and mission-critical applications in general were found to be less vulnerable.

Web-based applications were found to be particularly vulnerable, however. More than 80 per cent of submitted web applications contained errors listed in the Open Web Application Security Project's Top ten risk list.
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Stable and Beta Channel Updates
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 | 20:31
Google Chrome has been updated to 6.0.472.63 for all platforms on the Stable and Beta channels. This version contains a fix in V8 for direct loading of global function prototypes [V8 r5483].


More details about additional changes are available in the SVN revision log. If you find new issues, please let us know by filing a bug. Want to change to another Chrome release channel? Find out how.


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mogs CClip 114 Chrome Frame goes Stable INFO.
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Google's Microsoft browser outlives Wave nonsense

Chrome IE takes bow
By Cade Metz in San Francisco • Get more from this author

Posted in Applications, 22nd September 2010 21:39 GMT

Google has removed the beta tag from Chrome Frame, the Internet Explorer plug-in that turns Microsoft's browser into a Google browser.

More than three months after it was officially released as a beta, Chrome Frame is now officially stable. Beta users will be automatically upgraded to the stable version over the next few days.


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mogs CClip 115 Dodgy practices INFO.
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Over half of all apps have security holes

Dodgy development practices blamed
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Posted in Enterprise Security, 23rd September 2010 08:14 GMT

More than half of all software applications failed to meet an acceptable level of security, according to a study based on real-world code audits by application security firm Veracode

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Beginning next month, Microsoft plans to offer its Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) anti-malware solution for free to small businesses with up to ten computers.Microsoft released MSE one year ago as an answer to what the company said was a very concerning number of unprotected computers.The product was generally well received by users, software reviewers, antivirus testers and even other providers of free security solutions.On the other hand, the more traditional (commercial) vendors like Symantec were not so enthusiastic about it and said its protection was inferior to theirs."When we launched Microsoft Security Essentials last year, s... [read more >>]

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Über-zombie cookies give us the fear

Say hello to invulnerable evercookies
By John Leyden • Get more from this author

Posted in ID, 23rd September 2010 13:25 GMT

Privacy activists got hot under the collar about the use of flash cookies to respawn traditional website cookies* but an even more persistent type of cookie that's almost impossible to kill off may lie just around the corner.

So-called invulnerable evercookies use eight different techniques and locations to hide on tagged systems, including web history, HTML5 session storage and even the "RGB values of auto-generated, force-cached PNGs using HTML5 Canvas tag to read pixels (cookies) back out" as well as in flash or regular cookies. Providing just one copy of the cookie remains, the other locations are rebuilt.
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No OS is safe, expert warns
No OS is safe from hackers, even though some believe certain systems are better equipped to fend off attacks than others, a security expert claims.
By Tom Brewster, 23 Sep 2010 at 15:05

Preconceptions that some operating systems are safer than others are misguided, a security expert has claimed.

In reality all systems have their flaws which hackers will attempt to exploit and, despite some people’s belief Linux and Mac users are safer, all are vulnerable, said David Jacoby, a senior security researcher at Kaspersky.

“It doesn’t really matter what you use,” he told attendees at a Kaspersky press event in Munich.

“There is no such thing as a secure operating system.”

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Intel unveils controversial PC upgrade scheme

The card unlocks features already present on the dual-core chips
Intel is giving buyers of some computers the chance to pay for an upgrade that boosts the power of the processor in their desktop PC.

The pilot scheme will involve purchasing a card bearing a security key that unlocks the extra features via the web.

Critics have derided the idea as a way for Intel to charge customers for something the chip can already do.

Intel said the scheme was about offering "choice and flexibility".

"The pilot in a limited number of retail stores will centre on one Pentium processor, one of our value brands, and will enable a consumer to upgrade the performance of their PC online," Intel spokesman George Alfs told BBC News.

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23 September 2010 Last updated at 17:12
Cyberstalkers threatened with a crackdown

There are estimated to be up to two million stalking victims in the UK
Cyberstalking is to be treated far more seriously after new guidance was unveiled by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Over a million women and 900,000 men are stalked in the UK every year, according to the British Crime Survey.

But this figure may omit thousands harassed online, through e-mail or on social networking sites like Facebook.

MEP Liz Lynne has called on the EU for tougher legislation to ensure European-wide standards on tackling stalking.

The CPS's community liaison director, Nazir Afzal, said the new guidance to prosecutors was the first time stalking - and cyberstalking in particular - had been officially recognised.

