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Seventh Edition
Welcome.
Thankyou for your continuing support. The CYBERCLIPS INDEX thread seems to be proving useful ! The INDEX will be updated every two days...hopefully !
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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Automatically Restore Personal Files after a Windows 7 Custom Installation

By Marius Oiaga

Microsoft is making it extremely easy for customers that performed a custom installation of Windows 7 to restore their personal files from the previous Windows client.

The Redmond company has been offering a Knowledge Base article describing the process for quite some time now, but the resource was also updated with a Fix It solution.

By leveraging the Fix It tool, users will be able to automatically restore personal files after a custom installation of Windows 7. According to the software giant, the solution will also work in the case of Vista custom deployments.

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Mozilla slips 'Do Not Track' header into Firefox nightlies

The call for 'DNT: 1'
By Cade Metz in San Francisco • Get more from this author
Posted in ID, 1st February 2011 01:30 GMT
Mozilla has uploaded a working prototype of its "Do Not Track" http header into the Firefox nightly builds.

Anyone interested in testing the header can do so by downloading a pre-beta version of Firefox, but it won't have any real effect until websites and advertisers chose to recognize the thing.

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Chrome Dev Channel Update
Monday, January 31, 2011 | 20:08
Labels: Dev updates

The Chrome Dev channel has been updated to 10.0.648.11 for all platforms. This build contains stability fixes and refinements to the new settings pages. 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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What Microsoft didn't say about the latest Windows zero day flaw
On Friday Microsoft issued a Security Advisory warning about a previously unreported hole in the way all versions of Windows handle MHTML. Here's the rest of the story
By Woody Leonhard | InfoWorld

Microsoft's Security Advisory 2501696 warns about a zero-day security breach in "all supported versions of Microsoft Windows." The affected software, per Microsoft's advisory, includes XP SP3, Vista, 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows 7, and Windows Server 2003 SP2 and 2008 SP2. But Microsoft fails to mention that only IE users -- including users of the latest IE 9 beta -- are vulnerable.

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SourceForge speeds move to new security model after attack
Open source site SourceForge is scanning all its development projects to ensure code wasn't tampered with during a targeted attack last week
By Jeremy Kirk | IDG News Service

The open-source software development site SourceForge is speeding up its move to a new a security model following a targeted attack that may have compromised the passwords of its large user base.

SourceForge, which hosts more than 260,000 projects, discovered the attack last Wednesday. It believes the attack was aimed at capturing passwords.

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VLC Media Player Hit by New Critical Vulnerability
February 1st, 2011, 08:37 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

A new critical vulnerability has been identified in the popular VLC media player and can potentially be used by attackers to execute arbitrary code remotely.

The vulnerability affects VLC 1.1.6, the lastest stable version of the player, and is located in the MKV demuxer, the component used to parse Matroska or WebM video files.

The flaw is the result of insufficient input validation and was reported by Dan Rosenberg of VSR (Virtual Security Research).

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Fake Failed Package Delivery Notifications Spread SpyEye
February 1st, 2011, 07:52 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Security researchers warn of a SpyEye distribution campaign which generates failed delivery notifications that purport to originate from a package delivery service.

According to Belgian email security provider MX Lab the rogue emails bear a subject of "Post Express Service. Package is available for pickup! NR1535" and come from a spoofed address.

The message contained within is consistent with traditional package delivery failure alerts that have been used by malware distributors before.

"Your package has been returned to the Post Express office. The reason of the return is 'Incorrect delivery address of the package'.

"Attached to the letter mailing label contains the details of the package delivery. You have to print mailing label, and come in the Post Express office in order to receive the packages."

The emails are signed by "Post Express Service," but the only service with that name that we could identify is located in Serbia.

It wouldn't be far fetched for cybercriminals to target Serbian users, especially with Trend Micro recently reporting that the highest number of SpyEye infections are located in Poland and not US or UK, as one would expect.

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IE9 Blows Beta Records Away with 23 Million Downloads
February 1st, 2011, 09:36 GMT| By Marius Oiaga

Internet Explorer 9 has managed to blow all records related to Microsoft Beta download programs, now accounting for in excess of 23 million downloads since it was introduced less than 5 months ago.

And in fact, IE9 is bound to have outpaced more than a few other products both in Beta or even finalized, rival browsers included when it comes down to the staggering number of downloads.

By comparison, the public Beta of Office 2010 was downloaded only 9 million times. In addition, the testing Builds of Windows 7 only made it to 8 million downloads.

So to have Internet Explorer 9 Beta downloads explode past the 23 million milestone, speaks clearly about the huge leap in evolution that IE9 is in the line of IE releases.

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Internationalized PayPal Phishing Attacks Spotted in the Wild

February 1st, 2011, 18:48 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Security researchers from Avira have spotted an email PayPal phishing attack currently hitting people's inboxes which has both an English and a French version.

"We don’t see a phishing attack executed simultaneously in two languages every day," says Sorin Mustaca, data security expert at Avira.

Mr. Mustaca points out that the two emails are almost identical, except for the language, even down to the Reference Number mentioned in the text.

The only other difference is that the English version advertises a link to the phishing page, while the French variant has a button.

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BT Customers Targeted by Phishers
February 1st, 2011, 16:08 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Security researchers from GFI Software warn that BT customers are currently targeted by phishers in attacks spoofing the company's website and trying to steal their financial details.

The researchers only analyzed the phishing page, which mimics the BT customer login site and takes users to a fake form to update their billing information.

The form asks for a wealth of financial information, including full credit card details, billing address and bank account number.

After submitting the information users are told the data will be verified by BT's Billing Department within 24 hours, which of course is just a method of buying time until the victim realizes what happened.

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Researchers pry open Waledac, find 500,000 email passwords

Son of Storm is back
By Dan Goodin in San Francisco • Get more from this author
Posted in Security, 2nd February 2011 00:13 GMT
Researchers have taken a peek inside the recently refurbished Waledac botnet, and what they've found isn't pretty.

Waledac, a successor to the once-formidable Storm botnet, has passwords for almost 500,000 Pop3 email accounts, allowing spam to be sent through SMTP servers, according to findings published on Tuesday by security firm Last Line. By hijacking legitimate email servers, the Waledac gang is able to evade IP-based blacklisting techniques that many spam filters use to weed out junk messages.

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Chrome Beta Channel Update
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 | 19:43
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The Beta channel has been updated to 9.0.597.86 for Windows and Chrome Frame.

Flash player sandboxing has been re-enabled in this release.

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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AVG Antivirus 2011 Is Rogue Antivirus FakeXPA

February 2nd, 2011, 17:26 GMT| By Marius Oiaga

It’s nothing short of common practice for rogue antivirus to copy the brands and elements of visual identity of legitimate security products in order to masquerade as genuine products.

The latest example was highlighted by the Microsoft Malware Protection Center, and involves an old fake antivirus: Rogue:Win32/FakeXPA.

According to David Wood, from MMPC, Rogue:Win32/FakeXPA now goes by as Rogue:Win32/FakeXPA, and as users can see in the image at the top of this article, attackers went as far as copying the actual logo for AVG.

“This is not to be confused with the legitimate antivirus product from AVG – we’ve reached out to AVG, and they are aware the rogue is using their brand.

“FakeXPA's developers are hoping you will confuse it with the real AVG though, as they've even gone to the extent of borrowing AVG's logo for their own user interface.

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Microsoft Adds H.264 Support to Chrome on Windows 7 with Add-On

February 2nd, 2011, 15:28 GMT| By Marius Oiaga

Microsoft is doing what Google won’t, namely support H.264 on Chrome.

After Google announced recently that its open source browser will no longer play nice with the H.264 video format, the Redmond company is now making sure that Chrome users that want the choice to play H.264 encoded HTML5 video, will be able to do so.

The software giant announced the immediate availability of the Windows Media Player HTML5 Extension for Chrome.

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Fix Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 Failed Installation Error 0x80070643
February 3rd, 2011, 15:10 GMT| By Marius Oiaga

Users that attempt to deploy Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 might come across an issue where the installation process hands, especially if they have been running the first version of the company’s free security solution for Windows.

Essentially, the deployment process would not reach completion and customers could be presented with the following error: 0x80070643.

It appears that MSE 2.0 could also simply “refuse” to install without even displaying an error to users.

“I ran into a little issue with it not installing correctly on one of my home machines running Windows 7. The first time I let it try to upgrade itself I ended up with an error 0x80070643.

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Consumers urged to step up wireless security

Treat Wi-Fi like toothbrushes, urges alliance
By John Leyden • Get more from this author
Posted in Enterprise Security, 3rd February 2011 13:43 GMT
Consumers are once again being urged to use the latest (WPA2) encryption technology and apply strong passwords to protect home networks from snooping and other attacks.

The call comes in a survey by industry trade body the Wi-Fi Alliance, which warned on Wednesday that "borrowing" access to unprotected Wi-Fi access is still commonplace. A poll by the Wi-Fi Alliance, conducted by Wakefield Research, found that one-third (32 per cent) of respondents said they had attempted to get onto Wi-Fi network that wasn't theirs – well up from the 18 per cent recorded in an equivalent a December 2008 poll.

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Yet another delay hangs over release of Firefox 4

Microsoft's Hotmail among buggy culprits stalling showtime
By Kelly Fiveash • Get more from this author
Posted in Applications, 3rd February 2011 13:21 GMT
Mozilla is bracing itself for yet more beta releases and possibly another delay of its Firefox 4 browser.

The open-source web tool outfit pushed out a 10th test build of Firefox 4 last week. It has now confirmed that two more betas will definitely follow before a Release Candidate version of the browser lands.

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The rumored combination of two pieces of advanced online banking malware appears to be fully underway after several months of speculation.

What appears to be a beta version of a piece of malware that has bits of both Zeus and SpyEye is now in circulation, albeit among just a few people, said Aviv Raff, CTO and cofounder of Seculert.

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Dev Channel Update
Thursday, February 3, 2011 | 17:21
Labels: Dev updates
The Chrome Dev channel has been updated to 10.0.648.18 for all platforms. This build contains the following updates:

All
Updated V8 - 3.0.12.8
[73562] Removed icon from View Background Pages menu item in wrench menu. (Issue: 71489)
[r73158] Fix crash on closing Download Manager (Issue: 71027)
[r73207] Auto-scroll while drag and dropping apps on the New Tab Page (Issue: 70965)
webNavigation extension API ready for testing (Issue: 60100)
Mac/Linux
[r73163] Find bug where web text input would sometimes trigger find-in-page (Issue: 70644)
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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Stable Channel Update
| 09:00
Labels: Stable updates
The stable channel has been updated to 9.0.597.84 for all platforms. Details about the features included in this release can be found on the Google Chrome Blog, in addition this release contains the following security fixes.
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.
Special thanks to thecommunity, for playing so much of the game “Z-Type” that they uncovered a Chromium audio bug -- see below!

[Mac only] [42989] Low Minor sandbox leak via stat(). Credit to Daniel Cheng of the Chromium development community.
[$1000] [55831] High Use-after-free in image loading. Credit to Aki Helin of OUSPG.
[59081] Low Apply some restrictions to cross-origin drag + drop. Credit to Google Chrome Security Team (SkyLined) and the Google Security Team (Michal Zalewski, David Bloom).
[62791] Low Browser crash with extension with missing key. Credit to Brian Kirchoff.
[$1000] [64051] High Crashing when printing in PDF event handler. Credit to Aki Helin of OUSPG.
[65669] Low Handle merging of autofill profiles more gracefully. Credit to Google Chrome Security Team (Inferno).
[Mac only] [66931] Low Work around a crash in the Mac OS 10.5 SSL libraries. Credit to Dan Morrison.
[68244] Low Browser crash with bad volume setting. Credit to Matthew Heidermann.
[69195] Critical Race condition in audio handling. Credit to the gamers of Reddit!

In addition, we would like to thank Aki Helin, Sergey Glazunov, Ben Hawkes of the Google Security Team, Benoit Jacob, Simon Fraser and miaubiz for reporting bugs to us during the development cycle, so that they never affected the stable channel. Various rewards were issued for this help.

