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Fifth Edition

Thankyou for your continuing support. As I hope you are already aware, a CYBERCLIPS INDEX thread is now running for reference purposes ! The INDEX will be updated every two days...hopefully....to prevent it becoming "endless"!!
Security is still the emphasis of the thread with some related and varied topics.
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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Last Month to Download Free Windows 7 from Microsoft

December 1st, 2010, 15:54 GMT| By Marius Oiaga



December is the last month that customers will be able to download Windows 7 free of charge from Microsoft.

The Redmond company has been offering the Windows 7 Enterprise 90-day Trial for quite some time now, but the plan is to discontinue downloads at the end of this month.

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Adobe releases Flash Player 10.2 beta

Out now for Windows, Mac and Linux
By David Neal
Wed Dec 01 2010, 14:40
CREATIVE SOFTWARE HOUSE Adobe has released a beta of Flash Player 10.2 for Windows, Mac and Linux.
The firm said that the Flash Player 10.2 beta adds a number of enhancements and includes hardware acceleration support for Windows Explorer 9.
The beta release also has a native custom mouse cursor API and support for full screen playback on multiple monitors.


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Announcements and release notes for the Google Chrome browser.


Dev Channel Update
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 | 15:00
Labels: Dev updates
The Dev channel has been updated to 9.0.597.0 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome Frame

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Ongoing work on IndexDB and GPU
Tweaks/Fixes to Google Chrome Instant
Extensions/Apps work
Autofill related fixes
Known Issues
Page becomes unresponsive when trying to play video - Issue 65772
Certain HTML5 sites fail to load due to a compositor issue - Issue 64722
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...

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Web bug reveals browsing history

Porn sites are among those hijacking the history files of visitors to their sites.

Porn sites are among the top users of a browser bug that reveals all the places people go online, finds research.

Carried out by computer science researchers at UC San Diego the study found 485 sites exploiting the bug.

The flaw gives sites access to all the other sites that user has visited. Many use it to target ads or see if users are patronising rivals.

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This Online Password Generator allows the creation of multiple random passwords of a given complexity. The combination of lower and upper case letters, numbers and punctuation symbols makes the passwords highly secure and difficult to guess or crack. Behaving randomly is surprisingly difficult for humans, so let a password generator do the job. If you need a shared secret for a limited time, try the random number generator instead.

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Random Number Generator

The number of applications requiring random numbers increases continuously. They are used for example in cryptographic applications, in scientific calculations or to generate passwords. In spite of this, their generation remains a difficult task for humans.

The personal random number is created every time you access this page, every visitor gets another number. It is unique to you.


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New LICAT Variant Doubles the Number of Potential C&C Domains

December 3rd, 2010, 12:34 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Security researchers from Trend Micro have identified a new variant of LICAT, a file infector associated with the ZeuS trojan, which doubles the daily number of domains the malware contacts to recieve updates.

LICAT is a file infecting virus discovered at the beginning of October, which propagates by adding its malicious code to any EXE or DLL it finds.

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Delays for Google's Chrome questioned by experts

Anticipation was high for Chrome OS devices before the end of the year

Experts have said that Google's Chrome operating system could be redundant before it has even been launched.

It comes amid big delays for the operating system, which was originally scheduled for a 2010 launch.

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We rocked around the new watch or old clock....
No old D Jones nor old bones to awake ?
Twenty four seven, the tide isn't high.
If there's toxicity in the blood or waters....
Love doesn't always lay me down, nor build bridges over it.
We really oughta get some of our songs right ?

Where do all the languages and colours bleed into one ?
Do they know we hear Noddy most years ?
A few carols....some crackers....
a port for all absent ?!
Every day our language isn't a wreck to be salvaged ?
Jason wasn't born in a barn ?!

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Laptops of Lady Gaga, Timberlake hacked?
by Chris Matyszczyk


We are all ducks, meekly sitting while those who have the hacking skills infiltrate our mind's eyes, aka our laptops.
It seems, sadly, that among the latest victims of boys riding Trojan horses are acclaimed worldwide singing personality Lady Gaga, as well as other notable performing stallions, such as Justin Timberlake.
According to the Telegraph, Lady Gaga and more than 50 other fine icons of our cultured times have suffered hacking at the hands of two Germans lads who desired access to their unreleased songs and their unreleasable intimate photographs.
German prosecutors claim that among the hackers' haul was a picture of the singer Kesha in a state of considerable nudity, and, simultaneously, considerable pleasure.
Indeed, the prosecutors say that instead of attempting to sell this image to an unscrupulously enterprising Web site, the hackers tried to blackmail Kesha. That does seem to be somewhat culturally unaware behavior.


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Improve Laptop Security With AlwaysVPN
By Preston Gralla

PC World - You've heard about the Firesheep Firefox add-in that lets someone with virtually no hacking experience steal your identity when you visit a number of Web sites, including Facebook. Here's more bad news: Firesheep is far from the only privacy danger out there. There are plenty of powerful tools that hackers can use to steal private information from you not just specific Web sites, but wherever you are on the Web, or when you use other Internet services, such as client-based e-mail and instant messaging. The for-pay AlwaysVPN (pricing varies with bandwidth) does a great job of keeping you safe no matter what you do and where you go on the Internet.

AlwaysVPN is inexpensive and simple to use, and given how easily information can be stolen these days online, it's the kind of service that literally anyone should consider. An alternative is the free Hotspot Shield VPN software and service. Although Hotspot Shield is free, it delivers ads, and you need to be careful during its installation that it doesn't make changes to your PC that you don't want. So if you don't mind spending a very little bit of money, AlwaysVPN is a great choice for your data's safety and your peace of mind.

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Ad-Aware levels up its detection engines
by Seth Rosenblatt

In its third update of the year, Ad-Aware receives a hefty change to how it protects you. Lavasoft's Ad-Aware 9 Free, available today exclusively on CNET Download.com, debuts two new detection engines as the company fights to keep its well-known freeware competitive.

Visually, not much has changed in Ad-Aware 9 Free. The engines that power the program have, and publisher Lavasoft anticipates that will make all the difference.
(Credit: Lavasoft)
Lavasoft first started changing Ad-Aware's protection engine more than a year ago in version 8.1, when it introduced Genotype. This heuristics-based technology identified identical snippets of code across multiple threat mutations. In version 9, Genotype receives support from what Lavasoft calls "Dedicated Detection". This tech looks inside files, analyzes the code, and creates a loose pattern for finding families of related malware. The company touts that a single dedicated detection signature can detect hundreds of thousands ... Read full post & comments


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Many malware attacks triggered by USB devices
By Antony Savvas
Computerworld UK - One in every eight malware attacks occurs via a USB device, often targeting the Windows AutoRun function, according to Czech security vendor Avast Software.

The company reported that of the 700,000 recorded attacks on computers in the Avast user community during the last week of October, 13.5% came via USB devices such as flash drives.

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Google Chrome Gets Faster SSL Connections

December 6th, 2010, 19:53 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

The latest versions of Google Chrome come with a feature that makes SSL connections faster by simplifying the handshake between browsers and Web servers.

Dubbed False Start, the technique was developed at Google and is described as an optional behavior of TLS implementations.

By default, for a SSL/TLS connection to be established, the client and server authenticate in a process known as a handshake.

