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Malware Could Strand Thousands When Domains Go Dark on Monday (Wired)
Tens of thousands of U.S. Internet users could be left in the digital dark on Monday when the FBI pulls the plug on domains related to DNSChanger malware. Computers belonging to an estimated 64,000 users in the United States, and an additional 200,000 users outside the United States, are still infected with the malware, despite repeated warnings in the news, email messages sent by ISPs and alerts posted by Google and Facebook. The Wall Street Journal In a highly unusual move, the FBI set up a safety net. They brought in a private company to install two clean Internet servers to take over for the malicious servers so that people would not suddenly lose their Internet. The temporary Internet system they set up, however, will be shut down at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Monday. CNBC Hackers are to blame for the malware attack, which was part of an international online advertising scam. The malicious software disabled users’ antivirus software, which could also make their computer prone to other issues. San Jose Mercury News Google and Facebook each used different technical methods of determining which users might have the DNSChanger infection, according to security consultant Barry Greene, a member of the public-private working group that’s been tackling the problem. While Google has alerted users to a potential malware threat once before, Greene said he wasn’t aware that Facebook had ever done so. Google began showing notices to affected users in May; Facebook followed suit last month. AP To check whether a computer is infected, users can visit a website run by the group brought in by the FBI: http://www.dcwg.org. The site includes links to respected commercial sites that will run a quick check on the computer, and it also lays out detailed instructions if users want to actually check the computer themselves. The Globe and Mail Users whose computers are still infected Monday will lose their ability to go online. They will have to call their service providers for help deleting the malware and reconnecting to the Internet.
Apple Removes First Trojan App to be Listed in the App Store (VentureBeat)
“Find and Call,” the first malicious app to make it into the iOS App Store was removed Thursday, after reports surfaced of it stealing address books and spamming contacts. The app, first noticed by security researchers at Kaspersky Lab, paraded as a utility app and a way to organize your contacts, when it was actually stealing the phone’s address book and targeting friends and family with spam messages and emails. CNET The company said in a statement that only a small number of users were affected by the glitch. “We had a temporary issue that began [Wednesday] with a server that generated DRM code for some apps being downloaded,” Apple said. “The issue has been rectified and we don’t expect it to occur again. Users who experienced an issue launching an app caused by this server bug can delete the affected app and re-download it.” GigaOM Instapaper developer Marco Arment pinpointed the problem as coming from Apple’s own App Store and brought the issue to public attention on his blog. Over the past two days he cataloged more than 100 apps that were experiencing the issue up until Thursday.
HootSuite and HubSpot Chase Guinness World Record for Largest Webinar, Ever (VentureBeat)
In six days, Hootsuite and HubSpot will try to break the Guiness record for the largest webinar in history. Currently, the record stands at 10,899. HubSpot should know: It set the record itself in 2011.
Facebook Invests in Asia With Underwater Internet Cable (AllFacebook)
Facebook hopes to grow its social media influence in Asia, as the company recently announced that it invested in the Asia Pacific Gateway — a 6,214-mile underwater Internet cable from Malaysia to Japan, with cables branching off to other countries. Facebook officials believe that by investing in this cable, which would boost Internet speeds throughout Asia-Pacific countries, they can tap into what is becoming a growing market.
Twitter Hits 30 Languages With New Crowd-Translated Catalan and Ukranian Support (The Next Web)
Twitter has long been a proponent of crowd-sourced translation, offering a home base for polyglots who care to devote their efforts toward making the service available in other languages. These efforts have resulted in Twitter being available in 30 languages as it adds Catalan and Ukrainian support.
Google+ Hangouts Get Closed Captioning, Transcripts (Mashable)
You can read a transcript of what’s going on in a Google+ Hangout in real-time — closed captioning, essentially — thanks to a new app released Thursday called Hangout Captions. The app provides a transcript of a Hangout that can be read by those who are deaf or have trouble hearing, allowing them to participate in the conversation as well.
Win Tickets to The Colbert Report (And So Much More) On Twitter (AllTwitter)
Are you a fan of Stephen Colbert? If so, you would probably love to win tickets to see his show on Comedy Central, right? Well, Pepsi is giving you the chance to do just that as part of its Live For Now campaign on Twitter.
Car-Pooling Makes a Surge on Apps and Social Media (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
The annual ritual of piling into the car for the great American summer road trip has a new twist as more travelers are inviting strangers along for part of the ride. Long-distance travelers as well as commuters are connecting on sites like Zimride.com, Ridejoy.com, Avego.com, Nuride.com, Rideshare.com and eRideShare.com.
News Cats on Tumblr Turn Journalist Woes to Laughs (10,000 Words)
Here’s a quick mid-week laugh for any reporter who has ever found themselves stuck covering a three-hour meeting with other things on their mind, combined with zero cell phone reception and several deadlines looming. Go visit the News Cat Gifs!, the latest animated gif Tumblr to take on the myriad of first-world problems journalists battle daily.