3/30/2005

Google Adds Stock Quotes To Search Results

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Looking for stock quotes? Now the leading search engine, Google gets a direct feed of market data.

In order to get stock quotes, all you need to do it to type the ticker symbol into the search engine, such as GOOG, and Google will present the latest exchange and real-time ECN quote, intraday chart, volume and market cap.

These quotes are also available on Google SMS. Just send a text message to 46645 (’GOOGL’) with the ticker and you’ll quickly see the latest market data.

Cops get cybercrime help from Microsoft

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Microsoft is developing analytical tools to help international law enforcement agencies track and fight cybercrime.

Microsoft unveiled the tools development program at the kickoff on Wednesday of three days of technical training for Australian law enforcement agencies. The Forensic Computing and Computer Investigations Workshops are designed to help investigators fight crimes such phishing, online child exploitation and money laundering.

Source: News.com

Phishing attacks ease off

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The rate at which identity theft e-mails hit consumers is beginning to slow, a study published on Wednesday suggests.

The Anti-Phishing Working Group found that 13,141 new phishing e-mails were reported to the organization in February, an increase of just 2 percent compared with January results. The number of phishing Web sites supporting these attacks only rose by 1.8 percent–from 2,578 to 2,625–over the same period, the APWG said.

The APWG said that the monthly growth rate of phishing attacks since July 2004 is 26 percent. However, since the group’s results depend on the number of people that report phishing scams to its Web site, the increase in reported scams could simply be a result of growing awareness of the APWG and its actions. It’s not clear why there was such a small rise in reported phishing scams between January and February 2005.

The Wednesday report confirmed that scammers have started using a new practice called pharming, a fraud technique that hijacks authentic domain names and secretly redirects users to fraudulent Web sites.

Source: News.com

Symantec details flaws in its antivirus software

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Symantec has reported glitches in its antivirus software that could allow hackers to launch denial-of-service attacks on computers running the applications.

In a notice posted on its Web site this week, Symantec detailed two similar vulnerabilities found in its Norton AntiVirus software, which is sold on its own or bundled in Norton Internet Security and Norton System Works. The flaws, which could lead to computers crashing or slowing severely if attacked, are limited to versions of the software released for 2004 and 2005.

The Information-Technology Promotion Agency of Japan, a government-affiliated tech watchdog group, identified the first instance of the problem in the AutoProtect feature of the Norton AntiVirus consumer product, Symantec said. AutoProtect is used to scan files for viruses, Trojan attacks and worms.

The flaw essentially causes Symantec’s software to crash when it is asked to inspect a file specifically designed to exploit the flaw. The file could be submitted either remotely from outside a system or internally by someone with physical access to a computer, Symantec said.

The second flaw, discovered by the Japan Computer Emergency Response team, can be used to launch denial-of-service attacks by scanning specific file modifications using the SmartScan feature in Norton AntiVirus. Symantec said that any malicious use of that vulnerability would specifically require someone with authorized access to a computer to exploit the issue. SmartScan is designed to scour for viruses hidden in file extensions, as well as in executable and document files.

No attacks related to either problem have been reported so far, according to Symantec. The company also said in its warning that both vulnerabilities are “low impact” threats to its customers.

Source: News.com

MS Launches Online Video Service for Windows Mobile

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft Corp. today announced the launch of MSN(R) Video Downloads, which will provide daily television programming, including video content from MSNBC.com, Food Network, FOX Sports and IFILM Corp., for download to Windows Mobile(TM)-based devices such as Portable Media Centers and select Smartphones and Pocket PCs.

Since the launch of the Microsoft(R) Windows Mobile-based Portable Media Center last fall, more than 20 new content partners, including CinemaNow Inc., MLB.com, MSNBC.com, MSN Music, MTV Networks Music, Napster Inc., SnapStream Media Inc. and TiVo Inc., have agreed to make video available online specifically formatted for Windows Mobile-based multimedia devices.

“The launch of Portable Media Centers in 2004 began a new era of portable entertainment, and today’s announcement solidifies the continued momentum we’ve seen for portable video,” said John Pollard, director of Windows Mobile Applications and Services Marketing at Microsoft. “With content from some of the most recognized brands in entertainment, MSN Video Downloads helps bring this vision to life, allowing people to take their favorite television shows with them whether they are on the train, waiting for a doctor’s appointment, or keeping the kids occupied in the back seat of the car.”

MSN Video Downloads is available in the United States today at http://www.msnvideodownloads.com

AMD to reveal ‘Pacifica’ processor virtualisation spec

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

AMD will next month detail its answer to Intel’s Virtualisation Technology (VT) with the publication of its AMD64 platform’s virtualisation system spec.

Dubbed Pacifica, the technology will allow AMD’s 64-bit server, desktop and mobile processors to host multiple operating systems - or many instances of the same OS - simultaneously. It’s a technique well established in the ‘big iron’ mainframe world, but one makers of chips for low-end servers are keen to adopt, the better to eat into mid-range to high-end system sales.

Source: The Register

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