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Dev Channel Update Chrome
Monday, December 6, 2010 | 17:56
Labels: Dev updates
The Dev channel has been updated to 9.0.597.10 for Windows, Mac, and Chrome Frame

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Primarily stability fixes and minor UI tweaks, no new features or functionality have been added.
Known Issue:
Regression: Certain sites fail to render the first time. The temporary workaround is to re-load the page. (Issue: 65376)
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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IE9 Hardware Acceleration Embraced by Silverlight 5 and Flash 10.
By Marius Oiaga



The graphics advances that Internet Explorer 9 brings to the table by harnessing the power of the GPU will be leveraged by the next versions of both Silverlight and Flash.

Silverlight 5 and Flash 10.2 are designed to play nice with IE9 hardware acceleration, enabling a new level of graphics performance for content built with the two technologies, and richer web experiences for end users.

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After Chinese Internet traffic hijack, fix due in January
Engineers prep patch for core Internet routing protocol that allowed 15 percent of world's Web traffic to pass through China
By Carolyn Duffy Marsan | Network World
Policymakers disagree about whether the recent Chinese hijacking of Internet traffic was malicious or accidental, but there's no question about the underlying cause of this incident: the lack of built-in security in the Internet's main routing protocol.

Network engineers have been talking about this weakness in the Internet infrastructure for a decade. Now a fix is finally on the way.

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Researchers punch hole in Internet Explorer protections
Protected Mode can be bypassed by attackers, says Verizon Business
Shaun Nichols in San Francisco
V3.co.uk, 07 Dec 2010
A new report is casting doubts on security protections for Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser.

The report [PDF] from Verizon Business claims that through the use of certain exploit techniques, an attacker can bypass Internet Explorer's protected mode tool, allowing for users to be remotely infected with malware.

Used in both Windows Vista and Windows 7, protected mode has been billed as a method for helping to mitigate the risk of infection on a system from browser exploits. The component seeks to verify actions before they are run, alerting users to activity.

According to Verizon Business researchers, an attacker could use so-called 'generic' attack techniques which would not only bypass the Protected Mode controls, but also remotely infect the targeted system.



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Google opens online shop for Chrome applications
December 8, 2010
Google on Tuesday opened an online shop stocked with applications tailored for its increasingly popular Chrome Web browsing software.
Chrome Web Store opened online at chrome.google.com/webstore with categories including games, news, entertainment, productivity, and family.

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Race is on in browser wars as users' habits shift
December 7, 2010 By Jon Swartz
When Dawn Shrum was in college a few years ago, her one and only Web browser was Microsoft Internet Explorer. Boy, has her browsing changed since then.
The 26-year-old online marketing analyst for Itron, a smart-metering company in Spokane, Wash., now often uses four at once: IE; Google's blur-fast Chrome; non-profit Mozilla Foundation's Firefox; and Apple's Safari, when on her Mac.

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Critical Security Update Released for QuickTime

December 8th, 2010, 07:31 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Apple has released version 7.6.9 of its QuicktTime player as a security update, addressing critical vulnerabilities that can potentially be exploited to execute arbitrary code.

Most of the security issues apply to QuickTime 7 on Mac OS X v10.5.8, Mac OS X Server v10.5.8, Windows 7, Vista and XP SP2 or later, but there are also two Windows-only flaws.

A number of fifteen vulnerabilities were patched in total, most of which can be exploited by tricking users into opening maliciously crafted image or movie files

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How to become a beta tester for Google's Chrome notebook

Wednesday, 8 December 2010
Google's much talked about Chrome laptop is almost ready to conquer the web and the laps of people everywhere, but before you can run down to your local store and purchase one of the slick, black devices, Google is sending out a call for real users to test drive the machine.

"[W]e're launching a pilot program where we will give test notebooks to qualified users, developers, schools and businesses," says the internet giant in a December 7 blog post. "We're starting with the U.S. and will expand to other countries once we get the necessary certifications."

To sign up to the pilot program and test Google's Cr-48 Chrome notebook, you must be a self-confessed web addict (over the age of 18) as there is no such thing as legacy PC software for the Cr-48 Chrome.

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Third of anti-malware products fail VB Windows 7 test
Virus Bulletin's latest research finds worrying issues with stability under pressure
Phil Muncaster
V3.co.uk, 08 Dec 2010
Around a third of anti-malware products fail to fully protect users of Windows 7 Professional, according to the latest test from Virus Bulletin.

The testing and certification organisation ran the Windows 7 test on 64 products, 20 of which failed to reach the required standard.



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World is getting more corrupt, says transparency poll

The world is considered a more corrupt place now than it was three years ago, a poll suggests.

Some 56% of people interviewed by Transparency International said their country had become more corrupt.

The organisation put Afghanistan, Nigeria, Iraq and India in the most corrupt category, followed by China, Russia and much of the Middle East.

Meanwhile, a BBC poll suggests that corruption is the world's most talked about problem.

About one in five of those polled by the BBC said they had discussed issues relating to corruption with others in the last month, making it the most talked about concern ahead of climate change, poverty, unemployment and rising food and energy costs.

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Chrome gets boost from faster JavaScript engine
By Stephen Shankland , CNET News, 9 December, 2010 11:05

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Google's newest test versions of Chrome are equipped with a faster JavaScript engine, an increasingly important browser component for running web-based programs.


Chrome's new JavaScript engine works better on Google's V8 benchmark.
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The result is faster-loading pages, more powerful web applications, and another round in the browser performance competition with Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Mozilla's Firefox, Apple's Safari, and Opera.

Chrome's browser engine, called V8, is being upgraded to version 3, called Crankshaft. It uses a technique called adaptive compilation that translates JavaScript into native instructions for a processor and then concentrates more energy on improving the parts of the code used most often, Google said.

"Crankshaft uses adaptive compilation to improve both start-up time and peak performance. The idea is to heavily optimise code that is frequently executed and not waste time optimising code that is not," Google programmers Kevin Millikin and Florian Schneider said yesterday in a company blog post.

For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see Google tunes up Chrome's JavaScript engine on CNET News.

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Thunderbird and SeaMonkey Get Security Updates

December 10th, 2010, 12:15 GMT| By Lucian Constantin



Mozilla has released Thunderbird 3.1.7, 3.0.11 and SeaMonkey 2.0.11 as stability and security updates, which fix multiple critical vulnerabilities that can lead to arbitrary code execution.

The new Thunderbird version contains patches for a total of five vulnerabilities rated as critical, which are covered in three advisories.

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Drive-By Scareware Malvertizements Served by Large Ad Networks

December 11th, 2010, 10:36 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Malware distributors have managed to trick two large ad networks into delivering malvertizements that silently infected the visitors of large websites with fake scareware programs.

The attacks started on December 3 and were picked up by a cloud-based malware scanning service called HackAlert and operated by Santa Clara-based security vendor Armorize Technologies.

HackAlert is used by VeriSign Trust Services, now a division of Symantec, for its daily VeriSign Trust Seal malware scans. So when several high profile websites started being tagged as infected, Armorize was asked to check its platform for possible bugs.

However, their investigation revealed that sites like realestate.msn.com, msnbc.com, scout.com or mail.live.com, were indeed inadvertently infecting their visitors with malware.

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Google, Microsoft ad networks briefly hit by with malware
By Robert McMillan

IDG News Service - For a brief period this week, cybercriminals managed to infect Google's and Microsoft's online ad networks with malicious advertisements that attacked users' PCs, according to security consultancy Armorize.

The attacks started around Dec. 5 and lasted a few days, sending victims who clicked on the ads to malicious Web pages. Those pages took advantage of known software bugs to install backdoor programs that gave the attackers control of the victims' PCs, or to install software that made it appear as though the PCs were filled with malicious software.

