Super Bot

This sure looks like a nasty piece of work.

Massive botnet ‘indestructible,’ say researchers

A new and improved botnet that has infected more than four million PCs is “practically indestructible,” security researchers say.

“TDL-4,” the name for both the bot Trojan that infects machines and the ensuing collection of compromised computers, is “the most sophisticated threat today,” said Kaspersky Labs researcher Sergey Golovanov in a detailed analysis Monday.

“[TDL-4] is practically indestructible,” Golovanov said.

. . .

TDL-4 infects the MBR, or master boot record, of the PC with a rootkit — malware that hides by subverting the operating system. The master boot record is the first sector — sector 0 — of the hard drive, where code is stored to bootstrap the operating system after the computer’s BIOS does its start-up checks.

Because TDL-4 installs its rootkit on the MBR, it is invisible to both the operating system and more, importantly, security software designed to sniff out malicious code.

But that’s not TDL-4′s secret weapon.

What makes the botnet indestructible is the combination of its advanced encryption and the use of a public peer-to-peer (P2P) network for the instructions issued to the malware by command-and-control (C&C) servers.

See also:
TDL4 – Top Bot
Sophisticated TDL-4 Botnet Has 4.5 Million Infected Zombies
‘Indestructible’ rootkit enslaves 4.5m PCs in 3 months
TDL-4 creates 4.5 million PC ‘indestructible’ botnet
Security Researchers Discover the Mother of All Botnets
TDL-4: The ‘indestructible’ botnet?
There’s a Botnet Called TDL-4 That’s Virtually Indestructable
‘Indestructible’ Botnet Enslaves 4.5 Million PCs
‘Indestructible’ Zombie PC Botnet Borrows Exploit From Israeli, U.S. Cyberweapon
Have cybercriminals created the perfect botnet — undetectable and indestructible?

If you ever needed a reason and reminder to keep your operating system, anti-virus, and anti-spywware software patched and up to date, this would be a good one.

/remember, if you’re not part of the solution, you’re potentially part of the problem

Let Them Eat Plutonium

North Korea seemingly has plenty of money to pursue a nuclear weapons program and develop long range missile technology, but apparently no money for food.

North Korea could be on verge of famine, smuggled video shows

Footage shot inside North Korea has revealed that the country could be on the verge of a famine, showing filthy, homeless and orphaned children begging for scraps and soldiers stealing food from rice sellers.

The video was shot over several months by an undercover North Korean journalist who smuggled the footage out to China and could face the death penalty. It was obtained by Australian Broadcasting Corp this week.

See also:
Famine threatens to return to North Korea
North Korea’s Hunger, on Film
Video shows North Korea starvation has spread to the military
Rare video footage smuggled out of North Korea
N. Korea Hides Evidence of Famine
North Korea: Video reveals extreme poverty of “Dear Leader’s” country
Video reveals North Korean famine

Could this famine be the catalyst that finally causes the collapse of the North Korean regime? It’s impossible to predict. However, although the collapse of North Korea would be a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions in the short run, in the long run it would turn out to be a blessing for the Korean people and bring stability to the region that’s been lacking for over half a century.

/and in other, WTF, Bizarro World news North Korea to Chair UN Disarmament Conference

Great Prophet 6

Every day Obama plays another round of golf we get weaker and every day Iran is allowed to continue to develop nuclear weapons and ballistic missile technology they get stronger.

Iran test fires 14 missiles capable of reaching Israeli, US targets

Iran fired 14 missiles and unveiled underground ballistic missile silos today, kicking off a series of war games over the next 10 days. Some of the missiles, launched today, have a range of more than 1,200 miles – enough to reach Israel and American installations in the region, Iranian PressTV reports.

Longer-range missiles are not likely to be built because all of Iran’s desired targets are already in reach with its current missiles, said Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Revolutionary Guards’ aerospace division.

“We possess the technology to build missiles with longer ranges but we do not need missiles with a range of more than 2,000 kilometers and we do not intend to produce them,” Mr. Hajizadeh said from the sidelines of the drills, which are known as Great Prophet 6. “Iran’s missiles have a range of up to 2,000 kilometers and have been designed for US and the Zionist regime [Israel]‘s bases in the region.”

