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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Google's Ride Finder

Yesterday Google added yet another useful tool to their Labs section. All you do is type in your location (City, State) and Google's Ride Finder will "find a taxi, limousine, or shuttle using real time position of vehicles."

Another useful and innovative tool from Google!

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Microsoft Launching ID System For Windows

The effort is timely because of growing concerns both among consumers and Congress over the recent incidents of identity thefts.

The new Microsoft products will include ways for computer users and businesses to identify themselves online, exchange data and guard against software that can steal personal information, the Journal said.

The new version of Windows, code-named Longhorn, will introduce a software technology known as "Info-cards," which will let computer users selectively disclose information about themselves to businesses or others online, the report said quoting those familiar with the Microsoft plan.The software stores personal information such as a user's credit-card number, gender and phone numbers, and lets the user send and receive the information in an encrypted form that can be decoded only by trusted Web sites.

Separately, Internet Explorer 7 will give computer users more tools and information for identifying and avoiding "phishing" attacks and other methods of stealing personal information over the Internet.

Sunday, March 27, 2005

PlayStation Sales Halted?

According to Japan Today, the U.S. District Court in Oakland, California, has ordered Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and its U.S. unit to pay $90.7 million in damages to Immersion Corp. for patent infringement over controllers used with PlayStation game consoles. In the ruling handed down Thursday, the federal court also ordered Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony Entertainment America Inc. to stop selling the PlayStation and PlayStation 2 game consoles using Dualshock controllers as well as more than 40 game software products.

FCC says you can’t get naked…DSL

The FCC’s just decided that you can’t get naked without paying a little extra, and we’re not making some dumb joke about the Super Bowl, either. BellSouth won a big decision on Friday when the FCC voted 3 to 2 that federal telecommunications laws do not require telcos to offer standalone DSL service. Apparently they didn’t like that state regulators in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, and Louisiana had been forcing them to let subscribers sign up for DSL without signing up for a landline). Hey, the phone companies can do whatever they want (Qwest willingly offers naked DSL and Verizon says they’re planning to do the same later this year), but there are plenty of people these days who just want broadband and a cellphone and don’t see the need to pay an extra $20-$50 a month for a landline, so all BellSouth and the rest of the RBOCs are doing is giving us yet another reason to switch to cable Internet.

Source: Engadget

New Phishing Attacks Target Yahoo! Messenger

If you get a message from a buddy asking you to click on a link to a Yahoo! page, better to delete the message or ask for clarification from the sender. Why? well it could be a spim message(spamming on IM). Phishers have now set their sights on the world of instant messaging (IM). The first target is the Yahoo! Messenger.

The Phishers send an innocent looking message from someone on your contact list. The message directs you to a bogus Yahoo! Page, which will request you to login using your Yahoo! ID & password. Phishers can then hack into your PC using the information supplied by you. Access to your financial information is got via the same way.

Yahoo! confirmed that its messenger was under attack but said that it did not appear to be a widespread problem. Yahoo! spokeswoman Terrell Karlsten issued a statement saying, "Phishing is an industry-wide issue, and one that Yahoo! takes very seriously. A key defense in the fight against phishing is consumer awareness, and Yahoo! has made it a priority to help educate consumers so that they are empowered to protect themselves online."

However, Francis Costello, the chief marketing officer of Akonix Systems, which specializes in IM solutions for corporations, warned, “With this year's explosive growth in IM worms and attacks, organizations can not afford to leave their IM users unprotected and unmanaged," Costello says that phishing attacks on IM is bound to increase as there are no specific controls in place for IM whereas e-mail has become more secure.

Earlier this month, Microsoft's MSN Messenger was the target of a worm called "Kelvir" which allowed the hackers to enter the users PC and steal information. In July AOL was targeted in a phishing attack.

Source: EarthTimes