Security experts are warning about a stealthy Windows rootkit that steals login details for online bank accounts. In the last month, the malicious program has racked up about 5,000 victims – most of whom are in Europe. Many are falling victim via booby-trapped websites that use vulnerabilities in Microsoft’s browser to install the attack code. Experts say the virus is dangerous because it can avoid detection by burying itself deep inside part of a computer’s hard drive called the Master Boot Record (MBR). This is where a computer looks when it is switched on for information about the operating system it will be running.
“If you can control the MBR, you can control the operating system and therefore the computer it resides on,” wrote Elia Florio on security company Symantec’s blog. Mr Florio pointed out that many viruses dating from the days before Windows used the Master Boot Record to get a grip on a computer. Once installed the virus, dubbed Mebroot by Symantec, usually downloads other malicious programs, such as keyloggers, to do the work of stealing confidential information.
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Just another reason not to use Internet Explorer! For all of my clients and friends that I have and keep continually recommending Firefox to, this is a prime example of why I always point people in the right direction!
So I’m currently looking into upgrading my wireless, actually I’m looking at upgrading my entire network but the WiFi is something I want to put a little effort into.
Reasons into wanting to extend my WiFi is as follows:
- I have my friends house thats 0.6miles away from my house, and I live at the top of a hill so its a perfect situation to broadcast.
- I live under a mile from my work place. At work we have restricted Ineternet. Well I say its restricted but we all know firewalls and proxies are piss to get around so I “can” use the net as needed, but im not actually ment to, so I dont. At the end of the days its not worth loosing my job over!
So what I do want to be able to do is watch movies at my friends and get file access from home to work.
Currently I have a Belkin Access Point, and although its great secure and does the job, its very crap at distance. Most commercial access points are in all honesty, So I did some searching and found these beasts!
This is more powerful than a normal AP (300mW)
This is more powerful than either if you have a miniPCI slot (600mW)
And a system board with 400mW integrated 2.4GHz 802.11bg…the CPU won’t be great for routing but it’d work excellently as an Access Point.
So Im interested in these models but Im not sure which route to take. I need to have a look into the whole range and obstictle run down. Il keep things posted!
Want to boost the storage capacity of your Eee PC in a cheap and more to the point upgradeable way? Want to add Bluetooth while you’re at it? Then follow the lead of one enterprising owner who added a pair of internal USB ports to the compact computer.
The Eee PC’s memory bay is also home to the machine’s Mini PCI slot. Well, on early models it is – some later ones lack this feature. EeeUser.com forum poster Johnx’s does, allowing him space to add a pair of surface-mount USB ports, fixed to the motherboard and then – very delicately – connected with wires he soldered onto points on the circuitry.
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