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Windows Mobile and Windows XP News

For all of you people out there with Windows Mobile smart phones, you could soon be making free phone calls from your Windows Mobile and Windows Mobile 6 smart phones using Fring, a VOIP service that’s a lot like Skype.

Fring allows users to make free VoIP phone calls and conduct multiple live chat sessions through Skype, Google Talk, MSN Messenger, and many other SIP service providers, according to the company.

Fringland says its mobile VoIP client enables “WiFi enabled but SIM-less” Windows Mobile PDAs to function as open VoIP phones, using either WiFi hot spots or 3G cellular data services for access to the Internet. It supports making low cost VoIP calls to PSTN/POTS landline phones using SkypeOut or similar services. “Presence” functions indicate a contact’s availability in real-time, allowing the user to select the best calling method based on factors such as the recipient’s availability, reception quality, and call cost, according to the company. Source: Free VoIP For Your Windows Mobile Smart phone

Download Fring here. In a related story, it appears Microsoft has been working on an application that will allow voice searches of your Windows Mobile device using Bluetooth and your mic. Check it out here.

From Techrepublic, you can download a Font properties extension that will give you loads more information on the fonts that are installed in your Windows XP system, both versions, home and professional.

After you download and install this extension, the number of tabs on each font’s properties dialog box will jump from two to 11, with each tab providing all kinds of information about the font. The information contained on these 11 tabs includes very detailed descriptions of each font, links to the font vendors and font designers, legal information, such as ownership, copyright, trademark, license, and embedding permissions, as well as technical information about the font. Source: Download an extension to learn more about Windows XP fonts

Check out the extension here from Microsoft, where you can download it from here or an older version for everyone still limping along on Windows 98 or 95.

Tired of the auto play box that pops up every time you insert your USB drive(s) into your computer? You can set Windows Explorer to be the default auto play action and it will open up every time you insert a USB drive, instead of that annoying box.

  1. Insert your flash drive into the USB port.
  2. When you see the AutoPlay dialog box, click Cancel.
  3. Open My Computer, right-click your flash drive icon, and select Properties.
  4. In the Properties dialog box, select the AutoPlay tab.
  5. Perform the following steps for each item in the Content Type drop-down list:
    - Select an item in the Content Type drop-down list.
    - Choose Select An Action To Perform in the Actions panel.
    - Select the Open Folder To View Files In Windows Explorer action.
    - Click the Apply button.
  6. Click OK to close the Properties dialog box

. Source: Permanently set Windows XP’s Windows Explorer as your flash drive’s default AutoPlay action

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - June 25, 2007 at 6:42 pm

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Todays Tech 5/24/2007

Here are some of the latest technology stories floating around the internet today.

Wal-Mart to begin selling Dell PCs Initial word was that the Dell PCs would go on sale this weekend. A representative for Wal-Mart on Thursday morning said that the PCs are slated to be in stores on June 10, with two models each offered in a bundle priced below $700. Details on the PCs were not provided. Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart Canada stores will carry different models.

Copying HD DVD and Blu-ray discs may become legal Under a licensing agreement in its final stages, consumers may get the right to make several legal copies of HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc movies they’ve purchased, a concession by the movie industry that may quell criticism that DRM (digital rights management) technologies are too restrictive.

This is crazy. I can’t believe I just posted a story that said users MAY get the right to copy their OWN property. The movie and music industries suck and they are killing it all by themselves.

Flexible, full-color OLED On May 24, Sony unveiled what it is calling the world?s first flexible, full-color organic electroluminescent display (OLED) built on organic thin-film transistor (TFT) technology. OLEDs typically use a glass substrate, but Sony researchers developed new technology for forming organic TFT on a plastic substrate, enabling them to create a thin, lightweight and flexible full-color display.

Dell Offers Three Consumer Systems With Ubuntu 7.04 Later today, Dell will offer U.S customers three different systems with Ubuntu 7.04 installed: the XPS 410n and Dimension E520n desktops and the Inspiron E1505n notebook. These systems will be available at www.dell.com/open by 4pm CST today. Starting price for the E520n desktop and the E1505n notebook is $599; the XPS 410n starts at $849.

Why Are CC Numbers Still So Easy To Find? Some “script kiddie” tricks still work after all: Take the first 8 digits of a standard 16-digit credit card number. Search for them on Google in “nnnn nnnn” form. Since the 8-digit prefix of a given card number is often shared with many other cards, about 1/4 of credit card numbers in my random test, turned up pages that included other credit card numbers, and about 1 in 10 turned up a “treasure trove” of card numbers that were exposed through someone’s sloppily written Web app.

