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No, we really aren’t a bunch of crazy Florida rednecks…

The marketing department went out and bought two choppers and then gave one away at Tech.Ed.  The other one?  Oh, after being spiffed up, it’s being sold on eBay.  Bid away. Alex Eckelberry

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Xavier Ashe presentation on wifi security

Security Guy Xavier Ashe spoke at a presentation recently on WiFi security and has this Powerpoint available for download. He highlights these trends: Wireless threats are increasing exponentially Tools are becoming increasingly available and easier to use…. For both good and bad Wireless risks and security a wireless infrastructure are misunderstood He also provides a […]

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Disturbing new evidence on Grokster

This is starting to get intriguing and quite disturbing. Antispyware heavyweight Andrew Clover left this very interesting post on SpywareWarrior’s blog on Grokster last night: “Apart from the usual suspects Grokster installs (BroadcastPC, MSearch/MyGlobalSearch etc.) we are seeing something else here as pictured in the screenshot on Alex’s blog. That something is simply an advert spawned […]

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Russian and Rumanian Cybercrime

“…In the 1970s, communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu ordered the nation’s universities to make sure young Romanians learned about computers. As freedom came, many well-trained young programmers moved to other parts of Europe and to America to escape the dismal economy at home. But many stayed. It was much the same in the former Soviet Union. […]

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Google and privacy

While my personal view is that Google has shown an extraordinarily responsible view about ‘net privacy, CIO Today has published a fascinating (if largely inconclusive) three-part series entitled: Google has your data: should you be afraid? Click here. Alex Eckelberry

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Suzi hits the big time

Antispyware veteran Suzi Turner of Spwyarewarrior has taken over the ZDNET spyware blog.  Since Wayne Cunningham was moved to another area of CNET, it’s been pretty slow over there, so this is a welcome change.  Definetely RSS this blog, it’s going to be a good one. Alex Eckelberry  

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Vista scares the bejesus out of some testers

Vista has this new thing called Peer Name Resolution Protocol (PNRP), which is actually a nifty peer-to-peer networking technology. But testers didn’t realize it’s turned ON by default and started noticing all this network traffic! Gulp. Also there are security issues… CNET writes about it here. Alex Eckelberry

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Nasty host file hijack

Check out this host file hijack found on this website.  The hijacker methodically replaced a large list of baniks (apparently mostly UK banks) in the user’s host file with a name that resolved to the hackers IP address.  (For the newbies: Your host file is like an address book for your internet connections.  Click here […]

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Webcast on spyware in IT

The Sans Institute is holding a web seminar next Tuesday at 1 pm EST on “What Works in Stopping Spyware”, sponsored by yours truly.  The discussion is oriented around stopping spyware in the enterprise. Alex (Pardon the shameless plug)

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Direct revenue talks to Newsweek

Oh man, I wish I had time to really blog on this.  But for now, read the article. One priceless comment: “I agree there is some frustration around Aurora. However, with our improved branding and disclosure, users should feel free to uninstall our ad client.  It seems to me there are still some people who […]

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