Monetizer Trojans

Browser Start Page Modifiers (Trojan.StartPage Family)

One of the best-known and most aggressive members of this family is, undoubtedly, Adware.Webalta.2 (according to Dr.Web’s classification). This piece of work is intended for viral advertising of webalta.ru, a Russian search engine, (we are happy to learn that, by now, this resource has fallen into decay and refuses to find whatsoever :))

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Coding on Android tablet: tips and tricks

Nowadays, top Android devices have the same capacity as the five-seven year-old laptops, which were quite suitable for code writing. But due to some peculiarities of modern gadgets, it’s rather hard to do this sacred work on them. However, hard doesn’t mean impossible.

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Root for HDD: expanding the HDD standard capabilities

The high fidelity positioning, data density and such other intricacies characteristic of modern HDD can be the subject matter for a great many articles, but we are not going to explore the disk mechanics or process physics profoundly, let’s focus on the most interesting component for us — electronics, instead.

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In the Depths of iCloud Keychain

 iCloud 101

In fact, the iCloud is not a single service but general marketing name for a number of cloud-based services from Apple. These include the syncing of settings, documents and photos, Find My Phone to locate lost or stolen devices, iCloud Backup to backup your data to the cloud, and now it’s also iCloud Keychain for secure syncing of passwords and credit card numbers between iOS- and OS X-based devices.

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Tails, invisible Linux distributive

At first, it is worthwhile to give a brief list of main software components included in the kit:

  • core 3.12 — it is rather fresh, even though new core versions are being coined now nearly every month;
  • Vidalla 0.2.21 with Tor 0.2.4.21 — it is also the latest product;
  • GNOME 2.30.2 — yes, Tails still has not abandoned the old good second GNOME;
  • as a browser, Iceweasel is used with standard plugins for anonymity — Torbutton, FoxyProxy, Adblock Plus, and NoScript.

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Getting started with Foreman

Today, there is a great number of available tools allowing quick OS deployment and configuration, status monitoring and maintenance of the desired configuration. Here, the absolute leader for Win is SCCM. While full-featured analogues for *nix have just started to take on momentum. Nowadays, an administrator has to cope with a variety of tools and each of them performs its own role. This is convenient for development, but greatly complicates the support, while the results are not quite obvious. Foreman project, to be more precise, The Foreman is, in fact, an add-on for some open source solutions, which provides system management throughout system lifecycles from deployment and configuration to monitoring (Provisioning, Configuration, Monitoring). With it you can easily automate any repetitive tasks, manage changes on thousands of servers located on bare hardware or in the cloud, monitoring their status. The concept of server groups “config group” allows giving commands to multiple systems regardless of their location.

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Let’s code for Leap Motion!

After the release of Kinect sensor, in the wake of its success, other non-contact motion control devices began to appear. Kinect was the basis for the growth and development of the market for such devices: Investors have seen the prospects and understood the value of investing into gesture control devices. However, the most significant and successful was the Leap Motion Controller. As its prototype, the latter version is based on motion capture technology. This device connects to the USB port; in size, it is like two flash drives put together. Technically, there is Leap device that captures the projection of the user’s hands in space by using two optical sensors (cameras) and an infrared light source (the developers do not exclude the possibility that the future versions of the device will have a different number of cameras).

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