Google acknowleged Friday that it had experienced some issues on its DoubleClick network but said it had put a stop to them quickly.

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Symantec warns of new Cutwail URL tactics
New layers added to separate spam pages from legitimate sites
Shaun Nichols in San Francisco
V3.co.uk, 11 Dec 2010
Retail spammers are using new URL shortening to fool existing security systems say researchers.

Security vendor Symantec has spotted a new round of spam e-mails believed to be connected to the Cutwail botnet.

Researchers say that the messages attempt to thwart security protections by combining a number of free hosting sites with link-shortening services and JavaScript coding tricks.

According to Symantec Hosted Services senior software engineer Nicholas Johnston, the spam operation begins by directing the user to a link which has been concealed by the use of a URL-shortening service.



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Mozilla Plugs Firefox 3.6.13 For 11 Flaws
By Sean Michael Kerner

Mozilla is updating its open source Firefox web browser to version 3.6.13, fixing at least 11 security issues, nine of which are rated as critical. In contrast, the Firefox 3.6.12 update issued at the end of October, fixed a single critical flaw.

Among the critical security fixes to Firefox 3.6.13 are multiple memory safety hazards which Mozilla has grouped under a single advisory. One of the memory flaws was reported by famed security researcher 'Nils' who in 2009, demonstrated how he could exploit both IE 8 and Firefox 3.x with a previously unreported zero-day flaw at the PWN2OWN security contest.

Firefox 3.6.13 also provides a critical fix for a buffer overflow security issue that affects Windows users.

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Porn sites closer to getting '.xxx' Web address
December 10, 2010 By JOELLE TESSLER , AP Technology Writer
(AP) -- Porn sites are closer to getting their own address on the Internet.
The online red-light district would be in the form of an ".xxx" domain name suffix alongside longstanding ones such as ".com" and ".org."
Following a decade-long battle, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, voted Friday to proceed with a contract with ICM Registry LLC to sell domain names ending in ".xxx." ICANN voted in June to start negotiating the contract.
The new suffix still has other hurdles to clear, however. At a meeting in Cartagena, Colombia, ICANN decided to first consult with an advisory committee comprised of government officials worldwide. Some committee members have raised concerns about a suffix dedicated solely to sites with adult content. It's not clear whether and how their objections would affect the suffix.

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Chrome Dev Channel Update

Labels: Dev updates

Update: The Dev channel has been updated to 9.0.597.16 for Windows, Mac and Chrome Frame


The scrolling regression has been fixed (Issue: 66079).

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Top 5 Security Threats in HTML5
By Aaron Weiss

Somehow technology seems to evolve at a rapid pace, even when the standards bodies that help define it do not. Consider that most of today's websites are built on HTML4, a standard that was introduced in 1997. In the thirteen years since, the way we use the Web has changed dramatically, even if the underlying standard has not.

To bridge the gap, Web developers have adopted and embraced a variety of additional technologies, everything from using client-side JavaScript to build needed features, relying on server-side scripts to process data in ways the browser could not, and using third-party plug-ins, such as Flash, to extend the browser even further. All of these developments reflect the shift from browser as document delivery platform to browser as Web application platform.

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Microsoft to Ship 17 patches on Patch Tuesday

By Stuart J. Johnston

Microsoft notified security managers Thursday to watch out for 17 individual security patches coming on the company's December Patch Tuesday event next week, which may be one of the biggest patch releases yet.

That could mean security managers will be even busier than they were just two months ago, when Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) asked them to install one of the largest patch drops ever.

Microsoft published its advance notification for Patch Tuesday in order to give security managers time to plan the company's monthly patch release.

In October, Microsoft issued 16 patches, four of them rated as critical, that fixed a total of 49 separate security flaws
It's currently unknown how many individual security holes will be fixed in each of the patches when they're released next week. However, only two of the patches, each of which can contain multiple security fixes, are rated "critical" in Microsoft's four-tiered severity rankings.
One of December's patches is rated critical for all versions of Windows and Internet Explorer (IE).

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Chrome OS's Secret Influence
Analysis: How do HTML5, and ChromeOS, work offline?
By Kevin Fogarty, ITworld Dec 12, 2010 4:13 pm

When Google gave the first demos of its ChromeOS-based PC this week, there were only a couple of mentions of the new feature that's going to have the greatest impact on Web-based apps, or Web access of any kind, really, during the next few years: offline storage.

HTTP and HTML, the core protocols of the Web, were designed to not store information between browsing sessions unless the user specifically arranged to do it.

Cookies, browser caches and other performance-enhancers do store more data between sessions than you'd think (not always the embarrassing stuff, but certainly that seems to be the majority).

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Download IE9 Beta Diff-IE Add-on to Keep Track of the Evolving Web

December 13th, 2010, 15:04 GMT| By Marius Oiaga

A new Internet Explorer extension is designed to help users keep track of the ever evolving web.

Modern dynamic websites are updated and refreshed extremely often, and customers can turn to Diff-IE Add-on for Internet Explorer in order to have the modifications highlighted to them.

The add-on has been developed my Microsoft Research and is available for download free of charge.

According to the Redmond company, the Diff-IE Add-on for Internet Explorer is set up to play nice with the most recent versions of IE, including the Beta development milestone of Internet Explorer 9 (IE9).

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Google toys with pre-emptive search
By Natasha Lomas , silicon.com, 13 December, 2010 09:55

Google is working on a service that finds information before a user has even started looking for it.


Marissa Mayer, Google's vice president of geographic and local services, announced a pre-emptive form of search at the Le Web conference.
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In contrast to Google Instant, this service is about pre-emptively pushing data at users before they know they need it, said Marissa Mayer, Google's vice president of geographic and local services, at the Le Web conference in Paris last week.

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How spammers will poison your social network
Spammers wrecked e-mail, then they ruined search, and soon they'll go after your friends and family
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates announced in 2004 that the problem of e-mail spam would be "solved" within two years.

Well, it wasn't. And it won't be, at least not anytime soon. The reason is that unscrupulous, shameless marketers who pursue a spam strategy evolve and adapt like a virus. As soon as you build a better spam filter, they figure out how to get around it.

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Solar storm could knock out power grids and satellites
A huge solar storm is set to hit Earth on Monday with the potential to knock out power grids and interfere with communication satellites.

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Auslogics Registry Cleaner Update

2.0.6.55 (12/14/2010)
- added new languages
- fixed all known bugs
- corrected localization mistakes
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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!

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Chrome Stable, Beta Channel Updates
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Labels: Beta updates, Stable updates
The Chrome Stable and Beta channels have been updated to 8.0.552.224 for all platforms. Chrome OS has also been updated to 8.0.552.343. These releases contain the security fixes listed below, along with stability and other improvements.

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.
[64-bit Linux only] [56449] High Bad validation for message deserialization on 64-bit builds. Credit to Lei Zhang of the Chromium development community.
[60761] Medium Bad extension can cause browser crash in tab handling. Credit to kuzzcc.
[63529] Low Browser crash with NULL pointer in web worker handling. Credit to Nathan Weizenbaum of Google.
[$1000] [63866] Medium Out-of-bounds read in CSS parsing. Credit to Chris Rohlf.
[$1000] [64959] High Stale pointers in cursor handling. Credit to Sławomir Błażek and Sergey Glazunov.
Full details about the Chrome 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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Chrome Dev Channel Update
Monday, December 13, 2010 | 17:39
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The Dev channel has been updated to 9.0.597.19 for all platforms.