See also:
Israel within range of Iran’s missiles: general
Iran to Conduct Missile Drills Today
Iran test-fires missiles, shows secret silos
Iran testfires 14 missiles “successfully” in drills
Iran unveils missile silos as military exercises open
In ‘Great Prophet VI’ Maneuvers, Iran Fires 14 Ballistic Missiles; IRGC Dep. Cmdr: Iran Won’t Initiate Attack – But Response Will Be ‘Purely Aggressive’
Iran launches missiles carrying message of “peace and friendship”
Guard chief: Iran can build longer-range missiles
Photos: Iran Test Fires 14 Missiles
IRGC Drills Display Iran’s Major Progress in Missile Technology

Ten years ago we could have crushed the Iranian threat without too much trouble. Now, I’m not so sure. We may have passed a tipping point where it’s now impossible to stop Iran’s nuclear program or the cost of stopping it is prohibitive and unacceptable. It’s bad enough that Iran has been allowed to pursue their atomic weapons program pretty much unimpeded, but now it appears that they have the missile technology to reliably deliver nuclear warheads anywhere in the region. What happens next is anyone’s guess.

/I wouldn’t be surprised if, sometime in the not so distant future, we witness an Iranian detonation test of an atomic device

Behold Muslims Doing What They Do Best

Another day, more Muslims rampaging and killing innocent people in the name of Islam.

Bombing of Nigerian Beer Garden Kills 25

Suspected Islamic militants threw a bomb into a beer garden in northeastern Nigeria Sunday, killing 25 people and wounding at least 12 others.

Police and witnesses say the attackers drove up to the open-air pub in Maiduguri on motorcycles and tossed a bomb into the crowd of drinkers. Some witnesses say the attackers also fired gunshots into the crowd.

Authorities are blaming Boko Haram, an Islamic fundamentalist group whose name in the Hausa language means “western education is sinful.”

Not to be outdone by the Nigerian Muslims . . .

Muslim Mobs in Egypt Attack Christian Homes, Threaten Priest

Enraged Muslims burned down several Christian-owned homes, surrounded a church and threatened to kill a priest last week in two unrelated incidents in Upper Egypt.

On Saturday (June 25) in Awlad Khalaf village, just outside Sohag, 240 miles (386 kilometers) south of Cairo, local Muslims attacked Coptic Christian Wahib Halim Atteyah, robbed him of 32,000 Saudi Riyals (US$8,530), and bulldozed his home along with the other structures on his property, according to local media. The group then raided six other Coptic-owned homes and burned them to the ground . . .

See also:
Nigeria Boko Haram Islamists ‘bomb Maiduguri drinkers’
Beer garden bomb attack kills 25 in Nigeria
Deadly blast kills 25 in Nigeria
25 killed in Nigerian attacks
Nigerian Islamists open fire on beer garden, kill four
Mob torches Christian homes in Egypt
Report: Egyptian Muslims Torch 8 Christian Homes on Rumor of Church Construction
Christians, Muslims clash over new church in Egypt
Egyptian Muslims torch 8 Christian homes on rumors of church construction
Egypt Christians and Muslims in Violent Clashes Over Church Construction

And this is only a tiny sliver of the worldwide mayhem perpetrated by Muslims, on a daily basis, in the name of Islam. Pick up any paper tomorrow and, like clockwork, there’ll be more.

/just remember, Islam is the Religion of Peace and Tolerance, you know, except for the peace and the tolerance

Weekly Watch List

LULU (6/25/11, 0.00%)
FOSL (3/12/11, +37.38%)
NFLX (7/30/10, +150.57%)
HS (3/5/11, +20.46%)
AGP (3/5/11, +9.61%)
INFA (10/16/10, +53.21%)
PRGO (4/2/11,+7.46%)
ILMN (5/7/11, +2.56%)
HUM (6/11/11, +2.80%)
ARUN (6/25/11, 0.00%)
CVLT (6/4/11, +2.33%)

Additions:
ARUN (6/25/11, 0.00%)
LULU (6/25/11, 0.00%)

Subtractions:
DSW
EW
MDCO

Last week, the major indexes ended mixed again. The Nasdaq gained 1.4%, the S&P 500 slumped 0.2%, the NYSE slid 0.3, and the Dow lost 0.6%. The IBD outlook remains at “market in correction”. The indexes, so far, have been finding support near their 200 day moving averages. If they can’t hold these levels, things could get really ugly. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be much good news on the horizon that could provide a near term upside catalyst. Hopefully, these low equity prices just might tempt bargain hunting value investors to step in, catch the falling knife, and put in some manner of market bottom. We’ll see.

With the market in correction, none of the watch list stocks can be considered as buy candidates.

/as usual, your mileage may vary, always do your own homework

World’s Ugliest Dog I Am

And the 2011 winner is . . . Yoda!

