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Please REFRAIN from replying to this post/thread.....thankyou.
Fouth Edition


Thankyou for your continuing support.
Following some feedback: ( Anthony; notably): some minor changes have been made to format/heading etc., which hopefully make the finding/ reading somewhat clearer. As I hope you are aware, a CYBERCLIPS INDEX thread has also been started to help; tho' unfortunately unable to pair/pin together ! The INDEX will be updated every two days...to prevent it becoming "endless"!!
Security is still the emphasis of the thread with some related and varied topics....something to read on a Sunday isn't always easy to find...but I'm not gonna make it a big issue !!
Please note....the most recent posts are those at the end of a downward scroll !!
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 and unattractive to any contentious individuals; whilst, at the same time feeling disposed towards posting suitable content, and one-off helpful comment, yourself.
* Keep patching : up to date : be Cybersafe ! *

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Please disregard the statement at the beginning of the introductory post to this thread ;regarding refraining from posting. I shouldn't have included it. You are welcome to post...as you can see from the statement further along in the introduction. Thankyou.


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Network hardware failure blamed for PayPal collapse
By Juan Carlos Perez
November 1, 2010 11:37
IDG News Service - A network hardware failure knocked PayPal offline for its users worldwide Friday, and the recovery and failover systems didn't spring into action as quickly as they were supposed to.

That outage, which hit shortly after 11 a.m. Eastern Time, was solved at around 12:30 p.m., but PayPal experienced another "service interruption" at 2:30 p.m. that dragged on for almost another hour.

"We are investigating ways to ensure that this doesn't happen again," wrote PayPal CTO Scott Guilfoyle in a blog posting.

In Guilfoyle's posting and previous ones about the outage, various merchants expressed frustration with the technical problems and the impact they had on sales and customer satisfaction.

PayPal has more than 87 million active accounts in 190 markets and 24 currencies worldwide.

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9194219/Net...

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Microsoft claims IE8, IE9 outgrew Google's Chrome last month
Cherry-picks data -- dismisses Chrome 5's share -- to get to that conclusion

By Gregg Keizer
November 1, 2010 01:37 PM
Computerworld - Microsoft's claim that Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) and IE9 beat the usage share gains posted by Chrome last month don't hold up, according to the data the company cited Monday.

But the matter may be moot: Overall, IE again lost ground to Google's Chrome and Apple's Safari in the battle for browser hearts and minds.

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9194240/Mic...

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New Wave of Windows 7 SP1 RC Downloads Leaked

November 1st, 2010, 19:08 GMT| By Marius Oiaga

A new wave of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Release Candidate (RC) downloads has been leaked and made available for download in the wild.

Build 6.1.7601.17105.100929-1730 was offered by Microsoft officially to the public for testing on October 26th, although some early adopters received access to the bits a tad earlier the past month.


In addition, there are some limitations as far as the public RC of Windows 7 SP1 is concerned. First off, testers can only download the English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish flavors of SP1 RC.

Users running Windows 7 RTM in other languages than the ones mentioned above are not able to test drive the upgrade in their native tongue.
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Windows 7 SP1 Install and Uninstall Update Available

November 1st, 2010, 18:37 GMT| By Marius Oiaga

Concomitantly with the availability of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Release Candidate (RC), Microsoft also released an update designed to streamline certain scenarios such as the deployment and removal of the upgrade.

Just ahead of the 2010 Professional Developers Conference 2010 (PDC 2010), the Redmond company offered early adopters the next milestone of Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, namely the RC Build.


At the same time, the software giant released the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 installation software feature update.

KB 976902 will be a requirement for the integration of upgrades into both the last Windows client and server platforms.

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PC World - Reader LK wants to know if Microsoft Security Essentials (which I've championed in these pages many times) can be installed alongside other anti-virus and/or anti-malware programs.

Short answer: no.

Longer answer: Definitely, definitely, definitely no.

You might think that where security software is concerned, more is better. But you'd be wrong--especially if you're talking about programs that do the same thing, like fight viruses or spyware.

For example, if you were to install MSE on a system that already had Norton Internet Security, the latter might think the former was a kind of spyware--or vice-versa. What's more, one security might not slow down your system that much, but two almost certainly will.

My advice: if you're planning to switch security tools, do exactly that. Uninstall one, reboot, and then install the other.

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9194280/Avo...

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Sophos Enters the Consumer Market with Free Mac Anti-Virus
November 2nd, 2010, 12:24 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

UK-based security vendor Sophos has launched a full-featured free anti-malware solution for the Mac operating system, tailored to the needs of home consumers.

The new Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition leverages the company's business-grade threat intelligence to protect Mac computers from all types of threats.

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Chrome Dev Channel Update
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 | 18:03
The Dev channel has been updated to 9.0.570.0 for Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome Frame

This release fixes several crashes as well as:

More at :-http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.com/

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Google invites hackers to break in
The online giant kicks off an experimental program that allows security researchers to find bugs in its site

By Robert Lemos | InfoWorld

On Monday, Google expanded its bug bounty program, which the company has used to secure its Google Chrome browser, giving permission to researchers to poke into applications hosted on Google.com, YouTube.com, Blogger.com, and Orkut.com. The invitation is an important acknowledgement that hackers and third-party security researchers are a valuable resource.

"We've seen a sustained increase in the number of high quality reports from researchers and their combined efforts are contributing to a more secure Chromium browser for millions of users," the company says in its blog post.

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Critical Flash Player Patch Expected Tomorrow
November 3rd, 2010, 07:18 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Adobe has accelerated the previously announced Flash Player patch schedule and the fix for an actively exploited critical vulnerability is expected to land tomorrow.

Last Thursday, independent security researchers reported that a new Flash Player zero-day flaw might be actively exploited in attacks, which infect users with malware.

Adobe later confirmed the existence of the vulnerability (CVE-2010-3654) and posted a security advisory.


At the time, the company also announced plans to make a patch available during the week of November 9.

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http://news.softpedia.com/news/Critical-Flash-Play...

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Worrying Number of Free Movie Streaming or Downloading Scams

November 3rd, 2010, 09:38 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Security researchers warn about the increasing prevalence of fake movie download and streaming websites, which scam money from users or trick them into installing spyware on their computers.

People searching for information about new movies online commonly end up on such rogue pages, which are pushed at the top of search results through black hat search engine optimization (BHSEO) techniques.


According to researchers from cloud security provider Zscaler, the most prominent free movie fraud ring operates websites like letmewatchthis.com, letbobwatchthis.com, letbobwatchthis.org, movie-source.org, letswatchsomething.com or hatfilmsite.org.

