The 2013 Audi A4 and A5 models will have a T-Mobile 3G (possibly HSPA+) connection and will come with In-Car Wifi so that up to 8 devices can be connected to the internet.
These new A4 and A5 models will also include a built-in navigation system with a Tegra processor and a large touchscreen built into the dash. The system does not appear to be running any sort of OS (Android or any other mobile OS). This is going to kick off what is the beginning of internet connected cars on the roads and it looks so great.
On Thursday July 26, Security researchers Mickey Shkatov and Toby Kohlenberg are scheduled to deliver a presentation at Black Hat USA 2012 hacker conference in which they will demonstrate weaknesses in the ‘Sidebar and Gadgets’ technology that is embedded into the Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating system.
“Why send someone an executable when you can just send them a sidebar gadget?” writes Shkatov and Kohlenberg. Gadgets, which are comprised of HTML code that run on Windows PC’s. “Gadgets are comprised of JS, CSS and HTML and are application that the Windows operating system has embedded by default. As a result there are a number of interesting attack vectors that are interesting to explore and take advantage of.”
“We will be talking about our research into creating malicious gadgets, misappropriating legitimate gadgets and the sorts of flaws we have found in published gadgets.”
This is a problem because once this vulnerability is shown off hackers will try to exploit these weaknesses before Microsoft has a chance to patch the vulnerabilities properly. Microsoft has released a Kill Switch for the Windows Sidebar and Gadgets. This will allow you to disable the Sidebar and Gadgets on your PC. This is easy to download, run and install on your computer and then reboot your computer. This needs to be done on computers running Windows Vista and Windows 7 before Thursday July 26th.
There are spam emails going around right now that are attempting to trick Facebook users into clicking a link and then taking them to web pages that are filled with viruses. The emails claim that the user has been tagged in a photo and to click the link to see the photo, as normal. The email even looks like it’s legitimate but there are minuet mistakes such as the address field “From” is misspelled as “Faceboook.com”.
The clickable links take the user to web pages with malicious code and according to The Register the infamous Blackhole kit, which tries to gain control of users’ systems when visited is one of the viruses contained through these links. The websites attempt to exploit vulnerabilities through Adobe applications and Java engines to push malware onto the Windows PC.
After your browser takes you to the site that is infected, and that infects your PC, you are redircted to the legitimate Facebook website. According to security firm Sophos, this redirection is designed to minimise the possibility that victims will realise they’ve been attacked. More information on the attack and screen shots can be found Here.