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This was primarily a crash fix release, in particular resolving a sync related crash issue (Issue: 57898).
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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New Information Stealing Trojan Hijacks Shortcuts

December 14th, 2010, 09:16 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Security researchers warn about a new information stealing trojan which hijacks file shortcuts in order to ensure its execution after reboot, instead of adding registry entries.

According to malware analysts from German antivirus vendor Avira, upon execution, the trojan searches for .lnk (shortcut) files on the desktop and in a predefined set of folders.

It reads the target of those shortcuts and renames the files to click_[original_name].exe.

It then creates copies of itself with the original names in the same locations in order to be executed when users click on the shortcuts.

The copies contain instructions to run the renamed files after being executed themselves, in order to cover up the hijacking.

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RealPlayer Gets Security Update
December 14, 2010
By eSecurityPlanet Staff

RealNetworks recently released an update that patches 27 vulnerabilities in Windows RealPlayer 11.1.

"Other versions, such as RealPlayer SP, RealPlayer Enterprise and the Mac / Linux versions are also partially affected," according to The H Security. "Apparently the current RealPlayer 14.0 does not exhibit any of the vulnerabilities."

"Most of the holes are related to flaws in the handling of certain multimedia formats, which cause buffer overflows and other memory management problems," the article states.


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Hacked Websites Used to Create Counterfeit Software Stores

December 14th, 2010, 16:50 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Security researchers have observed new attacks using compromised websites to create rogue online stores that sell counterfeit software and are promoted in Google.

Compromised websites are a common component in many attacks, but are generally used as doorways to drive-by downloads, scareware pages or spam sites.

Users landing on an infected page are normally taken through a series of redirects that perform various checks, until they arrive at the final attack page.

In case of black hat search engine optimization (BHSEO) campaigns, legit compromised websites are used to poison the results for popular search keywords or topics.

When the search engine crawlers arrive at such webites, they are served with content pertaining to the targeted search keywords and will index them accordingly.

However, when users find the links on Google and click on them, they are automatically taken to a external page under the attackers' control.

"[...] There is a new development in this area. Instead of placing just doorway pages on compromised sites, hackers now create whole online stores there," Denis Sinegubko, the creator of the Unmask Parasites Web scanner, warns.

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New Scareware Distribution Emails Link to Malicious Files Hosted at RapidShare

December 14th, 2010, 18:41 GMT| By Lucian Constantin



Security researchers from Belgian email security vendor MX Lab warn about a new wave of malicious emails that direct users to download scareware hosted at RapidShare.

According to MX Lab, the emails are sent from randomly spoofed addresses and their message is brief. The body only contains a link of the form http://rapidshare.com/files/[censored]/surprise.ex...

The file currently has a fairly low AV detection rate on Virus Total with 16 out of the 43 antivirus engines blocking it.

Some of the products detect it as a fake antivirus program, also known as scareware or rogueware, while others as a trojan downloader.

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Computerworld - Microsoft today patched 40 vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer (IE), Office, SharePoint and Exchange, including nine pegged "critical."

Five of the 17 security updates -- Microsoft calls them "bulletins" -- fixed long-standing flaws that could be used by attackers to plant malware on a PC by tricking Windows into thinking a malicious DLL (dynamic link library) was actually a legitimate part of the OS.

Only two of the 17 updates were judged critical, Microsoft's top-most threat ranking in its four-step scoring system. Another 14 were marked "important," the second-highest rating, while the remaining update was labeled "moderate."

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Beware of this fake disk defragger program.
(Credit: GFI Labs)
We've all heard about fake antivirus programs, also known as scareware. These programs falsely claim that your computer is infected with malware and prompt you to buy a product that will do nothing for you, except put your credit card number into the hands of criminals.
Well now there are fake disk defraggers that masquerade as applications that fix disk errors on a computer. In a post today the GFI Labs (formerly Sunbelt Software) blog Dubbed the programs FakeAV-Defrag rogues and said they had names like HDDDiagnostic, HDDRepair, HDDRescue, and HDDPlus.
It would appear that the scammers are trying out the new programs to see which might best confuse potential victims and evade detection by legitimate antivirus software. The defragger clones emerged last month with names like UltraDefragger, ScanDisk and WinHDD and which pretended to find "HDD read/write ... Read full post & comments


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Mozilla Extends Bug Bounty Program to Its Websites

December 15th, 2010, 15:46 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Mozilla has extended its security bug bounty program to also reward the discovery of Web vulnerabilities like cross-site scripting (XSS), SQL injection (SQLi) or cross-site request forgery (CSRF), in its websites.

Mozilla's vulnerability reward program, one of the first of its kind, was originally limited to only critical vulnerabilities found in Firefox and Thunderbird, for which it paid $500.

The company raised the bounty this summer at $3,000 to better reflect the economic times and extended the program's reach to vulnerabilities in Firefox Mobile and other services that could impact its products.

"Many people are not aware that we have paid a bounty in the past on web application security vulnerabilities which impact client security," says Chris Lyon, Mozzila's director of infrastructure security.

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Chrome Stable Channel Update
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The Chrome Stable channel has been updated to 8.0.552.231 for Mac. This release contains a stability fix for web forms.

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 11 is out

Smaller and faster
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Thu Dec 16 2010, 09:48
ALTERNATIVE BROWSER OUTFIT Opera has released the latest incarnation of its web browser, Opera 11, which is 30 per cent lighter than the previous version.
Opera 11 allows tab stacking, which means you can drag one tab on top of another to create a stack.
Extensions help you personalize the look of your browser. More than two million extensions have already been downloaded from https://addons.opera.com, so there are a few to play with.
The browser also uses mouse gestures let you navigate back and forwards, open new pages, close tabs and so much more.
There have been changes to the address bar, so you can make better sense of the security levels of the sites you visit. Opera 11 now displays a clear badge indicating the security level and allowing immediate, one-click access to security and trust information about the site.
Opera 11 is available at Opera's website. It is 30 per cent smaller than Opera 10.60, so it downloads even faster.
Although Opera's performance on PCs has been about as good as it ever has been, the outfit has been doing better on mobiles where its lightweight, fast browser is becoming popular on smartphones.


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The Beta channel has been updated to 9.0.597.19 for Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome Frame.

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Computerworld - Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) blocks more malicious sites and malware than any other browser, including its predecessor IE8, according to a report released Tuesday.

The still-in-beta browser was five times more effective at warning users of potential danger than its closest rival, Mozilla's Firefox, said NSS Labs, which conducted a Microsoft-commissioned study of browser anti-malware tactics and technologies. IE9 also beat Microsoft's current production browser, IE8, by nine percentage points.

Microsoft claimed that IE9's improved score was due to the addition of SmartScreen Application Reputation, a new feature that uses a complex algorithm to rank the probability that a download is legitimate software.

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Sandboxed Flash Player Arrives in Chrome Beta

December 16th, 2010, 16:55 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Google has released the beta version of Google Chrome 9 for early adopters, whose Windows version features a sandboxed Flash Player plugin.

The plan to add Flash Player under Chrome's sandbox was announced back in March and the effort began by creating a Flash plugin version ships with the browser by default.

Since July, Flash Player comes integrated in Chrome as a file called gcswf32.dll. Since then, Adobe and Google developers have focused on sandboxing the plugin.

