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June 2009 Blog Posts (6)

VC's automated Twitter feed spreads malware

June 24, 2009 4:59 PM PDT

by Elinor Mills


Updated June 25 at 9:00 a.m. PDT with Trend Micro saying the Trojan is harmful to Macs and PCs.

Venture capitalist Guy Kawasaki got more than he bargained for from an automated feed he set up on his Twitter account.

Some of Kawasaki's more than 139,000 Twitter followers noticed something strange when they saw a particular non-VC-related tweet sent… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on June 26, 2009 at 8:36am — No Comments

The Perfect Mobile Phone Is (Nearly) Here

The iPhone may have begun the smartphone's transition into a full-fledged computer, but lots needs to change before we get there. Here's my wish list.


by John C. Dvorak


As the world begins to adjust to the mobile phone as a computing platform, we have to recognize the fact that for many people the device is bound to become the complete substitute for all computing needs. But not quite in the form we see… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on June 17, 2009 at 4:32pm — No Comments

Big-name sites spread latest malware infections

Going by such names as Gumblar, JSRedir-R, Martuz, and Beladin, a new generation of malware has managed to surreptitiously place malicious JavaScript code on tens of thousands of popular Web sites.

Top Story, June 11, 2009

By Susan Bradley


The hacker scripts try to infect site visitors and then attempt to use their compromised PCs to spread the infection to yet other… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on June 11, 2009 at 1:26pm — No Comments

Hacker named to Homeland Security Advisory Council

June 5, 2009 5:27 PM PDT

by Elinor Mills


Jeff Moss, founder of the Black Hat and Defcon hacker and security conferences, was among 16 people sworn in on Friday to the Homeland Security Advisory Council.

The HSAC members will provide recommendations and advice directly to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

Moss' background as a computer hacker (aka "Dark Tangent") and role as a… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on June 8, 2009 at 11:54am — No Comments

The Risky Solid-State Drive

ARTICLE DATE: 06.02.09

By John C. Dvorak


Everyone is gaga over the idea of fast solid-state drives, but until we move to some new memory technology other than flash, SSDs are a dead end. I say this only because during a recent trip to Europe I took about six photos on a 16GB CompactFlash card and—boom!—it was dead. This makes the third CompactFlash drive that blew up on me over the past few years. I've had two early 1GB… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on June 4, 2009 at 4:14pm — No Comments

Get Must-Have Fix for New Microsoft DirectShow Flaw

Erik Larkin


A critical new zero-day flaw involving Microsoft DirectShow's processing of QuickTime content is under attack, Microsoft reported today.

The flaw in the quartz.dll processor in the DirectShow platform affects Windows XP, 2000, and Server 2003. Windows Vista, Server 2008, and Windows 7 are not affected. Crooks can go after the hole even if you have… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on June 1, 2009 at 10:27am — No Comments

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