Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 27, 2013

Your SmartPhone Stores Every Keystroke You Ever Typed – There’s an application that can record every keystroke you’ve ever typed on your smartphone, even an iPhone. It’s not a sinister Trojan, or an evil keylogger. It’s simply the database that the phone draws on to supply AutoComplete results. You can’t dig in and see the keystrokes yourself, but at the RSA Conference security vendor StrikeForce Technologies demonstrated that external software can read back that database and thus read out every text or email you’ve sent and, more important, every password you’ve typed.

Privacy group: Google sharing too much personal info with developers – The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the California Office of the Attorney General should investigate Google’s Wallet service for sharing app buyers’ personal information with app developers, a privacy group said. Reports this month that Google Wallet is sharing customer information with app developers is the latest in a long line of privacy violations, said Consumer Watchdog, a frequent critic of Google privacy practices.

Internet Explorer 10 lands on Windows 7 – After nearly two years of tinkering and testing, Microsoft has officially released Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7. Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 requires you to have at least Service Pack 1 installed. Microsoft offers direct downloads of the browser in 95 languages, though the company will automatically upgrade Windows 7 users to the new browser in the coming weeks via Windows Update.

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Google launches Facebook-like sign-in button – Google’s taking a leaf out of Facebook and Twitter’s book with the launch of Google+ Sign-In, which allows users to log into web sites using their Google+ credentials.

Home networking explained, Part 4: Wi-Fi vs. Internet – CNET editor Dong Ngo explains the difference between Wi-Fi and (wireless) Internet and answers frequently asked questions on connectivity matters.

Create a hardware encrypting USB with your own Linux OS – Secure Pocket Drive is a secure trusted endpoint that augments a worker’s desktop and provides a secure computing environment on the Internet or for cloud computing applications. The SPD Build Your Own Linux Program includes a set of unique SPD Linux Builder Utilities, which gives users the ability to create and manage their own personal, portable, and secure Linux operating environment.

Why do we blame games for real-world violence? – There’s little evidence that fantasy violence leads to real-world violence. Yet we continue to make that connection, as a new Harris Poll survey indicates.

Qualys FreeScan service expanded with vulnerability scanning and configuration auditing – Delivered via the QualysGuard Cloud Platform, FreeScan is used by organizations all over the world to quickly test online whether their computers, networks, web sites, and web applications are at risk from the latest threats.

Online cyber security career-simulation platform – LifeJourney, the new online career-simulation platform that lets students and jobseekers test-drive careers in cyber security and gain exposure to the skills they’ll need to achieve their dreams, premiered yesterday at RSA Conference 2013 in San Francisco. LifeJourney enables leading cyber security companies to become role models for millions of students and others interested in understanding careers across the industry. Using the LifeJourney platform, companies can showcase their star talent and transform their technologies into virtual experiences, “field trips,” that let someone live a day in the life of an actual cyber security professional.

Yahoo CEO’s Future: A Telecommuter Mutiny – CEO Marissa Mayer’s latest edict is a ridiculous ban on telework, despite the fact that she should be making Yahoo even more virtual, not less. It’s going to blow up in her face.


The FTC says identity theft retains its throne as No.1 consumer scourge – The Federal Trade Commission’s annual look at its Consumer Sentinel Network database of complaints found that 2012 was the first year the agency got more than 2 million complaints overall. And, has been true for the past 13 years, Identity theft was the top consumer complaint the commission received. Eighteen percent or 369,132 of 2012’s complaints were related to identity theft. Of those, more than 43% related to tax- or wage-related fraud, the agency stated.

Adobe patches Flash again as Firefox users are under attack – Adobe is urging users to update their Flash Player for the third time this month, as once again the company is aware of vulnerabilities being exploited in the wild in targeted attacks.

StopTheHacker Expands Antivirus Scanning for Websites – StopTheHacker is a service that scans your website for malware and precisely identifies the infection. You can use its information to edit out the exact malicious lines of code that were injected into your website’s files, but most users will rely on the product’s automated malware removal. At $20 per month for a daily scan, the service isn’t too expensive. Jensen pointed out that you might pay $100 per hour to have an expert remediate an infestation, and pay again if the problem happens again.

Traveling to a conference? 8 security tips to keep top of mind – Conference season 2013 is on. While events like these can be great for networking and mindsharing, there can be computer security dangers lurking about. We’ve pulled together 8 IT security tips to help you stay ahead of the game.

Corporate data loss hits highest levels since 2008 – Data loss attacks affected more than one billion people in the last five years and more than 60 percent of those incidents were the result of hacking, says The Data Loss Barometer report from KPMG that analyzed incidents since 2005 across industries, types of data loss and global regions. According to the report, data loss threats have risen substantially with the use of mobile devices for business purposes and personally identifiable information continues to be the top data loss type.

Stuxnet’s earliest known version sheds light on the worm’s development – Symantec researchers have discovered an older version of the infamous Stuxnet worm that caused the disruption at Iran’s nuclear facility in Natanz: Stuxnet 0.5. Stuxnet 0.5 is, as of now, the oldest Stuxnet version to be analyzed by security researchers, and this analysis shed some light on how the threat first came to be.