In secure software development sandboxing refers to the practice of isolating processes from the underlying operating system in order to restrict the impact of vulnerabilities.

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The Dev channel has been updated to 10.0.612.1 for Mac, Windows and Linux

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By Josh Lowensohn , CNET News, 17 December, 2010 13:01

Hotmail is rolling out a new platform called Active Views that lets users surf through certain websites from inside email messages.
A look at Microsoft's new Hotmail
Microsoft has partnered with specific companies as part of the launch to give users a way to do common tasks like searching and account management. Some of the first partners on that list are Orbitz and Monster.com, with Netflix and LinkedIn soon to follow.

When a Hotmail user gets an email from one of these companies, they will be able to use parts of that site from inside the message. For a site like Orbitz, it means that users who get a travel sale alert could then do a search for a trip, and have the results page load up within the message frame. Previously this would have jettisoned users out of Hotmail and into another tab or window.

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December 17, 2010 10:00 AM PST
Google search results warn of compromised sites
by Elinor Mills

Google's new warning in search results lets you click on the warning label to get more information about the risk associated with the site, or ignore the warning and click the result to go straight to the site.
(Credit: Google)
Google has been warning Web surfers about sites that appear to be hosting malware in search results for years. Now, the company is adding a warning in search results when the site appears to be compromised but may not be actually downloading malware to visitors' computers.
Starting today, Google search users should start seeing a new hyperlink warning that says "This site may be compromised," adjacent to some results if Google's system has detected something on the site that would indicate that it has been hacked or otherwise compromised. Clicking on the warning link leads to a Help Center article with more information.
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New Wave of Fake Amazon Emails Spreads Malware
December 17th, 2010, 18:01 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Security researchers from Sophos warn that a new wave of fake emails posing as shipment updates from Amazon are distributing an autorun worm.

The rogue emails bear a subject of "Shipping update for your Amazon.com order" and their header is spoofed to appear as if they originate from an order-update@amazon.com address.

The contained message consists of the same text as the subject plus an alleged order number and instructions to "check the attachment and confirm your shipping details."

In addition, the body also contains an Amazon advertising banner and an image of an opened box, which were probably copied from a legit email sent by the company.

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Microsoft has launched the latest version of its free Security Essentials.
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Microsoft yesterday quietly released the latest version of its Security Essentials anti-malware software.
Security Essentials 2.0 is available as a free download with several changes over its predecessor. A Microsoft representative today confirmed the release.
Microsoft said the updated anti-malware engine makes the software faster and smarter at detecting security hazards. The software also now ties in with Windows Firewall, giving you the option of turning the firewall on or off. When I installed the 2.0 edition, it detected that Windows Firewall was not running and asked if I wanted to enable it.
The new version integrates with Internet Explorer to detect Web-based threats and can watch out for malware coming in through a network, though only for those running Windows Vista or Windows 7.
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7 Scams to Avoid from Cyber-Scrooges
By Joan Goodchild, CSO Dec 18, 2010 12:53 PM

The holiday scam season is upon us.

For Beth Jones, a senior threat researcher with Sophos, this time of year means an upswing in fraudulent activity online. Between malware authors looking to infect machines, and identity thieves hoping to con consumers out of credit card information, this is the prime month for behavior that qualifies for the naughty list.

"The two-week mark before Christmas is when things start to ramp up out of control," said Jones. "Spammers and malware authors focus on when the attention is going to be there. That's generally two weeks before a holiday."

Read about other common social engineering scams and how to detect them

And you don't need to be shopping online to get caught in one of their traps. Even checking out email or spending time on Facebook and Twitter has its risks for the unaware. Here are seven holiday humbugs to avoid.

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Softpedia Holiday Discounts and Givaways By Ionut Ilascu

Paying 63.99 EUR (around $84) for software packs that can regularly be bought for 159.99 EUR (about $210) is not an offer one stumbles across on a daily basis. But since Christmas is almost around the corner, and customers are pickier than ever this time of the year, Softpedia is bringing an avalanche of discounts.

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This Online Password Generator allows the creation of multiple random passwords of a given complexity. The combination of lower and upper case letters, numbers and punctuation symbols makes the passwords highly secure and difficult to guess or crack. Behaving randomly is surprisingly difficult for humans, so let a password generator do the job. If you need a shared secret for a limited time, try the random number generator instead.

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New Malware Distribution Crimeware Kit Surfaces on the Underground Market

December 19th, 2010, 18:05 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Security researchers from Symantec have spotted a new crimeware toolkit being sold on the underground market, which generates a trojan that is exclusively used to distribute malware.

Crimeware toolkits are programs that can be used to create customized versions of trojans along with their command and control (C&C) software.

ZeuS or SpyEye are some of the most well known examples of crimeware toolkits, but compared to this new one, which is called "Dream Loader," they are significantly more complex.

"The pack, version 0.3, is relatively new and seems to be originating from Russia; it was first found in November and is designed to be modular and load plugins," notes Symantec security researcher Andrea Lelli.

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As concern about online privacy grows, Mozilla is promising to let people cloak Internet activity in free Firefox Web browsing software being released early next year.
"Technology that supports something like a 'Do Not Track' button is needed and we will deliver in the first part of next year," Mozilla chief executive Gary Kovacs said while providing a glimpse at Firefox 4 at the Mozilla's headquarters in Mountain View, California.
"The user needs to be in control," he added.
There is a disturbing imbalance between what websites need to know about visitors to personalize advertisements or services and the amount of data collected, according to Kovacs.
"It is not that ads are bad," he said. "It is what they do with my tracked behavior.

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Computerworld - Microsoft last week pulled an update for Outlook 2007 issued just two days earlier, citing connection and performance problems for the unusual move.

The update was issued mid-day on Dec. 14 as part of the monthly Patch Tuesday. Within hours, users reported trouble with retrieving e-mail and major delays when switching folders.

"This latest update results in Outlook 2007 being very slow in changing folders and the archiving functionality appears to have been removed," said someone identified as "alspar" on a Microsoft support forum early Wednesday morning. "Is this an error or by design?"

Others said they couldn't send or receive e-mail, including Gmail messages, through Outlook after installing the update.

Ironically, Microsoft had billed the update, which didn't patch any security vulnerabilities, as one that contained "stability and performance improvements."

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Defrag Scareware Distributed Through Compromised OpenX Servers

December 20th, 2010, 07:22 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Scammers behind the new family of scareware programs that pose as hard disk drive defragmentation utilities are using vulnerable OpenX servers to launch drive-by downloads and infect users.

This new attack was spotted by security researchers from Web application security solutions vendor Armorize Technologies, who last week revealed that the same cyber criminals managed to get malicious ads onto Google's and Microsoft's advertising networks.

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For the last couple weeks I've been focusing on Windows basics ("Windows Explorer Explained: Tips for Newbies" and "Windows Explorer Tips: Select Files Fast, Show Extensions, Rename Setup Files"). This week let's move on to a new topic: getting Mozilla Firefox to run more efficiently. Read on if you've ever been frustrated by slow performance in Firefox.

Improve Firefox Performance by Clearing the Downloads List
Recently I noticed that whenever I downloaded a file in Firefox, the program turned into molasses--especially just after the download finished. The browser would literally freeze up for seconds at a time for about a minute after.

On a whim, I opened up the Downloads list (accessible by pressing Ctrl-J). It was pretty lengthy; I hadn't cleared it in as long as I could remember. Admittedly, I just never bothered, as I didn't think it necessary. Also on a whim, I clicked Clear List, which wiped the slate clean, so to speak. (This doesn't delete your downloads, but merely Firefox's record of them.)

