So, a bunch of US financial institutes have been hacked. Nothing new there, if we are being brutally honest. The newsworthyness in this particular case comes courtesy of one of those organisations apparently being none other than JP Morgan Chase. USA Today reported yesterday that a federal law enforcement official had told the media outlet, unofficially, that Russian hackers were behind the series of breaches which resulted in the loss of "sensitive data." JP Morgan Chase did not confirmed the accuracy of the report, but a spokesperson did tell USA Today that it uses "multiple layers of defense to counteract …

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A report from Hold Security claims that one of the biggest ever online heists has been committed by a Russian crime gang. It would appear that the data theft includes, wait for it, no less than 1.2 billion (yes billion) username and passwords along with around half a billion email addresses obtained from more than 400,000 websites. In total, Hold Security says, the stolen data amounts to some 4.5 billion items. According to the [report](http://www.holdsecurity.com/news/cybervor-breach/) the gang acquired databases of stolen credentials from online dark markets which were then used to attack e-mail providers, social media, and other websites. Spam …

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One of the Internet's biggest online dating sites, eHarmony, has confirmed that security has been breached and member passwords compromised. eHarmony spokesperson Becky Teraoka says that "a small fraction of our user base has been affected" although I am led to understand that the 'small fraction' in question is actually around 1.5 million. The password hashes were published on a Russian hacking forum, with members asking for help in cracking them and converting the hashes into usable passwords. ![dweb-eharmony](/attachments/small/0/dweb-eharmony.jpg "align-right") Sound familiar? Well that's because this has the hand of the LinkedIn password hacker all over it. As [DaniWeb reported …

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[URL="http://www.yandex.ru/"]Yandex[/URL] is one of the leading Internet portals in Russia, and yes they do still use that terminology instead of search engine. The name itself, apparently, stands for Yet Another Indexer which is kind of apt as the company has just published the results of Yet Another iPad Survey. However, this one is a little different to your run of the mill iPad research as it is both specific to user behaviour and more precisely specific to Russian user behaviour. As such it gives us an insight into how others around the world are using their tablet devices. [ATTACH=RIGHT]24051[/ATTACH]For a …

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It's not just [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story231517.html"]phishing scams[/URL] that Facebook users have to worry about right now, According to Roger Thompson, the Chief Research Officer with security vendor AVG, hacked Facebook applications are increasingly reaching out to exploit sites based in Russia. As Thompson says, this is different to the normal run of things whereby people are linking to hacked pages innocently enough on social networking sites. "These seem to be actual Facebook applications that have been hacked" Thompson points out, adding that the application developers are "innocent victims too". AVG researchers first spotted the trend when a fire-fighter simulation game which it …

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I am told, by those who follow the sport, that the Netherlands soccer team stands a pretty good chance of lifting the FIFA 2010 World Cup trophy. The bad news for any Netherlands fans is that their side has already been defeated by India, in the World Cup of security that is. [attach]15695[/attach][URL="http://www.secureworks.co.uk"]A SecureWorks study analysed the locations of attempted cyber attacks[/URL] on its global client-base between January and June this year, and then compared this with the total number of active PCs in each country to produce a league table that determines which of the top 16 countries based …

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The demand for compromised social network accounts is now so big on the cybercrime black market that, according to the latest research, just one such underground site has 1.5 million of them for sale. The international reach of social networks has meant that these sites have become the de facto target for cyber criminals today. As I mentioned previously, they have become popular [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story277390.html"]homes to malware mules[/URL]. Now [URL="http://labs.idefense.com/"]iDefense[/URL], the cyber security intelligence arm of VeriSign, has uncovered one user called 'kirllos' at a particularly popular crime marketplace site that advertises social networking login details who claims to have 1.5 …

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Ok I have been looking for this for a while it is the ultimate list of repositories for the Ubuntu 6.06 Dapper Drake distro. It will give you so many program choices you wont know what to do. simply goto your terminal and type sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list (I chose gedit for this because im assuming it is the easiest for people try kate for kde, also nano,vi, and emacs should work) and then add this to the file # Treviño’s Ubuntu Dapper Sources list # http://italy.copybase.ch/blog/?page_id=13 # # Based on source-o-matic (http://www.ubuntulinux.nl/source-o-matic) list # Added extra repository # # If …

