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Introducing Windows 8

Introducing Windows 8

A Free eBook from Microsoft The Windows 8 operating system is the newest member of the Microsoft Windows family. It differs from earlier Windows releases as much for what it does not change as for what it does change. That is, the features that IT pros loved about Windows 7 are still there in Windows…

Scareware Virus Ringleader Ordered To Pay $163 Million

Scareware Virus Ringleader Ordered To Pay $163 Million

 The fake software in question, often referred to as scareware, fake antivirus, or fake AV, is part a social-engineering scamdesigned to trick users into thinking their PC contains viruses, system errors, spyware, or pornography.   Acting on a Federal Trade Commission complaint, a federal court has imposed a $163 million judgment on a woman who allegedly…

FBI Internet Scam

FBI Internet Scam

‘Ransomware’ Locks Computers, Demands Payment

There is a new “drive-by” virus on the Internet, and it often carries a fake message—and fine—purportedly from the FBI.

“We’re getting inundated with complaints,” said Donna Gregory of the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), referring to the virus known as Reveton ransomware, which is designed to extort money from its victims.

Reveton is described as drive-by malware because unlike many viruses—which activate when users open a file or attachment—this one can install itself when users simply click on a compromised website. Once infected, the victim’s computer immediately locks, and the monitor displays a screen stating there has been a violation of federal law.

The bogus message goes on to say that the user’s Internet address was identified by the FBI or the Department of Justice’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section as having been associated with child pornography sites or other illegal online activity. To unlock their machines, users are required to pay a fine using a prepaid money card service.

“Some people have actually paid the so-called fine,” said the IC3’s Gregory, who oversees a team of cyber crime subject matter experts. (The IC3 was established in 2000 as a partnership between the FBIand the National White Collar Crime Center. It gives victims an easy way to report cyber crimes and provides law enforcement and regulatory agencies with a central referral system for complaints.)

Apple Announces iPhone 5

Apple Announces iPhone 5

New iPhone 5, iPod Touch, and iPod Nano

Today Phil Schiller took to the stage at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, where he announced the long-expected iPhone 5. The casing is made entirely of glass and aluminum, and it’s 7.6mm thick, which is 18% thinner than the iPhone 4S. It weighs in at 112 grams, which is 20% lighter than the 4S. Schiller confirmed that the iPhone 5 has a 4″ display, with a resolution of 1136×640. It’s a 16:9 aspect ratio. The screen is the same width as a 4S, but it’s taller. To accommodate older apps, they either center the app or add black bars to make it look right. The new device also has LTE support. Tim Cook spoke earlier about the iPad, making some interesting claims: “Yes, we are in a post-PC world.” He also claimed 68% tablet market share for the iPad, and says iPads account for 91% of tablet-based web traffic. The event is continuing, and we’ll update this post as further announcements appear. A real-time liveblog is being quickly updated at Ars TechnicaUpdate: 09/12 18:16 GMT by S : Further details below.Further details: for the iPhone 5, Apple also added support for HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA. The dynamic antenna is an improvement over the 4S, and can switch connections. In the U.S. LTE partners are AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. On toprocessing: the iPhone 5 runs an A6 chip that’s twice as fast as the A5, in addition to being 22% smaller. Rob Murray from EA got up on stage to show a racing game, claiming that the graphics “have been built to full console quality.”Battery life for the phone will be roughly 8 hours for either 3G talk-time or browsing. Engadget has a feature-by-feature comparison to the 4S.

The new phone’s camera has an 8-Megapixel sensor, with a resolution of 3264×2448. It includes a hybrid IR filter, an f/2.4 aperture, and a five element lens. And a sapphire crystal lens cover, for whatever that’s worth. There’s a new feature for taking panorama shots (claimed ‘breakthrough software,’ though similar software already appears on actual cameras), and new software for automatically sharing pictures.

Apple also detailed the new connector, dubbed ‘Lightning.’ It’s entirely digital, and 80% smaller than the old connector. It can be plugged in in either direction. Apple has created a bunch of adapters to let old cables and hardware work with Lightning. They then spoke at length about iOS 6, which will run on the iPhone 5, and demonstrated their new Maps app, which includes turn-by-turn directions (also in 3D using a ‘cinematic camera’). “Apple is betting heavily on Passbook and other features to give it a leg up in the competition over Google Android and the upcoming Windows Phone 8.” Pre-orders for the iPhone 5 start on Friday, and the device will start shipping on September 21. iOS 6 will roll out on September 19.

Is Facebook Building A Search Engine?

Mark Zuckerberg was refreshingly candid speaking today at TechCrunch Disrupt.   One part of his talk that’s going to draw a lot of scrutiny was when he was talking about the company’s search efforts. Zuckerberg said that Facebook has one billion queries on a daily basis and it’s basically doing that without trying. He then hinted that Facebook is…

How to report phishing to Facebook

How to report phishing to Facebook

Facebook has today announced a new way in which it hopes to combat phishing scams targeting its 955 million users. In a post to its Facebook Security page, the social network has explained that the public can now report Facebook-related phishing emails directly to the company. All you have to do is forward the phishing email…

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