8/2/2005

Yahoo to launch blog ad network

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Yahoo is planning to launch on Wednesday an ad network for small Web publishers intended to strengthen its hand against rival Google, a source familiar with the plan told CNET News.com.

Like Google’s service, Yahoo’s self-serve product will display text ads deemed relevant to the content of specific Web pages. Advertisers pay only when a reader clicks on their ads. Yahoo and publishers will split the fees

Source: News.com

Download.com Adds Video Downloads

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Download.com, the biggest download site we all know downloading software titles have a completely redesigned template now featuring Software Games And Music downloads, adds a new video section (Beta).

Download.com Video features a wide selection of videos, films, and clips — all free.

So dive in and watch some music videos, tackle a CNET Weekend Project, see the latest video-game reviews, or dig into some extreme-sports clips.

In the future the new site also will allow users to upload their own video clips.

Taking aim at Google video search CNet is yet another web giant fighting its way in the video search war.

Phishers cash in on ATM cards

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Phishing attacks have led to an estimated $2.75 billion in losses related to ATM and debit cards over the past 12 months, according to a new Gartner report.

The report, released Tuesday, includes a recent survey of 5,000 U.S. bank customers. From the survey, Gartner estimates that 3 million Americans have lost an average of more than $900 each due to online scams over the past year.

Scam artists are gleaning bank account numbers and personal identification numbers (PINs) through the use of phishing attacks and keystroke logging technology, according to the report. They are then creating fake ATM and debit cards and using the cards to steal money and make purchases.

Source: News.com

Phishers Hacked eBay Sign In Pages

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Fraudsters have exploited a flaw in the eBay web site that allows them to orchestrate phishing attacks using eBay’s own Sign In page.

Registered users of eBay’s popular online auction web site must sign in using a username and password in order to participate in bidding and listing of items. A new style of phishing attack reported through the Netcraft Toolbar community shows fraudsters exploiting flaws on the Sign In page and on another ancilliary page which results in victims being redirected to the fraudster’s phishing site after they have logged in.

This particular attack starts off like many others, by sending thousands of emails that instruct victims to update their eBay account details by visiting a URL. However, that is where the similarity ends, because the URL in this case actually takes the victim to the genuine eBay Sign In page, hosted on signin.ebay.com. By including special parameters at the end of the URL, the fraudster has changed the behaviour of the Sign In page so that when a user successfully logs in, they will then be sent to the fraudster’s phishing site via an open redirect hosted on servlet.ebay.com.

The eBay Toolbar reports that the maliciously modified Sign In page is a “Verified eBay Site”.

Source: Netcraft

Hackers Annihilate Wi-Fi Record

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A group of young hackers who broke a world record for Wi-Fi connectivity last year can expect to hear from the Guinness folks again.

This year they doubled their distance in a connection that crossed state lines and linked a mountain with a molehill.

Contestants had to establish an 802.11b or 802.11g Wi-Fi link using two laptops with home-brewed or commercial antennas, and see how far apart they could place the computers and still get a connection with or without amplification.

125 Mile WiFi
Team iFiber Redwire and their awesome rig at base camp (source)

The team, iFiber-Redwire, competed for the second time in the Wi-Fi shootout contest last weekend at the DefCon hacker conference here, and achieved a 124.9-mile unamplified connection from atop a mountain in Nevada and a small mound in Utah. (Wired magazine helped sponsor the contest.)

That was several dozen miles farther than the 55.1-mile link that won them the contest last year. They maintained the connection for three hours.

Source: Wired

Apple Introduces Mighty Mouse

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Today Apple unveiled Mighty Mouse, the innovative next generation mouse featuring the Scroll Ball that lets you move anywhere inside a document, without lifting a finger. And with touch-sensitive technology concealed under the seamless top shell, you get the programability of a four-button mouse in a single-button design.

Mighty Mouse is also compatible with PCs. Mighty Mouse uses the standard, multibutton mouse driver included in the Windows 2000 and Windows XP operating systems and plugs into any USB 1.1 or USB 2.0 port.

Source: Apple

New Rating System For Open-Source Tools

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The very qualities that have made open-source software such a sensation–its rogue nature, the fact that it’s free and abundantly available, and the ease with which it can be tweaked and extended–also are the reasons that it hasn’t become more pervasive in business environments. Quite simply, there’s too much choice, and too much uncertainty, for IT managers to take risks on open-source applications they don’t know much about and that are constantly changing.

But the triumvirate of Carnegie Mellon University, Intel, and open-source software certifier SpikeSource is looking to change that by making it easier for IT departments to determine which open-source tools they should adopt.

The three sponsors revealed plans Monday for Business Readiness Ratings, a proposed standard model for evaluating open-source software. The ratings would be determined in open-source fashion, by gathering feedback from the fast-growing community of open-source developers and letting that feedback serve as a guide for others who are assessing the readiness of open-source tools for potential adoption within their companies. The sponsors are spinning the initiative as an extension of earlier open-source “maturity models,” one developed by Navica Inc. CEO Bernard Golden and a second from Capgemini.

Source: TechWeb

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