Terry Zink: Security Talk

Discussing Internet security in (mostly) plain English

March, 2007

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    How to hack weak passwords

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    I was doing my daily stock market research when I happened to come across this article on the strength of passwords and how a hacker would go about trying to steal your password. It's an interesting read. The writer basically goes into a brute-force...
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    A trip to Spamatopia - Part 3

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    As I was saying in my previous post, after my sojourn in Virus Valley during my stopover in Spamatopia, I rented a car and headed east to Spamzahkstan. Along the way, I noticed a lot of abandoned cars on the highway. I couldn't figure it out -- why would...
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    Using my Mac to write posts on this blog

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    I was unable to find compatible blogging software for my Mac to post on my MSDN blog (ie, this one).  So, when I'm working on my Mac I have to log in to the site and write the post.  That's not such a big deal, except that Mac software and this MSDN blog...
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    Bordering on the ridiculous, but it's still kind of fun

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    One of the things I do here at work is write a bi-weekly (ahem) newsletter summarizing what is going on in the world of spam. For some reason, I have decided to name the spam world Spamatopia . It is populated with a lot of undesirable types, most of...
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    The cost of in-house vs hosted services

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    I was reading in another blog post about the cost of doing a messaging service in-house vs farming it out to a hosted services company. Basically, for a 250-employee company, the cost of doing it in-house was around $300k, while the hosted-services company...
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    A trip to Spamatopia

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    In my previous post I mentioned that the spam world is colloquially referred to as Spamatopia (actually, the only one who refers to it that way is me). Well, this past weekend I had the chance to visit Spamatopia so I thought I'd tell the tale of what...
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    A trip to Spamatopia - part 2

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    As I said in my last post, I travelled to Spamatopia last week and landed in Michelangelo, the capital city of Virus Valley. Virus Valley didn't seem like too bad a place, but it was very dreary overhead. It seemed like it was always going to rain but...
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    A trip to Spamatopia, Part 4

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    Getting back to my story about my adventure in Spamatopia (it's taking longer to tell the story than it ever did to experience it), I had just left the city of Burstenrise in the district (state? province?) of Pumpenstach. I headed east again to the land...
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    Spammers going to sleep?

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    I'm taking a timeout from recollecting my memoirs of my trip to Spamatopia to examine the current state of the Spam World. Traffic statistics indicate that the level of spammer volume has subsided substantially in the month of March (and even in February...
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    Thursday, March 1 - is anyone out there?

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    This past Thursday (March 1, 2007) seems to be a bit of an anomaly. I say this because overall message volume is the lowest it has been since New Year's day. Ignoring that holiday, it's the lowest it has been since early October. Compared to February...
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