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mogs CClip 121 Google transparency INFO.
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September 22, 2010
UK fourth in world in Google snoop requests



by Darren Allan
Today Google revealed its transparency report for the first half of 2010, which shows how many requests for data have been made by governments around the globe.

And it also provides details on the number of web content censorship requests.


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Microsoft Reassesses the Exploitability of Two Vulnerabilities

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September 23rd, 2010, 16:39 GMT| By Lucian Constantin


Microsoft updated the exploitability index of two vulnerabilities patched last week in light of new information and added additional information for a third.

On September 15, Microsoft released patches for twelve vulnerabilities in various Windows, IIS and Office components, which were covered in nine security bulletins.


Four of these vulnerabilities had a severity rating of critical, but the creation of reliable exploits for two them was considered unlikely.

Yesterday, Microsoft updated the exploitability index for one of these vulnerabilities (CVE-2010-2738), described in MS10-063, after receiving additional research from Secunia.

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Microsoft will require Windows 7 SP1 for IE9
Enterprise users urged to stick with IE8
Shaun Nichols in San Francisco
V3.co.uk, 24 Sep 2010
Microsoft is releasing new advice for users of its Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) web browser.

The company has issued guidelines both for home and business users on when and how they should run the browser on Windows 7 systems.


For enterprise users running Windows 7, the company has issued a blog posting advising both end users and administrators to avoid running IE9 on Windows 7 systems until the browser reaches its final build.

While the company is encouraging users to 'explore' the beta of IE9, it is recommended that enterprise systems stick with IE8 until IE9 is ready for its final release.

For users looking to test both versions of IE on a single system, Microsoft is advising use of a virtual machine to separate the two browsers.

When that final release is issued, the company will also require an update for Windows 7 systems. In a frequently asked questions page, Microsoft said that users running Windows 7 will need to install the Service Pack 1 update.
The company is planning to issue the SP1 update some time in the early part of 2011. Other supported versions of Windows have not been reported as requiring updates to run the final version of IE9.

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Anti-virus systems get tested

Independent firm rates products
By David Neal
Fri Sep 24 2010, 14:00
A NUMBER of the most common anti-virus security systems have had a beady eye passed over their effectiveness and fitness for purpose in an assessment.
The study, which was carried out by the Austrian AV Comparatives group, looked at twenty products from the main providers that volunteered to take part.
We do not know who if anyone refused, but AV Comparatives said that it had limited test subjects to no more than twenty and required that participants adhered to its undisclosed criteria.
The full list is available online, and unless you enjoy reading company names, we'll just tell you that it includes Norton, McAfee, Microsoft, Avast, Kaspersky, Sophos and Trend Micro. It also misses off a couple of well-known names, however.

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Hackers hitting online gamers hard
Using specially-crafted malware, cyber criminals have been launching many attacks against the gaming community every day in the UK.
By Tom Brewster, 24 Sep 2010 at 11:49

Hackers have created specially-crafted malware to get at online gamers, with around 14,500 attacks, on average, being launched each day in the UK.

The cyber criminals have targeted online gamers, taking control of accounts and then stealing items to sell online, explained Christian Funk, a researcher at security firm Kaspersky.

At the high level, hackers can sell single items for over €1,000 (£853) and sell their stolen wares over services such as eBay.

Games such as World of Warcraft have been targeted and maker Blizzard has been working to counter the hackers efforts, Funk explained.

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Dev Channel Update
Friday, September 24, 2010 | 16:10
Labels: Dev updates
The Dev channel has been updated to 7.0.517.17 for Windows, and 7.0.517.13 for Mac and Linux.

This release focused on resolving minor bug fixes or crashes. More details about additional changes are available in the svn log of all revisions.

You can find out about getting on the Dev channel here: http://dev.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-chann...

If you find new issues, please let us know by filing a bug at http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/entry

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Cyberterrorists target Iran with Stuxnet virus



by Janet Harris

The Stuxnet virus takes cyberterrorism to a new level as it is believed to be the first computer virus designed to attack infrastructure in the real world.

In this case it is Iran’s power stations and water plants that are believed to be at risk from the worm, which can reprogramme a computer’s software, forcing it to obey different commands.

Some experts claim that the worm could be targeted at Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power facility.

Although Stuxnet is already believed to have infected 45,000 computer systems, it hasn’t yet caused any damage as it has been designed to attack one specific system.

The emergence of Stuxnet, which appeared in June, has caused some experts to warn that weaponised software could be the future of cyber terrorism.

