8/30/2005

Zen Neon Shipped With Virus

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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

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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

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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

8/29/2005

Rio Must Die

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The first company that made a portable MP3 music player, Rio, is leaving the market.

In a statement the company said: “D&M Holdings has decided to exit the mass-market portable digital audio player business by September 30, 2005.”

Since the Rio was introduced in 1998, the market for digital music has ballooned to a $6.9 billion business and Apple’s iPod snatched 75 percent of the U.S. market.

Rio’s inability to compete against Apple and other manufacturers caused the company heavy losses ($8.75 million last quarter), forcing it to exit the market and focus on other products.

Microsoft begins test of new WinFS

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Microsoft on Monday posted the first test version of a new Windows file system.

The company made the test version the file system, called WinFS, available to subscribers to its Microsoft Developer Network service.

The software was originally intended as a key feature of Windows Vista–developed under the code name Longhorn–the next release of the operating system expected somtime next year.

However, roughly one year ago, Microsoft announced that it was removing WinFS from Vista and would release it separately in order to meet its delivery schedule for Longhorn.

Source: News.com

BBC targets music downloads in Internet strategy

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The BBC wants to be a major player in the digital media world and is considering partnerships with private businesses to sell music downloads, Director-General Mark Thompson said on Saturday.

The publicly-funded broadcaster is testing software called MyBBCPlayer to let users download its TV and radio programing, and plans to use its powerful presence to take its place among Internet media giants like Google.

Source: Reuters

eDonkey Gaining On BitTorrent

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A study by the Cambridge-based Internet analysis firm CacheLogic found that eDonkey is now roughly on par with BitTorrent in the United States, China, Japan and Britain.

It is the dominant peer-to-peer file-sharing network in South Korea, which has the world’s highest percentage of high-speed Internet use, and also in Italy, Spain and Germany.

“This is almost assuredly a result of the increased legal action toward the once-ignored BitTorrent — a game of P2P hide-and-seek,” said CacheLogic’s chief technology officer Andrew Parker.

Last year, BitTorrent was consuming up to a third of the Internet’s total bandwidth as users traded huge movie and television files. Hollywood struck back with a slew of lawsuits to shut down Web sites that provided “tracker” links, which tell the network where to look for files.

The United States has also seen a surprising return to popularity of the Gnutella file-sharing network, which had faded after an earlier crackdown by music companies.

About 60 percent of the Internet’s total bandwidth consists of P2P traffic, according to the CacheLogic study. P2P, which sends data from user to user, is often difficult to shut down because networks don’t rely on a centralised server to distribute data.

Source: Reuters

8/28/2005

Panda Software Launches No More Spyware! Campaign

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Nine out of 10 computers contain spyware(1). Not even the worst epidemic recorded has impacted users to this extent, and yet many still do not realize that spyware is a direct attack on their privacy, which simply can’t be tolerated. With this problem in mind, Panda Software has launched a new website at http://www.demandonspyware.com, called, No more spyware!, to help users fight against this serious threat.

“Users’ lack of knowledge regarding spyware is what makes their computers vulnerable,” confirms Luis Corrons, director of PandaLabs. “Spyware creators are aware of this situation and use it for their own benefit. They realize that many users don’t even know that spyware exists, and that others simply don’t give it much thought and therefore are not adequately protected. For this reason, when computers are scanned in-depth for spyware, not just one but a dozen examples are often encountered.”

8/27/2005

Weekly Software Updates

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Popular software titles updated in the past week

Flaw may hide malicious software

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Miscreants could hide their malicious software on a Windows PC by using overly long registry keys, security experts have warned.

These keys are stored in the Windows Registry, a core part of the operating system that stores PC settings. Some antivirus and anti-spyware products scan the registry for malicious programs, but this new weakness allows hackers to hide the presence of their applications, according to security vendor StillSecure.

“It can be used to hide malicious programs on a system that would go undetected by security software or registry scanning tools,” said Mitchell Ashley, chief technology officer at StillSecure, which is based in Louisville, Colo. Detection and cleanup could be difficult to impossible, according to StillSecure.

Source: ZDNet

BBC plans to put channels on net

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The BBC’s TV channels could be made available on the internet, one of the corporation’s top executives has said.

A simulcast of BBC One or BBC Two, letting UK viewers see programmes on the web at the same time as they go out on TV, is being planned.

Proposals to make clips available on mobile phones are also being speeded up, director of TV Jana Bennett said.

A player to let viewers watch shows on the internet for a week after they have been broadcast on TV is in development.

In an interview with the Guardian newspaper, Ms Bennett said she hoped to simulcast a channel within the next year.

Source: BBC

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