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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Microsoft plan 22 fixes for Patch Tuesday
by Mat Bettinson


Three are 'critical'
Microsoft said that it will issue fixes for 22 vulnerabilities on Patch Tuesday, classifying three as critical.
Writing on the Microsoft Security Response Center blog, Microsoft Trustworthy Computing representative Angela Gunn said that the patches would address issues in Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, Visual Studio and the IIS web server.
The patch will also address a vulnerability in the Windows Graphics Rendering Engine and the previously noted critical CSS flaw in Internet Explorer.
An updated version of the Windows Maliciouos Software Removal Tool is also planned.

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Adobe Prepares Critical Reader and Acrobat Security Updates for Next Tuesday
February 4th, 2011, 16:58 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Adobe is preparing to release the first security updates for the new Adobe and Acrobat X product line next Tuesday, which will address critical vulnerabilities.

The announcement was made by the Adobe Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) and a prenotification security advisory was published.

"Adobe is planning to release updates for Adobe Reader X (10.0) for Windows and Macintosh, Adobe Reader 9.4.1 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX, Adobe Acrobat X (10.0) for Windows and Macintosh, and Adobe Acrobat 9.4.1 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh to resolve critical security issues," the advisory notes.

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Number of Malicious PDFs on the Rise
February 4th, 2011, 17:47 GMT| By Lucian Constantin


Security vendor GFI Software warns that the number of malicious PDF files detected in the wild has significantly increased last month with two detections making it into the top ten.

According to data gathered by the company's ThreatNet system, two PDF exploits detected as Exploit.AbobeReader.Gen and Exploit.PDF-JS.Gen, finished the month on the eight and ninth places as far as malware detections go.

This is even more interesting, as no Java exploit made its presence felt in the GFI's top.

Starting with mid-2010, the number of Java exploits exploded and they are still the primary components of drive-by download kits.

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Zero-day update duo to star in upcoming Patch Tuesday update

But MHTML fix remains MIA
By John Leyden • Get more from this author
Posted in Enterprise Security, 4th February 2011 10:44 GMT
Microsoft plans to release a dozen bulletins on Tuesday – three of which address critical flaws.

The February Patch Tuesday batch includes a fix for a critical Windows thumbnail preview flaw as well as patching an equally serious flaw in how Internet Explorer handles Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Each of these zero-day vulnerabilities has been exploited in limited hacking attacks.

The remaining updates address lesser flaws in Windows, Office, Microsoft's IIS web server software and Redmond's development platform, Visual Studio.

Net security services firm Qualys notes that a fix for a recently discovered MHTML flaw in Windows/Internet Explorer will not be addressed by the February Patch Tuesday update. Users are advised to apply Microsoft's workaround, pending the availability of a more comprehensive fix. ®
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Chrome 9 debuts with WebGL, app store, instant annoyance

Google browser rolls in more Google
By Cade Metz in San Francisco • Get more from this author
Posted in Applications, 4th February 2011 23:21 GMT
Google has released a ninth version of its Chrome browser, rolling in the WebGL standard for 3D hardware acceleration, the new Chrome Web Store, and Chrome Instant, a tool that loads web pages as soon as you start typing into the browser's address bar.

But Google doesn't really refer to Chrome 9 as Chrome 9. Now that it's releasing a new stable version of the browser every six to eight weeks, it prefers to think of Chrome as one single, ever-evolving thing. "Today, we’re excited to bring several new features from Chrome’s beta channel to the stable build," the company said in a blog post.

The new stable build – Chrome 9.0.597.84 – also patches nine bugs, one deemed "critical" and the other rated "high" priority, a lower rating than critical. The critical bug – a "race condition in audio handling" – lets attackers burrow out of the Chrome sandbox, according to reports. According to Google, the bug was discovered by Reddit users playing the game "Z-Type".

Developed by Mozilla and backed by the Khronos Group standards body, WebGL uses the existing OpenGL desktop-graphics interface to hardware-accelerate 3D inside the browser. Previously, Google was backing its own open source 3D API known as O3D, but last May it saw the light and made the switch to WebGL.
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Google updates Chrome with 3D hardware acceleration support

Polishes it to a shine
By Lawrence Latif
Fri Feb 04 2011, 12:36
SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Google has updated its Chrome web browser with support for hardware acceleration of 3D graphics and the Chrome Web Store.
Google has been on a roll with Chrome, with the web browser hitting 10 per cent market share, and the most notable new feature is support for WebGL. To highlight the potential of WebGL, Google hosts a gallery of what it calls Chrome Experiments, which makes for impressive viewing.
Aside from WebGL, Google has opened the doors at its Chrome Web Store, allowing users to download applications that run within the browser. At present Google says only US users have access, however by setting your Google account's locale to "English (US)", it is possible to view, download and use applications from the Chrome Web Store.
There's also a tweak on Google's Instant search, which the firm dubs Chrome Instant. With it enabled, Chrome will start to load the user's most frequent websites as the URL is typed in the address bar, with search results appearing instantly as users type queries in the address bar.
Google has turned this feature off by default, requiring users to enable it in Chrome's preferences. When a user does so, a message warns them that their chosen search engine might be logging each keystroke in the address bar. µ


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Moving to IPv6: Now for the hard part (FAQ)

Today is the beginning of the end of the Internet as we know it.
That's because the rules that govern how data is sent across the Net, a standard called Internet Protocol version 4, just became significantly more obsolete. The central Net authorities just handed out the last batches of IPv4 addresses at a ceremony today in Florida, beginning the cascade of scarcity that eventually will mean the computing industry must make the painful transition to the newer but incompatible IPv6.
It's not an urgent problem for average consumers with broadband or even for many businesses with lots of servers. But it is a problem of unprecedented magnitude since ultimately it involves anything that touches the Internet, from the lowliest smartphone to the most powerful router shuttling data packets.


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Microsoft’s Patch Cooking Process Details Shared with the World
By Marius Oiaga

The image on the left illustrates a Microsoft test matrix for a single security update targeting Windows.

For this specific refresh, the Redmond company had to execute 500 different product tests for the various Windows platform versions still supported.

“Factor in common Microsoft and third-party applications, and the test matrix expands dramatically,” the software giant stated.

“Microsoft typically includes up to 3,000 of the most commonly deployed applications in these test matrices to help minimize disruption to customers.”

A unique chance to get a behind the curtains view on how the software giant is engineering security updates for the billions of systems worldwide running its products is now available.

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Adobe's 'Sandbox' Security Beats a Hack Attack
By Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Adobe's Reader X, last year's upgrade that features a "sandbox" designed to protect users from PDF exploits, stymied a recent attack campaign, researchers said Thursday.

But they're not sure why.

"I don't want to take anything away from Adobe -- after all, a win is a win -- but this particular exploit appears to be designed with previous versions of Reader in mind," said Chris Greamo, who heads the research lab at security company Invincea of Fairfax, Va. "What appears to have happened is that the exploit breaks, but we don't have a good sense if the sandbox was able to contain it."

Meanwhile, engineers at U.K.-based Sophos poked into the malware -- a malicious PDF document that's attached to spam -- and found that Reader X stops its execution. The same malware, which first was noticed by security firms last October, runs correctly when aimed at Adobe Reader 8, however.

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World leaders meet to discuss cyberwar rules of engagement

Hague convention for state-backed hacking?
By John Leyden • Get more from this author
Posted in Government, 4th February 2011 12:08 GMT
Rules of engagement for the deployment of cyber-weapons need to be developed, an international security conference is due to be told later today.

The influential EastWest Institute is due to present proposals for the cyberspace equivalent of the Geneva convention at the Munich Security Conference, which has included a debate on cyber-security on its agenda for the first time this year. Delegates to the conference include UK Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

The discussion on rules for cyber-conflict follows months after the infamous Stuxnet worm was blamed for infecting industrial control systems and sabotaging centrifuges at controversial Iranian nuclear facilities. Some have described the malware as the world's first cyber-weapon though cyber-espionage in many guises has undoubtedly been practiced by intelligence agencies across the world for many years.

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Security Experts Warn of Super Sunday Scams
February 6th, 2011, 13:00 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Security researchers warn that cybercriminals are trying to capitalize on the Super Bowl buzz and a lot of scams and spam campaigns are to be expected.

Antivirus vendor PC Tools quotes a comScore report from last year, according to which, as much as two thirds of people intended to go online on Super Sunday to gather information about the players, teams and other aspects of the game.

"Whenever there is a major event, like Super Sunday, we see this kind of increased activity," says Stephanie Edwards, vice president of worldwide sales and marketing of PC Tools.

The increase in malicious activity is similar to that on other important days like Black Friday or Cyber Monday, as well as pretty much any large holiday.

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WebGL is a new technology which brings hardware-accelerated 3D graphics to the browser. With WebGL in Chrome, you can experience rich 3D experiences right inside the browser with no need for additional software. Curious about the three-dimensional possibilities? Try out these demos to experience the power of WebGL in the latest stable version of Chrome.

With Chrome Instant (à la Google Instant), web pages that you frequently visit will begin loading as soon as you start typing the URL. (“Look, Mom - no enter key!”). If supported by your default search engine, search results appear instantly as you type queries in the omnibox. To try out Instant, you’ll need to enable it in the Basics tab of Chrome’s options.

Lastly, the Chrome Web Store is now open to all Chrome users in the United States. As part of this, we’ve now added a link to the Chrome Web Store on the New Tab page, along with two sample apps. (If you don’t use these sample apps, they will automatically disappear after some time).

Some of the newest additions in the Chrome Web Store include BBC GoodFood, Autodesk, Sesame Street, nine King.com Games and Marvel Comics. There are also many apps that take advantage of the latest web technologies to deliver an immersive experience, such as Tweetdeck and The New York Times. While the store is currently only available for Chrome users in the U.S., we’re working hard to expand availability to users around the world soon, so stay tuned!


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MHTML 0-Day Vulnerability Won't be Patched Tomorrow

February 7th, 2011, 06:24 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Microsoft is expected to provide fixes for two zero-day vulnerabilities tomorrow, but they don't include the MHTML remote code execution flaw revealed at the end of January.

In it's advance notification for the upcoming security bulletins, Microsoft announced that it will release two patches postponed last month.

They will cover a use-after-free vulnerability in Internet Explorer, identified as CVE-2010-3971, and originally disclosed at the beginning of December as a denial of service condition.

The flaw later proved exploitable for remote code execution and proof-of-concept attack code that bypasses DEP and ASLR protection was developed.

The second zero-day vulnerability to be patched tomorrow is located in the Windows Graphics Rendering Engine and affects all Windows versions, except Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2.

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Mark-of-the-Beast' bug topples Java apps

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Posted in Enterprise Security, 7th February 2011 20:33 GMT
A bug in Oracle's Java programming framework causes computers to freeze when they encounter certain numerical values with large numbers of decimal places, a flaw that makes websites susceptible to highly efficient denial-of-service attacks.

The vulnerability in the latest version of Java is similar to a flaw discovered last month that plagued the PHP language. It is trigged when applications attempt to process values such as 2.2250738585072011e-308. Systems running both Windows- and Linux-based apps that try to assign the value to a “double” variable succumb to an infinite loop that consumes 100 percent of their CPU's resources.

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One third of EU surfers hit by malware
Latest EU report highlights growing threats despite the widespread use of security software
Phil Muncaster
V3.co.uk, 07 Feb 2011
Around a third of European internet users picked up a virus or other computer-related infection in 2010, according to the latest statistics from the EU released ahead of Safer Internet Day on 8 February.

The figures place UK users at the EU average, with 31 per cent having suffered a virus leading to loss of information or time.

However, more worryingly, the figures come despite 84 per cent of European internet users employing some form of security software to protect their machine.



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Mozilla plans four Firefoxes in 2011

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Posted in Applications, 7th February 2011 23:03 GMT
Mozilla is planning to release four new versions of Firefox this year, shortening the browser's traditional release cycle considerably. To date, the open source outfit has released a new version of the browser every 12 to 18 months or so.

Presumably, the proposed move is a response to Google, which now releases a new version of Chrome every six to eight weeks.

According to a draft of Mozilla's Firefox roadmap for 2011 – last updated in December – one of the organization's priorities is to "ship our new technology to users in smaller bundles, more frequently." As part of this effort, Mozilla is eying four Firefox releases this year, including Firefox 4.

In a note to developers last month, Mozilla CTO Brendan Eich said that Firefox 5 would likely arrive four months after Firefox 4. And he confirms with The Reg that Mozilla is moving to quarterly release cycles.

