2/13/2006

Drag-and-drop Flaw in Internet Explorer Reported

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Security analysts and vendors are reporting a flaw in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser that could allow malicious code to run and result in a hacker taking over complete control of a computer.

Microsoft was informed of a vulnerability with Explorer’s drag-and-drop function in August 2005 after it was first found by Matthew Murphy, according to Noam Rathaus, chief technical officer for Beyond Security in Netanya,
Israel, said today. The company, which helped Murphy report the flaw to Microsoft last year, runs an independent security site called SecuriTeam.

Websense, which also issued a warning Monday, wrote that a specially crafted Web site could trick a user into dragging and dropping an item from one window to the other. After the user released the mouse in the newly focused window, code could run without consent, Websense said.

Microsoft said it wouldn’t issue an immediate patch, but will instead wait to issue a fix in Service Pack 2 for Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP Service Pack 3, Rathaus said. Microsoft officials were not immediately available for comment.

The SecuriTeam site went public with the vulnerability this week after consulting Microsoft, Rathaus said. SecuriTeam detailed three methods to prevent the flaw from being exploited.

Source: Yahoo

2 Workers Have Chips Embedded Into Them

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Tiny silicon chips were embedded into two workers who volunteered to help test the tagging technology at a surveillance equipment company, an official said Monday.

The Mexico attorney general’s office implanted the so-called RFIDs — for radio frequency identification chips — in some employees in 2004 to restrict access to secure areas. Implanting them in the workers at CityWatcher.com is believed to be the first use of the technology in living humans in the United States.

Sean Darks, chief executive of the company, also had one of the chips embedded.

“I have one,” he said. “I’m not going to ask somebody to do something I wouldn’t do myself. None of my employees are forced to get the chip to keep their job.”

The chips are the size of a grain of rice and a doctor embedded them in the forearm just under the surface of the skin, Darks said.

They work “like an access card. There’s a reader outside the door; you walk up to the reader, put your arm under it, and it opens the door,” Darks said.

Darks said the implants don’t enable CityWatcher.com to track employees’ movements.

“It’s a passive chip. It emits no signal whatsoever,” Darks said. “It’s the same thing as a keycard.”

Source: AP

Polite Cell Phones

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Researchers at Motorola and Carnegie Mellon University are developing more polite cell phones. Strategies include programming the ringer to turn on and off according to the time of day, monitoring sound light levels to determine if the owner is a movie theater or talking to his boss, and even letting callers decide whether they’d like to interrupt based on this information.

Source: Slashdot

MS Acquires Mobile Search Technology Provider MotionBridge

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Deal enhances Windows Live services with innovative search solutions for mobile operators and their customers spanning work and play.

Today, at the 3GSM World Congress 2006, Microsoft Corp. announced the acquisition of MotionBridge, a leading provider of search technology designed specifically for mobile operators and the mobile Internet. MotionBridge, based in Paris, is a worldwide leader in mobile search technology that is currently available to customers through contacts with major mobile communications companies in Europe and North America.

“The emerging field of mobile search is strategically important and crucial to delivering on our vision for Windows Live™ of providing a seamless and rich information experience for individuals and businesses across devices,? said Christopher Payne, corporate vice president of MSN Search at Microsoft. “With MotionBridge, we are excited to continue to offer mobile operators the tools to maximize the value of their content and data networks, and provide a powerful search engine for mobile users. By combining the mobile search solutions of MotionBridge with Microsoft mobile search instruments such as local and Web search, we will provide mobile operators and consumers with an even richer search experience.?

The MotionBridge technology brings simplicity for users, delivering clustered results and deep links to downloadable content from multiple providers with device filtering. Mobile operators are able to achieve precise control through flexible resolution rules, and manage their service with Web-based back-office tools and detailed usage statistics. Microsoft and MotionBridge will continue to support MotionBridge’s current operator partners such as Orange, Sprint and O2 Ltd. as part of the acquisition. Key assets obtained in Microsoft’s acquisition of MotionBridge include its technology and mobile operator relationships. In addition, Microsoft will benefit from the expertise of the MotionBridge team.

Besides the continued support of existing services and customers, the MotionBridge and Microsoft search teams plan to move forward on mobile search solutions for Windows Live to provide rich and seamless information experiences to individuals and small businesses, enabling mobile users to quickly find relevant search results on the Internet. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Search With MSN And Win Prizes

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Want a new flat-screen high-definition TV? Craving a new pair of Atomic skis? Wish you could bestow a $50,000 donation to your favorite nonprofit organization? Over the next several months, perform any Web search on MSN and you just might see these wishes realized.

