10/14/2006

British Library to store ‘blog’ of lives of Britons

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The details of a day in the lives of hundreds of thousands of Britons will reportedly be recorded and compiled into a digital time capsule that will be stored permanently at the British Library.

The “One Day in History” project, described as a “blog for the national record,” will feature British celebrities such as actors Stephen Fry and Derek Jacobi, and the writer Bill Bryson contributing to the compilation, along with any Briton with access to the Internet who wants to participate, The Sunday Times reported.

Students and teachers at 29,000 schools have also been invited to join in the project, along with pupils at the Dubai British School, who will blog about expatriate life in the Middle East. Any Briton who logs on to the website www.historymatters.co.uk can also submit their own contribution.

Source: AFP

Microsoft Makes Vista Licensing Tougher On Users

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft has released licenses for the Windows Vista operating system that dramatically differ from those for Windows XP in that they limit the number of times that retail editions can be transferred to another device.

The new licenses, which were highlighted by the Vista team on its official blog Tuesday, add new restrictions to how and where Windows can be used.

“The first user of the software may reassign the license to another device one time. If you reassign the license, that other device becomes the “licensed device,” reads the license for Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate, and Business. In other words, once a retail copy of Vista is installed on a PC, it can be moved to another system only once.

Source: InformationWeek

Microsoft Opening Up Vista Kernel To Security Vendors

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft has compromised with security vendors who’ve been demanding access to the kernel of the upcoming Vista operating system so that they can update their security offerings, two analysts confirmed Friday.

Following conversations with the European Union, Microsoft will make two security-related changes to Vista. First, it will create a new set of APIs, which will let third-party security vendors access information from the kernel. Microsoft will also build additional APIs to make sure Vista’s security status dashboard — Windows Security Center — doesn’t send duplicate alerts to users who have installed a rival dashboard.

Source: InformationWeek

Oracle to provide clearer vulnerability ratings

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Oracle is to start ranking the severity of security bugs it fixes using an industry-standard scoring system starting with its next quarterly patch update, due on 17 October.

The database giant will grade the threat posed by the bugs it fixes using the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS). It has also promised to give an easy-to-understand execuctive summary of the flaws it has addressed, highlighting bugs that lend themselves to remote exploitation by hackers. In the past, Oracle published an internally developed risk matrix along with its quarterly patch cycle but this is to be sidelined if favour of a simpler - and clearer - method of explaining the relative importance of security bugs.

Source: The Registe

MySpace phishing scam targets music fans

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Con-men have developed a phishing attack targeting MySpace music fans that highlights the evolving use of social engineering techniques in money-making spam emails.

Junk emails featuring the attack have been spammed out to thousands of computer users around the globe in the last week, to trick them into visiting one of a series of bogus websites that pose as an online music store. The emails typically pose as MySpace contact emails, increasing the chances that prospective marks will be duped by the messages.

The message in the email informs recipients, “You’ve got a new song from on MySpace!”, and invites them to click on a link that directs them to a site claiming to sell MP3 music.

The goal of the attack is to trick prospective marks into handing over their names and credit card information to fraudsters. In a bid to make the bogus email appear more legitimate, con-men have included fake MySpace boilerplate text in their messages.

Source: The Register

US schoolgirl investigated for Bush ‘threat’

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A 14-year-old US schoolgirl was quizzed by Secret Service agents after posting anti-George W. Bush comments on popular Internet chat room MySpace, a US newspaper reported.

Julia Wilson, described as a freckle-nosed adolescent who wears braces and has a love heart on her school backpack, was yanked out of a biology class at her school in Sacramento, California to answer agents’ questions.

The Sacramento Bee newspaper reported that she posted a cartoon photo collage of a knife stabbing
President George W. Bush’s hand beneath the words “Kill Bush” on MySpace, which is hugely popular amongst teens.

It was one of several images the teenager had used to decorate an anti-Bush page on the website — and prompted a visit to McClatchy High School by agents from the Secret Service and the Department of
Homeland Security.

Source: AFP

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