TechTalk & Personal Computing Guide

India-Forums

   
TechTalk & Personal Computing Guide
TechTalk & Personal Computing Guide

The Tech-Talk News. (Page 2)

cdesai12 Goldie
cdesai12
cdesai12

Joined: 18 September 2004
Posts: 1900

Posted: 03 February 2005 at 9:25pm | IP Logged

Yahoo supports Firefox with Y!Q

Use Y!Q to add contextual search power to your Firefox browser. Once you've added Y!Q, you'll be able to search from anywhere on the Web and get related results for all your searches.

There are three simple ways to add Y!Q to Firefox:

  1. Add Y!Q quick search to the address bar
  2. Create a Y!Q search plug-in
  3. Add the Y!Q form
for more info visit

http://yq.search.yahoo.com/splash/firefox.html


Edited by cdesai12 - 03 February 2005 at 9:26pm

cdesai12 Goldie
cdesai12
cdesai12

Joined: 18 September 2004
Posts: 1900

Posted: 04 February 2005 at 1:09pm | IP Logged

MSN Messenger hit by double-whammy worm

 February 4, 2005

Takeaway:

The new Bropia offshoot, which uses MSN Messenger to spread, is packaged with a second, more damaging worm. 

By Munir Kotadia ZDNet Australia

 Trend Micro is warning of a new variant of the Bropia worm that uses MSN Messenger to spread.

 The Bropia.F worm is packaged with a second, more damaging worm that tries to exploit poorly patched computers, the antivirus company said on Thursday.

 The latest variant of the Bropia worm was discovered on Wednesday evening, Trend Micro said. It infects systems belonging to users of MSN Messenger by sending itself as a picture of a roast chicken with tan lines to all available or online contacts. It also releases a second more dangerous worm, called Agabot.ajc, on the infected computer.

 Adam Biviano, a senior systems engineer at Trend Micro, said that although there have only been a handful of reported infections, the company has declared the worm a medium risk, because of its potential to spread and steal users' bandwidth.

 "The potential for damage is quite high, because it drops another worm on your machine that is quite nasty and can spread through network by taking advantage of unpatched desktops and servers," Biviano said.

 Biviano said this variant of Bropia can easily be avoided, because it exploits vulnerabilities that could have been patched months ago and relies on people opening a file through MSN Messenger. He advises people to only open files received through the instant messaging program if they are expected--even if they are from a contact. It is very possible that the file is being sent unbeknown to that person, he said.

 "Usually, if you are sending a file using (an instant messaging program), you say 'I'm sending you this picture, have a look at it.' It is never random or out of the blue," Biviano said.

 The worm affects MSN Messenger on computers running Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000 and XP, according to Trend Micro's advisory. The company is advising MSN Messenger users to avoid accepting file transfers coming from an untrusted source.

 Biviano said the second worm--Agabot.ajc--has the potential to perform a distributed denial-of-service attack on certain services. For example, it preys on the same vulnerabilities that were exploited by Slammer, Blaster (MSBlast) and Sasser.

 Biviano said this variant of Bropia is the first worm to use instant messaging that has been given a higher-level alert status. It probably won't be the last, he said.

 "Obviously, the popularity of IM itself is starting to gain the attention of the virus writers," he said, "and they are now using it as a tool."

 

cdesai12 Goldie
cdesai12
cdesai12

Joined: 18 September 2004
Posts: 1900

Posted: 04 February 2005 at 1:10pm | IP Logged

Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for more info visit
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/advance .mspx

On February 8, 2005, the Microsoft Security Response Center is planning to release....

• 9 Microsoft Security Bulletins affecting Microsoft Windows. The greatest aggregate, maximum severity rating for these security updates is Critical. Some of these updates will require a restart.

• 1 Microsoft Security Bulletin affecting Microsoft SharePoint Services and Office. The greatest aggregate, maximum severity rating for this security bulletin is Moderate. These updates may or may not require a restart.

• 1 Microsoft Security Bulletin affecting Microsoft .NET Framework. The greatest aggregate, maximum severity rating for this security bulletin is Important. This update will require a restart.

• 1 Microsoft Security Bulletin affecting Microsoft Office and Visual Studio. The greatest aggregate, maximum severity rating for this security bulletin is Critical. These updates will require a restart.