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TippingPoint names and shames poorest patchers
Companies getting the message, finds first Zero Day Initiative
Iain Thomson in San Francisco
V3.co.uk, 07 Feb 2011
Security firm TippingPoint has announced the results of its first Zero Day Initiative, which names and shames vendors with vulnerabilities that go unpatched for more than six months.

IBM was the biggest offender with nine vulnerabilities, followed by Microsoft with five and HP with four. Vendor-specific bug reports are now being posted on the TippingPoint blog.

Aaron Portnoy, manager of security research at TippingPoint, told V3.co.uk that the results of the first six months had been very encouraging.

The company had initially compiled 186 vulnerabilities for the list, but only 22 remained unpatched at the end of the first six months.

"Surprisingly, a lot of companies got onboard. It's been phenomenal getting the message across. Researchers are also supportive, although some said we were giving the software vendors too much time to fix flaws," Portnoy said.



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Avast Readies Web Reputation Service

February 8th, 2011, 07:55 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

AVAST Software announces the upcoming version of its security products will have a Web reputation feature that allows users to rate websites based on trustworthiness.

Dubbed WebRep, the feature will be installed as a browser plug-in by the new avast! 6.0 products which have already entered a public beta testing phase.

The Czech antivirus vendor hopes to make WebRep the most accurate Web reputation service on the Internet with help from its community of over 146 million registered users.

However, the feature will not rely just on user input for ranking. Malware intelligence gathered from the avast! installation base will also play a role in a website's final reputation.

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Firefox 4.0 Beta 11 Available for Download [UPDATE]

February 8th, 2011, 14:00 GMT| By Marius Oiaga

UPDATE: Firefox 4.0 Beta 11 is now available for download.
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Change your web settings so you can surf the internet faster
Altering the DNS settings on your PC can speed up your internet. We explain how
Computeractive staff Step by step Web 08/02/2011

When browsing the web it is unlikely you give a second thought to how the pages end up on your computer’s screen. However, behind the scenes the browser is busy turning human-friendly website addresses such as www.computeractive.co.uk to internet protocol (IP) numbers understood by computers. It does this by contacting something called a Domain Name System (DNS) server. Invariably, this will be one operated by your internet service provider (ISP). However, ISP-operated DNS servers can be far from perfect. In this Workshop we will explain a variety of ways that DNS server settings can be changed. First, a word of warning – this Workshop is not for beginners. No matter which method you follow, we strongly advise grabbing a pen and paper now to write down the existing DNS settings: you will need these if you later decide that using an alternative DNS server is not for you. We will tell you what you need to write down, and when. We are going to explain how to change DNS settings in for individual Windows XP, Vista and 7 computers; and also at a router, which will affect all computers connected to your network. We’ll be using Google Public DNS, which is a free, unrestricted and fast DNS server. For ideas on alternative DNS servers, see the last step of this workshop.


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New Eleonore Exploit Kit Version Adds 0-Day Exploit

February 8th, 2011, 18:27 GMT| By Alexandru Pintilie

Security researchers warn that a new version of the Eleonore exploit kit has been released and it features a new exploit for a 0-day vulnerability.

Eleonore is one of the most popular and advanced exploit kits used by cybercriminals to launch drive-by download attacks.

Like most tools of its kind, the kit features advanced obfuscation, multiple exploits - usually grabbed from the Internet and modified - and a control panel providing statistics about successful infections and victims.

Drive-by attacks have become one of the primary methods of distributing malware on the Internet.

Hackers exploit vulnerabilities in legit websites to insert rogue code that loads exploits for the most popular applications in the background.

According to Threatpost, the new version of Eleonore has been released sometime on Monday and costs around $2,000, which is a high price for an exploit kit.

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Microsoft finally says adios to Autorun
Worm bait purged from older Windows
By Dan Goodin in San Francisco • Get more from this author
Posted in Security, 8th February 2011 21:49 GMT
After a decade of abuse, Autorun is finally being retired in older versions of Windows.

On Tuesday, Microsoft began pushing an update that changes the way Windows Server 2008 and earlier versions of the OS respond when USB thumb drives and other portable media are plugged in. Until now, those versions dutifully executed code embedded in autorun.inf files without first prompting the user. The default behavior provided a convenient way to propagate malware such as Conficker, which hijacked the feature to spread itself each time an infected drive was inserted.

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Security Update Released for Google Chrome 9

February 8th, 2011, 18:30 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Less then a week after releasing the first Chrome 9 stable version, Google just pushed out a security update in order to address several security vulnerabilities and update the Flash Player plugin.

The new 9.0.597.94 build has been released to the stable channel for all platforms and contains Flash Player 10.2.

Starting with Chrome 9, the bundled Flash Player plug-in runs under the browser's sandbox, making it much more resilient to remote exploitation attacks.

So far, an update of the Flash plug-in in Chrome, was usually a sign that an update for the stand-alone Flash Player from Adobe is also coming.

In addition to the Flash plug-in change, the new Chrome version addresses three high and two medium risk vulnerabilities, of which three have been rewarded.

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Critical Security Update Released for Adobe Reader and Acrobat
February 9th, 2011, 07:48 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Adobe has released its scheduled quarterly security updates for Adobe Reader and Acrobat, addressing a large number of critical vulnerabilities.

In total, the updates provide fixes for 29 vulnerabilities in Adobe Reader and Acrobat X (10.0), 9.4.1 and 8.2.5 on Windows and Mac. Updates for the UNIX platform are expected around February 28.

A number of 23 security issues could be exploited to execute arbitrary code, while an additional three might have the same impact, but it hasn't been demonstrated yet.

Two of the remaining vulnerabilities stem from input validation weaknesses that could trigger cross-site scripting conditions, while the last one is a file permissions issue that could be exploited to elevate privileges.

Two remote code execution flaws affect only Mac flavor of the products, while the file privilege escalation one is an Windows-only problem.

The impact of the vulnerabilities is lower for Adobe Reader and Acrobat X than for older versions, because of the new Protected Mode sandboxing technology.

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Flash Player Security Update Fixes Critical Vulnerabilities
February 9th, 2011, 09:58 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Adobe has released a major Flash Player update, which, in addition to several new features, patches critical security vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to compromise computers.

The new Flash Player 10.2.152.26 version fixes a total of thirteen flaws, all of which could be exploited to crash the application and execute arbitrary code.

"Adobe recommends users of Adobe Flash Player 10.1.102.64 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Solaris update to Adobe Flash Player 10.2.152.26," the company writes in the newly published security bulletin.

Ten of the security issues fixed are described as memory corruption vulnerabilities, one as an integer overflow, another as a font-parsing bug and the last as a library-loading weakness.

This new Flash Player release was timed to coincide with the Adobe Reader and Acrobat quarterly patches, for the Flash interpreter bundled in those programs to also be updated.

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Windows 7 service pack to land this month

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Posted in Operating Systems, 9th February 2011 16:05 GMT
Microsoft's first service pack for Windows 7 will, according to speculative reports, reach the company's MSDN and TechNet subscribers this time next week.

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Oracle issues emergency Java patch
By Chris Kanaracus
February 9, 2011 09:31 AM
IDG News Service - Oracle has issued an emergency patch for a Java vulnerability that can cause systems to hang and that can be exploited by remote attackers without authentication.

The bug causes the Java runtime environment to hang when converting "2.2250738585072012e-308" to a binary floating-point number, according to the alert. "Successful attack of this vulnerability can result in unauthorized ability to cause a hang or frequently repeatable crash (complete Denial of Service) of the Java Runtime Environment," Oracle said. "Java based application and web servers are especially at risk from this vulnerability."

A number of products are affected by the bug, including Java SE and Java for Business. A full list and links to recommended patches has been posted on Oracle's website.

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Patch Critical IE9 Beta Vulnerabilities

February 9th, 2011, 19:54 GMT| By Marius Oiaga

Early adopters running the currently available public release of Internet Explorer 9 need to deploy security patches for their browser just as it is the case for users of IE6, IE7 and IE8.

It’s not uncommon for Microsoft to patch security vulnerabilities in pre-release software, especially if the flaws are rated Critical.

It’s the case for IE9 Beta which contains vulnerabilities patched through Microsoft Security Bulletin MS11-003 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (2482017).

“Internet Explorer 9 Beta is affected by the vulnerabilities described in this bulletin. Customers running this beta release are encouraged to download and apply the update to their systems.

“Security updates are available from Windows Update. The security updates for this beta are also available for download from the Microsoft Download Center,” revealed Tyson Storey, Lead Program Manager, Internet Explorer.

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Microsoft ships IE9 RC with tracking opt-out
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Computerworld - Microsoft today launched the release candidate of Internet Explorer 9 (IE9), saying that the browser is now feature complete and that the final build would ship shortly.

IE9's release candidate, or RC, features faster performance, a small memory footprint, new support for additional Web standards and the opt-in Tracking Protection that Microsoft has touted as its answer to calls for a Do Not Track feature in all browsers.
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Chrome Stable Channel Update
Thursday, February 10, 2011 | 19:26
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The stable channel has been updated to 9.0.597.98 for Windows. This release fixes a regression where IME clients could not attach to Flash (Issue 66605). Many thanks to everyone for the reports!

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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Google Deploys Two-Factor Authentication to Everyone

February 10th, 2011, 17:28 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Google proves again that it is the leader when it comes down to mainstream account security by making 2-step authentication available to all Google Account owners.

Multi-factor authentication that combines a traditional password with additional identification methods, such as one-time use codes, has long been used in the financial sector, particularly for online banking security.

Security experts have warned for years that simply using one password is no longer secure enough, especially in a time when password reuse is an extremely common practice.

According to a report from BitDefender, 67% of users have more than five password-protected online accounts and 73% of them reuse access codes.

Furthermore, 63% use single-case alphabetic characters in their passwords, making them vulnerable to brute force attacks.

Two-factor authentication solves all of thses problems, because even if attackers somewhow obtain the password, they still need an unique access code which they can't easily get.

Google has enabled 2-step verification for Google Apps back in September and now it made good on its promise to expand the feature to all accounts.

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Microsoft sends IE9 'do-not-track' tech to W3C

Internet Explorer release candidate released
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Posted in Applications, 11th February 2011 00:51 GMT
Microsoft has submitted its "do not track" browser technology to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) for adoption as a industry standard.

The software giant's Tracking Protection technology – unveiled in December and due in the next version of Internet Explorer – is designed to let users of IE decide what information advertisers are allowed to learn about them during web browsing and internet searches.

Tracking Protection has been slotted into the IE9 release candidate that Microsoft made available on Thursday. The finished version of IE9 is expected soon.

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Microsoft: IE9 will never run on Windows XP

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Microsoft has ruled out putting Internet Explorer 9 on Windows XP, leaving millions of PCs open to Mozilla and Google browsers providing hardware-accelerated rich-internet.

Ryan Gavin, senior director of IE business and marketing, said Microsoft would not put IE9 hardware acceleration features in the current version of its browser, IE8, or back port IE9 to older PCs running Windows XP.

Gavin, speaking to The Reg as Microsoft released the first IE9 beta Wednesday, told us - twice, in fact - that Microsoft would "continue to focus on how we do a great job with Windows 7.


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Google extensions could aid Java security
By Joab Jackson
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IDG News Service - Google is developing a set of extensions for Java that should aid in better securing Java programs against buffer overflow attacks.

Last Friday, Google announced that it open sourced a project that its engineers were working on to add a new functionality into Java called Contracts, or Design-By-Contract (DBC).

Google's implementation, called Contracts For Java, or Cofoja for short, is based off of Modern Jass, a set of Java annotations developed by Johannes Rieken.

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Anti-virus software is losing the battle, and the war

Secure USB keys are not so secure
By Asavin Wattanajantra
Thu Feb 10 2011, 08:07
ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE is fighting a losing battle against malware, and there's nothing that can be done to turn the tide, according to a security testing firm.
NSS Labs, an independent security product and certification test lab, looked at 10 anti-virus products on the market. It found that the effectiveness of the software was variable, to say the least, with some products more effective at protecting against malware on USB keys than in email, and vice versa.
"It tells us that the anti-virus engine is not applied uniformly across all the attack vectors," said Rick Moy, president of NSS Labs. "That's generally a flaw in the product architecture. There's not one product which gets malware the same across different vectors. Anti-virus is losing the battle. It's losing the war."
He added, "I know the bad guys are doing their own testing on anti-virus products. Every AV product can be circumvented. Hackers can get in easily, because you can download them for free for 30 days, and create your own test lab."


