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- Vendors Warn of New Sober Variants -
Both Kaspersky Lab and Symantec have detected worm variants. Kaspersky
noted three variants of E-mail-Worm.Win32.Sober, which Symantec identified as
W32.Sober.S@mm. The variants are
modifications of the same program, according to Kaspersky, which is based in
Moscow. A "large number of samples" of the variants have been intercepted in
e-mail traffic, indicating that the worms are spreading by spam containing
infected messages, Kaspersky said in a statement. The variants arrive as an
attachment to infected messages.
- Sony recalls risky "rootkit" CDs -
Anyone who has purchased one of the CDs, which include southern rockers
Van Zant, Neil Diamond's latest album, and more than 18 others, can exchange
the purchase, Sony said. The company added that it would release details of
its CD exchange program "shortly."
- Sony DRM rootkit - The Uninstaller is worse than the Rootkit! -
A patch that Sony issued a week ago when virus writers began taking
advantage of the software's file-hiding capabilities
actually introduces serious new security risks onto the user's machine,
according to research released today by
University computer science professor Edward Felten.
- Hole Found in Widely Used VPN Gear -
The flaw affects a component of the IPSec (Internet Protocol Security)
protocol used by VPN software and hardware to securely exchange data over the
Internet. While there is some risk of affected VPN systems being taken over by
attackers, a more likely threat is a denial of service attack, in which
machines would be forced to reset repeatedly, jamming up networks and causing
headaches for users.
- Windows 2000 Server UPNP DoS (Exploit) -check
- Chinese-American Engineer & Family Charged With Data Theft - A
grand jury indictment filed on Tuesday alleges that Chi Mak, a lead engineer for
Anaheim defense contractor Power Paragon, took computer disks containing
sensitive information pertaining to several U.S. Navy projects and
conspired with members of his family to smuggle the information to China.
- IFPI Launches Largest Attack To Date on Illegal File Sharing - The
recording industry today unveiled
the biggest escalation yet in its campaign against illegal internet file-sharing,
announcing over 2,100 new legal cases against individuals and extending the
actions to five new countries in Europe, Asia and - for the first time - South
America. File-sharers in Sweden, Switzerland, Argentina, Hong Kong and Singapore
are for the first time at risk of criminal penalties and payment of damages in
an international campaign that has already seen thousands of people - the
majority of them young men between the ages of 20 and 30 - pay sums of US$3,000
or more for uploading copyrighted music on peer-to-peer networks (p2p).
- Gaming fanatics show hallmarks of drug addiction -
Excessive computer gaming has the hallmarks of addiction, suggests new
experiments on "drug memory". Learning is recognised as an important
underlying mechanism of addiction. In becoming addicted, people start to
associate cues that are normally neutral with the object of their craving. To
a crack addict, for instance, a building in which they have used the drug is
more than just a place they have been - it becomes a trigger for craving and
can, on its own, reignite a need to use the drug again after months of
- AMD to debut quad-core chips by 2007 - EE Times has details from
AMD's latest analyst conference call, including the revelation that
quad-core processors could be introduced by 2007-a year earlier than
- Ballmer bowls for HD-DVD -
Microsoft has reiterated its preference for the HD-DVD version of
next-generation high definition optical storage, despite recent announcements
of support for the rival Blu-ray format from several Hollywood studios. CEO
Steve Ballmer said that Vista, the next version of Microsoft Windows, will
eventually support HD-DVD, although possibly not when it is first released
sometime in the next 18 months. HD-DVD is expected to make its debut early
next year. Ballmer said that the company's support for HD-DVD was based on
several reasons, including the way in which it can be integrated with the PC.
Via integrates Padlock security into Java - VIA has announced that it
has finished up
integrating the Java Secure Protocol into the Padlock engine that sits
inside its C7 and C7-M processors. The VIA Padlock engine is designed to
increase security in transactions on your computer. There are a few different
aspects to the hardware. The first is that it includes an awesome random
number generator, which allows it to generate better cryptography in hardware.
The second is that it includes the ability to encrypt an entire section of
your hard drive, providing a secure file store for sensitive information that
only you can access, regardless of who steals your computer in the future.
Credit-card sized Samsung SGH-P300 debuts - Starting with a 1.8-inch
262K colour LCD with a resolution of 176 x 220 pixels,
SGH-P300 supports both audio and video playback in a variety of formats.
MPEG4 and H.263 are on board for motion pictures, while MP3, AAC, AAC+ and
eAAC+ files are supported by the audio player of the handset and can also be
used as ringtones.
- FutureMark's SPMarkJava06 preview -
The focus of SPMarkJava06 is (as the not-so-catchy name suggests) Java
performance on modern mobile devices that support it. This certainly seems to
be a logical progression for the SPMark series, seeing as Java has become
something of a de facto standard among most new high-end devices of this ilk.
Microsoft may open Windows for free - Microsoft is considering
the possibility of free, advertising supported versions of its
applications including Windows.
- Google Base service goes live -
The new beta service allows people to post "all types of online and
offline information and images" that will be searchable on Google Base and,
depending on their relevance, may be searchable on Google Search, Froogle and
Google Local, the company said.
- Patents database posted for developers -
The site hosts more
than 500 pledged patents and more than a dozen technical standards
supported by additional patent pledges and covenants. Content hosted in the
library is available to developers, users and vendors.
- US Keeps Control
of the Internet -
As a result of a a deal reached late Tuesday, the US and ICANN will
maintain control over the Internet's core systems.
