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Romanian president declared dead by e-mail scam


BitDefender discovered a spam wave using the Romanian president’s image to help spread malware. The unsolicited e-mail relies on a classic combination of social engineering tricks: promised photo content and attention-grabbing events.

This is only one example in a longer series of malware dissemination schemes using celebrity or public figure baits. One such recent spam wave promised to show video or photo content depicting the death of Osama bin Laden.

Another breaking news event put to the same malicious use is the incident involving Barak Obama’s car, which took place during the USA President’s visit to Ireland.

“Using celebrities and sensational stories as bait for downloading malware is a popular tactic, and highlights how the social engineering element of a scam is often key to whether it succeeds or fails,” declares Catalin Cosoi, Head of the BitDefender Online Threat Labs.

“The malware component embedded in this particular message is highly complex, and it enables the installation of a bot on the victim’s computer. Having secured control over the respective machine, the cybercriminal can download files from it, access the victim’s private information as well as track the victim’s keystrokes. This would eventually result in the theft of essential data, such as passwords, credit card series or other confidential data,” adds Cosoi.

The Romanian version of these celebrity-themed scams also boasts a very interesting source, namely Antena 3, one of the most popular TV stations in Romania. The spam message is spoofing one of the TV station’s e-mail services, which adds to the credibility of the scam.

 

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Twitter Plans To Launch Photo-Sharing Service [REPORT]


The rumor mill has been churning Monday afternoon with reports that Twitter is working on its own photo-sharing service that would compete with the likes of Twitpic and Yfrog.

TechCrunch first reported the tip, citing multiple unnamed sources, Monday afternoon. And now All Things D seems to have confirmed the story as well, going so far as to say the service will be announced this week. ATD‘s story also cites unnamed sources, but claims the announcement will be made at its own conference, D9, this week in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

It wouldn’t come as too huge of a surprise if these reports turn out to be true. After Twitter asked developers tostop building third-party clients, the company announced its acquisition of TweetDeck. Although it took months for those rumors to finally be confirmed too, so we may be hearing this rumors for some time before Twitter makes any official announcement.

We’ve reached out to Twitter for a comment and will update this post when we learn more. UPDATE: Twitter’s spokespeople have responded, and they’re not commenting on the report. 

News by : Emily Banks

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Code in the Cloud: Programming Google AppEngine


Cloud applications are the next big shift in application development: instead of building single-user applications to run on a personal computer, new applications are being built as multi-user services that run in data centers around the world.


Code in the Cloud: Programming Google AppEngine will teach you what you need to make the shift to cloud development using Google’s AppEngine—a powerful, easy-to-use framework for developing cloud-based services.

The cloud is a platform for creating services, a new kind of application that can reach more users and provide those users with more capabilities than a desktop application ever could.

Building applications as cloud services makes them scalable: cloud applications can easily and smoothly adapt from running on a single computer for a single user to running on thousands of computers for millions of users.

This book will teach you what a cloud service is, and how it differs from traditional applications. It shows you how to build a cloud service by taking advantage of the services that AppEngine makes available to you, and by using iterative development of a simple application to guide you through the different aspects of AppEngine development, using either Python or Java.

Through the process of working on a simple application, you’ll learn about how to build an application as a service; how to manage persistent data using AppEngine; how to build dynamic, interactive user interfaces that run in a user’s web-browser; how to manage security in a web application; and how to interact with other services running in the AppEngine cloud.

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