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 Wednesday, 28-May-2014  13:46:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Government's "Stay Smart Online" website is warning of ransom attacks on Apple products, seemingly targeted at Australians. Apple device and Mac users should be aware that they may be targeted by hackers who lock you out of your device before demanding payment of a ransom. In recent hours, a number of Australian Apple users have reported the ransom attack targeting their devices. The information available is limited and may be updated as more information emerges. Coverage here and here.

Meanwhile, the Avast Anti Virus Forum has been hacked, with details of 400,000 users compromised. Company's CEO Vincent Steckler today stated in a blog post that user's nicknames, user names, email addresses and hashed passwords were compromised in a attack on Avast Forum which took place over this past weekend. Steckler also noted in the same blog, that although the passwords are hashed but it could be possible for a sophisticated thief / progammer to derive these passwords.

If you're still using Windows XP, mpot noticed this registry change which might enable you to receive updates - although Microsoft say it's not a good idea. We recently became aware of a hack that purportedly aims to provide security updates to Windows XP customers. The security updates that could be installed are intended for Windows Embedded and Windows Server 2003 customers and do not fully protect Windows XP customers.

The Queensland Government has adopted a cloud-first policy for IT purchases, thanks bbjayo. The policy makes Queensland the first Australian government to take the plunge and commit fully to a ‘cloud-first’ approach, following in the footsteps of the UK, Denmark and New Zealand. The policy, released today, states that agencies “must consider first cloud-based solutions in preference to traditional ICT investments”.

HotHardware meanwhile checked out NVIDIA's GRID Virtual GPU cloud computing. NVIDIA announced that it would offer a free 24-hour test drive of NVIDIA GRID to anyone who wanted to see what the technology could do. We took the company up on its offer and what we've seen is damned impressive.

Sydney is apparently getting a Gaming Bar soon, following Brisbane and Melbourne's lead. Creator Ben “BeStRaFe” Mudie, who has been actively involved in the Sydney LAN scene, helping organise several events including SGL, has told us he is “hoping to kick the doors open in August.” Located in the basement of 199 Clarence St in the CBD, Spawn Point will be located right next to the Redoak microbrewery. It’s a venue ideal for small-scale functions, and while Mudie wants to keep a steady flow of events happening at the bar, he’s also conscious of keeping it open for those passers-by in the city who just want to drop in.

Phoronix have a high-end GeForce vs Radeon Linux gaming comparison. After last week carrying out separate NVIDIA Windows vs. Linux OpenGL benchmarks and similar AMD Radeon Windows 8.1 vs. Ubuntu 14.04 tests, today we are pitting the GeForce and Radeon graphics cards against each other on Ubuntu Linux with the very latest drivers to see how their performance compares now head-on. With this testing we have some Steam games plus are also monitoring the power consumption, performance-per-Watt, and GPU thermal metrics.

It seems that SSD speed boost in the previous news post is a little too good to be true, thanks bbjayo. Bottom line: Don't expect to see this impressive speed up in the next three years. Flash vendors have other techniques for speeding flash performance.

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