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Submission + - Malicious Chrome Extensions Hijack Facebook Accounts

An anonymous reader writes: Cybercriminals are pushing malicious Google Chrome extensions that hijack Facebook accounts. To make matters worse, the extensions are being hosted on Google’s official Chrome Web Store. Once you install one of the rogue Chrome extensions, it gives attackers complete control over your Facebook account. The scammers then use your account to spam your friends with a tempting message suggesting they also download the malware. Furthermore, the malware also automatically Likes certain Facebook Pages as part of a pay-per-Like scheme.
Google

Submission + - Chome OS tablet rumored to debut on Black Friday (downloadsquad.com)

Fwipp writes: According to a source of the Download Squad, Google will be launching a Chrome OS tablet November 26th. Manufactured by HTC, the specs are rumored to include a 1280x720 display, 2GB of RAM, GPS and a webcam. Subsidized by a Verizon contract, it is expected to be substantially cheaper than other tablets — possibly even free.

Submission + - NJ Police must speak language of the suspect (nj.com)

nj_peeps writes: "New Jersey's Supreme Court ruled today that police must inform drunken driving suspects in a language they speak or understand that they are legally required to take a Breathalyzer test. The 4 to 3 decision written by Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, stemmed from the case of German Marquez, who was charged with driving drunk when he rear-ended another car near a Plainfield intersection on Sept. 20, 2007.

Submission + - SPAM: The changing typography of the Web

Glow Images writes: By Deborah Netburn

Los Angeles Times

Since the World Wide Web's earliest days, whether you were shopping on Amazon or researching on Google or catching up on news at latimes.com, chances are you were looking at just one of four typefaces Arial, Verdana, Georgia or Times — each formulated for computer monitors and trusted by web designers to display properly on your screen.

In other words, a seventh-grader writing a book report on Microsoft Word had more font choices than the person designing Esquire Magazine's website or the IKEA online catalog. But now that is about to change.

Beginning Tuesday, Monotype Imaging, a Massachusetts company that owns one of the largest collections of typefaces in the world, made 2,000 of its fonts available to web designers. The move follows the San Francisco-based FontShop, which put several hundred of its fonts online in February. In just a few weeks, Font Bureau, a Boston designer of fonts, will make some of its typefaces available online as well.

Web designers, understandably, cannot overstate how big of a deal this is.

"It's like the 'Wizard of Oz' moment when they go from black and white to color," said Tal Leming, a typeface designer. "It's going to be huge. It's going to be absolutely huge."

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Security

Submission + - The Economics of Targeted Attacks (threatpost.com)

Trailrunner7 writes: Researchers and security vendors have been telling us for years now that attackers have developed sophisticated, targeted attacks designed to separate victims from their money as quickly and cleanly as possible. If that's so, why aren't all of us being compromised on a regular basis? A researcher from Microsoft Research posited at the WEIS 2010 workshop Tuesday that the answer is simple economics.

The amount of time and money it takes to send out 10 million phishing emails versus five million emails is negligible once the attacker has his infrastructure in place. As a result, these attacks are still quite prevalent, despite their diminishing economic return. But even with relatively low returns per attack, these kinds of scalable attacks yield a high profit for professionals, said Cormac Herley of Microsoft Research."Non-scalable attacks have to be selective attacks. Every attack costs you something," Herley said. "If the non-scalable attacks can't match the return of the scalable attacks, she should change tactics. At equal costs, she needs a way better yield. But competing on yield makes no sense because when she extracts the same value per victim, there's too much effort."

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