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Around the world, around the clock, circles of flickering screens keep aircraft apart in the air, ease them gently down to the ground and guide their precious human cargoes off the runway.



This finely choreographed global ballet of speeding metal, fuel and flesh moved almost five billion passengers in 2009, according to data from Airports Council International.
But what if all those screens went blank?

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CCleaner 3.00.1310
Major update to the popular system cleansing & optimisation tool

Written by Chris Wiles/Tim Smith, V3.co.uk
03 Nov 2010
Type: freeware Platform: Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Vista 64-bit Manufacturer:Piriform Ltd Size: 2.8MB
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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 sharing software. 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 v3.x release incorporating a number of new enhancements. It ships with a brand new user-interface and is available in a compact version. Of course, there are also a number of other tweaks and improvements as well as added support for applications such as IE9 and AVG AntiVirus 10.



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Beta Channel Update
Thursday, November 4, 2010 | 09:05
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The Chrome Beta channel has been updated to 8.0.552.28 for all platforms.

This release contains a number of bug fixes, as well as features like our new bundled PDF viewer, more sync services, and improved plug-in handling. This release also contains a new version of Flash.

Full details about the 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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Adobe Reader and Acrobat Hit by New Zero-Day

November 4th, 2010, 16:57 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

French security research company VUPEN confirmed that an Adobe Reader and Acrobat vulnerability reported as a zero-day earlier today, can be exploited to execute arbitrary code.

According to the reputed vulnerability intelligence vendor, the flaw is caused by a heap corruption error in the EScript.api plugin, which can occur when processing a function called printSeps().


VUPEN writes in its advisory that the vulnerability "could be exploited by attackers to crash an affected application or potentially compromise a vulnerable system by tricking a user into opening a specially crafted PDF file."

The bug affects Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.4 and successful exploitation was confirmed on both Windows 7 and Windows XP SP3.

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http://news.softpedia.com/news/New-Zero-Day-Vulner...

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Microsoft slates first critical fix for Office 2010 next week
But no patch for actively exploited IE bug

By Gregg Keizer
November 4, 2010 03:47 PM
Computerworld - Microsoft today said it will ship three security updates next week to patch 11 vulnerabilities, including the first in Office 2010 pegged "critical."

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Dev Channel Update
Thursday, November 4, 2010 | 18:13
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The Chrome Dev channel has been updated to 9.0.570.1 for Windows, Linux, and Chrome Frame. This release contains a new version of Flash. The Dev channel for Mac has been updated to 9.0.572.0 which has a new version of Flash and fixes one of the top crashers (Issue: 61446)

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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Sandboxed PDF Viewer Lands in Chrome Beta
November 4th, 2010, 18:23 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Google has released a new beta version of its Chrome browser, which addresses a serious vulnerability in the Flash Player plug-in and adds a sandboxed PDF viewer.

The new Chrome 8.0.552.28 Beta was expected to land a few days ago, when the Dev channel was updated to Chrome 9.0.570.0.


However, the company most likely waited for a Flash Player update from Adobe, which patches an actively exploited vulnerability announced last week.

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New Flash Player Update Plugs Critical Security Holes

November 5th, 2010, 07:24 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Adobe has released Flash Player 10.1.102.64, a security update that fixes eighteen vulnerabilities, including one actively exploited in the wild since last week.

In total, fourteen critical memory corruption flaws, which could lead to arbitrary code execution, have been addressed in the newly released version, one of which only affects the ActiveX Flash Player control.


An additional binary planting (DLL hijacking) vulnerability that could result in remote code execution has also been patched.

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Europe simulates total cyber war

The cyber war simulation will steadily cut off net links


UK facing cyber security threat
Call to define rules of cyber war
Can governments win a cyber-war?
Essential web services have come under simulated attack as European nations test their cyber defences.

The first-ever cross-European simulation of an all out cyber attack was planned to test how well nations cope as the attacks slow connections.

The simulation steadily reduced access to critical services to gauge how nations react.

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IDG News Service - Hackers might crack or steal your password, but can they type like you?

Japan's NTT Communications has developed a computer security system that analyzes the way a computer user types, and then checks it against a profile of authorized users to detect if the person at the keyboard is an imposter.

The system, called Key Touch Pass, records the speed at which a user is typing, the length of time they typically hold down each key and the errors they normally make.

Every few hundred characters it checks this against a profile of the user that is supposedly logged in to the computer. If the two differ by more than a predetermined threshold, the system concludes the computer's user isn't who it should be.

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Adobe Suggests Workaround for New Reader Zero-Day

November 5th, 2010, 08:27 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Adobe is still investigating reports of a new code execution vulnerability in Adobe Reader and Acrobat, but recommends blacklisting the affected JavaScript function in the meantime.

The flaw was reported as a zero-day on Wednesday, when someone posted a proof-of-concept exploit on the Full Disclosure mailing list.


However, it appears the issue has been known as a Denial of Service (DoS) condition since almost a year ago, when it was disclosed on a Russian-language blog.

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Upcoming Patch Tuesday Won't Fix IE Zero-Day
November 5th, 2010, 15:55 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Microsoft is prepping three security bulletins for next Tuesday, that cover vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office and Forefront Unified Access Gateway, but don't address the recently reported zero-day Internet Explorer vulnerability.

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Botnet operators try to snare security researchers

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THE HUNTER HAS BECOME THE HUNTED as botnet operators have started to set honeypot traps to lure security researchers.
Researchers investigating a piece of malware that's part of the Zeus botnet managed to gain access a remote server used to control the botnet and found the administrative console on the server was a fake. The console was put in place to monitor the activity of researchers in order to understand ways that botnet operators can avoid having their networks shut down.

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Earlier today, Internet Explorer 8 started blocking access to completely harmless sites, claiming, "This website has been reported as unsafe."

While some good sites go bad from time to time, typically infected with subverted iFrames and bad advertisements, IE8 was blocking sites that didn't have any ads -- Visa.com, for one, as well as MoneyTreeInc.com and SalesAspects.com. It also looks like many (if not all) sites that use Telerik's RadMenu under Microsoft's ASP.Net were blocked.

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Report: 71% of Internet Users Run Latest Version of Their Browsers. Do You?
By FREDERIC LARDINOIS of READWRITEWEB
Published: November 5, 2010

Web apps that rely on features that only modern browsers can offer are becoming a standard feature on the Internet. Sadly, though, the fact that a lot of users don't regularly upgrade their browsers (or that their IT departments don't allow them to upgrade) complicates matters greatly for those developers who want to use the latest and greatest features of modern browser technologies like HTML5. The latest data from Pingdom and StatCounter, however, notes that a surprisingly large number of users (71%) already run the latest official versions of their browser.

