Month: July 2006

Virus Names a Lost Cause?

SecurityFocus’ Robert Lemos published a number of months back an article in which he suggests that naming viruses is currently a lost cause. In the article, he mentioned how numerous security companies had warned their customers about a computer virus that had been programmed to […]

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WiFi, Encryption & Clue Density

I regularly use wireless networks at meetings, conferences, airports, hotels, workshops, coffee joints, friend’s homes (and mine) – as I suspect is the case with most folks these days. I often leave Dug’s passive listening toolkit running in the background (where network usage licensing/agreements implicitly […]

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Battling the Stupid-Bit

The Evil Bit! I’ve been thinking about RFC-3514 often over the last few quarters; that and what should be its cousin: the Stupid-Bit. I know you’re shaking your head now – poor CTO…too much time in the sales/marketing dunk tank. I’m serious, though. Not that […]

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A Double Dose of eBay Fraud

Back in November 2005, Bruce Schneier wrote about a Western Union-related fraud. This week, I was exposed to some of the techniques used by eBay sub-geniuses and their use of Western Union. I deal primarily in buying and selling rare and hard-to-find comics on eBay, […]

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DDoS Attacks from Nowhere

Over the weekend Ed Vielmetti pointed out to me that Zooomr had been under a DDoS attack as they were preparing to roll out their 2.0 site. As discussed on their blog, the Zooomr guys describe what’s going on (well, in very limited detail): Well […]

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The Scent of Hardware EULAs Backfiring

In our shrill world of paranoia where vendors clench their general counsel’s arm tight enough to powder walnuts, it’s not surprising that End User Licensing Agreements (EULAs) continue to grow in absurdity. With the continued prevalence of free OS’, hardware vendors are undoubtedly under increased […]

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Say NO to RFPs!

I don’t know who dislikes RFPs more: vendors who have to answer them or customers who have to create them and then read all the responses. There aren’t too many things that waste more time than RFPs. I understand the original premise of these: they […]

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