Stuxnet is transferred between machines by USB memory stick and searches for software made by Siemens which is used to control industrial systems.

Story link: Cyberterrorists target Iran with Stuxnet virus

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24 September 2010 Last updated at 10:07
Researchers seek to find true level of cyberstalking


Former TV presenter Alexis Bowater: "I was cyberstalked during my pregnancy"
A new survey has been launched in an effort to find out the true level of cyberstalking in the UK.

It comes a day after the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) unveiled new guidance to prosecutors and promised to get tough on cyberstalkers.

More than one million women and 900,000 men are stalked in the UK every year, according to the British Crime Survey.

But until now no research has been done to find out how many people are stalked or harassed online.

On Friday the Electronic Communication Harassment Observation (Echo) survey, commissioned by the charity Network for Surviving Stalking, was launched by researchers at the University of Bedfordshire.

They are hoping to find people who have been stalked, harassed or threatened through e-mail, on internet chatrooms or on social networking sites like Facebook.

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When web apps attack

80 per cent are security risks
By Spencer Dalziel
Thu Sep 23 2010, 12:05
80 PER CENT of web applications are security risks but open source projects get two thumbs up.
The information comes courtesy of a report from testing house Veracode. Its "State of Software Security Report: Volume Two" apparently was designed to put a scare into anyone using a computer to access the big bad Internet.

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Scareware Pushers Exploit New Multiple Sclerosis Treatment


September 25th, 2010, 12:30 GMT| By Lucian Constantin





A new black hat search engine optimization (BHSEO) campaign is poisoning search results related to a new oral drug for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS), with malicious links.

A few days ago, a pharmaceutical company called Novartis announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Gilenya, a pill for treating relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis.


Gilenya is very important for people affected by this disease and their caregivers, because it is the first MS drug that can be administered orally.

However, it's worth noting that when the therapy was originally announced, it was called Gilenia (with an i). Threfore, a lot of people still know it by that name.

Security researchers from GFI Software (formerly Sunbelt) warn that searching for information about "Gilenia" on Google has a high chance of landing users on malicious pages.

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Hi Mogs, I just corrected all negative scores from 31/8 up to now. Keep up the good work, my friend!

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Thankyou Leendert......most helpful. Glad that you find the CCLIP thread of use and informative. Have a good day.

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Real life postage that just needs your e-mail address

By LJ Rich
BBC Click



The saying "keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer" could be in need of an update.

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In a world in which everyone can be Googled, it can be hard to escape your worst mistakes.

From disgruntled clients to drunken college antics and vengeful exes, your best-kept secrets are just a click of a mouse away.

The internet means there is a permanent record of everything said about companies and private individuals, both good and bad.

But now a new generation of online reputation managers promises to clean up your record on the web.

The 21st-Century equivalent of a PR consultant, their job is to shape a company or person's web image by promoting the positive and burying the negative.

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By ASHLEE VANCE
Published: September 25, 2010

ARMIJN HEMEL, 32, lives with his parents in Tiel, a town smack-dab in the middle of the Netherlands. He works as a technology consultant, but spends several hours a week on his avocation: pestering some of the world’s most powerful consumer electronics and technology companies.

Mr. Hemel serves as a volunteer watchman for free, open-source software like the Linux operating system, which competes with Microsoft’s Windows. The use of free software has exploded, particularly in gadgets as varied as exercise bikes, energy meters and smartphones. Companies like Google, TiVo and Sony often opt to piggyback on the work of others rather than going through the ordeal of building all of the software for their products from scratch.

The problem that Mr. Hemel and others have stumbled upon is that some companies, even some technology savvy ones, may be violating the rather easy-to-follow requirements associated with free software licenses. Typically, these include making tweaked versions of a free software product available to the public, or simply giving credit to the original developers

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INTERNET NEWS
The future of web standards
Jeffrey Zeldman predicts exciting times ahead in web design
By Jeffrey Zeldman
3 hours ago | Tell us what you think [ 0 comments ]



Jeffrey Zeldman asks: is this Web 2.1?
Contrary to popular opinion, the phrase 'Web 2.0' was not coined by Tim O'Reilly and did not, originally, refer to web applications like Facebook and Twitter that enable Muggles, er, non-web-professionals, to share information online.