Thanks to Chrome's built-in update mechanism, the latest stable version of Google's browser (Chrome 7) now powers 90.6% of all Chrome users' Internet experience. Given Chrome's fast release cycles and the wide availability of beta and developer builds, chances are that a large number of those who don't run Chrome 7 actually run even more up-to-date releases of it.

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Only Five Percent of Users Have Non-Letter Characters in Their Password
November 6th, 2010, 08:18 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

A survey conducted by antivirus vendor BitDefender revealed that only five percent of people use digits or special characters in their passwords and that sixty percent use single-case-only access codes.

The conclusions are the result of a questionnaire taken by 1,000 random individuals, half men, half women, from 16 countries, with an average age of 29.5 years.


The questions attempted to determine passwords strength and habits and were individually explained to respondents in a live interview.

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Cross-Platform Boonana Trojan Gets New Version

November 6th, 2010, 11:29 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

A new version of the Boonana trojan, which infects Windows and Mac OS computers alike, has been detected in the wild, suggesting that the malware is being actively developed and improved.

The trojan was discovered last week and functions as a Java applet. It was particularly designed to target Windows and Mac OS X users and gives attackers control over the compromised computers.


Boonana spreads through Facebook, where it uses social engineering to direct users to a fake YouTube page and trick them into running the Java applet.

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IE9 the best browser? Not so fast
by Stephen Shankland


It began innocently enough--a promotional blog post about Microsoft's newest version of Internet Explorer 9. But in less than a week, it became an illustration of just how rapidly misinformation moves through a hot and increasingly important corner of the software market.


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Scientists, politicians take the threat of an electromagnetic pulse very seriously
November 6, 2010 By Dan Vergano
The sky erupts. Cities darken, food spoils and homes fall silent. Civilization collapses. End-of-the-world novel? A video game? Or could such a scenario loom in America's future? There is talk of catastrophe ahead, depending on whom you believe, because of the threat of an electromagnetic pulse triggered by either a supersized solar storm or terrorist A-bomb, both capable of disabling the electric grid that powers modern life.

Electromagnetic pulses, or EMPs, are oversized outbursts of atmospheric electricity. Whether powered by geomagnetic storms or by nuclear blasts, their resultant intense magnetic fields can induce ground currents strong enough to burn out power lines and electrical equipment across state lines.

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Hacker Claims Full Compromise of Royal Navy Website

November 6th, 2010, 10:26 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

A hacker claims to have gained full access to the website of the British Royal Navy and the underlying database through an SQL injection attack.

The public disclosure was made by a Romanian self-confessed security enthusiast who uses the online handle of "TinKode."
The grey hat hacker specializes in finding Web vulnerabilities like SQL injection and cross-site scripting.

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Chrome....Getting Involved;
Early Access Release Channels

Contents
1 Before you change channels
1.1 Back up your data
1.2 Enable anonymous usage statistics
2 Subscribing to a channel
2.1 Windows
2.2 Mac
2.3 Linux
3 Reporting Dev channel problems
4 Going back to a more stable channel
Google Chrome releases updates to different release channels. Subscribing to the Beta or Dev channel means you'll get more frequent (but less stable) updates and you'll get to try new features first. There are three release channels:
Stable channel. Everyone is on the Stable channel when they first install Google Chrome. The Stable channel is updated with features and fixes once they have been thoroughly tested in the Beta channel. If you want a rock solid browser but don't need the latest features, the Stable channel is for you.
Beta channel. People who like to use and help refine the latest features subscribe to the Beta channel. Every month or so, we promote stable and complete features from the Dev channel to the Beta channel. The Beta channel is more stable than Dev, but may lack the polish one expects from a finished product.
Dev channel. This developer preview channel is where ideas get tested (and sometimes fail). The Dev channel can be very unstable at times, and new features usually require some manual configuration to be enabled. Still, simply using Dev channel releases is an easy (practically zero-effort) way for anyone to help improve Google Chrome.
Canary build. This build is for people who want to help test Google Chrome and contribute to its development. The Canary build is updated even more frequently than the Dev channel and is not tested before being released. Because the Canary build may at times be unusable, it cannot be set as your default browser and may be installed in addition to any of the above channels of Google Chrome. By default, it also reports crashes and usage statistics to Google (you can disable this on the download page).
Note: Early access releases (Canary builds and Dev and Beta channels) will be only partly translated into languages other than English. Text related to new features might not get translated into all languages until the feature is released in the Stable channel.

Before you change channels

Note: If you are reverting from a Dev channel build to a Stable or Beta channel, you may experience tab crashes on startup. This crash only affects tabs restored during the first launch due to a change in how tab state is stored. See http://bugs.chromium.org/34688. It's always a good idea to back up your profile before changing channels.

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Web browser pioneer backs new way to surf Internet (Update 2)
November 7, 2010 By MICHAEL LIEDTKE , AP Technology Writer
(AP) -- The Web has changed a lot since Marc Andreessen revolutionized the Internet with the introduction of his Netscape browser in the mid-1990s. That's why he's betting people are ready to try a different Web-surfing technique on a new browser called RockMelt.

The browser, available for the first time Monday, is built on the premise that most online activity today revolves around socializing on Facebook, searching on Google, tweeting on Twitter and monitoring a handful of favorite websites. It tries to minimize the need to roam from one website to the next by corralling all vital information and favorite services in panes and drop-down windows.
"This is a chance for us to build a browser all over again," Andreessen said. "These are all things we would have done (at Netscape) if we had known how people were going to use the Web."

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Security firms blast Microsoft for free antivirus offer
Two security software makers are complaining about Microsoft using its update service to deliver its free antivirus software to Windows users who don't have such protection on their computers.
No, it's not 1998. And we're talking about allowing customers to choose whether they want the software, rather than bundling a particular browser--say Internet Explorer--on Windows.
Microsoft began making its Security Essentials software available to customers through its Microsoft Update service as an optional download on November 1 for U.S. customers and October 19 for U.K. customers. It offers the download only to customers who do not have an antivirus solution that is detectable by Microsoft's Action Center.


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Adobe warns of another Reader threat
Another Reader threat has reared its ugly head, although Adobe has issued a workaround.
By Tom Brewster

Adobe has warned of another Reader flaw, which could cause the software to crash and lead to remote code execution.

Despite the dangers of the flaw, which could also leave users open to a denial-of-service attack, Adobe has listed a workaround method on a company notification.

