Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 6, 2011

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Best Linux Downloads – Linux may not be the most popular OS around, but that doesn’t mean it we’re going to sit here and ignore it. Here are our favorite downloads for everyone’s favorite open source operating system. Just like our Windows pack, the awesome team at Ninite has graciously put all these apps into a one-click installer for you. Just check off the apps you want, and it’ll spit out a unified, one-click installer package for all of them.

Sophos: Free Security Tools – Try these out to see how your system is doing. You can check for security risks, threats, rootkits and unauthorized applications.

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Attacking home automation networks over power lines – Researchers at the Black Hat security conference show how they could disrupt and snoop on home automation networks in residences and offices using devices connected to Ethernet networks that communicate via public power lines.

Massive Injection Campaign Affecting More Than Six Million Pages – We recently reported on a massive drive-by-download campaign affecting some 90,000 Web pages. In the less than two weeks since that report, the same campaign is now affecting more than six million pages.

Spam king facing criminal charges for Facebook spamming – Sanford “Spamford” Wallace has long been a thorn in the side of social networks and has already been successfully sued in civil court by the FCC, MySpace and Facebook. The verdict in the Facebook case included an order for him to recompense the damages caused to the social network in the amount of $711 million – an amount that Facebook knows will never see.

AppRemover Version 2.2.17.1 Released – AppRemover 2.2.17.1 has been released with added support for several products. Visit the AppRemover section of OPSWAT’s User Portal to learn more.

Coding error reveals RSA attackers operated from China – A simple error message returned by a server to which a malware sample was trying to connect revealed to Dell SecureWorks researchers the origin of the RSA attack, says Joe Stewart, the company’s Director of Malware Research.

Company News:

Scanning thousands of Web apps in days, not months – Veracode announced Veracode DynamicMP, which combines the power of automated web application vulnerability scanning with the benefits of elastic computing in the cloud to provide a scalable vulnerability detection service that can simultaneously verify application security across thousands of sites. For one Fortune 100 company, this meant urgently scanning nearly 3,000 sites in what equates to compressing more than a year’s worth of dynamic scanning into only eight days. What’s more, the company was able to reach its goals for this significant project well under budget.

Apple takes legal action against fake retail stores – In July, counterfeit Apple Stores garnered a lot of media attention as several popped up around China. The Chinese government stepped in and shut down a few of them, but the problem exists stateside as well. Thus, Apple is taking legal action against the fraudulent retail locations — at least those in the United States.

Amazon Expands Virtual Private Cloud, Adds Enterprise Networking, Management Features – Amazon Web Services has extended the reach of its Amazon Virtual Private Cloud solution and has launched new dedicated networking and identity-management solutions for its enterprise customers.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Controlling Teenagers: The Mosquito Device – The patented Mosquito is a small speaker that produces a high frequency sound much like the buzzing of the insect it’s named after. This high frequency can be heard by young people 13 to 25 years old.

How Facebook and Facial Recognition Are Creating a Minority Report-Style Privacy Meltdown – Researchers at the annual Black Hat Briefings in Las Vegas have demonstrated how cloud computing, facial recognition technology, Facebook, a freely available personal information can be used to match faces in a crowd to detailed online profiles. The demonstration brings us closer to the brink of a Minority Report-style future where marketers, governments and law enforcement use technology to pull back the veil of anonymity that separates our real world and online personas, according to Alessandro Acquisti, a Carnegie Mellon University professor and one of the authors of the report.

Fact or fiction? Hacker hit men can remotely murder through programmable insulin pumps – A health tech-related demonstration with chilling implications took place yesterday at the Black Hat Briefings.

Shady RAT not so sophisticated: Symantec – Symantec has conducted its own investigation into the global hacking operation that McAfee has dubbed Operation Shady RAT, and called into question whether the attacks were really all that sophisticated.

Today’s Quote:

Eagles may soar, but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines.”

–      John Benfield

Today’s Free Downloads:

WinUtilities Free Edition – WinUtilities (Free Edition) is a multi-functional system performance and optimization suite for Microsoft Windows. This collection of tools lets you supercharge your PC’s performance, enhance its security, tweak and optimize its settings, and customize and personalize your screens.

PanicButton – PanicButton makes it easier for you to hide all of your tabs at once just by clicking on a button. They are then saved as bookmarks in a separate folder. After that the PanicButton turns green and shows you how many tabs are currently hidden. Another click on the PanicButton restores all of the tabs you have hidden earlier.If you don’t want to restore your tabs just delete the “temporary Panic” folder in Chrome’s “Other bookmarks”-folder.

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