May 23 2009

Saturday morning reading, 05/23/09

Published by at 6:29 am under General

It’s the start of a long weekend and I, for one, will be trying to spend as little time in my home office as possible this weekend.  It probably won’t work out that way, since the home office is also my lab and my play space, but I can dream.  I hope everyone has a great weekend to kick off the summer, though it’s overcast and grey where I’m at.  Thus starts the summer.

  • Fake Russian gas company used as cover-up for cybercrime – The money has to be laundered somewhere, so it might as well be a gas company.  Of course, from what I hear of the Russian gas companies, cybercrime might just be the tip of the iceberg of the things they’re doing.
  • Defcon 17!!!! – There aren’t many events I look forward to as much as Black Hat and Defcon.  I’m looking forward to FIRST, since I get to see Kyoto, but Defcon is much higher on the ‘fun and excitement’ scale.  And Defcon’s actually affordable, which is a huge deal when worrying about conferences.
  • Urban ‘attack’ on infrastructure – Are our infrastructure elements really this vulnerable?  I knew a guy in high school who hacked the local train crossing signals, which sounded cool until the FBI tracked him down by the materials he’d purchased at Radio Shack. D’ooh!
  • Gumblar: The malware that is sweeping the nation – “In short, Gumblar is 100 miles of bad road.” Ouch. 
  • Microsoft’s ClickOnce Firefox add-on – Some of the things Microsoft thinks are a good idea leave me scratching my head.  I’m talking about the latest patch for .NET, not Office 2007.  This time.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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2 responses so far

2 Responses to “Saturday morning reading, 05/23/09”

  1. Jeff Martenson 23 May 2009 at 10:37 am

    I’d bet your right arm that the space invaders video at the infrastructure link is fake. I’ve never seen fluorescent lighting that can turn on and off so quickly and cleanly. But pixels on a screen are another matter altogether.

  2. securityon 01 Jun 2009 at 3:42 am

    Did little research for you. Avast being an Antivirus software, it should not have problems with Zonelab is like a personal Firewall … So should not conflict

    The only thing is, When you run the Avast program for the first time, ZoneLab might ask for a confirmation that you want to execute this program .. One the Application Rules are setup then it should work.

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