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Isn't it amazing just how attached so many people are to Windows XP given that it is relatively old and [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/25484/53/"]relatively insecure[/URL]? I will even admit to having a netbook which runs very nicely on XP thank you very much, and have no plans to 'upgrade' this to Vista or [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/blogs/daveyw/2009/05/24/has-the-us-army-declared-war-on-windows-7/"]Windows 7[/URL]. The Russian government, in the shape of the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS), does not seem to [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4066.html"]keen on Vista[/URL] either. Actually, let me rephrase that, it does not seem too keen on Microsoft forcing people into buying Vista by retiring Windows XP. Somewhat incredulously, it is investigating Microsoft …

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Ah yes, another significant victory for Linux as the Russian government [URL="http://www.russiatoday.com/news/news/22094"]decides[/URL] that there will be a national operating system based on Linux. This new operating system will be deployed in Russian schools sometime this year. The Russians plan to rid themselves of the capitalist opression of Microsoft--or something like that. Russia isn't the first country to make this decision as some schools in India, France, and the U.S. have already made the switch to Linux. The main reason they're switching? To save those Rubles, baby. I guess schools face tight budgets everywhere. This mass migration to Linux fulfills my …

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It was widely reported today that Apple will begin selling iPhones in Russia through agreements with at least two of the country's top three carriers. Apple might be better off settling for its current black market sales figures, which [URL=http://www.sci-tech-today.com/news/Russian-Vendors-To-Sell-Legal-iPhone/story.xhtml?story_id=00200081FB3Y]one report[/URL] has at about 20,000 units a month. Because Apple could easily end like BP, which is seeing its multi-billion dollar oil venture with Russia's TNK go straight into the tank thanks to a Putin-led government masquerading as friendly to Western corporations and amenable to free-market capitalism. It is not. So shipping phones COD and demanding cash should not be …

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According to a story in, of all the unlikely places, the [URL="http://www.nzherald.co.nz"]New Zealand Herald[/URL] IBM is to start ditching Windows and introducing Red Hat Linux on a range of computers aimed at the Eastern European market. The newspaper reports that IBM is working with Red Hat software distributor VDEL of Austria and services firm LX Polska of Poland, who will build the hardware, to meet demand for Linux based PCs coming from the direction of Russian IT companies. As well as Red Hat, the Russian PCs will come complete with IBM Lotus Symphony pre-installed which will no doubt please Microsoft …

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A [URL="http://blogs.allofmp3.ru/music_news"]statement[/URL] from the All of MP3 folk reads "the service will be resumed in the foreseeable future. We are doing our best at the moment to ensure that all our users can use their accounts, top up balance and order music." This follows a Moscow district court ruling earlier in the month that All of MP3 and its owners had acted within the bounds of existing Russian copyright law. Indeed, the court ruling went on to state that the site had paid a share of revenue to the copyright holders as required by the law, and that the decision …

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For those who may not have heard, former network leader Novell (who owns SuSE Linux) made a deal with Microsoft exchanging some intellectual property rights. Those in the business-end of IT know that Microsoft is busy applying for thousands of patents concerning Intellectual Property -- have a look at Network Computing and Information Week for all the good details. From Groklaw: Under the Patent Cooperation Agreement, Microsoft commits to a covenant not to assert its patents against Novell's end-user customers for their use of Novell products and services for which Novell receives revenue directly or indirectly from such customers, with …

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What Caused Microsoft to Create DirectX10? It all started with the Windows Error Reporting Tool. Microsoft was collecting hundreds of Bugs per day only for its Operating System. Microsft Found out that 70% of all errors and bad user Experience in Windows XP comes from Graphic Display drivers. First, Microsft saw that most of the Drivers used are not certified (WHQL). Secondly, Microsoft also saw that due to the fact that the Graphic Driver runs in Kernel Mode, if it crashes, it brings the entire Operating System Down. So Microsoft said: “Heck! If we solve the only problem that is …

