Buy an electronics item and get malware absolutely free !

Digital photo frame

In a recent thread in many forums , a mention was made about electronics items that come with pre-loaded malware . This was noted in the 1.5″ Mercury Digital Photo Keychain that is $24 . Much to the disappontment Samsung’s SPF-85H 8-inch digital photo frame shipped with a virus .

Amazon reached out to its purchasers with a note warning them as follows(snippet) :  ”  The alert concerns discovery of the W32.Sality.AE worm on the installation disc SAMSUNG FRAME MANAGER XP VERSION 1.08, which is needed for using the SPF-85H as a USB monitor. If you are using Vista or a different version of Frame Manager, this issue does not affect you.  “

These are not the only ones ,last year, a  Trojan Horse virus called Mocmex  found on a variety of digital frames that recognizes and over 100 different security programs, was sold at stores that included Sam’s Club, Best Buy, Target and Costco.This Trojan Horse from China collects passwords for online games.It downloads files from remote locations and hides files, which it names randomly, on any PC it infects, making itself very difficult to remove. It spreads by hiding itself on photo frames and any other portable storage device that happens to be plugged into an infected PC.By studying how the code is constructed and how it’s propagated, Computer Associates has traced the Trojan to a specific group in China

It is a nasty worm that has a great deal of intelligence,” said Brian Grayek, who heads product development at Computer Associates, a security vendor that analyzed the Trojan Horse.

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Cyberwar with US


Cyber warfare is the use of computers and the Internet in conducting warfare in cyberspace.Are you wondering why i have defined the term Cyberwar ??? becoz its what is going on…a cyberwar !! and  US seems to be in  the losing side. I have already written few articles on Cyber espionage by China and Russia on the US military networks.The current situation is an aggravation of it .

The U.S. is now facing  a cyber security threat and has reached the state of having to appoint a special White House advisor to oversee Cybersecurity Operations.Government and security experts have the urged the same to President-elect Barack Obama.China’s growing military power, running parallel to its increasing economic might, is likely to present challenges to the incoming administration of Barack Obama.

China is aggressively developing its power to wage cyber warfare and is now in a position to delay or disrupt the deployment of America’s military forces around the world, potentially giving it the upper hand in any conflict, a panel of the US Congress has warned.

China’s ability to wage cyber warfare is now “so sophisticated that the US may be unable to counteract or even detect the efforts“, the US-China Economic and Security Review warned earlier this year .

It is said that space will in future be an essential arena of warfare and China is taking an increasingly aggressive stance in its rapidly developing space programme.

China is rising and it’s not going away” : Barack Obama

Red Flag Linux in all Chinese Internet cafes

Red Flag Linux is a Chinese Linux distribution. Red Flag’s logo is Tux carrying a prominent red flag.The current executive president of Red Flag Software is Jia Dong .Red Flag Linux first appeared in August 1999, when it was created by the Institute of Software Research at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.As of 3rd December 2008, it has been reported that Internet cafes in Nanchang, since November 2008, have been required to install the Red Flag Linux as a replacement for pirated versions of the popular Microsoft Windows operating system, or switch to legitimate copies of Microsoft Windows. Radio Free Asia however said that Chinese internet cafes were being required to switch to Red Flag Linux even if they were using genuine copies of the Windows OS.This system is provided with a non-expiring support contract at the cost of 5000 yuan for all machines in the cafe.

Meanwhile,China’s Red Flag Linux Software Co. Ltd. is preparing to release an English-language version of its Red Flag Desktop 4.0 operating system.

Red Flag will release our English Desktop 4.0 version by the end of this year…So far, we have no schedule for Japanese and Korean version.” :Alice Yang, a company spokeswoman.

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China’s Internet search giant in trouble


Baidu is the leading Chinese search engine for websites, audio files, and images. Baidu offers 57 search and community services including an online collaboratively-built encyclopedia (Baidu Baike), and a searchable keyword-based discussion forum. As of 21 March 2008, Baidu is ranked 19th overall in Alexa’s internet rankings.In December 2007 Baidu became the first Chinese company to be included in the NASDAQ-100 index.

On 15 and 16 November 2008, the state-owned China Central Television exposed during the popular lunchtime 30-minute news that Baidu used fraudulent high-cost-per-click advertisements as its search results; many smaller websites were blocked by Baidu as a result of not opting-in to Baidu’s advertising programs.Baidu’s share price on NASDAQ shrank by approximately 25% following the revelation .
On 17 November 2008, Baidu issued an apology which stated, “We put too much effort in competing technically with Google, and in doing so overlooked our advertising system and its management.

Now it has been accussed of  allowing unlicensed medical services to buy high search rankings.The unlicensed clinic paid Baidu nearly 17 yuan per click (£1.60) for a prominent ranking, according to a report.
Robin Li, Baidu’s chief executive officer, told the state news agency Xinhua  that the firm had sacked staff over the case and could fire more. “We have already fired people who helped fabricate documents for unlicensed suppliers,” he said.

We have removed the keywords of all four clients mentioned in the report and have begun to double-check the licenses of all other hospitals and pharmacies on our client list,” he added.

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China interested in hacking Military networks

China hacking into other countries Defense networks is on the rise,especially on the American military networks.The networks and databases used by the US government and American defense contractors are regularly targetted by Chinese hackers ‘China is stealing vast amounts of sensitive information from US computer networks,’ says Larry Wortzel, chairman of the commission set up by Congress in 2000 to investigate US-China issues.The chinese have also been gaining access to unclassified emails in the White House.A June 2007 cyber break-in at the Pentagon was also attributed to the Chinese military, but it’s not clear whether these incidents were linked. Rep. Frank R. Wolf , a Republican  from Virginia stated that four computers in his office were hacked in 2006.However , US is not the only country to claim this .Earlier even UK and Germany had accused China for the same .

Earlier this April, China was blamed for hacking into the network of Ministry of External Affairs ,India. No sensitive information was believed to be accessed, which was detected  during regular checks by the Intelligence agencies.Though the government does not have any specific idea about who the hackers were, the IP addresses left behind suggested the hand of Chinese.

However , the Chinese government has denied all such claims saying that their country does not have sufficient technology to perform attacks abroad.