Yoda is world’s ugliest dog

Yoda’s short tufts of hair, protruding tongue, and long, seemingly hairless legs were enough to earn it the World’s Ugliest Dog title at a Northern California fair.

The 14-year-old Chinese crested and Chihuahua mix won the honour at the annual contest at the Sonoma Marin Fair.

Owner Terry Schumacher of Hanford, California, says the 2lb (900-gram) dog has come a long way since she was found abandoned behind an apartment building. Ms Schumacher says she first thought the pooch was a rat.

See also:
She’s a bit ruff! Chinese-crested Chihuahua mix wins the World’s Ugliest Dog title
1.8 Pound Mutt Claims the 2011 World’s Ugliest Dog (R) Title at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma Tonight
Chinese crested from Hanford wins 23rd annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest
Meet Yoda, the world’s ugliest dog
The World’s Ugliest Dog is announced.. as Yoda
14-yr-old chihuahua named Yoda wins ‘world’s ugliest dog’ title
Yoda crowned the world’s ugliest dog
World’s Ugliest Dog Crowned, Might Be So Ugly It’s Cute
Ugliest Dog Contest: Chinese Crested Chihuahua Mix Takes Top Prize
Pictures: 2011 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest
Yoda crowned world’s ugliest dog
World’s Ugliest Dog® Contest
World’s Ugliest Dog Contest

Congratulations to Yoda, but she may as well be Miss Universe compared to previous World’s Ugliest Dog winners like 2007′s Elwood . . .

. . . or three time champion Sam.

Hoo boy, them there dogs been beaten silly with the ugly stick!

/I’ll stick to cats

Get With The Program

Cut, cap, balance. Get used to hearing those three words, because they’re going to be the “drill baby drill” mantra of the 2012 election cycle. It’s a winning issue and our country’s fiscal survival depends on it.

Cut, cap and balance

This week a group of serious, committed advocacy organizations banded together to send a clear message to Washington and urged members of Congress to sign their pledge, titled “Cut, Cap and Balance.”

. . .

So what are the right things to do, according to the pledge?

Cut — Substantial cuts in spending that will reduce the deficit next year and thereafter.

Cap — Enforceable spending caps that will put federal spending on a path to a balanced budget.

Balance — Passage of a balanced-budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution — but only if it includes both a spending limitation and a supermajority for raising taxes, in addition to balancing revenues and expenses.

Take the pledge:

Cut Cap Balance Pledge

See also:
The Fiscal Pledge We Need: Cut, Cap, Balance
Conservative Lawmakers Sign Pledge Demanding Cuts, Caps & Balanced Budget Amendment in Debt Limit Deal
Coalition Calls for ‘Cut, Cap, And Balance’ on Capitol Hill
Conservative groups, lawmakers officially roll out Cut, Cap, Balance Pledge
Lawmakers sign pledge to balance the budget
Cut, cap, balance to save economy
CBO Warning Bolsters ‘Cut, Cap and Balance’
Cut, Cap and Balance–As in the Budget–Full-Speed Ahead
Cut, Cap, Balance: How to Address the Debt Ceiling Issue
Behind the GOP’s ‘Cut, Cap, Balance’ Pledge
Can Conservatives’ ‘Cut, Cap and Balance Pledge’ Cure Spending Problem?

Go to the pledge website, work your e-mail, work your phone. Do whatever you can to get your Congressional representatives to sign on to the Cut, Cap, and Balance Pledge. Just do it, do it now.

/and if they won’t sign on, make sure you do your part to vote them out of office

It’s The Jihad Stupid

Oh look, here’s two more American Muslims scheming to unleash a murder spree to massacre as many of their fellow countrymen as possible, all in the name of Islam. Muslim problem, what Muslim problem?

Two men charged with plan to attack military recruiting station

Two U.S. citizens from Seattle and Los Angeles — described as “would-be terrorists” by the FBI — have been arrested and charged with plotting to kill Americans enlisting in the armed forces in Seattle, federal officials announced Thursday.

The men were identified as Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, (also known as Joseph Anthony Davis), 33, of Seattle; and Walli Mujahidh, (also known as Frederick Domingue Jr.) 32, of Los Angeles.

“Driven by a violent extreme ideology, these two young Americans are charged with plotting to murder men and women who were enlisting in the armed forces to serve and protect our country,” said a top counter-terrorism official at the Justice Department.

. . .

According to a source working with federal agents, Abdul-Latif said the original plan to attack Fort Lewis “would be in retaliation for alleged crimes committed by United States soldiers in Afghanistan,” a court document said.

