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+ - Windows 7 update installs stealth WAT 7

Submitted by unassimilatible
unassimilatible (225662) writes "A Windows 7 update released on 9/30, KB2158563, claims to "resolve issues caused by revised daylight saving time and time zone laws in several countries. This update enables your computer to automatically adjust the computer clock on the correct date in 2010." The part not mentioned by Microsoft is that KB2158563 is a Trojan, the stealth payload being a WAT (Windows Activation Technologies) update that sniffs out cracked versions of Windows 7, and declares them not genuine, complete with black screen. Looks like MS is up to its old tricks again."
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+ - New Tool Blocks Downloads from Malicious Sites

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Hugh Pickens
Hugh Pickens writes "Science Daily Headlines reports that a new tool has been developed funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Army Research Office and US Office of Naval Research to prevent "drive-by downloads" where by simply visiting a website, malware can be silently installed on a computer to steal a user's identity and other personal information, launch denial-of-service attacks, or participate in botnet activity. The software called Blade — short for Block All Drive-By Download Exploits — is browser-independent and designed to eliminate all drive-by malware installation threats by tracking how users interact with their browsers to distinguish downloads that received user authorization from those that do not. "BLADE monitors and analyzes everything that is downloaded to a user's hard drive to cross-check whether the user authorized the computer to open, run or store the file on the hard drive. If the answer is no to these questions, BLADE stops the program from installing or running and removes it from the hard drive," says Wenke Lee, a professor in the School of Computer Science in Georgia Tech's College of Computing. Blade's testbed automatically harvests malware URLs from multiple whitehat sources on a daily basis and has an interesting display of the infection rate of different browsers, the applications targeted by drive-by exploits, and the anti-virus detect and miss rates of drive-by binaries."
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Police Called Over 11-Year-Old's Science Project 687

Posted by samzenpus
from the duck-and-cover dept.
garg0yle writes "Police in San Diego were called to investigate an 11-year-old's science project, consisting of 'a motion detector made out of an empty Gatorade bottle and some electronics,' after the vice-principal came to the conclusion that it was a bomb. Charges aren't being laid against the youth, but it's being recommended that he and his family 'get counseling.' Apparently, the student violated school policies — I'm assuming these are policies against having any kind of independent thought?"
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Augmented Reality To Help Mechanics Fix Vehicles 81

Posted by timothy
from the insert-overlaid-part-a-into-slot-b dept.
kkleiner writes "ARMAR, or Augmented Reality for Maintenance and Repair, is a head mounted display unit that provides graphic overlays to assist you in making repairs. An Android phone provides an interface to control the graphics you view during the process. Published in IEEE, and recently tested with the United States Marine Corps on an armored turret, ARMAR can cut maintenance times in half by guiding users to the damaged area and displaying 3D animations to demonstrate the appropriate tools and techniques."

Comment: I worked there .... (Score 1) 582

by tazanator (#30585702) Attached to: Bruce Schneier On Airport Security
Having worked for the TSA and the army for some time, the only way for safe air travel is you show up at the airport and just like a prison you strip and leave everything behind for a jump suit. Only the jump suit and your body goes on the plane (no phones, paper, whatever! and body screened for hidden items) a second plane flies the luggage and you belongings to the destination. Humans are safe and only belongings can get blown up. (only threat left is the burrito you had for lunch)

Comment: Re:Very Misleading Title for the Topic (Score 1) 542

by tazanator (#28423409) Attached to: Does the Linux Desktop Innovate Too Much?
I think Linux (i use Ubuntu for family members) can really take off if it got it's act together better on support. My mother left the Linux heard to return to Vista over a printer driver issue (no one had a driver for an HP printer) my aunt is in pits over things not "making since" in the names used for programs. If developers got more towards the plug and play and legacy drivers MS would start having a sever financial crisis for now it's no worries because we can't get the 50 and up crowd to join us in Linux in the web and email area.

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