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Assassin's Creed Fan Site Infected With Zeus Malware

13 April 2012 - 12:05 PM


A fan site for the massively popular "Assassin's Creed" computer game has been harboring a nasty banking Trojan, and visitors for the past eight weeks may have been caught in its cross hairs.

The French fan site, Assassinscreedfrance.fr, is infected with a JavaScript redirector that takes those who visit the site to a Saint Petersburg, Russia-based malware site, which then connects their system to a Zeus botnet, the security firm Avast explained. Avast said Assassinscreedfrance.fr is one of 1,841 sites around the world that was hit by this specific Zeus variant during March. Access to the French fan site is currently denied. The site is not affiliated with Ubisoft, the developers of "Assassin's Creed."

A notorious and dangerous banking Trojan, Zeus has enabled cybercriminals to hijack online bank accounts and steal millions of dollars over the past few years. This network of botnets, Avast said, has already netted its operators more than $100 million from small and medium-size businesses.

Avast researcher Jan Sirmer says the cybercriminals are exploiting the "Assassin's Creed" fan site through a number of security vulnerabilities in WordPress, the platform on which the site is built. The website, Sirmer says, "may have become vulnerable by using an outdated version of WordPress, even though their JavaScript plugin is up-to-date." Sirmer said that out of 6,000 malware-infected .com sites, 13.6 percent were found to include some WordPress flaws. To protect yourself, make sure you update your WordPress plugins, and download and install security updates as soon as they become available.

First Intel Ivy Bridge launch expected on April 23

12 April 2012 - 03:02 PM


Though the first announcement is just around the corner, rollouts from Apple, HP, Dell, Sony, Toshiba, and others are expected to be staggered.

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by Brooke Crothers April 12, 2012 12:17 AM PDT
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The first wave of Ivy Bridge systems from PC vendors should include quad-core mobile laptops like the HP Envy 15.(Credit: Hewlett-Packard)

The first of a series of Ivy Bridge chip announcements is expected on April 23, CNET has learned.
Previously, CNET had been told the launch would happen between April 23 and April 29. Buy today an industry source familiar with Intel's plans said the initial rollout will happen on April 23.

Ivy Bridge is the first in a series of upcoming Intel mainstream chips that emphasize graphics and multimedia processing.
Preliminary benchmarks demonstrate the chip's graphics prowess compared to earlier Intel designs.
Ivy Bridge is also the first Intel chip to employ new 3D transistors and the first to support USB 3.0 (in the companion chipset).

Rumors have Apple bringing out a thinner 15-inch MacBook model in the coming months as well as 13-inch MacBooks. Those systems will likely tap Intel's more power-efficient Ivy Bridge chips.

And Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Sony, Toshiba, Acer, and Asus will update and/or bring out new systems. These will run the gamut of laptop designs, but more systems are expected to be thin. Even many higher performance systems are expected to have a slimmer chassis.

Those laptops typically use a separate graphics chip from suppliers such as Nvidia.

Though the first Ivy Bridge announcement will come this month, rollouts are expected to be staggered. As Intel has done in the past, quad-core chips appear first followed by the most power-efficient processors that go into ultrabooks and the MacBook Air.
Responding to reports about delays earlier in the year, Intel said some power-efficient mobile products may launch a few weeks later than originally planned.

Cromagnon-"Caledonia" (1969)

10 April 2012 - 06:34 PM

God help me if I know what they are actually going on about in this song.

Is this a seance for Satan?!


God help me.

Sweet drums though.


GTFOOH!: We Have A RSS Feed?!

10 April 2012 - 02:58 PM


It feels like 2005 all over again!!

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Sweet Baby Jesus! NO TIME FOR BRONCHITIS!!!!

10 April 2012 - 12:21 AM