Beware the new Facebook password reset scam | InSecurity Complex – CNET News

If you get an e-mail that appears to be from Facebook saying the company reset your password and urging you to open an attachment, it is a scam. Repeat, it is a scam.

McAfee warned people in a blog post on Wednesday to beware of an e-mail that appears to come from Facebook urging recipients to open an attachment to get their new password.

The attachment contains a password stealer that can potentially access any username and password combination used on the computer, not just the login credentials for Facebook.

“This threat is potentially very dangerous considering that there are over 350 million Facebook users who could fall for this scam,” McAfee says. “This is also the sixth most prevalent piece of malware targeting consumers in the last 24 hours, as tracked by McAfee Labs.”

There are obvious clues that this is a phishing scam. For one, Facebook doesn’t send e-mails like this. It may send an e-mail with a link where the user can reset the password, but not an e-mail with an attachment. Secondly, the e-mail has poor grammar and awkward phrases. For instance, Facebook is not capitalized in the salutation.

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“Piracy” sounds too sexy, say rightsholders

For years, we’ve heard complaints about using the term “piracy” to describe the online copyright infringement—but most have come from Big Content’s critics.

Copyright holders have long preferred the term, with its suggestions of theft, destruction, and violence. The “pirates” have now co-opted the term, adopting it with gusto and hoisting the Jolly Roger across the Internet (The Pirate Bay being the most famous example).

Some of those concerned about online copyright infringement now realize that they may have created a monster by using the term “piracy.” This week, at the unveiling of a new study for the International Chamber of Commerce which argued that 1.2 million jobs could be lost in Europe as a result of copyright infringement by 2015, the head of the International Actors’ Federation lamented the term.

“We should change the word piracy,” she said at a press conference. “To me, piracy is something adventurous, it makes you think about Johnny Depp. We all want to be a bit like Johnny Depp. But we’re talking about a criminal act. We’re talking about making it impossible to make a living from what you do.”

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GM Unveils New Laser Heads-Up Display For Better Visibility – MotorAuthority

Two years ago we brought you a preview of GM’s latest innovation in heads-up display technology: a full-windshield, laser-based system that displays the path of the road ahead, even when it’s not visible due to fog, snow, heavy rain or other conditions. Today, GM unveiled the technology, and it says it’s not far from production.

Improving visibility of the roadway in adverse conditions could have a big impact on safety, helping drivers to stay on the road even when it’s near-impossible to see with the unaided eye. The system uses a combination of sensors and cameras to gather information that is then projected onto the windshield by small ultra-violet lasers. The technology is part of a joint R&D project between GM and teams at the University of Southern California and Carnegie Mellon University

via GM Unveils New Laser Heads-Up Display For Better Visibility – MotorAuthority.

Conaghan Review: Six Frigates by Ian W. Toll

Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy by Ian W. Toll (2006). A well-researched history of naval history in the early years of the American republic, following the events surrounding the six frigates authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1794.

The book follows the frigates (United States, President, Constellation, Congress, Constitution, and Chesapeake) from their construction through their actions in the Quasi-War, the Tripolitan War, and the War of 1812.

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Judges uphold Word patent-infringement ruling | Tech News on ZDNet

A US Court of Appeals panel has upheld a judgement that Microsoft infringed on another company’s patent with its custom XML tags in Word 2003 and Word 2007.

The judges were asked to reconsider a 2009 ruling regarding i4i’s patent, which covers a “method and system for manipulating the architecture and the content of a document separately from each other”. Microsoft lost its first appeal in December, and then lodged a second appeal for a panel hearing and for an ‘en banc review’ before the full appeals court. The Texas federal circuit panel’s decision on Wednesday is part of that process.

via Judges uphold Word patent-infringement ruling | Tech News on ZDNet.