1/21/2006

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Leaks To Web

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Screenshots and code for the most recent build of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 7 browser have leaked to the Internet, several Windows devotee sites reported Friday.

Internet Explorer 7, which is being co-developed for the upcoming Windows Vista and the current flagship Microsoft OS, Windows XP — has been posted to at least one German Web site — links are available from JCXP.net — where it can be downloaded as an 11MB file in .rar format.

Other sites, including ActivWin.com, have posted numerous screenshots of the new browser that show such things as its thumbnail-style QuickTabs and the long-awaited tabbed browsing interface.

Source: informationweek

Lawyers Express GPL 3 Concerns

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The first draft of the new GPL is out and lawyers are beginning to form their impressions of this open-source license.

This first look at the GPL (General Public License) 3 came at the First International Conference on GPLv3 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

This new revision of this seminal license tackles the issues of license compatibility, software patents and DRM (Digital Rights Management).

While the Free Software Foundation’s “goal is for the GPLv3 public discussion process to be as transparent and accessible as possible,” there will still be long debates on how the GPL should address IP (intellectual property) issues.

Patents, for example, have become a live wire issue for both open-source and proprietary software vendors.

Heather J. Meeker, an IP attorney and shareholder in the Silicon Valley office of the Greenberg Traurig LLP law firm, said, “It is not surprising that some of the most significant changes in the new version of the GNU GPL relate to patent law.”

“Many in the business community take the view that the quality of software patents needs to be improved—a ‘mend it, don’t end it’ approach.”

Source: eWeek

New Kama Sutra Worm Corrupts Microsoft Documents

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A new worm that already accounts for 1 in every 15 pieces of malicious code carries a “nuclear option” payload that corrupts data in a slew of popular file formats, a security company warned Friday.

The Nyxem.e worm, said Finnish security firm F-Secure, carries code that instructs it to replace data in files with .doc, .xls, .mdb, .mde, .ppt, .pps, .zip, .rar, .pdf, .psd, or .dmp extensions with the useless string “DATA Error [47 0F 94 93 F4 K5]” on the third of the month.

This list includes the native document formats for Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access, as well as for Adobe PhotoShop and Acrobat.

Nyxem.e is similar to the VB.bi/Blackmal/MyWife.d worm that climbed the charts earlier this week, added F-Secure, which said that the new worm accounted for almost 7 percent of all intercepted viruses in the past 24 hours.

The worm arrives as an attachment to e-mail messages with a variety of subject headlines, many of which tout porn with phrases like “Arab sex,” “give me a kiss,” “Hot Movie,” and “F***** Kama Sutra pics.” It also tries to delete selected security software, and can spread through shared folders as well as by hijacking addresses from infected PCs.

Source: informationweek

Security Patch For Skype

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A new version of the popular Skype VOIP application has been released to correct a bug that caused Skype to be misread as a potential security threat.

The Skype 2.0.0.73 for Windows update fixes a flaw that triggered a DEP (Data Execution Protection) warning on systems running Windows XP SP2 with DEP-enabled Intel or AMD processors.

DEP is a set of hardware and software technologies that perform additional checks on memory to help prevent buffer overflow attacks.

The Skype bug meant that users running new computers had to manually configure the application as an exception to turn off the DEP warnings.

Source: eWeek

Yahoo! Co-Brands Verizon FiOS

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Verizon on thursday replaced Microsoft’s MSN with Yahoo! as the default Web portal for its FiOS Internet service. FiOS–known also as a fiber-to-the-premises network–offers far faster broadband speeds than standard DSL.

The company is offering a variety of speeds–ranging from 30 megabits-per-second downstream and 5 Mbps upstream, for $180 a month, to 5 Mbps downstream and 2 Mbps upstream, at a cost of around $35 a month. FiOS subscribers will also get many Yahoo! premium services at no additional charge.

Yahoo! spokeswoman Nicole Leverich said that the company was willing to offer the free premium services in order to sign up additional broadband users. “It’s very important for us to reach those consumers who demand higher Internet speeds, and are at the forefront of technology,” said Yahoo! spokeswoman Nicole Leverich.

Source: mediapost

Phishing Attacks Reach Record High

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

After several months of decline, phishing attacks rebounded in November 2005 to reach an all-time high, a security organization announced in a new report.

According to data collected by the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG), a collection of over 2,000 companies, banks, ISPs, and government agencies, 16,882 unique phishing attacks were reported in November. That was a 6.7 percent increase over October’s 15,820 attacks, the previous record.

Since a high of 15,050 attacks in June 2005, the number of phishing campaigns tracked by the APWG dropped steadily for three months before the October spike.

APWG’s latest report also noted an increase in the number of URLs hosting malicious code that steals passwords, a more sophisticated identity theft tactic than traditional spam-based phishing. In November, the group spotted 1,044 such sites, a 21 percent increase over October, and 7.7 percent higher than 2005’s previous record, September.

The United States remains the number one country in hosting bogus phishing sites, added the APWG; the U.S. hosted a third of the world’s phishing sites in November. Coming in at second and third were South Korea and China, respectively.

Source: informationweek

Microsoft looks beyond Vista, sees Vienna

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Although Microsoft is hard at work trying to ship Windows Vista this year, the company is beginning to set its sights on the next horizon, Vienna.

Vienna, once labeled Blackcomb, is the new code name for the successor to Vista. It is not clear when Vienna might ship or what features it might contain. Microsoft confirmed the name change on Friday, but declined to comment on Vienna’s stage of development.

“The ‘Blackcomb’ code name has been changed to ‘Vienna,’ but we do not have any other details to share on timing or focus,” Microsoft said in a statement to CNET News.com. “This does not reflect a big change for us; we have used city code names in the past, which are derived from cities/locations in the world known for great ‘vistas’–the kinds of places we all want to see, experience and that capture the imagination. Vienna fits with this concept.”

Source: News.com

Google online video store starts without a bang

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google’s new online video store, announced with great fanfare two weeks ago, isn’t getting the applause typical of most new releases from the Internet’s most-used search engine.

The digital video store - at video.google.com- sells reruns of TV shows from CBS, PBS, the National Basketball Association and independent producers.

Media reviewers, bloggers and users complain that selections are skimpy and hard to find. Strict usage rules which prevent prime-time shows from being viewed offline, aren’t prominently identified, and some shows promised initially aren’t there.

Among those missing in action: Rocky and Bullwinkle, My Three Sons and Mannix.

“Embarrassing,” says Brad Hill, who runs the Unofficial Google Weblog.

Google says it is working to upgrade the site, which is in “beta,” or trial mode.

“We’re making changes every day,” says Peter Chane, senior product manager for Google Video. “The best is yet to come.”

Source: USATODAY

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