Microsoft has no interest in joining the bug-bounty wars, according to ThreatPost.com. Mozilla recently increased the cash reward it offers to security researchers for nailing vulnerabilities in its software, only for Google to follow suit a few days later. All this was enough to fuel rumors of Microsoft, which doesn't have a bug-bounty program, finally getting sucked into the bug-bounty battle.
But such rumors have now been put to rest by MS. "We value the researcher ecosystem, and show that in a variety of ways, but we don’t think paying a per-vuln bounty is the best way. Especially when across the researcher community the motivations aren’t always financial. It is well-known that we acknowledge researcher’s contributions in our bulletins when a researcher has coordinated the release of vulnerability details with the release of a security update," Microsoft's Jerry Bryant told ThreatPost in an email.
The company seems satisfied with its current practice of honoring talented security researchers by enlisting their services: “We’ve had several influential folks from the researcher community join our security teams as Microsoft employees. We’ve also entered into contracts directly with many vendors and sometimes individual researchers to test our products for vulnerabilities before they’re released. Many of these vendors and individuals first came to our attention based on the high-quality and unique approaches demonstrated by the vulnerabilities they reported to the MSRC.”
This will not go down well with a growing number of security researchers that discourage fellow researchers from making free disclosures and advocate more bug-buying programs. Don't be surprised if you witness a spike in publicly-disclosed critical bugs in Microsoft software – the company openly discourages security researchers from making public disclosures?
Even though it does not feature any new apps, the new name is not just a marketing gimmick as Google Apps for Government promises greater data protection and improved security features as compared to the normal version. Google Apps is the first cloud-based app suite to have received the FISMA (Federal Information Security Management Act) certification, allowing Google to offer it to government customers with greater confidence.
“With reviews of our security controls in place, government agencies can more easily take advantage of all the benefits of one of the world’s best cloud computing systems. Google’s cloud offers higher reliability, best-in-class disaster recovery and access to a steady stream of innovation—all of which can provide substantial improvements over existing systems in addition to significant cost savings,” the company said in a blog post.
“And we’re not stopping with FISMA certification. Google Apps for Government will continue to evolve to meet unique government requirements. Google Apps for Government stores Gmail and Calendar data in a segregated system located in the continental United States, exclusively for our government customers.”
It's here! It's here! We've been spending a lot of time with the StarCraft II beta and are already very pleased with what we've seen so far, but we'd be lying to say that we weren't a little ecstatic when the Collectors Edition arrived today. This edition, which comes eloquently packed away in a huge, sturdy box, includes a bad-ass USB dog tag, soundtrack, art book, comic book, behind-the-scenes DVD, and of course, the one, the only, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty.
So, to wet your pallette, we decided to shoot the unboxing. Stay tuned though, we'll be running SCII through various benchmarks on different PCs, and will have the official review up ASAP. Until then, enjoy the unboxing, and try not to drool all over your keyboard (we recommend lots of chewing gum for absorption if you simply can't help yourself). Hit the jump for more fully expandable StarCraft goodness!
Spanish language website Clipsnet.net has the scoop on Panasonic's upcoming SDT750, the first consumer level video camera capable of recording scenes in 3D.
A front converter integrates two lenses to capture images from different angles, though it can also function as a traditional camcorder by popping off the 3D attachment.
Other features include 5.1 channel surround sound, SDXC card compatibility, Panasonic's Hybrid OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer), high-speed burst shooting, a manual ring, and several proprietary tidbits.
Talk about being a smarty pants. In what can be described as the marketing equivalent of flipping the finger at the competition, Samsung has begun giving away free Galaxy S smartphones to a select group of angry iPhone 4 owners.
"Recently there has been a real increase in online activity from consumers dissatisfied with some of our competitors' products," Samsung said. "We decided to contact a cross section of individuals to offer them a free Samsung Galaxy S as a replacement, as we're confident that once people have the phone in their hands, they'll see how impressive it is for themselves."
Of course, not just anyone with an iPhone 4 can cry foul over the well publicized antennae issue and expect to receive a free smartphone from Samsung in return. Instead, the mobile phone maker is targeting users it deems as influential through social networking sites Facebook and Twitter.