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Intel officially announced the introduction of 10 Core 2 Duo and Core Extreme microprocessors for desktops, workstations and notebooks. Intel said it has over 550 customer system designs underway, with the CPUs built on 65 nanometre technology. Machines using the desktop chips will be available in early August, while notebooks will become available at the end of that month. Five of the family are aimed for desktops, five for notebook and mobile users. The products were formally codenamed "Cointreau" and "Merom". The chips support 64-32 instructions, so called smart cache which shares L2 cache, wide dynamic execution, and instructions that …

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After months of possible merger information it finally happens and I am surprised at the amount of money that AMD had to spend on this. This is a huge step for both companies. Currently Intel is the lead manufacturer of microprocessors, semiconductors, and graphics chips with AMD being the second for microprocessors and Nvidia and Ati battling it out for second in the graphics chips. Now of course Intel graphics chips are like integrated graphics obviously if you need a high end graphics card you would go with a Nvidia, Ati, or some of the other card manufacturers. The only …

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The world of malware could be turned upon its head if the Blue Pill virtualization based rootkit due to be demonstrated at the [URL="http://syscan.org"]SyScan 06[/URL] Conference, Singapore, in a couple of weeks proves as undetectable as the security researcher who has created it claims. [URL="http://invisiblethings.org/"]Joanna Rutkowska[/URL] is a stealth malware researcher with a Singapore based IT security business, and specializes in rootkit technology. Using AMD's SVM/Pacifica virtualization technology, she has created a working prototype that not only takes complete control of the underlying operating system but also remains 100% undetectable while doing so. The demonstration will be on the Vista …

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I was recently working on a personal project to setup a PVR system for my living room. The first part of this project was relatively easy; I just bought another dell computer. The next step was a little bit complicated, see, personally I would typically like to use an OS that has a portage type system (Gentoo, FreeBSD, etc.), but I felt that I needed a little work on my [url="http://www.rpm.org/"]RedHat Package Management[/url] skills. This required that I use RedHat Enterprise 3 or 4, since the [url="http://fedora.redhat.com/"]Fedora[/url] code uses [url="http://linux.duke.edu/projects/yum/"]Yum[/url] (which I ended up installing anyway). When I first installed …

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At [URL="http://www.supercomp.de/"]ISC2006[/URL], the 21st International Supercomputer Conference, in Dresden, Germany today an interesting announcement was made by [URL="http://www.tyan.com"]Tyan Computer[/URL]: the launch of the Personal Supercomputer. Not quite a desktop machine, it is being marketed as a deskside unit, the [URL="http://www.tyan.com/products/html/clusterservers.html"]Typhoon PSC[/URL] certainly promises to pack quite a punch. The 8 processors and 64Gb RAM delivering a hard hitting maximum 70 Gigaflop punch to be precise. All this in a device no bigger than a couple of standard desktop PCs and bringing low noise and power consumption to what we normally think of as the noisy, high power end of the …

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According to just released research from Michigan based [URL="http://www.onlymyemail.com"]OnlyMyEmail [/URL]Inc it would appear that Sender ID is ineffective as an anti-spam solution. Despite the high profile, and frankly somewhat aggressive PR campaign by [URL="http://www.microsoft.com/mscorp/safety/technologies/senderid/default.mspx"]Microsoft[/URL], the 60 day statistical analysis certainly suggests that it isn’t the Holy Grail of anti-spam that Mr. Gates would have us believe. Across a 60 day period, OnlyMyEmail discovered that emails sent by a domain without a published [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sender_Policy_Framework"]Sender Policy Framework[/URL] (SPF) record were only slightly less likely to be spam than those sent by domains that publish Sender ID information in their DNS records. But, …

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The reports that are popping up all over the web that [URL="http://www.ibm.com"]IBM[/URL], along with [URL="http://www.gatech.edu"]Georgia Tech[/URL], has [URL="http://www.gatech.edu/news-room/release.php?id=1019"]demonstrated [/URL]the world’s fastest ever chip are, sadly, not quite as exciting as you might at first think. Not least because this wasn’t a chip at all, but rather a transistor, and even the least technical minded of people will realize there’s something of a difference between the two. Looking beyond that basic misunderstanding of the facts, the news still fails to excite me as much as it seems to have excited everyone else and here’s for why: Yes, it did run at …