DOG (Distrust/Disdain of Google) moves in Me? Google is too secretive. Too unwilling to engage. Too aloof. Oh, and Eric Schmidt, Google?s CEO, has lost touch with how normal people think (if these quotes are correct, and that?s a big ?if?). If they are correct I think it?s evidence that he?s been hanging around too many advertising execs lately. Their goal is to put impulses into your mind so you take certain actions (like buy Diet Coke instead of Diet Pepsi). Believe it or not advertising execs talk like that. So, when Eric is reported to have said, during a visit to Britain this week: ?The goal is to enable Google users to be able to ask the question such as ?What shall I do tomorrow?? and ?What job shall I take??? we all get a little freaked out. We don?t want Google to know that much about us.

Windows XP SP3 in the Works – Microsoft Confirms They have confirmed service pack 3, but the date on that article is wrong, according to Microsoft the release date will be 1st half of 2008, whatever that means.

Cyber Crooks Hijack Activities of Large Web-Hosting Firm Brian Krebs talks about IPOWER Inc, on of the hosting companies that was recently featured by Stopbadware.org as one of the largest hosting companies that are currently silently installing malicious software, as detailed here, Exposing Hosting Companies with Malicious Websites. Brian says organized crime is responsible and IPOWER says it was one compromised server run by another company.

Google is failing the Microsoft litmus test If you want to evaluate the ?evil? quotient of any company?s strategy/behavior, consider how you?d feel about it if it were Microsoft in the driver seat.

Vista no panacea for PC sales Although Microsoft has characterized itself as happy with Vista adoption so far?and Bill Gates said last week at WinHEC that Microsoft had shipped 40 million copies?the release of the new operating system has not resulted in a significant bump in PC sales.

Skype Worm Variant Targets Other Instant Messaging Clients Yesterday, I discovered what appears to be a new collection of “Skype Worm” infection binaries in circulation – it uses the tried and tested methods employed by similar infections over the past few months, with the ultimate payload being the Stration Worm. Aside from that, there’s another little surprise waiting but we’ll get to that shortly…

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - May 24, 2007 at 5:14 pm

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Latest Skype Worm – W32/Pykse.A

A new piece of malware called W32/Pykse.A by Symantec, Mal/Pykse-A by Sophos and W32/Pykse.worm.a by Mcafee is making the rounds through Skype. This worm affects Windows only, and it spreads by sending a message with a malware link to all online friends in Skype’s contact list using the Skype API, that looks like a picture on a website, once clicked, it runs the malware, sets Skype to do not disturb and then sends a message to everyone in the user list. Here is some of the stuff it does when the link is clicked.

When the worm executes, it creates the following files, which have attributes set as hidden, read-only, and system:

%Temp%\[ORIGINAL FILE NAME EXECUTABLE].jpg
%Temp%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe

The worm also creates the following files:

%System%\Invisible002.dll
%System%\Skype.exe

Next, the worm creates the following registry entries so that it executes whenever Windows starts:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run”SkypeStartup” = “%System%\Skype.exe”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run”SkypeStartup” = “%System%\Skype.exe”

The worm also creates the following registry entries:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AppID”" = “Invisible”
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AppID\Invisible.dll”AppID” = “”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SkypeWorm\cfg”n” = “%Temp%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe”

The worm creates registry entries under the following registry subkeys:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{7FB39839-665D-4D47-873C-D3FD9009FC3B}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{7FB29539-665D-4D47-873C-D3FD9719FC3B}\1.0
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{7FB19539-665D-4D47-873C-D3FD9719FC3B}

It then creates the following registry subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{7FB39839-665D-4D47-873C-D3FD9009FC3B}

Next, the worm displays the following image:
%Temp%\[ORIGINAL FILE NAME EXECUTABLE].jpg Source: W32.Pykspa.A from Symantec

The risk is set to very low, currently, and if you practice safe computing, meaning you don’t click on every link that is sent to you, you will probably be okay, as it is necessary for you to click the link and visit the malicious site or sites. Here is some info that InfoWorld had.

The link also directs users to at least eight Web sites with information about Africa. It’s not clear what type of scam or harm those pages intend, but some of the sites have advertising on them, indicating that it might be a click-fraud scam, said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos. Click fraud refers to the various tricks used to get clicks on advertising banners, which generate revenue for Web page owners. Source: New worm wriggles around on Skype

Here is the image the worm sends out, so you will know what to look for.