Company News:

Facing legal threats in Sweden, The Pirate Bay divides and multiplies – With Anti-piracy groups closing in on The Pirate Bay’s Swedish haven, the world’s most infamous file sharing site did what any good pirate would do: Cut and run for more welcoming shores. As of Tuesday, The Pirate Bay no longer relies on the Swedish Pirate Party for its Web hosting services. That duty has been handed off to the Pirate Parties of Norway and Spain.

Stonesoft updates its free advanced evasion testing tool – At RSA Conference 2013 in San Francisco, Stonesoft released Evader 2.01, an updated version of their advanced evasion software testing tool. Evader 2.01 provides organizations with a free tool that can be used to test their network’s ability to withstand advanced evasion techniques (AETs). It includes a new graphical user interface to improve usability and the tool supports multiple evasion techniques and can be used in any test environment.

HP’s Whitman: ‘We’re shifting resources from PCs to tablets’ – “The market moved very fast to tablets and smartphones, and we’ve got to now manage that transition,” says Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman.

Morpho’s software will soon bring high-end camera features to smartphones – Imaging technology once reserved for high end cameras might be coming to smartphones with new software from Japan’s Morpho. The company has developed an image stabilization system for high-definition video and a background defocus feature for smartphone cameras. Morpho has partnered with device makers and the features should be shipping on smartphones early next year.

CloudLock unveils Community Trust Rating – CloudLock unveiled the Community Trust Rating as part of its Cloud Information Security Suite at RSA Conference 2013.

China’s Tencent looking at U.S. opportunities for WeChat app – Chinese Internet giant Tencent is eyeing the U.S. mobile Internet market with its popular WeChat product, a messaging app that lets users send messages, voice recorded notes, and pictures to friends on the service.

Webopedia Daily:

Tax software – Tax software is defined as a type of computer software designed to help individuals or companies prepare for and file income, corporate and similar tax returns. Tax software streamlines the process of filing taxes by walking the user through tax forms and issues and also automatically calculates the individual’s or company’s tax obligations. Many personal tax software applications are now available in the traditional physical box software format (retail software) as well as in hosted online service (SaaS) formats.

Games and Entertainment:

Syder Arcade for Android: A unique spin on side-scrolling shooters – Syder Arcade’s unique gameplay makes it a worthwhile buy for fans of old-school, spaceship-themed side-scrolling shooters.

Console Wars 2013: Sony PS4 and its competitors – It’s not just Microsoft and Nintendo looking to take down the PlayStation this year.

Naughty Dog Launches Free-to-Play Uncharted 3 Multiplayer Version – Game maker Naughty Dog today released a free-to-play multiplayer version of its popular PlayStation 3 third-person shooter Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.

Entertainment producers decry broadband data caps – Writers and producers of video content see the Web as a way to bypass the gatekeepers at large entertainment companies and market their products straight to their fans. However, data caps limit their ability to reach new audiences, representatives of the Writers Guild of America West and the YouTube series The Lizzie Bennet Diariessaid during a U.S. communications policy forum hosted by digital rights group Public Knowledge.

Zynga Boston team starts new mobile-gaming studio – The new studio, known as Proletariat, announced its upcoming title, Letter Rush, which will offer an arcade-like spin on word-find.

More of Telltale’s Walking Dead on the way soon – We may see more of the interactive zombie adventure serial earlier than anticipated.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Human hearing beats sound’s uncertainty limit, makes MP3s sound worse – Not Heisenberg’s, Fourier’s. Knowing how it’s beaten may help us encode music. (suggested by Michael F.)

Canada orbits suitcase-size camera to hunt asteroids – With its small telescope, the Near-Earth Object Surveillance Satellite is looking for space rocks that could devastate our planet.

Android phone blasts into space aboard satellite – A 2010-vintage HTC Nexus One is the brains of a satellite launched into orbit Monday by the Indian Space Research Organization, dubbed STRaND-1. STRaND-1 (Surrey Training, Research, and Nanosatellite Demonstrator), which weighs around 8 pounds, is the brainchild of UK-based Surrey Satellite Technology Limited, which designed the satellite both as a way to gauge how consumer-grade electronics would perform in space and to demonstrate pulsed-plasma thruster use on similar “nanosatellites.”

Tech companies: Gay marriage ban is bad for business – Companies such as Apple, Facebook, eBay, and Intel will add their support in the legal fight against bans on same-sex marriage, Fortune reports.

100,000+ Americans demand legal right to unlock phone – On January 26, US citizens lost the right to unlock their mobile phones. On Thursday, a requisite number of disgruntled people had demanded that the administration examine the issue of giving them back that right.

The ‘sexiest meal’: what a character’s breakfast reveals about them – From James Bond’s boiled eggs to Queequeg’s beefsteak, the first bite of the day is one of literature’s less celebrated themes. (suggested by Michael F.)

The top 10 unintentionally worst company URLs – Everyone knows that if you are going to operate a business in today’s world you need a domain name. It is advisable to look at the domain name selected as other see it and not just as you think it looks. (suggested by Richard J.)

Feds strike a deal with alleged illegal streaming site operator – While it seems like the Department of Homeland Security is cracking down on all Internet pirates, it’s letting one alleged sports streaming site operator off the hook.

Today’s Quote:

“We plan, we toil, we suffer – in the hope of what? A camel load of idols’ eyes? The title deeds of Radio City? The empire of Asia? A trip to the moon? No, no, no, no. Simply to wake up just in time to smell coffee and bacon and eggs.”

–       J B Priestley

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