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Attack on Bug review

Attack on Bug is a game for your PC in which you are a baby in a crib trying to get your Jack-in-the-box to turn on the light in the room. Turning on the light is the only way to get your toys to turn back into inanimate objects, so you have to figure out a way to get the message to your ally.

There are several ways to control your character in this game. You can use the mouse, arrow keys, or other hot keys to maneuver left, right, up, or down. Panning with the mouse also lets you … Read more

Apple patches major security bug for Macs

CNET Update is patching holes:

In this episode of Update:

- Update your Mac and any iOS devices to patch the serious "goto fail" security flaw.

- Check out Samsung's Gamepad accessory for Android phones, coming later this year for about $80.

- Keep track of kids and pets with the I'm Tracer GPS bracelet.

- Get ready for your Facebook News Feed to show posts from pages you don't follow.

CNET Update delivers the tech news you need in under three minutes. Watch Bridget Carey every afternoon for a breakdown of the big stories, … Read more

After bug, Google notifies users that all is a-OK with Gmail

Google assured Gmail users on Tuesday that the slight bug that affected their inboxes last week is definitively fixed. The Web giant sent out notices to users that could have experienced issues.

"You may have been impacted by a recent issue in Gmail that inadvertently caused some actions (e.g. delete, report spam) taken while viewing a message to be applied to a different message," Google wrote. "The issue occurred between January 15 and January 22 and is now fixed."

Apparently, this bug could have deleted or marked as spam some users' e-mails. The company reports … Read more

Google finally fixes strange Gmail bug

Google has repaired a bug that automatically filled in an e-mail address in Gmail when accessed from the Google Search results page. The bug had been plaguing the unlucky e-mail account owners since at least Monday, when the bug was first reported.

A reader tipped off Search Engine Land that Google had been caught filling in another person's e-mail address in a new Gmail message whenever anybody signed into a Google account and clicked on the top Gmail sub-link in Google Search results for "Gmail."

On Friday, it was discovered that the bug filled in a Hotmail … Read more

Microsoft plans to address zero-day IE bug on Tuesday

Microsoft plans to issue a security update on Tuesday that addresses an Internet Explorer ActiveX Control vulnerability that allowed malware to be installed on computers when users visited at least one breached Web site.

Microsoft said Monday that vulnerability CVE-2013-3918, which was disclosed Friday by security researcher FireEye, was already scheduled to be addressed in "Bulletin 3" on Tuesday. An exploit described by the security firm as a classic drive-by attack is already in the wild, targeting English versions of IE7 and 8 in Windows XP and IE8 on Windows 7.

FireEye said its analysis of the exploit … Read more

New zero-day bug targets IE users in drive-by attack

A pair of vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer are currently being exploited in the wild to install malware on computers that visit at least one malicious Web site, security researches warn.

The classic drive-by download attack targets the English versions of IE 7 and 8 in Windows XP and IE 8 on Windows 7, security firm FireEye warned in a company blog post Friday. However, the security researcher wrote that its analysis indicated that other languages and browser version could be at risk.

"The exploit targets the English version of Internet Explorer, but we believe the exploit can be easily … Read more

The 404 1,365: Where we don't believe everything we read (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- CryptoLocker: a new virus that takes computers hostage, demands BitCoin for ransom.

- Square Cash lets anyone send money by e-mail -- for free.

- A dating site that finds love for the mentally ill.

- Amazon profits off books defending Holocaust denial, rape, incest, and bestiality.… Read more

Google pays coders to improve open-source security

Pushed both by corporate desires for better security and less wholesome motives, the market for finding security holes is getting bigger.

In an attempt to improve security for software it and many others use on the Internet, Google said Wednesday it's offering to pay programmers $500 to $3,133.70 for changes that make widely used open-source software less vulnerable to attack.

With the Chrome reward program and the vulnerability reward program, Google already offers two mechanisms to pay people for finding specific weaknesses in its browser and its online services. The new patch rewards program goes a step … Read more

Microsoft pays out $28K to IE 11 exploit hunters

Microsoft recently launched a bounty-hunting program for researchers to find bugs, security flaws, and vulnerabilities in the preview version of Internet Explorer 11. And, now, a handful of hunters have come to claim their prize.

A total of six researchers have found 15 vulnerabilities within the preview version of Internet Explorer 11. And, Microsoft has paid them more than $28,000 to date.

Microsoft announced its month-long bug bounty program for IE 11 in June. The company's goal is to stamp out security vulnerabilities in its software as early on as possible. Microsoft offered researchers up to $11,000 … Read more

Apple's iOS 7 kills student filters on school iPads -- report

Apple's iOS 7 might be causing some extra headaches for schools, according to a new report.

Several school superintendents have reported to All Things Digital on Thursday that after updating to iOS 7, the iPads they were supervising have been stripped of their filters, allowing students to potentially access inappropriate content.

According to the superintendents, the iPads they've deployed throughout their school districts were outfitted with supervision profiles that limit what students can access from the tablets. The profiles were filtering out unwanted content in iOS 6, but were totally lost in iOS 7. The schools were forced … Read more