More than a decade ago, Darcy DiNucci predicted that:

"The Web we know now, which loads into a browser window in essentially static screenfulls, is only an embryo of the Web to come. The first glimmerings of Web 2.0 are beginning to appear, and we are just starting to see how that embryo might develop. The Web will be understood not as screenfulls of text and graphics but as a transport mechanism, the ether through which interactivity happens. It will [...] appear on your computer screen, [...] on your TV set [...] your car dashboard [...] your cell phone [...] hand-held game machines [...] maybe even your microwave oven." – DiNucci, D. (1999) "Fragmented Future," Print 53

This first use of the phrase 'Web 2.0' was a vision of what we now call ubiquitous computing and what marketers call convergence. As with all futurist visions considered in the cold light of hindsight, some of DiNucci's language sounds naïve and a few of her predictions fall short.



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mogs CClip 135 Tweak UI PRODUCT/ INFO.
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TweakUI is a free download that gives you access to numerous systems settings that are not easily available in Windows.

Without TweakUI the only way that you can change these settings is through the use of a program such as REGEDIT, which is best left to experts.

TweakUI is a standalone program in Windows XP, but for older systems the program is installed as a control panel. Both versions of TweakUI do the same thing, namely they allow you to customise various elements of the user interface.

Also available for other OS's. *

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Blu-ray superseded by digital downloads, says Microsoft executive
A senior Microsoft executive has claimed that Blu-ray will be a ‘passed over’ format, as people make the leap straight from DVDs to digital movie downloads.

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Disk Cleanup recommends files that can be safely deleted to free up hard disk space
Clear your PC of clutter safely with Disk Cleanup
Find out what it's safe to delete from your PC's hard disk
Written by Simon Francis, Computeractive
27 Sep 2010
Today’s computers come with lots of storage space but even the most careful of users will find that their hard disk fills up with junk over time.

It’s hard to know what is safe to delete, so Windows comes with a tool to help.

Disk Cleanup can be found by opening Computer (My Computer in Windows XP) from the Start Menu or Desktop, right-clicking the disk that’s running out of space, selecting Properties and then clicking the Disk Cleanup button on the page that appears.

Disk Cleanup looks for files that could be deleted on a disk and presents its recommendations in a list grouped by theme. Highlighting an item explains more about it so you can make an informed decision.

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mogs CClip 138 Ping INFO.
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Ping Gets Better, But Is It Enough?
By DARRELL ETHERINGTON of GIGAOM
Published: September 27, 2010
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Apple’s first update to version 10 of its media player software iTunes brings with it some much-needed and much-requested improvements for Ping. It shows that Cupertino actually cares about the success of the product, and that it’s interested in what users have to say about its services, both good things. Check it out via Software Update.

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Google: 12 massive moments
We look back at some of Google's highs and lows over the 12 years since its inception.
By Tom Brewster, 27 Sep 2010 at 17:28

Google is 12 years old today and, looking back, it is quite staggering what the company has managed to achieve over such a short space of time.

From its humble beginnings as the project of two Stanford students to its progression into one of the biggest companies in the world, it has been an amazing journey for the search giant.

It hasn’t been all smooth sailing, however, and the company has had dark times as well, some of which will no doubt be chronicled in a Google film announced recently.
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mogs CClip 140 VLC Media Player UPDATE/INFO.
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Binary Planting Vulnerability Addressed in VLC Media Player

September 27th, 2010, 15:03 GMT| By Lucian Constantin


The VideoLAN Project has released version 1.1.4 of its popular VLC media player application, which addresses a DLL preloading vulnerability allowing for arbitrary code execution.

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mogs CClip 141 Orkut Worm ALERT/INFO.
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XSS Worm Hits Orkut

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September 27th, 2010, 12:08 GMT| By Lucian Constantin





A cross-site scripting vulnerability was exploited Saturday on Orkut to launch a fast-spreading worm that auto-posted a rogue message reading "Bom Sabado" on people's scrapbooks.

"Bom Sabado" means "Good Saturday" in Portuguese, which led some people to assume that the worm originated in Brazil, where Orkut has a significantly large user base.


The messages, which has rogue JavaScript code embedded into them, forced logged in users to repost them on their friends' scrapbooks (the equivalent of "Walls" on Facebook).

The attack was extremely viral and affected almost 10% of all Orkut users, 70% of which are from India or Brazil. The social network has over 52 million users.

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Short passwords 'hopelessly inadequate', say boffins

Modern processors smash puny defences
By John Leyden • Get more from this author

The availability of password-cracking tools based on increasingly powerful graphics processors means that even carefully chosen short passwords are liable to crack under a brute-force attack.

