Our last edition of WIG for November is filled with news link coverage on topics such as how Microsoft gave Windows 8 Pro to pirates by mistake, Nintendo warns against interrupting the Wii U update, a new trojan is using Google Docs to communicate with its control server, and more.
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Weekly News Links
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- 64-Bit Firefox Nightly Discontinued
News about 64-bit Firefox for Windows getting the axe from Benjamin Smedberg, head of the engineering team, has been making the online rounds for the past few days. The reason is simple: the resources allotted to sustaining this build are higher than the benefits.
- Firefox 17 releases, features click-to-play blocklisting
Mozilla has launched Firefox 17 FINAL, the latest stable release of its open-source, cross-platform web browser. Version 17 has one major new feature — click-to-play blocklisting, which prevents vulnerable plugins from running without the user’s permission.
- Firefox 17 previews Facebook integration
Version 17 of Mozilla’s Firefox web browser introduces a new Social API that allows the browser to integrate with social media sites. The first social service to be included, though currently only available as a preview, is Facebook.
- ChromeOS Dev Channel Updates, Adds App Reordering, Smart Window Placing
New features have landed in the ChromeOS dev channel, including the ability to re-arrange apps in the App Menu, and mirror the display on a second monitor.
- Microsoft Confirms Windows 8 Upgrade Issues for PayPal Users
Microsoft has just confirmed that some of the consumers who are trying to purchase a Windows 8 upgrade key via PayPal may experience several problems, so all affected users are recommended to contact the Support operators as soon as possible.
- Microsoft hands Windows 8 Pro to pirates by mistake
For what is presumably a limited period, it’s possible to just download Windows 8 keys directly from Microsoft — keys that activate the Pro version of Microsoft’s brand new OS.
- Forget the Labels, Windows 8 Product Keys Now Embedded in BIOS
Windows 8 is an operating system that brings changes not only in the user interface, but also in the way buyers receive and handle the product key. The all-new Windows 8 devices sold these days do not feature a label on the back of the case like they usually do when equipped with Windows 7, but instead they adopt a completely new technique helpful for both Microsoft and manufacturers.
- Third-Party Anti-Virus Software Blocks Windows 8 Modern Apps
Another day, another Windows 8 issue. This time, Microsoft users complain that Windows 8 Modern apps do not launch at all after upgrading from Windows 7.
- Linux Foundation UEFI Secure Boot key for Windows 8 PCs delays explained
Thanks to Microsoft, the Linux Foundation’s program for booting Linux easily on Windows 8 PCs protected with Secure Boot is still stuck in neutral.
- Microsoft probes Windows Phone 8 reboot weirdness
Some Windows Phone 8 users are experiencing spontaneous reboots and email sync problems. Microsoft executives say they’re investigating.
- Mozilla aims to break iOS-Android mobile axis
Browser maker is approaching the mobile challenge head on by developing its Firefox OS, improving Web app development tools, and turning the Internet into a universal appstore.
- Nintendo warns against Wii U update being interrupted
Owners of Nintendo’s new Wii U console have been facing lengthy waits to make full use of it because they need to install a large firmware update. Nintendo has warned users not to “power off your system” during the process.
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- New Linux Rootkit Emerges
A new Linux rootkit has emerged and researchers who have analyzed its code and operation say that the malware appears to be a custom-written tool designed to inject iframes into Web sites and drive traffic to malicious sites for drive-by download attacks.
- Default WPA2 password on Belkin routers is easily worked out
Jörg Schneider and Jakob Lell from TU Berlin have discovered that there is a simple means of working out the default WPA2-PSK password on some Belkin routers. They found that the default password can be calculated from the device’s WAN MAC address using a substitution table.
- Windows 8 Update Fails on KB2770917
Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday updates were supposed to fix several issues in Windows 8, but there’s one patch that actually does more harm than good.
- Trojan uses Google Docs to communicate with its control server
IT security firm Symantec has discovered a trojan called Backdoor.Makadocs that hides in Rich Text Format (RTF) and Microsoft Word documents and injects malicious code via Trojan.Dropper. Apparently, it uses the Google Docs service’s Viewer feature to communicate with its command-and-control (C&C) server.
