3/23/2006

DoS Attack Brings Down Sun Grid Demo

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A text-to-speech translation application, one of the many services that uses Sun Microsystems’ Grid computing system, did not fare very well on its opening day, March 22, as it was hit by a denial-of-service network attack that forced the application off the public Internet.

Since users of the Sun Grid have to go through a number of stages to be authorized before being registered, Sun decided to load that text-to-speech translation application outside the Grid portal, so that users would not need to register to use it.

Source: eWeek

New York Sues Company in E-Mail Sale Case

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A company accused of selling e-mails, in what may be the biggest deliberate breach of Internet privacy ever, has been sued by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer.

Spitzer on Thursday accused Gratis Internet of selling personal information obtained from millions of consumers despite a promise of confidentiality. The consumers thought they were participating in a general marketing survey and often received free i-Pods music players or DVD movies and video games.

Source: AP

Sony to offer game downloading for PlayStation 3

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc will launch a new online service that will let PlayStation 3 users download as much game software as they want once they pay a small contract fee, an SCE executive said Wednesday. The new service will start in November in line with the debut of PS3, Sony’s next-generation video game console.

Source: crisscross

Universal Launches Film Download Service In UK

Filed under: — Galit

Universal Pictures has launched a new service in Britain that will sell digital downloads of movies such as “King Kong” along with a DVD copy, tapping into the online video market now dominated by Apple’s iTunes.

From April 10, consumers will be able to download two digital copies of selected movies — one for a computer and one for a portable device — and receive a DVD in the mail.

The new service will use Microsoft’s digital rights management technology, which is designed to prevent consumers from duplicating the movies, burning them to disc or uploading them to the Internet.

Universal will start the service with “King Kong” as part of an initial collection of 35 movies, including “Pride and Prejudice” and “Serenity.” “King Kong” will sell for 19.99 pounds, roughly equal to the retail price.

Source: Reuters

Highly Critical Flaws Discovered In RealNetworks Products

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Some vulnerabilities have been reported in various RealNetworks products, which can be exploited by malicious people to compromise a user’s system.

One vulnerability could theoretically allow execution of a program on the local machine, another is a malicious swf file (flash media) which could cause a buffer overrun. The third vulnerability involves the housing of a specially crafted web page on a malicious server which could cause a heap overflow in the embedded player, and the fourth vulnerability is a malicious mbc file (mimio boardcast) which could cause a buffer overrun on a customer’s machine.

The following products are affected by one of more of the vulnerabilities:

  • RealPlayer 10.5 (6.0.12.1040-1348)
  • RealPlayer 10
  • RealOne Player v2
  • RealOne Player v1
  • RealPlayer 8
  • RealPlayer Enterprise
  • Rhapsody 3 (build 0.815 � 1.0.269)
  • Mac RealPlayer 10 (10.0.0.305 - 331)
  • Mac RealOne Player
  • Linux RealPlayer 10 (10.0.6)
  • Helix Player (10.0.6)
  • Linux RealPlayer 10 (10.0.0 - 5)
  • Helix Player (10.0.0 - 5)

Security web site Secunia rates these flaws as Highly Critical.

RealNetworks releases product updates to fix these flaws. You can download the updates here.

Microsoft Confirms ‘Highly Critical’ IE Hole

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft plans to release a pre-patch advisory with workarounds for a “highly critical” vulnerability that could put millions of Internet Explorer users at the mercy of malicious hackers.

Secunia said in an alert that the vulnerability is due to an error in the processing of the “createTextRange()” method call applied on a radio button control.

“This can be exploited by a malicious Web site to corrupt memory in a way that allows the program flow to be redirected to the heap,” Secunia said in the alert, warning that successful exploitation allows execution of arbitrary code whenever the target visits the rigged Web site.

The vulnerability was confirmed on a fully patched system with IE 6.0 and Microsoft Windows XP SP2. It has also been confirmed in IE 7 Beta 2 Preview, Secunia said.

Source: eWeek

BenQ exec claims Apple’s iPhone ‘definitely coming’

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Taiwan’s BenQ believes Apple will indeed offer a mobile phone product. One company executive this week said the ‘iPhone’ is “definitely coming”, claiming the iPod maker has been talking to Taiwanese component manufacturers, some of whom also supply BenQ’s handset operation.

Source: The Register

AMD confirms Athlon 64 X2 5000+

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

AMD will release its first batch of dual-core Turion 64 mobile processors on 9 May, lining up seven chips clocked between 1.6GHz and 2.2GHz, and accompanied by low-voltage variants, according to online claims. Separately, the vendor has itself confirmed the existence of the upcoming Athlon 64 X2 5000+.

Source: The Register

PayPal Plans Payments Using Cell Phones

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Paypal, the online payment service owned by eBay Inc., has begun testing a new offering to allow people to make and receive payments using cell phones and other mobile devices.

The service, known as PayPal Mobile, will be launched in the next couple of weeks in the United States, Canada and Britain, a spokeswoman said. Other markets worldwide will follow.

“PayPal is going to be launching a mobile payments product,” PayPal spokeswoman Sara Bettencourt told Reuters.

Over time, the company may look to extend the service to the more than 55 countries and regions where PayPal is registered to transfer funds online, Bettencourt said. However, she stressed that PayPal has no specific plans yet to do so.

Paypal Mobile is being tested by an unspecified number of eBay employees and will be available to the public in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom in the next few weeks, eBay spokeswoman Amanda Pires said.

Paypal Mobile will allow people to make person-to-person payments, buy items and donate to charities using mobile devices, Pires said. Users will be able to buy CDs, DVDs, shoes and other items by sending product codes as text messages.

Yahoo shopping firm data leaked onto Internet

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Yahoo Japan Corp said Tuesday that 3,169 pieces of data were leaked onto the Internet via the Winny file-sharing software from a computer owned by an employee at a company to which the Internet portal entrusts customer-related services.

The data leaked through the computer held by the Neo Communications Omnimedia Corp worker included the names, telephone numbers and email addresses of companies available for Yahoo online shopping services, the company said.

Source: crisscross

IBM’s Search Engine Sifts Drug Trial Info

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Patients and doctors hunting for information about marketed and experimental therapies should now have an easier time, according to the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations.

On March 22, IFPMA launched an Internet search engine that finds information from a collection of databases and allows searchers to input criteria in five languages.

Both medicines and diseases are known by a variety of names, both across geographical regions and medical specialties, so searches that use only one term can routinely miss relevant information.

The clinical trials portal automatically expands search terms to cover synonyms in medical jargon and other languages and even helps correct misspelled words.

Patients and physicians can also look for trials under way near where they live and learn about the criteria for participating.

Source: eWeek

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