W32/Pykse.A spammed image

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - April 17, 2007 at 12:42 pm

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Google Updates the Google Pack

Google has recently updated their Google Pack, the free set of software that anyone can download and use, it includes programs like Google Earth, Picasa, the photo organizer, Ad-Aware, Google Desktop, Google Talk, Google Toolbar, Skype and many more. They have added Symantec’s Norton Security Scan and PC Tools’ Spyware Doctor Starter Edition, both tools will help you protect your computer from viruses and malware, and both of which are free. They also updated their free photo screensaver, it will now display photo feeds, like the ones available from Flickr, and will show a constant stream of photos from the web. This is great for family members who live far away, and can’t see your kids, etc, it will allow them to see whatever photos you upload to your photo stream.

Google Pack makes it easy to setup and protect your PC, and now we’ve added two new applications to make your PC even safer: Symantec’s Norton Security Scan, which detects and removes viruses, and PC Tools’ Spyware Doctor Starter Edition, a top-rated anti-spyware utility. Both are free and include automatic protection updates with no paid subscription required.

We’ve also substantially updated our screensaver. Now you can turn your computer into a digital picture frame that displays pictures from photo feeds continuously updated streams of photos from the web. Many of your favorite photo-sharing sites support them already, so it’s easy to keep in touch with your friends and family this way. Source: Google Pack cures the PC blues

More info on the Google Pack available here. Download the Google Pack by clicking this link,

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - April 3, 2007 at 4:31 pm

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New Version of Warezov Spreading via Skype

Websense Security Labs announced that a new version of Warezov/Stration set of malicious code is spreading through Skype, the code does not infect the machine, but it does send a url with a link to download the code to the user’s contact list. The code, once ran, opens backdoors on the system and downloads more malicious code.

“Spammed” users receive a message that says Check up this and sends them a link to download the code. If a user clicks on the link, they are redirected until they eventually download a file named file_01.exe and they are prompted to run the program, as you usually are when you download something. The Trojan tries to send an email message through a Yahoo mail server, probably trying to contact the creator to let them know they have infected another computer, but the message fails because the mail server is not active.

Source: Malicious Website / Malicious Code: New Warezov spreading via Skype.

This is the same method of attack as this notice on the F-Secure site, it is using a new release of the code and new download urls.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - March 24, 2007 at 6:41 am

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25 Skype Tips

If you use Skype very much, then have we got a website for you, VOIP News has listed 25 tips to make your Skype experience better, and hopefully easier as well. after you get done, your Skype will be able to podcast, translate French, take conference calls from 15 people, and tutor calculus, among other things!

Hacking Skype: 25 Tips to Improve your Skype Experience

How versatile is your Skype? Ours can podcast, translate French, take conference calls from 15 people, and tutor calculus. Want to learn how to turn your Skype telephone into a multipurpose office machine? We’re going to tell you how.

For millions of users, Skype is the VoIP solution of choice. If you’re just getting into this great telephone alternative, you are going to be surprised how much you can do with it. In this article we cover 25 tips, hacks, and extras to help you utilize Skype to its fullest potential.

Starting Simple: Built-In Skype Features you Didn’t Know About
Skype is such a rapidly emerging technology that a lot of brand new users aren’t even aware of all the built-in features that Skype offers standard, not to mention the add-ons and hacks that you can improve it with. In this section we cover some often overlooked standard features of Skype that can dramatically improve your experience. Source: Hacking Skype: 25 Tips to Improve Your Skype Experience

Definitely worth the read, even if most of them require you to download a free program to use the feature.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - February 6, 2007 at 7:29 pm

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Skype Worm Actually a Trojan Horse

Apparently, there is some confusion concerning the Skype worm I posted about yesterday, Websense now says it is a Trojan horse and it is not exploiting anything, it is just using the chat portion to send the file.

Yesterday Websense Security Labs reported on our blog that there was a potential Worm propagating via Skype (see: http://www.websense.com/securitylabs/blog/blog.php?BlogID=101). After investigation we have discovered that this is not a self propagating worm and is actually a Trojan Horse.

After discussions with the very helpful Skype security team, the behavior of this Trojan using the Skype API is as per the specifications of the API. The end-user who is running Skype does get notified that a program is attempting to access it and must acknowledge it. Source: Websense

Here is what F-Secure says about it.

  • There is no massive outbreak going on
  • There is something spreading on [tag]Skype[/tag], but only in limited numbers
  • It is not exploiting a vulnerability in Skype but simply sending chat messages asking you to download and run the infected executable
  • There are two different and separate malware samples being talked about relating to this case, confusing things further
  • One of them is named “sp.exe”. We received a sample of this yesterday and added detection. This one is connecting to nsdf.no-ip.biz in its attempt to download additional components
  • The other one is described in here. This one downloads additional components from marx2.altervista.org, and it’s actually not new at all: we’ve detected it since beginning of October.

