9/21/2006

Effort to combat child porn would close Web sites

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

As part of the battle against the spread of child pornography on the Internet, an initiative has begun allowing for the shutdown or blocking of sites offering illicit images of minors, even in cases where no criminal investigation is being conducted.

The initiative, expected to be announced Thursday at a congressional hearing, is part of an effort among a group of Internet service providers and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

Until now, the decisions to close child pornography sites were ad hoc, based on thousands of referrals to the service providers and the CyberTipline of the center.

Often, such shutdowns did not occur, and many times, closings were reserved for sites that were the targets of criminal investigations.

Under the program, the testimony says, the center will confirm the presence of illegal images on reported sites and provide the Web addresses and related information to the service providers. Those companies will then take down such sites if they are based on their systems or will block their subscribers’ access using filters.

Source: News.com

Googling for ATM Master Passwords

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Using clues obtained from a YouTube video and a simple four-word Google search engine query, a criminal can find step-by-step instructions for how to hack into and take control of thousands of ATMs scattered around the United States.

Following up on a CNN report out of Virginia Beach, Va., that a man reprogrammed an ATM at a gas station to dispense $20 bills instead of $5 bills, a New York-based security researcher did some old-fashioned online sleuthing and discovered that the operator manual for that specific model of ATM could be legally obtained in about 15 minutes.

Dave Goldsmith, founder and president of penetration testing outfit Matasano Security, in New York, did not say how he obtained the operator manual—which contains master passwords and other sensitive security information about the cash-dispensing machines—but an eWEEK investigation shows that a simple Google query will return a 102-page PDF file that provides a road map to the hack.

Source: eWeek

Google Updates Spreadsheet

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google recently updated its online spreadsheet with a slew of new options.

•”Anyone can View” option
•URL display (with the “Anyone Can View? setting).
•Access to your Google Contact List (used in GMail, Calendar, etc.)
•Increase in allowed simultaneous sessions in one spreadsheet.
•Printing
•Export to PDF
•Open Document Format support (ODF)
•Number Format menu expanded
•Mutli-line Text in Cells
•Larger file sizes imported
•New Function Dialogbox and help page
•”New Features” link
•Use format commands directly from edit mode
•Un-saved spreadsheet warning

Complete list of changes here

Microsoft DRM To Get Even Tighter

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft is tightening the screws on their up & coming DRM platform. First, Windows Media Player 11 removes the right to move music from one machine to another. According to their website, WMP11 ‘does not permit you to back up your media usage rights (previously known as licenses).’ Worse, if you rip your own CDs and the ‘Copy protect music’ option is turned on, WMP11 will require you to ‘connect to a Microsoft Web page that explains how to restore your rights a limited number of times.

Source: Slashdot

Motorola Unveils Phone Vending Machines

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Consumers needing a cell phone or accessories on the run have a new option now that Motorola Inc. has rolled out a series of what the company calls “robotic stores.”

The vending machinelike stores unveiled Wednesday will carry about 30 products, initially including 12 phones and 18 accessories, said Bob Many, Motorola’s director of automated retailing.

The “Instantmoto” will go into 20 malls and airports nationwide as part of a pilot program. Chicago has three outlets operating, including one in the Macy’s store downtown.

The program will be expanded depending on its success, Many said.

Source: AP

AMD chip socket makes room for others

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Advanced Micro Devices will let computer makers pop specialized coprocessors into sockets that otherwise would house an AMD primary processor such as Opteron or Athlon.

It’s an expansion of the Torrenza initiative, introduced in May, which provides a way for others to connect their technology directly to AMD chips, via the company’s HyperTransport interface. The program initially let companies plug in their coprocessors via an external connection called “HTX.” Now it is licensing the processor socket design as well, said Marty Seyer, senior vice president for AMD’s commercial business.

That means a computer maker doesn’t have to develop a separate design if it wants to use a coprocessor–a special-purpose chip for handling tasks such as graphics, mathematical calculations or security. “Now an OEM (original equipment manufacturer)–say, IBM–only has to develop one infrastructure,” Seyer said.

Source: News.com

Nokia to put Microsoft search on cellphones

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The world’s top handset maker, Nokia said on Thursday it has agreed with Microsoft to integrate Live Search capabilities into Nokia’s Mobile Search.

This would enable phone users access to Live Search directly from their Nokia N-series multimedia phones and other compatible Nokia phones using Series 60 software, it said.

Source: Yahoo

Report: Broadband Finally Passes Dial-Up

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Driven largely by the bundling of services, high-speed broadband has finally overtaken dial-up in Internet access, accounting for a 56 percent share of residential ISP customers, according to a report released Wednesday by J. D. Power and Associates.

The customer market research firm noted that high-speed services had surged even though they are priced much higher than dial-up. Power and Associates said the average price subscribers pay for high-speed access is $42.13 a month versus $18.45 for dial-up.

Source: InformationWeek

Oracle Ships ‘Low Cost’ Content Management Software

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Oracle on Wednesday launched software that the company says is designed to provide “low-cost” management of Office documents, PDF and image files, and other unstructured data.

The new Content and Records databases target companies dealing with content in mostly unmanaged environments, the vendor said. The two products include interfaces for use within a service-oriented architecture to content-enable business processes and applications.

Source: Yahoo

Free anonymous browsing

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A modified version of Mozilla Firefox that lets users browse the web anonymously has been released.

The Torpark browser can be stored on and run from a flash USB memory stick, which can effectively turn a PC into an anonymous terminal.

Working in conjunction with The Onion Router (TOR) network, the tool anonymises a user’s connection through encryption and constantly changing net addresses. This makes it incredibly difficult for ISPs to track an individuals web-related activity and location.

Source: The Register

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