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My website ain’t in Kansas no more

Kansas City Economic Development webserver hacked (article here). “It looked like it was being used as a drop box for a variety of cyber vagrants,” Ballew said, adding that the unauthorized traffic included mostly software programs and encrypted files. … But he said the agency had learned a lesson from the incident. “In this day […]

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Free Opera

If you’ve considered getting away from IE, the folks over at Opera are offering free registration keys. Alex Eckelberry(Tip of the hat to SpywareInfo) 

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Sunbelt wins 8 Windows IT Pro Reader’s Choice awards

Well this was a rather pleasant surprise. We just won eight Windows IT Pro Reader’s Choice awards. Overall: Best Software – iHateSpam for Exchange  Rookie of the Year – CounterSpy Enterprise Best Spyware Blocker – CounterSpy Enterprise Best Antispam/Server – iHateSpam for Exchange Best Antispam/Client – iHateSpam  Best Vulnerability Scanner – Sunbelt Network Security Inspector […]

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The now infamous Regedit vulnerability

Last week, Secunia published an advisory on a new vulnerabilities found in Windows. An exploit can take advantage of a weakness in Regedit, allowing a hacker to put a long string in the registry to hide a command. News.com advisory picked it up on Friday. From Secunia: “The weakness is caused due to an error […]

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The spyware/kiddie porn/spam zombie connection

Here’s a video taken last week by one of our spyware researchers of an exploit-driven installation of multiple malware and adware apps from a pornographic website It’s from a child porn site and the disgusting images and the URL have been obfuscated (the website is being reported to the authorities). The site is clearly linked […]

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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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