Week in Geek: The Stuxnet Facts Edition

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By Akemi Iwaya on October 10th, 2010

This week we learned how to never run out of minutes again by making free VoIP calls on Android phones, automate Windows maintenance tasks to keep a PC running like new, crack a Windows password using a video guide, know why application installs want to make you reboot and close other apps, know what is (and is not) wrong with writing down your password, and more.


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Weekly Feature

This wonderful Halo theme comes with 12 wallpapers and a nice assortment of sound files to help take your desktop from ordinary to extraordinary. For anyone wanting to step it up another notch be sure to look through our Halo Desktop Customization Set for more Halo goodness.


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Halo: Reach Windows 7 Theme

Random Geek Links


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  • Stuxnet: Fact vs. theory
    The Stuxnet worm has taken the computer security world by storm, inspiring talk of a top secret, government-sponsored cyberwar, and of a software program laden with obscure biblical references that call to mind not computer code, but “The Da Vinci Code.”
  • EU calls Stuxnet ‘paradigm shift’ as U.S. responds more mildly
    While official U.S. response has been comparatively mild, the European Union’s cybersecurity agency says Stuxnet represents a “paradigm shift” in critical infrastructure threats and that current defense philosophies need to be reconsidered.
  • Nationwide holiday ups China’s risk to Stuxnet
    Computer hackers have warned that the week-long National Day holiday in China that began Friday could leave the country vulnerable to further attacks from Stuxnet, according to a report by news agency AFP.
  • October 2010 Patch Tuesday will come with most bulletins ever
    According to the Microsoft Security Response Center, Microsoft will issue 16 Security Bulletins addressing 49 vulnerabilities on Tuesday, October 12. It will also host a webcast to address customer questions the following day.
  • Drive-by malware blocked by new BLADE software
    A new tool developed by researchers at Georgia Tech and SRI International could provide an effective countermeasure against drive-by download attacks.
  • Halo: Reach Recon Armor Code Generators Infected with Malware
    Gamers looking to get the Recon Armor in Halo: Reach should think twice about using “alternative” methods. Microsoft is warning fans of the game to steer clear of some code generators which promise to deliver the rare armor, but instead infect their computers with malware.
  • ChromeOS, the web platform for them, not me
    A discussion thread within the Enterprise Irregulars group this week started off with an observation about where Google expects to find market demand for its ChromeOS.
  • Study: 92% of U.S. 2-year-olds have online record
    There has been a lot of concern about young people posting too much information about themselves online, but a study commissioned by security company AVG found that 92 percent of U.S. children have some type of online presence by the time they are 2 years old.

Geek Video of the Week

It does not matter how many extra lives you have if they are all sad.


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Sonic and Mario’s Awkward Reunion

Productive Geek Tips


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Sysadmin Geek Tips


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Random TinyHacker Links


Super User Questions

Here is this week’s batch of great questions from Super User.


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  • Stardock Fences Pro
    If you keep a lot of files, icons, and shortcuts on your Windows Desktop, Stardock Fences Pro is a fun and easy to use program that can help increase productivity by organizing a messy desktop.
  • Things for iOS
    Things for the iOS is a To-Do List application that allows for simple organization and is a great companion to the Mac application. It has nice options with tags, as well as areas of focus ranging from what is due today, to what you should do next.

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The Geek Note

That is all for this week. Remember to download your copy of Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat today! Got a great tip? Then make sure to send it in to us at tips@howtogeek.com.


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Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 10/10/10
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