Category: ‘Geeky Stuff’


A new trojan popped up at several torrent sites a few weeks ago, one that blocks access to The Pirate Bay and Mininova, while informing its victims that “downloading is wrong.” The trojan edits the hosts file on Windows machines, and redirects the BitTorrent sites to localhost, making them impossible to load.

The trojan in question (Troj/Qhost-AC) identified by anti-virus company Sophos, is a rather unusual one. It doesn’t seem to install spyware or traditional malware, but instead blocks access to the two most popular BitTorrent sites.


It turned out that the trojan originated from a keygen supplied with a copy of pirated software. Instead of generating a key, it modified the hosts file of the computer so that it redirects The Pirate Bay, Suprbay (The Pirate Bay forums) and Mininova to, which means that the sites never load.

The bad torrent was removed from The Pirate Bay soon after users commented that the key generator didn’t work, but it is safe to assume that this is not the first and only attempt to spread a trojan like this one.

The question remains, who is behind this? While some might argue that the MPAA, RIAA or other anti-piracy advocates might be the source, we think it more likely that the attack originates from a relatively innocent prankster targeting pirates.

The good news is that it is fairly easy to fix, manually removing the entries from the hosts file solves the problem.



Media ProtectorHustler Europe, part of the world’s largest adult entertainment company, has hired anti-piracy company Media Protector to start chasing down file-sharers. The partnership will have a familiar aim – to find alleged infringers on P2P networks and send them threats to pay up – or else.

Hustler Europe is getting on the “turn piracy into profit” bandwagon. It has recently hired anti-piracy tracking company Media Protector to start tracking down those who share Hustler videos online.

Media Protector operates in a similar way to tracking company Digiprotect, who currently work with lawyers Davenport Lyons in the UK. It connects to BitTorrent swarms, eD2k and other filesharing networks, and harvests IP addresses of those sharing copyright works without permission. Media Protector then works with lawyers to force ISPs to disclose the personal details of those allegedly sharing files, sending them letters ordering them to pay a ‘fine’ (out-of-court settlement) or face legal action.

“We are working today with a lot of international rights-holders and leading production companies — including Hustler, the world’s largest adult entertainment company — and have detected well over 200,000 copyright infringements in Germany alone,” Media Protector founder and Managing Director Rainer Strassmeir told Xbiz.


Anti-piracy company Digiprotect has been open about its aims – it says it helps clients “turn piracy into profit”, although the lawyers it works with in the UK deny that there is any profit motive, rather their actions are purely for anti-piracy purposes. Strassmeir isn’t embarrassed to say that he tries to generate profit from piracy either, as he states that his customers “enjoyed a new revenue stream by effectively monetizing copyright infringements.”

Last year, the evidence collected by Media Protector was called into doubt. A recipient of a 700 Euro compensation demand for unauthorized uploading was actually operating a client which was modified never to upload, thus making infringement impossible.


Nothing is more annoying than working in the zone and getting interrupted. When it turns out Windows Update is pestering you to reboot, a double homicide is imminent.

Microsoft likes to “help out” by installing patches in the middle of the night. That is a good thing. But whatever goodwill they earn with this convenience is immediately destroyed when first thing in the morning a “reboot computer” message appears. And appears… and appears…


If you choose Restart Later, it waits about 10 minutes and then pops this screen up again. Argggh!


It occurred to me some of you may hate this as much as I do, but you don’t want to go fiddling around in Services.msc or have to memorize “net stop” commands. Worse is the articles that teach you to shut it off permanently. If you shut it off for good, you don’t get updates unless you manually go to Windows Update. In the long run, this can be more painful than rebooting as soon as you see the message.

So to address this problem, I created a simple little app called Leave Me Alone! When you run it and click the “Leave Me Alone” button it temporarily turns off the source of these restart messages. It is certain to boost your productivity when the WU Restart beast comes calling.