• 1 Microsoft Security Bulletin affecting Microsoft Windows, Windows Media Player, and MSN Messenger. The greatest aggregate, maximum severity rating for these security updates is Critical. These updates will require a restart.

No additional details about bulletin severities or vulnerabilities will be made available until February 8, 2005.


Edited by cdesai12 - 04 February 2005 at 1:10pm
cdesai12 Goldie
cdesai12
cdesai12

Joined: 18 September 2004
Posts: 1900

Posted: 04 February 2005 at 1:58pm | IP Logged

RIAA Sues Deceased Grandmother

By Nate Mook, BetaNews

February 4, 2005, 10:50 AM

The recording industry's latest assault on file sharing has netted an unusual suspect: a deceased great-grandmother from West Virginia. In a lawsuit filed in January, the RIAA accused 83-year old Gertrude Walton of sharing over 700 pop, rock and rap songs under the alias "smittenedkitten."

What the RIAA didn't know is that Walton had passed away in December following a long illness. Her daughter, Robin Chianumba, has lived with Walton for the past 17 years and told the Charleston Gazette that her mother refused to even have a computer in the house.

The Recording Industry Association of America admitted that Walton was likely not the smittenedkitten it was after, blaming the mixup on the time it takes gather information on illicit file swappers.

"Our evidence gathering and our subsequent legal actions all were initiated weeks and even months ago," said RIAA spokesman Jonathan Lamy. "We will now, of course, obviously dismiss this case."

But to many, Walton's case underscores fundamental problems with the RIAA's effort to crack down on peer-to-peer piracy. Because online identities are mostly anonymous, industry police utilize IP addresses to track the specific Internet account sharing music. Unfortunately, the process is riddled with inaccuracies and sometimes innocent -- or deceased -- people are fingered as pirates.

"I believe that if music companies are going to set examples they need to do it to appropriate people and not dead people," Chianumba told the Gazette. "I am pretty sure she is not going to leave Greenwood Memorial Park to attend the hearing."

The process doesn't need to be perfect, however. While the RIAA may not have enough hard information to win in court, most named defendants opt to settle for a few thousand dollars and a promise they will cease file sharing activities rather than face recording industry lawyers.

"I don't know if this is a scheme to get money, I just don't know what's going on. I am concerned," said Chianumba.



Edited by cdesai12 - 04 February 2005 at 1:59pm
cdesai12 Goldie
cdesai12
cdesai12

Joined: 18 September 2004
Posts: 1900

Posted: 04 February 2005 at 2:00pm | IP Logged

US Release Date, Price for PSP Set

By Ed Oswald, BetaNews

February 3, 2005, 11:30 AM

Sony announced Thursday that its PlayStation Portable will be available in retail stores on March 24. The unit will be released in a "Value Pack" for $249.99 USD and will include several accessories.

The Value Pack includes a 32MB Memory Stick Duo, headphones with a remote control, a battery pack, AC adaptor, a cleaning cloth and protective soft case, as well as a UMD disc including multiple non-interactive game demos.

For the first one million PSP Value Packs shipped, a special UMD video release of the feature film Spider-Man 2 from Sony Pictures Entertainment will also be included.

UMD is a proprietary disc format from Sony, which features the ability to store up to 1.8GB of data in a disk that is 60mm in diameter - roughly a third of the size of a compact disc. It also has what the company calls "robust" copyright protection to prevent illicit duplication of discs.

"PSP will evolve and elevate portable entertainment, giving users the freedom to play full 3D games, watch movies, listen to music and connect wirelessly on their terms, their time and their place," said Kaz Hirai, president and chief executive officer, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.

PSP had a very successful launch in Japan; more than 800,000 units have been shipped, including a 200,000-unit allocation that sold out on the first day.



Edited by cdesai12 - 04 February 2005 at 2:01pm
kaleidoscope Goldie
kaleidoscope
kaleidoscope

Joined: 15 July 2004
Posts: 3547

Posted: 07 February 2005 at 3:27am | IP Logged
Thanks for the article Smile
cdesai12 Goldie
cdesai12
cdesai12

Joined: 18 September 2004
Posts: 1900

Posted: 07 February 2005 at 3:53pm | IP Logged

Gmail, the Web mail service operated by search engine Google, could be gearing up for its official launch, as people using the service have found recently that the number of invitations they can send out has increased from four to 50.

