Myspace Cracker – Oh dear …

August 26th, 2008

How playing with hacker tools can backfire:

A "Myspace Cracking tool" has recently come to light, though if you're considering attempting to crack some Myspace accounts with this:

....then you might want to think again, on account of it not being quite what it seems. This "cracking tool" is only after one persons details: yours.

No, the tool doesn't help you crack MySpace accounts, it's after your stored passwords contained in Firefox. 

Don't play with hacker tools!

Catalyst 8.8 woes

August 26th, 2008

The other day ATI released Catalyst 8.8 drivers for its range of GPUs. These might work for you but I had to roll my system back to the earlier version to get it stable again.

I usually download and install the latest ATI drivers as soon as they are released, and normally I never look back. I either see a performance boost (which makes me happy), or I don't notice anything at all (which also makes me happy). This time around I encountered several issues that forced me to roll back to 8.7. Specifically:

  • Second Life viewer (and the third-party OnRez viewer) would crash as soon as I logged in-world
  • Poor performance in CoD4 (I'd say a drop in frame rate of around 20%)
  • Several lockups

I can replicate these issues on different systems.

On rolling back to 8.7 everything returned to normal. I even completely wiped all traces of the ATI driver from my system and reinstalled 8.8 in case of corruption but that didn't help. There's something bad about these drivers. I'll see what 8.9 are like next month.

Rolling back ATI Catalyst drivers

ATI make is simple for you to roll back to a previous version of Catalyst if you're experiencing problems. Here's how.

  1. Fire up Windows Explorer.
  2. Navigate to C:\ATI\SUPPORT
  3. Inside that folder you'll see one or more folder names. You only need to worry about the numbers at the beginning (such as 8-8 and 8-7).
  4. Inside the folder of the newest driver you've installed (which you can tell because it'll be the largest number) you'll find a file called Setup.exe. Run it.
  5. Go through the wizard and choose to uninstall the drivers.
  6. When the uninstall is complete, reboot.
  7. When the system is back up navigate to Navigate to C:\ATI\SUPPORT again and choose the folder containing the previous driver you had installed (go by the numbers).
  8. Inside the folder you'll again find a file called Setup.exe. Run this.
  9. Install the driver.
  10. Reboot.

You'll now be back to using the previously installed drivers and hopefully things will return back to normal.

Off topic – Josh Way, funny guy

August 21st, 2008

I'm a huge Mystery Science Theater 3000 fan (which has been off the air for how many years now? I am the proud owner of ALL the episodes on DVD!), and lately I've become hooked on RiffTrax and Cinematic Titanic (well, there are worse things to be addicted to). Not everyone gets this kind of comedy but it never fails to give me a laugh!

The other day I came across another funny guy called Josh Way who produces stuff in a similar style to MST3K. He has some cool videos on his website, has DVDs for sale and you can find a lot of his stuff on YouTube.

Very funny guy! Check him out if you're after a laugh!

Cool video on removing malware with the F-Secure Rescue CD

August 21st, 2008

Didier Stevens has put together a really neat video showing how to use the F-Secure Rescue CD to remove malware from a system.

YouTube, Vimeo (better quality) and XviD hires (even better quality).

Check it out!

30% of internet users admit to buying goods from spam emails

August 21st, 2008

This is just incredible:

About 30 per cent of internet users have bought goods advertised in spam emails, research from internet security vendor Marshal has found.

Marshal polled 622 internet users, of which 29.1 per cent admitted to having purchased items through links in spam emails. The most frequently ordered items were sexual enhancement pills, adult entertainment, software and luxury items including watches, jewellery and clothing.

A report from Forrester Research in 2004 demonstrated that one fifth of internet users had bought products through spam. Marshal's vice president of products, Bradley Anstis, claimed that spam response rates were considerably higher than people realised.

I'm assuming that the 30% figure is an overstatement due to the wording of the question, and that maybe some people bundle in emails that they've signed up for in the past but now can't be bothered to unsubscribe from as spam, but it staggers me that anyone would by pharmaceuticals or luxury items based on a spam email.