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Choose 'Show icon and notifications' to get the icon back
Q My PC runs Windows 7 and I cannot find the Safely Remove Hardware icon. Does it still exist or has Microsoft hidden it out of sight?
Norman Wright
A Your thinking is right – this icon has been hidden. In fact, in Windows 7 most Notification Area icons are hidden unless you take action to restore them. Fortunately, this is easy to do. Before you start, though, you will need to insert a removable device to trigger the icon’s presence for modification – a USB memory key will do.
Now right-click on a blank part of the Notification Area and choose ‘Customize notification icons’ from the pop-up menu. This launches the Notification Area Icons dialogue box.
If you want to see all the icons all the time, click to place a tick in the box labelled ‘Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar’.
Otherwise, scroll through the list of icons to find the one labelled ‘Windows Explorer’ (it has ‘Safely Remove Hardware’ as a subheading).
Now choose one of the three options from the Behaviors dropdown menu on the right. Choosing ‘Show icon and notifications’ will ensure that the Safely Remove Hardware icon stays put in the Notification Area whenever removable devices are connected.


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Malware endemic even on protected PCs
More pox than a back-street Bangkok brothel
By John Leyden • Get more from this author
Posted in Malware, 11th February 2011 12:34 GMT
Many users remain infected with computer malware – despite the fact that the vast majority are running machines protected by anti-virus software.

A study by European Union statistics agency EUROSTAT found that one third of PC users (31 per cent) had the pox even though the vast majority (84 per cent) were running security software (anti-virus, anti-spam, firewall) on their PCs. Of the survey's respondents, 3 per cent reported financial loss as a result of farming or phishing attacks, while a further 4 per cent reported privacy violations involving data sent online.

Bulgaria (58 per cent) and Malta (50 per cent) top the list of most infected users. By comparison, Finland (20 per cent), Ireland (15 per cent) and Austria (14 per cent) did relatively well.

Trojans (59.2 per cent) were the most common types of infected found on compromised PCs, followed by viruses (11.7 per cent).

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Nominet opens up domain closure consultation
Nominet puts a deadline on when it will organise an issue group to discuss cutting off websites doing naughty things.
By Tom Brewster, 11 Feb 2011 at 16:07

Nominet has opened up a debate on whether it should be obliged to cut off websites connected with illegal activity.

Under current terms and conditions, Nominet has no such obligation but the registrar is looking for input on whether it should be forced to suspend illicit websites.

The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) put in a request to Nominet last year to bring about the change.

Nominet subsequently announced an issue group to discuss a possible change to its terms and conditions, and stakeholders showed plenty of interest in taking part.

Anyone wanting to participate now has until 23 February to apply and it is expected that the issue group will be selected by 2 March.
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Navigate Captcha codes to access protected areas of the internet
Confused by those little distorted puzzles displayed by many websites? We explain how they work and why they are so important
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IE9 RC Available in 40 Languages

February 12th, 2011, 10:13 GMT| By Marius Oiaga

With Internet Explorer 9’s evolution from Beta to Release Candidate, Microsoft has also increased the number of localized versions of the browser.

IE9 RC Build 9.0.8080.16413 comes with support for no less than 40 languages, a full list which I included at the bottom of this article.

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IE9 RTW / Final Will Come Very Soon

February 12th, 2011, 13:05 GMT| By Marius Oiaga

Don’t expect Internet Explorer 9 to cook for much longer now that the Release Candidate development milestone is available for download.

On February 10, 2011, Microsoft launched IE9 RC 9.0.8080.16413 worldwide in no less than 40 languages.

The RC Build introduces a comprehensive set of improvements across various aspects of Internet Explorer 9, including performance, standards, user experience, and safety and privacy.

Not only is IE9 RC faster than Beta and rival browsers, but it now comes with such features as Tracking Protection, allowing users to control what third-parties can track them while online.

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Thought the Internet was a place for anonymity? Ask Christopher Lee, who resigned as a US congressman this week.
The married Republican must have thought the famous dating section of Craigslist the perfect vehicle for organizing trysts.
The next thing he knew his cheesy self-portrait photo of his muscular torso had been shipped by his would-be date to Gawker.com, a gossip website, and from there into career-killing infamy.
In the early days, the Web resembled a virtual, parallel world, where anything went. Now it is not only perhaps less private than the real world -- but far less forgiving.
"The microscope is coming to a theater near you and everyone is going to live under a microscope," says Michael Fertik, CEO of Reputation.com, which helps people worried about their online presence.
That "microscope" is astonishing in power, drawing on everything from blog entries and Facebook postings to food orders and search histories.

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How do I get rid of a program stuck in 'Add or Remove Programs' list?
In Windows XP there are various ways to remove stubborn software from your PC
Computeractive staff PC help Cameras 13/02/2011


Editing the Registry is fairly straightforward, but back it up first
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I recently bought a Panasonic digital camera. This came with a CD-Rom containing the instruction manual and various applications. I tried to install these but something went wrong, so I gave up.
I then launched Add or Remove Programs from the Control Pane, clicked Remove alongside the program’s name (it’s called Photofunstudio). The removal wizard appeared and seemed to go through the motions, finally telling me the program was removed.
However, on returning to Add or Remove Programs the program remains. Repeated attempts to remove it, with the wizard duly reporting that it has gone, have been unsuccessful. I have even tried doing this in Safe Mode. Is there any way to get rid of this program? I use Windows XP.
Tom McCormack
A The Windows XP Add or Remove Programs wizard relies heavily on the programs themselves to provide the information required for uninstalling. As you’ve discovered, sometimes installations can go wrong and this can have a knock-on effect on the ability to cleanly uninstall programs. There are a few ways to deal with this.
The quickest method isn’t really for novices, so we’ll start with the safest. And that, essentially, is to attempt to re-install the Photofunstudio from the original CD-Rom. If it succeeds this time then it should then be possible to uninstall the program cleanly, via Add or Remove Programs.
However, if the program’s entry remains in the Add or Remove Programs list you may need to resort to editing the Registry to remove all traces of it.
We should point out that this will provide little more than psychological relief. That’s to say that the program may have otherwise uninstalled itself successfully, leaving its name in the Add or Remove Programs list. But if you want to get rid of it completely, the Registry edit is pretty straightforward.
Understand, though, that making a mistake when editing the Registry could lead to your PC becoming unstable or even unusable so proceed at your own risk.
We would also implore you to back up before attempting our suggestion. Read Computeractive's guide to backing up the Registry for help.
Open the Start menu and click Run. Type regedit into the Open box and click OK.
This launches the Registry Editor. Now use the left-hand navigation pane to locate HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Uninstall. Under the Uninstall folder look for the Photofunstudio entry or entries (there may be more than one): right-click and choose Delete.
Restart the PC and the program should have disappeared from the Add or Remove Programs list.


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Microsoft's IE9: Don't believe the hype

Modern. But moving slow
By Tim Anderson • Get more from this author
Posted in Applications, 14th February 2011 03:00 GMT
Review Microsoft must be rattled by the steady decline in the market share of Internet Explorer. Worldwide it has gone from 68.5 per cent in July 2008 to 46 per cent today, according to StatCounter.

Internet Explorer 9, now in release candidate phase, is Microsoft's answer. Highlights include hardware-accelerated graphics, a new fast JavaScript engine codenamed Chakra, deep integration with Windows 7, and a stripped-down user interface intended to be less intrusive. The internals are different, but the user interface in IE9 resembles Chrome in some respects, complete with its One Box combined search and address field. Microsoft is also serious about HTML5 as an application runtime, indicating at its Professional Developer Conference last year that this is its favored solution for cross-platform support.

Does IE9 have what it takes to stop Microsoft's market share bleeding away, or even to win back users? Here is a quick look at the pros can cons.

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ImageShack Replaces Spam Images with Scam Warnings

February 14th, 2011, 06:21 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Popular image hosting service ImageShack has decided to fight spam by replacing abusive images detected on its servers with ones that alert users about scams.

ImageShack is one of the largest providers of free media hosting and is used by hundreds of thousands of websites. The service runs on some 450 Linux servers, organized in a cluster which is website is serving over 2.5 million images on a daily basis.

Like all popular services, ImageShack is constantly abused by cybercriminals to host images which are then used as part of scam or spam campaigns

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Boffins devise 'cyberweapon' to take down internet

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Posted in Enterprise Security, 14th February 2011 21:13 GMT
University Boffins say they've devised a way to take down the internet by turning core parts of its routing protocol against itself.

The attack, which was presented last week at the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium in San Diego, California, attacks functionality in the BGP, or Border Gateway Protocol. The technology is designed to ensure that links between internet service providers and other large network operators never go down, by routing around paths that are no longer valid. Attackers would be required to have a botnet of about 250,000 infected machines to map major routes between ASes, or autonomous systems.

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EDU Space Filled with Adult Spam

By Lucian Constantin

Security researchers from GFI Software warn that an increasignly large number of .edu websites are being abused to push adult spam because of their poor security and lack of oversight.

Christopher Boyd a senior security researcher at GFI notes that a lot of .edu forums are being flooded with this sort of spam.

Searching for adult-oriented terms in the .edu domain space on Google reveals entire pages of results, most of which are on discussion boards.

"Most of this seems to have kicked in since around the 4th or 5th of February, and there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of spam control or preventative measures going on right now so please be careful if looking around your University forums, official or otherwise," Mr. Boyd says.

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Plextor's Website Hacked
February 14th, 2011, 17:58 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

The American website of Plextor, a well known brand of optical disc drives, network storage solutions, portable hard disks and other devices, has been defaced by a hacker on Sunday.

The hacker, who calls himself "ViciOuS," replaced the site's homepage with a message in Turkish which Google had a hard time translating.

However, it does seem it contained the words "disaster" and "revenge," so it might well be political in nature.

The usual "greetz" posted by defacers were present and the hacker seems to be part of a crew called "SaBoTaJ."

According to CdrInfo.com, the website that spotted the hack, Plextor has been notified and the problem was fixed.

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Find out why your computer's time and date keep resetting
The internal battery that keeps time when the mains power is off may have run flat
Computeractive staff PC help Desktops 14/02/2011


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Q I have a rather old computer running Windows 98SE. It’s a Gateway 650 and I reckon it’s about 10 years old. Recently, each time I turn it on the computer tells me that the date is 01/01/1990 and that the time is 12:01am.
There is no apparent reason for this and I have to reset the date and time manually every time. The computer is not connected to the internet and I have not added any programs or interfered with it in any way. Could you suggest a solution?
P Steed
A Yes. PCs rely on a small internal battery to keep time when the mains power is off and, after 10 or more years, the cell in your computer has clearly run out of juice. Frankly, it’s done well to have lasted this long.
The only solution – other than manually correcting the time, as you are currently doing – is to replace the battery. You will find this cell on the computer’s motherboard and usually, the job isn’t usually terribly difficult.
However, given the age of the computer and lack of information about its specifications, we can’t say where the battery is precisely or how easy it will be to access.
Use a Philips screwdriver to open up and carefully remove the PC’s case. Peer inside and scrutinise the motherboard for a disc-shaped battery, about the size of a 10 pence piece. Typically, this will be a CR2032 cell but again, it’s not possible to be entirely sure here. Remove the retaining clip and the battery should pop out easily. Now buy and fit a replacement cell (these cost a couple of pounds at online shops such as Maplin.co.uk).
Also, as ever we advise buying and wearing a cheap antistatic wrist strap before venturing inside your PC, though you may feel less cautious with such an old computer.


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Automatic IE9 RC Upgrades Go Live
February 15th, 2011, 07:42 GMT| By Marius Oiaga

Early adopters running the Beta Build of Internet Explorer 9 will be automatically upgraded to the last development milestone of IE9 ahead of Release-to-Web (RTW).

As of Monday, February 14, 2011, Microsoft gave green light to IE9 Beta to IE9 Release Candidate upgrades, with the RC bits being served through the Automatic Update (AU) feature of Windows Update (WU).

