Botnets are, without any doubt, a huge and growing problem. The technology news feeds are bursting to the seams with stories about them: how [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2838.html"]botnets boost click-fraud rates[/URL], how [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2838.html"]botnets control sex spam zombies[/URL], how the cyber-criminals are [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/23383/1231/"]building the first mobile botnet[/URL] and even how some botnet builders are selling their wares [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2826.html"]complete with guarantees[/URL] that they cannot be detected. However, one thing you do not expect to read about is the people behind the news stories, the reporters themselves, being involved in acquiring a botnet which hacks into the computers of some 22,000 people. Yet that is exactly …

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A public beta has started for the latest version of the BBC iPlayer desktop download manager which supports Linux, Mac and Windows. This represents a huge, and hugely overdue, move forward for the BBC which previously only allowed Windows users to download programmes using the iPlayer. The secret is in the air, literally. The new iPlayer is built upon Adobe AIR, a key component of the Adobe Flash Platform, and the download manager enables users to view BBC TV shows, online or offline, with a high-quality solution across all three operating systems. Currently it is only available to BBC iPlayer …

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The BBC is [URL="http://uk.gizmodo.com/2008/11/11/bbc_seeks_gadget_family_for_ne.html"]apparently[/URL] looking for a UK based family which cannot live without gadgets to, err, live without gadgets while being filmed for a new fly on the wall style documentary show. The idea is for a kind of Back to the Future themed series which will transport a thoroughly modern British family back to a decade when gadget coolness was measured by how much fluff it could remove from your jumper or how easily it could stitch a button on to your jacket. OK, maybe a very early game of Pong or a portable record player that weighed …

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[URL="http://po-ru.com/about/"]Paul Battley[/URL] is a software developer from London who can probably lay claim to being the biggest thorn in the side of the BBC right now. No sooner had the mighty British Broadband Corporation [URL="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7293988.stm"]announced[/URL] that his hack which allowed people to download iPlayer TV streams meant for an iPhone to a hard drive and share them others had been fixed, than the 30 year old Linux fanboy broke it again. Apparently [URL="http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/software/soa/Linux-fanboy-hacks-Beeb-iPlayer-again/0,130061733,339286879,00.htm"]his motivation[/URL] in using plug-in requests to search Javascript code for the fixes, and then reprogramming the interface using Ruby on Rails, is simply a combination of the …

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Every now and then [URL="http://www.theregister.co.uk"]The Register[/URL] publishes a really funny news piece, and the one entitled 'Confused BBC tech chief' is a perfect example. According to the report, in an interview with UK based web design magazine [URL="http://www.netmag.co.uk/"].net[/URL], the Director of Future Media and Technology at the BBC, one Ashley Highfield, claimed that only 400 to 600 of the visitors to the [URL="http://www.bbc.co.uk"]BBC website[/URL] were using Linux. That's 400 to 600 out of the 17.1 million users of the site. "We have 17.1 million users of bbc.co.uk in the UK and, as far as our server logs can make out, …

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For anyone outside the UK, news about the [URL="http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/"]BBC iPlayer[/URL] is hardly going to be earth shattering I agree. Indeed, for most people inside the UK and who are not part of the Beta trial there is no access to the [URL="http://www.bbc.co.uk"]BBC TV[/URL] content via streaming video across an IP connection either. But there will be at Christmas when Auntie Beeb go public and launch their big new Internet TV scheme. Unfortunately, until today it looked like only Windows users were going to be able to play, but the BBC has now announced a deal with Adobe which will add …

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YouTube (now owned by Google) and BBC struck a deal that would soon allow the former to provide clips from the latter. Special channels will be created on YouTube that you can watch the content through, providing many popular BBC shows such as Top Gear and Doctor Who. But this move is not surprising, given the fact that many TV providers have been offering their shows on YouTube, such the NBA highlights. Many people prefer video-on-demand to live streaming video over the web, so that is basically the reason why the deal went the route it did. However, I would …

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A lot of people always ask for people to decipher their hijackthis logs and since this is a community based upon learning from one another I would like to write a little tutorial for hjt covering the basics. Now I dont claim to be some HJT master but just some best practices before resorting to asking for others help. Also including some links that could help you out. Ok first off if you dont have hijackthis or dont know what it is, simply put it is the essential malware removal tool. It is where most people turn when ad-aware and …

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The BBC’s Director General Mark Thompson has announced plans to introduce a BBCPlayer service, which will enable viewers to download and play seven days of programs, and also to simulcast one of the BBC channels. The simulcast will only be made available to UK viewers. It is quite likely that archived content will be sold online also. Unless broadcasters adapt, Mr. Thompson suggests, they will be unable and unworthy to retain their licenses in years to come. Britain is expected to switch to ‘digital-only’ broadcasting quite soon. The digital revolution is definitely upon us.

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