WPA Encryption Cracked in 15 Minutes

While the WEP-encrypted Wi-Fi networks have been easily broken for quite some time now, latest reports indicate that the more secure WPA or WPA2 encryption systems are also vulnerable.

Security researchers claim that are able to partially crack the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) encryption standard used to protect data on many wireless networks in just few minutes. The attack will be discussed at the PacSec conference in Tokyo next week. Researchers will give a live demonstration of cracking the WPA encryption in order to read data being sent from a router to a laptop computer.

Key parameter of this attempt is to break the Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP) key, used by WPA. This can be achieved in just 15 minutes, the researchers claim. And that’s exactly the interesting part of the story. Until now, the TKIP could be cracked using what’s known as a dictionary attack. The attacker cracked the encryption by sending massive trial requests to the wireless device in an effort to finally guess the key used to secure the wireless data. But this procedure required increased computational resources and time.

ATI Integrates Stream acceleration

AMD is set to release a free software giving Set to Release ATI Radeon owners a new way to run demanding computing tasks faster. The company plans to release for download a free ATI Catalyst driver update that instantly unlocks new ATI Stream acceleration capabilities already built into ATI Radeon graphics cards.

ATI Stream is a set of hardware and software technologies that enable AMD graphics processors (GPU), working in concert with the system?s central processor (CPU), to accelerate applications beyond just graphics. ATI Stream-enabled software titles for entertainment, gaming, and productivity are being released or are under development by independent software vendors (ISVs) including ArcSoft and CyberLink.

To give users immediate benefit from ATI Stream, AMD also plans to release in December a free downloadable version of its ATI Avivo Video Converter utility. According to AMD, this application enables transcoding of HD video up to 17 times faster than with the CPU alone, in tests performed using an ATI Radeon HD 4850.

The next ATI Catalyst release is version 8.12. AMD has begun distributing a beta version to its hardware and software technology partners for testing, with the final version scheduled to be released for download on or around December 10.

Sony Commercializes 12.25 Megapixel

Sony today announced the commercialization of “IMX060PQ”, a new type 1/2.5 CMOS image sensor “Exmor” for use in camera enabled mobile phones that features an effective resolution of 12.25 megapixel.

“IMX060PQ” is designed to meet the need for advanced image quality within mobile phone enabled cameras. Sony also announced the launch of “IMX046PQ”, a type 1/3.2 CMOS image sensor “Exmor” with 8.11 effective megapixel resolution, and “IMX045PQ”, a type 1/4 “Exmor” CMOS image sensor featuring 5.15 effective megapixel resolution.

Furthermore, Sony will also commercialize “IU060F”, a type 1/3.2 lens module with 12.25 effective megapixel resolution, and “IU046F”, a type 1/3.2 lens module with 8.11 effective megapixels. Equipped with lens and auto focus functions, the two modules are the industry’s smallest and thinnest in their class.

Direct X 11 Details

My thoughts: Less and less do I find myself paying any care (or money) to developers latest projects…. as I feel I have wasted enough interests and money already on poor technologies…. but this from Tweak Guides:

Microsoft has officially announced details of DirectX 11.0, the successor to the current DirectX 10 API. DirectX 11.0 will be backwards compatible with DX 10/10.1 hardware, will be Vista-only, and will allow for a range of additional features including support for tessellation, multi-threaded resource handling improvements and use of the GPU as a parallel processor. A release date is not yet provided.

Encryption Chip Will End Piracy, Says Atari Founder

At yesterday’s Wedbush Morgan Securities conference, Atari founder Nolan Bushnell claimed that a stealth encryption chip will “absolutely stop piracy of [PC] gameplay.” “There is a stealth encryption chip called a TPM that is going on the motherboards of most of the computers that are coming out now,” explained Bushnell, according to a GamesIndustry report.

“What that says is that in the games business we will be able to encrypt with an absolutely verifiable private key in the encryption world–which is uncrackable by people on the internet and by giving away passwords–which will allow for a huge market to develop in some of the areas where piracy has been a real problem.” Piracy has been a hot-button issue in the PC gaming industry for some time now, with renowned PC developers such as Crytek, id, and Epic claiming that the high rate of pirated PC software forced them to put games on other platforms.

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Software, Driver, and Game Updates

Software Updates

  • Microsoft has released the DirectX June Update
  • Mozilla Firefox 3 release candidate 3 has been released here.
  • The free Opera browser has had a major update to Version 9.50
  • Driver Sweeper Version 1.5.5 improves Nvidia file cleaning
  • Microsoft has released Windows Search 4.0
  • The Windows XP installation customization tool nLite has been updated to Version 1.4.6
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    Driver Updates

  • Realtek has released Version 1.95 of its HD Audio drivers.
  • Intel has released Version 9.0.0.1008 of the Chipset Software Installation Utility
  • Creative released a Beta 2.18.0000 driver for most of the Audigy and X-Fi under XP and Vista
  • VIA has released the Hyperion Pro 5.18A chipset drivers for VIA-based motherboards
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    Game Patches

  • Race Driver: GRID – 1.1 Patch
  • Dreamlords – 1.2.99.8661 Patch
  • Galactic Command: Echo Squad SE – 2.10.09 Patch
  • Shadow of Legend – 0.8.7.0 Patch
  • Universal Combat CE – 1.00.06 Patch
  • TrackMania Nations Forever – Patch
  • TrackMania United Forever – Patch
  • Harpoon 3: Advanced Naval Warfare – 3.9.3 Patch
  • Space Empires V – 1.74 Patch
  • Universe at War: Earth Assault – Patch 3
  • Frontlines: Fuel of War – 1.1.0 Patch
  • Galactic Command: Echo Squad SE – 2.10.08 Patch
  • Battleground Civil War – 1.02 Patch
  • Battleground Napoleonic Wars – 1.01 Patch
  • Cabal Online – Patch
  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare – 1.6 Patch
  • 29% of Vista crashes caused by NVIDIA drivers

    originally from Download Squad by Brad Linder Mar 28th 2008

      If you were an early adopter of Windows Vista, there’s a pretty good chance you became familiar with one of Vista’s coolest new features: an automatic crash reporting utility that will recommend solutions if and when they become available. Or to put it another way, if you tried running Windows Vista on many machines, there was a good chance your computer crashed. A lot. Even if the manufacturer had slapped a shiny new label proclaiming the computer to be "Vista Capable."

      There’s a class action suit working its way through the courts to determine whether Microsoft changed the definition of "capable" to help Intel sell computers. But some of the documents released in the case (PDF link) are interesting in their own right. For example, Microsoft has a chart that lists identified causes of Windows Vista crashes during an unspecified period in 2007.

      The folks at Ars Technica took it upon themselves to convert that data into the pretty chart you see above. The number one culprit graphics chip maker NVIDIA, a company that had a difficult time updating its graphics drivers for the new operating system. Next up is Microsoft itself, and really there’s no good excuse for that, is there?