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Submission + - Suspected hackers arrested for Zbot/Zeus Trojan (

Unexpof writes: According to a report by British security company Sophos, a man and a woman have been arrested in Manchester, England, by the Metropolitan Police in connection with the Zeus Trojan (also known as Zbot).

The Zbot Trojan, which steals bank account and social networking login details, creates a botnet of compromised computers. According to Sophos, the gang behind the Zbot attacks have used a wide variety of social engineering disguises to spread their malware — including posing as statements from the IRS or notifications that a server upgrade is about to take place.

The names of the two people arrested under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 and the 2006 Fraud Act have not been released, but it is known that the man is 20 years old.

Comment Summary of article... (Score 2, Informative) 103

Browser             OS                              Version Tested        Javascript Benchmark  Acid3 Result  Flash
-------             --                              --------------        --------------------  ------------  -----
Skyfire             Windows Mobile and Symbian S60 on WinMo  14,659 ms              52/100        Yes
Opera Mobile        Windows Mobile and Symbian S60  9.7 beta              40,249.20 ms          100/100        No
Fennec              Windows Mobile or Maemo         1.0a3 on WinMo        11,391.20 ms           93/100        No
Safari              iPhone                          OS version 3.1.2      15,499.20 ms          100/100        No
Internet Explorer   Windows Mobile                  7                     74,537.60 ms            5/100        Yes
BlackBerry browser  BlackBerry                      OS version  Did not finish         13/100        No

[Skyfire]: Uses server to render pages. Web sites looked accurate but heavily compressed. Flash videos jerky, out of sync and will not open in full screen.
[Opera Mobile]: Can easily open multiple pages and switch between them.
[Fennec] (a.k.a Firefox Mobile): Slick interface. Fastest at loading complex pages. Clearly a pre-release product.
[Safari]: Multiple pages won't load simultaneously. User interface is serene and easy to use.
[Internet Explorer]: Slowest overall browser. Handled Flash the best of those tested. Flash videos can be opened full screen but become jerky and out of sync.
[BlackBerry browser]: Browser doesn't come close to a full Web experience. Slowest at loading complex pages.

Comment Re:Software? (Score 1) 549

Or you can use Mac OS X's (incomplete and officially unsupported) Resolution Independence to scale the entire GUI. If you want your interface to be 25% larger than normal, open up a Terminal and enter:

defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleDisplayScaleFactor 1.25

To get it back to normal, just enter:

defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleDisplayScaleFactor 1.00
defaults delete NSGlobalDomain AppleDisplayScaleFactor

Comment Re:I'm grateful (Score 4, Insightful) 391

[Photoshop] certainly is an extremely useful tool and can't be banned outright, however, they could impose very clear limits on retouching photos of people.

Who is "they" and how would they impose these arbitrary limits on photo retouching?

The problem isn't necessarily with the advertising agencies who are trying their best to fool us that their client/product is "better" than they actually are. That's what they've always done and that is what they will continue to do.

The problem is with the increasing number of people in our society who lack critical thinking skills and don't question what is presented to them.

What's nefarious about this particular DMCA take down notice is that its only purpose is to squelch critical opinion on advertising techniques. (It is also just another example of how the DMCA has little to do with copyright protection and is more about handing over control of our culture to the media companies).

Comment Re:Nonsense (Score 1) 555

Your logic would be spot on if Microsoft's Mac offering were indeed direct ports of their Windows counterparts. But they are not.

One of the major reasons the MBU exists is because of the horribly ill-fated idea of throwing out the Mac-native Word for Mac 5.0/5.1 and using the Word for Windows 2.0/3.0 codebase to come up with Word 6.0 for both Mac and Windows. (You can read details of this debacle directly from a MBU employee).

The majority of Microsoft's Mac products are complete re-implementations of the features in their Windows counterparts (and the reason why there is not complete feature-parity between the two versions).

I think the reason that the MBU has such high profit margins is that are fewer "cooks in the kitchen" relative to Microsoft's Windows-related projects. It's a small group of dedicated employees who are in the unenviable position of trying to make great Mac software while being viewed by some on the outside as just more drones from the evil Windows empire.

United States

Submission + - CO Secretary of State decertifies evoting machines

mamer-retrogamer writes: On December 17th, Colorado Secretary of State Mike Coffman decertified election equipment used by 64 Colorado counties, including machines made by Premier Election Solutions — formerly known as Diebold Election Systems. A report issued by the Secretary of State's office details a myriad of problems such as systems not being password protected, having controls that could give voters unauthorized access, and not having a way to track or detect security violations.

Manufacturers have 30 days to appeal the decertification.

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