The Definitive BIOS Optimization Guide Revision 8.5.4 - Adrian has
updated his premier
BIOS optimization guide.
Fall 2005 Photo Printer Buyers Guide -
the best printers offer 9600 x 2400 DPI and over 50 levels of gradation.
Another important specification for inkjet printers is ink drop size,
typically measured in picoliters. The smaller the number, the more ink per
square inch can be placed on the paper. The more ink, the more accurate and
lifelike the color of the print.
Powering Up A Standalone PSU Guide - There may be times when you might
want to power up
a power supply unit (PSU) without attaching it to any computer case.
Perhaps you want to use it to test fans, cold cathode tubes or other modding
stuff, without connecting it to a chassis.
How To Clean Your Keyboard - A Step By Step Guide -
people have their own way of cleaning their keyboards, but most people
usually just flip it upside down and shake it. Those who do spend money on
compressed air or cleaning products, you are wasting money and time.
Data Recovery Myths -
ever heard about freezing the hard drive, opening it on a bathroom full of
steam or swapping its logic board in order to revive a dead hard drive?
Guide to the Cellular Internet - Cellular internet access uses the cell
phone network to connect. The performance is limited by the capabilities of
the phone and the cell tower it is connected to.
performance could range anywhere from 14.4 kbps to 300+ kbps, but typical
digital speeds are 50-120 kbps up/down. 300+ kbps is just starting to arrive
in very few cities, but it is expected to continue replacing existing
Connecting Two PCs Using an USB-USB Cable -
to connect two PCs using an USB-USB cable to transfer files and share your
How to Build a Small Network Using a Broadband Router -
to build your own network using a broadband router, allowing you to share
Internet access, files and printers among your computers.
How to Share Folders and Printers on Your Network -
step-by-step guide on how to share files and printers on your home or
The 8 Basic Steps of Image Editing -
This series of steps will
help you to focus on the individual problems an image might have. It will also
help you to understand how to use Photoshop's tools together.
Xbox 360 Manual (PDF) -
check it out!
XP Games - A Windows XP Freeware Game Guide v1.0.0 BETA -
This guide covers the better Freeware games from Independent Developers
and Commercial Publishers. The following games are 100% free full games, not
Demos or Shareware. None have any Adware or Spyware.
AutoPatcher XP November 2005 -
AutoPatcher XP (192MB) is an installation package designed to get your
Windows XP system up to date quick and easily. This update package features a
slick looking GUI and and can be customized to install as much or as little as
AutoPatcher 2003 and 2000 November 2005 -
AutoPatcher 2003 /
Autopatcher 2000 is a comprehensive collection of patches, addons and
registry tweaks that give you peace of mind in the knowledge that your Windows
system is up to date, even before you connect it to the Internet. It's
designed to quickly patch a system with the most current updates and tweaks
available, and requires no user interaction once you have selected what to
7-Zip 4.29 Beta - 7-Zip
is a (free) file archiver with high compression ratio.
TaskInfo 126.96.36.199 -
is combination of Task Manager and System Information Utility, It visually
monitors different types of System information in Microsoft Windows
WinAmp 5.112 -
Nullsoft Winamp (download
lite) is a fast, flexible, high-fidelity media player for Windows. Winamp
supports playback of many audio (MP3, OGG, AAC, WAV, MOD, XM, S3M, IT, MIDI,
etc) and video types (AVI,ASF,MPEG,NSV), custom appearances called skins and
Winamp TV 1.9 Beta 11a -
Winamp TV is a plugin for Winamp that lets you control your TV tuner card
from within the multimedia player.
QuickTime Alternative 1.66 & 1.54 -
QuickTime Alternative will allow you to play QuickTime files (.mov, .qt
and other extensions) without having to install QuickTime Player from Apple.
It also supports QuickTime content that is embedded in webpages.
Nero Suite Update 2005-11-12 -
Nero is a flexible,
reliable, and easy-to-use application designed to write both data and CD audio
to CD-R and CD-RW discs. Download: :
Burning Rom 188.8.131.52 (mirror1,
DVDFab 184.108.40.206 -
is a simple and freeware version of DVDFab Express. With it you can take your
DVD movie and move it to your hard disk. DVDFab Decrypter will remove the
protections found on some DVD's, including among others-CSS, Macrovision and
Sony ARccOS while copying.
FileZilla Server 0.9.11 -
is a fast FTP and SFTP client for Windows with a lot of features.
FastStone Image Viewer 2.28 -
FastStone Image Viewer (download)
is a fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor. It
supports all major graphic formats (BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, animated GIF, PNG,
PCX, TIFF, WMF, ICO and TGA) and popular digital camera RAW formats (CRW, CR2,
NEF, PEF, RAF, MRW, ORF and DNG).
Weather Watcher 5.6.1 -
(download) is your
personal Windows desktop weather station. Automatically retrieve the current
conditions, hourly forecast, daily forecast, detailed forecast, severe weather
alerts, and weather maps for over 77,000 cities world-wide.
Daemon Tools 4.00 - In case you don't know about
yet, the software provides a virtual CD/DVD-ROM on your computer with which
you can directly mount image files created by various other software packages.
nTweaker 2.0 -
nTweaker 2.0 collects all the changes and settings that make each nVidia
Detonator modded driver unique, and offers a streamlined and installer
standard interface to switch between them.
nVidia 'NiBiToR' 2.5a - For us performance nuts owning nVidia cards,
another great utility,
NiBiToR, has been updated. For those who haven't tried it yet, like
Coolbits and nvclock it is software designed specifically to help you tweak
your GeForce card.