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Flashback OS X malware estimated to generate creators $10,000 per day

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Flashback OS X virus generates $10K per day

The “Flashback” virus that originated on a series of WordPress blogs and went on to infected more than 600,000 Mac computers last month may have generated its creators thousands of dollars each day. According to antivirus software firm Symantec, the Flashback malware has been generating revenue for its authors by hijacking users’ ad clicks, and due to the widespread nature of the infection, the authors could have been generating up to $10,000 per day. “Flashback specifically targets search queries made on Google and, depending on the search query, may redirect users to another page of the attacker’s choosing, where they receive revenue from the click,” the firm explained, adding that Google never receives the intended ad click. Symantec notes that ad-clicking Trojans are nothing new and a botnet of 25,000 infections could generate an author up to $450 per day.

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Mozilla dispatches Firefox 3.6, fills its chair with version 13 beta

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Mozilla dispatches Firefox 3.6, fills its chair with version 13 beta

If you’ve been defiantly clinging onto Firefox 3.6 by your fingertips, bad news. Mozilla is officially putting it to sleep — whether you like it or not — by auto-updating users to version 12. You’ve still got a few days to bid your emotional farewells, with the switchover being pegged as early May. But, the browser’s creators stop short of setting a date for you to get the flowers delivered by. Official support for the 2010 release finished this week, and the final bout of security fixes was back in January. At the other end of the spectrum, Firefox 13 wobbled up onto its beta legs yesterday, bringing a new homepage, Google’s new SPDY protocol and tab extra features with it. If you’re making the leap, don’t panic if you find some old friends missing.

Mozilla dispatches Firefox 3.6, fills its chair with version 13 beta originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 29 Apr 2012 15:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink Electronista, Computer World  |  sourceMozilla (1), (2)  | Email this | Comments

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Security firm identifies origins of ‘Flashback’ Mac virus

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

The “Flashback” virus discovered to have infected more than 600,000 Mac computers earlier this month originated on a series of WordPress blogs, security experts have determined. According to Alexander Gostev, head of the global research and analysis team at Kaspersky, the virus began as a trojan hidden within a fake Adobe software update. In March, however, the malware’s creators repackaged the virus in a “drive-by attack” that infected users’ Apple computers when they visited one of thousands of compromised WordPress blogs. ”Tens of thousands of sites powered by WordPress were compromised,” Gostev wrote on Kaspersky’s SecureList blog. “How this happened is unclear. The main theories are that bloggers were using a vulnerable version of WordPress or they had installed the ToolsPack plug-in.” Apple released a system update earlier this month that patched a Java vulnerability and removed most common iterations of the Flashback virus. As of the middle of last week, however, more than 140,000 Mac computers were still infected with the virus, which is capable of intercepting private data and transmitting it without a user’s knowledge.

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Malware found to steal credit card data from hotel payment systems

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Security firm Trusteer warned this week of a trojan that is capable of stealing an individual’s credit card information from hotels. The firm’s intelligence team discovered the remote access trojan being sold on underground forums for $280. The malware is designed to capture screenshots from point-of-sale applications that access credit card numbers and expiration dates. These systems are located on front-desk computers at hotels, and they are often unmanaged and do not contain anti-virus protections software that would stop a trojan of this type. The malware’s creators also include instructions on how to use VoIP-based social engineering to trick front-desk clerks into installing the trojan.

[Via SC Magazine]

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This Art Transforms You Into a Bird-Like Creature [Art]

Monday, March 19th, 2012
This is Rechner, a new app for iOS. It’s a calculator, but not an ordinary one. For one, it’s prettier and much simpler. But, most importantly, it’s fully gestural, designed for a touchscreen. According to its creators, it’s 200% more efficient than a regular calculator. More »


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MIT software optimizes paths for automated undersea vehicles (video)

Monday, March 12th, 2012

So, there’s good news and bad news. The former is that MIT researchers have developed new software and methods that can predict optimal paths for automated underwater vehicles. The latter is that it’s meant to be used for “swarms” of them, “moving all at once toward separate destinations.” We hate to be the folks that keep harping on the inevitable, but teaching “swarms” of undersea robots how to effectively draw paths to the very creators that made them makes us… well, less that cozy. Paranoia aside, the Pierre Lermusiaux-led team has concocted a system that can provide paths optimized either for the shortest travel time or for the minimum use of energy, or to maximize the collection of data that is considered most important. The goal? To make the lives of gliders more efficient when engaged in “mapping and oceanographic research, military reconnaissance and harbor protection, or for deep-sea oil-well maintenance and emergency response.” Oh, and did we mention that it can incorporate obstacle-avoidance functions for the sake of protection. Yeah. Death from above below.

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MIT software optimizes paths for automated undersea vehicles (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 12 Mar 2012 04:39:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Siine Keyboard for Android brings ‘Sexy Delete,’ icons do all the talking (video)

Friday, March 9th, 2012
Siine Keyboard for Android brings 'Sexy Delete,' icons do all the talking
It goes without saying that one of the beauties of Android is how easily customizable it can be. For example, you’re not shackled to its stock keys and can easily swap in a third-party solution such as Siine; which is packing strange, but useful, features like “Sexy Delete.” To go along with the provocative erasing, Siine offers an array of tap-driven icons that act as phrase shortcuts, allowing you to enter anything from “what’s up” to “miss me” — you can even program your own. Siine Keyboard won’t ask anything from your wallet, and you can grab it now via the source link below. We’re also hooking you up with a quick tutorial courtesy of its creators after the break.

