9/27/2006

Zero-day attacks continue to hit Microsoft

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft on Wednesday warned of “limited zero-day attacks” that exploit a new flaw in PowerPoint, Microsoft’s widely used presentation tool. For the attack to be carried out, a user must first open a malicious PowerPoint file attached to an e-mail or otherwise provided to them by an attacker, Microsoft said in a security advisory.

“This issue can allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable computer,” Symantec said in an alert sent to customers. The flaw affects PowerPoint in Office 2000, Office XP and Office 2003 on Windows and Apple Computer’s Mac OS X, it said. Attacks appear to be aimed at specific targets, Symantec said.

Source: News.com

EarthLink Evidence Helps Stop Phisher Site Spam Ring

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

EarthLink’s investigation into the source of millions of phisher site spam e-mails has helped law enforcement break up an alleged identity theft ring. A federal grand jury in New Haven, Connecticut, returned an indictment on September 20th charging six individuals with identity theft, conspiracy and fraud in connection with e-mail and access devices. The indictment was unsealed today.

The indictment charges Michael Dolan of North Miami Beach, Florida; Charlie Blount, Jr., of Branford, Connecticut; Keith Riedel of Winter Haven, Florida; Richard D’Andrea of West Haven, Connecticut; Thomas Taylor, Jr. of West Haven, and Daniel Mascia of West Haven, with various counts of conspiracy, fraud in connection with access devices, fraud in connection with electronic mail and aggravated identity theft. Blount, D’Andrea and Taylor entered guilty pleas today.

The charges follow a year-long investigation by EarthLink’s abuse team. In May of 2005, EarthLink’s abuse team began identifying phisher site e-mails on its network that used a variety of methods including fake “greeting card” e- mails, bogus prize-winning announcements and account cancellation messages to trick consumers into providing credit card numbers and other personal information. EarthLink’s abuse team shut down the accounts sending the fraudulent e-mails, and captured evidence about the e-mails’ origins for law enforcement.

Microsoft Xbox HD-DVD price Is Set To $200

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Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday announced U.S. and European pricing and availability for its Xbox 360 HD-DVD player and a new video game partnership with the Academy Award-winning husband-and-wife creative team behind “The Lord of the Rings.”

Microsoft said the high-definition DVD player for its new video game console will be available in mid-November in North America for $200, the United Kingdom for 130 pounds sterling, and France and Germany for 200 euros.

Source: Reuters

Lenovo Ships First AMD-Based Desktop PC

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Lenovo on Wednesday rolled out its first Advanced Micro Devices-based desktop PC, which is being targeted at small businesses.

The Lenovo 3000 J115, built on AMD’s socket AM2 platform, is powered by an Athlon 64 X2 dual-core chip and is enabled for Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Vista operating system, according to the Raleigh, N.C.-based PC maker. Starting at a list price of $599, the system can be configured with 4 Gbytes of DDR2 memory and a 250-Gbyte hard drive, and it can support a 500-Gbyte hard drive.

The move is the latest win for AMD in its effort to grab and hold onto market share against rival Intel. Previously, Lenovo didn’t offer a PC with an Athlon 64 chip in the United States.

Source: InformationWeek

Yahoo! MSN adds Mac IM interoperability

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft on Wednesday released Messenger 6.0 for Mac, allowing Apple users of its instant messaging software to connect to Yahoo Messenger users.

Source: News.com

Microsoft, Peter Jackson to form new video game studio

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Microsoft announced Wednesday that it will be creating a brand new video game studio in collaboration with “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson.

The new studio, which will be called Wingnut Interactive, will be working with the existing Microsoft game studio Bungie on the creation of a title in the hit “Halo” series of games.

Source: News.com

Court Kills Part of AMD’s Suit Against Intel

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A district court judge in Delaware has dismissed part of Advanced Micro Devices’ lawsuit against Intel.

The dismissed claims relate to alleged business practices of Intel that AMD claims affected sales of its own microprocessors.

Source: Yahoo

IBM To Open 100 Patents To Public

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IBM said on Tuesday that it plans to let the general public use intellectual property from a portion of its patents in a bid to stimulate innovation.

The move applies to more than 100 of IBM’s global portfolio of 40,000 patents. The company has yet to release the list of patents that will be included, but hundreds of others are already in the public domain.

Source: extremetech

Microsoft buys Israeli start-up Gteko

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U.S. software giant Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:MSFT - news) has bought Israeli start-up Gteko, a developer of technical support products, Israeli newspapers reported on Wednesday.

Although the value of the deal is not known, the Maariv newspaper said it estimated it at $90 million. The Yedioth Ahronoth paper said it was worth more than $100 million.

Source: Reuters

Microsoft sues over source code theft

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft has filed a federal lawsuit against an alleged hacker who broke through its copy protection technology, charging that the mystery developer somehow gained access to its copyrighted source code.

For more than a month, the Redmond, Wash., company has been combating a program released online called FairUse4WM, which successfully stripped anticopying guards from songs downloaded through subscription media services such as Napster or Yahoo Music.

Microsoft has filed a federal lawsuit against a mystery hacker, saying “Viodentia” must have gained access to proprietary source code in order to break through its DRM technology.

This latest round of copy-protection headaches comes at a delicate time for Microsoft, as it prepares to launch a music player and service that could put partners’ noses out of joint.

Microsoft has released two successive patches aimed at disabling the tool. The first worked–but the hacker, known only by the pseudonym “Viodentia,” quickly found a way around the update, the company alleges. Now the company says this was because the hacker had apparently gained access to copyrighted source code unavailable to previous generations of would-be crackers.

In a Web posting early Wednesday morning, Viodentia denied using any copyrighted Microsoft code, and released yet another version of his tool.

Source: News.com

Sharp develops world first triple-vision LCD panel

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Japan’s Sharp Corp. said on Wednesday it has developed the world’s first liquid crystal display (LCD) panel that allows the viewing of three different images on one screen at the same time.

The new LCD panel would, for example, allow the driver of a car to view a navigation system, the passenger to look at shopping and restaurant information and a person in the back seat to watch a movie, Sharp said in a press release.

Source: Reuters

Google Video to feature university lectures

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Online video is no longer just fun and games: You might actually learn something.

The University of California at Berkeley said on Tuesday that it is using Google Video to deliver college courses, including lectures and symposia, free of charge, the first university to have its own featured page on Google Video.

Source: Reuters

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