I see about 5 advantages to using this software:

1. You can get back to work immediately
2. Does not permanently disable your updates
3. You don’t have to memorize net-stop commands
4. You don’t have to fish around in the system services panel
5. You don’t have to set a system policy

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Inspired by Transformers and created by digital artist Nick Green Lee, this short Visual Effects piece shows us what really goes on inside our home computers … that’s right, they’re robots, and they wanna beat the f#!@ out of each other.


Долгое время считалось, что операционная система от Apple не подвержена атакам вирусов. Вернее, вирусы под Mac создавались, однако до сих пор они носили чисто “лабораторный” характер и мало кто обращал внимания на подобные проблемы. Однако все меняется – руководство Apple признает появление новых, намного более опасных, чем ранее вирусов и призывает своих пользователей устанавливать антивирусы.

До сих пор антивирусы под Mac обсуждались разве что в анекдотах. Как известно, количество различных вирусов под Windows исчисляется легионами, и никакому подсчету и контролю не подлежит, несмотря на все старания Microsoft и компаний-производителей антивирусного программного обеспечения.

В последнее время участились случаи инфицирования Mac-систем, что немало удивляет тех, кто давно уже работает с этой ОС. Apple советует всем своим пользователям применять не более одного сканера вирусов, а также использовать надежный файерволл. В качестве рекомендуемого программного обеспечения руководство Apple советует использовать Intego VirusBarrier, Symantec Norton Anti-Virus 11 для Macintosh и McAfee VirusScan для Mac.

ie7 sucksHackers love to play cat and mouse with security firms. A case in point is the current Internet Explorer 7 unpatched vulnerability being exploited worldwide. On Tuesday, hackers waited until Microsoft released their monthly patches before revealing an undisclosed vulnerability in the web browser software, giving villains the maximum amount of time to compromise computers before users get patched up in 30 days. Sans Internet Storm Center has more details here.

Unsuspecting users need only visit a website and they are automatically compromised by the server. The exploit code takes advantage of a flaw in the XML handling parsers in IE and a trojan is downloaded without the user knowing. Right now, this trojan is looking for passwords to certain online games, and the exploit is targeting Chinese language users. But according to Microsoft, just about everyone with IE7 is vulnerable, including Vista users.

Our investigation so far has shown that these attacks are against Windows Internet Explorer 7 on supported editions of Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1, Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2, Windows Vista, Windows Vista Service Pack 1, and Windows Server 2008.

If you are an administrator of an enterprise and want to block the sites that are dishing out this malware, Shadowserver.Org has a list of urls here. But don’t go being foolish and visit any of the hosts listed because they are hosting active exploit code and will pwn you if you are using IE7. And judging by the list of servers, it seems that Baidu, the Chinese mp3 fileswapping servers, are the ones dishing out most of the badness.



Newly Revised Edition Created by Karl Fisch, and modified by Scott McLeod; Globalization & The Information Age.


Release Date: 8 May 2009

High Definition on Apple

Мега_кулл темы появились, аха :socute: Есть несколько очень даже ничего.

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Internet addictionBEIJING – Chinese doctors released the country’s first diagnostic definition of Internet addiction over the weekend, amid efforts to address an increasing number of psychological problems that reportedly result from Internet overuse.

Tao Ran, a medical expert at Beijing’s Military General Hospital, where the definition was developed, said it was also the first time for China to officially designate hospital psychiatric units to treat such cases.

Symptoms of addiction included yearning to get back online, mental or physical distress, irritation and difficulty concentrating or sleeping.

The definition, based on a study of more than 1,300 problematic computer users, classifies as addicts those who spend at least six hours online a day and have shown at least one symptom in the past three months.

“Eighty percent of addicts can be cured with treatment, which usually lasts about three months,” said Tao. He did not describe the treatment, however.

According to the China Youth Association for Network Development, Internet-addicted youths are more likely suffer frustration in interpersonal relations than their peers.

Those aged 18 to 30 account for nearly half of the online population in China, which has been estimated at 210 million as of 2007 by the China Internet Network Information Center.

About 10 percent of young users suffer Internet addiction, an earlier survey revealed, and about 70 percent are male.


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