Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 27, 2011

Now You Can View Raw Camera Files in Windows – It just got easier to be a Windows-using digital-SLR photographer. Starting today, you can download the Microsoft Camera Codec Pack, which will profile native file support for over 120 camera models, including those from Canon, Nikon, and Sony. Previously, if you wanted to view raw camera files in Windows Explorer or Windows Live Photo Gallery, you had to go to your camera manufacturer’s site and then find, download, and install a codec that would allow Windows to display the raw files.

How to Protect a Home-Based Business and Its Profits – Work-at-home entrepreneurs can build empires on a shoestring budget by using innovative technology to do the work and solve problems. Mobile and remote computing in particular help small businesses turn on a dime to meet and beat changing job and market conditions. Unfortunately, those technologies also pose the greatest security threats to the company.

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Many Employees Would Sell Corporate Information, Study Says – A survey of more than 3,400 employees in the United States, Great Britain and Australia finds corporate loyalty be damned, your company’s data may be on its way out the door when certain employees resign or get laid off.

90,000+ web pages compromised through iFrame injection – Researchers from security firm Armorize have uncovered a massive iFrame injection attack that has compromised 90,000+ Web pages belonging mostly to e-commerce sites. The injected iFrame points to the domain and through a series of redirections and JavaScript loadings of additional iFrames takes the user to a page one the domain where a number of exploits try to take advantage of a handful of vulnerabilities in the user’s browser.

Phishers target Google AdWords users – Trying to trick AdWords users into thinking that one of their income source is threatened, the phishers sent out emails with “Account has stopped running this morning” in the subject line, and urging them to check it out. The offered link to the account takes the potential victim to a rather faithful copy of the legitimate Google AdWords login page.

Is 2011 Finally the Actual Year of Mobile Malware? – This year will be the year of mobile malware” has been such a staple of new years predictions that it has turned into a running joke. But thanks to the design of Android and its markets, and some innovative malware designers, we seem to be there. Android malware has moved well beyond the proof of concept stage.

U.S. Cyber-Security Tsar Resigns Unexpectedly – The director of US-CERT, a division of the Department of Homeland Security has resigned amidst a surge in the number of cyber-attacks on government agencies and private contractors.

Company News:

Metasploit Pro 4.0 released – Rapid7 launched Metasploit Pro 4.0, a penetration testing solution that provides security professionals with a better view of their threat landscape by integrating with more than a dozen vulnerability management and Web application scanners, and by providing data to security information and event management (SIEM) systems through a documented interface.

Passware Kit Forensic Decrypts TrueCrypt Hard Disks in Minutes – Passware Inc., a provider of password recovery, decryption, and evidence discovery software for computer forensics, announced that the latest version of its flagship product, Passware Kit Forensic, has become the first commercially available software to break TrueCrypt hard drive encryption without applying a time-consuming brute-force attack. It was also the first product to decrypt BitLocker drives.

Entrust strengthens mobile security with device authentication – In an era when mobile devices are commonplace, Entrust introduces a straightforward method for adding digital certificates to mobile devices – and with little management from IT staff. Through Entrust’s self-service module, end-users add certificates to their own mobile devices via an easy-to-use interface for advanced certificate-based authentication.

Telesphere’s New Enterprise-Grade Cloud Videoconferencing Service: Powered by BroadSoft, CounterPath and Polycom – By enabling one-to-one and group face-to-face communications, VideoConnect improves productivity, collaboration and relationships among customers, partners and employees. In packaging together the combined capabilities of BroadCloud Video, CounterPath and Polycom, Telesphere now offers businesses of any size cost-effective, enterprise-grade videoconferencing that employees can connect to ranging from room telepresence environments, desktops and the rapidly expanding user base of video-ready smartphones and tablet devices.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Anonymous to FBI: You Can’t Arrest an Idea – In an open letter, affiliated hacking groups challenge the FBI’s effort to shut them down, vow to “continue the fight” against governments and corporations.

‘War Texting’ Attack Hacks Car Alarm System – Researcher will demonstrate at Black Hat USA next week how ‘horrifyingly’ easy it is to disarm a car alarm system and control other GSM and cell-connected devices.

Sorry Doc, Scientists Say Time Travel Is Impossible – Dashing the hopes of “Back to the Future” and “Bill and Ted” fans alike, a group of Hong Kong scientists claims that recent research proves that time travel is impossible. A team at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, led by Professor Shengwang Du, has concluded that single photons cannot travel faster than the speed of light in a vacuum.

Tablets are for people who hate computers – Tablets may be stealing some of the thunder from traditional PC sales, but that doesn’t mean they’re for everyone. If you’re already proficient with a PC, you may be disappointed by a tablet.

Today’s Quote:

Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

–      Norman Vincent Peale

Today’s Free Downloads:

HTTPS Everywhere – This Firefox add-in helps protect against privacy invaders. A collaboration between the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Tor Project, HTTPS Everywhere ensures that when you visit certain sites, all of your communications are encrypted and secure.

TrackMeNot for Chrome – This Chrome extension takes a novel approach to protecting your privacy. Rather than hiding your Web searches, it takes the exact opposite tack: It inundates search engines with a blizzard of background searches so that no practical profile can be built.

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6 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 27, 2011

  1. kenneth lunkins

    hi bill
    i have vista 32 bit on the desktop i was wondering
    which pack i should download MicrosoftCodecPack_amd64.msi 8.0 MB
    MicrosoftCodecPack_x86.msi 4.0 MB
    thank you very much

  2. John Bent

    Hi Bill,
    Re: Microsoft Codec Pack for Camera RAW files.

    As you might imagine, I’m on to this like a dose of salts. Although I’ve got a number of options for viewing Sony .arw files, this sounds interesting. Will let you know how it works out for me.

    Thanks for the info.

    Kind regards

  3. John Bent

    Hi Bill,

    And the cheque is in the post…

    Kind regards