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Week in Geek: New Internet Explorer Security Vulnerability is Being Used for Targeted Attacks

Our last edition of WIG for 2012 is filled with news link coverage on topics such as nightly builds of Firefox 64-bit will continue to be available, Joliprint will be shutting down the first week of January, YouTube has stripped Universal and Sony of 2 billion fake views, and more.

Weekly News Links

  • A bit more info on Windows Blue?
    Even though Windows 8 has only been on the market for a short time we already know Microsoft is hard at work on the next version of the OS. The project is codenamed “Windows Blue” and is expected to launch next summer bringing improvements and new features to Windows 8 as well as debuting a new yearly update cycle for Microsoft’s OS.
  • Windows Bug Unexpectedly Mutes Surface RT Sound – Microsoft
    Plenty of users have already reported a bug that causes the sound to be unexpectedly muted when using the Touch Cover on a Surface RT, with Microsoft always saying that it’s investigating the issue.
  • Microsoft Admits It Hasn’t Fixed the Surface WiFi Bug
    Even though Microsoft has previously said that it fixed the Surface RT WiFi connectivity issues with the latest Patch Tuesday updates, plenty of users have still experienced the bug in the last couple of days.
  • Mozilla backpedals on Firefox 64-bit for Windows, will keep nightly builds coming after all
    Last month, Mozilla Engineering Manager Benjamin Smedberg quietly announced that the 64-bit version of Firefox for Windows would never see the light of day. After what he referred to as “significant negative feedback,” Smedberg has announced he has reviewed that feedback, consulted with his release engineering team, and has decided on a modification to the original plan: Firefox 64-bit for Windows may still never be released, but nightly builds will live another day.
  • KDE display management to get a boost with kscreen
    Two developers from Red Hat and Blue Systems are collaborating on improving display management in the KDE desktop.
  • Enlightenment 0.17 (E17) Linux desktop is ready
    After twelve years of development, the Enlightenment project has released the first official version of the Enlightenment 0.17 desktop interface.
  • 10 Raspberry Pi creations that show how amazing the tiny PC can be
    The Raspberry Pi, the $35 credit card-sized computer, has lived an interesting life despite being less than a year old. It has been used to teach programming and host servers, but above all it has provided a near-perfect platform for some of the most fun and interesting hobbyist projects in the computing world.
  • Google extends free calling through Gmail
    The company says people can make free calls in the U.S. and Canada through Gmail’s Chat function — using the calling plugin — throughout the New Year.
  • YouTube strips Universal and Sony of 2 billion fake views
    Google slashed the cumulative view counts on YouTube channels belonging to Universal Music Group, Sony/BMG, and RCA Records by more than 2 billion views this past Tuesday, a drastic winter cleanup that may be aimed at shutting down black hat view count-building techniques employed by a community of rogue view count manipulators on the video-sharing site.
  • Joliprint is shutting down
    From the blog post: We launched Joliprint almost three years ago, with the goal to improve the web printing experience. We met a great success, with nearly 30,000 pdfs generated per day today, but unfortunately we were not able to find the right business model for Joliprint, whether B2C or B2B. We’re sorry to announce that Joliprint will be stopped on January 04, 2013.

Security News

  • Attackers Target Internet Explorer Zero-Day Flaw
    Attackers are breaking into Microsoft Windows computers using a newly discovered vulnerability in Internet Explorer, security experts warn. While the flaw appears to have been used mainly in targeted attacks so far, this vulnerability could become more widely exploited if incorporated into commercial crimeware kits sold in the underground.
  • How Anybody Can Secretly Save Your Snapchat Videos Forever
    The videos you send through Snapchat and Poke are supposed to disappear in 10 seconds or less. Except a security flaw makes it easy to save them forever — without the sender ever knowing.
  • Prevent Facebook from automatically importing photos
    A new Facebook feature lets you sync photos with iPhones, Androids, and iPads automatically via Wi-Fi or the cell network, but if you inadvertently opt in to the service or do so and later change your mind, it’s easy to opt out of automatic Facebook photo syncs.
  • Chrome prepares to ax silent extensions
    A coming version of Google Chrome on Windows is going to prevent extensions that don’t come from the official Chrome store from quietly installing without your say-so.
  • Did Microsoft Improve Security in 2012?
    Microsoft had a lower patch count and fewer vulnerabilities this year, but there were still a few interesting security flaws.
  • Where OS X security stands after a volatile 2012
    2012 was an “exciting” year for OS X security—at least if you’re a security expert or researcher. There were plenty of events to keep people on their toes. Although Apple took some egg on the face for some of them, overall, the company came out ahead when it came down to keeping users safe.
  • Oracle Updates Java 7 Security, but Is It Enough?
    Oracle has issued an update for Java that aims to improve security in the often attacked plugin. The Oracle Java Development Kit 7 Update 10 (JDK 7u10) release provides new updating and control capabilities that go beyond what Java users have enjoyed in the past.
  • Revealed: NSA targeting domestic computer systems in secret test
    The National Security Agency’s Perfect Citizen program hunts for vulnerabilities in “large-scale” utilities, including power grid and gas pipeline controllers, new documents from EPIC show.
  • Exploring the Market for Stolen Passwords
    Not long ago, PCs compromised by malware were put to a limited number of fraudulent uses, including spam, click fraud and denial-of-service attacks. These days, computer crooks are extracting and selling a much broader array of data stolen from hacked systems, including passwords and associated email credentials tied to a variety of online retailers.
  • Lost+Found: Macro viruses are back, tapjacking and hashing with cats
    Too short for news, too good to lose; Lost+Found is a roundup of useful and interesting security news. In this edition: The return of macro viruses, malicious apps in store, malicious modules in Apache servers, tapjacking, cracking encrypted drives through firewire, btrfs and hashing with cats.

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Akemi Iwaya (Asian Angel) is our very own Firefox Fangirl who enjoys working with multiple browsers and loves 'old school' role-playing games. Visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 12/30/12

Comments (1)

  1. Meena Bassem

    oh please, it’s internet explorer. finding a bug in it is nothing new

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