“This rollout will start with a narrow audience and expand over the next few days to cover all Internet Explorer 9 Beta users. This post provides information on how the Automatic Update delivery will work and announces the release of Internet Explorer 9 Automatic Update Blocker Toolkit,” revealed Vishwac Sena Kannan and Jatinder Mann, IE program managers.

IE9 Beta users that have turned on Automatic Updates will have IE9 RC downloaded automatically to their machine.

AU will subsequently inform them that the Release Candidate of Internet Explorer 9 is ready to be deployed via a bubble presented in the notification area.

At the same time, IE9 RC is being distributed through Windows Update. IE9 Beta users that will check for new refreshes available from Microsoft will come across the Release Candidate of the next iteration of IE provided as an Important update.

The first step of IE9’s installation is a tad different when the browser is provided through WU compared to a manual deployment.

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Opera 11.10 Codenamed Barracuda

February 15th, 2011, 08:05 GMT| By Marius Oiaga

At almost two months since Opera 11 Final was launched worldwide, Opera Software offered a taste of the next version of its browser.

Codenamed "Barracuda" will be the successor of Opera 11, and according to the Norway-based browser maker it will sport the 11.10 version number.

It appears that Opera Software going with "Barracuda" as the code name of the upcoming Opera 11.10, is a move that’s part of a new development and release strategy.

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Chrome users can block unwanted websites

Google on Monday gave users of its Chrome Web browser the ability to block search results from low-quality websites known as content farms.
Google's principal engineer Matt Cutts said Chrome users can download and install an extension for Chrome that blocks sites which provide "shallow or low-quality content" from their search results.
"When you block a site with the extension, you won't see results from that domain again in your Google search results," Cutts said in a blog post.
"If installed, the extension also sends blocked site information to Google, and we will study the resulting feedback and explore using it as a potential ranking signal for our search results."

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HTML5 will not be ready until 2014

Still doing make up
By Spencer Dalziel
Tue Feb 15 2011, 12:59
THE WORLD WIDE WEB CONSORTIUM (W3C) reckons that the full-fat flavour of HTML5 won't be ready until 2014.
While tech giants are either shouting support or denouncing the marmite splitting properties of HTML5, the W3C reckons it's a waste of breath until the interoperability has been standardised. The standards body has said that could take sometime as it will be another three years before the full specification of HTML5 will be released into the wild.


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Block IE9 RTW Automatic Upgrades
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February 15th, 2011, 16:42 GMT| By Marius Oiaga

Microsoft already started serving IE9 RC via Windows Update to Beta users and also plans to automatically upgrade the RC Builds to Internet Explorer 9 RTW (release to web).

Fact is that the Redmond company is already telling customers and developers to get ready for the final IE9 release, especially now that IE9 RC is being offered via Automatic Update.

Once IE9 is wrapped up, the software giant will automatically upgrade all qualifying Windows 7 and Windows Vista SP2 users to the RTW development milestone.

However, customers that want to dodge the IE9 upgrades can do so by leveraging a toolkit designed to disable the automatic delivery of the next major iteration of IE.

“To help prevent users from installing IE9 RTW through Automatic Update, we are providing the IE9 AU Blocker Toolkit which, when deployed, prevents IE9 RTW offered as an important update via AU,” revealed Vishwac Sena Kannan and Jatinder Mann, IE Program Managers.

“This Toolkit has no expiration date and can be configured either by running the registry file on the client machines or via Group Policy in domain joined environments. The Toolkit also provides an unblock procedure which can revert the block.

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Google Leads the Way to SSL-Protected Mainstream Services

February 15th, 2011, 16:51 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Google has enabled default HTTPS connections for Picasa Web Albums, proving yet again that complex mainstream services used by millions around the world can be secured with SSL/TLS without major problems.

For years, online service providers have used SSL for the authentication process in order to protect clear text passwords from being sniffed from network traffic.

However, while this does mitigate an attack vector, it does not also protect session cookies from being stolen.

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Hacked BBC streaming websites serve up malware
Driveby exploit on 6Music and 1Xtra

By Dan Goodin in San Francisco • Get more from this author
Posted in Security, 15th February 2011 19:18 GMT
Streaming sites operated by the BBC were hacked on Tuesday so they silently served visitors with malware, researchers from security firm Websense said.

An iframe tag on the BBC's 6 Music and 1Xtra websites injected an exploit that was housed on a website with an address ending in cc, a top level domain for the Cocos Islands. The malicious binary was generated by the Phoenix exploit kit, which dates back to 2007 and streamlines malware infections by collecting detailed statistics.

“If an unprotected user browsed to the site they would be faced with drive-by downloads, meaning that simply browsing to the page is enough to get infected with a malicious executable,” Websense researchers wrote in a blog post.

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Winamp advises forum password reset after mystery hack

Just a precaution, you understand
By John Leyden • Get more from this author
Posted in Enterprise Security, 16th February 2011 15:54 GMT
Winamp is advising users of its media player software who frequent its forum to change their passwords after a security breach resulted in the disclosure of thousands of email addresses.

The breach only exposed users' email addresses, so the forum logon password change policy is purely a precaution, according to Winamp. The firm said that users of its media player software were not affected directly by the breach, which hit only its forum and not its main site winamp.com or its developers' site.

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Windows 0day could allow complete hijacking

Beware of malformed Browser Elections
By Dan Goodin in San Francisco • Get more from this author
Posted in Security, 16th February 2011 17:55 GMT
Security researchers have warned of a new vulnerability afflicting older versions of Windows that could allow attackers to take complete control of machines running the operating systems.

The flaw in “BrowserWriteErrorLogEntry()” function within the Windows mrxsmb.sys driver “could be exploited by remote attackers or malicious users to cause a denial of service or take complete control of a vulnerable system,” researchers from French security firm Vupen warned. The warning came after proof-of-concept code was posted on Monday to the Full-disclosure mailing list.

Attacks are triggered by sending vulnerable machines malformed Browser Election requests that cause a heap overflow in the mrxsmb.sys driver. The term “Browser” in this context doesn't refer to an application used for browsing websites, but rather, to networking technology used by older versions of Windows. The malformed Browser Election requests contain an “overly long Server Name string,” according to vulnerability tracking service Secunia, which has also weighed in on the the report.

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Oracle Updates Java for 21 Vulnerabilities
February 16, 2011
By Sean Michael Kerner

Java users (and yes that's likely you) it's time to update.

Oracle has released the February Critical Patch Update (CPU) for Java, fixing at least 21 vulnerabilities. The CPU is accompanied with Java Runtime Environment 6 update 24 for the client side issues.

Of particular note is the fact that nearly all of the vulnerabilities can be remotely exploited by an attacker.

According to Oracle, 19 of the Java flaws can be remotely exploited over a network without the need for a username and password. Going a level deeper, eight issues carry the highest rating of 10.0 on the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS).

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Firefox 4.0 RC by the End of February 2011

February 16th, 2011, 19:09 GMT| By Marius Oiaga

The first Release Candidate of Firefox 4.0 is quite close, although Internet Explorer 9 beat the next version of Mozilla’s open source browser to this milestone.

According to Damon Sicore, Mozilla's senior director of platform engineering, Firefox 4.0 is expected to hit RC by the end of February 2011.

In fact, if all goes well, it sounds like there’s a chance for Firefox 4.0 RC to be made available for download as early as next week.

“Looking at the hardblocker bug list and not counting blocklist bugs, we have 22 bugs without patches (out of 51 open) that remain to be fixed to get to RC. This is it. It's time to do the final push to get Firefox 4 to release candidate,” Sicore stated in a message to those working on Firefox 4.0.

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Dev Channel Update
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 | 15:08
Labels: Dev updates
The Chrome Dev channel has been updated to 10.0.648.82 for all platforms. This release primarily contains stability fixes from the last dev channel. 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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Bulk of browsers found to be at risk of attack
About 80% of browsers and their plug-ins need updating, says researcher

By Gregg Keizer
February 17, 2011 06:00 AM
Computerworld - About eight out of every 10 Web browsers run by consumers are vulnerable to attack by exploits of already-patched bugs, a security expert said today

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Microsoft downplays threat of new Windows zero-day
Hasn't found a way to hijack PCs using SMB bug

By Gregg Keizer
February 17, 2011 12:11 PM ETComments (0)Recommended (3)
Computerworld - Microsoft yesterday downplayed the threat posed to Windows users by a recently-revealed vulnerability, saying that it was unlikely the bug could be exploited to compromise a computer.

The flaw in the Windows Server Message Block (SMB) network and file-sharing protocol was disclosed Monday by someone identified only as " Cupidon-3005" on the Full Disclosure security mailing list. Cupidon-3005 posted proof-of-concept code to the list.

French and Danish researchers later said hackers might be able to exploit the bug to hijack Windows PCs.

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SOFTWARE COBBLER Microsoft claims that its Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) Release Candidate (RC) has been downloaded two million times.
Microsoft recently announced the public availability of the IE9 RC and claims to be "humbled by the enthusiasm and uptake of IE9". That enthusiasm has resulted in two million downloads of the Vole's latest web browser, the firm reports.
It is likely that Microsoft will see another surge in IE9 RC downloads when it starts notifying IE9 beta users to upgrade to the RC version.
The IE9 RC download figures are pretty impressive and unsurprisingly, Microsoft is pleased, saying that the two million downloads were user initiated, rather than forced.


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Chrome Beta Release
Thursday, February 17, 2011 | 15:17
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The Chrome team is happy to announce the arrival of Chrome 10.0.648.82 to the Beta channel for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Chrome 10 contains some really great improvements including:
New version of V8 - Crankshaft - which greatly improves javascript performance
New settings pages that open in a tab, rather than a dialog box
Improved security with malware reporting and disabling outdated plugins by default
Password sync as part of Chrome Sync now enabled by default
GPU Accelerated Video
Background WebApps
webNavigation extension API
More on what's new at the Official Chrome Blog. You can find full details about the changes that are in Chrome 10 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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Oracle gives 21 (new) reasons to uninstall Java

A modest (security) proposal
By Dan Goodin in San Francisco • Get more from this author
Posted in Enterprise Security, 17th February 2011 21:48 GMT
Oracle this week pushed an updated version of its Java runtime environment that fixes 21 security vulnerabilities, 19 of which allow attackers to remotely install malicious software on end-user machines.

The company recommends users install Java 6 Update 24 as soon as possible, but before readers follow though, allow us to offer this modest proposal: Try uninstalling Java altogether. This will dramatically shrink the attack surface of your machine, and unless you use a handful of specific applications, you'll never notice the difference.

Once upon a time, Java, with its mantra of write once, run anywhere, was the white knight that was going to save the mankind from the predatory clutches of Microsoft Windows. It never quite worked out that way – at least on the desktop – but the prospect was enough to “scare the hell” out of Bill Gates (your reporter's byline used to accompany that CNET exclusive but it was removed years ago for reasons that are unknown).

Despite the hype about Java's superior security model, the framework by some accounts has surpassed Adobe applications as the most exploited software package, with millions of attacks logged each quarter. While the vast majority of the affected platforms are Windows, attacks, albeit lame ones for now, are beginning to target Mac OS X and . And given Steve Jobs' insistence of thinking differently, Apple doesn't typically release Java security updates until months after they come out of Oracle.

Even Java attacks against Linux are now being seen.

We won't spend much time complaining about Oracle's legal broadside on the Android operating system, but that's another reason you may want to avoid Java.

So go ahead, give it a try and uninstall Java completely. You can always reinstall it if you need to, although as we've already said, if you're like most people, there's little chance you'll need to. ®
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EU agency calls for clear consent on indelible and zombie cookies

Don't just go shoving them down people's throats
By John Leyden • Get more from this author
Posted in Applications, 18th February 2011 15:38 GMT
New, more persistent cookies pose an increasing risk to the privacy of consumers online, according to an EU security agency report released on Friday.

The advertising industry is pushing the adoption of new, more "persistent and powerful cookies" which profile users, often without users' awareness about what's happening.

Surfers should only be offered these cookies under a system of informed consent, according to ENISA (the European Network and Information Security Agency), which is calling on the industry to explain what it is doing and make it easier to delete unwanted advertising cookies.

Cookies were initially used to manage browser-server interaction but this role has been expanded over time to include advertising management, profiling and tracking. Most of the developments were driven by the advertising industry.

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Computerworld - Google yesterday released the first beta of Chrome 10, touting the new version's faster JavaScript engine.

