8/30/2005

Zotob Arrest Breaks Credit Card Fraud Ring

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Turkish authorities have linked one of the suspects in the Zotob worm case to individuals thought to be part of a credit card fraud ring, according to the FBI.

Atilla Ekici, a 21-year-old Turk who used the nickname “Coder,” may be affiliated with people thought to be part of a credit card fraud ring in Turkey, an FBI representative said on Tuesday. Ekici was one of two men arrested last week for allegedly unleashing several computer worms, including the Zotob worm that disrupted businesses worldwide two weeks ago.

Turkish authorities have identified about a dozen individuals thought to be involved in credit card fraud. “It is believed that these individuals have links to Coder,” the FBI representative said. “The investigation is still ongoing, but there is no indication these people actually wrote or distributed the Zotob worm.”

Source: News.com

PayPal Founder Slides To A New Venture

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Max Levchin, co-founder and former CTO of PayPal, announced today the public beta launch of his new venture, Slide.

Slide is a free downloadable desktop program that indexes photos on the user’s hard drive, automatically groups them into intuitive channels, and plays them back via a unique always-on ticker interface. Because of this innovative scrolling “photo playback” model, users can rediscover and enjoy images they would rarely see otherwise. With just one click users can choose to share any photo or invite both registered and unregistered friends and family to subscribe to entire channels of photos. Simple access controls allow users to manage the privacy of their photos.

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Men Arrested For Writing Zotob Linked To 20 Viruses

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

One of two men arrested last week over the Zotob worm outbreak has been linked to the creation of 20 other viruses.

Farid Essebar, 18, a Russian-born Moroccan resident, was arrested by investigators last Thursday, less than two weeks after Zotob worms exploited recently-discovered Windows flaws to disrupt high profile organisations around the world. Essebar was allegedly paid by his supposed accomplice, Atilla Ekici, to create the worms. Ekici has been arrested in Turkey by police investigating the case.

Essebar is believed to use the nick-name “Diabl0″, a phrase embedded inside the Zotob-A worm. Sophos researchers have determined that over 20 other viruses include the “Diabl0″ handle, including numerous variants of the Mytob worm (a code cousin to Zotob) as well as a MyDoom variant, MyDoom-BG.

Source: The Register

Site Allegedly Exposes British Secret Agents

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The U.K. Foreign Office is slamming an anti-secrecy activist who listed online alleged spies and secret agents.

New York-based activist John Young named 276 alleged MI6 agents–including former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown–on his Cryptome Web site over the weekend. The list claims Ashdown was an MI6 agent in Geneva in the 1970s.

It is not the first time such information has been published on the Internet, and Foreign Office policy is to neither confirm nor deny the accuracy of such lists. But a Foreign Office representative slammed its publication for potentially putting lives in danger.

Source: News.com

Opera Browser Giving Free Registration Codes

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Opera LogoToday, Opera launches its online party, specifically designed for its large community following. As a sign of gratitude for the community’s continuing support, Opera will give away complimentary registration codes for 24 hours. At the party site, people can also chat with Opera employees (including the CEO and CTO), play games, check out the history of the Opera browser, download music made by employees and send in their greetings. In addition, people can check out what happened at midnight at Opera’s anniversary party….

Get your free registration code here

Creative Wins Patent For MP3 Player Interface

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Creative Technology said Tuesday it has been awarded a patent for a user interface found in its portable media players and in competing devices, such as Apple Computer’s iPod.

The digital entertainment company said that on Aug. 9 it received U.S. Patent No. 6,928,433, described as “automatic hierarchical categorization of music by metadata.” Creative applied for the patent–which it has dubbed the “Zen Patent,” named for its Zen music player–on Jan. 5, 2001.

According to a Creative press release, the interface “enables selection of at least one track in a portable media player as a user sequentially navigates through a hierarchy using three or more successive screens on the display of the player.” For example, when a person selects the name of an artist, the player than displays a list of albums for that artist. Selecting the album name then brings up a list of the album’s tracks.

Source: News.com

UK To Ban Violent Porn

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UK ministers are considering plans to make downloading violent sexual images from the net a criminal offence. Distributing footage depicting rapes or other so-called extreme pornography is illegal (under the Obscene Publications Act 1959) but current laws do not allow prosecution for simple possession. This contrasts with laws on the possession of images of child abuse.

A new offence of possessing violent and abusive pornography, punishable by up to three years imprisonment, is under consideration Home Officer Minister Paul Goggins told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. He said such images were abhorrent and had no place in society.

Source: The Register

Zen Neon Shipped With Virus

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Creative confirmed that about 3,700 5GB Zen Neeons shipped since July might have possibly been packing a W32.Wullik.B@mm payload.

All the infected packages
were sent to Japan. Models with the range of serial number M1PF1230528000001M - M1PF1230533001680Q might have been infected.

Also the folowing models might also been infected:
Creative Zen Neeon 5GB: Purple model - CZN5G-PU, Blue model - CZN5G-BL, Orange model - CZN5G-OR, Lead model -CZN5G-RD, Silver model - CZN5G-SL

Man Pleaded Guilty Of Selling MS Source Code

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A Connecticut man known on the Internet as “illwill” pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court on Monday to charges relating to the theft of the source code to Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating system.

William Genovese Jr., 28, of Meriden, Conn., pleaded guilty charges related to the unlawful sale and attempted sale of the source code for Microsoft’s Windows 2000 and Windows NT 4.0. The code had previously been obtained by other people and unlawfully distributed over the Internet, prosecutors said.

A federal indictment filed against Genovese in February 2004, charged that the day Microsoft learned significant portions of its source code were stolen Genovese posted a message on his Web site offering the code for sale.

Genovese was arrested when an investigator for an online security company hired by Microsoft and an undercover FBI agent downloaded the stolen source code from his Web site after sending him electronic payments for it, Manhattan U.S. Attorney David Kelley said in a news release.

Genovese faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced in the fall.

Source: AP

Yahoo unveils new e-mail search functions

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Yahoo on Tuesday announced the phased rollout of new search functions for the company’s free Web-based e-mail service. New features include the ability to search e-mail header, body, and attachment content; display snippets or short excerpts with highlighted matches on search terms; view thumbnails of all the pictures and documents saved in their e-mail account.

Source: News.com

Microsoft investigates another IE flaw

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A new, unpatched flaw in Internet Explorer could let miscreants surreptitiously run malicious code on Windows PCs, according to the discoverer of the bug.

The problem affects Internet Explorer 6–the latest version of Microsoft’s Web browser–on computers running Windows XP with Service Pack 2 and all security patches installed, Tom Ferris, an independent security researcher in Mission Viejo, Calif., said in an interview Monday. Other versions of Windows and IE may also be vulnerable, he said.

The security hole allows for “full blown remote code execution,” Ferris said. “If a user browses to a bad Web site, malicious software can be installed on their PC without their knowledge.”

Source: News.com

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