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Security on the cheap

(This blog will be updated as I change my mind, think of better things to say or just for the heck of it). Alternative titles: “The Four Pillars of Internet Security”, “Dirty little secrets of the software world”, “Steal this software”. Or more appropriately: “There goes Alex again, burning bridges in the software business”. People […]

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Identity theft sales opportunity!

If this is true, it’s completely disgusting. Alex Eckelberry

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XP users may be at risk for Zotob

Patch your systems. From Microsoft Watch: “Users running certain configurations of Windows XP Service Pack (SP) 1 beware: That pesky Zotob worm that hit Windows 2000 users last week could affect your systems, too. This week, Microsoft issued a new advisory on the expanded Zotob threat. Windows XP SP2 users are not vulnerable to the […]

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New version of Srv.SSA-KeyLogger up

We discovered a new variant of the identity theft keylogger (a dumaru/nibu variant). We have since updated our free tool to scan for this keylogger. You can find it here. Counterspy and CounterSpy Enterprise definitions will be updated shortly. The SSA-KeyLogger spyware should only be installed on Windows XP, Windows 2000/2003. If you do find […]

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A look into the mind of spyware criminals

We found a document this morning while researching some spyware. Written in Russian, we have the translated version here.  Fascinating reading.  The document was dated May 16. Note that the document has been broken into pieces by the translator — it is not in this sentence-by-sentence format. The reference to iFrame is ostensibly to the […]

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CDT supports the broadcast flag?

The Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), which is organizing the antispyware consortium, is now supporting a modified version of the broadcast flag. “An array of non-profit groups including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge, and the American Library Association spent years fighting the idea of a ‘broadcast flag,’ a federal regulation that would have outlawed […]

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Are banks moving off https?

Netscraft claims that banks are moving off https to http for performance purposes.  Larry Seltzer blogs here.

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Sneaky rental car companies

Are rental car companies tracking your every move by GPS? Thankfully, the Connecticut Supreme Court struck a recent case on this issue down. Check this idiocy out: First, let’s look at the Connecticut case. It arose because American Car Rental had a policy of charging its clients $150 for “excessive wear and tear” to the […]

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Google Storm

Google Storm A flurry of new stuff from Google:  GoogleDesktop, the new desktop search tool;  GoogleTalk, the new instant messaging tool; and a new Blogger add-in for Microsoft Word which lets you publish stuff from inside of Word.   I briefly tried out the new Blogger add-in to see if I like it as much as my all-time […]

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Does Wireless Networking Have to Be Insecure?

From this week’s issue of Sunbelt’s WXPnews. Remember when talking on the phone meant being tied to a confined area by a cord? Many members of the younger generation don’t; cordless landlines and cellular/mobile phones have always been a part of their lives. Most of those reading this, though, can still remember when setting up […]

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