Archive for February 13, 2008

The FBI warns computer users to be on the lookout for spam e-mails that are spreading malware known as “Storm Ware.”

The e-mail directs the recipient to click on a link to retrieve the electronic greeting card (e-card). Once the user clicks on the link, malware is downloaded to the Internet-connected device and causes it to become infected and part of the Storm Worm botnet.

The Storm Worm virus has capitalized on various holidays in the last year by sending millions of e-mails advertising an e-card link within the text of the spam e-mail. Valentine’s Day has been identified as the next target.

Yahoo! Introduces oneConnect for Mobile

Posted: February 13, 2008 in Tech

Yahoo! is driving the industry towards the future of mobile communications with Yahoo! oneConnect.

Yahoo! oneConnect will be the first mobile product with an open architecture that aggregates communications tools – email, instant messaging (IM), text messaging (SMS), and social networks – for a new level of convenience in mobile communications.

Yahoo! oneConnect is expected to become available in Yahoo! Go 3.0 and Yahoo!’s new mobile home page in Q2 2008.

In separate news, Yahoo announced that it has acquired video platform provider Maven Networks for about $160 million. According to Yahoo, Maven’s platform is currently used to manage, distribute and monetize premium online video content for media companies, including Fox News, Sony BMG, CBS Sports, Hearst, Gannett, Scripps Networks, and the Financial Times.

Apple launches Aperture 2

Posted: February 13, 2008 in Tech

Apple has now launched the second major edition of their Aperture software application. This new software edition features Improved Interface, Faster Browsing & Enhanced Image Processing.

The company claims that Aperture 2 comes loaded with over 100 new features making it more usable and powerful for the user.

Apple added that Aperture 2 also introduces new imaging tools for highlight recovery, color vibrancy, local contrast definition, soft-edged retouching, vignetting and RAW fine-tuning.

Dell has announced that they are now acquiring business e-mail services provider MessageOne Inc.

The company provides services which compete in the market with rival services from tech giants Google and Microsoft.

The deal is worth around $155 million and would be conducted in a cash transaction.

Microsoft Releases 11 patches

Posted: February 13, 2008 in Tech

Microsoft released 11 patches to fix 17 security vulnerabilities in all the Microsoft’s major applications from Windows (including Windows Vista) to Visual Basic and Internet Explorer:

– MS08-003 – Vulnerability in Active Directory Could Allow Denial of Service.

– MS08-004 – Vulnerability in Windows TCP/IP Could Allow Denial of Service.

– MS08-005 – Vulnerability in Internet Information Services Could Allow Elevation of Privilege.

– MS08-006 – Vulnerability in Internet Information Services Could Allow Remote Code Execution.

– MS08-007 – Vulnerability in WebDAV Mini-Redirector Could Allow Remote Code Execution.

– MS08-008 – Vulnerability in OLE Automation Could Allow Remote Code Execution.

– MS08-009 – Vulnerability in Microsoft Word Could Allow Remote Code Execution.

– MS08-010 – Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer.

– MS08-011 – Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Works File Converter Could Allow Remote Code Execution.

– MS08-012 – Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office Publisher Could Allow Remote Code Execution.

– MS08-013 – Vulnerability in Microsoft Office Could Allow Remote Code Execution.