. . .

The plot allegedly involved a conspiracy to use grenades and firearms which they would use to kill the victims and then use to fight police as they made their escape.

See also:
Pair accused of plotting Seattle attack
Feds: Fort Hood massacre inspired Seattle plot
Feds: Converts to Islam Planned Ft. Hood-Style Assault in Seattle
FBI praised for foiling terror plot in Seattle
UPDATE 2-Two arrested in Seattle in plot against military
Justice Department: Two Arrested In Plot To Attack Seattle Recruiting Station
FBI Arrests Two Men for Plot to Shoot Up Seattle Military Recruiting Center
Two Muslim Converts Arrested for Bomb Plot at Military Recruitment Center in Seattle
Muslims at suspect’s mosque shocked to learn of terror plot
‘Always threats against us’ say JBLM officers of foiled terrorist attack
Photos | Recruitment center terror plot

I must say that it’s truly remarkable how the FBI manages to foil so many terror plots before they come to fruition. Then again, since the plots just about always involve jihadis, the FBI knows where to look and who to look for.

/religion of peace my ass

Whitewashed Jihadi, The Prequel

Last week, the mainstream media completely ignored the fact that Yonathan Melaku is a Muslim after he was arrested for lurking near the Pentagon. Now it turns out that Melaku is responsible for last year’s string of D.C. area sniper incidents too. Can you say Islamic Jihadi or is that still too politically incorrect?

Federal authorities on Thursday charged a Marine reservist in connection with 2010 shootings at the Pentagon and the National Museum of the Marine Corps.

Although he has been charged with only two shootings so far, the criminal complaint links him to three other shootings at military recruiting stations.

. . .

According to a criminal complaint, law enforcement officers searched the residence of Yonathan Melaku and found numerous documents concerning bomb-making and explosives.

See also:
Sources: Reservist Suspected in Military Shootings Self-Radicalized Through Internet
Military Shootings Suspect a “Homegrown Terrorist”Court documents: Yonathan Melaku videotaped Marine Corps museum shooting
Man took video of himself shooting at military facility, authorities say
Man charged in military building shootings
Feds: Pentagon Terror Scare Man Was Building Bomb, Shot At Military Targets
FBI Charges Reservist in Pentagon Shootings
Sources: Marine reservist linked to area shootings
U.S. charges suspect of last year’s Pentagon shooting
US Marine reservist charged in military site shootings
Whitewashing The Jihad
And The Coast Guard Makes Five

Except for Fox News, all the other media outlets are still making everyone play guess the religion by not directly mentioning that Yonathan Melaku is a Muslim acting in the name of Islam. Oh sure, they drop hints like he chanted “Allahu Akbar” before taking his sniper shots, but they refuse to put the word Muslim into print.

/it’s easy enough to infer Melaku’s religion from the articles, because in these types of incidents the perpetrators are pretty much always Muslims, but still, some straight up, honest reporting, without deference to political correctness, would be nice

A New League Leader

Japan puts China in the supercomputing back seat and, unlike China, Japan didn’t have to steal the technology to do it.

Japan’s ‘K Computer’ takes supercomputer crown

Japan’s K Computer, which can crunch more than 8 quadrillion calculations per second, is the top supercomputer, according to the Top 500 list of high-performance systems.

The K Computer, housed at the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science in Kobe, puts Japan back in the top spot for the first time since Nov. 2004.

. . .

Japan’s K Computer bumped the previous top dog—China’s Tianhe-1A supercomputer. The K Computer is built by Fujitsu and has 548,352 cores, or 68,544 SPARC64 VIIIfx CPUs with eight cores each. It’s also notable that the K Computer doesn’t use graphics processors or accelerators.

See also:
Japan back on top in supercomputer race
Japanese supercomputer is world’s fastest
Japan’s “K Computer” is Now the Fastest Supercomputer in the World
Special ‘K’ fastest computer ever
If No. 2 was OK, No. 1 is better / Supercomputer impresses all, including skeptical politician Renho
Riken nabs supercomputer title
Supercomputer “K computer” Takes First Place in World
Japan Takes No. 1 Spot on Top500
Japan King Of Supercomputer Hill Again After 7-Year Hiatus
Japan Rises to Reclaim Top 500 Supercomputing Title
K Computer Makes Your Gaming Rig Look Lazy
K computer
K computer

The Japanese K computer is quite impressive, massively large, and it looks like it sucks an enormous amount of electricity. All that computing power and they still can’t accurately predict the weather.

/gee, I sure hope it doesn’t run Windows

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