The Microsoft Corporation is taking the unusual step of issuing an emergency fix for a security hole in its Internet Explorer software that has exposed millions of users to having their computers taken over by hackers. The "zero-day" vulnerability, which came to light last week, allows hackers to take over victims' machines simply by steering them to infected websites; users do not have to download anything for their computers to get infected, which makes it all more dangerous. Internet Explorer is the world's most widely used web browser. Microsoft said it planned to ship a security update, rated "critical", for the browser on Wednesday. People with the Windows Update features activated on their computers will get the patch automatically. Thousands of websites have already been compromised by hackers looking to exploit the flaw. Malicious codes have been loaded on to those websites, which automatically infect visitors' machines if they are using Internet Explorer and have not employed a complicated series of workarounds that Microsoft has suggested. Microsoft said it has seen attacks targeting the flaw only in Internet Explorer 7, but has cautioned that all other current editions of the browser are vulnerable.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Alfred Nobel was born on October 21,1833, in the Swedish capital of Stockholm.Born into a relatively well-heeled family.Nobel had informal education having been tutored at home until the age of 16.In 1866 to 1867,Nobel invented dynamite and won a patent for it.Nobel created a controllable combustible that made blasting rock and the construction of canals and tunnels a relatively safe process.Other than the patent for dynamite,Nobel,a prolific inventor, held a little over 350 patents to his credit.Nobel was fluent in Swedish,Russian,English and French, which shows that his interests were not limited to science alone.After the invention of dynamite, Nobel set up a large number of companies and labs in over 20 countries and amassed a fortune.On November 27,1895,Nobel signed his final will at the Swedish-Norwegian club in Paris.Prior to this, in 1888,when Nobel's brother Ludwig died, a French newspaper erroneously ran a obituary for Nobel,which called him "a merchant of death".This epitaph hurt Nobel deeply as he was a commited pacifist.He created a will, which bequeathed a large part of his estate to a trust.He specified that the trust would use the money to establish the Nobel Prize.He died of cerebral haemorrahage in the Italian town of San Remo on December 10, 1896.
In spite of good performance in the Tri-series in Bangladesh and the Asia Cup in Pakistan, the Indian cricket team failed to win either tournament. India lost to Pakistan in the final of the Tri-series and in the Asia Cup India was battered in the final by Sri Lanka. Pakistan and Delhi Daredevils speedster has tested positive for a banned substance in a drug test conducted during the recently concluded IPL. He might face life ban for the same. Citing too much cricket MS Dhoni has decided to opt out of the upcoming Indian team's tour of Sri Lanka.