Nintendo has yet to officially announce the North American and European release dates for their upcoming handheld, the Nintendo 3DS, leaving interested round-eye gamers left to infer the date from various hints.We know that the Nintendo 3DS is set to launch in Japan on February 26th, and that Nintendo is convinced they’ll sell up to 4M units across America, Japan and Europe by the end of March, from which we can infer that Nintendo intends on launching the 3DS in America and Europe as early in the month of March as possible.Perhaps that inference is wrong, though. New listings from UK retailers suggest that it will be closer to the end of the month of March before the 3D-capable portable will hit dear old Albion.The new listings have appeared at major retailers like Woolworths, WHSmith, Best Buy and the Hut, all of which list the Nintendo 3DS with a March 18th release date, with customers now able to preorder the device if they want it in blue, black or red.Another big unknown is the price. Originally, the sites listed the 3DS’ price as £299, but then shifted back down to £250. Since then, however, the price has disappeared entirely from those sites (which are all serviced by the same pricing engine). Now, you only have the option of putting a £2.97 deposit on a Nintendo 3DS. Assuming that’s a 1% deposit, that puts the price of the 3DS back at £299.It’s worth noting that none of this pricing or release dateis official, or even necessarily applicable to Americans, but if the American 3DS launches around the same timeframe as the European one, we’re probably looking at a $300 Nintendo 3DS in the middle of March. We should know all on January 19th, when Nintendo is officially slated to outline the price and release of the 3DS. Until then, we’re still all conjecturing.Read more at Eurogamer
Adding a sandbox to Adobe Reader was easily one of the best security moves the company ever made, but it wasn’t the silver bullet that ended all its woes. For example, just days after Adobe issued an out-of-band patch to address critical flaws a new exploit has been discovered — and it’s already being put to bad use by criminals in targeted phishing attacks. That free McAfee Security Scan download Adobe offered you probably isn’t going to offer any real protection here.Security researchers at FireEye spotted the new attack in the wild. After successfully exploiting a vulnerable version of Adobe Reader, the malicious PDF drops its payload: two DLLs that work in tandem. The first causes a bogus error message to be displayed and acts as a misdirect while the other embeds itself on the compromised system and begins phoning home to remote servers. FireEye swiftly reported the exploit to Adobe, which quickly updated its Security Incident Response blog with an acknowledgement.Adobe’s post says that the zero-day is being investigated and that the most recent version of Reader (11.0.1) is indeed vulnerable. The company is moving on to risk assessment and will update the public on its findings.It’s possible FireEye happened upon an isolated incident, but that’s not generally the case with Reader exploits. Once exploits like these prove successful, they tend to spread rapidly. PDF exploits can be particularly nasty since they’re typically linked to intricate social engineering schemes and spearphishing campaigns — like the one that saw RSA compromised last year. Typical these attacks are launched against people with sensitive information to protect, like defense contractors, government agencies, and activists.It’s always best to avoid opening unsolicited and sketchy-sounding PDF files (like waybills from UPS or invoices for things you don’t recall buying), but that’s especially true right now. Until Adobe has taken care of this latest flaw, it’s probably best to preview PDF files with Google’s web-based tool or a free app like Sumatra PDF that isn’t vulnerable.