According to tests run by Computerworld, Chrome 10 is 64% faster than its predecessor on Google's own V8 JavaScript benchmarks. Google shipped the stable version of Chrome 9 earlier this month.

Google maintains three separate "channels" of Chrome -- stable, beta and dev -- that denote increasingly rougher-edged editions.

But in another JavaScript benchmark -- WebKit's widely-cited SunSpider -- Chrome 10 beta was no faster than Chrome 9. WebKit is the open-source project that develops the browser engine by the same name; both Chrome and Apple's Safari rely on the WebKit engine.

Google debuted a new optimization technology, dubbed "Crankshaft," in December when it added it to Chrome's V8 JavaScript rendering engine. Yesterday's release was the first beta build to feature Crankshaft.

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Spybot Search & Destroy can sniff out all manner of problems
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If I turn off the computer and switch it on again, everything is normal again – but usually not for long.
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The suddenness of the problem’s onset further supports this idea, as your PC was operating normally previously. Moreover, when the PC is restarted there will generally be a few minutes while everything works normally, before the virus kicks in once more to connect your PC to the botnet. Turning off the modem may not help, because the virus will continue trying to do its dirty work.
Download, install and run a free scanning tool such as Spybot Search & Destroy to see if anything is found. Our hunch is that a Trojan has snuck its way onto your PC and is the cause of the problems.
Use Spybot to hunt down and remove any viruses and then apply the program’s Immunize function to your web browser to prevent future infection.


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Chrome Dev Channel Update
| 15:02
The Dev channel has been updated to 11.0.672.2 for Mac, Windows and Linux platforms

All
Updated V8 - 3.1.4.0
Fixed the crash when loading tabbed options in some cases.
Fixed a crash triggered when canceling a download. (Issue 70592)
Fixed a crash triggered by form resubmissions. (Issue 70315)
FTP: fixed a compatibility issue. (Issue 70394)
XSS Auditor re-designed and enabled by default. It’s still experimental (and there are known bypasses), but we’re looking for feedback about false positives.
Mac
Fixed a crash during plugin shutdown
Tab overview mode is on by default.
Added unspoofable infobars. (Issue 57106)
Accelerometer data is more reliable.
Known Issues
Temporarily dropped support for building with system sqlite: (Issues 70589 and 22208)

More details about additional changes are available in the log of all revisions.

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Paid Avast 6.0 Products to Include Virtualized Desktop for Sensitive Tasks
February 19th, 2011, 09:24 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

AVAST Software's upcoming anti-malware offerings will offer users the option to create a secure virtual desktop that can be used to perform sensitive tasks without worrying about infections on the host system.

AVAST is actively working towards releasing version 6.0 of its product line and since it develops one of the most popular free anti-malware products in the world, with over 140 million registered users, we keep a close eye on the company's new announcements.

At the end of January we reported about the AutoSandbox feature which will allow avast! 6.0 users to open suspicious applications in a controlled environment to determine if they are malicious or not before giving them access to the system.

Last week, the company announced a new website reputation service called WebRep which will combine threat intelligence data gathered from avast! installations with manual user ratings to calculate and display the reputation of links listed in search results.

The newly revealed SafeZone desktop virtualization feature will only be available in the company's paid products, avast! Antivirus Pro and avast! Internet Security.

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Creepy...Yet Cool
The cybernetic organism, or cyborg, has been a staple of science fiction for decades. Recent advancements in computer implants, however, are making the man-machine merger a reality--often with results both fascinating and frightening. In the near future, miniature electronic implants may help blind people see and paraplegics walk. And as crazy as it sounds, your pancreas and liver may soon communicate with your smartphone. What will your vital organs say? Read on to find out.


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Hackers are using three families of malware in exploiting user trust in supposedly safe websites.
By Tom Brewster, 18 Feb 2011 at 15:43

Some savvy cyber criminals have used just three families of malware to infect around five million systems, in what one security firm has labelled the “trust phenomenon.”

Rather than using more shady areas of the internet, such as pornography or download sites, to spread infection, the hackers tracked by avast! have sought to exploit user trust in websites believed to be secure.

Users appear to have plenty of faith in well-known web services, with one user complaining to avast!: “I very much doubt Google is sending me a Trojan.”

Another said they didn’t want their time wasted by alerts from avast!.

“The danger is in the familiar, everyday trusted places on the internet which are as much a part of a daily routine like your morning coffee,” said Jiri Sejtko, avast! senior virus analyst.

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Windows 7 SP1 RTM Available to All on February 22, 2011

February 19th, 2011, 12:43 GMT| By Marius Oiaga

Microsoft is gearing up to release Windows 7 Service Pack 1 RTM to all users next week. As previously announced, the gold bits of the first upgrade for Windows 7 will become live on February 22nd, 2011.

As usual, end users are the last in line to receive a RTM release from the Redmond company.

On February 11 Microsoft not only announced the release to manufacturing of Windows 7 SP1, but also offered the upgrade to OEM partners.

Earlier this week, Windows 7 SP1 RTM and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 RTM have been offered to MSDN and TechNet subscribers, as well as to business customers with Volume License agreements.

Come February 22nd, everybody else will also be able to grab Windows 7 SP1.

According to the Redmond company, this can be done either through the Download Center or through Windows Update.

“For those of you simply looking to update a single PC or your home PCs, we recommend using Windows Update instead of downloading the standalone installer (or Network Installation Package) from the Microsoft Download Center.

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The National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Federal Communications Commission have released a map of the broadband connections across the United States
The most surprising thing in looking at the map? The reality that much of the country is not connected to broadband at all. But that was rather the point. The NTIA gives grants to projects in every state to increase the reach of broadband.

Areas of intense connection include the Eastern Seaboard, the Pacific Northwest, the Bay Area, the Chicago area and the Southland. The overwhelming majority of the Mountain West and Southwest, as well as inland Northwest and California are a broadband desert.

The map was built from 25 million documents that provided information on what kind of connections are available, who the providers are, where the connections are and what speed they operate at.

The site allows a user to analyze the data, browse the map or enter a specific location to see how connected it is. It also requests that users provide missing information, such as an unlisted broadband provider.

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KUNDUZ, Afghanistan — Forget the drones, laser-guided bombs and eye-popping satellite imagery. For the average soldier, the most significant change to modern warfare might just boil down to instant chatting.
A Year at War

Maintaining Connections

Articles in this series are chronicling the yearlong deployment of the First Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, based in Kunduz Province, Afghanistan. The series follows the battalion’s part in the surge in northern Afghanistan and the impact of war on individual soldiers and their families back home.

Damon Winter/The New York Times
Soldiers use the Morale, Welfare and Recreation building at their base in Kunduz, Afghanistan.

Consider these scenes from northern Afghanistan:

A gunner inside an armored vehicle types furiously on a BlackBerry, so engrossed in text-messaging his girlfriend in the United States that he has forgotten to watch for enemy movement.

A medic watches her computer screen with something approaching rapture as her 2-year-old son in Florida scrambles in and out of view before planting wet kisses on the camera lens, 7,500 miles away.

A squad leader who has just finished directing gunfire against insurgents finds a quiet place inside his combat outpost, whips out his iPhone and dashes off an instant message to his wife back home. “All is well,” he tells her, adding, “It’s been busy.”

The communication gap that once kept troops from staying looped into the joyful, depressing, prosaic or sordid details of home life has all but disappeared. With advances in cellular technology, wider Internet access and the infectious use of social networking sites like Facebook, troops in combat zones can now communicate with home nearly around the clock.

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Download Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) Platform Preview 8 (PP8)

February 21st, 2011, 09:02 GMT| By Marius Oiaga

With the last pre-RTW development milestone of Internet Explorer 9 released recently, there was little focus on yet another IE9 Build also made available for download.

However, those that visited the IE9 Test Drive Center and made it to the downloads section have undoubtedly come across not only the Release Candidate (RC) bits, but also the eight Platform Preview for the browser.

Both development milestones are key in the evolution of the next generation of Internet Explorer, according to the software giant.

With the RC and PP8, Microsoft has wrapped up the feature set for Internet Explorer 9 as well as the browser’s underlying platform.

Here is what the Redmond company has to say about PP8: “Platform Preview 8 showcases performance and interoperability enhancements and represents platform complete for Internet Explorer 9.”

When I chatted with representatives of the IE team ahead of IE9 RC downloads going live, they told me that the Platform Preview release strategy for Internet Explorer 9 would continue despite the availability of the first and only RC build.

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Mozilla ices Firefox 4 beta 12 release to nail final bugs

Temporary breather could push release to March
By Kelly Fiveash • Get more from this author
Posted in Applications, 21st February 2011 11:35 GMT
Mozilla looks set to miss its February deadline for the release of its forthcoming browser Firefox 4.

The open-source outfit delayed building beta 12 of Firefox 4 late last week, because Mozilla wanted to stamp out the few remaining hardblocker bugs found in the browser, before releasing the latest test build.

Earlier this month, Mozilla seemed pretty confident that the 12th Firefox 4 beta would be the final test iteration, after originally mulling the prospect of a pushing out a 13th beta.

"As of now, beta 12 is the last planned beta," Mozilla's Christian Legnitto wrote last week.

"We reserve the right to have a beta 13 if issues found in beta 12 need additional coverage before a release candidate (RC)."

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Newly Found ZeuS Sample Signed with Fake Avira Certificate

February 21st, 2011, 07:59 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Security researchers warn that a newly identified ZeuS sample is signed with a fake digital certificate allegedly issued to German antivirus vendor Avira.

Code signing has been possible since the days of Windows NT, however, adoption of the technology was slow until Windows Vista and Windows 7, where UAC (User Access Control) alerts look significantly different for signed and unsigned executables.

Today it is common practice to sign installers as a method to verify they haven't been tampered with, as any modification made to the code would break the original signature.

Digitally signed malware is a relatively rare occurrence because there are few options for malware authors to do it properly and it generally doesn't worth the trouble.

One way is to steal a private digital key from a company and use it to sign the malicious code. This technique was used by the Stuxnet industrial sabotage worm to install a rootkit component on 64-bit versions of Windows.

Since rootkits function as drivers and 64-bit versions of Windows don't load unsigned drivers, signing the rootkit with a valid certificate was necessary.

However, the new ZeuS sample does not have a valid signature. "Viewing the properties of the digital signature, Microsoft Windows shows a note 'A certificate chain processed, but terminated in a root certificate which is not trusted by the trust provider.'

"Don’t misunderstand that message – it means that this certificate is not created by Avira GmbH and therefore it’s not a stolen certificate," Avira researchers note.

The certificate used to sign the sample was generated on February 10 and purports to be issued by VeriSign. However, the error message means that it doesn't match VeriSign's root certificate included in Windows, a clear sign that it's a fake.

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Avast! 6.0 aims to stop malware once it is installed

This is not a new Matt Damon movie
By Rob Coppinger
Mon Feb 21 2011, 12:10
INSECURITY FIRM Avast Software has declared it can give your computer's hard drive a safe zone and unsurprisingly has called the Avast! 6.0 feature exactly that, Safezone.
Perhaps a safer place than the US military's green zone in the centre of Baghdad and more exciting than Matt Damon's 2009 movie, Avast describes its Safezone as a virtualized desktop. Safezone will come with paid versions of Avast! 6.0 including Avast! Pro and Avast! Internet Security suite.
This virtualised desktop is also described as an "inside out" sandbox that apparently stops malware from sending your personal data out into the big wide world. What is a bit worrying is that Avast seems to accept that computers are already compromised, which makes The INQUIRER wonder about what previous security products actually had to offer.


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Google Chrome has a built-in PDF viewer enabled by default. You can use it to quickly view, zoom, save, print, fill in forms, and find text within PDFs.

Open a PDF
Simply click on the link and and the PDF file will open within the Google Chrome window.
Fit and zoom
When the PDF first opens, four buttons appear in the lower right area of the screen. They will fade after a few seconds, but hovering over that area with your mouse will make the buttons appear again.
and : Make the PDF page fit vertically or horizontally in the window.
and : Zoom in and out on the text.
Save the PDF
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Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+S.
Right-click the PDF and select Save as.
Click the wrench icon on the browser toolbar and select Save page as.

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Researchers Find Serious RapidShare XSS Vulnerability

February 21st, 2011, 10:21 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Researchers from security vendor M86 Security have identified a serious cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in the RapidShare.com website which allowed attackers to potentially scam users.