- Beware Card- and Cash-Trapping at the ATM
Many security-savvy readers have learned to be vigilant against ATM card skimmers and hidden devices that can record you entering your PIN at the cash machine. But experts say an increasing form of ATM fraud involves the use of simple devices capable of snatching cash and ATM cards from unsuspected users.
- Professional trojan targets SEPA transactions
Cyber-criminals are targeting the European SEPA payments network, according to a report from security specialist McAfee. Within the EU, SEPA transactions are uncomplicated because they make no distinction between domestic and cross-border transactions. In this case, that also benefits the online crooks who usually transfer money from the victim’s account to foreign bank accounts.
- If You’re Greek, Someone Probably Just Stole Your Identity
Potential math-test question for Greek children: If someone steals nine million computer files containing the personal data of Greek citizens, and the population of Greece is 11 million, what percentage of Greek citizens have had their personal data stolen?
- Yahoo Email-Stealing Exploit Fetches $700
A zero-day vulnerability in yahoo.com that lets attackers hijack Yahoo! email accounts and redirect users to malicious Web sites offers a fascinating glimpse into the underground market for large-scale exploits.
- Lost+Found: Photo glitch, a wardriving bike, radio problems
Too short for news, too good to lose; Lost+Found is a roundup of useful and interesting security news. In this edition: a revealing UK MOD photo, a custom wardriving motorcycle, libraries for reverse engineering, exploit toolkits, and radio troubles.
- Mat Honan leading you out of digital hell
The Wired senior reporter is taking up the case against passwords – and with good reason.
- Small businesses still underestimate cost of security breaches
The good news is that more SMBs are shoring up cyber-security defenses, but many worry the measures they are taking won’t be adequate.
- U.S. ‘used malware and Facebook’ to hack French president’s team
The staff of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy fell victim to a hack attack while he was still in office, and the finger of blame is being pointed at the U.S.
- Creating a Windows 8 Repair Disc
Here’s how to create a Windows 8 repair disc.
- How to Remove Programs and Apps in Windows 8
We bet you don’t know all the methods listed in this article.
- How to Manage Your Calendar in Windows 8
Got a busy schedule? If you do and you are using Windows 8, then you might want to check out this guide to the Calendar app.
- Useful Search App for Windows 8
This is a nice search app for Windows 8 that lets you search different sites from one interface.
- Are You Interested in the How-To Geek Guide to Windows 8?
Before you purchase it, read this honest, down-to-earth book review, published by 7 Tutorials.
- Viber is a Free Calling App for iPhones
You can make free calls from one iPhone to another using this app.
- Email Your Future Self
Use this tool to send an email to yourself in the future.
- Interesting Collection of Hand-picked Videos
Devour is an interesting site that contains curated videos from around the web.
- Awkward Family Photos
The title of this post says it all, doesn’t it? Hilarious site!
How-To Geek Weekly Article Recap
- Why Your Android Phone Isn’t Getting Operating System Updates and What You Can Do About It
- Why Does 64-Bit Windows Need a Separate “Program Files (x86)” Folder?
- 6 Alternatives to iGoogle For Personalized Homepages
- Make An Old Android Feel Like New: How To Make Gingerbread Feel Like Jelly Bean
- The Beginner’s Guide to Customizing Your Android Home Screen
- The Best Websites and Software for Brainstorming and Mind Mapping
- 6 Ways To Secure Your Dropbox Account
- Do Limited Wi-Fi Channels Restrict Network Availability?
- 7 Ways Modern Windows 8 Apps Are Different From Windows Desktop Apps
- Sponsored Giveaway: Free Copies of WinX DVD Ripper Platinum for All How-To Geek Readers
Geeky Goodness from the ETC Side
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- Your Brain by the Numbers [Infographic]
- Hack Your Lights for Remote Control
- The Effects of Caffeine [Video]
- The Keys on the Keyboard Seem to be Sticking Just a Little Bit [Humorous Image]
- Make Sure to Use a ‘Dog Friendly’ Ringtone Next Time [Humorous Image]
- Inside Sweden’s Nuclear Bunker Turned Data Center
- Programmer + Coffee = Code Finished [Wallpaper]
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How-To Geek Weekly Trivia Roundup
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- Which Sci-Fi Actor And His Character Shared The Same Middle Name?
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