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[News] [Rival] Vista 7 Bootkited Before Arrival, Windows a Lost Cause

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Researchers Release Bootkit Code Targeting Windows 7

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| Dubbed Vbootkit 2.0, the software was first presented by researchers Vipin 
| Kumar and Nitin Kumar at the Hack In The Box security conference in Dubai in 
| April. At the conference, the two researchers demonstrated how attackers 
| could circumvent security features implemented in the kernel and gain control 
| over Windows 7 (x64).    


Windows and Viruses - Made for each other

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| This is the screenshot of the cnet's download.com which shows the most 
| popular downloads for windows. The first five positions are taken by 
| anti-virus software :-). Sadly there is no 'Linux' download section but 'Mac' 
| has a place.   



Windows 7 is 'insecure', warns F-Secure

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| The new operating system's Windows Explorer file manager still misleads users
| about the true extension of a file, said Patrik Runald, chief research
| advisor at Helsinki-based F-Secure.


Experts: Windows 7 at risk from legacy flaw

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| For example, malicious code writers could name a 'virus.exe' file
| as 'virus.txt.exe' or 'virus.jpg.exe', he said. Windows Explorer would then
| hide the .exe part of the filename, meaning that the user would only
| see 'virus.txt' or 'virus.jpg'. Additionally, virus writers would change the
| icon displayed with the file in Windows Explorer so it looked like the icon
| of a text file or an image. Users might then click on the disguised file.


Win7 can still be exploited by hackers

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| "People typically look at the icon to know what the file is," Runald told
| ComputerWorldUK. "If it looks like a Word doc or a PDF file, there's an
| implicit trust in it, and users are more likely to click on those files, even
| if they are actually an executable."


Hackers hold US medical data hostage

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| The PMP contains details of medical patient’s drug prescriptions and was
| intended to be used to stop people abusing their access to medicines.
| However, on Thursday the site was taken over by hackers and the following
| announcement posted on the web page.


Speed Test: Windows 7 May Not Be Much Faster Than Vista

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| Though Windows 7 edged out Vista in our lab tests, you may not notice much of
| a difference.
| [...]
| If these test results remain consistent with those for the final version of
| Windows 7, the news will likely be disappointing to many Windows users. One
| of the major complaints about Windows Vista was the fact that it was
| consistently slower than Windows XP. If Windows 7 doesn’t significantly
| improve that situation, it may fail to convince people to move away from
| Windows XP.


Windows 7 distrust spurs Ubuntu for the desktop

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| Ubuntu is emerging as an unlikely alternative to deploying Windows 7 or Vista
| on enterprise desktops as many IT managers express concerns over the upgrade
| path to the new Windows operating system.


Windows 7: 83% Of Businesses Won't Deploy Next Year

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| The survey, of more than 1,100 IT professionals, is one of the first
| extensive looks at Windows 7's early sales prospects. It found that a
| whopping 83% of enterprises plan to skip the OS in its first year. While the
| business market typically tends toward caution when it comes to new products,
| the figure is nonetheless surprising given that almost no large companies
| migrated to Vista and as a result most have been using XP much longer than
| planned.
| [...]
| The open source Linux OS also could benefit from slow uptake of Windows 7 in
| the enterprise market, as could Google's Android OS -- which some computer
| makers are reportedly testing as a netbook platform. Fifty percent of those
| surveyed by Dimensional Research said they've considered switching to a
| non-Windows OS to avoid Vista or Windows 7


The Windows 7 beta testing disaster

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| So what are Windows 7’s damning problems?
| –Windows usage is on the decline, and while Windows XP was an acceptable OS
| from the standards of 2001, both the Mac OS X and Linux distributions such as
| Ubuntu have matured. Microsoft also launched many other business ventures
| that it had hoped to subsidize entirely as loss leaders using Windows and
| Office sales to run the other guys out of business, but with sales of those
| faulting combined with massive XBOX 360 hardware failures, giving up on the
| Zune 2 years in with 4% of the market, and failing to put a chink in Google’s
| services, Microsoft is getting desperate.
| –They’re not listening to real users, they’re listening to a focus group if
| that, and the focus group gave us the McLean Deluxe, which was a total
| disaster for McDonalds. But unlike McDonalds, Microsoft has the advantage of
| no competitors. If we want to put Windows in the McLean Deluxe analogy,
| Windows thrives because all restaurants are McDonalds, all grocery stores are
| closed, and the only thing on the menu is the mystery meat. At least til
| lately.
| –Abusing their OEM partners for years hasn’t won them any friends, and
| mainline PC vendors such as HP and Dell are marketing Linux systems now with
| no Microsoft Tax. This isn’t helped by the fact that the only thing Microsoft
| has that is nimble enough to run on the Netbooks that they totally failed to
| see coming is 8 years old (XP) and that they are giving Windows away in a
| massive dumping operation to keep Linux off these things,  because Linux is
| far more capable.
| –There’s no way to actually file detailed bugs and communicate with Windows
| developers or to have any ETA on a patch if one is coming. If you need help
| it costs $49.99 per incident to get someone that probably knows less than you
| do on the phone. You can’t just go to an IRC room and talk to the person that
| wrote it.
| –Windows 7 is in short, Vista all over again. It may be masquerading as a
| huge upgrade but the changes have been trivial, superficial, and usually skin
| deep at best, and “eat my data” and “fail to even load my program” at worst.
| Even my dad saw it running on my test system while he was over the other day
| and thought it was Vista. I had to point to the Windows 7 build number on the
| desktop because there’s almost no way to tell them apart otherwise.




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