"The Lake House" DVD Region 2: release date October 9th, 2006
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|Your Own Personal Matrix
How rootkits can take over your computer and steal data under your nose—and how to stop them.
|By Robert Lemos|
The matrix has you.
Those four words—which appeared on the retro computer screen of Keanu Reeves’s character, Neo, in the 1999 hit movie The Matrix—have resonated with hackers around the Internet. No wonder, then, that a technology for taking control of a user’s computer, more often than not for malicious ends, echoes the reality behind those words.
Just as Neo had to come to grips with the fact that the world as he knew it was a well-crafted simulation, computer users today have to watch out for programs, known as rootkits, that attempt to take over a computer that appears normal.
Rootkits are all about stealth: In the past, such programs have replaced common commands with their own modified versions. When the user of an infected computer connects to the Internet using Microsoft Windows’ network driver, the system might instead route data through a malicious driver that also copies any important data—such as usernames and passwords—to the attacker’s servers.
The programs are not yet all that common. When Microsoft released data on the malicious code cleaned from its customers’ computers by the company’s free Malicious Software Removal Tool, backdoor Trojan-horse programs took the top slot, infecting 62 percent of the 5.7 million computers found to have a malicious-software problem. Rootkits accounted for only 9 percent of the total PCs infected—although that would increase to 14 percent if you count the "rootkit-like" copy-protection software that music giant Sony BMG included on some CD titles.
Yet researchers worry that hiding techniques are only getting better. The next generation of such rootkits adhere more to the hidden-matrix concept, offering up a simulated reality not only to the user but also to the operating system. At this year’s Black Hat Briefings security conference, researchers Joanna Rutkowska and Dino Dai Zovi gave separate presentations on rootkit techniques that would fool a user and the operating system into thinking that the computer was completely clean—when the system was really running inside a virtual software world. One of the rootkit concepts even borrowed its name from The Matrix: Blue Pill.
While rootkits are a pernicious problem today, there are defenses. Several security firms offer rootkit detection utilities. Antivirus firm F-Secure offers a rootkit detector, dubbed BlackLight, in its Internet Security Suite product. And as mentioned earlier, Microsoft’s free Malicious Software Removal Tool also gets rid of some rootkit programs. A third popular rootkit-detection utility, RootkitRevealer, comes from software firm Sysinternals.com, which Microsoft acquired in July.
However, detecting that the operating system is running inside a virtual computer will likely become a lot tougher as companies become more enamored with virtualization. Many companies run virtual servers on large mainframes for reliability reasons: If one virtual machine goes down, another can instantly be created to take its place.
Computer-chip companies, seeing the interest, have built features into their latest processors to make virtualization easier. Future rootkits will exploit these functions to hide better.
In the end, running your operating system of choice in a virtual environment may become the norm. It’s just that some people will be in the wrong virtual world.—
Keanu Reeves shows that he knows how to look good when he hits the streets. The actor was spotted riding down Melrose Avenue on Tuesday sporting a suit and an old pair of brown leather work boots.
Reeves stopped his Norton motorcycle at a red light long enough for the photogs to snap a picture of the "Matrix" star.
But this isn’t the only thing Reeves is excited about. "The Lake House" starring Reeves and Sandra Bullock comes out on DVD this week.
Published Friday, September 22, 2006
By RYAN PEARSON – DL-Online
….. The Wachowski brothers were the first to invite Yuen from Hong Kong to Hollywood, for 1999′s "The Matrix." He made Keanu Reeves fly and introduced many mainstream Western audiences to qing gong, in which the rules of gravity are suspended for combat. Yuen even made Uma Thurman look hard-core with elegant slicing and dicing in Quentin Tarantino’s "Kill Bill" movies……
Hollywood hottie Keanu Reeves just celebrated his 42nd birthday, but that doesn’t stop the youthful actor from getting carded.
