Archive for April 28, 2009

Despite the reported economic slowdown, HP Philippines reaffirmed its strong commitment to the Philippine market. According to NG Tiang Chong (TC), Vice President (Personal Systems Group) South East Asia and Taiwan (SEAT) of HP, Philippines is a very important market for HP and there’s still a lot of room for growth in this region.

“We will continue to expand our product line to address the needs of the Philippine market. You will soon see our new All-in-one products, additional models for the HP mini-note line and more.” said TC.

TC added that the demand for thin client PCs will increase due to various concerns like security, cost and green computing, especially with the increasing popularity and adoption of virtualization.

HP Philippines Personal Systems Group general manager Bernadette Nacario for her part said that the continued growth of HP Philippines can be attributed to the company’s innovative products, focus, and commitment to help its customers achieved their success.

Research firms IDC and Gartner both reported that HP maintained its position as the world’s largest PC maker, followerd by Dell, Acer and Lenovo.

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Symantec Corp. announced that malicious code activity continued to grow at a record pace throughout 2008, primarily targeting confidential information of computer users.

According to the company’s Internet Security Threat Report Volume XIV, Symantec created more than 1.6 million new malicious code signatures in 2008. This equates to more than 60 percent of the total malicious code signatures ever created by Symantec — a response to the rapidly increasing volume and proliferation of new malicious code threats. These signatures helped Symantec block an average of more than 245 million attempted malicious code attacks across the globe each month during 2008.

The report noted that Web surfing remained the primary source of new infections in 2008, and that attackers are relying more and more on customized malicious code toolkits to develop and distribute their threats. Furthermore, 90 percent of all threats detected by Symantec during the study period attempt to steal confidential information. Threats with a keystroke-logging capability—which can be used to steal information such as online bank account credentials—made up 76 percent of threats to confidential information, up from 72 percent in 2007.

The report found that phishing continued to grow. In 2008, Symantec detected 55,389 phishing website hosts, an increase of 66 percent over 2007, when Symantec detected 33,428 phishing hosts. Financial services accounted for 76 percent of phishing lures in 2008 compared to 52 percent in 2007.

Finally, the report found that the volume of spam continued to grow. Over the past year, Symantec observed a 192 percent increase in spam detected across the Internet as a whole, from 119.6 billion messages in 2007 to 349.6 billion in 2008. In 2008, bot networks were responsible for the distribution of approximately 90 percent of all spam e-mail.

Conficker is spreading spam

Posted: April 28, 2009 in Tech

The Conficker worm is slowly being activated according to security experts, weeks after being dismissed as a false alarm. Symantec Security Response Team reported that Conficker, also known as Downadup or Kido, is quietly turning thousands of PCs into spambots and installing spyware.

Conficker installs a second virus, known as Waledac, that sends out email spam without knowledge of the PC’s owner, along with a fake anti-spyware program, Weafer claims.

The Waledac virus recruits the PCs into a second botnet that has existed for several years and specializes in distributing even more spam.

IBM Computer To Play ‘Jeopardy’

Posted: April 28, 2009 in Tech

IBM unveiled details of an “advanced” artificial intelligence computing system that will be able to compete with humans on Jeopardy!, America’s favorite quiz show.

The AI system, codenamed Watson, has been under development in IBM laboratories for nearly two years with a focus on being able to deftly handle semantics, or the meanings behind words.

Watson will compute a statistical confidence in the responses it provides, and IBM claims that it can “do all of this in a matter of seconds.”

Seagate introduced a new backup appliance that completely eliminates the need to manually learn, manage, or dedicate any time to the backup process.

Unlike most backup utilities, the new Seagate Replica backup appliance is a complete PC backup system, which automatically and continuously stores up-to-date copies of everything on a PC, including installed applications, operating system, e-mail, pictures, music, movies, Internet bookmarks and settings.

Available in two configurations, the Seagate Replica solution delivers seamless backup for either a single PC or multiple PCs in a household.