A new study conducted by the Business Software Alliance — a software license enforcement and lobbying group formed by Microsoft — found that the global market for pirated software reached a commercial value of $59 billion in 2010. The massive figure represents a 14% increase over 2009. According to a survey of 15,000 PC users conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs, most people do recognize intellectual property rights and prefer legal software to pirated software. According to the report, however, many users of pirated programs do not realize they are using unlicensed copies. “The software industry is being robbed blind,” said BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman in a statement. “Nearly $59 billion worth of products were stolen last year — and the rates of theft are completely out of control in the world’s fastest-growing markets. The irony is people everywhere value intellectual property rights, but in many cases they don’t understand they are getting their software illegally.” Hit the break for the full press release. More →
If you haven’t heard by now, you probably don’t have an iPhone, but you can unlock your iDevice by visting http://www.jailbreakme.com. However, the exploit used to jailbreak iPhone, iPod and iPad devices is reportedly about to be turned against the hacking community, we’ve been told. Once the exploitation method is disclosed to the public, black hat hackers would be able to take advantage of it by setting up their own websites that could load malicious code onto your device. This is done through the jailbreakme PDF exploit. Under this method, it would be possible to steal your address book, text message database, or much worse. There is going to be a security solution soon though, as BGR has been informed that a plugin named PDF Loading Warner” has been created to combat this potential security risk. It works by hooking into the device system and will display a warning before a PDF can be displayed. If you install this plugin and navigate to a website that should not be showing a PDF and get this warning, you are able to click “Cancel”, blocking the PDF from loading and subsequently stealing your data. It should be available from Cydia in the next day or two we hear, but more experienced users can grab the .deb file from the link below here and install it manually via SSH or iFile if they wish.
Note: This does not patch the exploit, but it will at least give you a bit of control.
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