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A new worm infecting over 9 million PCs

Note: This post was origanly posted on the Yahoo blog by Christopher Null. Christopher is one of my all time favorite tech blogger.
As my efforts continue to fight spam/junk/viruses as in this post, here is the exact post by Christopher from this link
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Judging from the complaints and questions filling my inbox, Windows security looks like it’s already on track for its worst year this decade. The latest attack is a worm called Downandup, Downadup, Kido!, or Conficker (all the same thing), and it primarily seems to be being delivered via infected USB drives.

How’s it work? By tricking you into running the virus by modifying the way “autorun” works when you plug in a drive. Look closely at the screenshot above and you’ll see two entries for “Open folder to view files.” The one at the top is a phony entry that actually installs the virus on your machine… but of course it’s the default selection that pops up when you plug in a drive. Once installed, the virus spreads like crazy via a separate flaw in Windows networking system (now patched, so be sure to run Windows Update if you haven’t lately) and can quickly infect a whole office. F-Secure has more analysis on the clever way it tricks you into installing the malware yourself.

How bad has it gotten? Estimates range from 3.5 million infected in the first four days after it bean spreading to 9 million impacted… and gettng worse. By now I figure the numbers could top 15 or 20 million.

From an antivirus standpoint, fixing Downandup isn’t easy. The worm is particularly problematic because of the tricky way it involves the user in installing the software, bypassing auto-installation safeguards, plus its sophisticated way of avoiding detection, as it morphs its code constantly (using randomized elements) to make traditional, signature-based detection almost impossible.

Your best strategy for avoiding Downandup? Turn off AutoPlay/AutoRun on your computer (with Windows XP, TweakUI is the easiest way to do it). If you do see an AutoPlay dialog box like the one above, just close it and eject the disc or thumbdrive; browsing the drive manually for individual files should keep you uninfected, but you’re best off not using the drive at all. And of course, make sure your system is fully patched via Windows Update.

What if you already have Downandup infecting your machine? Try your standard antivirus utility as a fix. If that doesn’t work, F-Secure has a removal tool that should get rid of it. Good luck out there.

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Use Digsby and change your life!

Note: 3 Hours of video/audio classes on digsby are available for free on Wahol.com

Ever since I have moved from using Trillian messenger into using digsby, my online life has changed.
To make it simple: Digsby is a universal IM and email application, in other words, you can use your existing IM account (Yahoo IM, AOL’s AIM, Google talk, MSN/Live, ICQ, Jabber or even facebook chat) and use it all within one easy (And light waight) window, and here is the best part: You can use multible accounts from the same providor at the same time. For example: You have 2 Yahoo accounts, one for personal use and one for your business, you can use both accounts at the same time and be logged into both instead of logging off one account to log in to the new one.

You can even open multible chats within one chat window, kinda like tab browsing in Firefox. Cool!

Another cool feature is that it will allow you to combine multible buddies if one person have more than one account (For example: one account on Yahoo IM and a Google talk account) you can combine them both to appear as one.

Not satisfied!

There are 2 more great features:

1. You get email notifications from your Gmail, MSN/Hotmail/Live, Yahoo mail, AOL email, IMAP and pop accounts. And you can reply directly from digsby!

2. (And that’s my favorite featuere) Social networking: Stay connected without having to go to your browser on facebook, myspace, twitter or linkedIn.

Digsby will keep you updated with your friends new status on facebook, or your naighbor’s mood change on myspace or your replies on twitter, and of course you can update your twitter status from digsby or @ reply to someone, or directly open your friends wall page on facebook.

Oh, besides the fact that I appear online on facebook almost 24/7 (when I am actually only on digsby), Digsby is truly universal, you will create one account on digsby during your first install, then if you travel or change computers, all you have to do is to sign in your digsby account and all the rest of your accounts that’s stored from before will load and log in automaticaly.

There are many other feature that you can find here. Or you can Join Wahol.com for free and learn even more by video and audio.

Digsby developers are always updating the software with new features, I have personally requested to add an RSS reader feature through their feedback requests, I also requested to have it as an Android mobile app so I can use it on my phone, there is also digsby for facebook application that is already published and ready for you to download in your facebook account.

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Talking about Bloggers on Yahoo!

Certainly, there is a lot of buzz about bloggers today, from Darren Rowse and Jeff Chandlers post about the future of blogging, all the way to Yahoo’s own homepage!
2 Of Yahoo’s homepage featured articles (Yes 2 of them in the same time) speaks about bloggers and what they think.
One article was about the band Coldplay being accused of stealing a riff from a guitar virtuoso, and that a blogger thinks that there is a point of the story, the other is about a blogger that believes Detroit might be better of with NBA star Allen Iverson behind center.
Here is my point:
Blogging is a very powerful media stream, whether you are a mom blogging about toddlers care tips or you are a NBA backstage addict blogger, your point and vision will be read and counted for.
So go ahead and start blogging, build your name and maybe I will read about your review of a new Lamborghini on Yahoo’s homepage soon.

