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+ - "Pharming" : Almost 80 Cisco routers vulne

Submitted by
coondoggie
coondoggie writes "Cisco today issued a warning that almost 80 of its Small Office/Home Office (SOHO), Remote Office/Branch Office (ROBO) and Teleworker business routers may be vulnerable to a new JavaScript-based security threat dubbed "Drive-by Pharming." Symantec and the Indiana University School of Informatics coined the term Pharming in a report and white paper issued last week. As discussed here, "drive-by pharming" lets a hacker change the DNS settings on a user's home broadband router or wireless access point. The attack is possible whenever a broadband router is not password protected or the attacker manages to guess the password. http://www.networkworld.com/community/?q=node/1169 1"
Security

+ - Google Maps used to locate phishing victims

Submitted by Damon Hastings
Damon Hastings (666) writes "http://www.techworld.com/security/news/index.cfm?n ewsID=8077

Okay, the story here is that it is once again possible to download a trojan merely by visiting a web page. All articles I've found have unfortunately focused on a single exploit of this vulnerability, and thus the articles are nearly irrelevant. The vulnerability is what matters. If it isn't patched soon, you could see millions of infections from more creative exploits in the very near future. If any hacker is able to smuggle the trojan onto even a single major website, he could net millions of victims.

Does anyone know which vulnerability is being used? Or what browser(s) are affected? Is it just Internet Explorer 6? IE7? How long has Microsoft known about this vulnerability, and when will they fix it (or have they already?) I can't find any useful articles on the net — they're all just clones of this one.

The Google maps bit is of course completely irrelevant — the ability to map IP addresses to physical locations has been widely and publicly available since before Google existed. Google has no culpability here, despite the misleading reporting done by the major news agencies."
Enlightenment

+ - Livestock's Contribution to Global Warming

Submitted by Aqua_boy17
Aqua_boy17 (962670) writes "The Christian Science Monitor is reporting that people who eat meat are responsible for about 1.5 tons more of carbon dioxide being put in to the atmosphere each year than their vegan counterparts. The article cites a recently released report from the UN's Food and Agriculture Orginization stating that livestock raised for human consumption is now responsible for as much as 18% of total greenhouse gases emitted annually. While livestock animals are responsible for about 9% of total Carbon Dioxide release, they're also blamed for nearly 40% of the total methane and 65% of the total amount of Nitrous Oxide released into the environment. When added together the amount of total greenhouse gas emissions produced as a byproduct of raising livestock is already greater than all current modes of transportation combined, and is expected to rise in the future."
Portables (Apple)

+ - WoW on an iPhone?

Submitted by
AT22
AT22 writes "Ok so I was listening to a WoW podcast last night and they said that there have been rumors that WoW will work and can be played on an iPhone. I was wondering if you guys think this is a possibility? If so do any of you have any idea how you would get the game imported onto and iPhone please tell me b/c I am a huge WoW fan and would love to play the game on a machine this portabel. Thanks"
Security

+ - SETI@Home tracks stolen laptop, reunites couple

Submitted by yuna49
yuna49 (905461) writes "Thieves recently stole a laptop belonging to the estranged wife of a computer programmer in Minnesota. Luckily the husband had installed SETI@Home on the machine. He saw the computer appear on the SETI site three times in a week and gave the IP address to the authorities. This lead to the recovery of the laptop and a reconciliation between the estranged couple."
Security

IT Departments Fear Growing Expertise of Users 499

Posted by kdawson
from the illusion-of-control dept.
flatfilsoc recommends a long article in CIO magazine on users who know too much and the IT leaders who fear them. Dubbing the universe of consumer technology the "shadow IT department," the article highlights the extent to which the boundary between users' workplace and home have broken down. It notes the increasing clash — familiar to anyone who works in a company with an IT department — between users' home-grown productivity boosters and IT's mandate to protect corporate data. The inherent tendency of the IT department to want to crack down and control technology that it doesn't supply should be resisted at all costs, according to CIO. The article outlines strategies for co-existence. It just might persuade some desperate CIO somewhere not to embark on a career-limiting path of decreeing against gmail and IM.

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