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Windows emergency update live today: are you patched?

Windows emergency update live today: are you patched?

There comes a time in every operating system's life when it needs to have an emergency patch slapped over a security hold in its guts, and for Windows, that time is today - and it's an emergency. What you're going to see here is a bulletin by the name of MS11-100 that acts as a sort of public service announcement as Microsoft wants you to update your system several weeks before the regularly scheduled "Patch Tuesday" in mid-January. What this patch does is to cut off access to a security hole that'd allow hackers to launch a DoS attack against people with Microsoft's ASP .NET application framework in place.

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Android 4.0 ICS hacks forge forward with CyanogenMod’s “Trebuchet”

Android 4.0 ICS hacks forge forward with CyanogenMod’s “Trebuchet”

Even though the bulk of the population out here in Android Land aren't yet updated to the newest version of Google's Mobile OS, modifications on the basic user interface of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich are in full force, shown here with the CyanogenMod team's Trebuchet launcher, made to make your experience as lovely as possible. What you're seeing is a hacked version of the newest version of Android made perfect as the developer / hacker team CyanogenMod sees it. They've got their newest version, CyanogenMod 9, under development now, and inside you'll find this new look at Ice Cream Sandwich complete with improved widget resizing, auto-rotate, home screen modification, and a whole lot more!

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Stratfor users check if you’ve been hit by Anonymous now

Stratfor users check if you’ve been hit by Anonymous now

This week the customers of global intelligence firm Stratfor fell victim to the hacker amalgamation known as Anonymous, and starting today the folks at Dazzlepod have made a webpage available where you, the user, can check your email to make sure you weren't amongst those hit. The Dazzlepod collective has a searchable database which includes all of the information stolen and dumped by Anonymous over the past few attacks, this able to be searched by you to see if your email is amongst those compromised. A lovely service for those wishing to stay clean!

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Galaxy S II Android 4.0 ICS official early update leaked, TouchWiz intact

Galaxy S II Android 4.0 ICS official early update leaked, TouchWiz intact

What you're about to see is a video of a person using the international edition of the Samsung Galaxy S II with what SamMobile blog says is the first build of Ice Cream Sandwich made for the device by Samsung - what you'll notice here is not just that the device has the newest version of Android on it, but that Samsung's own custom user interface has been fully integrated. When we first saw the TouchWiz that's closest to what you're about to see, it was way back at the start of 2011 at Mobile World Congress (and the famous CTIA Philip Berne event) with the launch of the original Galaxy S II (aka the one you see here), then again in a slightly updated version here in the USA. What this represents is Samsung's continued reliance on said user interface to differentiate their products from the competition.

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Security researcher shows how to game Facebook’s Three Trusted Friends recovery feature

Security researcher shows how to game Facebook’s Three Trusted Friends recovery feature

A Brazilian security researcher has shown at a conference how hackers can use social engineering and the new three Trusted Friends password recovery feature to take over a real Facebook profile on the social networking site. The researcher started using LinkedIn, Amazon, and Facebook to try and get another security expert he calls SecGirl to friend him.

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Developer reveals hidden Carrier IQ smartphone app logging everything you do

Developer reveals hidden Carrier IQ smartphone app logging everything you do

What you're about to see may send you into a fireball of fury, but before you have a triple heart attack, know this: though this app you might never have heard of is likely currently logging every keystroke you make, they're almost certainly not using your information for anything ill-willed. Of course that's no consolation for the idea that a number of HTC, Samsung, Nokia, and RIM (BlackBerry) phones have this software embedded in them, this perhaps proving the late Steve Jobs right when he said Android keeps track of everything you do -- and what is the response on the part of the Carrier IQ crew? They've tried to sue the fellow who exposed how their application works.

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Windows 8 security loophole demoed by researcher

Windows 8 security loophole demoed by researcher

Microsoft's Windows 8 isn't due out in full until fall of next year, but security researcher Peter Kleissner has already found a way to exploit the platform. Kleissner created a Windows 8 bootkit that can bypass the User Account Control using just 14KB of exploit code. It's said to be the first proof-of-concept to find a vulnerability in Windows 8 and he's posted a demo video of the process.

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US points the finger at China and Russia for cybercrime

US points the finger at China and Russia for cybercrime

The US is pointing the finger directly at China and Russia when it comes to cybercrime and hacking. Intelligence officials pointed the finger at the two countries and accused them of stealing sensitive high-tech data for their own economic gain. The accusation is the most upfront call out that the US has done so far despite the repeated attacks that have been conducted against the US and companies operating in the US.

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USPS Promotes physical mail, warns against evil Internet

USPS Promotes physical mail, warns against evil Internet

This week the United States Postal Office has decided to go with a commercial made to warn against the many dangers of using the Internet for daily communication. In a move that's sure to have the masses seeing this commercial on the Internet saying "this can't be real," the USPS brings a message that clearly states that they're trying to win back customers who've moved to much more environmentally friendly means of sending letters. But hey, who are we to put such a move down, there's nothing more classic in this country than the pony express!

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