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Facebook 'Clickjacking' Awareness Campaign Launched   Security firm AVG has launched an online campaign to help university students combat Facebook status jacking.   Facebook status jacking, or "clickjacking," sees profiles on the social network being fraudulently access by cybercriminals that have stolen log-in credentials. The hackers then fake, and sometimes even malicious, status messages.   According to AVG, students are the group most at risk of having their status jacked on social networking sites such as Facebook. The security firm's claims are backed up by figures from...
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Twitter's New Look     The new home page, which still has a distinctive Twitter feel about it, has quite a different look and a bunch of new features. While tweets are still shown on the left of the page, there's an expanded sidebar on the right with new features like maps of geo-location tagged tweets and embedded pictures and videos.   Users can now click on tweets to drill down into them for more information. And if a user replies to a tweet, it will show up under the original tweet Twitter CEO and co-founder Evan Williams told a roomful of journalists at the social networking...
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Facebook ads might work, but not how they think   I’ve been reading the latest in The Wall Street Journal’s excellent What They Know series (further post to come on that front), and pondering online advertising. Companies are doing their darnedest to figure out who we are and what we want so they can serve us relevant ads that might relate to a real need (or strong wish), and lead to a purchase. But the system is hopelessly broken, and seems to get more, not less, so as online advertisers learn ever more about us.   Case in point: this strange photo of a woman applying a...
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Sinofsky on IE9, Windows Live, and more (Q&A)   SAN FRANCISCO--Although he wasn't on stage for the launch of the Internet Explorer 9 beta yesterday, Windows unit president Steven Sinofsky was paying close attention to the product's release and to initial public reaction.   It's a sign of just how important the browser has become to the overall success of Windows. By any measure--and Microsoft does plenty of research--Web browsing is one of the main things that people do with their computers. Although Internet Explorer still is the most used browser, it has been ceding share in...
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Google closes 10 holes in Chrome 6     Google's update to Chrome 6.0.472.59 for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux fixes a total of 10 vulnerabilities, six of which the developers rate as "high" priority, and one as "critical". The stable & beta channel versions should automatically install the new update in the background.   The critical hole apparently only affects the Mac version; further details of the vulnerability are being withheld until "a majority of users are up-to-date with the fix". Two of the flaws (Khmer language support and cursor control) only affect the Linux...
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Security firm warns of commercial, on-demand DDoS botnet   IMDDOS, which is mainly based in China, has grown to become one of the largest active botnets, Damballa says   The security firm Damballa is warning of a large and fast growing botnet created specifically to deliver distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on demand for anyone willing to pay for the service.   The IMDDOS botnet is operated out of China and has been growing at the rate of about 10,000 infected machines every day for the past several months, to become one the largest active botnets currently, Damballa...

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