12/12/2006

Hacker cracks UCLA computers, data on 800,000

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A hacker has infiltrated a University of California, Los Angeles database containing the personal information on 800,000 people, the school said on Tuesday, in one of the worst computer breaches ever at a U.S. university.

The hacker, who was seeking social security numbers, exploited a software flaw to crack the massive database, UCLA said in notices sent to all 800,000 potential victims, most of them current or former students and faculty members.

“My primary concern is to make sure this doesn’t happen again and to provide to the people whose data is stored in the database important information on how to minimize the risk of potential identity theft and fraud,” UCLA Acting Chancellor Norman Abrams said in a written release.

“We take our responsibility to safeguard personal information very seriously,” Abrams said.

Source: Reuters

Microsoft Releases Software Flaw Patches

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft Corp. put out three software patches Tuesday that fix problems carrying a “critical” rating, the company’s highest threat level.

All three could let an attacker remotely run code on a victim’s computer. The patches close holes in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Web browser, its Windows Media Player program and its Visual Studio 2005 development software.

Four other patches, for vulnerabilities deemed “important,” also were released for Windows and its Outlook Express e-mail program

Source: AP

ComScore: MySpace Tops Yahoo in November

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The online hangout MySpace got even more popular in November, beating Yahoo in Web traffic for the first time, a research company said Tuesday.

News Corp.’s MySpace recorded 38.7 billion U.S. page views last month, compared with 38.1 billion for Yahoo Inc., according to comScore Media Metrix. MySpace’s growth was 2 percent over October and triple the 12.5 billion recorded in November 2005.

The numbers underscore the rapid rise of a social-networking site that encourages visitors to stay and make friends through free tools for messaging, sharing photos and creating personal pages known as profiles.

Source: AP

Muslim YouTube Club Targets Anti-Terrorist Videos and Users

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Muslims have set up a group called Oul-Al-Albab/Oul-Al-Absar at YouTube that targets videos and users critical of Islamist violence. YouTube’s poorly thought out flagging procedures encourage dishonest users to lie about content in order to suppress videos with which they disagree. YouTube has refused to change the system, despite numerous complaints from users that certain groups, particularly those sympathetic to Islamic terrorism, are abusing it.

Source: The Dread Pundit Bluto

LCD Price-Fixing Investigation Goes Global

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Japan’s Fair Trading Commission confirmed it was investigating price fixing claims against LG.Philips and rivals including Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Sharp Corp. of Japan.

A joint venture between Japan’s Seiko Epson Corp. and Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd., which specialises in small liquid crystal display (LCD) screens for mobile phones and digital cameras, is part of the investigation.

The European Union’s top competition regulator also said it was investigating possible cartel activities by producers of thin film transistor/LCDs.

It named no companies involved but said the purpose of the probe was “to ascertain whether there is evidence of a cartel agreement and related practices concerning price fixing for these products” breaching EU rules in a worldwide market worth 40 billion euros ($53 billion) in 2004.

LG.Philips said on Monday the U.S. Justice Department and the Korean Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) were also looking into the industry.

A public relations official at Taiwan’s AU Optronics Corp., the world’s third-largest LCD maker, confirmed late on Tuesday that the company was also under investigation from U.S. authorities.

Source: extremetech

Macworld Reveals the 2006 Eddy Award Winners

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Macworld announced the winners of the 22nd annual Editors’ Choice Awards. After reviewing hundreds of products, ranging from Apple’s newest desktop to utilities built by independent developers, the final selections were based on longevity, quality, and value.

“The Mac is all about innovation, and that innovation doesn’t end with Apple,” said Mac Publishing VP/Editorial Director Jason Snell. “Dozens of companies both large and small take advantage of the Mac platform to create the kind of great, cutting-edge products that will take the world by storm in the next few years. Our annual Eddy Awards recognize the most impressive new products in the world’s most exciting technology market.”

Listed alphabetically by company, below are the winners of the 2006 Macworld Eddy Awards:
After Effects 7 Professional - Adobe Systems
24-inch iMac Core 2 Duo - Apple
Aperture 1.5 - Apple
iLife ‘06 - Apple
Keynote 3 - Apple
Mac Pro - Apple
MacBook - Apple
EyeTV Hybrid - Elgato Systems
Deep Freeze Mac 2.0 - Faronics
WingNuts 2: Raina’s Revenge - Freeverse
Google Earth - Google
G-Drive Q - G-Technology
Photosmart Pro B9180 - HP
TonePort UX2 - Line 6
MX Revolution, VX Revolution - Logitech
TechTool Protege - Micromat
Nike + iPod Sport Kit - Nike
Coolpix S7c - Nikon
Nikon D80 - Nikon
PV-GS500 - Panasonic
huey - Pantone
Parallels Desktop for Mac - Parallels
PhoneValet Message Center 4.0 - Parliant
Fission 1.1 - Rogue Amoeba Software
SuperDuper 2.1 - Shirt
Pocket Sonos Digital Music System - Sonos
Dimenxian - Tabula Digita
VisualHub 1.1 - Techspansion
YouTube - YouTube

Piratebay blocks Swedish ISP

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

When the the swedish ISP Perspektiv decided to block their customers from visiting the music site allofmp3.com just before the weekend they pissed quite a few people off.

Well, now The Piratebay strikes back and announces that they are blocking Perspektiv customers from using their site.

Source: programatic

IT Job Market Best In Five Years, Survey Finds

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A boom in IT hiring may finally be at hand, according to a survey released Monday by Robert Half Technology, an IT employment service and agency. Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report found in its survey of 1,400 CIOs that 16% said they plan to hire staff in the first quarter of 2007, while just 2% plan to cut back staff.

“The net 14% hiring increase — the highest since the fourth quarter of 2001 — is up 4% from the previous quarter’s forecast,” the IT employment company reported.

In greatest demand, the agency said, are IT specialists with Windows administration expertise, particularly with skills in Server 2000/2003. The next greatest area of demand is for IT workers with network administration expertise.

Source: InformationWeek

iTunes sales ‘collapsing’

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The leading DRM digital download service, Apple’s iTunes, has experienced a collapse in sales revenues this year according to analyst company Forrester Research.

Secretive Apple doesn’t break out revenues from iTunes, but Forrester conducted an analysis of credit card transactions over a 27-month period. And this year’s numbers aren’t good.

While the iTunes service saw healthy growth for much of the period, since January the monthly revenue has fallen by 65 per cent, with the average transaction size falling 17 per cent. The previous spring’s rebound wasn’t repeated this year.

Source: The Register

Microsoft starts test of new VoIP server

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft Corp. started testing on Monday a new computer server software that allows corporate customers to make Web-based phone calls through its Office suite of business software.

Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, due for release in the April-June quarter of 2007, will push the software giant into the business telephone market at a time when many large companies shift to cheaper telecommunications powered by Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology.

Ahead of the official release, Microsoft said it will make the technology available to 2,500 companies for testing.

The new voice server will allow users to instantly call anyone from within Office applications by clicking on a person’s name and initiating a call.

Source: Yahoo

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