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Yahoo Launches Web Analytics

A few months ago, Yahoo! bought the Hugarian based company IndexTools. That was a big upgrade from Yahoo! specially to their Search Marketing program and to the Yahoo Small Bussiness users.

I have been watching for the re-emerging update, and it came in today. Of Course I will compare it to the only 2 Analytics services that I use on a daily bases, Google Analytics and StatCounter.

The only problem is that I am still waiting to get access to Yahoo’s Web Analytics, since it’s still in beta.
But I know this for now: The 2 features that I really like about the new service is this:
1. The real time insights that’s updated within minutes from any activity on your site and showing the visitors behavior, which will make me switch from Google Analytics into this service. (This is the only problem I face with Google Analytics because of the one hour delay in stats!)
2. The drag and drop filtering option (I wonder if it’s AJAX?!) that will add a rich user experience to the service.

Here is a video that I found on YouTube for a quick review of the service:

Speaking of sales: A house sold for only $1.75

Speaking of teaching every one about sales as part of the new Online school that I announced last night, I would like to share a great sales story with you.
A house sold on eBay for just $1.75!
On Yahoo’s homepage this morning (Photos here) I read that a house in Saginaw Mich. was sold on eBay for this redicoulously cheap price. They said it was abandoned, I say I don’t care, the land only should be worth a lot more.
Joanne Smith was the top bidder and she was bidding on 8 others, when she won this one.
She said she is going to try to sell it. Try! I think she should put it on the market immediately, especially with this huge marketing stunt by Yahoo and the Associated Press.
Yes you can sell houses on eBay as a matter of fact there is a huge Real Estate section on eBay, and a couple of years ago, eBay acquired www.Rent.com for a complete Real Estate portal including rentals.

eBay buying and selling will have a big portion on the Online school that I announced last night,and yes it will still be free for you (the students) so you all know the ins and outs of buying and selling houses, say for $1.75 each 😉

Another huge Real Estate market online is (You knew it) Craig’s List. That’s also included in the completely free but still huge package 😉

My take on the Yahoo homepage featured story is that it might be a marketing stunt by eBay taking advantage of the low economy that we have right now, My opinion: It’s a great marketing stunt and perfect timing for it.

I say congratulations to Joanne and hope she makes good profit from this deal 🙂

Now, I am in a sharing mood, so I will include this out of subject video that I watched this morning as soon as I got up. Vanessa Mae is one of my favorite on my last.fm channel as well.

Enjoy!

Vanessa Mae – Storm (View in browser to see full video)

Yahoo! Live goes “Live”: A video service

Yahoo uncovers an experimental live video product last night.

A live streaming video service and was testing it with Yahoo! employees. The service (Yahoo! Live) enables anyone with a Web camera to create their own live video stream (similar to the competing sites: BlogTV, Mogulus, UStream.tv and Justin.tv) and broadcast, lifecast or webcast till their hearts are content.

The new service will allow anyone to text message in a chat box anybody who is streaming live, and of course you can embed videos from around the web.

It gets even better, Yahoo has also created an API for developers and has made a preview of the API and its embeddable components, and made a sample app and tutorial available as well.

Visit: http://live.yahoo.com or get the updates from:  Yliveblog

Only problem so far is there is no way to see your past recordings, which would make the service useless for creating an online show, like so many have done on uStream.

I am sure that Yahoo will develop such thing in the near future. I also got some errors when using the site however, over all it looks great and it’s optimized for fast loading.

Big Shocking news: Microsoft Bids $44.6B for Yahoo!

And one of my personal favorite dreams for both companies to join forces and become one, … well, we’re close to that.

Although this is not a financial blog nor a stock market watch blog, but I think the effect this will do to the online advertising industry will be huge.

As we speak, the online advertising industry is a $40B and it’s expected to be $80B in less than 3 years, that’s a breaking neck rate as they call it.

I think that Steve Ballmer is in a desperate grab for the online advertising market, so, Microsoft came through and bid $44.6 billion, or $31 per share, for Yahoo.

The bid represents a 62 percent premium to yesterday’s closing price for Yahoo shares, although, as one analyst pointed out, it’s only a roughly 15 percent premium over the 52-week average trading price.

While this is Microsoft’s boldest strategic move in a while, the company has made several aggressive attempts to gain footing in the online ad market over the last 12 months. In May 2007, Microsoft announced its $6 billion acquisition of aQuantive (now called: Microsoft ad Marketplace) and in October 2007, they spent a huge  $280 million for a 1.6 percent stake in Facebook. ($10 more millions and they reach only half of what New Corp paid for myspace)

The bid comes just a couple days after Yahoo posted weak fourth quarter results and announced plans to cut 1,000 positions.

Among the many benefits to the proposed deal, according to Microsoft, is that many Yahoo employees can keep their jobs:

“Microsoft intends to offer significant retention packages to Yahoo! engineers, key leaders and employees across all disciplines,” the statement said.

Although Yahoo said it would consider the offer, I believe that Microsoft is probably taking the bid public because they failed in private talks, and now they’re trying to appeal to shareholders.

A bigger dream is for all the major sites to join forces and work in harmony. Mark this day in history as it may be the beginning of a brand new better world.