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Chrome Dev Channel Update
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 | 16:34
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The Dev channel has been updated to 9.0.576.0 for Windows and Linux

This release fixes several crashes as well as:

All
Typing on a form with highlighted profile, keeps its highlighted value. (Issue 58774)
Handle selection changes due to AutoFill more carefully. (Issue 58774)
Autofill popup labels should reflect the contents of the HTML form. (Issue 58887)
Linux
Port SSLClientSocketNSS to use Windows CryptoAPI for SSL client authentication. (Issue 37560)

More details about additional changes are available in the 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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Defence minister says UK must win cyber security fight


What signals for security policy?
UK facing cyber security threat
What is cyber crime?
Nick Harvey has emphasised the cyber threat facing the UK, saying it is "a matter of time" before terrorists use it as a method of attack.

In a speech in London, the armed forces minister warned that, in the wrong hands, a laptop could be as effective a weapon as a cruise missile.

He also set out how the government planned to use cyberspace to help the military fight the wars of the future.

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Gemalto launches credit card with built-in password generator
Similar card was approved for use in Europe; No U.S. banks are signed up yet

By Jaikumar Vijayan
November 10, 2010 03:18 PM ETComments (0)Recommended (0)
Computerworld - Smart card vendor Gemalto introduced a new credit card Wednesday that's capable of generating one-time-passwords (OTP) for electronic banking and payment transactions.

The card features a small button on its face, which when pressed, produces a one-time, non-reusable code that's digitally generated and displayed on a panel built into the card.

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'Sidejacking' browser add-on stumps security experts
Sophos offers novel approach to protecting open Wi-Fi hotspots from Firesheep snooping. Two problems: First, it won't work. Second, it won't work

By Woody Leonhard | InfoWorld


Last month security researcher Eric Butler released a simple browser add-on called Firesheep that makes it one-click easy to snoop on unprotected Wi-Fi connections. If you're using Wi-Fi and the router doesn't have a password, anybody with a laptop and Firesheep can watch everything you do. Worse, the person running Firesheep who's eavesdropping on your conversation can step into your shoes and start interacting with websites precisely the same way that you do.

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Hey Mogs ,

I think this is the original inspiration for "Firesheep" ; quite exceptional and Welsh to boot :-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2FX9rviEhw

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Morning Anthony !
This isn't a Solomon's observation !

A corrupt nation,city or disc darkens with each passing day.
It's not the Winter sun practicing illusions :
Simply emptying the bins and recycling won't cure it :
What was or is British tho'......
the memory may never fade.
The song of a bird on a fence may all of a sudden seem sweet.

Remember Tommy...the deaf, dumb and blind kid ?

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Some memories must never fade ; especially today , Mogs .

""They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."

http://www.firstworldwar.com/poetsandprose/binyon....

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5sX99HODzg

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Evening Anthony and TiMow.
It was always the Last Post put the shivers thro' me.
My grandfather ne'er spoke nor wrote a word 'bout the first.
I just wrote a verse you'll never see.
My father and he often argued....my son I don't hear much from either !
"Living it seems is easier with eyes closed ".
It may be easier writing like a cannon : no :
We can all make some sacrifices for peace.

All said and done; we're only human ?

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UK net use grows despite digital inequalities


More Britons than ever have access to the internet, but inequalities remain between those with high and low incomes, official figures show.

In its first ever collation of trends in "e-society", the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveals that some 19.2 million households now have net access.

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Get hacked and spill the beans, anonymously
by Elinor Mills


A new Web site could help turn security breach guesswork into science.
Database breaches, social engineering attacks, and hacking incidents happen at companies every day, but very few end up being reported publicly. That's because organizations fear--and rightly so--damage to their reputation, public humiliation, and loss of customer confidence.
But this silent victim syndrome means that others can't learn from the missteps of victims and that the industry as a whole doesn't have a good grasp on the scope of the problem.


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Malware based on CPU profiles is coming

Deeper than the operating system
By Lawrence Latif
Thu Nov 11 2010, 13:53
AVOIDING Microsoft's Windows OS is a good way to avoid malware attacks, but that might not be the case much longer, with attackers turning their attention from software to CPU chips.
Traditionally malware targets vulnerabilities in the operating system, meaning users either have to put up with frequent patches and having to run and maintain anti-virus software or use alternatives to Microsoft's Windows. Now researchers from Ecole Superiore d'Informatique, Electronique, Automatique have demonstrated how to make malware target a particular processor, ignoring the operating system altogether.

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Chrome Beta Channel Update
Thursday, November 11, 2010 | 17:23
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The Chrome Beta channel has been updated to 8.0.552.200 for all platforms.

This release contains a number of stability and UI improvements. Full details about the 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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Internet pioneer Vint Cerf warns over address changes


The internet could face years of instability as it moves to a new addressing system, one of the network's original architects has warned.

Vint Cerf, one of the fathers of the internet, spoke as the UK was urged to begin using the new addressing system.

With current addresses due to run out in 2012, nations and businesses must get on with switching, said Mr Cerf.

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Download New Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0.522.0 Beta


November 12th, 2010, 07:45 GMT| By Marius Oiaga





A new development milestone of Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 has been made available for download, with Microsoft encouraging existing members of the Beta testing program to upgrade to the latest Build.

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Google Chrome 9 to Get Native Client Support

November 13th, 2010, 12:10 GMT| By Lucian Parfeni

With development for Google Chrome 8 settling down, the stable version is set to launch by the end of the month, Chrome 9 is picking up steam. The Chrome team has been adding quite a lot of experimental features in the past few days which are available in the Chromium builds for now.

One new experiment available in about:flags in Chromium 9 is Snap Start which is described as "an experimental TLS extension which removes a round trip from HTTPS handshakes."


TLS (transport layer security) is the latest protocol for encrypted communications over the web. Start Snap, from the description, shortens the handshake process for secure HTTPS connections. It's unclear if this has security benefits rather than just being faster.

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Top 10 specialty Web browsers you may have missed
These oddly useful alternative browsers offer such advantages as 3-D searching, social networking, easy scriptability, and powerful page manipulation

By Peter Wayner | InfoWorld

In the game of technological one-upmanship, the browser used to be an easy place to win. Most people used Internet Explorer, so it was simple to gain the edge by using Firefox. But now Firefox is common, and even Opera and Google Chrome are losing their cachet. Safari ships standard with every Mac, so everyone, the cool and the uncool, have it by default. They're all excellent browsers, but they're still the status quo. Is there anywhere else to turn for a bit of distinction?

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Google Adds Live Sports Results, Emergency Contacts and Instant Previews
November 13th, 2010, 12:31 GMT| By Lucian Parfeni
In another weekly installment, Google has provided an overview of updates and changes to the search engine in the past week. Since Google regularly makes several updates and launches new features, big and small, every week, it sometimes doesn't do a full blog post announcement for all of them, hence the weekly round up.

