Experts Study Developing Internet Attack

Government and industry experts warned late Thursday of a mysterious, large-scale Internet attack against thousands of popular Web sites. The virus-like infection tries to implant hacker software onto the computers of all Web site visitors.

According to Yahoo News, industry experts and the Homeland Security Department were studying the infection to determine how it spreads across Web sites and find adequate defenses against it.

“Users should be aware that any Web site, even those that may be trusted by the user, may be affected by this activity and thus contain potentially malicious code,” the government warned in one Internet alert. The infected Web sites attempt to implant on visitors’ computers hacker software that allows others to use their computers to surreptitiously route Internet spam e-mails.

Sender ID e-mail spec submitted to standards body

Microsoft has submitted a draft technical specification of the e-mail authentication system Sender ID to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) for consideration as an industry-wide standard.

Sender ID combines Microsoft’s Caller ID for E-mail (which was submitted to the IETF for consideration in May) with Sender Policy Framework (SPF). SPF, also known as Sender Policy Framework. Sender ID maintains lists of IP (Internet Protocol) addresses from which sent e-mail can be traced, and if adopted as a standard, could provide a way to close loopholes that allow e-mail senders to spoof or fake the origin of their message.

Announcement

I will be away on the 24th of June so there won’t be any news updates on Thursday. I will be back on Friday the 25th so everything will be back to
normal.

We will be broadcasting TechShout radio later than usual on Friday (in the evening rather than the morning) as I won’t be returning until Friday morning.

In the meantime, feel free to submit any news and articles that you come across an I’ll get them up there on Friday.

Have you registered yet? Registering entitles you to use the forums, download free Desktop Wallpapers, customise messages and much more… And the best
thing is that it’s free.. Definitely worth doing….

See you on Friday..

Paul.

Apple extends iBook repair program (again!)

Mac announced on Monday that it is offering free repairs to iBooks purchased between May 2001 and October 2003 that have certain display problems. Apple had previously covered a smaller number of machines, those bought starting a year later, between May 2002 and October 2003. Affected machines can have various display problems after they boot up, such as scrambled or distorted video, the appearance of unexpected lines on the screen, and video that freezes or displays
intermittently.

This is an extension of the program that Apple started in January, then extended into April and now are doing again.

Unreal UnSafe

Security company Secunia issued a bulletin warning a flaw in some versions of the “Unreal””game engine, used by numerous PC games. Most game publishers using the engine have already issued patches, however, to plug the hole.

According to the bulletin, malicious hackers could send a string of junk data to the security tool the Unreal engine uses to verify online game servers. Once the security tool was comprised by such a “buffer overrun,” the attacker would be able to execute code at will on the machine.

Games affected by the flaw include five versions of “”Unreal,”” all of which are secured by patches released last week, plus shooting games “Postal 2″” and “Deus Ex” also fixed by recent patches.

Intel to unveil 64Bit Nocona on Monday

Intel Corp. plans to unveil its first processor with 64-bit extensions technology next week.

The Nocona processor will allow workstations and servers to run both 32-bit and 64-bit applications on the same system, provided that server uses a 64-bit operating system. AMD was the first to introduce such a processor with the launch of the Opteron chip in April of 2003.

Intel will release Nocona on Monday along with the Tumwater chipset for workstations, sources said.

The Lindenhurst chipset for servers will follow in the third quarter, the sources said.

Industry heavies announce anti-spam guidelines.

InfoWorld reports that Microsoft, AOL, Yahoo, & Earthlink have released recommendations for ending unsolicited commercial (“spam”) e-mail in which the recommend ISPs crack down on worm-infected computers on their networks.

Anti-Spam Technical Alliance’s (ASTA) Statement of Intent, released Tuesday, includes a list of suggestions and “best practice” recommendations for Internet service providers (ISPs), e-mail service providers, governments, corporations and bulk e-mail senders.

ASTA recommended that ISPs shut down so-called “open relays”, or e-mail servers that allow parties that do not own the mail server to relay mail through them without needing to log in first. The group also suggested that ISPs crack down on virus and worm-infected computers on their network and closely monitor features that let people automatically register for ISP accounts.

Microsoft ”drops” Xbox comapatiblity in Xbox2

The Register reported today that Microsoft’s  Xbox2 is not going to be backwards compatible with the Xbox. This means that all your XBox games will be relegated to the drawer, only ever to emerge if the urge comes upon you to be nostalgic and use your Xbox.

This is another one of Microsoft’s wonderful decisions where they fly in the face of public opinion and do the reverse. All the other major console producers have made theirs backwards compatible. PS2 is PS1 compatible, Nintendo’s DS plays GameBoy Advance games and Sony has said that PS3 (when it arrives) will be PS2 and PS1 compatible.

Other companies see the profit and advantage of keeping their existing user-base and getting them to upgrade, MS doesn’t! Why?