September 2012 -
Microsoft rushes to patch key security hole in Internet Explorer
The German government agency overseeing IT safety is warning of a security breach in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer — and recommending people use other browsers until the problem is fixed.
The browser’s “weak point is already being used for targeted attacks,” the Federal Office for Information Security warned, adding that the code behind the attack is freely available online and might therefore spread rapidly.
A spokesman for Microsoft Corp. said Tuesday the company is aware of the issue and is working on soon rolling out a software update, a so-called patch, to fix the browser’s security features.
“This is not a massive problem. There have been only a small number of targeted attacks,” said spokesman Thomas Baumgaertner. He could not provide a figure of the number of attacks recorded so far.
The browser is used by hundreds of millions of consumers and workers around the world.
In its warning published late Monday, Germany’s IT watchdog called on people using Windows XP or Windows 7 operating systems and Internet Explorer versions 7, 8 or 9 to switch to alternative browsers until Microsoft updates the browser’s security features.
Attackers lure users to an infected website, for example through an emailed link. Visiting the website then allows hackers to introduce codes to take control of the user’s computer, the BSI agency said.
Baumgaertner noted that people should always be vigilant when clicking on links from unknown sources. He also added that many antivirus programs might already be updated to protect their users against attacks through the browser loophole.
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Windows XP has been tremendously popular, but support for the 11-year-old operating system is waning. The next Photoshop will require Windows 7 or later.
Apparently 11 years was long enough.
Microsoft released Windows XP in 2001, and Adobe said today that the current CS6 version of Photoshop will be the last one to support the operating system.
“The Photoshop team would like to provide advanced notice that Photoshop CS6 (13.0) will be the last major version of Photoshop to support Windows XP,” Adobe Product Manager Tom Hogarty said in a blog post.
The reason, he said, is that modern performance-sensitive software requires modern hardware graphics interfaces that Windows XP lacks, in particular a way to tap into the power of graphics processing units (GPUs):
“Leveraging advances available on newer operating systems and hardware allows us to deliver significantly better performance, and focus our innovation efforts around the areas of the greatest benefit to our customers.”
“Photoshop CS6 already demonstrates that relying on a modern operating system, graphics cards/GPUs and graphics drivers can lead to substantial improvements in 3D, Blur Gallery and Lighting Effect features not available to Windows XP customers. The team hopes that by providing this information early it will help you understand our current decisions around operating system support and where we we’re headed with future releases of Photoshop. We encourage all customers who are currently using Windows XP to begin making their migration plans now so they can fully take advantage of future Photoshop innovations as soon as they are available.”
Adobe will provide bug fixes to the current CS6 version, he said. Adobe has added a new Creative Cloud subscription option for the entire Creative Suite 6 and other software, for which customers pay $50 per month with an annual commitment, and one of its perks is that new features slated for CS7 will arrive as soon as Adobe is done with them. Those new features also won’t come to Windows XP users, Hogarty said.
Adobe already dropped Windows XP support for the current version of a related product, Lightroom.
There are still millions of Windows XP users in the world, but the tide is starting to turn. Windows 7 just overtook Windows XP in Net Applications’ monitoring of Internet site usage, for example.
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The giant domain registrar and hosting service says that yesterday’s outage was not caused by hackers and it wasn’t a DDoS attack.
Domain registrar and Web hosting company Go Daddy said that yesterday’s outage, which brought down an untold number of Web sites, was not the result of a hacker attack.
“The service outage was not caused by external influences,” the company’s interim CEO, Scott Wagner, said in a statement. “It was not a ‘hack’ and it was not a denial of service attack (DDoS).”
After the outage, which affected many Go Daddy customers starting at around 10 a.m PT, someone using the Twitter handle @AnonymousOwn2r claimed to have caused the outage with a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS). Service was restored by 4 p.m. PT, the company said.
In his statement, Wagner said that at “no time was any customer data at risk or were any of our systems compromised.” He also apologized to customers for the mishap and thanked them for their patience
What exactly caused the outage, however, is still unclear, and Wagner didn’t offer much in the way of specifics:
“We have determined the service outage was due to a series of internal network events that corrupted router data tables. Once the issues were identified, we took corrective actions to restore services for our customers and GoDaddy.com. We have implemented measures to prevent this from occurring again.”
The world’s largest QR code is also partly edible. A down-home farm experience goes high-tech by carving a code out of a corn field.
Most QR codes are little things that are attached to ads or show up in the corner of TV commercials. A farm in Alberta, Canada, has made one that Read more…