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The Lord beside her

They will not age as we that turn another page;
Of correspondance; scriptures and verse previously written.
They will not see a land free from grief;
As we perceive, how Paradise is being lost;
But the Lord will ever hear and comfort the widow

They will not know, how young love survived the snow;
All things do not continue as before.
Our hopes, our dreams aren't drug induced;
Unseduced, we'll not disturb.
We'll remember all the sacrifices father;
And God help us with our words.

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Facebook may be poised to launch email service
by Chris Lefkow

Facebook, rumored for some time to be planning its own email service, may finally be on the verge of doing so in a move that would send a shot across the bow of Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft.
TechCrunch, a leading Silicon Valley technology blog, reported Friday that the social network plans to announce a Web-based email service complete with @facebook.com addresses at an event in San Francisco on Monday.

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Critical Adobe Reader and Acrobat Updates Scheduled for Tomorrow

November 15th, 2010, 09:03 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Adobe plans to ship critical security updates for Reader and Acrobat on Tuesday, which will address several publicly known and actively exploited vulnerabilities.

According to a prenotification announcement posted on the Adobe Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) blog, this will be an out-of-band release aimed at fixing vulnerabilities previously disclosed as zero-days.

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Chrome to Sandbox Flash Content Soon

November 15th, 2010, 13:57 GMT| By Lucian Constantin



Google is well on its way of delivering on the promise of sandboxed Flash content in Chrome, as the technology has been enabled by default in Chromium over the weekend.

Back in June, Chrome has began bundling a special Flash Player plug-in designed by Adobe to make use of the new Pepper Plugin API (PPAPI).

At the time, Google revealed that in the future the plug-in is expected to run within Chrome's sandbox, meaning that Flash content will have limited and strictly controlled access to the operating system.

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Apple to make iTunes announcement on Tuesday
November 15, 2010

Steve Jobs, chief executive officer of Apple Inc., announces the release of new upgrades in the iTunes at a press conference in California, on September 2010. Apple launched the latest version of its online entertainment store, iTunes 10, in September along with a music-centered social network, Ping.
Apple plans to make an iTunes-related announcement on Tuesday.
The California gadget-maker said there would be "an exciting announcement from iTunes" at 7:00 am Pacific time (1500 GMT) on Tuesday but declined to reveal any further details.
"Tomorrow is just another day. That you'll never forget," said an Apple teaser for the announcement on the home page of Apple.com.

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Chrome was the application with the most number of high-severity vulnerabilities that impacted end users this year, followed by Safari, Microsoft Office, Adobe Reader and Acrobat, and Firefox, according to a list to be released today.
Chrome had 76 reported serious vulnerabilities, Safari had 60, Office had 57, Acrobat and Reader had 54, and Firefox had 51, according to Bit9's annual "Dirty Dozen" list.
The fact that Chrome is at the top of the list does not necessarily mean it is less secure than other applications, said Harry Sverdlove, chief technology officer at Bit9.
"Chrome is the youngest of the browsers out there and is going through the most changes," he said. "It doesn't mean it's a risky browser."
Rounding out the list were: Sun Java Development Kit (36 reported holes), Adobe Shockwave Player (35), Microsoft Internet Explorer (32), RealNetworks RealPlayer (14), Apple Webkit (9), Adobe Flash ... Read full post as well as user comments


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Help is on the way for Web surfers who run the risk of having their Facebook, Twitter, and other Web accounts hijacked over unsecured Wi-Fi networks and other security issues that result from sites not using encryption.
A Web security mechanism called HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) is making its way through the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) standards process, and two of the major browsers are supporting it. Web sites that implement HSTS will prompt the browser to always connect to a secure version of the site, using "https," without the Web surfer having to remember to type that in the URL bar.
It will render useless tools like Firesheep, a Firefox add-on that lets people easily capture HTTP session cookies that sites use to communicate with computers. Firesheep was released at ToorCon last month.
HSTS is used in Google Chrome and the NoScript and Force-TLS Firefox ... Read full post as well as user comments


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Adobe patches under-attack Reader bug
Ships emergency update to plug a hole hackers have exploited for weeks using rigged PDFs

By Gregg Keizer
November 16, 2010 02:39 PM
Computerworld - Adobe today issued an emergency update for its popular Reader PDF software that patched two critical vulnerabilities, including one attackers have exploited for weeks.

The more notable flaw fixed in Reader 9.4.1 for Windows and Mac OS X was a bug that hackers have been leveraging since late October using malicious PDF documents. Those attacks have taken advantage of a flaw in Reader's "authplay" component. Authplay is the interpreter that renders Flash content embedded within PDF files.

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Critical Updates Released for Adobe Reader and Acrobat

November 17th, 2010, 07:52 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Adobe has released updates for its Reader and Acrobat products in order to address several vulnerabilities that can be exploited to execute arbitrary code remotely.

The new 9.4.1 versions have only been released for Windows and Mac, the UNIX updates being scheduled to land on November 30.

Patched bugs include CVE-2010-4091, a memory corruption vulnerability disclosed as a zero-day at the beginning of the month.

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The first phone to support the hardware is rumoured to be Samsung's Nexus S
Google phone technology could replace credit cards
Eric Schmidt, Google's CEO, announces at the Web 2.0 summit smartphone technology that enables phones to hold and transmit payment details
Written by James Temperton, Computeractive
16 Nov 2010
Google is working on technology for mobile phones that could eventually see them replace credit and debit cards.

Speaking at the Web 2.0 summit in San Francisco on Monday, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said the technology "could replace your credit card".

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Security Researchers Plead for Out-of-Band IE Patch

November 17th, 2010, 09:50 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Security researchers feel that Microsoft should release an out-of-band patch to address an actively exploited Internet Explorer vulnerability, after an exploit for it has been added to the Eleonore drive-by download toolkit.

The vulnerability, identified as CVE-2010-3962, was discovered in the wild at the beginning of the month by security researchers from Symantec.

Initially, it was exploited in a limited email-based attack which targeted key people in various organizations by directing them to a rigged Web page.

Microsoft responded by publishing an advisory and providing workaround instructions. According to the company, Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8 on all Windows versions are affected, but their exploitability index varies.

For example, default installations of Internet Explorer 8, which comes with Data Execution Prevention (DEP) enabled, are unlikely to be exploited successfully.

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Email Scams Capitalizing on the Adobe Acrobat X Release

November 17th, 2010, 08:34 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Adobe warns that cyber criminals are piggybacking on the Adobe Acrobat X availability news in order to phish personal information from users.

On Monday Adobe announced the release of Acrobat X solutions, which includes the Acrobat program itself and new Acrobat.com services, like the Adobe SendNow.

