Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 28, 2009

Researchers crack WPA Wi-Fi encryption in 60 seconds – Computer scientists in Japan have developed a way to break the WPA encryption system used in wireless routers in just one minute. The attack, which reads encrypted traffic sent between computers and certain types of routers that use the WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) encryption system, was devised by Toshihiro Ohigashi of Hiroshima University and Masakatu Morii of Kobe University.

Opera 10 release candidate available – Opera Software has completed its first release candidate of Opera 10, a browser that the company says has better performance, a Turbo mode for slow …

Mac Malware Poses As Popular Freeware PDF ViewerPhony versions of the freebie Foxit Reader PDF viewer and printer claiming to be for the Macintosh is really malware that has been attacking users falling for the scam.

Survey Shows Ignorance Works in Security VARs’ FavorHere’s how solution providers generally paint their security customers: They lack in skills and knowledge, motivated by fear of losing their job, suffer poor management and are generally lazy. Yeah, you read that right. Those are the top reasons solution providers gave why customers misrepresent or misreport security incidents.

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Microsoft Plans to Cut Xbox 360 Elite Price by $100 – Microsoft Corp plans to slash the price of its high-end Xbox 360 video game console by $100, or 25 percent, stepping up the price war in the video game console market following a similar move by rival Sony Corp.

Mac OS Snow Leopard: Great news for Windows 7Snow Leopard offers an even more streamlined Mac experience than Leopard and noticeably faster interface responsiveness. It might also make an even better case for Windows 7 on a Mac.

Most Insider Leaks Happen By Accident – Unintentional leaks may cause more damage than internal fraud, research study says.

BitDefender Offers Twitter Spam Protection TipsHow users can avoid falling prey to some of the most common tricks regularly employed by hackers.

Hacker Ring Tied To Major Breaches Just Tip Of The Iceberg – TJX-Heartland attacker and cohorts also reportedly hacked ATM machines in 7-Elevens, but their wide net is likely just one of many…..

Phishing In A World Of Warcraft – Hackers are once again targeting players of the fantasy game “World of Warcraft” in an attempt to steal passwords and other game credentials.

Bogus Snow Leopard Update Sites Lead to DNS Changers – Fake sites promising Mac users free copies of the newest version of the Mac OS actually infect users with a DNS changer Trojan.

Searching For Jessica Biel Puts Users At Risk - McAfee researchers say Jessica Biel is now the most dangerous celebrity to search for on the Web — if you do, there’s a one in five chance of visiting a Website that can infect you.

Off Topic:

Dinosaur Sightings: Microsoft Arcade for Windows 3.1 – Take a trip back in time with five classic arcade games.

Tips for writing a smart business plan: – Remember the time-starved reader.

The nine new rules of media – There’s no shortage of bloggers and self-proclaimed social media experts spelling out the new rules of media. Most of them are interesting, well supported and appear right.

How To Hide An Airplane: Pics – During World War II the Army Corps of Engineers needed to hide the Lockheed Burbank Aircraft Plant to protect it from being a target for a Japanese air attack. They covered it with camouflage netting and to make it look like a rural subdivision from the air…

Narrowest House In New York Up For Sale – It’s 9 1/2 feet wide and 42 feet long and is billed as the narrowest house in New York City. But there’s nothing small about its asking price: $2.7 million.

Today’s Free Downloads:

Five Best DVD Ripping Tools – Whether you want to watch a movie on your iPod or back up your too-easily-scratched DVDs, DVD ripping is a mysterious realm for many. Even those in-the-know find it difficult to keep up with the best tools for the job, especially in the face of increased copy protection.

FreeMat – FreeMat is a free environment for rapid engineering and scientific prototyping and data processing. It is similar to commercial systems such as MATLAB from Mathworks, and IDL from Research Systems, but is Open Source. FreeMat is available under the GPL license.

OGLE: The OpenGLExtractor – OGLE (i.e. OpenGLExtractor) is an open source software package by the Eyebeam OpenLab that allows for the capture and re-use of 3D geometry data from 3D graphics applications running on Microsoft Windows. The primary motivation for developing OGLE is to make available for re-use the 3D forms we see and interact with in our favorite 3D applications.

Video gamers have a certain love affair with characters from their favorite games; animators may wish to reuse environments or objects from other applications or animations which don’t provide data-level access; architects could use this to bring 3D forms into their proposals and renderings; and digital fabrication technologies make it possible to automatically instantiate 3D objects in the real world.

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