Computer code that was posted this weekend takes advantage of a flaw Microsoft tagged as "critical" and can crash vulnerable computers. The bug lies in a Windows component for transaction processing called the Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator, or MSDTC. Microsoft addressed the flaw in security bulletin MS05-051.
ComputerTerrorism has released exploit code for a bug in Internet Explorer that could allow a remote attacker to take over Windows systems. The bug is highly critical, the security issue allows a hacker to excecute arbitrary code, yielding full system access with the privileges of the underlying user.
According to Reuters spending on Internet advertising rose 34 percent in the third quarter to $3.1 billion from a year earlier. Analist expect that the market could exceed $12 billion this year.
The quarterly report issued by the Interactive Advertising Bureau trade group and PricewaterhouseCoopers stated that the revenue for online advertising was up nearly 5 percent from the second quarter.
Search giant Google has decided to rename Google Print to Google Book Search. According to marketing manager Jen Grant, the name has been changed to communicate better what can be done with Google Print. As Jen said; "One factor was all the comments we got about how excited people were that Google Print would help them print out their documents, or web pages they visit -- which of course it won't."
Cyota Inc., Internet Identity and MarkMonitor will provide phishing Web site data for Microsoft Phishing Filter and SmartScreen Technology services. The companies will help to improve the protection offered by Microsoft® Phishing Filter and Microsoft SmartScreen™ Technology.
The first working prototype of a $100 laptop has been demonstrated at the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunisia. Annan will be joined by Nicholas Negroponte, chairman and co-founder of the Media Lab at MIT, in presenting the laptop to the gathering.