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Is Microsoft using 'Halo 2' to thwart Xbox hackers?
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Microsoft appears to be using its smash "Halo 2" game as a vehicle to crack down on mod chips and other hacks of its Xbox video game console. Hundreds of Xbox owners have reported in online forums in recent days that they were banned from Xbox Live, Microsoft's online gaming service, after trying to play "Halo 2" online with a modified console. A Microsoft representative would not specify which additional security measures, if any, have been added to Xbox Live...

 David Becker  Comments Comments: 3
Windows Media Player: Pirate Edition
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A German PC magazine has found out that that Microsoft pirated a copy of Sound Forge 4.5 to edit .WAV files. In the listing "WindowsHelpToursWindowsMediaPlayerAudioWav" - there are exactly nine WAV files, which have all a size between 80 and 360 kilobyte. They serve the sound under painting with the Windows Media Player route. If one opens one of these files with Notepad, it becomes really interesting> Why? Because if you will scroll completely to end of file, there...

Virus warning: Cyborgs at risk
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Kevin Warwick, professor of cybernetics at Reading University in England, is looking forward to becoming a cyborg again. But the academic, who has wired his nervous system up to a computer and put an RFID chip in his arm, is also warning that the day will come when computer viruses can infect humans as well as PCs. Speaking this week at Consult Hyperion's fifth Digital Identity Forum in London, Warwick spoke of a future when those who aren't cyborgs will...

 Jo Best
Google stars in Firefox's new browser
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Google and Mozilla may or may not be working together on a Web browser, but the two are cozier than ever in the latest Firefox release. The search company is newly featured, at center stage, on the default home page of Firefox 1.0, a Web browser based on the Mozilla Foundation's open-source development work and which was made available for free download Tuesday morning. In only two days, an estimated 2.5 million people have downloaded the Web browser, according to...

 Stefanie Olsen
Microsoft skips Itanium with new Windows
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Microsoft will come out with a special version of Windows next year for clusters, but it won't run on Intel's most powerful server chip, at least for now. The Redmond, Wash.-based software giant said this week that Windows Server 2003 Compute Cluster Edition will not run on servers built around the Itanium 2 chip from Intel. Instead, the software--a version of the company's flagship operating system for clusters containing up to 128 processors--will run on 32-bit/64-bit server chips from Advanced...

 Michael Kanellos
AMD Readies Powerful Desktop Chips
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New Athlon 64 processors will compete with Intel's Pentium 4 Extreme Edition. Advanced Micro Devices is expected to unveil its most powerful desktop processors to date this week, a few days after rival Intel disclosed changes to its desktop processor road map. The Athlon 64 FX-55 and the Athlon 64 4000+ will take over the top of AMD's performance lineup. The Athlon 64 FX product line is for the most demanding PC users and applications, while the Athlon 64 is...

 Tom Krazit
Intel sneaks out the P4 EE 3.46GHz processor
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After AMD planted themselves firmly atop the performance charts with the Athlon 64 4000+ and Athlon 64 FX-55 processors, the hardware community was interested to see if Intel could quickly field a candidate to challenge the new leader. After Intel decided larger cache P4s and dual-core chips were the way to go, the near-term toppling of AMD seemed less likely. This left Intel's P4 Extreme Edition CPU as the only serious challenger to the crown. Sunday saw the unveiling of...

 Fred Locklear
Norton Anti-Virus Script Blocking Can Be Bypassed
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I have major issues with the quality of Norton AntiVirus. "ScriptBlocking is intended to provide proactive detection against script-based worms and this component of Norton AntiVirus has been effective at doing this since its introduction in 2001" Huh? Below is a 'typical' script-based virus that Norton AntiVirus will allow a user to run, without *any* intervention on NAV's part whatsoever. It's likely that code similar to this is already appended to script-based threats/worms to assist their penetration in...

New, "more insidious" phishing scam is triggered when unsuspecting users open an E-mail.
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Opening the wrong E-mail may soon be enough to empty your bank account. In an effort to woo security-conscious computer users, "phishers" have come up with a new technique to harvest online banking details without requiring users to click on a Web link and enter personal information on a submission form. This new form of attack, directed specifically at users of online banking, runs a script when a phishing E-mail message is opened, according to E-mail and virus security company...

 Thomas Claburn  Comments Comments: 5
IE exploit is top of the hacks
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A Microsoft Internet Explorer exploit represented the highest number of hacking attacks in the second quarter, according to figures from ScanSafe. The London-based security company said that the No. 1 hack was Exploit.HTML.Mht, which attempts to download and install a malicious program on a computer by using a security breach in Microsoft's IE browser software. The exploit was used to target almost twice as many organizations as other exploits, ScanSafe said. "One of the things we've been surprised at is...