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NEWS - August 16, 2006

by Marianna Schmudlach / August 16, 2006 2:45 AM PDT
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Other Sony Batteries Investigated
by Marianna Schmudlach / August 16, 2006 2:54 AM PDT
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By BetaNews Staff, BetaNews
August 16, 2006, 12:07 PM

The Consumer Safety Product Commission made overtures Tuesday that it may expand the battery recall past Dell laptops, as it said it was investigating all laptop batteries produced by Sony. The company's batteries also appear in laptops produced by Hewlett Packard, Apple and Lenovo. The agency is not saying that there is a danger to owners of non-Dell laptops with Sony batteries just yet, but it wanted to ensure they do not pose a safety risk elsewhere.

http://www.betanews.com/article/Other_Sony_Batteries_Investigated/1155743583

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Blue Pill: No hoax
by Marianna Schmudlach / August 16, 2006 3:24 AM PDT
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Posted by Ed Burnette @ 9:29 am
August 16, 2006

By now you've probably heard of security researcher Joanna Rutkowska's "Blue Pill" concept ? a way take advantage of hardware virtualization features of AMD and Intel processors to surreptitiously log keystrokes or do whatever else an attacker might want. This technique was demonstrated in front of a live audience at the recent Black Hat conference.

Despite statements from Austin Wilson, director of the Windows client group at Microsoft that "What she showed was legitimate and a very real threat," many have labeled Blue Pill as some kind of hoax. Tom Yager called it "an attention-whoring non-threat". Anthony Liguori of the Xen project said in an interview that "anti-malware software will always be able to detect this sort of attack".

More: http://blogs.zdnet.com/Burnette/index.php?p=156

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Microsoft has a temporary fix available for the problems cau
by Marianna Schmudlach / August 16, 2006 3:28 AM PDT
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Phishing - another side of the tale
by Marianna Schmudlach / August 16, 2006 3:54 AM PDT
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Roel August 16, 2006 | 10:08 GMT

De Consumentenbond, which is basically the Dutch version of Consumer Reports, released an interesting press release yesterday. Thanks to this organization, eBay is no longer asking for personal information which could identify the user via email. (More information, in Dutch, can be found here.)
eBay had previously been asking some customers for personal details in order to confirm the customer's credit status. Such requests were for copies of identity cards or passports, recent bank statements and valid phone numbers. Of course such details were juicy bait which phishers could exploit - I?m pleased to hear that eBay will be taking a different approach from now on.

http://www.viruslist.com/en/weblog?weblogid=195035616

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'Electron-spin' trick boosts quantum computing'
by Marianna Schmudlach / August 16, 2006 4:01 AM PDT
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18:00 16 August 2006
NewScientist.com news service

A new silicon chip capable of manipulating the spin of a single electron could ultimately allow futuristic quantum computers to be built using conventional electronic technology, researchers say.

A quantum bit, or "qubit", is analogous the bits used in conventional computers. But, instead of simply switching between two states, representing "0" and "1", quantum physics permits a qubit to exist in more than one state simultaneously, until its state is measured.

This means quantum computers can essentially perform multiple calculations at once, giving them the potential to be exponentially more powerful than conventional computers.

More: http://www.newscientisttech.com/article/dn9768-electronspin-trick-boosts-quantum-computing.html

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Game Trojans a Real Problem
by Marianna Schmudlach / August 16, 2006 5:31 AM PDT
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From Mary Landesman,
Wednesday August 16, 2006 |

Several months ago I wrote about the problem of MMORPG Trojans being used to make real world profits off in-game currency and merchandise. Now, it seems Microsoft has taken up the same call. According to BBC News, at this week's Gamefest in Seattle, Microsoft engineer Dave Weinstein warned that massive multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPG) like WoW (World of Warcraft) were vulnerable to attack.

http://antivirus.about.com/b/a/257700.htm?nl=1

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Here's the Rub: Greeting Card is a Trojan
by Marianna Schmudlach / August 16, 2006 5:33 AM PDT
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Beware of strangers sending greeting cards. The latest batch of malicious spam claims that "Sender at 'Nikol' sent you an 'e-card'". Those who try to view the card are instructed to download a special viewer. According to AusCert, what gets downloaded is a variant of the Haxdoor Trojan, which F-Secure describes as "a powerful backdoor with rootkit capabilities." Many variants of Haxdoor specifically target banking credentials, meaning it could be your wallet - and not just your computer - at stake.
The greeting card email uses fictitious From addresses such as 'Oviparous G. Pups', 'Janus M. Abnormality', 'Stieglitz M. Armorer' and other made-up names. The body of the greeting card email reads as follows:

Dear recipient !
Sender at 'Nikol' sent you an "e-card"
"Here's the Rub" from 'greeting-cards'.

More: http://antivirus.about.com/b/a/257698.htm?nl=1

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