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Oracle Tries Again to Get Satisfaction in Java Case

Oracle is not letting go of its Java patent infringement beef against Google despite its sound drubbing last spring when U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup ruled that programming APIs were not subject to copyright protection. Last week, Oracle took the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the ...

Joint Effort Snares Gang of Cyberthugs

Europol announced Wednesday the breakup of a gang of cybercriminals who allegedly ran a ransomware scheme to extract money from online users in 30 countries. Spanish police, working alongside Europol's European Cybercrime Center, made 11 arrests in an action dubbed "Operation Ransom." The cyberthiev...

WHICH APPS DO I NEED?

All Things Appy: Top 5 Firefox Utilities

One of the ways apps and plug-ins contribute to our computer-driven lives is in providing utilities that streamline the optimization and configuration necessary to get the best out of our machines. Firefox, the Mozilla browser, has a formidable set of utilities. This week, All Things Appy takes a lo...

SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY

NYT Hack Shows Gaping Holes in Traditional Security Systems

After The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal revealed last week that their systems had been compromised by Chinese hackers, the Journal reported that the FBI has been probing attacks on U.S. media -- part of a long-running pattern by a "foreign entity" to compromise security at major U.S. co...

Taking the Java Bull by the Horns

The United States Department of Homeland Security Computer Emergency Readiness Team has recently been advising computer users to update or switch off Java in browsers. Oracle's Java is a programming language that's used in browser plug-ins. It's used by vendors to make applications function across ...

Oracle’s Java Headache Worsens

For Oracle and its Java programming language, the hurt just keeps on coming. Fresh vulnerabilities have been discovered less than a week after Oracle updated Java to address two security flaws being exploited by hackers -- but wait, there's more. Net bandits launched a phishing campaign pushing bog...

SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY

Facebook Graph Search: Welcome to the Phishing Pool

Facebook may have given phishers a reason to rejoice last week when it announced a new way to search for information about its billion members. Graph Search allows a Facebook member to use semantic search to find and aggregate information about people on the social network. Because Graph Search can ...

Lenovo Chromebook Starts School Fight With Tablets

Lenovo on Thursday announced the ThinkPad X131e Chromebook for schools. Aimed at the K-12 market and up, the laptop is ruggedized with a rubber bumper around the top cover and stronger corners for protection in case it is dropped. The hinges and hinge brackets have been strengthened. The ThinkPad X1...

2 Buyers Shell Out $5K for Java Exploit

An entrepreneurial hackerl has found an exploit for a new zero-day vulnerability in Java and reportedly has sold it to at least two buyers at $5,000 a pop. News of the latest vulnerability follows on from a critical bug that emerged last week for which Oracle rushed out a fix over the weekend. The n...

SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY

100 Million Systems Vulnerable to Java Flaw

A zero-day flaw in Oracle's Java programming language could make as many as 100 million computers connected to the Internet vulnerable to attack by cybercriminals. The threat posed by the Java vulnerability was considered so serious that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security urged computer users ...

Jettisoning Java: Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don’t

DHS is urging computer users to disable or uninstall Java due to a serious flaw in JRE 7. The DHS' Computer Emergency Readiness Team warned Thursday evening that it was being exploited in the wild and could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable systems. CERT recommended that Java...

BEST OF ECT NEWS

FOSS and the Enemy Within

Oracle's proprietary posture may have soiled the welcome mat and vilified its good standing in the FOSS community as CEO Larry Ellison has pushed the balance point between servicing his customers and nickel-and-diming them to turn a higher profit. Clearly, since Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems -- a...

Samsung Galaxy Flaw Lets Hackers Tunnel Into RAM

A new security flaw has been discovered in Samsung's vulnerability-plagued Galaxy S III. This time, the problem lies in the company's Exynos 4 series of chips. The flaw was discovered by a hacker with the handle "Alephzain," who posted the information on the XDA Developers Forum. Three hackers have ...

SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY

Cops Seek Law Requiring 2-Year SMS Storage

A number of law enforcement groups are lobbying Congress to add provisions to a bill revamping the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act that would require wireless carriers to archive text messages for as long as two years. There may be reasons for companies to archive messages -- but simply f...

LINUX PICKS AND PANS

Freeplane: Solid Mind Mapping but You May Need a Map

Freeplane is an application for creating mind maps. A mind map is the doodling you draw with shapes and other symbols around words connected with lines to make charts representing your thoughts and ideas on a particular topic or project. It's not often that productivity software makes the task at ha...

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