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Siine Keyboard for Android brings ‘Sexy Delete,’ icons do all the talking (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 09 Mar 2012 09:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The Engadget Interview: Words With Friends creator, Paul Bettner

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
You may have missed it amongst all the big budget ads, half-time obscenities and, you know, football playing, but Words With Friends co-creators Paul Bettner and David Bettner managed to snag a seconds-long cameo during that geek-packed Best Buy spot. The ad was the latest in a recent string of high-profile mentions for their popular word game, including a name-check during a self-effacing Alec Baldwin sketch on Saturday Night Live. We sat down with Bettner to discuss his move from Halo and other Microsoft franchises to mobile gaming, and where the industry stands in 2012.

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The Engadget Interview: Words With Friends creator, Paul Bettner originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 08 Feb 2012 23:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google tells Android devs to kick the menu button to the curb, seriously you guys

Saturday, January 28th, 2012
Android Actions

If you’ve seen Ice Cream Sandwich and the Galaxy Nexus in action, then it should be clear that the menu button has no future in the Android ecosystem. In order to drive that point home, Google has posted over at the Android Developer blog urging app creators to “say goodbye to the menu button.” With the until now standard key getting the boot, big G wants devs to start designing interfaces that focus on the ActionBar introduced with Honeycomb. Of course, there’s only so much room on the screen, and that’s where the “action overflow” button comes in handy. Those vertical elipsis hide useful, but perhaps secondary options, that don’t fit in the action bar. It also pops up on the far right of the navigation bar as a replacement to the menu button… basically because it behaves the same as menu, just in a different location. If nothing else at least Google is pushing Android and its apps towards a more uniform design. Check out the source for more details.

Google tells Android devs to kick the menu button to the curb, seriously you guys originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 28 Jan 2012 06:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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LikeBelt concept encourages a very physical kind of Facebook liking (video)

Thursday, January 26th, 2012
This is the LikeBelt: a concept device that inserts an NFC chip into a belt-buckle. Instead of tapping your mobile device on a “check-in” tag, you get the belt buckle close enough to do the same. There are only two downsides: how close you have to get and where most people’s belts are situated. Suffice to say, the Quagmire-style movements required to ensure a connection aren’t the sort of thing you’d do in front of your parents, priest or spouse. The creators provide instructions on how to build your own at the source link, but before you consider it, we insist you watch the video of it in action after the break. No, seriously.

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LikeBelt concept encourages a very physical kind of Facebook liking (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 26 Jan 2012 18:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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iShower water-resistant Bluetooth speaker being unveiled at CES, aims to improve those shower jams

Thursday, January 5th, 2012


We don’t blame you for being surprised when you first met the iGrill meat thermometer. We mean, how couldn’t you be? But now, the creators of the temperature indicator are hitting you with yet another peripheral, and this time it’s heading to your shower — that’s right, your shower. The iShower is a water-resistant Bluetooth speaker capable of streaming up to 15 hours of audio within a 200-foot range. The add-on will allow you to interact with the usual options like play, pause, rewind and forward, while also displaying the time (just in case you like to camp out in there). Similar to its meaty counterpart, the iShower will cost $100, and don’t let the “i” included in its dub fool you — the device is also ready to mingle with the Androids of the world. The shower-jammer’s official launch will be next week at CES, but you can take a peek at the PR to find out some more info in the here and now.

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iShower water-resistant Bluetooth speaker being unveiled at CES, aims to improve those shower jams originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 06 Jan 2012 01:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HP Spectre teaser video: fantastically thin laptop, shrouded in mystery

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Why, what’s this? Funny you ask — we’re wondering the same thing. A source at HP just dropped us a mysterious teaser video of a so-called Spectre laptop, a heretofore unannounced lappie that looks to be the company’s next Ultrabook. In our wildest dreams, this rig has a dual-LCD setup — similar to Toshiba’s Libretto W100 — but perhaps the creators here were just coincidentally interested in showing us lots of glass panes. We’ll be digging for more details (we’re told that an official produce portal should surface tomorrow), but for now, lose your mind in the video just past the break.

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HP Spectre teaser video: fantastically thin laptop, shrouded in mystery originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 02 Jan 2012 19:13:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Iceland’s crowdsourced constitution submitted for approval, Nyan Cat takes flight over Reykjavik

Sunday, July 31st, 2011
Iceland's crowdsourced constitution submitted for approval, Nyan Cat takes flight over Reykjavik

A committee of 25 Icelanders submitted the first draft of a rewritten constitution to the country’s parliamentary speaker Friday, and despite our recommendations, Rebecca Black was conspicuously absent from the proceedings. The democratic experiment bravely asked citizens to log on to Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, and Twitter to engage with the committee in a discussion about the nation’s future. While the project’s Facebook page played host to pleads for free ice cream and more volcanoes, the constitution’s creators managed to stay on task, focusing on issues of decentralization and transparency in government. The draft is slated for review beginning October 1st.

Iceland’s crowdsourced constitution submitted for approval, Nyan Cat takes flight over Reykjavik originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 31 Jul 2011 07:03:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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LED coffee table busts a multicolored move (video)

Saturday, July 30th, 2011
LED coffee table busts a multicolored move (video)

It might look like something out of MJ’s Billie Jean, but this colorful LED array won’t be under moonwalking foot — that is, unless the party gets crunk. This colorful grid is actually a table top, brought to you by way of TI’s MSP430 microcontroller, and it knows how to get down. The table is made up of 128 frosted glass cubes, each apparently capable of emitting 16 million colors. Its creators also produced a special beat-detection software, that could very easily have your furniture outshining the bumpers and grinders at your next party. If you’re looking for a little extra something from your coffee table, you can find full build instructions at the source link below.

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LED coffee table busts a multicolored move (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 30 Jul 2011 03:44:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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New Tropical Island Yacht Concept Pushes Human Imbecility to Previously Unimaginable Levels [Yachts]

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011