Category Archives: Computers

Bank of America insider leaked customer data to criminal gang

Bank of America incurred a loss of at least $10 million (£6 million) as one of the insider sold customer data to outsiders.

Though the customers are being notified of the incident, but the bank is reluctant to provide many details of the case. The case is under investigation and the bank says that a former associate provided customer information to outsiders which were then used to commit fraud against the customers.

The scammers had stolen, “names, addresses, Social Security numbers, phone numbers, bank account numbers, driver’s license numbers, birth dates, email addresses, mother’s maiden names, PINs and account balances.” This information were then used for identity theft. The scammers ordered boxes of cheques and got them delivered to a UPS outlet where they picked them up. And also to prevent BofA from warning the victim, the scammers contacted the telephone company of the victims and rerouted the calls to scammer’s mobile phones.

Source : Techworld

Fix – Adobe Flash Player Plugin Crash

I recently had updated flash player and all the browsers just stopped responding when any flash content was on the page. This kept happening for all the browsers,

Updating the flash player and the browser does not help. After a lot of searching the culprit was found to be the hardware acceletation setting of the new flash player.

Go to this site: http://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/.

Right click on the Flash logo, Settings,
then UNcheck the hardware acceleration in Display Settings.

If that doesn’t solve it, you may need to update your video card driver also.

If everything is right the flash animation will show up on the page mentioned above. And you will not face issues with the video sites like youtube and all.

Mac Defender Crashes Apple Security Myth

Mac Defender is turning out to be somewhat of an epidemic that neither Apple, nor Mac users seem prepared for. The Mac malware has caught the Apple ecosystem off guard and threatens to shatter the reality distortion field that Apple thrives on.
Apple, and the Apple faithful would like to pretend that Mac malware doesn’t exist. But, thanks to some awesome investigative reporting by Ed Bott, Jacqui Cheng, and others, we know that AppleCare technicians are seeing an explosion of malware issues, and that Apple has specifically directed support technicians not to get involved.
Cheng points out that there is at least tacit acceptance by Apple that the possibility for malware exists because Apple actually sells multiple malware protection products. And, although Apple Store reps are quick to point out the superior security and lack of malware concerns on the Mac, internally Apple mandates the use of Norton malware protection.

via PCworld

DNA-Based Computing Could Replace Silicon

http://nerd-alert.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/09_DNACOMPUTER.jpg“DNA is the future of computing,” Jian-Jun Shu tells PhysOrg. And why not? Silicon is slow by comparison, computes in a binary system, creates waste heat, and is not particularly easy on the environment. DNA-based computing can perform better than silicon in several respects, Shu says, and he and a few of his students at Nanyang Technical University in Singapore have set out to prove it.

The general idea: the human body performs computations all of the time, and does so far faster than even the fastest silicon-based supercomputer. Moreover, it does so in a parallel fashion, working with more breadth, speed, and agility than the ones and zeros of silicon computation. For massive parallel problems, artificial intelligence problems, and combinatorial problems, DNA-based computing could be far more efficient.

How does it work? Shu and company are just starting to scratch the surface of what DNA computing could do, he admits, but in the lab he and his students have manipulated strands of DNA to do all kinds of things. They have fused strands together, broken them apart, snipped them, and otherwise affected them to a certain goal or end like storing information in DNA molecules that can be later retrieved for computational purposes.

The operations right now are simple: addition or subtraction mainly, nothing as complex as what silicon computers can do on their worst days. The potential for that equation to be flipped is there, but first there are several obstacles that need to be overcome. For one, there is no real interface for DNA-based computing through which humans can interact with and display data. There also exists no equivalent to the CPU–something that can facilitate these complex operations without human interference.

But that will change, Shu says, with increases in technology and more time in the lab. Just don’t expect to be computing with nucleotides anytime in the near term.

via PhysOrg

NVIDIA launches GeForce GTX 560 graphics card

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Nvidia launched its GeForce GTX 560 Ti graphics card recently but for people who don’t have $250 or so to buy a new graphics card, Nvidia has a new product that might be more to your liking. The company announced today that it has launched its GeForce GTX 560 card which is priced at about $199. The card is available for sale now via a number of different third party graphics card makers.

Nvidia says the GeForce GTX 560 will be able to handle things like PhysX-based game physics effects, 1080p resolutions and Nvidia’s 3D Vision all with the lower price point. To prove it, it released a video showing off the GTX 560 running three games. One is the previously released fantasy MMO game Rift, but the other two games are the currently unreleased Duke Nukem Forever and Alice Madness Returns.

The video shows off part of the beginning of Duke Nukem Forever running on the PC which will be the only version of the game that will support 3D via Nvidia’s 3D Vision glasses and supported monitors. In the Alice: Madness Returns sequence the video shows how the game benefits from Nvidia’s PhysX game support with a number of graphical and physics effects that are not present when PhysX support is turned off.

In addition to the new graphics card Nvidia has also released new beta drivers for all of its GeForce graphics cards. The R275 beta drivers boosts performances in a number of games including recent titles like Crysis 2, Bulletstorm and Portal 2. It also adds 3D Vision support for a number of current and upcoming games like Duke Nukem Forever, Age of Empires Online, Dungeon Siege III, Portal 2 and more.

Increase in attacks on Social Networking Sites

http://images.defensetech.org/archives/hack.JPGAccording to the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, volume 10, there is a steady increase in social engineering attacks in 2010. The data was pulled from Microsoft’s customer base as well as partners and Internet Service providers.

Most of the attempts or attacks are made to churn out the name and password of social networking sites which might be used for other financial sites. As per Microsoft the trend of phishing attacks is shifting from financial sites to social networking sites and gaming sites.