RapidShare is one of the largest file hosting providers on the Internet and with hundreds of millions of monthly visitors it is among the world's top 50 websites by traffic.

Like any popular free service, RapidShare is constantly being abused by cybercriminals to host malware or copyrighted content.

M86 security experts had the idea of testing a RapidShare error page saying the servers were too busy and found a serious XSS weakness.

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Google threatens Chrome address bar with death

'Major' UI experiment vanishes urls
By Cade Metz in San Francisco • Get more from this author
Posted in Applications, 21st February 2011 19:30 GMT
Google is exploring several "major" changes to the Chrome user interface, including a particularly compact user interface that actually hides the URL address bar when pages aren't loading.

In a recent post to the Google Chromium developer mailing list entitled "Major UI efforts", Google man Jeff Chang pointed to a public page describing four "window UI variants" for the open source incarnation of the company's Chrome browser. The first – known as "classic navigation" – is similar to the existing Chrome UI, but as Conceivably Tech observes, another layout receiving serious consideration – "compact navigation" – would be a significant departure from the browser as we know it.

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iTunes privacy hole shares library content with world+dog

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Posted in Security, 22nd February 2011 04:00 GMT

A technology researcher has unearthed a privacy hole in Apple's iTunes Store that makes it easy for unauthorized people to learn what music, videos and apps you've acquired from the online bazaar.

The technique, which is described in a recent post by Andrew McAfee, exploits design weaknesses in a feature of the online store that allows one customer to send gifts to another iTunes customer. By creating a list of songs, videos or apps and telling iTunes the email address of the intended recipient, you can find out whether the person already has acquired the title from Apple.

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I regularly use shortened web addresses to fit links into Twitter posts and make them easier to read or write for friends. The only problem is that I’m a little nervous about clicking on links I receive if I don’t know where they come from.

I discovered a solution in the form of Long URL. When the longurl website has loaded, click on the text http://is.gd/w in the middle of the web page and enter the shortened address that you want to check. Click on the Expand button.

Longurl will then check the address and show a report with the final page title, a small image, the complete address and how many times the address is modified before the final destination.

The final address is a clickable link so you skip to the website as soon as you are happy that it is safe to use.

It works with all the major shortening services, including Computeractive’s www.snipca.com.

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New Session-Stealing Banking Trojan Identified
February 22nd, 2011, 11:56 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Trusteer, a provider of secure browsing solutions, warns that a new banking trojan capable of hijacking online banking sessions in real time has been identified.

Dubbed OddJob, after Goldfinger's henchman in the Bond series, the trojan appeared a few months ago, but it was kept under wraps because of ongoing law enforcement investigations.

It's still very much a work in progress and Trusteer researchers have seen code modifications made as recent as a few days ago.

The trojan hooks into Firefox or Internet Explorer functions and monitors browsing activity on a predefined list of websites.

It can log GET and POST requests, grab full HTML pages, inject code and terminate connections.

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Download Windows 7 SP1 RTM

February 22nd, 2011, 15:32 GMT| By Marius Oiaga

The first upgrade for Windows 7 is here. At the time of this article, downloads of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 have gone live, available to users worldwide starting today.

February 22, 2011 brings with it the general availability deadline of not only Windows 7 SP1 RTM but also of Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 RTM.

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Windows 7 SP1 RTM Rolling Out on Windows Updates

February 23rd, 2011, 07:31 GMT| By Marius Oiaga

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Final is now not only available via the Microsoft Download Center, but also served directly to users through Windows Update.

Microsoft promises that getting SP1 RTM through WU is the best course of action for Windows 7 users, although actually downloading the standalone packages and manually deploying the upgrade is also a viable option.

When it announced the release to manufacturing of Windows 7 SP1 a couple of weeks ago, the company revealed that the RTM bits would hit the Download Center and Windows Update concomitantly.

It appears that the Redmond company has lived up to its promise.

“Starting [on February 22nd, 2011], Windows 7 Service Pack 1 will be available to everyone via the Microsoft Download Center and start rolling out via Windows Update. Most people will simply get Windows 7 SP1 via Windows Update when it becomes available to them,” noted Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc.

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Windows 7 SP1 RTM Rolling Out on Windows Updates

February 23rd, 2011, 07:31 GMT| By Marius Oiaga

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Final is now not only available via the Microsoft Download Center, but also served directly to users through Windows Update.

Microsoft promises that getting SP1 RTM through WU is the best course of action for Windows 7 users, although actually downloading the standalone packages and manually deploying the upgrade is also a viable option.

When it announced the release to manufacturing of Windows 7 SP1 a couple of weeks ago, the company revealed that the RTM bits would hit the Download Center and Windows Update concomitantly.

It appears that the Redmond company has lived up to its promise.

“Starting [on February 22nd, 2011], Windows 7 Service Pack 1 will be available to everyone via the Microsoft Download Center and start rolling out via Windows Update. Most people will simply get Windows 7 SP1 via Windows Update when it becomes available to them,” noted Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc.

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Windows 7 SP1 RTM Rolling Out on Windows Updates

February 23rd, 2011, 07:31 GMT| By Marius Oiaga

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Final is now not only available via the Microsoft Download Center, but also served directly to users through Windows Update.

Microsoft promises that getting SP1 RTM through WU is the best course of action for Windows 7 users, although actually downloading the standalone packages and manually deploying the upgrade is also a viable option.

When it announced the release to manufacturing of Windows 7 SP1 a couple of weeks ago, the company revealed that the RTM bits would hit the Download Center and Windows Update concomitantly.

It appears that the Redmond company has lived up to its promise.

“Starting [on February 22nd, 2011], Windows 7 Service Pack 1 will be available to everyone via the Microsoft Download Center and start rolling out via Windows Update. Most people will simply get Windows 7 SP1 via Windows Update when it becomes available to them,” noted Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc.

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SERVICE PACK 1 (SP1) for Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 is now available for users to download from Microsoft's Download Centre.

The first service pack for Microsoft's latest operating system has been in pipeline for over a year and is the first major update for Windows 7 since its release in 2009.

Many of the bug fixes that come with SP1 have already been made available in Windows Update and most users will automatically get SP1 by this method. The download will vary between 44MB and 1GB depending on installation method.

Other than general tweaks and improvements that will allegedly make your system safer and more reliable, there are two main additions.

One is support for RemoteFX, which uses codecs and virtualised graphics to give virtualised desktops a richer media experience. Microsoft claims that this "introduces a new set of end user experience enhancements to remote desktop computing". We're not sure how many people will actually use this, but at least it's something new.

The second is Dynamic Memory, another virtualisation feature for Hyper-V users. The aim of this is to allow dynamic allocation of memory resources to virtual users dependant on their requirements to improve efficiency. That's also going to have a rather limited user audience, we reckon. µ
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Phishing on the Rise Again After Holiday Decline

February 23rd, 2011, 10:04 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

German antivirus vendor Avira warns that the number of phishing attacks is again on the rise after a significant decline in December.

"While the numbers for Phishing in December were almost all red, showing a dramatic drop for the .org (-151%), .com(-76%) and .net(-24%) domains, we now have seen the exact opposite development in January 2011.

"Phishing was definitely on the rise and even if the malware URLs still show mostly as red numbers, some of them have also increased," says Sorin Mustaca, data security expert at Avira.

PayPal remains the most phished brand on the Internet, having been targeted in almost 37% of attacks last month, an increase of 52.68% since December.

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Computerworld - Mozilla today said that it will ship security updates to Firefox 3.5 and Firefox 3.6 next Tuesday, ending a debate about whether to wait for a patch that affects Adobe's software.

Firefox 3.5.17 and Firefox 3.6.14 will now appear Tuesday, March 1, Mozilla disclosed in meeting notes published today.

Originally slated for release on Feb. 14, the security updates were held while Mozilla developers investigated a bug that affected some, though not all, users of the betas. According to Mozilla, the bug caused some copies of the updates to repeatedly crash. Mozilla then backed out a recent bug fix to retest the betas.

Around the same time, a cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerability surfaced. "Adobe is worried about it being a 0-day and wants us to ship quickly," said Mozilla on its site. The vulnerability is presumably in Firefox, but Mozilla has provided no information on how it may impact Adobe software.

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Chrome Beta Release
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The Beta channel has been updated to 10.0.648.114 for all platforms. This release contains stability improvements and UI tweaks. 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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Update: Firefox update will patch CSRF bug, Mozilla says
Delayed Firefox 3.6.14, 3.5.17 to ship March 1, fix cross-site request forgery bug that can be exploited via Flash

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Computerworld - Mozilla said late Wednesday that it will ship security updates to Firefox 3.5 and Firefox 3.6 next week that will include a patch for a bug that can be exploited using a malicious Adobe Flash file.

(Editor's note: An earlier version of this story, published before Mozilla responded to a request for comment, said company meeting notes suggested that the Firefox security updates would not include the patch.)

Firefox 3.5.17 and Firefox 3.6.14 will now appear Tuesday, March 1, Mozilla disclosed in meeting notes published today.

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Microsoft fixes a security bug in its virus-scanner
By Robert McMillan
February 23, 2011 09:27 PM
IDG News Service - Microsoft has patched a bug in its malware scanning engine that could be used as a stepping stone for an attacker looking to seize control of a Windows box.

The bug is fixed in an update to the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine that was pushed out to users of Microsoft's security products on Wednesday. It's what's known as an elevation of privilege vulnerability -- something that could be used by an attacker who already has access to the Windows system to gain complete administrative control.

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Get Ready for IE9 with Compatibility Cookbook

February 24th, 2011, 09:41 GMT| By Marius Oiaga

With the advent of Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate, the message from Microsoft could not be clearer, get ready for the next iteration of IE.

IE9 is extremely close to being wrapped up, as members of the IE team told me, and it’s important for developers to make sure that they’re on board right from the get go.

The Internet Explorer 9 Compatibility Cookbook is one of the resources they can access along with the RC Build.

“The Internet Explorer 9 Compatibility Cookbook is designed to help you understand changes in Windows Internet Explorer 9 that might impact applications that you developed for earlier versions of Windows Internet Explorer,” Microsoft stated.

“Many changes help Internet Explorer comply with broader industry standards, and other changes improve performance and reliability.”

The RC is the last development milestone of IE9 before the browser will be released to web (RTW).

In this regard, the Redmond company underlined that this Build is also feature complete. Work for the RTW is focused mainly on fine tuning the browser, getting it ready for end users.


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Fake YouTube Pages Serve Trojan via Malicious Java Applets

February 24th, 2011, 08:52 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Security researchers from Romanian antivirus vendor BitDefender warn of scams that make use of fake YouTube pages to install trojans via a malicious Java applet.

The scammers appear to have put significant effort into making the pages look as close as possible to the real YouTube website.

When visitors land on these rogue sites, a Java applet is launched automatically and they are prompted to run it.

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Patch Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 via New Antimalware Engine Release

February 24th, 2011, 15:16 GMT| By Marius Oiaga

A new Antimalware Engine release from Microsoft is designed to patch a vulnerability impacting Microsoft Security Essentials, among other security products from the Redmond company.

The software giant published Security Advisory (2491888) on February 23rd, 2011, providing details of a vulnerability affecting the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine which could allow a potential attacker to gain elevation of privilege if exploited successfully.

The company notes that it’s not aware of any attacks targeting the security flaw, and does not indicate whether it’s aware of any exploits in the wild.

In addition to Microsoft Security Essentials, additional impacted products are Windows Live OneCare, Windows Defender, Forefront Client Security, Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010. Malicious Software Removal Tool.

The vulnerability is rated only Important as it does not allow for remote code execution even if an exploit is successful.

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Google enables silent running of Chrome web apps

Applications lurk in the shadows
By Lawrence Latif
Thu Feb 24 2011, 15:38

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Google has introduced the ability for Chrome Web apps to run in the background.

Applications downloaded from the Google's Chrome Web Store will be able to run in the background even when the main Chrome web browser window is closed. Background applications will only be stopped when the Chrome process is terminated.

Google says that the background applications will not be interactive, but background processes that can pre-load data. The idea is to speed up browsing by caching data before the user requires it or issue notifications.

