Archive for April 14, 2009

Twitter hit by computer virus attacks

Posted: April 14, 2009 in Tech

The micro-blogging service run by Twitter Inc. was hit with a series of computer virus attacks that placed unwanted messages on users’ sites. A 17 year old kid by the name of Michael “Mikeyy” Mooney admitted creating the virus attack “out of boredom.”

The so-called “Mikeyy” worm spreads when Twitter users click onto an affected page from a message — or “tweet” — posted by another infected user. They then begin automatically posting tweets to other users that promote the site StalkDaily.com.

Twitter said that no sensitive information has been compromised by the virus and hinted it may take action against perpetrators in court.

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Google has added a new color filter option to its Google image search.

It works with other advanced options so you can really find a particular element of a particular size and type in a specific shade. The tool makes it possible to find rare images of objects in obscure colors.

Researchers discovered a new variant of the Conficker worm whose mission is to cash in on unsuspecting PC users. Sophos said Conficker is spreading and urged users to secure PCs against all threats, not just Conficker.

The scareware is called Spyware Protect 2009. The program displays a pop-up message that tells a victim the computer is infected and says software is available to remove the fake antivirus program for $49.95.

The victim is then sent to a fake Web site to enter credit-card information.

eBay to unload StumbleUpon

Posted: April 14, 2009 in Tech

Ebay has announced that it’s sold StumbleUpon back to its original owners. Two years ago, eBay bought StumbleUpon for US$75 million.

eBay said it will focus on reinvigorating growth in its core business, which includes its auction and online payments platforms.

Google unveils Android 1.5

Posted: April 14, 2009 in Tech

Google announced that it is making a pre-release version of the Android 1.5 software developer kit (SDK) available to developers. This next version of the Android OS is based on the famed Cupcake branch of the open source smartphone operating system.

The Android 1.5 SDK features programming interfaces for things like virtual keyboards, home screen widgets, speech recognition, and live folders. There is also an updated version of the plugin for the Eclipse Java programming environment.