ThreatMetrix Finds Trojan that Turns Login Pages into Credit Card Traps

SAN JOSE, Calif., July 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — ThreatMetrix™, the fastest-growing provider of integrated cybercrime prevention solutions, announced a new strain of Zeus malware that puts Facebook and Gmail users at high risk for cybercrime. This new variant steals credit card information by posing as the typical login pages for Facebook and Gmail and then asking users to enter credit card credentials.

ThreatMetrix identified this strain as a new variant of the peer-to-peer (P2P) version of the notorious Zeus Trojan. It poses intensified risk for Facebook and Gmail users due to its unusually cunning behavior, catching victims off-guard by waiting to attack until after a website’s login page appears to be functioning normally. After the user logs in, fraudulent pages appear personalized with the victim’s information and request credit card information, posing as genuine assets of Facebook or Gmail.

ThreatMetrix tracked this strain of attacks on sites like Facebook and Gmail, formulating a list of common scams consumers need to be aware of:

  • “Transferring Facebook Credits to your bank account is now available!”
  • “Earn up to 20 percent cash back purchasing Facebook Credits with your MasterCard or Visa debit card.”
  • “Link your debit card right now with your Google Mail account to pay simply and securely at more than 3,000 stores online.”

 

For more information on the new strain of Zeus Malware, ThreatMetrix Labs reports are available at http://threatmetrix.com/resource-center/threatmetrix-labs-reports/.

Call Of Duty® DLCs Discounted to Aid Vets

SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Starting today, Activision celebrates America’s birthday with a historic sales event.  For a limited time, all previously released DLC collection packs for Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 3 and Call of Duty®: Black Ops are fifty percent off.  These phenomenal savings for players worldwide on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC start today and run for a week. For gamers on the PlayStation® 3 computer entertainment system in the United States, the promotion also launches today and runs for a week; European Call of Duty® fans can participate tomorrow, July 4th, and the promotion lasts for a week in Europe as well.

The Call of Duty DLC summer promotion content includes:

  • Call of Duty® : Modern Warfare® 3 Content Collection #1
  • Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 3 Content Collection #2
  • Call of Duty®: Black Ops First Strike
  • Call of Duty®: Black Ops Escalation
  • Call of Duty®: Black Ops Annihilation
  • Call of Duty®: Black Ops Rezurrection

A portion of sales from the Call of Duty DLC promotion will be donated by Activision Publishing, Inc. to the Call of Duty Endowment, a non-profit organization that provides job placement and training services for veterans.

For more information go to www.callofduty.com/mw3

PandaLabs Offers Summer Security Tips

ORLANDO, Fla., July 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – PandaLabs, the anti-malware laboratory of Panda Security, The Cloud Security Company, today published its annual security tips for consumers to stay safe this summer and avoid falling victim to computer fraud. During the summer, people (especially children) have more spare time on their hands for using computers and connecting to the Internet more frequently, thus increasing the risk of falling victim to malicious code.

One of the newest scams that has surfaced recently involves sending fake flight confirmation emails. The potential victim receives a fake confirmation for ‘recently purchased tickets’ with instructions on how to open an attachment to view the ticket. The file, however, is a Trojan of the Sinowal family that is designed to steal users’ confidential information.

To access a screenshot of this email, please visit: http://press.pandasecurity.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/sinowal.jpg

Security Tips for Summer Vacation

PandaLabs is continually analyzing the latest Internet trends, and with this in mind, offers the following advice to help safeguard users’ security this season:

  • Use caution with social networking sites: People give out too much information about their holiday plans on social networking sites, even tipping criminals off about their empty homes. Check privacy settings and avoid sharing private information on social networks.
  • Install parental controls: Children spend more time in front of computers during summer vacation. Installing a good parental control program on the computer will help minimize children’s vulnerability on the Internet.
  • If you can avoid it, never use a shared computer: If using a shared or public computer on vacation is a must, prevent identity theft by making sure your account doesn’t automatically save your password and user ID. If you suspect the computer’s security has been compromised by a virus, leave it and use another. Take care when connecting an external device to the computer, as it may become infected without your knowledge.
  • Take care with email: Email is one of the main virus entry points, so pay special attention to it. Do not open messages from unknown senders or click on dubious links.
  • Beware of public Wi-Fi networks: You could be hooking up to a network set up by hackers to steal any information that you share across the Internet. When you connect to email, social networking sites or online stores, make sure you are using a secure connection (https), so that traffic is encrypted and no one else can access the information.
  • Keep your computer up-to-date: Malware seeks to exploit existing security holes in systems to infect them. Make sure all necessary security patches and updates are properly installed.
  • Protect your computer: Make sure you have reliable, up-to-date protection installed on your computer. There are many free, reliable solutions on the market, like Panda Cloud Antivirus, available for download at www.cloudantivirus.com.

