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NEWS - October 21, 2009

by Carol~ Moderator / October 21, 2009 2:45 AM PDT
Time Warner testing fix to hole in home router

Elinor Mills

Time Warner has rolled out a temporary patch and is testing a permanent fix for a security hole in a combination cable modem/Wi-Fi router that could allow anyone to access the private network of its customers, snoop on sensitive data, and direct customers to malicious Web sites.

The vulnerability in the SMC8014 cable modem/Wi-Fi router provided to customers was detailed in a blog post written by David Chen, a software engineer and co-founder of the Pip.io social communications platform start-up.

"We are aware of the issue and we are hard at work on a solution and have been for quite some time," Alex Dudley, a Time Warner Cable spokesman, said on Tuesday.

"The manufacturer has developed a fix," he added. "We believe it will work and we are testing it now to make sure it won't affect our network in other ways."

Continued here: http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-10379477-245.html?tag=mncol;title
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Microsoft unleashes new Windows
by Carol~ Moderator / October 21, 2009 2:47 AM PDT

Jason Palmer
October 21, 2009

Personal computers are about to get a makeover with the launch of the latest Windows operating system.

Microsoft is hoping the successor to Vista will be more of a hit with users when it launches on 22 October.

Many of the features take into account multimedia applications and the fact that users are beginning to store their data on the internet.

In the UK some computer stores are due to open at midnight so keen PC users can get their hands on the software.

Microsoft is encouraging people to hold Windows 7 launch parties and has gone as far as to prepare party packs for those willing to get their friends together to mark the release.

Low key

Rick Munday from computer manufacturer Medion on touch screen features

PC World said it would open its flagship store on London's Tottenham Court Road at midnight on 21 October to sell the operating system.

Tech support staff will be on hand to answer queries about installing the software.

Continued here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8316522.stm

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Searching for news of Kanye West?s Death leads to malware
by Carol~ Moderator / October 21, 2009 2:52 AM PDT

Rik Ferguson
Wednesday, 21. October 2009

Demonstrating the speed with witch criminals now captialise on internet memes, criminals are using the strength of a prank/rumour to push malware.

( Screenshot in article shows Page 1 of Google results )

A rumour started this morning that Kanye West had been killed in a ?bizarre car accident?, the origin of this rumour has apparently been traced back to the 4chan message boards (although that blog posting appears now to have been removed from Mashable). It didn?t take very long at all for this to be become the top trending topic on Twitter and also the top search on Google as worried fans searched for real confirmation.

It?s no surprise that in very short order we are already seeing poisoned search results being returned on page 1 of the results that could lead the unwary to trouble. Just because something didn?t happen, doesn?t mean it won?t be abused for criminal purposes, be careful where you click.

Continued here: http://countermeasures.trendmicro.eu/searching-for-news-of-kanye-wests-death-leads-to-malware/

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Two out of five at risk from Wi-Fi hijacking
by Carol~ Moderator / October 21, 2009 2:54 AM PDT
TalkTalk attacks internet anti-piracy proposals

By Carrie-ann Skinner
PC Advisor UK , 10/21/2009

Two out of five web users are at risk of having their Wi-Fi connection hijacked, says TalkTalk.

Research by the ISP revealed that five percent of internet connections have no security whatsoever, while 36 percent use WEP, which TalkTalk says is easily hackable. Only three percent of broadband connections in the UK use the most secure form of protection, WPA2.

The ISP is concerned that under new proposals to tackle internet piracy, which are currently being heavily-backed by Business Secretary Lord Mandelson, many Brits could find themselves accused of illegal file-sharing and banned from the web, even a cybercriminal hijacked their Wi-Fi connection to illegally share files.

With this in mind TalkTalk has launched a campaign that aims to ensure Brits aren't disconnected without a trial.

Continued here: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/102109-two-out-of-five-at.html?hpg1=bn
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Angels Weigh In on Net Neutrality
by Carol~ Moderator / October 21, 2009 2:57 AM PDT

By Amy Schatz
October 21, 2009

Given the level of sturm and drang over the FCC?s proposed net-neutrality rules over the past week, it might be a little hard to believe the FCC hasn?t even released its proposal yet. The earliest anyone outside of the agency will see the FCC?s 50-ish page proposal is Thursday.

That hasn?t stopped intense lobbying on both sides, however, and today?s Net-Neutrality Letter of the Day belongs to the Sand Hill crowd, which is (not surprisingly) expressing its support for net-neutrality rules.

?As business investors in technology companies, we have first-hand experience with the importance of a guaranteeing an open market for new applications and services on the Internet,? wrote a group of 30 venture capitalists in a letter to (former VC, now FCC Chairman) Julius Genachowski.

It was released late Tuesday night by the Open Internet Coalition, which includes Google, Amazon and a host of other tech companies which support net-neutrality rules.

?Permitting network operators to close network platforms or control the applications market by favoring certain kinds of content would endanger innovation and investment in an investment sector which represents many billions of dollars in economic activity,? they continued.

Continued here: http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2009/10/21/angels-weigh-in-on-net-neutrality/

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Researchers read the cryptographic keys of mobile phones
by Carol~ Moderator / October 21, 2009 3:26 AM PDT

21 October 2009, 17:59

Security researchers have managed to read the communication encryption and user authentication keys required for mobile devices. Benjamin Jun, VP of technology at Cryptography Research, told CNET News this was achieved by means of differential power analysis (DPA), a form of side-channel attack. Fluctuations in energy consumption that take place during cryptographic operations cause the chips in the phone to radiate a corresponding electromagnetic signal. This can be measured, either by an external sensor or by attaching a sensor to the phone's power supply, and analysed to crack the encryption. The drawback of this method is that it requires either being in possession of the device or, within a metre or so of the victim.

Re-radiation is common with electronic devices and detector vans used to be used in the UK to locate unlicensed television reception by picking up the radiation from the TV electronics. A similar technique, called Van Eck phreaking, involves picking up the radiation from a computers video signals to re-create the screen image.

Continued here: http://www.h-online.com/security/news/item/Researchers-read-the-cryptographic-keys-of-mobile-phones-835882.html

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Microsoft fixing Bing bug that aided spammers
by Carol~ Moderator / October 21, 2009 11:10 AM PDT

Elinor Mills
October 21, 2009

Microsoft on Wednesday said it is fixing a bug in Bing that allowed spammers to bypass spam filters and distribute malicious links.

Researchers at Webroot Software discovered a spam campaign earlier this week that used the search engine's own redirection mechanism and a link-shrinking technique to send people to spam Web pages, according to a post on the Webroot threat blog.

The problem is with how Bing formats links in RSS feeds. The redirect from Bing to the spam site is not obfuscated, allowing scammers to append anything to the end of the Bing redirect URL and thus trick spam filters, said Andrew Brandt, a threat researcher at Webroot.

In the specific case, Webroot examined an RSS feed in Bing with a link that bounced through MySpace's link shrinker and landed on the spam Web page that looked like a news site customized to the user's geolocation and which offered vague work-from-home jobs.

Asked for comment, a Microsoft representative said late on Wednesday: "We were testing new features to improve the search experience for our customers, and during our testing, we found a bug that was causing this issue. We are taking immediate action and expect a fix in the next 48 hours."

Continued here: http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-10380846-245.html?tag=mncol;title

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