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Submission + - The Evolution of Proxy Trojans (securityweek.com)

wiredmikey writes: The Evolution of Proxy Trojans — With large amounts of money being spent online, it comes as no surprise that the online banking and online retailers are attractive targets to hackers. Proxy Trojans are nothing new. They’ve evolved into three categories: Keyloggers, Browser-session recorders and Man in the Browser (MitB).

Most prominent Trojans, such as Zeus, Gozi, URLZone, Sinowal and SpyEye all have MitB capabilities. As one-time passwords and two-factor authentication mechanisms become more common among online banking applications, the credentials obtained by Proxy Trojans will become less effective. Consequently, attackers are starting to improve the autonomous capabilities of MitB code. The recent, and potentially costly, SilentBanker Trojan targeted more than 400 banks and had the ability to intercept banking transactions – even those guarded by two-factor authentication.

While avoiding infection by Proxy Trojans is presumably the responsibility of consumers, MitB attacks are quickly becoming a concern of online service providers. The actual rate of infection and the proliferation of the many types of MitB malware suggests that providers must be able to serve and protect those customers who may be infected with one type of malware or another.

News

Submission + - Hack turns Nook Color into Kindle (blogkindle.com)

suraj.sun writes: Read Kindle books on Nook Color ! Yep, you are reading this right. It’s actually quite easy now to get Kindle books on Nook color and have both eBook stores available to you on a single device. This is possible because Nook Color is more of an entry level Android tablet than a dedicated eReader. As it comes out of the box it just happens to start the Nook application by default and not let users run anything else.

However that can easily be fixed by rooting the device and enabling the Android Market. With Andoid market you can install all kinds of applications, including Kindle, Kobo reader. You would also be able to play Angry Birds and watch Youtube videos. Installing the Kindle application for Android will let you read Amazon Kindle books on your Nook Color device.

It takes less than 5 minutes to execute all rooting instructions from NookDevs.com to root the device, enable Android Market, download Kindle for Android and have WhisperSync open the book I was reading on the same place I left it off on my Kindle device.

Blog Kindle: http://blogkindle.com/2010/12/read-kindle-books-on-nook-color/

Iphone

Submission + - 13 Year old girl sues Apple over moisture sensors (tekgoblin.com)

tekgoblin writes: A 13 year old Korean girl is suing Apple for charging her for repairs to her iPhone 3G which was still under warranty. Apple claimed that the warranty was void because the moisture sensors inside the phone had been triggered. The family is asking for $251 in compensation because they believe the moisture sensors were triggered without actually being exposed to water. The family was actually approached by a lawyer to settle but the family declined and still wanted to pursue it in court. The family wants Apple to realize their poor positioning of moisture sensors and not falsely trigger for someone else.

Submission + - Hosted E-mail is Protected by the Fourth Amendment (freedom-to-tinker.com) 1

Okian Warrior writes: As reported on the EFF website, today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that the contents of the messages in an email inbox hosted on a provider's servers are protected by the Fourth Amendment, even though the messages are accessible to an email provider.
As the court puts it, "[t]he government may not compel a commercial ISP to turn over the contents of a subscriber's emails without first obtaining a warrant based on probable cause."

Submission + - McDonalds Customer data hacked (cnet.com)

deseipel writes: here goes, my first /. submission

McDonalds has reported that one of its customer databases has been hacked and that personal information such as email addr's, phone numbers, addresses have been stolen... but no financial information was stolen. It might as well be financial info as it's everything else a dubious person needs to steal an identity.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-20025579-83.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20

I'm lovin it!

The Internet

Submission + - Why I'm Posting Bail Money for Julian Assange (huffingtonpost.com) 3

digitaldc writes: Yesterday, in the Westminster Magistrates Court in London, the lawyers for WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange presented to the judge a document from me stating that I have put up $20,000 of my own money to help bail Mr. Assange out of jail.

Furthermore, I (Michael Moore) am publicly offering the assistance of my website, my servers, my domain names and anything else I can do to keep WikiLeaks alive and thriving as it continues its work to expose the crimes that were concocted in secret and carried out in our name and with our tax dollars.