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Why Trustworthy Sites Can No Longer Be Trusted
By Joan Goodchild, CIO

Last year, malware became increasingly more common on popular and trusted domains, according to research released this week by security firm Blue Coat Systems. Migration to popular hacked sites with trusted reputations and acceptable-use category ratings was the primary theme for hosting malware delivery infrastructure, researchers claim.

Cybercriminals are hacking trusted sites using stolen access credentials in order to launch attacks that are out in the open, but also veiled from reputation filters and commonly blocked web categories. Here are three reasons researchers say you need to be wary -- even on sites you count as safe:

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Windows 7 SP1 RTM Release Notes

February 25th, 2011, 10:59 GMT| By Marius Oiaga

It might be a good idea for customers jumping on the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 RTM bandwagon to be aware of the fact that Microsoft has updated the Release Notes after it released the upgrade to manufacturing.

The company announced the RTM of Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 on February 9th, 2011, a milestone at which point OEMs received the Gold bits.



On February 16th, MSDN and TechNet subscribers as well as Volume License customers received access to Windows 7 SP1 RTM.

Earlier this week, on February 22nd, Microsoft gave green light to Windows 7 SP1 RTM downloads and started serving the release via Windows Updates.

However, the Release Notes designed to accompany the service pack were refreshed when the upgrade was released to MSDN and TechNet.

“These release notes address the most critical issues and information about the Windows 7 operating system with Service Pack 1 (SP1),” Microsoft notes.

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New Opera 11.10 Barracuda Alpha Intros Speed Dial Evolution

February 25th, 2011, 09:11 GMT| By Marius Oiaga

The second Alpha development snapshot of Opera 11.10 codenamed Barracuda offers a glimpse of the evolution of Speed Dial, one of the trademark features of the browser.

Opera 11.10 Barracuda Alpha Build 2014 is now available for download to testers, and is intended to introduce what Opera Software calls just the first of additional modifications planned for Speed Dial in the Barracuda release.



Speed Dial simplifies common browsing tasks by easing access to a collection of sites that users tend to visit and revisit by placing a set of links on any new opened tab in Opera.

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Thank you for the work you put to give us an insight to what is going on. however is it possible to close the link after so many days as it is taking quite a while to scroll to the bottom. sorry if this is not the right place to post this
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Thanks bobie !
Have you any idea how many times I zip down this thread in a day ?! It's designed to provide some exercise for more fingers than thumbs !!!
Lets not forget that Secunia allowed Cyberclips and the Index.....that another month is nearing an end; so the stresses and strains will be eased somewhat with the advent of March.
The occasional suggestion is welcomed....as you know tho', I don't want it to get overly stretched and cluttered....so no vote for your remarks !!

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Google changes its search algorithm

Demoting content aggregator websites
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Fri Feb 25 2011, 14:31
SEARCH GIANT Google has made changes to its search algorithms in an attempt to lower the rankings of content aggregator websites.
Google made the algorithmic announcement on its blog yesterday and said that the change is significant. However, it is only designed to target low value websites that copy content from other websites.


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Overhauled Microsoft Answers Goes Live this Weekend

February 25th, 2011, 14:05 GMT| By Marius Oiaga

Microsoft has been cooking an overhaul to its community self-help forums and is gearing up to unveil the new Microsoft Answers to the world this weekend.

Part of the revamping is focused on the graphical user interface, a company representative told me.



Essentially, Microsoft Answers will feature a redesigned UI, certainly more user-friendly compared to the current design.

You can get a taste of Microsoft Answer’s new look via the screenshot at the top of this article. Unfortunately, this is all that the software giant has shared with me at this time, but it won’t be long until the revamped community self-help hub goes live and you’ll be able to experience the result of the overhaul for yourselves.

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Mozilla unfurls twelfth and last Firefox 4 beta

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Posted in Applications, 26th February 2011 06:16 GMT
Mozilla has released the twelfth and final Firefox 4 beta.

"We are in the final stages of the Firefox 4 Beta cycle," reads a blog post from the open source outfit. "The team has fixed more than 7,000 bugs since the first beta release."

On Thursday, Mozilla release manager Christian Legnitto confirmed that number 12 would be the last beta we see before a release candidate. In addition to rolling out various bug fixes, the new beta "delivers improved performance and responsiveness when watching videos on your favorite video websites". That means better Flash performance.

The release notes also say that the beta plays nicer with plugins when hardware acceleration is enabled, and if you hover over hyperlinks, the URL now appears at the bottom of the browser window rather than over the location bar. Hopefully, your eternal happiness isn't tied to the location bar hover.

You can download the beta here. As always, it's available for Linux, Mac, and Windows. In that order. ®


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The next operating system
At the most basic level, a computer is something that receives zeroes and ones from either memory or an input device — like a keyboard — combines them in some systematic way, and ships the results off to either memory or some output device — like a screen or speaker. An operating system, whether Windows, the Apple OS, Linux or any other, is software that mediates between applications, like word processors and Web browsers, and those rudimentary bit operations. Like everything else, operating systems will have to be reimagined for a world in which computer chips have hundreds or thousands of cores.
Project Angstrom, an ambitious initiative to create tomorrow’s computing systems from the ground up, funded by the U.S. Defense Department and drawing on the work of 19 MIT researchers, is concerned with multicore computing at all levels, from chip architecture up to the design of programming languages. But at its heart is the development of a new operating system

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New Banking Trojan Targets All Major Browsers

February 26th, 2011, 08:30 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Spanish security firm S21sec has identified a new banking trojan capable of injecting HTML into all popular browsers which uses a rootkit to hide its components.

Dubbed Tatanga, the trojan is written in C++ and is organized in modules with different functionality which are decrypted in memory as needed.

Like other banking trojans, Tatanga executes Man-in-the-Browser (MitB) attacks in order to perform unauthorized transactions from the accounts of its victims.

The trojan currently targets banks from Western European countries, particularly the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain and Portugal.

It currently has a very low detection rate. A signature-based Virus Total scan reveals that only 9 in 43 antivirus engines currently detect the infector as malicious and most of them do it under generic names.

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Phishers Experiment with Fake SSL Certificates

February 26th, 2011, 10:10 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

A new mass phishing attack targeting Swiss credit card owners was seen using pages signed with a fake and expired SSL certificate.

According to security researchers from Symantec, the attackers used a large number of domains pointing to the same IP address and server.

The phishing page was signed with a certificate that was issued to a Web hosting company back in 2006, but expired in 2007.

It's not really clear what the phishers tried to achieve with the technique, because trying to open such a page in modern browsers will generate an error.

Users would have to manually add an exception in order load the page and its unlikely they would trust it after the browser displayed the big security warning.

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Must-Have Tools and Tricks
By Rick Broida

PC World - It's time for another grab bag of hassle killers. This week I tell you how to get a disposable e-mail address to use as a spam magnet, how to turn off Windows 7's automatic window resizing, and how to recover data from a crashed drive.

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Google Wants Your Face
Analysis: Google has filed for a patent on technology that uses facial recognition and social networks to identify you. Creeped out yet?
By Dan Tynan, ITworld Feb 26, 2011 5:25 pm

Google wants to get in your face - literally.

As ComputerWorld blogger Darlene ("Security is Sexy") Storm reports, Google has filed for a patent in Europe on technology that could allow it to identify you by your photograph, using clues from social networks to verify your identity.

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Windows Embedded Website Redesigned

February 26th, 2011, 13:03 GMT| By Marius Oiaga

Microsoft Answers was not the only website suffering an overhaul this week, with the Redmond company’s online hub for the embedded and componentized versions of its Windows operating systems also being revamped.

The new Windows Embedded site has already been launched and customers can check out the changes introduced via this link.

According to Microsoft’s Olivier Bloch, the redesigned is focused on putting customers at center-stage and streamlining the way in which they can explore the software giant’s embedded business.

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Ten tips to cut the risk of hard-drive crashes
By Jack Wallen , TechRepublic, 25 February, 2011 14:49

Storage may be relatively cheap these days, but there's a lot more than just money at stake when a hard drive containing valuable data crashes. A few simple precautions can make that sort of disaster less likely, says Jack Wallen.

Hardware costs have dropped considerably over the past decade, but those price falls don't mean we shouldn't take care of our kit — and that is especially true for hard drives. Storage is a precious commodity because it holds the data that employees use to do their jobs.

Of course, all drives fail eventually but a few simple steps can prevent their premature demise. Here are my 10 suggestions for prolonging storage life.

1. Run chkdsk
All hard disks eventually contain errors. These errors can include physical problems, software issues and partition-table issues. The Windows chkdsk program will attempt to handle any problems, such as bad sectors, lost clusters, cross-linked files and directory errors. Such errors can quickly lead to an unbootable drive, which will lead to downtime for the end user.

The best way I have found to take advantage of chkdsk is to have it run at the next boot with the command:
chkdsk X: /f
where X is the drive you want to check. This command will inform you that the disk is locked and will ask you if you want to run chkdsk the next time the system restarts. Select Y to allow this action.

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MS Web Tracking Protection Proposal Includes Mozilla's Do-Not-Track Header

February 28th, 2011, 05:48 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

The web tracking protection proposal submitted by Microsoft to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) for standardisation includes Mozilla's Do-Not-Track (DNT) HTTP header implementation.

Back in December, the Federal Trade Commission called for browser makers to devise an uniform, persistent and user-friendly setting that would reflect the choice of consumers who don't want their browsing habits tracked.

Such a setting would give the commission an easy way to enforce regulations in an area where consumer choice is currently more of a theory than a practice.

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Do you secure your PC for free?
by Seth Rosenblatt

With Avast 6 fresh out of the gate and CNET's opinion on record, it's time to ask you which of the many free security suites available is your favorite. The big three on Download.com are AVG, Avast, and Avira, although it will be interesting to see if the download counts are reflected in popularity. We aimed to have all the major players represented here, although we left out certain choices like ClamWin Antivirus, technically still in beta.
The poll will remain open until 11 p.m. PT March 3, and we'll look at the results March 4.


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New Firefox Extension Keeps Users Away from Fake Online Stores

February 28th, 2011, 08:35 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Zscaler, a provider of cloud security services, has released a free Firefox extension that aims to protect users from fake online stores, a category of malicious websites that isn't covered by most blacklists.

Called Zscaler Safe Shopping, the extension is still going through the approval process on the official Mozilla Add-ons Repository, but it can also be installed directly from Zscaler's website.

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Gmail fail sees accounts wiped
A plethora of Gmail accounts are emptied, but Google assures users it is on the case.
By Tom Brewster, 28 Feb 2011 at 12:41

Thousands of Gmail users have seen their accounts wiped of both messages and contacts, it has been reported today.

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Automated Fix It Solutions for Malfunctioning Windows 7 Gadgets

February 28th, 2011, 11:10 GMT| By Marius Oiaga

Microsoft is providing Windows 7 customers with automated solutions designed to resolve issues they might have come across, in which their gadgets are not working properly, or displaying erroneously.

The Redmond company has confirmed problems affecting Windows 7 gadgets, and also indicated that in certain scenarios, the gadgets can stop working altogether.

Additional symptoms involve “Gadgets may appear as black squares, may appear to have vertical green lines down the center or may not appear at all and may have a blue exclamation mark next to it, or calendar gadget may display without dates,” the software giant stated.

It appears that the problems are generated by incorrect settings in the Internet Security Zones, with a range of troubleshooting steps, including System Restore, failing to resolve the issues.

In order to resolve the glitches and get their Windows 7 gadgets working under normal parameters again, customers will need to edit the registry of the operating system.

“Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs,” Microsoft advised.

Still, as I’ve already said, the software giant is providing customers with two automated Fix it solutions, which do not require users to make the registry changes manually.

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Tainted ads punt scareware to surfers on LSE and Myvue sites FacebookAutotrader.co.uk, and possibly eBay.co.uk, also hit by malvertising attack

By John Leyden • Get more from this author

Posted in Enterprise Security, 28th February 2011 15:54 GMT

Several highly trafficked UK sites – including the website of the London Stock Exchange – served malware-tainted ads as the result of a breach of security by a third-party firm they shared in common.

Surfers visiting auto-trading site Autotrader.co.uk and the cinema site Myvue.com were also exposed to the attack, which stemmed from a breach at their common ad provider, Unanimis, rather than at any of the three sites themselves. Unconfirmed reports suggest eBay.co.uk was also affected.

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