Lennox Unveils Wi-Fi-Enabled Thermostat

RICHARDSON, Texas, June 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Lennox Industries, a leading provider of customized home heating, cooling and indoor air quality products, today introduced the icomfort™ Wi-Fi Thermostat – a new remotely enabled thermostat that allows homeowners to achieve customized comfort and maximum energy savings – anytime, anywhere.

icomfort Wi-Fi Thermostat Key Features and Benefits

  • Energy-saving, one-touch “Away” mode.
  • Wireless remote control capabilities allow for system adjustments via web-enabled device or smartphone.
  • Communicates with heating and cooling system to provide alerts to consumer and installing service provider regarding repair or maintenance needs.
  • Easy integration with existing air purification system and dehumidifier.
  • Real-time weather displayed on unit; monitors outdoor conditions to make automatic adjustments and allow for maximum indoor air quality.
  • Customizable “skins” allow thermostat to blend into any wall covering, pattern or paint scheme.
For more information or to obtain a price quote for customized installation of the icomfort Wi-Fi thermostat, homeowners can contact their local Lennox dealer, or visit http://www.lennox.com/products/comfort-controls/icomfortWi-Fi/

Firefox Mobile OS

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Industry support is growing behind Mozilla’s plans to launch a new fully open mobile ecosystem based on HTML5. The operating system, which Mozilla today confirmed will use its Firefox brand, will power the launch of smartphones built entirely to open Web standards, where all of the device’s capabilities can be developed as HTML5 applications.

Mapping to key Firefox footprints around the globe, leading operators Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefonica and Telenor  are backing the open Firefox OS as an exciting new entrant to the smartphone marketplace. They have also identified the potential of the technology to deliver compelling smartphone experiences at attainable prices.

Device manufacturers TCL Communication Technology (under the Alcatel One Touch brand) and ZTE today announced their intentions to manufacture the first devices to feature the new Firefox OS, using Snapdragon™ processors from Qualcomm Incorporated, the leader in smartphone platforms. The first Firefox OS powered devices are expected to launch commercially in Brazil in early 2013 through Telefonica’s commercial brand, Vivo.

The Firefox OS for mobile devices is built on Mozilla’s “Boot to Gecko project” which unlocks many of the current limitations of web development on mobile, allowing HTML5 applications to access the underlying capabilities of a phone, previously only available to native applications. Telefonica’s Digital unit joined forces with Mozilla earlier this year to take this work and showcase a new phone architecture where every phone feature (calling, messaging, games, etc.) is an HTML5 application.

Mozilla and all other participants are committed to ensuring the project is fully open and the reference implementation of the required Web APIs is being submitted to W3C for standardization.

For more information visit https://www.mozilla.org/

HTC One V Smartphone

BELLEVUE, Wash., July 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, today announced that the HTC One™ V, part of its critically acclaimed HTC One series of smartphones, is now available in the United States from the Associated Carrier Group (ACG), U.S. Cellular and Virgin Mobile USA.

The HTC One series represents HTC’s most premium mobile experience with an amazing camera and authentic sound. The HTC One V integrates Android™ 4.0 (ICS) with HTC Sense® 4, HTC’s branded user experience featuring broad enhancements to audio quality and simplifying how people listen to music on their phone. HTC ImageSense™, part of HTC Sense 4, includes a new suite of camera and imaging features that brings the amazing camera experience to life.  Along with top-end design, the HTC One V offers a premium mobile experience with broad appeal making this a highly compelling device for an array of U.S. carriers to showcase on their shelves this summer.

More information on the HTC One V and HTC’s portfolio of products can be found at http://www.htc.com/us/.

Elazon Spam Response Program

HOWELL, N.J., June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Elazon™ the world’s only Electronic Message Response and Remediation System, mitigates all forms of unwanted electronic messages and behavioral advertising and facilitates good computing for both consumers and businesses. Elazon™ reduces the profitability of sending unwanted electronic messages and placing hidden malicious code used as behavioral links. Based on current consumer preferences, the system could easily overwhelm the marketing ecosystem with automatic responses to unwanted messages.

