Redmond (WA) – A Microsoft automatic update has eradicated password stealing programs from more than two million computers. Writing on the TechNet blog, Matt McCormack says the company’s Malicious Software Removal Tool detected and erased Trojan horse programs designed to steal passwords from popular online games like World of Warcraft, Valve’s Steam Client and Lineage Online. Back on June 10, Microsoft sent an automatic update which upgraded the tool to fight against the password stealers and 700,000 machines were restored in just the first day.
And you thought you were safe from malware when you switched to a Mac.
You may change your mind soon, especially now that Mac's recent market
share gains appear to contribute to the growing interest of malware
authors in Macs. Security experts are warning now about a new Trojan
horse released in the wild, targeting OS X Tiger and Leopard users. The
malware can steal your passwords, avoid detection, log what you type
and even take your picture.
You never know what you’ll find at the Computex tradeshow in Taipei and we spied a portable flash media copier for both cops and wannabe James Bond agents alike. EZPNP’s EZDigiMagic looks like a portable CD or DVD player, but it actually takes all types of flash cards from SD to Compact Flash and copies the contents to CDs or DVDs. It can even copy USB flash sticks and hard drives. No computer is needed and you can even pop in four AA batteries and make the unit completely portable.
Comcast’s homepage and webmail were unavailable for several hours from Wednesday to Thursday after a pair of young hackers hijacked the company’s DNS records. The hackers, going by the names of Defiant and EBK, also defaced the Comcast.net homepage after they tried warning Comcast’s technical contact about the intrusion. By Thursday night, all Comcast services seemed to be working normally.
Los Angeles (CA) – The Department of Justice has announced indictments against a worldwide phishing ring with members in Romania and the United States. In all 38 people were indicted on charges of bank fraud, racketeering and a host of other charges.
Former law enforcement officials are concerned about
the insecurity of the upcoming Passport Card or PASS card issued by the
US Department of State. The plastic card with embedded RFID-chip is
about the size of a credit card and is meant for land and sea travel
between the United States and Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.