Gmail, which was launched in April 2004 and is still officially in a testing phase, is not open to the general public.

At first, Google let only select family and friends open accounts at Gmail. But it has slowly opened up membership more broadly to friends of those already holding accounts.

This latest development could indicate that either Google is hoping to significantly expand its user base for further testing or that the company is gearing up for a full launch.

At the time of writing, Google was not available for comment.

Gmail's popularity has already been targeted by online criminals. In September, scammers sent phishing e-mails to existing holders of Gmail accounts, offering them the opportunity to invite three or six of their friends to join Gmail.

The fraudulent e-mail, which claimed to originate from the "Gmail Team," asked people to disclose their Gmail account passwords to receive the additional invites.

Munir Kotadia of ZDNet Australia reported from Sydney.

cdesai12 Goldie
cdesai12
cdesai12

Joined: 18 September 2004
Posts: 1900

Posted: 07 February 2005 at 3:56pm | IP Logged

Spoofing Flaw Found in Non IE Browsers

By Ed Oswald and Nate Mook, BetaNews

February 7, 2005, 12:32 PM

At a convention of hackers on the East Coast over the weekend, a security flaw was reported in non-Microsoft browsers that could allow someone to spoof the Web site of a real company simply by adding code to a link.

The ASCII coding is used by computers to translate a numerical code into an alphabetical letter. In the case of domain names, it is being used for the International Domain Name (IDN) specification in order to allow domains to be typed with country-specific characters such as the Spanish "" or German "."

To support non-standard letters, the URL is changed into a special coding that the browser can understand - and that's where the problem occurs. The group that discovered the issue offered one example, shown on its Web site, which spoofs the URL for the PayPal service.

The link is translated into the code, which looks like p& #1072;ypal.com. The coding is the translation of the letter "a," however browsers that translate the code to use the international characters will mistakenly load up the URL: xn--pypal-4ve.com.

With phishing scams on the rise, banks and services such as PayPal have endeavored to protect users by instructing them to make sure the Web addresses they visit are legitimate before inputting sensitive information. But this flaw means Web browsers will appear to load a proper site, while in actuality taking users to a different location.

The group said the problem affects all non-Microsoft browsers, as they support the IDN standard. Internet Explorer does not natively support IDN at the current time unless a plug-in is installed.

Because the flaw lies in the basic implementation of IDN, it's unclear how browser vendors will protect their users. Mozilla developers say they are working on a long-term solution to the issue, and in the meantime will instruct users on disabling IDN support.

Opera on the other hand, says it has correctly implemented the specification and will not be making any changes. Apple and VeriSign, which championed IDN, have not responded to the problem.



Edited by cdesai12 - 07 February 2005 at 3:57pm

Go to top

Related Topics

  Topics Author Replies Views Last Post
Tech site...

Author: dolly1211   Replies: 0   Views: 754

dolly1211 0 754 10 February 2005 at 3:24am by dolly1211
TECH NIGHTMARES: WINDOWS XP SP 2

Author: cdesai12   Replies: 1   Views: 657

cdesai12 1 657 28 January 2005 at 9:13pm by HUMM
CNN News

Author: pujas   Replies: 5   Views: 763

pujas 5 763 16 January 2005 at 1:29am by *Anjali*
Imp Notice-For Tech-Talk Section.

Author: HUMM   Replies: 0   Views: 1247

HUMM 0 1247 15 January 2005 at 3:50pm by HUMM

Forum Quick Jump

Forum Category / Channels
Forums

TechTalk & Personal Computing Guide Topic Index

  • Please login to check your Last 10 Topics posted

Disclaimer: All Logos and Pictures of various Channels, Shows, Artistes, Media Houses, Companies, Brands etc. belong to their respective owners, and are used to merely visually identify the Channels, Shows, Companies, Brands, etc. to the viewer. Incase of any issue please contact the webmaster.

Popular Channels :
Star Plus | Zee TV | Sony TV | Colors TV | SAB TV | Life OK

Quick Links :
Top 100 TV Celebrities | Top 100 Bollywood Celebs | About Us | Contact Us | Advertise | Forum Index