Space

Submission + - Geminid meteor shower TONIGHT! (nationalgeographic.com)

digitaldc writes: For sky-watchers willing to brave frosty winter temperatures, more than a hundred meteors an hour may fall overnight on December 13 and 14, the peak of the annual Geminid meteor shower.

"The quarter moon will obscure the first part of the show, but once it sets after midnight [your local time], the conditions should be ideal," said Geza Gyuk, an astronomer at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Illinois.

"If you can't stay up that late, then after 10 p.m. is okay too, but the later the better."

The missed sleep may be worth it: The Geminids have been rising in intensity and brightness, and the upcoming show may outshine the more famous August Persieds as the best meteor shower of 2010.

Firefox

Submission + - CEO Credits Chrome to Larry, Sergey's Sneakiness 2

theodp writes: If one was asked to cite a modern-day example of The Trojan Horse, the Firefox-Mozilla situation might come to mind. And that was before last week's Chrome Event, in which Google CEO Eric Schmidt gave Larry Page and Sergey Brin kudos for Chrome's existence, explaining that the pair 'sneakily' hired engineers to work on Firefox before secretly cranking out Chrome for Google: 'From my very first day at Google,' recalled Schmidt, 'they [Larry & Sergey] made clear that we should be in the browser business and the OS business. Not being interested in either, I said no. But they rather sneakily hired a number of brilliant computer scientists to work on the amazingly successful Firefox browser, which Google helped fund through an advertising agreement — and that core team went on to create Chrome' (video @5:50). Be interesting to know what the IRS, which has been scrutinizing the tax status of the funds Mozilla received from Google for years, will make of this revelation.

Submission + - The woman's whose making your privacy her business (theglobeandmail.com)

davecb writes: The woman who faced down Facebook and was dissed by Silicon Valley business boys as "an old-fashioned scold" is really one of the early advocates for using the internet for access to information, and to open up government.

The Globe and Mail has an interview today with Jennifer Stoddart, the privacy commisioner of Canada, who went up against Facebook for all of us, and made them back down.

United States

Submission + - Paypal account frozen for making Wikileak donation (rathergather.com) 3

kaptink writes: Reddit user 'hellokevin11' blogs:

"I go to log into my business account, and it's locked. The girl on the phone told me it's because my account handles a large amount of money (it's a biz account), I recently sent a lot of money ($4000) overseas, and I also sent money to wikileaks. My account is being investigated for illegal activities and I have to account for what the money was used for. They want invoices and such."

I've been blacklisted as well. "This account has been permanently locked. All information associated with this account has been blocked from the PayPal system and cannot be registered with another account."

Comment Missing the point? (Score 1) 968

I think that most people are missing the point of what Google is trying to do. They are not so much removing the Caps Lock key as they are adding a Search key. On a PC that is designed around web browsing (not coding, drafting, etc.) this makes quite a bit of sense. I for one never use the Caps Lock key but my wife uses it constantly. I believe that removing it would force her to learn to type correctly and therefore increase her overall typing speed. Having a search button, on the other hand, will make it very easy to pull up a search box when you're in a hurry to find out what the latest buzz is on your favorite topic.
The Internet

Submission + - How WikiLeaks Survived .. and Flourished (renesys.com)

Barlaam writes: How has WikiLeaks managed not only to avoid takedown, but diversify its hosting to the point of virtual unstoppability? Renesys takes a look at the DNS mappings, routed IP prefixes, and service providers (and countries) that keep WikiLeaks on the air.

From the article:
"It's apparent that search and social infrastructure (Google and Twitter) now play a key role in re-spawning content that gets blocked in any one place, and drawing even more attention to the surviving copies. If suppressed content automatically goes viral, the Internet's construction basically guarantees that that content will have a home for the rest of time. If you attack DNS support, people will tweet raw IP addresses. If you take down the BGP routes to web content, people will put up more mirrors, or switch to overlay networks to distribute the data. You can't burn down the Library of Alexandria any more— it will respawn in someone's basement in Stockholm, or Denver, or Beijing."

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