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Comment: Re:Detection and removal (Score 1) 583

by strangel (#36622608) Attached to: Massive Botnet "Indestructible," Say Researchers

Don't forget Java. Out-of-date versions of Java are also largely responsible for infections. I'd actually love to have a way to see method of infection, whether it's Flash or Java. I've been able to tell sometimes simply because infected .jar files are detected in a scan of the system, but that's not really a reliable way of telling.
Flash updates seem to be much more reliable in terms of asking to install the update than Java. In 99.9% of infections, I see an out-of-date version of Java installed on the system.

Security

+ - Spammers Moving to Disposable Domains->

Submitted by Trailrunner7
Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes "Spammers and the botnet operators they're allied with are continuing to adapt their techniques to evade security technologies, and now are using what amount to disposable domains for their activities. A new report shows that the spammers are buying dozens of domains at a time and moving from one to another as often as several times a day to prevent shutdowns. New research shows that the amount of time that a spammer uses a given domain is basically a day or less. The company looked at 60 days worth of data from their customers and found that more than 70 percent of the domains used by spammers are active for a day or less."
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Networking

+ - Wireless PCIe to enable remote graphics cards-> 1

Submitted by J. Dzhugashvili
J. Dzhugashvili (1007075) writes "If you read Slashdot, odds are you already know about WiGig and the 7Gbps wireless networking it promises. The people at Atheros and Wilocity are now working on an interesting application for the spec: wireless PCI Express. In a nutshell, wPCIe enables a PCI Express switch with local and remote components linked by a 60GHz connection. The first applications, which will start sampling next year, will let you connect your laptop to a base station with all kinds of storage controllers, networking controllers, and yes, an external graphics processor. wPCIe works transparently to the operating system, which only sees additional devices connected over PCI Express. And as icing on the cake, wPCie controllers will lets you connect to standard Wi-Fi networks, too."
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+ - There's Nothing New in Windows 7 SP 1-> 1

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "If your business is like many, you've been waiting for Windows 7 SP1 before even thinking about moving from Windows XP to Windows 7. But now it turns out that you really didn't need to do that, says blogger Steven Vaughan-Nichols. The reason: The Windows 7 SP1 beta 'is nothing more than a round-up of previous fixes already delivered through Windows Update.'"
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Science

+ - Astronomers Solve The Mystery of Hanny's Voorwerp-> 1

Submitted by KentuckyFC
KentuckyFC (1144503) writes "n 2007, a Dutch school teacher called Hanny van Arkel discovered a huge blob of green-glowing gas while combing though images to classify galaxies. Hanny's Voorwerp (meaning Hanny's object in Dutch) is astounding because astronomers have never seen anything like it. Although galactic in scale, it is clearly not a galaxy because it does not contain any stars. That raises an obvious question: what is causing the gas to glow? Now a new survey of the region of sky seems to have solved the problem. The Voorwerp lies close to a spiral galaxy which astronomers now say hides a massive black hole at its centre. The infall of matter into the black hole generates a cone of radiation emitted in a specific direction. The great cloud of gas that is Hanny's Voorwerp just happens to be in the firing line, ionising the gas, causing it to glow green. That lays to rest an earlier theory that the cloud was reflecting an echo of light from a short galactic flare up that occurred 10,000 years ago. It also explains why Voorwerps are so rare: these radiation cones are highly directional so only occasionally do unlucky gas clouds get caught in the cross fire."
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Hardware

+ - Set free your inner jedi or pyro...->

Submitted by sirgoran
sirgoran (221190) writes "We've all thought about being the hero fighting off evil doers and saving the day ever since we first saw Star Wars. The folks at Wicked Lasers have now made that a little closer to reality with their latest release. A 1Watt blue diode laser that can set skin and other things on fire. From an article at daily tech they talk about the dangers of such a powerful laser. "And here's the best (or worst) part — it can set people (or things) on fire. Apparently the laser is so high powered that shining it on fleshy parts will cause them to burst into flames. Of course it's equally capable of blinding people." The thing that caught my eye was the price, $200.00! I wonder if they'll be able to meet the demand since this will be on every geeks Christmas list..."
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Science

+ - Taking showers 'can make you ill'->

Submitted by tugfoigel
tugfoigel (80286) writes "Showering may be bad for your health, say US scientists, who have shown that dirty shower heads can deliver a face full of harmful bacteria.

Tests revealed nearly a third of devices harbour significant levels of a bug that causes lung disease.

Levels of Mycobacterium avium were 100 times higher than those found in typical household water supplies.

M. avium forms a biofilm that clings to the inside of the shower head, reports the National Academy of Science."

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United Kingdom

+ - BBC To Add Copy Protection to HD Broadcasts->

Submitted by Stoobalou
Stoobalou (1774024) writes "UK broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has given the BBC a green light to cripple High-Definition broadcasts with copy protection.

The ruling will restrict access to broadcast Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) data to only those High Definition (HD) Digital Terrestrial (DTT) receivers which include content management technology.

The BBC argued that, without the restrictions, the ability of broadcasters on the Freeview HD platform to secure content from third-party rights holders on similar terms to those on other platforms would be reduced, limiting the range of broadcast content available."

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+ - US Dept of Ed and copyright under HEOA->

Submitted by Atryn
Atryn (528846) writes "EDUCAUSE is advisingits membership of a letter posted by the US DOE reminding them that provisions of the Higher Education Opportunities Act (HEOA) go into effect July 1, 2010. Among those is a requirement to notify students (current and incoming) with information on copyright infringement. Other requirements of the Act include combating illegal file sharing and a requirement to provide legal alternatives to the campus community. See the Educause Resource Page for more."
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+ - Help finding a good photo manager?

Submitted by JeremyDuffy
JeremyDuffy (1024241) writes "Ask Slashdot: I have an photo project of over 7000 photos. I want to tag them based on location, time of day, who's in them, etc. Doing this by hand one at a time through the Windows 7 interface in explorer is practically madness. There has to be a better way. Is there a photo manager that can easily group and manage file tags? And most importantly, something that stores the tag and other data (description etc) in the FILE not just a database? I don't care if the thing has a database, but the data MUST be in the file so when I upload the files to the Internet, the tags are in place."
Iphone

+ - Steve Jobs responds to Mac vs iPhones. But clones?-> 2

Submitted by destinyland
destinyland (578448) writes "Responding to Newsweek's "RIP, Macintosh" article, Steve Jobs replied to Macsimum News, "Completely wrong. Just wait." (Though ironically, it was sent from Jobs' iPhone.) Newsweek's article had quoted Jobs as telling a developer that "We are focusing primarily (though not exclusively) on iPhone OS this year. Maybe next year we will focus primarily on the Mac. Just the normal cycle of things. No hidden meaning here." But Technology analyst Ronald O. Carlson is predicting the next phase might see Mac clones. ("It's a highly mature product category that doesn't require the company's full, direct attention... all Apple would need to do is build the OS and certify hardware a la the App Store.") It could even drive competition in the PC space, he argues, creating shorter and cheaper hardware development cycles."
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