At the exclusive Sept. 13 concert for Ohio-based rock duo The Black Keys at West Hollywood’s Troubadour club, a gruff, grizzled doorman gave the barely recognizable "A Scanner Darkly" star a hard time, insisting he needed to show some ID if he wanted to enter.
Only after Keanu protested, "C’mon man, I’m FORTY" (rounding down, apparently) did the bouncer — completely oblivious to the star’s identity — give him a pass.
Once inside, Keanu — who was sporting jeans, a blazer, hiking shoes and a greasy, shaggy haircut — and his slender brunette date sucked down Coronas in a dark corner of the VIP room. Eventually, though, he got up and mingled with some fans while his shy gal pal kept to herself at their table.
We can agree that Keanu doesn’t look a day over 30! (But under 21? Come on doorman! You’re supposed to be the professional!)
Posted by Editor on September 18, 2006 10:00 AM
The previous night, at the glamorous opening in the decidedly un-Beverly Hills setting of a disused warehouse at the end of a cul-de-sac nestled close to a downtown freeway interchange, the elephant had upstaged some of Hollywood’s finest. Painted red, adorned with gold fleur-de-lis, the elephant merged into the wallpaper behind it. There was nothing that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie could do other than gawp.
The stars, who also included Jude Law and Keanu Reeves, had gathered for the first LA show by the Bristol-born prankster, provocateur, graffiti artist and general meddler, Banksy. Known for his street art and interventions in Britain, his show in LA, ‘Barely Legal’, was his first large-scale exhibition in the US. Complete with valet parking and a retinue of publicists, it is by far the most high profile of Banksy’s foreign jaunts, which have also taken him to Paris, New York and Palestine.
The show includes pieces of British iconography, such as a Guardsman on Horse Guards Parade atop a pantomime horse, in addition to work aimed specifically at the local audience. A police van dominates the entrance to the exhibition, decorated with a picture of Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz carrying a noose. Occupying an entire wall next to it is a painting reinterpreting an American icon, the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima. In Banksy’s interpretation, the scene is given an urban setting with a group of protesters raising the flag on top of a car.
The world of Brad, Angelina, Jude and Keanu is a long way from Banksy’s origins as a 14-year-old schoolboy in Bristol dabbling in graffiti when it was considered an aggressive form of counterculture. The images that followed, daubed illegally on London’s walls, paved the way for the trend of appropriating public space by graffiti artists. His chutzpah rose to a higher plane earlier this year when he sprayed nine paintings on the 425-mile barrier that separates Israel from Palestinian territories. A stencil on a Bristol building was allowed to remain in place by the city council after the public voiced overwhelming support ….
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Beginning 2005, I decided to join several Keanu fan clubs with forum and photo gallery, and beleive me, I met there some people absolutely delightful. I started to create wallpapers for them (and for me of course LOL) and I want to share them with all Keanu fans.
That’s my way to say thank you to Keanu for his wonderful job, for the dreams he brings in our life, the sunshine he puts in our sky and for all the fantastic people I met all around the world thanks to him.
Thank you Keanu
Mon pseudo est CALIMERO et mon vrai prénom est NANOU, je suis une grande fan de Keanu Reeves depuis 20 ans et je ne cesserai certainement jamais d’admirer cet homme merveilleux ni son excellent travail. Il est comme le bon vin : il bonifie en vieillissant.
Au début de l’année 2005, je me suis inscrite dans plusieurs fan clubs avec forum et gallerie de photos, et croyez-moi j’y ai rencontré des amies tout-à-fait charmantes. J’ai commencé à créer des fonds d’écran pour elles (et pour moi aussi bien sûr MDR) et je souhaite les partager avec tous les fans de Keanu.
C’est ma façon à moi de dire merci à Keanu pour son merveilleux travail, pour les rêves qu’il apporte dans notre vie, pour le rayon de soleil qu’il met dans notre ciel ainsi que pour tous les gens fantastiques que j’ai rencontré à travers le monde grâce à lui.
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