Google To Warn Users About Malware Infection

Google is going to start a new service through which it will warn users if their computer has been infected with malware. This service will help users to check whether their web searches have been hijacked to spy on them.

According to an official Google blog post, this malware routes web traffic through a small number of proxies. This malware was detected during the routine maintenance of one of Google’s data centers.

Damian Menscher, a Google security engineer said that,”After collaborating with security engineers at several companies that were sending this modified traffic, we determined that the computers exhibiting this behavior were infected with a particular strain of malicious software, or ‘malware’.”

Though according to Google, they are introducing this feature to help users but we think that it will also let malware authors to replicate and write various fake notifications and that is not a hard task. They can misdirect a user to follow their commands and ultimately the user will find himself amidst malicious code.

The question here arises that how can Goggle possibly tell whether a computer has been infected or not. The answer , according to the Google official blog, is that only those users will be notified who appear to be routed through proxy servers to use Google services.

This step taken by Google is undoubtedly good but still it will be a pretty hard task for users to identify a legitimate notification as we already know that there are tons of infected sites which claim to provide the same notification.

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Adobe Acquires EchoSign, An Online Electronic Signature Service

In a surprising move today, Adobe Systems acquired EchoSign, a developer of Web-based electronic signature platform. The details of the acquisition have not been made public yet.

According to Adobe’s Acrobat blog, the EchoSign technology “will be integrated with Adobe’s other document services including SendNow for managed file transfer, FormsCentral for form creation and CreatePDF for online PDF creation.”

This deal will help Adobe Systems to increase its consumer base as EchoSign reportedly has over 3 million users. Moreover, this move will enable Adobe to improve its document-handling software which is one of the main products of the company.

Though the use of electronic signatures is on rise, still, it hasn’t been able to see the mainstream. Now, since Adobe is going to enter this area, this sector will eventually grow, seeing the brand power of Adobe Systems.

Currently, EchoSign provides its services to many small and medium-sized businesses and its Application Programming Interface (API) is offered to the companies which enables them to integrate the signature technology with their own procedures for sending, tracking and signing of their documents.

Jason Lemkin, CEO of EchoSign, stated that, “Together, our aim is to make electronic signatures the standard way for people to sign documents and automate contracting.”

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HTC To Appeal Apple Patent Ruling

HTC is going to appeal a ruling by a United States trade body which accuses it for the infringement of two patents held by Apple Inc. Last year, Apple filed a complaint against HTC with the US International Trade Commission accusing it of violating ten patents related to the iPhone.

HTC said that it will “vigorously fight” these two remaining patents through an appeal before the ITC commissioners who make the final decision. According to HTC, it will use “all means possible” to defend itself.

HTC general counsel Grace Lei said in a statement that, “We strongly believe we have alternate solutions in place for the issues raised by Apple. We look forward to resolving this case.”

The patents which, according to Apple, were violated by HTC deal with how the phone handles data sent to it from other devices over a network and how a device opens an e-mail.

HTC continues to deny all allegations of Apple over its patents and is seriously planning to protect its intellectual property which has been targeted by the American giant since last year.

As the competition in the smartphone market is on increase, more patent related disputes in near future won’t come off as a surprise.

What do you guys think?

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