You know what? The next time I downloaded a file, Firefox hummed along like its regular speedy self. No hangs, no delays. I'm not sure why this made the difference, but it definitely did. If you're encountering a similar issue, I recommend trying the same procedure.

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Google Unwilling to Share Gmail Encryption Keys with Indian Government

December 20th, 2010, 08:30 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Google does not plan to provide the Indian government with the encryption keys necessary to intercept Gmail traffic in a readable format, but will comply with lawful access requests.

The Indian government's department of telecommunications considers mandating that all companies offering secure communication services in the country hand over the encryption keys in order to allow national security agencies to intercept data when needed.

Vinay Goel, Google India's head of products, told the Economic Times that the company has not yet been asked to provide the encryption keys Gmail, but noted that such a request would almost certainly be declined.

"When users entrust their data with us, we are expected to protect it, which is why, user privacy is very important for Google," Mr. Goel said.

The Mountain View-based Web search giant has enabled SSL encryption by default for its Gmail service since the beginning of this year.

In fact, Gmail is currently the only large free email service which provides default full-session HTTPS, a feature protecting communications from being intercepted by cyber criminals or governments.

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Survey Scammers Exploit Plans to Give People Facebook.com Email Addresses

December 20th, 2010, 18:41 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Security researchers warn that survey scammers are trying to capitalize on Facebook's legit intention of offering all of its users @facebook.com email addresses.

An ongoing scam produces spam messages reading "Just got my own email @facebook.com! Quickly get one before someone takes your name [link]"

In November Facebook announced a new unified messaging system, which will allow people to send and receive email, SMS and instant messages, all in a single place.

Part of this new feature, which will be slowly rolled out to users in upcoming months, is to give them all @facebook.com email addresses.

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Researchers create botnet to learn how it works
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December 20, 2010 03:04 PM
CSO - A team of researchers in Canada recently released results of a study in which they created a botnet strictly for experimental purposes. The simulation allowed the researchers at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, with collaborators at Nancy University in France, and Carlton University in Ottawa, to observe the botnet's behavior while keeping it from infecting other machines.

Botnets are complex and large distributed systems consisting of several thousands, and in some cases, millions of computers often exploited by criminals for nefarious activity such as sending out spam, launching denial-of-service attacks, or installing spyware (Also see Zeus botnet targets holiday shoppers).

"Practically all internet users have experienced the ill effects of botnets, whether by receiving large volumes of spams daily, having their confidential information stolen, lost access to critical Internet services," the researchers state in a summary of the results.

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Hotmail Phishers Impersonate Microsoft Employees

December 21st, 2010, 12:50 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Security researchers from ESET warn of a phishing campaign targeting Hotmail users, which produces emails signed in the name of a Microsoft program manager.

The rogue emails bear a subject of "Alert - Reset your Windows Live password" and appear as if they were sent to a members-services43@live.com address.

The message is poorly formulated and does not direct users to an external phishing website, like most attacks of this type do.

Instead it asks recipients to fill in their username, password, date of birth and country in a static form and send it back. It reads:

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Fake iTunes Email Alerts Lead Users to Drive-By Download

December 21st, 2010, 16:56 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

A wave of fake iTunes emails falsely alerting recipients about their accounts facing suspension directs them to a Web page that tries to install malware on their computers.

The rogue emails are crafted to appear as if they originate from a contact@itunes.com address and bear a subject of "iTunes account may be suspended."

"Dear iTunes Customer, it is possible that your account password has been stolen. 4 different IP addresses have been used to login to your account within the last 24 hours. Please visit the bellow link and read what to do and how to contact support department," the message reads.

This sounds very much like a phishing scam, but Alex Eckleberry, general manager of the security software division at GFI, points out that the intention of the attackers is to silently infect users.

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Update: The Dev channel has been updated to 10.0.612.3 for Windows and Mac to correct a RegEx regression.

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You know when you're watching a pirated film downloaded from the Internet -- there's no mistaking the fuzzy footage, or the guy in the front row getting up for popcorn. Despite the poor quality, pirated video is a serious problem around the world. Criminal copyright infringement occurs on a massive scale over the Internet, costing the film industry -- and the U.S. economy -- billions of dollars annually.
Now Dr. Alex Bronstein of Tel Aviv University's Department of Electrical Engineering has a new way to stop video pirates. With his twin brother Michael and Israeli researcher Prof. Ron Kimmel, he has developed the ultimate solution: treating video footage like DNA.
Sequencing the video genome
"It's not only members of the animal and plant kingdom that can have DNA," says Dr. Bronstein, who was inspired by DNA sequencing tools used in bioinformatics laboratories. "If a DNA test can identify and catch criminals, we thought that a similar code might be applicable to video. If the code were copied and changed, we'd catch it."
Of course, video does not have a real genetic code like members of the animal kingdom, so Dr. Bronstein and his team created a DNA analogue, like a unique fingerprint, that can be applied to video files. The result is a unique DNA fingerprint for each individual movie anywhere on the planet.

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Firefox 4.0 Beta 9 in Early 2011

December 22nd, 2010, 16:48 GMT| By Marius Oiaga

The next development milestone of Firefox 4.0 will be shipped in early 2011, with Beta 8 currently available for testing.

The fact that Mozilla will only be able to deliver Beta 9 no earlier than January 2011 is a true measure of the delays that hit the project.

Some users might remember that the initial plan was to have Firefox 4.0 wrapped up and ready to go by the end of November 2010.

But in November 2010, Mozilla still had three Beta Builds of Firefox 4.0 to deliver, and it only managed to offer Beta 8 to early adopters on December 11th.

And the final version of Firefox 4.0 is not really just around the corner. Not by any standards.

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Computerworld - Security researchers have released attack code that exploits an unpatched bug in Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) and sidesteps defenses baked into Windows 7.

Microsoft said it was looking into the vulnerability.

"Microsoft is investigating new public claims of a possible vulnerability in Internet Explorer," said Dave Forstrom, the director of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing group, in statement. "We're currently unaware of any attacks trying to use the claimed vulnerability or of customer impact."

The bug first surfaced earlier this month when French security firm Vupen announced it had uncovered a flaw in IE's HTML engine that could be exploited when the browser processed a CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) file that included "@import" rules. The @import rules let Web designers add external style sheets to an existing HTML document.

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Exploit Code Released for New IE 0Day Vulnerability

December 22nd, 2010, 17:18 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Exploit code for an unpatched remote code execution vulnerability in Internet Explorer has been added to the popular Metasploit open source penetration testing framework.

The flaw was originally reported as a denial of service condition on the Full Disclosure mailing list on December 8.

However, vulnerability research companies like Secunia and VUPEN Security warned that it could also be exploited to execute arbitrary code.

"This issue is caused by a use-after-free error within the "mshtml.dll" library when processing a web page referencing a CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) file that includes various '@import' rule," VUPEN explains.

Microsoft has confirmed in a newly published advisory that Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8, running on all supported Windows versions, are affected.

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Windows Automatic Update settings
If you have Windows check for updates but not install, latest version of MSE may change your setting without permission
By Woody Leonhard | InfoWorld

Microsoft released version 2.0 of Microsoft Security Essentials last week.

Microsoft Security Essentials, you may recall, is the antimalware product that Microsoft offers free to individuals and organizations with 10 or fewer users. It's the consumer- and small-business-oriented version of the engine that drives Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection. The new version of FEP is due next month.

