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BitTorrent unveils 'sick' sync service

BitTorrent pulls back the drop cloth on its new file synchronization service, simply called BitTorrent Sync, and asks people to help build something "sick" -- the good way, we presume.
by Seth Rosenblatt
January 25, 2013 4:23 PM PST

Among the myriad modern ways to transfer files from one computer to another, you can now add BitTorrent Sync to the list. The company unveiled a very rough, pre-alpha version of the service today as part of its new initiative for developing new tech called BitTorrent Labs.

In a blog post announcing BitTorrent Sync, the company revealed few details. It's designed to "manage personal files across multiple computers," the company wrote. They also requested user feedback to help them "build something sick. If you're comfortable using early, incomplete software, and if you're committed to helping us figure out a better way to sync, we want to hear from you," the post reads.

Currently, you must fill out an application and wait for a response before you can use the service. It asks numerous questions, including how many computers you intend to use the service on, which operating systems you want to use Sync on, and which country you live in.

According to the blog TorrentFreak, once you're in the service is easy to set up even though it's in pre-alpha. The blog also notes that syncing is not entirely a new thing for BitTorrent. Companies such as Facebook and Twitter use torrents to distribute files and for software deployments.

Sync joins other BitTorrent experiments such as BitTorrent Live for live-streaming, and the recently announced BitTorrent Surf for turning Google Chrome into a torrent client.

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    New Vulnerability Found in Every Single Version of Internet Explorer

    According to a confirmation by Microsoft late last night, a new zero day vulnerability has been found to affect every version of Internet Explorer. In other words—over a quarter of the entire browser market.

    Attacks taking advantage of the vulnerability are largely targeting IE versions 9, 10, and 11 in something called a "use after free" attack. Essentially, the attack corrupts data as soon as memory has been released, most likely after users have been lured to phony websites. Microsoft explains:

    The vulnerability exists in the way that Internet Explorer accesses an object in memory that has been deleted or has not been properly allocated. The vulnerability may corrupt memory in a way that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context of the current user within Internet Explorer. An attacker could host a specially crafted website that is designed to exploit this vulnerability through Internet Explorer and then convince a user to view the website.
    Microsoft is currently investigating the issue and will likely release an out-of-cycle security patch to take care of the problem. Let's just hope it comes soon, because according to security firm Fire Eye, this means that about 26 percent of the entire browser market is at risk.

    And since Windows XP users won't be getting the patch for this fairly threatening bug, anyone still running the now-unsupported software is going to have to cough up some big bucks to stay safe. Anyone like—oh, the IRS, for instance.

    [Microsoft via Cnet]

    source gizmodo


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    Here Is John McAfee's New Anti-Surveillance Private Messaging App

    John McAfee is back in the news with the release of an app called Chadder.

    It's a product of Future Tense Central, McAfee's security and privacy company. As it's all about sending messages securely, the app presents itself a lot like Snapchat. Communications are routed through Chadder's servers, which acts as a super-secure post office of sorts, tagging messages with a special key as they arrive before sending them off to the intended recipient.

    The process ensures that your message arrives only on the intended recipient's device and shields its contents from Chadder's servers. Indeed, the app's tagline is "Say what you want! We can't see it anyway."

    Chadder is the latest in a long series of launches of anonymous social networks and private messaging apps like Secret, Whisper, Confide, and Wickr. Mark Cuban even has his own app in the category called Cyberdust. The trend seems to be that people no longer want to share everything they

    This is a free app currently available for Android and Windows Phone. An iPhone app is coming soon.

    Check out the below video for more:

    source businessinsider
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    Microsoft to replace Internet Explorer with new, streamlined browser

    Microsoft is developing a new, streamlined web browser that will replace Internet Explorer, according to reports, in an apparent attempt to move towards other popular browsers like Chrome and Firefox.

    The new app could also help Microsoft distance itself from users’ bad memories of old versions of IE. In the past the company has considered changing the name to separate the current browser from “negative perceptions that no long reflect reality”, according to developers.

    The browser, codenamed Spartan, is set to be shown off on January 21st when Microsoft demonstrates its new Windows 10 operating system, according to people close to the company. But it might not be ready for release when the early version of the software launches the same month.

    It will be available for both desktop and mobile versions of the operating system, according to ZDNet.

    Though the new browser will be the default one in future versions of the operating system, Windows 10 will ship with a new and backwards-compatible version of Internet Explorer, IE 12, too.

    The new browser will still use many of the same technologies as Internet Explorer, but will have a stripped down look and feel, and will support extensions.

    Ok so Microsoft is about to launch a new browser that's not Internet Explorer and will be the default browser in Windows 10. Wow.
    — Thomas Nigro (@ThomasNigro) December 18, 2014

    While the company has long been thought to be planning an overhaul of its browser for the new operating system, it was previously expected that would come as an update to IE rather than as a new and separate app.

    Thomas Nigro, a developer on video app VLC and a Microsoft student partner, was one of the first people to mention the new browser.

    Code referencing the Spartan name has been found in early versions of the new Windows.

    Though the browser is being called Spartan for now, that is just a codename and could well change before launch.

    IE was released in 1995, and has since gone through 11 different versions.

    It initially dominated the browser market, but competitors like Firefox and Chrome have steadily taken its share. Estimates of its use put it around a quarter and a half of all browsing.

    source independent


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    chrome is hideous

    Internet explorer is good looking, closer to shit in usability

    Firefox is awesome, until it becomes loaded with bookmarks, add-ons, large history and multiple tabs that it begins to act weird .... and by that, when it reaches 300 MB task manager process tab.

    So in other terms, there no good browser, however I can tolerate Firefox more than any other browser.


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    Huge Adobe Flash security vulnerability revealed after hacking group's documents leaked

    Adobe Flash, a program that is installed on more than 1 billion computers, has a serious vulnerability that could let anyone take over it.

    The huge weakness was revealed as part of documents leaked after a cyberattack on Hacking Team, a government-sponsored spying group, that seems to have been using it to break into computers. There is no patch available to fix the problem — though Adobe has said it will provide one today — and so the safest way to ensure that computers aren’t vulnerable is to delete the application entirely.

    “Successful exploitation could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system,” according to a statement from Adobe. The problem affects Windows, Mac and Linux computers.

    Since the vulnerability has now been detailed in public documents, following the hack, anyone can use it against any computer running the application. Some experts have shown how the vulnerability could be used to take control of computers and run files on them — exposing all of the information stored there as well as potentially making them available for immoral or illegal use.

    The flaw comes from a hole in the Flash code that attackers can use to read and write information onto a computer. Once they have done that they can send instructions to the computer, which will then execute it.

    Hacking Team described the vulnerability as "the most beautiful Flash bug for the last four years", according to leaked documents.

    The organisation, a cybersecurity firm that sells its tools and services to governments, was hacked earlier this week. The leaked files were distributed over the internet — and seemed to indicate that the group had been selling its tools and services to oppressive regimes.

    source independent