A password of less than seven characters will soon be "hopelessly inadequate" even if it contains symbols as well as alphanumerical characters, according to computer scientists at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. The security researchers recommend passwords at least 12 characters long.

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mogs CClip 143 Beefs up Hotmail INFO.
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Microsoft beefs up Hotmail security
New protections wage war on account hijackers
Shaun Nichols in San Francisco
V3.co.uk, 28 Sep 2010
Microsoft is readying a security update for its Hotmail service designed to prevent attackers from compromising and managing user accounts.

The update, which is scheduled for October, includes full-site SSL security protection, rather than just using SSL on the site's log-in screen.


"Today, we are releasing new features to safeguard everyone's account from hijackers," wrote John Scarrow, general manager of security services at Microsoft, in a blog post



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mogs CClip 144 Memory Diag. Tool INFO.
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A hardware problem can cause Windows to become unstable, but while some are easy to trace there’s one that can be a real pain: faulty memory.

Memory problems can cause serious instability, but of course there’s no way to spot a dodgy stick of memory by looking at it.

Handily, Windows Vista includes a new Memory Diagnostics Tool – find it by typing memory diagnostic into the Start Menu search box. It’s also included in Windows 7, called Windows Memory Diagnostic.

The tool first asks whether you want to restart and perform a check immediately, or wait until the next time you restart your computer manually.

When the PC restarts the tool loads before Windows does to perform a series of intensive tests on the memory chips in your computer. You can access more advanced settings by pressing F1 once it has started.

Although the tool doesn’t come with Windows XP, it can be downloaded free from Microsoft here. This version isn’t quite as easy to use, however, and it will prompt you to create a special floppy disk or CD. You’ll have to start the computer from that disc to run the test.



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mogs CClip 145 AVG Free PRODUCT/UPDATE/ INFO.
Expert Contributor 28th Sep, 2010 20:40
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28 Sep 2010 AVG Anti-Virus Free 2011 (v10.0.1120)
Type: freeware Platform: Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Vista 64-bit Manufacturer:Grisoft Inc Size: 4.1MB
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AVG continues to be one of the most popular free antivirus programs available on the internet and it maintains this position with a combination of effective protection and an easy to use interface.

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition improves on both areas, and is an essential upgrade, as updates will be stopped for the previous version. If you already have AVG installed it is best to click on the upgrade option when it is offered. If you have never installed it before, this is the download to use. We would recommend disconnecting from the internet during installation as there will a period where there is no protection.

As noted the interface of AVG Free has been improved and it is easier to see what protection AVG is providing and what needs attention via icons in the main part of the screen. Tabs along the left hand side give quick access to important information on updates and ongoing scans.

In addition to traditional antivirus protection, AVG Free now offers protection from Spyware without installing extra software.

Note that the new 2011 edition ships with a brand new user-interface, improved cloud-based protection and the inclusion of identity protection (which used to cost £14.99 as a standalone product), to keep you safe online.



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mogs CClip 146 Rogue Email ALERT/INFO
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Rogue LinkedIn Emails Direct Users to Zbot Drive-By Download

September 28th, 2010, 16:48 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Rogue emails posing as LinkedIn alerts directs users to a malicious page, which attempts to infect them with a variant of the ZBot information stealing trojan.

The spam campaign was launched yesterday and according to Cisco Security it was the largest such attack known to date, that targeted LinkedIn users.


At one point, the fake emails accounted for well over 25% of the total spam traffic registered by the company's systems.

The messages come with a subject of "LinkedIn Alert" and have their header spoofed to appear as originating from a communication@linkedin.com address.

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mogs CClip 147 Chrome dev UPDATE/INFO.
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Dev Channel Update
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 | 15:46
Labels: Dev updates
The Dev channel has been updated to 7.0.517.24 for Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome Frame.

This release focused on resolving minor bug fixes or crashes. More details about additional changes are available in the svn log of all revisions.

You can find out about getting on the Dev channel here: http://dev.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-chann...

If you find new issues, please let us know by filing a bug at http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/entry

Anthony Laforge
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mogs CClip 148 Security Essentials INFO.
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Microsoft Security Essentials racks up 30 million users

Celebrates one year birthday

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Microsoft Security Essentials - one year old
Microsoft has announced that its free anti-virus software programme, Microsoft Security Essentials, is one year old today, and is celebrating the fact that now over 30 million active users are using the service.
When Microsoft first announced it was creating a free anti-virus service, there wasn't many who thought it would work – given that OneCare was met with a lukewarm reception.
However, Security Essentials has proved to be something of a success, offering free web security but not at the expense of bloating out your computer.


