12/29/2006

Hackers Spam ‘Happy New Year’ Worm

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A rootkit-cloaked worm is being heavily spammed to users as an attachment to “Happy New Year!” messages, a security researcher warned Friday.

The new worm, dubbed “Tibs” by Kaspersky Lab but pegged as a “Nuwar” variant by Trend Micro, comes disguised as a file attachment named “postcard.exe,” said Ken Dunham, director of VeriSign iDefense’s rapid response team, in an e-mail. Users who launch the executable will infect their PCs.

With antivirus signature updates still thin and over 160 servers spamming the new worm, the threat is significant, added Dunham. “The period of greatest risk is through the New Year’s holiday, when antivirus protection is the lowest for this new threat and users are most apt to click on a ‘New Year’s’ related message,” he said. “Everyone should be on guard for e-mails and other content potentially harboring malicious code during the holiday period.”

On at least one network the worm is generating as many as five spammed messages a second, iDefense reported.

Source: InformationWeek

Apple faces suit over iPod-iTunes link

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

As if its options woes weren’t trouble enough, Apple Computer Inc. said Friday it is facing several federal lawsuits, including one alleging the company created an illegal monopoly by tying iTunes music and video sales to its market-leading iPod portable players.

The case, filed July 21, is over Apple’s use of a copy-protection system that generally prevents iTunes music and video from playing on rival players. Likewise, songs purchased elsewhere aren’t easily playable on iPods.

Source: AP

French space agency to publish UFO archive online

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The French space agency is to publish its archive of UFO sightings and other phenomena online, but will keep the names of those who reported them off the site to protect them from pestering by space fanatics.

Jacques Arnould, an official at the National Space Studies Center (CNES), said the French database of around 1,600 incidents would go live in late January or mid-February.

He said the CNES had been collecting statements and documents for almost 30 years to archive and study them.

“Often they are made to the Gendarmerie, which provides an official witness statement … and some come from airline pilots,” he said by telephone.

Advances in technology over the past three decades had prompted the decision to put the archive online, he said, adding it would likely be available via the CNES website .

Source: Reuters

Firefox Creator No Longer Trusts Google

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Blake Ross the man whose scratched itch became the Firefox browser explains on his blog why he has a problem with Google’s policy of promoting their own products over competitors’ in search results. His main gripe is that the tips (e.g. “Want to share pictures? Try Google Picasa”) result in an inability for other products to compete for the top slot on Google.”

Source: Slashdot

Media, tech firms probe possible high-def DVD hack

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The companies behind an encryption system for high-definition DVDs are looking into a hacker’s claim that he has cracked the code protecting the new discs from piracy, a spokesman for one of the companies said on Thursday.

A hacker known as Muslix64 posted on the Internet details of how he unlocked the encryption, known as the Advanced Access Content System, which prevents high-definition discs from illegal copying by restricting which devices can play them.

A spokesman for one of the AACS companies, who declined to have the company identified, said they were aware of it and were looking into the claims, but would not elaborate.

The vulnerability could pose a threat to movie studios looking for ways to boost revenue as sales of standard-format DVDs flatten. In 2005, U.S. DVD sales generated some $24 billion for the movie industry.

If the encryption code has been cracked, then any high-definition DVD released up to now can be illegally copied using the Muslix64 “key,” according to technology experts.

Jeff Moss, organizer of Defcon, the world’s largest hacking convention, said in an interview that Muslix64 appears to have found a real breach in the encryption system.

Source: Yahoo

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