12/18/2007

Sony posts PS3 DivX firmware update

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Sony has formally announced the firmware update that will bring support for the DivX video format and for the Blu-ray Disc Profile 1.1 - aka Bonus View - to the PlayStation 3.

Firmware 2.10 is available for download immediately, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe said - though at the time of writing it had yet to be added to the UK PlayStation website.

In addition to DivX, Sony said the update also introduces support for the VC-1 codec - a key component of the Blu-ray Disc format in addition to MPEG 4. Profile 1.1 essentially adds support for picture-in-picture views, used to enable real-time video commentaries without including two copies of the movie, one with the commentary and one without.

OpenOffice Online Now Available For Beta Testing

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

In the latest challenge to Microsoft’s dominance of the productivity software market, a group of Linux developers has begun testing an online version of a free office applications suite.

Developers at online software provider Ulteo said in a message posted on their Web site site that a hosted version of OpenOffice.org 2.3 that they plan to offer is now available for public beta testing.

The trial version of the software can be launched from within Ulteo’s Online Desktop package, which is itself currently in beta testing. The Ulteo Online Desktop aims to offer users a range of open source, Web-based applications and services. The project is led by Mandriva Linux creator Gael Duval.

New Trojan preys on commercial banking customers

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A researcher has uncovered malware that targets commercial bank customers by logging into their online accounts and wiring large sums to accounts under the control of criminals.

The Prg Bank Trojan is known to have cost victims at least $200,000, but the actual damage is suspected to be much higher, said Don Jackson, a researcher with Security services provider SecureWorks. The software has attacked commercial clients of about 20 banks in the US, the UK, Spain and Italy over the past six months.

Jackson attributes the malware’s success to several clever design features. For one, hackers are alerted each time an online transaction is initiated, allowing the account to be compromised without having to enter a victim’s username and password. In addition, the trojan is notable for a focus on commercial banking clients.

“These people have high balances and by default, because the liability for these accounts is on the business and not the bank, they have access to wire transfers,” he told El Reg.

The malware is a variant of the Prg Trojan, which logs all data entered into a web browser and transmits it to its authors. The older Trojan has been in the wild for more than a year and is known to have stolen social security numbers, credit card details and other personal details for more than 50,000 victims, according to SecureWorks. The new banking version was unleashed about six months ago and is the handiwork of a Russian cybergang known as UpLevel.

Prg Trojan spreads through malicious links embedded in emails and from booby-trapped iFrames injected into websites. Once Prg is installed, hackers use stolen information to spear phishing victims who control commercial bank accounts by sending a well-crafted email that purports to be from their bank. It entreats the mark to download a new soft token, client certificate or security code. When victims take the bait, the updated Prg Banking Trojan is installed.

Nearly half SKorean Internet users pirate movies

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Nearly half the Internet users in South Korea — one of the world’s most wired nations – illegally download a full-length movie a week, according to a survey released Tuesday.

The poll of 2,358 people, aged from 15 to 49, showed 47.3 percent had downloaded feature films through file-sharing sites by paying nothing or less than 100 won (11 cents) per film during the past year

UK admits losing data of 3 million people

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s government suffered new embarrassment over missing data on Monday when it revealed one of its contractors had lost the details of 3 million learner drivers.

The revelation came weeks after the government admitted it had lost computer discs containing the names and bank account details of 25 million people, exposing nearly half the population to possible fraud and identity theft.

The opposition Conservatives accused the government of incompetence over the data loss, the latest in a series of mishaps that have caused the popularity of Brown’s six-month-old government to plunge.

Joost launches NBA channel

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Joost on Monday launched a National Basketball Association channel on its online video service that will offer highlights from the past and present.

The deal comes months after a similar partnership with Major League Baseball.

Match.com comes to Facebook

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Match.com, an old standby of online dating, wants to make some new connections among the fast-growing number of Facebook users worldwide.

Dating Web site Match.com, owned by media mogul Barry Diller’s InterActiveCorp conglomerate, plans to launch two new features this week that bring greater social networking capabilities to its more than 15 million Match members and to the roughly 58 million active users of Facebook.

Dallas-based Match, which started in 1995, will announce Thursday the launch of Little Black Book, a new way to link Facebook users with Match.com daters. Already this week, it has introduced Match My Friends, which allows friends or family members of a prospective online dater to create a profile for him or her - with the approval by the wanna be-dater.

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