MSN Search kicked off the MSN Search and Win promotion today, which gives customers the chance to win a variety of prizes each time a search is performed on MSN. Prizes include gift certificates from American Express, Target, REI and Nike; Canon PowerShot digital cameras; HP Digital Entertainment Centers; and Creative Zen Sleek MP3 players.

Over the course of three months, each with its own set of giveaways, not only can MSN Search customers win prizes for themselves, they can win cash prizes for a nonprofit agency of their choice. Each month of the promotion, MSN will award $10,000, $25,000 and $50,000 charitable donations on behalf of three selected winners.

Prizes for the month of February are linked to more than 1,200 pre-identified keywords for that month. The keywords list will expand for games in March and April. As customers enter search terms into the query box, they will be taken to the MSN Search results page, where they will find out if they won.

“Whether you want to win a cool prize or give back to your favorite charity, now is a great time to try MSN Search,? said Lisa Gurry, director of marketing, MSN Search. “MSN Search offers the results you’re looking for, and for the next several months we’re rewarding customers for trying our service — hundreds of prizes are ready to be awarded, so start searching!?

MSN Search helps consumers find precisely what they are looking for in less time by giving them faster access to information and more control over their search experience.

Motorola to make Windows Media phones

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Motorola said on Monday it had signed a deal to use Windows Media technology from Microsoft in a new range of music phones that would sell alongside its iTunes phone developed with Apple.

Motorola Inc., the world’s second biggest mobile phone maker behind Nokia , will launch between one and three Windows Media phones in the second half of 2006, said Chris White, the company’s senior director of global product marketing for music handsets.

Motorola, which launched its first iTunes phones last year, will keep Windows Media phones as separate products, he said.

“The iTunes phones will remain a separate line of products,” White said at 3GSM, the world’s biggest mobile phone trade fair.

Source: Reuters

New York Mayor Fires Worker For Playing Solitaire

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg isn’t playing games. After he saw a game of solitaire on a city employee’s computer screen, he fired him.

The Republican mayor stopped by the city’s legislative office in Albany a few weeks ago when he was visiting the state Capitol to hear the governor’s State of the State address.

Office assistant Edward Greenwood IX was going over some papers at his desk as Bloomberg made the rounds with his photographer, greeting workers and posing for pictures. When the mayor reached him, Greenwood stood, they shook hands and the photographer snapped a photo.

But the eagle-eyed mayor, a billionaire former businessman with a certain idea of how offices should be run, noticed Greenwood’s game of solitaire glowing on his screen. He said nothing about it to Greenwood but later told an aide to give him the ax.

The story was reported by the New York Post on Thursday, and Bloomberg defended his no-tolerance decision.

“The workplace is not an appropriate place for games,” Bloomberg said. “It’s a place where you’ve got to do the job that you’re getting paid for.”

Source: newsday

Plextor Releases 18X Dual Format DVD Burner

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If four minute DVD-R burn times were not fast enough for you, Plextor just announced the E-IDE PX-760A DVD recorder. The drive is capable of burning 18X speeds on 16X certified DVD-R and DVD+R media. Furthermore, the drive obtains 10X speeds on supported DVD+R dual layer media, and 6x record speeds on DVD-R dual layer media. The drive is capable of burning DVD-RW, DVD-VR and CD-R/W media as well.

Source: dailytech

Wipe your iPod before selling it, RIAA warns

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If you sell your iPod and don’t remove your music first, you could find yourself with the Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA) breathing down your back. The organisation last week told sellers in the US that doing so is a clear violation of copyright law and warned them that it’s sniffing out for infringers.

Source: The Register

Man Threatens to Attack Olympic Computers

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A would-be hacker was being investigated by police Monday after threatening to attack the internal computer network of the Turin Olympics organizing committee.

The man — a technical consultant for the TOROC committee — illicitly gained access to off-limits sections of the network, police officer Fabiola Silvestri said.

“This consultant — who is now a former consultant — said in a very strong way that he could do certain things to the network,” TOROC spokesman Giuseppe Gattino said. “Nothing has happened and all the passwords have been disabled.”

Officials declined to reveal the consultant’s identity, and Gattino said he didn’t know the reasons for his threatening behavior.

No charges were immediately filed against the man.

Source: AP

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