Acrobat X provides new collaboration and document publishing features that are sure to interest a lot of people, especially those in corporate environments.

From a security perspective, the most important change is the Protected Mode, a sandboxed environment modeled after the one in Google Chrome.

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Number of New Daily Malware Samples Reaches All Time High


November 17th, 2010, 18:48 GMT| By Lucian Constantin



McAfee reports that during the previous quarter, the daily malware growth has averaged at 60,000 new samples, which is the highest value ever recorded.

According to the security giant, the number of threats detected this year (14 million) also exceeds the number analyzed in all previous years.

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New Worm Aggressively Spreading via Facebook and IM Clients

November 17th, 2010, 17:44 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Security researchers warn of a new worm spreading on instant messaging applications by luring users to malicious link via spam messages.

Rogue messages posted from compromised computers on Facebook, Yahoo! Messenger and Windows Live read: See article.

According to security researchers from Trend Micro, this malware also functions as a botnet client by connecting to Internet Relay Chat (IRC) servers and awaiting commands.

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A Lower Number of Vulnerabilities Doesn't Make Internet Explorer Safer

November 18th, 2010, 09:31 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

A report from a company called Bit9, which counted the number of high-risk vulnerabilities reported in popular software, was misinterpreted by many to show that some applications, like Internet Explorer, are more secure than competing products.

Bit9 claims that its "Dirty Dozen" apps list is meant to raise awareness that popular programs are also the most vulnerable ones, a reason for which they require constant monitoring and patching.

The fact that widespread applications have the highest number of publicly reported vulnerabilities is nothing new and is actually to be expected.

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Free Antivirus for Windows 7 from Microsoft and Symantec

November 18th, 2010, 14:02 GMT| By Marius Oiaga

In addition to letting customers download Microsoft Security Essentials free of charge, the Redmond company has partnered with Symantec in order to offer a new free security offering, this time geared at small businesses.

MSE is available not only to home users and home businesses but also to small businesses which can install it on up to 10 PCs in their organization.

In addition, small business customers are now able to also take advantage of a free copy of Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition for each license of Windows 7 Professional they purchase from PC Mall.

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IE9 Chakra Performance Optimization through Dead Code Elimination

November 18th, 2010, 17:30 GMT| By Marius Oiaga

Internet Explorer 9, the next generation of IE, features a new JavaScript engine, codenamed Chakra, with the work on this area of the browser being responsible for the significant gains in performance associated with JavaScript according to the WebKit SunSpider JS microbenchmark.

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Beta and Dev Channel Chrome updates

Beta Channel Update
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The Chrome Beta channel has been updated to 8.0.552.208 for Mac and Linux.

This release contains a number of stability and UI improvements. Full details about the 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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The Dev channel has been updated to 9.0.587.0 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome Frame

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GPU Related Fixes
Crash Fixes
Instant Fixes
[r65953] Move click-to-play to about:flags. (Issue: 62091)
More details about additional changes are available in the svn log of all revision.

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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Adobe launches 'sandboxed' Reader X
Technology aims to protect Windows users from PDF-based attacks

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November 18, 2010 07:20 PM ETComments (3)Recommended (7)
Computerworld - Adobe today released Reader X, the next version of its popular software that includes a "sandbox" designed to protect users from PDF attacks.

Reader X on Windows features Protected Mode, a technology that isolates system processes, preventing or at least hindering malware from escaping the application to wreak havoc on the computer.

The new version is also available for Mac OS X and Android, but those editions lack the sandbox.

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Apple posts security update for Safari
27 flaws patched for Apple browser
Shaun Nichols in San Francisco
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Apple has released a security update for its Safari web browser.

The company said that the Safari 5.0.3 and 4.1.3 releases would address more than two dozen security vulnerabilities within the browser's WebKit engine.

The update is for current versions of Safari 4 for OS X 10.4 Tiger and Safari 5 for OS X Leopard as well as Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.

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Gumblar Successor Kroxxu Steadily Growing Larger

November 20th, 2010, 13:50 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

According to Czech antivirus vendor AVAST, a botnet which grows by compromising websites with rogue code has so far affected over 1 million computers and 100,000 domains.

Dubbed Kroxxu, the botnet appeared in October 2009 and is the successor of Gumblar, once the most prominent threat on the Internet.

Unlike other website infecting worms, Kroxxu does not exploit any vulnerabilities. Instead, it steals FTP credentials from compromised systems and uses them to inject rogue iframes into Web pages.

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Computerworld - NEW ORLEANS -- The rush to build more powerful supercomputers is part of a larger race to solve some of mankind's biggest problems and threats, and one person on the front line of that effort is Thomas Jordan, the director of the Southern California Earthquake Center.

"We are very concerned about the current state of the faults in Southern California," said Jordan, who described the San Andreas Fault as "locked and loaded and ready to roll" and one day unleash a sizable earthquake.

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Exploit Code for Fourth Stuxnet Zero-Day Publicly Released

November 22nd, 2010, 07:54 GMT| By Lucian Constantin



Hackers have released proof-of-concept exploit code for an yet unpatched Windows Vista and 7 privilege escalation vulnerability leveraged by the infamous Stuxnet worm.

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Hello Mogs ,

The full article in the NYT referred to in CClip 106 is a most interesting read . Prejudices are so easy to form and too often quickly expanded and promulgated .

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November 22, 2010 12:01 PM PST
Report: Infected Web sites double in 2010
by Elinor Mills


Web-based malware growth Q3 2009 - Q3 2010
(Credit: Dasient)
The number of Web sites infected with malware has doubled from a year ago to more than 1.2 million, according to a study released today by Internet security company Dasient.
Not only are social-media sites getting targeted, but sites of larger government agencies increasingly are hit, including the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Treasury, and the Environmental Protection Agency, according to the report. In the last two years, the NIH has been infected and reinfected five times, and the state of Alabama's site was infected 37 times.
More than 1.5 million malicious ads are served every day, including drive-by downloads and fake antivirus campaigns. Drive-by downloads on legitimate Web sites have become the most popular method for delivering malicious programs, overtaking the use of spam and e-mail attachments, Dasient said.


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Kroxxu botnet hits a million web users
Avast Software warns of latest password stealing threat
Phil Muncaster
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Security experts have uncovered a dangerous new botnet which has already infected over 100,000 domains and one million systems worldwide, although it is still unclear how the cyber criminals are monetising their efforts.

The Kroxxu botnet has been designed solely to steal FTP passwords but, unlike traditional botnets, it is able to spread through infected web sites alone rather than individual PCs, according to researchers at Avast Software who have been tracking it for over a year.



