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USA Today

by Dan Vergano

August 11, 2005

Research released Friday removes a last bastion of scientific doubt about global warming. Areas in the tropics had shown little atmospheric heating. But scientists found satellites tracking the tropics were increasingly reporting nighttime...

Surface temperatures have shown small but steady increases since the 1970s, but the tropics had shown little atmospheric heating - and even some cooling. Now, after sleuthing reported in three papers released by the journal Science, revisions have been made to that atmospheric data. Climate expert Ben Santer of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, lead author of one of the papers, says that those fairly steady measurements in the tropics have been a key argument "among people asking, 'Why should I believe this global warming hocus-pocus''"

The Register

by Robert Lemos, SecurityFocus

August 9, 2005

Microsoft 's experimental Honeymonkey project has found almost 750 web pages that attempt to load malicious code onto visitors' computers and detected an attack using a vulnerability that had not been publicly disclosed, the software giant said in a paper

Known more formally as the Strider Honeymonkey Exploit Detection System, the project uses automated Windows XP clients to surf questionable parts of the Web looking for sites that compromise the systems without any user interaction. In the latest experiments, Microsoft has identified 752 specific addresses owned by 287 websites that contain programs able to install themselves on a completely unpatched Windows XP system. "The honeymonkey client goes [to malicious websites] and gets exploited rather than waiting to get attacked," said Yi-Min Wang, manager of Microsoft's Cybersecurity and Systems Management Research Group. "This technique is useful for basically any company that wants to find out whether their software is being exploited this way by websites on the internet."

The Inquirer

by Nick Farrell

August 5, 2005

Vista doesn't like most monitors

Every time Microsoft releases a new version of its operating system, someone points out that it will involve the wholesale scrapping of existing hardware. Going through the specs of Vista it looks like you will not only probably need a new PC, but it will be time to splash out on a new monitor too.


by Dirson

August 3, 2005

Since yesterday, "Blogger Developers Network" is cracked. This blog is a space where Blogger team publishes projects and code related with the blogging tool. You can see the original appearance of the blog on this screenshot or through Google cache.

The cracker, who changed the title ("Downloading..99%") and the design with another one inspired by 'Matrix' movie (view screenshot 1 and screenshot 2), claims that the attack was possible due to a vulnerability of Blogger, which allows any member who is invited to this blog become into admin.


by Nate Mook

August 3, 2005

Facing a second embarrassing security situation in as many weeks, Cisco on Wednesday began notifying customers that its Web site,, had been compromised and asked users to change their passwords. News of the breach followed a report that Cisco's

"It has been brought to our attention that there is an issue in a search tool that could expose passwords for registered users," the company wrote. "As a result, to protect our registered users, we're taking the proactive step of resetting passwords." Cisco said the problem was apparently not related to its own hardware products or technologies, and simply stemmed from a poorly coded Web application.


by Stefanie Olsen

August 2, 2005

Yahoo is planning to launch on Wednesday an ad network for small Web publishers intended to strengthen its hand against rival Google, a source familiar with the plan told CNET

As previously reported, the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company has been working for months on a self-serve advertising service tailored to bloggers and other small Web publishers, a move that homes in on Google's territory. While Yahoo and Google already go head-to-head serving major search-advertising partners such as America Online , Google has largely enjoyed a monopoly delivering its signature text-only ads to smaller content sites, including blogs.


by Elinor Mills

August 2, 2005

Not all that long ago, America Online looked unbeatable. The country's largest ISP lured millions of tech newbies online with its omnipresent dial-up discs and members-only content...

...offered an e-mail service that starred in a Hollywood movie, and merged with media giant Time Warner in a staggering stock transaction worth about $160 billion.

Needless to say, the merger fell short of expectations. Five years after the tech bust, AOL's bread-and-butter dial-up subscription business is declining because of cheap broadband Internet access. And Net stalwarts like Yahoo and Google, which AOL once dwarfed, are running away with the online advertising market.

Tech World

by John E. Dunn

August 2, 2005

A flaw has been discovered on eBay's website that would have allowed fraudsters to successfully redirect the sign-on process to a phishing site.

Reported by British antiphishing outfit Netcraft, the clever scam apparently started with fraudsters sending e-mails asking eBay users to update their accounts. So far so normal, as such fake eBay e-mails are currently one of the phishing world’s persistent lines of attack. Disarmingly, however, the link provided was genuine and led to the correct eBay sign-in page, If users clicked on this, parameters embedded in the otherwise normal stream of characters at the end of the link actually redirected users away from the page after the sign-in page to a fake phishing page, via an open relay hosted at

Human Interface Technology Lab (WA)

August 1, 2005

Researchers turn to virtual reality to treat 9/11 post traumatic stress

Sept. 11, 2001, unfolds again in a virtual world. The program is helping some patients deal with the emotional trauma of the attack. Image copyrighted Hunter Hoffman, U.W. A Weill Cornell Medical College therapist and a virtual reality researcher from the University of Washington HITLab are using virtual reality to treat victims of the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center, and their regimen appears to be effective in helping patients cope with the severe psychological trauma of the event. Technology Laboratory in Seattle, developed the computerized treatment for patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

Sierra Times

by Nancy Levant

July 31, 2005

I have very little hope for this nation. The bulk of the populace is still clueless as to the Executive Orders, Acts, and partnership bureaucracy system that have turned our Constitutional Republic into a new banana republic.

The ongoing ignorance of the masses is beyond all comprehension and reason. The Southwestern U.S and the West Coast have become a foreign and illegal nation. Every Constitutional right is under perpetrated and highly orchestrated attack, and still the masses watch TV, sports, drink beer, and do and say nothing. Most don’t even know that anything has changed. And why is that' Because public education has changed American people into silent, sacrilegious, non-reading, pleasure-seeking, group-thinking morons " that’s why.

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