Source: F-Secure

So, this puppy will probably start showing up using some other chat programs, and is probably one of many variants to come. As we all know, these guys are getting lazy and just pumping crap out into the internet hoping to snag a few users.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - December 20, 2006 at 5:53 pm

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New Worm, W32.Chatosky, Using Skype to Infect Users

A new worm is spreading it way around the internet using Skype, the first, I believe to use Skype, although I could be wrong, this virus affects all these versions of Windows, Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP. So, pretty much , all of them but the newest and the oldest.

Here is the info Websense has o it,

  • users receive messages via Skype Chat to download and run a file
  • the filename is called sp.exe
  • assuming the file is run it appears to drop and run a password stealing Trojan Horse
  • the file also appears to run another set of code that uses Skype to propagate the original file
  • the file is packed and has anti-debugging routines (NTKrnl Secure Suite packer)
  • the file connects to a remote server for additional code
  • the original site has been black holed and is not serving the code anymore
  • the number of victims is still TBD
  • the original infections appear to be in APAC region (Korea in particular)

Source: Websense

Symantec has more info on their site, and they are calling it W32.Chatosky.

When W32.Chatosky is executed, it performs the following actions:

Searches the registry for the location of the Skype application.

Displays the following message and then exits if it cannot find the registry:

Error!
I could not find Skype !

Executes the Skype application and displays the following message if it finds the registry:

Warning!
Allow this program in skype!

Queries Skype for random users every 3 minutes.

Starts the Skype application and sends the following message to the users:

Check this! Here is where it displays a url containing the worm body.
Source: Symantec

To remove it, disable System Restore (Windows Me/XP), update the virus definitions and run a full system scan.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - December 19, 2006 at 7:34 pm

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UDP Hole Punching

Just read this great article on how Skype and other peer to peer applications are using UDP hole punching to get around firewalls and allowing them to establish direct connections between clients, which speeds up their applications as nothing really has to go through the main servers. They still can, if this type of connection does not work, such as on busy networks, but it really slows things down on the client and on Skype’s servers.

But anyone who has used the popular internet telephony software Skype knows that it works as smoothly behind a NAT firewall as it does if the PC is connected directly to the internet. The reason for this is that the inventors of Skype and similar software have come up with a solution.

The trick used by VoIP software consists of persuading the firewall that a connection has been established, to which it should allocate subsequent incoming data packets. The fact that audio data for VoIP is sent using the connectionless UDP protocol acts to Skype’s advantage. In contrast to TCP, which includes additional connection information in each packet, with UDP, a firewall sees only the addresses and ports of the source and destination systems. If, for an incoming UDP packet, these match an NAT table entry, it will pass the packet on to an internal computer with a clear conscience.

Network administrators who do not appreciate this sort of hole in their firewall and are worried about abuse, are left with only one option – they have to block outgoing UDP traffic, or limit it to essential individual cases. UDP is not required for normal internet communication anyway – the web, e-mail and suchlike all use TCP. Streaming protocols may, however, encounter problems, as they often use UDP because of the reduced overhead. Source: heise Security

The easiest way to stop this is to block all or limit all outgoing UDP traffic. Read the article, it has some good information and examples on how you can do this yourself.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - December 16, 2006 at 6:23 am

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Not Using Skype Yet?

Call ordinary phones anywhere in the world from your computer for the price of a local call with SkypeOut. www.skype.com. Skype is a little piece of software that lets you talk through the Internet for free. You can talk to anyone else on Skype, wherever they are in the world, and it won’t cost you a thing. Not bad, eh?

If the people you want to talk to aren’t on Skype yet, you can still make pretty cheap calls to landlines and mobile phones around the world using SkypeOut.

Here are the top ten reasons to use skype:

1) Call friends for free, no matter where they are in the world.
2)Download Skype for free, just takes a second or two to install.
3)With already over 60 million users, some of your friends are probably already using it.
4)Make long distance calls at local rates to landlines and mobile phone with SkypeOut.
5)Make sure you can be reached at all times with Skype voicemail.
6)Forward call to your mobile phone or home phone with SkypeOut.
7)Send instant messages when you don’t feel like talking on the phone.
8)Make conference calls for free with up to 5 people!
9)See if the people you want to call are online before you call.
10)Trasnfer files(really big ones)

If you’re not using Skype now, you will be soon, try it now for Free!

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - February 17, 2006 at 11:03 am

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