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Thanks for the comment/feedback Anthony....there was a time haps when we had more time for mooting and promulgating......nowadays as long as they can concentrate on which box to place the X; we may be less distracted by schizophrenic politics, and need not pay so much attention to working coalition ?! Correct spelling may outlast fashions in education in the long run ?!

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Beta Channel Update
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The Chrome Beta channel has been updated to 8.0.552.210 for Windows and Chrome Frame.

This release contains a number of stability and UI improvements. Full details about the 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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Opera releases 11 beta with tab stacking

Stack 'em and rack 'em
By Rob Coppinger
Tue Nov 23 2010, 09:36
WEB BROWSER Opera 11 beta is now available and it allows tab stacking, a way of grouping browser tabs instead of placing them side by side.
To stack tabs the user just drags one tab on top of another. Hovering the mouse over a tab will cause the stack to expand in a visual preview. Clicking the arrow icon expands the current stack across the tab bar.
"Tabs are the most popular feature in browsers today," said Jan Standal, VP of desktop products at Opera. "Because so many of us wrestle with tens or even hundreds of open tabs, we needed a way to simplify tab management. Just like stacking papers for future reference, stacking your tabs is an intuitive way to organize and collect your open Web pages."

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Microsoft updates IE9 beta

Beta bettered
By David Neal
Wed Nov 24 2010, 14:40
SOFTWARE PATCH FACTORY Microsoft has updated its Windows Internet Explorer 9 beta, making it work better.
How long this improved performance will last we don't know, but for now Microsoft has explained that its IE9 tweaks enhance reliability in a range of scenarios. At least the first one does, anyway.
The Vole is keen to point out that although the release is a recommended update it does not constitute a new version. However, it does appear to apply a large sticking plaster to its forerunner.

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Thunderbird 3.3 alpha is a go

Open source email client
By Edward Berridge
Wed Nov 24 2010, 08:45
THE OPEN SOURCE email client software Thunderbird is getting a new rendering engine based on Gecko 2.0.
Mozilla Messaging has announced the first details of Thunderbird 3.3 and they appear to move it closer to the technology behind Firefox 4.0.
Thunderchicken is seen as an alternative to Microsoft's Outlook and is doing rather well for something that is free.
Mozilla thinks that Gecko 2.0 will bring improvements in terms of stability, compatibility, performance and security for the display of web content.
Other new features in Thunderbird 3.3 include a revised extension manager, 64-bit support in Mac OS X 10.6 and performance and stability improvements.
Thunderbird 3.3 will fix more than 200 bugs that were found in earlier versions of the software.
You can play with the Thunderbird 3.3 Alpha version by downloading it here. The software is expected to be ready for commercial distribution early next year.

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Beware of Black Friday and Cyber Monday Scams

November 24th, 2010, 17:51 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Security researchers warn users to be prepared for all kind of malware attacks, scams, and spam, as they go on a shopping spree on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Just two days left until one of the busiest days of the years for retailers, which kickstarts the Christmas shopping season.

Although historically known as the day when everyone rushes to the stores, Black Friday also has a strong presence on the Internet with many online shops offering similarly big discounts.

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Firefox Web Encryption Extension Updated with Better Firesheep Protection

November 24th, 2010, 18:26 GMT| By Lucian Constantin


A Firefox security extension, which forces HTTPS connections on many popular websites, has been updated to better protect users from session hijacking attacks.

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Vulnerability Research Vendor's Domain Hijacked

November 25th, 2010, 09:42 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

The domain name of vulnerability research company Secunia was redirected earlier today to an unrelated Web page showing a message in Turkish, after its DNS records were altered.

Secunia is one of the world's leading vulnerability intelligence and management vendors. Based in Denmark, the company tracks, rates and catalogs security vulnerabilities in more than 30,000 software applications, operating systems and appliances.

For one hour and ten minutes today, starting with 00:40 AM CET, users who visited secunia.com saw a page displaying a message reading "Is?ms?z Kahramanlar Sunar.. System Get Down Gel Babana..." and a graphic showing a dragon with the text "TurkGivenligi" (Turk Security).



According to the vendor, the attack was the result of the authoritative DNS hosting being redirected. The exact circumstances under which this happened are still being investigated.

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Zero-Day Windows UAC Bypass Vulnerability Announced

November 25th, 2010, 10:54 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Various security vendors warned today about the public availability of exploit code for a previously unknown Windows privilege escalation vulnerability that can be used to bypass UAC.

The vulnerability was disclosed on a programming portal called CodeProject, but the page has since been removed by the site's administrators.

The flaw is located in the Windows kernel-mode device driver (win32k.sys) and allows attackers with limited access to execute code as SYSTEM.

According to BitDefender, the vulnerable API is called RtlQueryRegistryValues and can be exploited by creating a malformed registry key.

An important aspect of this vulnerability is that it allows bypassing the User Access Control (UAC), a security feature designed to prevent the execution of unauthorized code in Windows 7 and Vista

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CCleaner v3.01
With millions of users, small improvements in speed can save a huge amount of time. We're very happy to announce that with this release CCleaner will not only start faster - you'll no longer need to reboot after cleaning Internet Explorer index.dat files!
And to all our users across the pond, a Happy Thanksgiving!
Change log:
Improved application startup time and INI loading speeds.
Removed need to reboot for Index.dat cleaning.
Improved cookie cleaning in Firefox 4.0 Beta 7.
Improved Chromium based browser detection and cleaning.
Added support for Adobe Reader 10 and Acronis True Image.
Improved cleaning for 7-Zip, Adobe Reader 9.0, Microsoft Silverlight Isolated Storage, WinPatrol and Microsoft Management Console.
Added support for local domains in "Cookies to Keep" list.
Improved debugging with log file support using /DEBUG command-line parameter.
Improved detection algorithm for 64-bit and Program Files.
Improved folder drag and drop in Include options.
Fixed bug in Uninstall Tool during cancellation.
Improved drive detection in Drive Wiper screen.
Added support to refresh cleaning rules using F5.
Improved translations.


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A Third of All Malware Appeared This Year Alone
November 26th, 2010, 07:30 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

According to a report from Panda Security, as much as 34% of all malware ever created was unleashed upon users during the first ten months of this year.

The company's Collective Intelligence threats database, which contains all samples collected by the company, currently has around 134 million separate files.

The security vendor says that 60 million of those are malware and that 20 million new strains, new threats and variants of already existent ones, were created this year.

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Security Essentials 2011 / 2010 - Rogue Microsoft Security Essentials Has Many Faces

November 26th, 2010, 08:52 GMT| By Marius Oiaga

Cybercriminals were bound to take notice of the increase in popularity of Microsoft Security Essentials, and fact is that at just one year since release there are various fake AV masquerading as MSE.

