Intel Faced Sophisticated Attack Last Month

In a long list of companies coming forward admitting to recently being hacked, Intel claims they faced a sophisticated attack last month according to an article on The Register. In a statement, Intel states:

We regularly face attempts by others to gain unauthorized access through the Internet to our information technology systems by, for example, masquerading as authorized users or surreptitious introduction of software. These attempts, which might be the result of industrial or other espionage, or actions by hackers seeking to harm the company, its products, or end users, are sometimes successful. One recent and sophisticated incident occurred in January 2010 around the same time as the recently publicized security incident reported by Google.”

Read the full article at The Register.

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10 Year old Vulnerability Found in Windows Software

Server software company 2X Software has found a vulnerability in windows that has existed since windows 2000. This makes the affected systems vulnerable to a simple Denial of Service Attack, which could cause the system to reboot. 2X software has notified Microsoft and they are looking into it.

 “This is a major problem for potentially tens of millions of devices. Such a vulnerability leaves users open to DoS attacks which can be devastating. Imagine your company servers and PCs being restarted remotely every few minutes,” said Paul Gafa, chief technology officer at 2X Software.

See the article on v3.co.uk for more information.

 

Computer System Upgrade: Amazing Windows 7 Boot Times

All right, for those who were following my computer upgrade, it is done. I had an older P4 3.2GHhz XP machine that I have used for years. I installed a Core i5-750 intel processor, an MSI motherboard and 4 GB of GSkill Ram. I also put in a new Barracuda 7200 RPM 750GB as the system hard drive and installed Windows 7 Ultimate. The results? Outstanding…

The system went together really easy and fired up first time. First of all, kudos to Microsoft for really streamlining the OS install. The system rebooted once when installing Windows 7, and only twice more for windows updates. If you are a veteran at installing Windows XP you know that installing a new system with service packs means endless reboots.

I was amazed at the boot speed. On my original XP system I used a sundial to measure the boot time. Now, mind you that this is a fresh install with only anti-virus, VMware and Steam installed, but from Bios screen to the Windows 7 login screen takes 14 seconds. From logging in to a functional desktop, 4.5 seconds. That is impressive to say the least.

The system runs smooth as silk. Being a long time Windows user, I was not thrilled with the Homegroup feature, but once I enabled it, sharing files with my laptop was really simple. Network transfer speeds seemed respectable too. The Aero desktop adds a nice visual touch. Windows 7 even saw my older HP Officejet and automatically installed the drivers. Not to mention that Windows 7 is also more secure than XP.

I don’t know if you can tell, but I am really happy with the upgrade. The Core i5 is fast and runs cool (even with the stock fan), Windows 7 is smooth and so far is rock solid. If you have been wanting to upgrade your XP systems, but have been holding out, you really need to look at Windows 7.

D. Dieterle

Kneber Botnet Compromises over 75,000 Systems

Computer World had an article last week on the Kneber Botnet. According to the article, this Botnet has been attacking systems worldwide since late 2008. The Botnet has affected systems in up to 196 countries. The countries with the most compromised systems were the US, Egypt, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

The Botnet, a variant of Zeus, collects financial and login data. In one month the Botnet stole 68,000 corporate login credentials and online e-mail & social networking user accounts. And that was just from one month, the botnet was active for about 18 months. Read the full article at Computer World