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Phil Leigh interview on bluetooth security

If you have a few minutes and you’re curious about bluetooth security, watch this presentation by digital media analyst Phil Leigh with Martin Herfut, founder of Trifinite, a non profit group that specialies in bluetooth security. Alex Eckelberry    

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Life in Tampa Bay

Off topic: When people hear that we’re in Florida, they almost inevitably assume that we’re in South Florida (e.g. Miami). We’re actually in Tampa Bay (Clearwater), which is a completely different place. Set on the Gulf of Mexio, it’s a charming area, which doesn’t get nearly as hot as our southern neighbor and even has […]

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Microsoft anti-phishing tool to ship ahead of IE 7

According to Paul Thurrott: “We complain when Microsoft restricts certain features and functionality to only the latest product versions, so this report should be seen as good news. Although Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 7.0 will include Phishing Filter, a feature that helps protect users from scam Web sites, Microsoft believed that the feature was important […]

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More on the Kutztown kids

If you followed my last blog on this, a group of 13 kids who “hacked” into their schools computers were going to get charged with felonies from the luddite school officials. We learned today that the kids have been offered a deal .  From Newsday: “In meetings with students over the last several days, the Berks […]

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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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