Operating Systems

Hack Windows Vista; Get Paid

Less than a month after Trend Micro discovered Vista flaws being sold off for $50,000 in the underground market by hackers, VeriSign’s iDefense Labs has placed an $8,000 bounty on remote code execution holes in Windows Vista and Internet Explorer 7. This is part of its three-year old Vulnerability Contributor Program which compensates individuals who provide iDefense with advance notification of unpublished vulnerabilities and/or exploit code. 3Com’s Zero Day Initiative is a similar program.

Tip Thursday: Double-click and Shutdown Windows

Normally to shutdown Windows, you need to go to you Start Menu » Turn Off Computer » Turn Off I use my keyboard for this purpose by hitting in the shortcut keys, Windows Key followed by U and U. Carol has a tutorial on getting the same thing done by creating a Windows shortcut. You can create a Shortcut on your Desktop (read a similar tutorial) with shutdown -s -t 01 The -s issues the shutdown command and the -t 01 sets the time to one second.

Beware: Your Mac is Spyware Prone

We have always known Windows to be spyware prone. However, one thing that was considered to be without spyware is the Mac. Well, until F-Secure received a proof-of-concept sample of an adware program for Mac OS X.