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The triple-gate transistor is not new, almost exactly three years ago on June 12th 2003 at the [URL="http://www.intel.com/pressroom/archive/releases/20030612tech.htm"]Symposia of VLSI Technology and Circuits in Kyoto[/URL], Japan, [URL="http://www.intel.com"]Intel [/URL]was heralding it as the future of chip design. However, the fact that at the same [URL="http://www.vlsisymposium.org/index.html"]Symposium this week in Hawaii[/URL], Intel reveals the technology is moving out of the conceptual research phase and could be used in chip production as soon as 2010 most certainly is newsworthy. Intel has successfully built the transistors which use gates on three sides to control current: a structure that reduces leakage (so less overheating and less …

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Multiple core processors are set to dominate the marketplace by the end of 2007, after [URL="http://www.amd.com"]AMD [/URL]follows [URL="http://www.intel.com"]Intel [/URL]down the ‘more performance for less power’ road. Having already beaten Intel to the dual-core processor punch, the announcement from AMD that it will ship four-core processors for high end desktops, servers and workstations by mid-2007 puts the chip giants back head-to-head once again. Considering the market share that AMD has carved out for itself in such a relatively short time, currently standing at 20%, Intel look a little exposed right now. It was hoping to stall the market slippage with the …

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In 2002, IBM scientists managed to produce a magnetic data tape capable of a storage density of 1 billion bits per square inch. This week the [URL="http://www.almaden.ibm.com"]IBM Almaden Research Center [/URL]boffins have done it again, in conjunction with Fuji, to the tune of 6.67 billion bits per square inch. That figure I confidently expected to rise to 8 billion by the time the tape becomes commercially available in 2011. If you are not a large corporate then this news will probably hold little more than a passing geek interest. For the enterprise that requires large volumes of static data storage …

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Remember this week, for it was the week that we lost the fight against spam. On May 5th I reported how militant spammer PharmaMaster had brought down the Blue Frog anti-spam vigilante service. I wondered then if it was the end of the toad for Blue Security, and sadly this has proven to be the case as CEO Eran Reshef has now closed the service in fear of escalating an online war claiming “I cannot go ahead and rip up the Internet to make Blue Security work.

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Just when you thought the spam problem couldn’t get any worse, comes the news that spammers are fighting back against the pro-active anti-spam community approach using tit-for-tat Denial of Service attacks and intimidation. The [URL="http://www.bluesecurity.com"]Blue Frog[/URL] anti-spam approach is a relatively simple one of ‘hit them where it hurts’ and for the spammer that’s in the wallet. How the hitting is done is the controversial bit. Instead of the spammer, Blue Security targets the companies whose products are being marketed. It works like this: you add your email address to an encrypted Do Not Include Registry database, you report all …

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Part of my new job as a Linux Engineer is to evaluate different Operating Systems. I am most familiar with RedHat, having grown up with their OS since 5.2 back in the mid-90's. Wow, have things changed. So, I looked at a linux that a lot of people are talking about: Ubuntu, and was pleasently surprised at how easy it was to work with. I worked with Ubuntu "Breezy Badger", the most current installation available. It installed onto my older Compaq E500 laptop without a problem, as it recognized the hardware and software (except the PCMCIA wireless card) right out …

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Early in November, Microsoft began a free web-based Virus Scanner, allowing members of the general public to come to their website, download a tool, and then proceed to tie up your box and scan it for all of the creepies that have infested your computer while on the internet. What they haven't readily disclosed, however, is that the scanner reports materials on your computer back to Microsoft HQ. BOOO! Windows Live Safety Center works with Windows XP Home, XP Professional, 2000 Professional, Server 2003, or Windows 2000 Server. You need to also run it with IE 6.0 or better, as …

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Microsoft this week updated Microsoft Works -- the consumer-level "home" edition of Microsoft Office. Microsoft Works Suite 2006 is now available for SRP $99.95 Microsoft Works is an integrated word processor, spreadsheet, database, calendar, and email client wrapped up into one large program. The programs are sufficient for most home users -- keep a checkbook, write some letters, perhaps sort some recipies and/or keep track of your music media. Works does not easily interact with Microsoft Office, however, especially the database file format. One would think that MS Access could open a works database file, but that is not the …

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