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Conficker Damage Minimal

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet,

Viral SpreadSo did you wake up and wonder if your computer had been infected? It seems that Conficker did most of its damage in Asia, and was found to be modifying itself to make it more difficult to eradicate. While the threat is still not over, the best thing to come out of the virus is that security has been beefed up to try to find it. Symantic’s Vincent Weafer said that they believe that it was designed to make money. Maybe it can find Madoff’s missing millions.

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Conficker to Come Out April 1?

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet, Microsoft,

WormWe have mentioned Conficker before and how Microsoft is seeking help to find the source. Apparently, it is still unaccounted for and there may be a serious problem as of April 1. The program turns off security settings in Microsoft Windows and the fear is that infected computers may contact a control system on that date. Dan Kaminsky, a consultant for IOActive, says that it might go after corporate networks, especially if they run older Window versions.

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BMW/Thermaltake Level 10 Gaming Tower

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Corporate News,

Level 10Thermaltake contracted BMW DesignWorksUSA, a subsidiary of the German auto company, to co-create a new game system concept. Components are placed on the outside of the “Level 10” to remain cool and are enclosed in their own protective cases for interchangeability. The team calls the design a “strong architectural statement.” The gaming tower also features a smart lock system with a USB memory key that activates the system as well as keeping personal data secure.

Read More | Autoblog

Monster Database Hacked

Monster logoLooking for a job on Monster? Then you may be at risk of security theft. Apparently their database was hacked into worldwide and data such as user IDs and passwords, email addresses, names, phone numbers and some basic demographic data was accessed. The site suggests that you change your password and has a security page with more guidelines. They do not ever contact you by email, so if you see one that looks Monster related, delete it quickly as it may be a phishing scheme. We would suggest that you never post a resume online as this is way more info than you should put out there.

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Handheld Paper Shredder

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Misc. Tech,

Handheld ShredderEvery time we throw out a bank or credit card statement, we carefully destroy the part that has our account number and toss it into at least two different trash bags. Would that we had the Handheld Paper Shredder. Running on 4 AA batteries (included,) it has 28 steel cutting plates and can handle up to 5 pages at a time. At a size of 5 x 5 x 25.5cm, you can carry it with you to take care of restaurant and ATM receipts on the spot. Pre-order for $35.96 and you will get an email notice when the shredder arrives.

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Paris Hilton To Catch a Thief?

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Legal Issues, Editorials,

Paris Hilton has adopted the role of Nancy Drew, saying she has an idea of who might have committed the recently-reported theft in her California home.

“I think whoever did this, definitely has been there before,” Hilton spoke in an interview with E! on the subject. “We have some suspects that I’m thinking of.”

Reportedly, around $2 million in jewels and other items was taken from the heiress. The burglar entered the home wearing gloves and a hoody, walking right in through the front door.

“You know, it’s just an invasion of privacy and it’s happened to me before,” she admitted. “It’s really scary, but they’re doing a huge investigation on this and we’re going to catch this person.”

Don’t bet on it. Most home burglaries go unsolved.

Hilton has “upped” her security following the crime, but she’ll still be able to receive her property - if the thief should decide to give it back. “They just have to anonymously have a taxi drop it off in my front gate in a box with my jewelry and everything - they won’t get in trouble,” she offered. “But if all this goes on for much longer, they’re going to get in more trouble,” Hilton threatened.

Read More | MSNBC

U.S. Not Prepared for Cyberwar

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet,

Cyber ScreenshotAfter a two-day “cyberwar” simulation, it was determined that the U.S. isn’t properly prepared. With a participation of 230 government reps, security agents, civil groups and private companies, the exercise resulted in errors in planning, leadership and communications. If such an incident occurred, there could be a banking or electric system failure. Mark Gerencser, of the Booz Allen Hamilton consulting service which ran the simulation, claimed that, “There isn’t really anybody in charge.” How comforting.

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Logio Secure Password Organizer

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Misc. Tech, Storage,

Logio Password OrganizerSecurity experts suggest that you change your log-in information often to avoid identity theft. Atek’s Logio Secure Password Organizer will keep track of all of them with only one master passcode to access the data. The 1/8-inch thick organizer stores over 200 logins, ATM and debit card pin codes, credit card numbers, frequent flier program numbers and driver’s license numbers, as well as other data that is important. Available in black or white, it carries a MSRP $29.95 and is recommended for anyone who forgets their passwords but not their wallets.

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Clear Cuts Time at Security Checkpoints

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Misc. Tech, Transportation,

ClearSomeone has finally come up with an idea to make traveling through airports a quicker experience. Clear is a plastic card with your photo and images of iris and fingerprint embedded so that you can whisk through security checkpoints with the help of Clear concierges. Register online or at one of their 12 kiosks. Available at 20 airports (and several football stadiums,) the $199.99 a year subscription seems expensive unless you tend to have airport rage.

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Microsoft To Drop OneCare, Adopt Free Morro

OneCareMicrosoft has announced that they will be offering free antivirus software late next year for Windows XP/Vista/7 and the upcoming IE 8. Referred to as Morro, the software will provide “comprehensive protection from malware including viruses, spyware, rootkits and trojans.” Because it is smaller, it is a welcome relief for those of us with aging PCs. Although they are discontinuing their OneCare subscription service in June, users should be happy they are saving a few bucks.

Read More | Daily Tech

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