A widely reported e-mail purporting to be a request to share a Google Docs document is actually a well-disguised phishing attack. It directs the user to a lookalike site and grants the site access to the target’s Google credentials.
Those of you with long memories will recall a barrage of complaints in the run up to Windows 8’s launch that concerned the ability to install other operating systems—whether they be older versions of Windows, or alternatives such as Linux or FreeBSD—on hardware that sported a “Designed for Windows 8” logo.
New rules that affect open source firmware on Wi-Fi routers will be implemented on June 2, but not all network hardware will prevent the loading of third-party software.
In addition to a fully functioning Windows 3.1.1 stock install—complete with save functionality preserved in apps like Notepad—the Showcase page also includes a hilarious Windows 95 preview that Microsoft distributed via floppy disks ahead of the OS’ launch. In this preview version, clip art of coffee mugs and globes float around for no reason before users get to tinker around with the “brand-new” Start menu and other features. It’s the most Inception-like Microsoft experience we’ve ever had—running a neutered version of Windows 95… within a version of Windows 3.1… within a Web browser.
Kamkar immediately saw the potential for a nasty fraud technique: Any hacker who’d compromised a card number could predict the card’s replacement as soon as it was reported stolen—and then, using the date of the previous card’s cancellation, figure out the replacement’s expiration date too. “The day that card is cancelled, as soon it gets rejected, two seconds later I know what your new number and expiration date will be,” Kamkar says. “If I were doing fraud, that would be pretty useful.” The trick could be applied again and again, stealing new card numbers as fast as American Express could generate them.