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180 Solutions will try to clean up its distribution channels

180 Solutions has announced plans to clean up their distribution channels. Basically: The new technology, dubbed S3, is designed to help “prevent the suppression or manipulation of the user consent experience prior to installation” All new affiliates are required to use this new technology. Current (and sometimes naughty) distributors have until the end of the […]

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Major flaw discovered in Cisco routers

I don’t know if this is related to Cisco’s public flagellation of Michael Lynn, but this new flaw caught my eye. Alex Eckelberry

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Phishfighthing developer responds

Last week, I blogged on a new site,  Phishfighting.com .  There was some concerned reaction from readers, as can be seen here. Some of the comments: “Uhm… no, sorry. This is a terrible service. This site does no checking whatsoever on the supposed “phishing source”. One could easily turn this into a denial of service […]

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Installing the Windows XP Support Tools

From one of our newsletters, WXPnews: Did you know that there is a “toolbox” full of XP utilities that aren’t installed on your computer by default, but are available on the installation CD? These include tools to provide information about the encrypting file system, directory disk usage, network connectivity and more. The Windows Installer Cleanup […]

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Update to the Free SSA-Keylogger cleaner

Update: Information on the types of systems infected here. The SSA keylogger cleaner has been updated to reflect some new variants. Link here. Alex Eckelberry

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Civilian flotillas needed in New Orleans

Off topic, but as a boater here on the Gulf, this caught my attention: Civilian flotillas are needed to rescue people trapped in homes — a week after Katrina. The feds and the local rescue teams can’t keep up with the scale of people needing to be rescued. The actor Sean Penn has been driving […]

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Disaster map

A family member just forwarded me a Wired Story about an interactive map of the horrific disaster in New Orleans.  An incredible tool, and put up in one day.  Scipionus.com.  Alex Eckelberry

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Impact of Direct Revenue ruling

Eric Goldman, Marquette Law faculty professor has blogged about the Direct Revenue court ruling. It seems he thinks it’s a big deal. He thinks it may set a precedent that downloading Direct Revenue software could be considered a Trespass to Chattels (“a somewhat obscure tort action arising out of unauthorized dispossession, use, or interference with […]

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180 solutions responds to the spyware/kiddie porn/spam zombie story

Got this last night as a follow-up to my post on the spyware/kiddie porn/spam zombie connection.   Direct Revenue has also been in contact with us about this. Alex, I’m Ken McGraw, Chief Compliance Officer for 180solutions. Thank you for letting us know about the instance you discovered where 180search Assistant had been distributed in conjunction […]

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Sunbelt’s new pipe

Ok, this is severely nerdy/techie, but today Time Warner started installing the final few hundred feet of the conduit for our new OC-3 connection. (An OC-3 is a fairly large internet connection — about 155 megabits per second, roughly 100 times the speed of a T-1) We’ve been running off of a T-3, with redundancy […]

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