One way to tell the world to "Kick my ass and mug me" is to simply wear a custom shirt emblazoned with that very plea. Or you can walk around dark alleys and other areas you have no place being toting your $600 iPad front and center in your Syte Shirt's pouch. Of course, the startup's designers have an entirely different pitch, which goes a little something like this:
"Syte Shirt manufacturers an interactive shirt that lets you safely carry the iPad hands-free on your chest while allowing you and others to fully interact with the iPad through a transparent window," Syte Shirt's marketing team writes. "Not only is it an accessory, the shirt is also a fashion statement for those that want to show off cool designs, photos, movies, or animations while trotting around town. It's the first shirt that has a constantly changing design!"
Syte Shirt lists several examples of how you can use your new clothing accessory, including playing movies or firing up interactive games for your kids while keeping your hands free, or broadcast a football game while enjoying a tailgate party. Seriously.
"The possibilities of this product are only limited by the imagination of its users, and I really think we're going to be amazed by the ideas our customers come up with for this great product," Syte Shirt founder Joseph A. Young writes.
In a recent blog post, Microsoft bragged that its Internet Explorer 8 browser has blocked 1 billion attempts to download malware thanks to its SmartScreen Filter, which tattles on potentially dangerous websites and downloads websites by turning the browser red.
MSI is one of a handful of companies riding the wave of affordable gaming notebooks, and the company's latest power packed laptop -- the GT660R -- has sailed into U.S. shores.
The 16-inch GT660R comes crammed with high end parts, including an Intel Core i7 740QM processor clocked at 1.73GHz, Nvidia GeForce GTX285M graphics with 1GB of dedicated memory, 6GB of DDR3 RAM, 1TB of storage (2x500GB HDDs), a Blu-ray reader that doubles as a DVD/CD burner, 720p webcam, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Gigabit LAN, Bluetooth LAN, 4-in-1 memory card reader, HDMI, eSATA/USB combo, two USB 2.0 ports, and even a pair of USB 3.0 ports.
For those who want a little more kick, the GT660R also comes equipped with MSI's TDE+ (Turbo Drive Engine+) technology, which gooses the CPU, GPU, and memory with a single touch of the Turbo hotkey resting above the chiclet style keyboard.
You can find the GT660R selling for $1,700 on both Amazon and Newegg.
'It's not us, it's you,' is the general message coming from Dell regarding the OEMs decision to dropkick Ubuntu from its online store in the UK. The company will, however, continue to sell its open-source PCs over the phone.
"A number of our current consumer and SMB systems are available with Ubuntu, including a number of our Inspiron and Vostro laptops and desktops, the popular Inspiron Mini 10 netbook and the Studio XPS 7100 desktop," a Dell spokesperson told PCPro.co.uk.
"We’ve recently made an effort to simplify our offerings online, by focusing on our most popular bundles and configuration options, based on customer feedback for reduced complexity and a simple, easy purchase experience. We’re also making some changes to our Ubuntu pages, and as a result, they are currently available through our phone-based sales only."
Consider this a break and not a breakup, as Dell insists the move is "not a permanent decision." How long Dell plans on shelving Ubuntu PCs from its online lineup remains to be seen.
"The reason why they're not on our main pages is because Ubuntu systems are primarily targeted towards advanced users and enthusiasts, and the vast majority of consumers purchase PCs with Microsoft Windows pre-installed," the spokesperson added.
Researchers from the University of Ballarat's Internet Commerce Security Laboratory have it all wrong. Everyone knows BitTorrent is mostly used for downloading Linux distros and game demos, right? As it turns out, it's even hard to type that with a straight face.
It's no secret that BitTorrent is a popular tool for snagging copyrighted content, but is BitTorrent getting a bad rap? According to a new study, if anything, we might be underestimating just how much illegal content flows through the file sharing protocol.
The above mentioned researchers examined 1,000 torrent files from 23 trackers and found that 89 percent of the content was confirmed to be copyrighted, while the remaining 11 percent was suspect at best. And out of all those files, only three of them were confirmed legal. That's .3 percent, folks.
Broken down into categories, movies, music, and TV shows were the most popular, with not a single legal file being shared among any of them.