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mogs CClip 149 Economy Act INFO.
Expert Contributor 29th Sep, 2010 21:54
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Internet disconnection 'like being imprisoned', says Sir Tim Berners-Lee
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, has likened being forced offline to 'imprisonment' and attacked the Digital Economy Act’s lack of 'due process'

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mogs CClip 150 Biometrics Report INFO.
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US report casts doubt on “reliable” biometric systems
Back to the drawing board for security designers.
By Eric Doyle, 29 Sep 2010 at 14:54

The reliability, accuracy and scalability of biometric security systems has been called into question by a scathing report from The National Research Council (NRC) in the US.

The “Biometric Recognition: Challenges and Opportunities” report has scotched the myth that biometrics are trustworthy and secure, describing them as “inherently fallible”.

Although the results have created a stir in the security world, the report was produced as a scholarly overview of the science behind biometrics. Its conclusion that no single biometric trait has been identified as stable or distinctive has placed doubt about the reliability of fingerprint, iris patterns, voice recognition
and facial recognition systems.

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mogs CClip 151 Googleshock INFO.
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Google shocks world with unthreaded Gmail

Conversation View death switch
By Cade Metz in San Francisco • Get more from this author

Google has shocked the tech world by letting Gmail users "unthread" their inbox — i.e., turn off the tool that was billed as an email revolution when Gmail launched six years ago, but ended up as an infamous annoyance that undoubtedly hampered uptake of the service among all-important business users.

With a Wednesday blog post, Mountain View said that it's rolling out a tool that lets Gmail users toggle "Conversation View" on and off. "We really hoped everyone would learn to love conversation view, but we came to realize that it’s just not right for some people," the post reads. "So today we’re introducing another valuable choice. Users who prefer a traditional inbox can toggle off conversation view to see email as individual messages in chronological order."


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mogs CClip 152 Trojans INFO.
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Trojans Continue to Account for Over Half of New Malware


September 30th, 2010, 14:51 GMT| By Lucian Constantin





According to a new report from Panda Security, computer trojans represent 55% of new malicious samples detected during the third quarter and are also responsible for 54% of all infections.

These findings are understandable in the context of a threat landscape that is focused on illegal income, since trojans offer more possibilities in this respect than other types of malware.

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mogs CClip 153 PDF Standard INFO.
Expert Contributor 30th Sep, 2010 18:12
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Security experts vote to outlaw PDF standard
Virus Bulletin 2010 calls for safer document format
Iain Thomson in San Francisco
V3.co.uk, 30 Sep 2010
Security experts at the Virus Bulletin 2010 conference have voted overwhelmingly to abolish Adobe's PDF standard and replace it with a safer format.

Paul Baccus, a senior threat researcher at Sophos, conducted a straw poll on the future of PDF during a conference session, and found that 97 per cent favour dumping the standard and working on a safer format with better software security.


Baccus then asked whether anyone from Adobe was in the audience. After a pause a voice at the back shouted: "Of course not, it's a security conference."

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mogs CClip 154 CCleaner UPDATE/INFO.
Expert Contributor 30th Sep, 2010 18:16
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Just as regular exercise is good for your health, a regular workout for your hard diskis recommended. Windows has its own tools for doing this, but CCleaner makes a slightly better job of it.

The application is free to use and shows the door to all kinds of temporary files, from temporary internet files to old automatic back-ups from application such as Office XP and file sharingsoftware. It also shakes out old entries from your computer's registry, such as unistallers and invalid shortcuts. The makers guarantee that it contains no apyware or adware.

CCleaner is one of the more popular system cleansing and optimisation tools available. This is the major v2.x release incorporating a number of new enhancements. For instance, the new version is completely re-written and is much faster and analysing and cleansing your system. It ships with a brand new user-interface and is available in a compact version, so you could take it with you on a portable USB stick and use it to cleanse a PC that you've used in a web cafe or other location. Of course, there are also a number of other tweaks and improvements.

CCleaner 2.36.1233
System cleansing & optimisation tool

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mogs September CYBERCLIPS INFO.
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This is the final post by me to the September edition of CYBERCLIPS.
Please see OCTOBER edition for further details....Thankyou.

OCTOBER Edition :-
http://secunia.com/community/forum/thread/show/575...

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