software

Wed
07
Dec
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Gov'ts Using Cellphone Spyware, Warns WikiLeaks

The controversial Wikileaks site has published documents that appear to show national governments using malicious software to carry out surveillance. The documents flesh out claims by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) that private companies are ... profiting by selling the software to governments. Wikileaks has published a total of 287 files used by 160 commercial firms. It says this is only part of a larger collection that will be published, going forward. The most worrying aspect of the products detailed is that they are intentionally designed to bypass the type of security software available to ... (view more)

Fri
18
Nov
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Hackers Make Malware Download Appear Legitimate

The creators of a recently-discovered form of malware (malicious software) have reportedly used stolen government ID to make the bogus software appear legitimate when presented on Windows PCs. Once the malware is installed, it can steal personal ... information, such as passwords or banking information, or download other malware programs to the PC. The malware is spread via infected PDF (portable document format) files that exploit a bug in the outdated Adobe Reader 8. (Source: computerworld.com ) The incident involves a code signing certificate, similar to the authentication systems for secure ... (view more)

Fri
28
Oct
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Lithuanian Company Develops 'Gesture-Based Banking'

A Lithuanian software company has created a new Kinect-based, motion-activated user interface that lets people manipulate and manage their bank accounts with a flick of the wrist. Microsoft released its Kinect software developer kit free for ... download last June, allowing developers to create Windows-based applications that can interact with Kinect hardware. Since the kit release, literally thousands of applications have popped up, taking advantage of the Kinect camera- and microphone-based input. Banking does have to be among the most surprising applications, however. A New Spin on "Casual ... (view more)

Wed
12
Oct
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German Government Accused of Online Spying

A group of German hacking enthusiasts says the country's government is unlawfully spying on people online. It says officials are secretly using a monitoring tool in a way not authorized by the courts. The accusations come from the Chaos Computer ... Club (CCC), a group of hackers who seek to find creative and unconventional uses for technology rather than merely causing disruption by illegally accessing data. Ironically, that's exactly what they say the German government is doing. The claims involve Bundestrojaner, a government-run application that is effectively a Trojan horse, software that can ... (view more)

Wed
05
Oct
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Windows 8 PCs May Not Boot Other Operating Systems

Microsoft is planning to introduce a rule by which most Windows 8 computers will be unable to run any other system. It should improve security, but could be bad news for users that prefer to have more than one operating system installed on their ... PCs. The new rules will apply to computer manufacturers who want to use the official Windows 8 logo on the machine and in marketing. It's perfectly possible to sell legitimate Windows 8 computers without the logo, but the chances are most major manufacturers will follow the rules. (Source: dreamwidth.org ) Operating System Guarded by Identification ... (view more)

Wed
21
Sep
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Webroot Internet Security Essentials 2011 Review

Update 2011/09/20: save 50% off the full retail price of Webroot Internet Security Essentials (WISE) -- regular $59.95, now only $29.95 USD. This deal expires Friday, Sept 30, 2011 at 11:59PM EST -- so don't wait! This is an excellent deal on ... excellent software. Included is a 30 day money back guarantee. Proceeds support our site! Read on to find out if WISE is for you! Is it time to renew your security software subscription? Are you unsatisfied with your current coverage? In that case, it might be worth taking a closer look at Webroot Internet Security Essentials, which is currently being ... (view more)

Thu
15
Sep
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Webroot Internet Security Essentials Review

Update 2011/10/25: Announcing a new version has been released -- Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus 2012. Buy now and get 3 months FREE! Risk Free -- Guaranteed for 70 Days or Your Money Back. Proceeds support our site. Is it time to renew your ... security software subscription? Are you unsatisfied with your current coverage? In that case, it might be worth taking a closer look at Webroot Internet Security Essentials. Read on to find out what we think of Webroot's take on security software, dubbed "Internet Security Essentials". Readers Question: What is The Best Internet Security ... (view more)

Fri
19
Aug
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Confirmed: Windows 8 to Get App Store

Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 8 will include support for a smartphone-like "app store". But it's not yet clear what the implications will be for app developers. The app store is simply a central marketplace through which users can purchase ... software and then have it automatically installed on a device like a PC. The term app store was made popular on smartphones, most notably the Apple iPhone. (Source: sfgate.com ) Although leaked screenshots of Windows 8 suggested such a feature was on the way, Microsoft has now all but made that certain. It's published a list of the teams it has ... (view more)

Tue
12
Jul
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DHS: Imported Tech Devices May Contain Spy Tools

A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) source has confirmed that technology made overseas and imported to the US has been known to contain spy tools. There's also a threat from counterfeit hardware. The confirmation came during a hearing by a House ... of Representatives committee into cyber security. It was discussing ways in which private companies can be encouraged to work alongside the government in tackling security threats. Damage, Spying Both A Threat Greg Schaffer, who works in the National Protections and Programs section of the DHS, did not go into great detail about the spying tools, ... (view more)

Fri
01
Jul
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Microsoft Makes Kinect Available to All

Microsoft has released a software development kit (SDK) for its hands-free Xbox 360 peripheral, Kinect, on Windows. It means software developers of all kinds will be able to use the Xbox 360 motion control system on PC applications. Kinect was ... originally designed as Microsoft's answer to the Nintendo Wii games console, which became popular with family audiences by letting them use simple hand gestures rather than complex button combinations. Microsoft Kinect Uses Motion without Controller Unlike the Nintendo Wii, and a similar system developed by Sony called 'Move', Kinect did away with ... (view more)

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