At this moment, Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 is not installed automatically. You can only get it by venturing to the MSE site, then manually downloading and installing it. Note that the Microsoft Security Essentials site doesn't even mention version 2.0. But if you click the Download Now button, that's what you'll get.

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The First Taste of Windows 8 and a New Windows OS for Tablet PCs Coming Right Up

December 23rd, 2010, 20:54 GMT| By Marius Oiaga



2011 is just around the corner, and expectations of Microsoft could not be higher for next year, especially those related to its flagship product, the Windows platform.

The Redmond company has yet to confirm any details officially, but speculation indicates that it is gearing up to serve the first taste of Windows 8 and a new flavor of Windows tailored to slates in early 2011.

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The fall months may be the season for colder weather and dying leaves, but in the software world it means major updates for security suites. We've reviewed and benchmarked 11 suites, organized them along the traditional line of cost, and picked one in each category that we highly recommend.
We looked at four updated free security options: AVG Anti-Virus Free 2011, Panda Cloud Antivirus 1.3, Microsoft Security Essentials 2, and Ad-Aware Free Internet Security 9. Other well-known free security programs, such as Avast and Avira, generally update in late winter or spring, so they were not included.


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Microsoft Advisory Tackles Unpatched IE Vulnerability

By: Larry Seltzer
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Microsoft has issued an advisory for an unpatched vulnerability affecting all versions of Internet Explorer on all platforms. The vulnerability could allow a malicious Web page to trigger a denial of service or remote code execution in the context of the IE user. Exploit code for the vulnerability has been published, but there are no reports yet of active exploits in the wild.
The vulnerability is of a type known as "use-after-free" and is in the CSharedStyleSheet::Notify function in the CSS parser in mshtml.dll. Multiple @import calls in the attack document trigger the vulnerability. It was first reported by wooyun.org.
The exploit bypasses Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) and Data Execution Prevention (DEP) by taking advantage of a library it loads (mscorie.dll). This was not compiled with the /DYNAMICBASE option that enables ASLR and therefore loads predictably at the same address. Microsoft doesn't say why this, and apparently other libraries, weren't compiled with this option, but suggests that you use its Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit to force all loaded DLLs to dynamically rebase. This change should make the exploits highly unlikely to succeed. A video on the Microsoft Web site demonstrates the process.

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for one day at least.
Peace on Earth...goodwill to all men:
Who'll feed the camel ? Who'll water the beast ?!
No warnings from Cyberclips tomorrow !
Happy Christmas and a better year everybody!

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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.

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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
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PIOZR is a revolutionary technology which makes your computer faster than ever before. It works on the simple principle that "Things most needed should be placed at the most accessible places in order." This principle applies to your PC's hard disk as well; The outer edge is the fastest, and as we go inside reading and writing speed slows. PIOZR places frequently used files in order at faster disk areas, boosting the overall system speed.

Directories Consolidation and Optimization by Freeing Space
Directories are generally accessed the most in any system, so it's a good idea to move these directories to contiguous and faster areas of the disk for better system performance. Puran Defrag will do this for you if you select this option. Directories Consolidation works only with NTFS partitions.

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The First Taste of Windows 8 and a New Windows OS for Tablet PCs Coming Right Up
By Marius Oiaga

2011 is just around the corner, and expectations of Microsoft could not be higher for next year, especially those related to its flagship product, the Windows platform.

The Redmond company has yet to confirm any details officially, but speculation indicates that it is gearing up to serve the first taste of Windows 8 and a new flavor of Windows tailored to slates in early 2011.

Of course, as far as the technology world is concerned each January brings with it a new edition of the Consumer Electronics Show, an event in which various companies, Microsoft included, traditionally deliver sneak peeks at their plans for the future.

There is already talk of an entirely new version of Windows, one adapted to ARM chipsets.

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By Gregg Keizer
December 25, 2010 02:37 PM
Computerworld - Sales of Microsoft's three-license Windows 7 Family Pack will end next week, according to online retailer Amazon.

The Family Pack gives consumers three upgrade licenses from Windows XP or Vista to Windows 7 Home Premium. When it started selling the $150 package in early October, Microsoft said it would offer the deal for a limited time, but did not set an end date.

On Friday, Amazon's page for the Family Pack told customers that the product would be "available to purchase until December 31, or while supplies last."

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Police in China are offering cash and other rewards to encourage the country's millions of Internet users to help solve criminal investigations, state media said Saturday.
Authorities in the far-western region of Xinjiang this month posted a photo of a crime scene on the Internet alongside a reward of 500 to 5,000 yuan (75 to 750 dollars) in cash or so-called QQ coin for information about the case, the China Daily said.
QQ coin is a form of currency that registered users of the popular instant messaging service QQ use to pay for virtual products such as games.
While the reward scheme has yet to yield any useful clues, authorities said it was a good way to tap the country's vast online population -- the world's biggest at more than 420 million.

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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!

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Ka-Sat net-dedicated spacecraft ready for launch
By Jonathan Amos
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Europe is about to get a second satellite dedicated to delivering broadband internet connections.

The six-tonne Ka-Sat will be launched atop a Proton rocket from Baikonur in Kazakhstan in a flight expected to last nine hours and 12 minutes.

The Eutelsat-operated spacecraft will concentrate its services on customers in the so-called "not-spots" of Europe.

It is estimated that tens of millions of households in these areas cannot get a decent terrestrial connection.

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Security fixes and feature improvements don't benefit the end user of software if the update mechanism and strategy is not effective. In this paper we analyze the effectiveness of different Web browsers update mechanisms; from Google Chrome's silent update mechanism to Opera's update requiring a full re-installation. We use anonymized logs from Google's world wide distributed Web servers. An analysis of the logged HTTP user-agent strings that Web browsers report when requesting any Web page is used to measure the daily browser version shares in active use. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first global scale measurement of Web browser update effectiveness comparing four different Web browser update strategies including Google Chrome. Our measurements prove that silent updates and little dependency on the underlying operating system are most effective to get users of Web browsers to surf the Web with the latest browser version. However, there is still room for improvement as we found. Google Chrome's advantageous silent update mechanism has been open sourced in April 2009. We recommend any software vendor to seriously consider deploying silent updates as this benefits both the vendor and the user, especially for widely used attack-exposed applications like Web browsers and browser plug-ins.

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Ready for one last sweet freebie before the year runs out? It might be something you already have (especially if you're a regular Cheapskate reader), but I can't not write about it.
From now until Dec. 27, iSkysoft's iMedia Converter (Win) is available free of charge, no strings attached. It normally sells for $49.
Update: To get the software, you must have a Facebook account.
The program offers two core functions. First, it rips DVDs (even protected ones) to just about any format: iPod, iPhone, Zune, etc. It can also rip just the audio from, say, a concert DVD.
Second, iMedia Converter can convert videos from one format to another--great for downloaded stuff that won't play properly on your PC or mobile device. The software even lets you perform rudimentary video edits like trimming and cropping.
In other words, it's a pretty robust utility; you can review the full roster of features here. The only hitch is that you don't get tech support or upgrades.


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Carding Forum, Exploits Database and Others Hacked on Christmas Eve

December 27th, 2010, 08:34 GMT| By Lucian Constantin



A group of hackers calling themselves Ninja have compromised several websites, including the carders.cc underground marketplace, the exploit-db.com tracker, the free-hack.com community, the ettercap project, the BackTrack Linux distribution and a milw0rm clone run by a crew known as Inj3ct0r.

