Steve Jobs Takes Meical Leave Again…

The following was e-mailed to all Apple employees this morning:

 

Team,

At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.

I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for all of Apple’s day to day operations. I have great confidence that Tim and the rest of the executive management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we have in place for 2011.

I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy.

Steve

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Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Imminent

The final tweaks are being made to SP1 for Windows 7.  Most users will never notice the changes as no new features are being added to Windows 7 with this service.  It will however take care of compatibility issues with Server 2008 and provide several bug fixes.   As with all updates users should install it when available and if users have any issue they should not hesitate to make an appointment.

 


Stuxnet: International Epsionage Hits The User.

This past year we got to see the true future of hacking and it’s not the Russian mafia and spammers.  This year Google users suffered multiple security breaches as the Chinese government sought to get revenge on Google’s refusal to filter search results for Chinese citizens.  But most notably 2010 shall be remembered as the year the first virus was discovered that was specifically manufactured to target one countries computer systems.

 

Stuxnet first gained attention in the security community last June.  Evidence has since been discovered to show that the worm has been in the wild since June 2009.  It first seemed to be of a little interest a worm similar to Conflicker and using various zero day attacks.  The worm was spreading but strangely seemed harmless.

 

However it was soon discovered the worm had a hidden payload.  A payload that would only be triggered to attack very specific and rare systems.  The worm would only attack Siemens mainframes and more specifically only Siemens mainframes being used in the Iranian nuclear program.

 

To make that clear someone, somewhere, hired a very knowledgeable and expensive team of people to develop a program that would propagate through the internet and attack a very specific target.  Computers of thousands of ordinary everyday people have been turned into zombie boxes by a multinational group of espionage agencies.   At this point no one is sure what countries are responsible, but evidence and safe money are pointing to a join United States and Israeli project.

 

Viruses, Malware, Spyware, and Trojans are now npo longer reserved for the criminal underground.

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Facebook Virus, For Real This Time…

For once it was real and not a hoax a Koobface varient took advantage of holes in Facebook phot albums.   Facebook has already plugged the whole.  The variant takes over key services changiong proxies and other network settings.  This turns the users pc into zombie opening it up to attacks from other maleware, trojans and spyware.  As usual customers who notice anything strange are encouraged to make an appointment.  Viruses, trojans, and maleware can cause serius issues incluing identity theft.

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Sony Files restraining orders again PS3 hackers…

 

Sony has filed restraing orders aginst groups distrbuting kits the give users root access to sony PS3 units.  The hacks alloow users to cirumvent the built PS3 DRM and and run there own software.   Sont claims the software is primararly being used to enable users to play bootleg video games.

 

“Defendants George Hotz, “Bushing,” Hector Cantero, Sven Peter and “Segher” (collectively, “Defendants”) are computer hackers. Working individually and in concert with one another, Defendants recently bypassed effective technological protection measures (“TPMs”) employed by plaintiff Sony Computer Entertainment America LLP (“SCEA”) in its proprietary PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system (“PS3 System”). Through the Internet, Defendants are distributing software, tools and instructions (collectively, “Circumvention Devices”) that circumvent the TPMs in the PS3 System and facilitate the counterfeiting of video games.”

 


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