Archive for November 11, 2007

According to data from the Panda ActiveScan online antivirus solution, Trojans and adware were the most active threats in October. Specifically, they were responsible for 25.97% and 23.37% respectively of all infections detected.

After adware and Trojans come worms, a type of malware that is becoming increasingly less common thanks to the new malware dynamic, where threat creators are motivated solely by money.

Other threats types that caused problems during the last month included backdoor Trojans (3.97%), spyware (3.16%), dialers (2.84%) and bots (2.33%).

John Schiefer, 26, of Los Angeles, has agreed to plead guilty to four felony counts: accessing protected computers to conduct fraud, disclosing illegally intercepted electronic communications, wire fraud and bank fraud.

Schiefer admitted infecting 250,000 computers and stealing the identities of thousands of people by wiretapping their communications and accessing their bank accounts.

Schiefer acknowledged installing malicious computer code, or “malware,” that acted as a wiretap on compromised computers.

The MySpace page of American R&B diva Alicia Keys has been hacked.

The virus is activated when people click on an empty area of the page, such as the space between text, buttons or images. It’s a socially engineeered attack that asks to install video codecs required for watching video.

It will then redirects people’s computers to co8vd.cn/s, which is a Chinese malware site that downloads the virus.

Sony Ericsson announced the MD300, a state-of-the-art business tool that allows busy professionals to quickly and easily connect their PCs or laptops to the internet whenever and wherever they need.

The first Sony Ericsson Mobile Broadband product with a USB interface, the MD300 is simple to install and start up. It comes pre-installed with everything you need to go online, including PC software.

Sony Ericsson’s MD300 is a mobile broadband USB modem that connects your computer to HSDPA, UMTS, EDGE, or GPRS networks and will be available in luxury black and metallic silver in selected markets.

Opera launches Opera Mini 4

Posted: November 11, 2007 in Tech

Opera, the only company that puts the Web on any device, released Opera Mini 4, the newest version of Opera’s worldwide mobile browsing sensation. Opera Mini 4 inspires the senses with its stunning desktop overview mode, so users see the page exactly as it appears on their computers.

Opera Mini brings the full Web, your favorite Web sites and services, to almost every mobile phone. Opera Mini also automatically reduces the size of the transferred pages, so Web sites load faster while reducing the cost of surfing.

Opera Mini 4 is a free download, over the air, to your phone from http://www.operamini.com

AOL is continuing to lose subscribers at a rapid pace. According to Time Warner’s Q3 results filed earlier today, the company now has 10.1 million subscribers, which is down 851,000 from Q2 and down 5.1 million or 33% year over year. Before the merger with Time Warner in 2001, the company said that it had more than 30 million subscribers.

According to Time Warner the firm’s revised strategy to refocus its business from subscribers to advertising is to blame for the subscriber loss.

Time Warner said that AOL revenues declined 38% or $745 million from $1.96 billion to $1.22 billion year over year. Subscription revenues declined by 56% during this time. Operating income declined by 24% or $95 million from $390 to $295 million in the same period.

AMD announced the AMD FireStream 9170 Stream Processor and an accompanying Software Development Kit (SDK) designed to harness the massive parallel processing power of the graphics processing unit (GPU).

AMD leveraged its unique collective expertise in both GPUs and CPUs to deliver the first integrated hardware and software development solution that meets the needs of the demanding high-performance computing (HPC) market.

The FireStream 9170 is a single card solution with two GB of onboard GDDR3 memory to compute large datasets without CPU traffic. The asynchronous direct memory access (DMA) ensures data can flow freely without interrupting the stream processor or CPU.