The compromises were disclosed in the second edition of the "Owned and Exposed" hacking ezine (online magazine). The first issue was released back in May and covered the first compromise of carders.cc.

"We owned carders.cc (AGAIN) because they are unable to learn from their mistakes and keep spreading garbage around the underground," the Ninja hackers write.

The carders.cc forum is a marketplace for stolen credit card details and personal information. People there also deal in equipment used to create counterfeit cards.

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Click Fraud Trojan Spread from RapidShare

December 27th, 2010, 13:58 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Security researchers from Kaspersky Lab warn of a click fraud trojan distributed via spam emails that advertise links to exe files hosted at RapidShare.

The malware is a variant from the Trojan-Dropper.Win32.Drooptroop family and is in circulation since the beginning of of December. The spammed links are of the form http://rapidshare.com/files/[removed]/gift.exe.

Kaspersky Lab experter Vicente Diaz points out that even if the rogue emails take a rather direct approach in spreading the malicious URLs, many spam filters fail to detect them.

That's because they don't contain any malicious attachments and because rapidshare.com is not a bad domain by itself. Neither are .exe files hosted there.

We have seen the same technique used two tweeks ago in a wave of spam emails distributing a piece of scareware known as Security Shield. In that case, the RapidShare links pointed to a file called surprise.exe.

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'Shocking Revenge' Scam Circulating on Facebook

December 28th, 2010, 08:44 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

A new scam is making the rounds on Facebook and lures users with a shocking video allegedly showing a jealous guy taking revenge on his girlfriend.

The spam messages spreading this scam read: "[BREAKING NEWS] - Shocking Revenge over Facebook Status!" and go on to claim that "jealous Boyfriend did this to his girlfriend after he seen what she posted on her STATUS."

Scammers hope to peak the interest of overly curious users and determine them to click on the link that leads to a blogspot-hosted page.

The external site mimics Facebook's look and displays the picture of an attractive girl with the text "Prepare to be SHOCKED!

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Trojan Distributed in New Mass Injection Attack via Java Downloader
December 28th, 2010, 10:56 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Security researchers warn that a new mass injection attack is underway directing the visitors of hundreds of websites to a malicious Java applet which downloads a trojan.

According to Denis Sinegubko, the creator of the Unmask Parasites Web scanner, the malicious code is added at the end of HTML pages on compromised websites and takes the form of an obfuscated JavaScript function.

When parsed by the browser, this function adds a rogue IFrame to the HTML document, which loads a new.htm page from aubreyserr.com, medien-verlag.de or yennicq.be.

According to statistics from Google's Safe Browsing service, around 2,000 websites link to these domains, giving a rough estimation of the attack's impact so far.

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Mozilla Leaks User Account Info from Official Add-Ons Site
December 28th, 2010, 13:23 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Mozilla has alerted 44,000 addons.mozilla.org (AMO) users that their account information might have been exposed after a sensitive file was left in a publicly accessible location on one of its servers.

In its notification letter, Mozilla explained that the file in question was a partial representation of the AMO user database and said that it learned of its presence from a third-party individual.

The data contained in the file included email addresses, full names and MD5 password hashes, which are considered insecure.

Because of this, all affected passwords have been removed and users will have to use the password recovery function on the website to regain access to their accounts.

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Putin to put Russian government on Linux by 2015
By Grant Gross
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IDG News Service - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has ordered government agencies there to open-source software by 2015, according to translated documents.

Putin's order, signed this month, follows news reports from October saying the Russian government was planning to drop Microsoft products in favor of a national open-source operating system based on Linux.

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Germany to Create Cyber-Warfare Centre Next Year
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December 28th, 2010, 17:53 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Germany has announced plans to open a national cyber-warfare center, outlining the increased attention governments give to such threats.

During a press conference on Monday, a spokesperson for the German Interior Ministry revealed that a new "National Cyber-Defense Center" will be created next year.

According to CBC News, it's primary purpose will be to protect the country's critical Internet infrastructure from foreign cyber attacks that have increased in number recently.

According to statistics, in 2009 the German government recorded around 900 attacks against its systems, while this year the number of such incidents reached 1,600 in the first half alone.

The government official pointed out that there are also many cases which remain unreported and said that the vast majority of these cyber attacks originate from China.

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Security Expert Claims Vast Majority of Indian Government Websites Are Insecure

December 28th, 2010, 17:08 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

An Indian security expert and whitehat hacker claims that as much as 90% of websites operated by the Indian government are vulnerable to various types of attacks.

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New Drive-By Download Attack Exploits Recently Patched IE Flaw

December 29th, 2010, 09:22 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Security Researchers from Trend Micro have intercepted a new drive-by download attack which exploits a critical Internet Explorer vulnerability in order to install multiple malware components on targeted systems.

Drive-by download attacks are a common and effective malware propagation method and are usually launched from legitimate websites that have been compromised.

They involve exploiting vulnerabilities in outdated versions of popular applications like Adobe Reader, Flash Player, Java, Internet Explorer, Firefox or the operating system itself, in order to silently infect computers.

The exploit used in this case is detected as JS_SHELLCOD.SMGU by Trend Micro products and targets an IE vulnerability patched in Microsoft's MS10-090 security bulletin released on December 14.

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Critical Security Update Released for WordPress

December 30th, 2010, 07:48 GMT| By Lucian Constantin
WordPress 3.0.4 has been released as a critical security update for the popular blogging platform to address several cross-site scripting issues.

WordPress developers recommend deploying the update as soon as possible, because the weaknesses are located in a core component.

"I would rate this release as 'critical'," Matt Mullenweg, the WordPress founder and lead developer writes.

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2010 tech snapshot: IT security
We round up the key trends in the security space this year
Phil Muncaster
V3.co.uk, 24 Dec 2010
This year has seen an almost unparalleled buzz of activity in the security space, from big name mergers and acquisitions activity to allegations of state-sponsored attacks and most recently, the rise of the hacktivist. Alongside this are the continued threat of spam, the growing sophistication of malware and changing trends among the workforce such as mobile working and the use of social networking, which are exposing the enterprise to new and dangerous threats.

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December 30, 2010 3:59 PM PST
Future-proof your data archive
by Dennis O'Reilly

It's easier than ever to make sure copies of your most important records, documents, photos, videos, and other personal data will be readable/viewable/playable long after the hardware and software used to create the files have bitten the dust.
The four keys to safe data archiving are to choose file formats that won't become obsolete, use storage media that won't deteriorate or become inaccessible, make multiple copies stored apart, and check your archived data regularly to ensure it's still readable.
Don't get stuck with outdated data formats
Most of the files you want to archive are likely in proprietary formats, such as Microsoft Office's .doc, .xls, and .ppt for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, respectively. Despite the ubiquity of software and services that let you read and edit Office files without the Office app used to create them, these formats will become obsolete one ... Read full post & comments


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Computerworld - Hackers are exploiting a vulnerability in Microsoft Word to plant malware on Windows PCs, Microsoft said Tuesday.

The bug in Microsoft Word 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2010 was patched Nov. 9 as part of Microsoft's monthly security update.

Word 2008 and 2011 for the Mac have also been patched, but Microsoft has not yet issued a fix for the same flaw in the older Word 2004. The circulating attacks affect only Windows versions of the suite, however.

According to the Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC), the group that investigates attack code and issues signature updates for the company's antivirus software, the first in-the-wild exploits were detected last week.

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