Some users might have already have been unfortunate enough to come across rogue antivirus labeled Security Essentials 2010 or Security Essentials 2011.

Neither Security Essentials 2010 nor Security Essentials 2011 have anything to do with Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0 or Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0.

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Malicious PDF Documents Install File Encrypting Ransomware

November 26th, 2010, 13:46 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

A new drive-by attack leverages PDF exploits to install an aggressive piece of ransomware on people's computers, which is designed to encrypt their files and ask for money to restore them.

The new threat was discovered by security researchers from Sophos, and is distributed via maliciously crafted PDF documents, which exploit a vulnerability in older versions of Adobe Reader.

Successful exploitation leads to the ransomware program being dropped and executed on the system with the purpose of extorting money from users.

Ransomware is considered the next step in the evolution of scareware. However, unlike scareware, ransomware does not trick users into making payments; it downright demands it.

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Fix the 'Missing or Corrupt' error message
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Kiwi Hacker Demoes Vulnerabilities in Internet Kiosks

November 27th, 2010, 13:13 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

A security researcher has identified vulnerabilities in multiple models of Internet kiosks, suggesting that the use of such devices for anything that involves usernames and passwords is unwise.

Internet kiosks are machines set up in public places like airports, libraries, universities, conference centers and so on, to allow paid Internet for people who need top get online but don't have a laptop or smartphone with them.

The operating system on these devices is usually locked down in order to prevent people from installing unauthorized programs that would compromise the security of future users.

However, during his talk at the Kiwicon hackers conference in New Zealand this week, local security consultant and researcher Paul Craig demonstrated flaws in five different popular kiosks, running both Windows and Linux, that could be exploited to do exactly that.

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Hylas-1 net-dedicated satellite launches
By Jonathan Amos
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The first satellite dedicated to delivering broadband services to Europe has launched on an Ariane 5 rocket.

The Hylas spacecraft is designed to fill so-called "notspots" - remote locations such as rural villages where it is currently not possible to get a fast internet connection.

Lift-off from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana occurred at 1539 local time (1839 GMT).

The satellite was successfully placed in orbit 34 minutes later.

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Computerworld - Microsoft is investigating reports of an unpatched vulnerability in the Windows kernel that could be used by attackers to sidestep an important operating system security measure.

One security firm dubbed the bug a potential "nightmare," but Microsoft downplayed the threat by reminding users that hackers would need a second exploit to launch remote attacks.

The exploit was disclosed Wednesday -- the same day proof-of-concept code went public -- and lets attackers bypass the User Account Control (UAC) feature in Windows Vista and Windows 7. UAC, which was frequently panned when Vista debuted in 2007, displays prompts that users must read and react to. It was designed to make silent malware installation impossible, or at least more difficult.

"Microsoft is aware of the public posting of details of an elevation of privilege vulnerability that may reside in the Windows kernel," said Jerry Bryant, a group manager with the Microsoft Security Response Center, in an e-mail. "We will continue to investigate the issue and, when done, we will take appropriate action."

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Mog's spot/log/blog.....riot it's not ? It looks likely I might get by without a crutch !

Some people
create
more of a mess
by fighting/fussing/self opposition and blaming.
Such can be the resultant tangle :
They might find themselves in a jungle ;
Having to work out, what's basically bitter or sweet
again ?
The snake or the Serpent may be closer; a verse remoter:
A helpful book not always at hand ?

Sun, moon or satellite may regularly " pass over" ?
Where are you trying to get to ?
It's not my sixty fourth Winter !
It's not their first ?
I don't do generation gap nor Gulf ?!
What did who put in who's heart ?!

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Download Firefox 3.6.13 and Firefox 3.5.16 Beta Releases

November 29th, 2010, 15:09 GMT| By Marius Oiaga

It looks like the first half of December is going to be quite busy for Mozilla, with the open source browser vendor planning a range of releases.

Beta testers can now get a taste of the upcoming refreshes for Firefox 3.6.x and Firefox 3.5.x. The company recently made available for download the Candidate builds for Firefox 3.6.13 and Firefox 3.5.16, allowing early adopters to take the two updates out for a spin.

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Security firm gets punk'd: Could it happen to you?
Over Thanksgiving the Secunia.com site was defaced using a DNS hijacking technique that's simple and effective
By Woody Leonhard | InfoWorld


When a security software vendor's site gets hijacked, you have to wonder who is safe -- and how it happened.

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New Rootkit Functions as Adware Distribution Platform

November 30th, 2010, 08:58 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Security researchers from BitDefender have come across a new rootkit, which seems designed to drop a lot of adware programs on the infected systems.

Detected as Rootkit.Woor.A, the malware installs itself as a randomly named service and runs as a system driver. This allows it to perform actions with kernel privileges.

The rootkit overwrites the legit explorer.exe with a malicious version, which is subsequently called during the normal system boot process.

When started, the rogue explorer.exe makes sure every component of this threat is running properly and that the unauthorized registry keys it needs are in place.

It then proceeds to load the legit Windows Explorer from the system's dll cache, making it appear to the victim as if everything is functioning properly.

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Aggressive ThinkPoint Scareware Poses as Trojan Removal Kit

November 30th, 2010, 14:09 GMT| By Lucian Constantin



Security researchers warn that a version of the desktop locking ThinkPoint fake antivirus application is being distributed as a trojan removal tool.

The program is advertised under the name of "Windows Trojan Removal Kit" and is served from scareware websites that display antivirus-like scans.

According to researchers from GFI Software (formerly Sunbelt), the rogue domain used in this case was microsoftwindowssecurity152(dot)com, but similarly-named hosts (with different numbers) distributed the threat in the past.

"Installing the executable can potentially give you a bit of a headache, with what would appear to the average user to be fake 'Blue Screens of Death' and payment nag screens," Christopher Boyd, a GFI senior researcher, warns.

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AP) -- China's government announced a new crackdown Tuesday on rampant illegal copying of products from software to music that is adding to tensions with Washington and other governments over trade and currency complaints.
Trade groups say Chinese piracy of software and some other goods is growing despite repeated promises to stamp it out. The World Trade Organization sided with Washington in January in a complaint that Beijing was failing to enforce patents, copyrights and trademarks aggressively enough.
The latest six-month campaign will target illegally copied or phony goods as varied as software, Internet materials, medicines and corn that is falsely labeled as organic, a deputy commerce minister, Jiang Zengwei, said at a news conference. He promised closer cooperation with the United States, Japan and Europe.

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Thankyou for your support....look out for the new December edition which will begin today.


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