There is a new scam on the Internet and it is one of the better ones we have heard about in the last few years. Online scammers are luring people into installing a ransomware app on their computers that then informs them that they have violated federal child pornography laws and takes them to a website to allow them to pay their fine. Obviously, anyone with a brain knows that the government does not communicate with you through pop-ups on your computer, nor do they merely fine you for child pornography. Also, chances are people who have viewed child pornography know it and are probably waiting for the cops to bust their doors down, not offer them a way to pay a fine.
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has already issued a warning about the altered version of the Citadel malware platform, named Reveton. My guess, is, however, people who would fall for something like this have never heard of the IC3 and will not receive this warning. If you are reading this, you might want to warn your parents and less tech-savvy friends.
I know you want to know how this works and why it is successful, so hit the break for the details.
As soon as we learn about new Windows 8 news, whether it be rumors or real, we'll report it. At times, it feels as though we're some of the few who have been excited about the new operating system even before it was in beta. From the rebranding effort to Microsoft's download milestones, we've brought it all to you as it happens.
This week, we're back at it again as more Windows 8 presents have been sent, this time at the hands of Dell and a leaked picture from Neowin. We have the image and the details after the break.
The state of relevance of E3 has been in question for several years now. Their attempt at an "open-door" entrance policy failed and it seems that now they've abandoned it and have gone completely in the other direction with admittance as of late. Major developers and publishers have strayed from announcing market-changing products at the show, opting to announce them at conventions like GDC, Tokyo Game Show or even at their own, separate conferences. Now, aside from the Entertainment Software Association, the group in charge of putting on E3 every year, fighting illegal game distribution and maintaining their stance with Congress on the current game restriction laws that are in place, the actual gaming and entertainment expo doesn't seem to be as interesting to game studios and media outlets anymore.
The ESA seems to disagree.
I tend to not focus on rumor, but since it's almost time for E3 2012, let's do it. Microsoft recently posted a job opening on their website, looking for a "Skype for Xbox Program Manager Lead." If ever there was proof that Microsoft's acquisition of Skype last year was going to start paying off, this might be it.
According to the job post, it would appear that the goal is to incorporate Skype into the next generation Xbox, expected to be announced at next year's E3.
Skype is working on powering real-time voice and video communications on the Xbox. Xbox is a fundamental lynchpin of Skype's living-room strategy, and we are focused on enabling amazing new in-game and in-console voice and video experiences for the next generation of Xbox. This is a crucial initiative for Xbox, and it is time-critical given the hardware lead times involved.
The Skype for Xbox Program Manager Lead will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Skype experience on Xbox, and will be directly accountable for its market performance. She or he will be responsible to see this new product from concept through launch, monitor its performance and recommend enhancements as necessary.
So, for now, this is all we know, and it will probably stay that way until this time next year. Microsoft is certainly ramping up for a major platform when the new hardware is announced. It is also nice to see that Microsoft will be integrating its other properties to continue their "Xbox is entertainment" initiative.
Over the past few months, Verizon has made some deals with cable companies to enhance their reseller agreements and pick up some new spectrum. However, like the Alltel acquisition, Verizon will not be allowed to keep everything they own to make this happen.
Currently, Verizon is in talks with 36 different firms who are interested in purchasing some of their 700MHz spectrum, assuming their acquisition is approved. Currently, Verizon's LTE network is built in the 700MHz C spectrum, while A and B are what are up for sale, pending approval. They claim that the new spectrum is more compatible with their existing LTE network that some of what they already own.
Not everyone is happy about this deal. Hit the break to read what the Senate has to say about it.
It would appear that Facebook doesn't know when to stop. First they purchase Instagram, then they bought patents from Microsoft, then, of course, the disaster that was their IPO. With a pending lawsuit for misrepresenting growth rates and revenue, now would probably be the worst time to make a large purchase.
On the other hand, Facebook is seemingly run by a bunch of chimps, so logic doesn't factor into their decisions. Their current area of interest is in picking up a web browser. Considering the pending lawsuits include accusations about a rise in mobile browser and app-based users, neither of which Facebook is able to capitalize on, it does make some sense that they would be interested in teaming with or purchasing a browser company. Internet Explorer is out, for obvious reasons, and Chrome and Safari are both owned by companies they consider competition, so the only option left is Opera Software.
While Opera might not be a leader in the industry, or even a name more people know, it has markets in which it is strong.