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.

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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

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The Other Other Dark Meat

Seriously, who could possibly come up with the sudden inspiration for this and think it was a good idea in the first place? And who in their right mind would volunteer to taste test it? Sniff, sniff, what’s that smell?

Japan scientist synthesizes meat from human feces

Mitsuyuki Ikeda, a researcher from the Okayama Laboratory, has developed steaks based on proteins from human excrement. Tokyo Sewage approached the scientist because of an overabundance of sewage mud. They asked him to explore the possible uses of the sewage and Ikeda found that the mud contained a great deal of protein because of all the bacteria.

The researchers then extracted those proteins, combined them with a reaction enhancer and put it in an exploder which created the artificial steak. The “meat” is 63% proteins, 25% carbohydrates, 3% lipids and 9% minerals. The researchers color the poop meat red with food coloring and enhance the flavor with soy protein. Initial tests have people saying it even tastes like beef.

See also:
‘Poop burger tastes like beef’
Japanese Make “Delicious”, Nourishing Steaks From Human Feces
Japanese scientist creates ‘poop burger’? Surely not
Artificial Meat Made From Human Poop
Human feces: The meat of the future?
Japanese scientist wants you eat reconstituted poop burgers
Meat Made from Poop Hits Japan
Japanese Environmentalist Turns Human Waste into Hamburger
Mitsuyuki Ikeda Wants You to Eat His Burger Patties Made from Human Waste
Burgers made of excrement? (We’re not kidding)

Now you might ask yourself, is this [expletive deleted] for real? I don’t know, I just report, you have to decide.

/I, for one, pray to God it’s a hoax

Your Paper’s Ringing, Are You Going To Bend It?

Do cell phones really need to be thinner, smaller, and bendable?

‘Paper iPhone’ could be next mobile revolution

A pocket-sized computer as thin and flexible as a sheet of paper is set to be unveiled next week. While it’s just a prototype, the researchers say the bendy souped-up smartphone could revolutionize the way we interact with computers.

Called PaperPhone, the new device is a flexible version of e-ink, the digital ink screen found in e-readers such as the Amazon Kindle.

“This computer looks, feels and operates like a small sheet of interactive paper,” said lead PaperPhone creator Roel Vertegaal, the director of Queen’s University Human Media Lab. “You interact with it by bending it into a cell phone, flipping the corner to turn pages, or writing on it with a pen.”

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World’s First Flexible Smartphone Invented in Canada
Researchers demonstrate flexible epaper phone
Is your iPhone obsolete? Meet PaperPhone
Flexible phone made from electronic paper to debut
Canadian lab unveils Paperphone: flat, flexible smartphone
First flexible smartphone made of electronic paper to debut [VIDEO]
‘PaperPhone’: Cellphone of the Future?
iPhone to Paper Phone: Smartphone prototype made with interactive paper
The smartphone concept that bends all the rules
Ultra-thin ‘PaperPhone’ bends to user’s will
Queen’s University team designs bendable computer that it sees replacing paper
Paper-thin computer set to redefine industry

This is interesting technology but, in my opinion, it’s a solution looking for a problem. It seems to me that using “bending” commands would require more physical effort than pushing, pinching, or sliding fingers across a touchscreen.

/then again, what do I know, I don’t even own a cell phone

The Mother Of All Volcanoes

If this sucker blows up real good, life in the United States is pretty much over as we know it. Of course, there’s nothing you can do to prevent it and not much you can do to prepare for it. So, like a meteor strike, there’s not much point in worrying about it.

Could Yellowstone National Park’s caldera super-volcano be close to eruption?

Scientists are predicting that the world’s largest super-volcano in one of America’s most popular national parks could erupt in the near future.

Yellowstone National Park’s caldera has erupted three times in the last 2.1million years and researchers monitoring it say we could be in for another eruption.

They said that the super-volcano underneath the Wyoming park has been rising at a record rate since 2004 – its floor has gone up three inches per year for the last three years alone, the fastest rate since records began in 1923.

It would explode with a force a thousand times more powerful than the Mount St Helens eruption in 1980.

Spewing lava far into the sky, a cloud of plant-killing ash would fan out and dump a layer 10ft deep up to 1,000 miles away.

Two-thirds of the U.S. could become uninhabitable as toxic air sweeps through it, grounding thousands of flights and forcing millions to leave their homes.

See also:
Yellowstone Has Bulged as Magma Pocket Swells
Ground at Yellowstone Caldera Swells Dramatically
Trouble at Yellowstone?
Yellowstone Caldera Causes Ground to Swell
How the Supervolcano Underneath Yellowstone Will Wipe Us Out
Could The World’s Oldest Volcano Wipe Out More Than 50% Of The US?
The Yellowstone Super Volcano
Yellowstone Is Rising on Swollen “Supervolcano”
When Yellowstone Explodes
Yellowstone Volcano Observatory

And lucky me, I live within the outer edge of the potential, initial “ash zone”. Multiple feet of snow is bad enough, but several feet of ash wouldn’t be cool at all.

/however, I have no fear, because under Obama’s stellar leadership, much like a major terror attack, we would, no doubt, be able to “absorb” it

Chicken Beats Egg

It’s official, you can now feel free to count your chickens before they’re hatched.

Chicken Came Before the Egg: “Scientific Proof”

British scientists claim to have solved one of the great mysteries of life, the universe and everything in it: The chicken came before the egg, they say, and they’re not mincing words.

“It had long been suspected that the egg came first, but now we have the scientific proof that shows that in fact the chicken came first,” Sheffield University’s Dr Colin Freeman, according to a report in the Metro.

Researchers from Scotland and England used a supercomputer called HECToR to look in such detail at a chicken eggshell that they were able to determine the vital role of a protein used to kick-start the egg’s formation.

That protein is only found, wait for it… inside a chicken.

Freeman, who worked on HECToR with counterparts at Edinburgh’s Warwick University, said the protein had been identified earlier by scientists and was known to be linked to egg formation, “but by examining it closely we have been able to see how it controls the process,” he added, describing it as a catalyst.

Professor John Harding, who also took part in the research, told Metro the discovery could have other applications.

“Understanding how chickens make shells is fascinating in itself, but can also give clues towards designing new materials.” he said.

Which is good, because in spite of HECToR’s hard work and the “scientific proof” it yielded, the study offered no explanation as to how the chicken got there in the first place.

If not from an egg, perhaps it just came from across the road.

See also:
‘The chicken came first, not the egg’, scientists prove
Chicken came before egg
Which came first, the chicken or the egg? The chicken, researchers say!
What came first, chicken or egg?
UK scientists have proof chicken came before egg
Researchers say the chicken came before the egg in age-old riddle
Chicken-and-Egg Mystery Finally Cracked
Scientific Proof: The Chicken came before the Egg
After All These Years, It’s Been The Chicken All Along
Which came first? The chicken, not the egg!
Scientists solve chicken and egg riddle*
The Chicken and the Egg: Ancient Mystery Solved?
Scientists in Britain close to cracking chicken-egg puzzle
The chicken or the egg?

/well, now that that’s settled, you can lose sleep at night wondering where the chicken that laid the first egg came from