Each individual user controls which messages they respond to, how they respond to them and when they respond to them. User response is in aggregate and in direct proportion to how many messages and or links have been received.

Everyday electronic marketers and behavioral advertisers send out billions of unwanted messages in the form of email, instant messages, and web hyper links that are at best ignored or captured in spam filters. At worst, these unwanted messages cause incalculable social and financial harm – this is about to change.

Among response mechanisms available to Elazon™users is the ability to choose to have their computer call and deliver an audio message instructing the unwanted message sender to not send them more spam or links supplying malicious code. A popular Web 2.0 company that is delivering unwanted messages to their user base could easily receive 100,000 to 1 million telephone calls daily in addition to the Internet response. For more information, please visit www.elazon.com

 

HMDX Jam Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, Mich., June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — HMDX Audio, the premium sound, popular priced consumer electronics and personal audio brand, today announced delivery of a fresh, new sound that will satisfy every musical taste: the HMDX Jam Bluetooth Wireless Speaker.
The sleek HMDX Jam Wireless Speaker delivers sweet sound quality in a tiny footprint at a price that makes premium Bluetooth wireless audio available to anyone for a retail price of only $39.99 (MSRP).  The HMDX Jam connects wirelessly up to 30-feet away and works with all Bluetooth-enabled smartphones, tablets and laptops/desktops including iPhone, iPad & iPod.  The rechargeable, lithium-ion battery delivers up to four hours of wireless play.For more information, please visit: www.HMDXAudio.com.

 

Buffalo Ships USB 3.0/Thunderbolt External Hard Drive

AUSTIN, Texas, June 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Buffalo Technology, a global leader in the design, development and manufacturing of wired and wireless networking and network and direct attached storage solutions, today announced the availability of the MiniStation Thunderbolt / USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive.
Demonstrated earlier this month at Computex in Taiwan, the MiniStation Thunderbolt is the world’s first portable Thunderbolt™ and USB 3.0 dual-interface external drive solution. With the flexibility of either SuperSpeed USB 3.0 or a lighting fast Thunderbolt connection, the MiniStation Thunderbolt is ideal for PC and Mac® users looking for the fastest interface speeds while preserving backward compatibility with existing devices that support USB 2.0.
The MiniStation Thunderbolt / USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive is the first to couple the ubiquitous 5 Gbps SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port for legacy support with the 10 Gbps Thunderbolt technology developed by Intel® to deliver maximum interface speeds and compatibility. Delivering the fastest interface speeds available, it is perfect for those who manage large files such as creative professionals and multimedia enthusiasts.
Buffalo’s MiniStation Thunderbolt, available now for $199.99 for the 500GB (HD-PA500TU3) and $229.99 for the 1TB (HD-PA1.0TU3), is backed by a limited three-year warranty that includes toll-free 24/7 technical support.  Buffalo products can be purchased through distributors, online resellers and Buffalo’s website. For more information about Buffalo Technology and its products, please visit the company’s website at www.buffalotech.com.

SpeakerCraft Launches TV Speaker

NEW YORK, June 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –SpeakerCraft today announced the introduction of its all-new SpeakerCraft Protege TV Speaker, an under-TV sound system that makes Flat-Panel TVs sound as good as they look. With powerful loudspeakers, subwoofers and DSP technology housed in one beautifully designed cabinet, the SpeakerCraft Protege easily connects to TVs in a matter of minutes.

SpeakerCraft engineers focused on improving male and female vocals, increased higher listening levels for larger rooms and much deeper bass. The twin 5 1/4″ woofers in a tuned enclosure produce low-end bass that flat panel TVs just cannot deliver. The SpeakerCraft Protege is also enabled with Bluetooth, easily connecting the customer with the music library from their Smartphone instead of traditional broadcast music sources.

According to SpeakerCraft’s Keith Marshall, “Every TV out there has one unfortunate characteristic. A weakness that has been there for so long, most consumers have just come to accept it as ‘the way it is.’ And that weakness is the sound. Our TV Speaker presents a uniquely SpeakerCraft solution for the people who don’t want to incur the expense of a room full of speakers and AVR receiver but still want Hi-Resolution sound to go with their Digital Flat-Panel TV.”

The SpeakerCraft Protege TV Speaker works with TVs mounted on stands or wall mounted. It will be available for shipping in the fall of 2012.