Tech news time!
Don’t bug me, I’m busy simulating asteroid impacts.
- The first Mac OS X trojan horse has been spotted. VirusBarrier has released updated virus definitions. Nothing yet from Norton or Virex. According to Intego, the trojan horse, MP3Concept, embeds itself in the ID3 tags of an MP3 then executes when the MP3 is launched. It can delete files, spread itself via email, and infect other media files. The trojan could spread via online music sharing as infected MP3s. Thanks to Rick Yaeger of MacMerc for the tip on this one.
- And on the Windows side of the aisle, new variants of Netsky are proving more virulent than in the past. Netsky.t and .u open a backdoor over TCP port 6789 on infected machines, allowing a hacker to return and put more malware on your system. Nothing new for Bagle, which has included a similar backdoor since day one.
- Yodel along with me now… Yahoooooo! Despite being downgraded by a red-faced analyst earlier this week, the company’s stock climbed to a three-year high on news that the Yahoo’s quarterly profit had doubled and ad-sales were strong. A two-for-one split is in the works. Internet advertising is back in a big way with online spending projected to soar to $8.6 billion in 2005. Blackberry manufacturer RIM also announced a twofer split. Let’s party like it’s 1999! Well, unless you work for Vulcan Ventures, that is.
- PalmOne is having trouble getting IC drivers for the LCDs in the Treo 600. CFO Judy Bruner says they have enough parts to get through the quarter, but the future is cloudy for the popular smartphone. Seems LCD TV vendors are hogging all the parts.
- Diebold screwed the pooch. Again. 2,821 absentee ballots were miscounted in San Diego during last month’s California primary.
- Scientists have found the oldest known pet cat in a 9,500-year-old grave site on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.