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Russian Website Streams Footage From Thousands of Hacked Webcams

Nov 20, 2014 - 10:41 PM - by Reverend
The public is being warned about a Russian-based website which has been found to be broadcasting thousands of feeds of live video footage from inside homes and businesses around the world, including over 4,000 in the U.S., 2,000 in France and 500 in the UK. The footage has been accessed by hacking into personal webcams, CCTV cameras and even baby monitors using weak or default passwords.

The site includes footage of a child’s bedroom in Birmingham in the UK obtained from a baby monitor, as well as footage from inside a UK office, a gym and a shop interior, obtained from CCTV networks supposedly used to keep the companies and businesses secure.

The purpose of the website is to highlight poor cyber security, a person claiming to be the administrator told Sky News.

They wrote that broadcasting the footage was the only way to "contact a million" users. "All these cameras were viewed by a lot of users and (the) camera's owners have no chance to know about it for many years," they said. "Only mass media can help users to understand the importance to set a password."

The footage has been obtained from cameras using default passwords or without any passwords at all, allowing hackers to use software and search tools to scan the internet for feeds that can be accessed using the camera's' default setting.

The most commonly listed camera brand on the website was Chinese-made Foscam, followed by Linksys and then Panasonic.

A Linksys spokesperson told the BBC: “We are still trying to determine which Linksys IP cameras are referenced on the site. We believe they are older Linksys IP cameras which are no longer being manufactured.

“For these cameras we do not have a way to force customers to change their default passwords. We will continue to educate consumers that changing... [Read More]
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Firefox dumps Google for Yahoo as default search engine

Nov 20, 2014 - 8:01 PM - by Reverend
Maybe it was that Google has a competing browser, making them strange bedfellows. Or after ten years of partnership, it was time for change. Or maybe Yahoo just offered to pay more.

Yahoo is replacing Google as the default search engine for Mozilla's Firefox browser, the companies announced late Wednesday. With 10% of the market, it is the Internet's third most popular search engine, behind Google's Chrome and Microsoft's Bing (which powers Yahoo searches).

The change is significant for Firefox users, who perform some 100 million searches in the browser every year, according to Mozilla.

It is significant for Mozilla, a non-profit that is heavily reliant on revenue from search companies. Google's three-year contract with Firefox, which will come to an end in December, had reportedly been worth $1 billion. Yahoo and Mozilla did not disclose terms of their five-year search deal.

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Thousands Of Facebook Users Fall For ‘Free Audi R8′ Scam

Nov 20, 2014 - 7:58 PM - by Reverend
Sports car fans are the latest to be targeted by online hackers, as a Facebook “like-farming” scam sucks them in with a supposed giveaway of Audi R8 sports cars.

Over 200,000 petrolheads have already fallen victim, with Bitdefender, the security firm which detected the scheme, saying thousands more are joining by the hour.

The scam attempts to get users to like and share videos of an Audi R8 racing against a Nissan GT-R, coupled with a fake competition promising to give away two Audi R8s to the winners.

bitdefender facebook scamIn order to win the “contest,” users must like the post and also name their desired colour and share the message on their timelines.

However, the sites hosting the videos are also running the JS:Trojan.JS.Likejack.A code that can be used for “clickjacking” on hidden commercials.

So far, the scam has seen almost 180,000 likes and over 210,000 shares. Bitdefender has reported the malicious web page to Facebook, and warns users to be wary of any competitions not hosted on companies’ official pages.

Bitdefender says that it has detected affected Facebook users from the UK, Germany, Denmark, the US, Australia, South Africa and Malaysia.

“Like-farming may not seem the worse things scammers can do on Facebook. However, it has repercussions for users and companies’ reputations and can even lead to identity theft,” states Catalin Cosoi, chief security strategist at Bitdefender.

“Like-farming Facebook pages use the high number of fans to launch other fraudulent activities such as malware and survey scams to a wide audience. The database of unwary users can also be sold on the black market and used for more targeted attacks.”

Hijacking popular brands to lure in unsuspecting users has become a common tactic for cybercriminals on Facebook, particularly as companies across the world try and improve their online presence to... [Read More]
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Netflix heading for Australia and New Zealand

Nov 18, 2014 - 11:42 PM - by Reverend
Netflix on Tuesday announced that it will debut its film and television show streaming service in Australia and New Zealand early next year as it continues expanding internationally.

A Netflix library of television shows, films, documentaries and original content will be available when the service launches in March.

Netflix did not disclose what it plans to charge for subscriptions in the countries but promised a "low monthly price."

Subscribers will be able to watch Netflix shows using tablets, smartphones smart televisions, gaming consoles, or other devices.

The expansion announcement came just weeks after California-based Netflix released a quarterly financial report showing disappointing subscriber growth for the streaming video group.

Netflix said it gained just three million members in the past quarter, to boost its subscribers to 53.1 million worldwide.

The disappointing growth news came the same day Netflix learned of a powerful new rival, with Time Warner's HBO announcing plans to launch as a standalone streaming service that won't require cable or satellite subscriptions.

Daily Mail
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Mozila Firefox 33.1.1

Nov 18, 2014 - 7:10 PM - by Reverend
Firefox is a free, open-source and cross-platform web browser.

English (US): Windows | Linux | Mac OS X

Firefox homepage
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FrostWire 6.0.1

Nov 18, 2014 - 7:05 PM - by Reverend
FrostWire is a free, open source BitTorrent client, first released as a fork of LimeWire. In version 5, Gnutella support was dropped entirely, and now FrostWire only uses the BitTorrent network.

FrostWire 6.0.1

FrostWire homepage
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Microsoft updates Windows 10, gets an earful from users about OneDrive changes

Nov 13, 2014 - 11:33 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft yesterday rolled out the next update to its Windows 10 Technical Preview, just three weeks after the previous version arrived.

But one change that Microsoft trumpeted -- an alteration to how OneDrive, the company's cloud-based storage service, synchronizes files -- got a big thumbs down from users.

The update, tagged "Build 9879," followed the Oct. 21 release of Build 9860, which came 20 days after the initial Technical Preview.

So far, Microsoft's cadence for Windows 10 has been faster than what analysts anticipate will be the practice when the new operating system publicly launches in mid-2015. Then, updates will ship as often as monthly for consumers, while businesses will be able to choose between that and two additional tempos that Gartner has tagged "near-consumer speed" and "long-term servicing." The former will roll up the "consumer-speed" updates every four to six months to versions that fast-acting enterprises will test and deploy, while the latter will remain feature- and UI-static for as long as two to three years, receiving only security updates.

In the technical preview, customers have an update frequency choice of only "Fast" or "Slow," with the former representing the final's consumer speed while the latter will probably have no corresponding cadence.

"If you're in the Slow ring, you won't receive the build right away -- we'll publish to Slow after we see how everything goes with the Fast ring," said Gabe Aul, the engineering general manager for Microsoft's operating system group, in a blog post yesterday.

Microsoft is using the Technical Preview to not only show customers what Windows 10 will include, but also to test the faster release pace. Build 9879, however, is a full, in-place upgrade, and not one of the smaller updates that next year will include only changes since the last... [Read More]
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Nov 11, 2014 - 11:03 PM - by Reverend
AnyDVD works in the background to automatically and transparently enable read access of the contents of a movie DVD as soon as it's inserted into the drive.

AnyDVD HD comes with same functionality as AnyDVD, but with additional features for full HD-DVD (High Definition DVD) support, including decryption of HD-DVD movie discs.



AnyDVD homepage
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