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Submission + - New Tool Automates Webmail Account Hijacks (washingtonpost.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A pair of software tools demonstrated at the Black Hat security conference today automate the interception of cookie files transmitted over a wireless network that allow attackers to hijack accounts for Gmail, Hotmail, Facebook and a number of other Web 2.0 services, washingtonpost.com's Security Fix reports. From the story: "the attack works even if victims subsequently change their passwords, or actively sign out of their accounts. However, attackers would be unable to change the victim's password, as all of the above-named services force the user to reenter the current password before changing it to a new one."
Operating Systems

Submission + - UNIX Kernel Overview

ComtributingWhimp writes: Since it was okay to frontpage a "How Processes Work" article figured I woudl submit this from a friend of mine: What is a Kernel is one of many (of varying length and quality) articles that can be found at Systhread.net. Unlike some kinda sorta writers; this one didn't stop after getting quasi-pseudo famous.

Feed RIAA Tries To Stop Trent Reznor's Promotional Campaign For New Concept Album (techdirt.com)

In the comments to an earlier post today, a reader pointed us to an article about Trent Reznor's promotional campaign for his latest Nine Inch Nails album. It sounds like he's taken a page from the various alternate reality games that have been popular in promoting movies and video games over the past few years. That is, there appears to be a series of secretive websites that are being leaked out with various clues and there's a big group of fans all trying to track down the details. Also, at some Nine Inch Nails concerts, people have found USB keys in the bathroom with songs from the upcoming album. Not surprisingly, those songs quickly found their way online, all with Reznor's approval. Of course, no one seems to have told the RIAA about this marketing campaign. The RIAA went and demanded that various sites pull down the songs, even though Reznor wanted the songs to spread for promotional purposes. The RIAA always says that if artists want to promote their own songs by giving them away for free they have no problem with it -- but it seems that their mindset is so focused on the idea that no one would ever want to do this that they still have to issue takedowns when artists want the songs given away.

Submission + - Virtualization vendors fight to control hardware

virtualization_dork writes: Let's play an analogy game. Microsoft is to the operating system as ____ is to virtualization software. In this column, Alessandro Perilli breaks down what all of the big guys (VMware, Microsoft, VirtualIron, XenSource, etc) are doing in the virtualization space. From the article:

How is virtualization political? The company that controls the lowest level of the software stack has the power to deeply influence the entire market, in effect deciding which vendors to support for the hardware below and the software above.

This kind of political influence isn't new to technology. Think of Microsoft and the operating system (OS). When Microsoft decides to stop supporting an old version of its Windows OS, independent software vendors have to develop new versions of their products or they will be forced out of the market. With server virtualization, OS vendors will lose their leverage, since they only have to handle a standardized set of hardware. Power will shift in favor of hypervisor vendors.

The column gets even better towards the end:

VMware went after the Windows licensing model with the publication of a paper pushed hard by marketing channels. In the paper, VMware accused Microsoft of trying to slow down and thereby control the adoption of virtualization. The possible motive behind the paper: VMware hoped to jump-start its own licensing strategies before the release of Viridian.

In response, Microsoft flexed its political muscle by reminding VMware of its long-term partnership with parent company EMC Corp. Then Microsoft continued to sign alliances with VMware competitors such as SWsoft.

It's not too difficult to imagine what will happen if Microsoft gets really aggressive. Perhaps the company will start to acquire some of VMware's key partners such as Vizioncore and PlateSpin. Microsoft may even choose to hit VMware in the summer of 2007. That's when EMC has announced plans for VMware's initial public offering.
...a must-read if you're interested in virtualization.

Submission + - Server virtualization gotchas

johannacw writes: "Vendors tout virtualization as the Next Big Thing. It probably is, but not every single application can or should be virtualized. Adopters from The Hartford and other large shops, and consultants, talk about mistakes to avoid. (Note: this story was submitted at 10:11 AM today by Tony Troup, but there was no link to the story. Thanks for trying, Tony!)"

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