1/31/2010

Google Phasing Out Support for IE 6.0, Firefox 2.0, Safari 2.0

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google says it will cease fully supporting Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 for its Google Docs and Google Sites applications on March 1. This deadline also applies to other older Web browser versions, including Mozilla Firefox 2.0, Apple Safari 2.0 and Google’s own Chrome 3.0. The move is part of Google’s push to rid the messaging and collaboration world of the dated, insecure IE 6 and put Google Chrome in its place. Chrome has 4.63 percent of the browser market and Google would love to chomp away at IE’s 63 percent share.

Microsoft Sex Party Not Arranged By Microsoft

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The Marker reports that a former Microsoft employee who has been on the Microsoft cruise ship alleged to have a sex and drug party, claims that the “girls” were brought on board the ship by Turkish partner and Egyptian division manager. The former employee said that this was a private initiative and not a Microsoft sponsored event.

He also claims that although they were invited to participate in the activity, he and other MS reps got off the ship and spent the night on bars and restaurants on shore. At the course of the evening he got a call from his friends on board the ship that they ran out of condoms and was asked to renew the ship’s supply. He said that he did not witness and illegal substance on the ship as claimed in the law suit.

Firefox-based attack wreaks havoc on IRC users

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Hackers are exploiting a weakness in the Mozilla Firefox browser to wreak havoc on Freenode and other networks that cater to users of internet relay chat.

Using a piece of javascript embedded into a web link, the hackers force users of the open-source browser to join IRC networks and flood channels with diatribes that include the same internet address. As IRC users with Firefox follow the link, their browsers are also forced to spam the channels, giving the attack a viral quality that has has caused major disruptions for almost a month.

Mozilla unfurls first mobile Firefox

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Mozilla has officially released the first mobile Firefox, a condensed version of the popular open-source browser that runs on Nokia’s Maemo platform.

Codenamed ‘Fennec,’ Firefox 1.0 for Maemo was previously available only as a beta. Mozilla calls this the first mobile web browser to accomodate add-ons - long a staple of the Firefox desktop browser. More than 40 add-ons are already available for the new mobile platform, including AdBlock Plus, the most famous of Firefox extensions.

1/28/2010

IE Windows vuln coughs up local files

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

If you use any version of Internet Explorer to surf the web, Jorge Luis Alvarez Medina can probably read the entire contents of your primary hard drive.

The security consultant at Core Security said his attack works by clicking on a single link that exploits a chain of weaknesses in IE and Windows. Once an IE user visits the booby-trapped site, the webmaster has complete access to the machine’s C drive, including files, authentication cookies - even empty hashes of passwords.

1/27/2010

Google Toolbar caught tracking users when ‘disabled’

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google has updated its browser toolbar after the application was caught tracking urls even when specifically “disabled” by the user.

In a Monday blog post, Harvard professor and noted Google critic Ben Edelmen provided video evidence of the Google toolbar transmitting data back to the Mountain View Chocolate Factory after he chose to disable the application in the browser window he was currently using.

The Google toolbar offers two disable options: one is meant to disable the toolbar “permanently,” and the other is meant to disable the app “only for this window.”

In a statement passed to The Reg, Google has acknowledged the bug. According to the statement, the bug affects Google Toolbar versions 6.3.911.1819 through 6.4.1311.42 for Internet Explorer. An update that fixes the bug is now available here, and the company intends to automatically update users’ toolbars sometime today.

PlayStation 3 Hack Released Online

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

On Friday, George Hotz, best known for cracking Apple’s iPhone, said he had managed to hack the PlayStation 3 after five weeks of work with ‘very simple hardware cleverly applied, and some not so simple software.’ Days later, he has now released the exploit, saying in a blog post that he wanted to see what others could do with it.

‘Hopefully, this will ignite the PS3 scene, and you will organize and figure out how to use this to do practical things, like the iPhone when jailbreaks were first released,’ he wrote. ‘I have a life to get back to and can’t keep working on this all day and night.

Source: Slashdot

Tracking Browsers Without Cookies Or IP Addresses?

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The EFF has launched a research project called Panopticlick, to determine whether seemingly innocuous browser configuration information (like User Agent strings, plugin versions and, fonts) may create unique fingerprints that allow web users to be tracked, even if they limit or delete cookies.

Preliminary results indicate that the User Agent string alone has 10.5 bits of entropy, which means that for a typical Internet user, only one in about 1,500 (2 ^ 10.5) others will share their User Agent string.

If you visit Panopticlick, you can get an reading of how rare or unique your browser configuration is, as well as helping EFF to collect better data about this problem and how best to defend against it.

Google releases new Google Voice for iPhone

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google Inc unveiled a new version of its Internet phone service on Tuesday in its latest effort to bypass Apple Inc’s gatekeepers and make Google Voice a popular service on the iPhone.

The new version of Google Voice can only be accessed through a smartphone’s Web browser, unlike the so-called native apps that can be downloaded directly onto an iPhone.

IFPI Loses “Deep-Linking” Case Against Baidu

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

In 2008, Baidu was sued for around $9 million by Sony BMG, Universal Music and Warner Music for providing so-called “deep-links” to copyright music tracks. A court has now ruled that providing search results does not breach copyright law, clearing China’s biggest search engine of wrong-doing.

1/26/2010

Google Chrome 4 Stable Released

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google has unveiled a “stable” Windows version of Chrome 4.0, providing all PC-based users with access to its new Chrome extension gallery.

Mountain View unveiled Chrome extensions in early December, but until today, they were only available to those running the Chrome 4.0 beta.

Google says the Chrome extensions gallery now includes over 1,500 tools.

Chrome 4.0 is still in beta on Linux and Mac - it’s the first incarnation of the browser to be offered for non-Windows machines - and on the Mac, even beta users must wait a bit longer for extensions. At the moment, Google only offers extensions for Windows and Linux.

1/25/2010

Microsoft Terminated Us For Not Participating In An Orgy

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

EIM, an Israeli software distributor is suing Microsoft for terminating their partnership after they refused to participate in a drug and sex party.

According to Globes(Hebrew), EIM, once one of the largest Microsoft distributor in Israel, claims that Microsoft sponsored a cruise for its Israeli and and Turkey distributors. On this cruise they claim there were women paid by Microsoft to have sex with the guests, activity that was encouraged by Microsoft stuff. Also in this alleged party Microsoft representatives encouraged participants to use what looked like illegal substance.

According to the claim, EIM’s personnel refused to participate in the drug and sex party which caused Microsoft to cancel their agreement and terminate their distributor license, which caused EIM a 50% loss in revenue.

Microsoft claims that the license termination was due to incorrect sales reports by EIM, and even called it fraud.

Microsoft refused to comment about the sex party allegation saying the claims are not worthy of a response.

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