Rogue Security Software

Rogue security software or scareware is designed like legitimate software which when installed on a victim’s machine, generates erroneous alerts and tricks the users to buy more softwares or services.

As per a report on rogue security software by Symantec, it said it received reports of 43 million installation attempts. It is told that it is computer security awareness training programs are the best way to defend against these malicious activities. A few web filtering technologies provided by various vendors also help.

Source: TechTarget

Microsoft’s Antitrust Saga Finally Comes To An End

http://seerpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/patent-infringement.jpgMicrosoft’s historic and prolonged dispute with U.S. regulators over antitrust violations has finally come to an end. And how things have changed.

May 12 marks the expiration of a consent decree the software giant signed with the Department of Justice in 2002, an agreement that narrowly saved Microsoft from being broken up after it was found guilty of using its dominant position to stifle competition.

On the anniversary of the agreement, the Department of Justice cheered its victory, while Microsoft adopted a more repentant tone. The company said of the thirteen years it spent under the scrutiny of antitrust regulators, “Our experience has changed us and shaped how we view our responsibility to the industry.”

The Department of Justice celebrated the Microsoft antitrust case as a vital ruling that fostered competition in the tech industry and said it had paved the way for new products, including “computing services and mobile devices.”

Read more: Huffigton Post

Angry Birds for free on Chrome app store

Bosses beware! Gaming sensation Angry Birds is now available on the Web browser. This could very well mean that employees, who till now played solitaire or switched tabs to move to other gaming sites at work, now have a killer of a game to kill their time with.

The game featuring birds destroying the pigs who stole their eggs, with the help of a slingshot is addictive and has been, according to the developer, Rovio Mobile, downloaded over 140 million times.

When Google celebrated the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man game with an interactive doodle, that allowed users to play Pac-Man right on the Google home page led to, according to analysts, a loss of $120 million to the British economy. Wonder the damage Angry Birds can do?

Angry Birds attack the Web, work hours at stake

At the Google I/O developer conference Rovio Mobile announced the web version of Angry Birds which is now available on Google’s Chrome Web Store. But that doesn’t prevent users on other browsers from enjoying the Angry Birds experience. We have tested the game on Mozilla Firefox 4, Opera 11 and on Internet Explorer 9. While it plays smooth on Firefox and Opera, it’s buggy on Internet Explorer. The game can be played in two formats, standard definition and high definition.

The Chrome app has been downloaded over 100,000 times and has an average 4.7 star rating.

The Chrome version of the game is a beta release and includes 63 levels out of the 120 in the original game and an additional seven special Chrome levels. But not everything is going right with the release. “Those nasty pigs don’t want you to proceed past Level 1-20. We are flying fast and are working on the fix,” says the description on the Angry Birds page on the Chrome Web Store.

While the mobile phone is the hot platform for game developers, but the Web is still thriving as a platform for gaming and this appearance of a popular game from an app to Web avatar further establishes the fact.

The Web version of the Angry Birds game is available at chrome.angrybirds.com

Via IBN Live

PC sales slump likely to affect windows

http://i.i.com.com/cnwk.1d/i/tim/2011/04/27/Win7_HomePremium_web_270x378.jpgWhen Microsoft announces its fiscal third quarter earnings after the market closes today, most analysts will zero in on one data point–how Windows is selling.

Windows–one of the three engines that powers Microsoft sales and profits, along with Office, and server software–seems likely to have a sluggish quarter. Two weeks ago, research firm IDC surprised industry watchers with a report that global PC shipments declined 3.2 percent during the first quarter, compared with the year-ago period, citing “cautious business mentality and waning consumer enthusiasm.”

“Clearly, the PC market is under pressure,” said Adam Holt, a Morgan Stanley analyst. And since the vast majority of PCs run Windows, Microsoft earnings are under some pressure too.

There’s little doubt that Microsoft will report its best-ever fiscal third quarter revenue. But with slowing PC shipments, Windows, which should account for about 28 percent of Microsoft’s overall sales this quarter, will be a drag on earnings. Slowing sales of Windows, long the fuel for Microsoft’s economic engine, is cause for some concern.

On Tuesday, Holt cut $200 million from his projections for Windows sales in the fiscal third quarter to $4.47 billion, a 4 percent decline from the year-ago period. And since Windows accounts for about 28 percent of Microsoft’s overall revenue, Holt nudged his overall quarterly estimates downward, expecting the company to earn $4.47 billion on sales of $15.8 billion.

Read more @ Cnet News

Beam Music, Movies, Photos from iPad to Mac With AirServer

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AirServer is a Mac app that turns your computer into a receiver for AirPlay. We have seen this kind of thing before, in the shape of Banana TV, but AirServer works better, and adds in some functionality not found in Banana TV.

AirPlay is what lets you throw content from an iPad or iPhone wirelessly to speakers or your TV. To do this, you need to have an AirPort Express next to your speakers, or an Apple TV hooked up to your TV. Bluetooth speakers show up in the list, too. What you can’t do is beam movies from your iOS device direct to your big-screen iMac.

AirServer is a $3 app that adds in this last piece of the puzzle. With it running on your Mac, a new entry will show up in the AirPlay popover of any iOS device on the same network, as you’d expect.

Music just appears magically from your Mac’s speakers, or whatever speakers are hooked up to it. Movies open after a second in the Quicktime player, and it’s on-screen controls let you play, pause, scrub and change volume on the Mac itself.

Both of these (usually) work just fine in Banana TV (although that app can also use its own video viewer). The difference is with photos. With AirServer, you can not only view individual photos, but you can also run a slideshow. Pick your album in the Photos app, choose slideshow and a popover will pop, erm, over to let you choose a destination. You need to select a photo in that album to see the popover, and the promised transition is replaced by one photo simply appearing to replace another, but it works.

via Wired