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[News] Obtrusive Ads (Brainwash) Come to PDFs, FSF Responds with Free Software

  • Subject: [News] Obtrusive Ads (Brainwash) Come to PDFs, FSF Responds with Free Software
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2007 02:58:03 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Adobe to launch ads in PDF files

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| A new ad platform is currently in Beta testing by Adobe and Yahoo which could 
| change the way PDF publishers earn revenue. The platform would allow 
| advertisements to be shown in Adobe's PDF file format. The opt-in service 
| would host contextually targeted ads within the documents.   


GNU PDF to fill missing gap in functionality

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| That's the main reason why the Free Software Foundation (FSF) has declared 
| GNU PDF a high priority project, and is actively seeking donations to speed 
| its progress.  



FSF Accepting Donations For GNU PDF Project

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| The Free Software Foundation is working to develop a set of libraries and 
| programs that implement the PDF file format. Even non-developers can 
| contribute to the cause.  


Microsoft finally admits fault for PDF attacks

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| There we were thinking that Adobe was at fault because its Acrobat reader had 
| a vulnerability that exposed users to bad PDF files filled with malwares sent 
| in spam when all along it was yet another vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. 
| Microsoft has belatedly admitted that it's to blame and is working on a fix 
| but for many it may be too late as spam with dodgy PDF files is hitting 
| mailboxes by tens of thousands.     


New PDF Zero-Day Vulnerability

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| The British security researcher who has disclosed two critical flaws in 
| popular media files in the past week said Thursday that a zero-day 
| vulnerability in Adobe Inc.'s pervasive PDF files could be exploited to 
| snatch control of Windows XP systems.   


Microsoft Windows: Insecure by Design


If Only We Knew Then What We Know Now About Windows XP


Why Windows is a security nightmare.


The Structural Failures of Windows


PDF spam tsunami hits email inboxes

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| The email messages are being sent from compromised home PCs, turned into 
| zombie relay stations by hackers. 


Latest Stock Spam Strategy Uses PDFs

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| Five billion spam messages flooded the Internet on Wednesday in
| a realistic-looking pump-and-dump scam that had its intended 
| effect of boosting trading volume for German-based Talktech Telemedia.
| [...]
| The outbreak, which represented 9 percent of all e-mail traffic, making it 
| one of the 10 largest outbreaks of 2007, was distributed by over 75,000 
| zombie PCs. The top three locations of these zombies were the U.S., Spain, 
| and Germany. Recipients of the attack were mainly in Europe.   


Microsoft is the world's biggest cause of zombie remailers

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| In China, it would take about one and one-half years wages (for the
| average Chinese) to buy a legitimate copy of Windows Vista. If you
| could find it here.
| Microsoft is the biggest cause of zombie remailers in the world,
| because they make noises, but do not do anything to address the
| real digital inequities in the world. 


Botnet 'pandemic' threatens to strangle the net

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| Cerf estimated that between 100 million and 150 million of the
| 600 million PCs on the internet are under the control of hackers,
| the BBC reports. 


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