Terry Zink: Security Talk

Discussing Internet security in (mostly) plain English

January, 2009

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    Cybersecurity and the federal government

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    A couple of weeks ago, I was blogging about whether or not cybersecurity should be managed, or overseen, from the White House.  The Obama administration during the campaign was in favor having a cabinet level post, a so-called Cyber-czar.  Leaving...
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    A headline I'd like to see

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    Spammers throwing in the towel Pill purveyors can't push products anymore Disassociated Press, updated 2 hours ago. Several of the world's most notorious spammers said Thursday that they planned to cut the amount of spam they send because of the current...
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    Some humor

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    Hap tip to AllSpammedUp for posting this this other day.  I saw it and thought it was hilarious.
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    Why clones are better than droids

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    Last month, Seattle had a snowstorm that shut the city down for about a week.  Don't laugh, all of you mid-westerners, here in Seattle we have hills that go nearly straight up and down so in icy weather you can't drive anywhere.  Not only that...
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    The first spam observation of 2009

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    It's been a week since I last posted, and I have noticed a trend in 2009 that continues on in the vain of 2008.  I mentioned in my end of year round-up that viruses were on the rise in 2008.  In 2009, I don't see much difference other than the...
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    Cybersecurity and the federal government, part 3

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    Continuing on in my series about cybersecurity and whether or not government should manage it centrally, I thought I would look at some obstacles towards setting up such an office. The first obstacle - the Constitution In the United States, there is a...
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    Dr. Libshitz Can't Get an E-Mail Address

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    MSN had an article recently telling a story about a Dr. Libshitz, over in England.  In the story, Dr. Libshitz couldn't get an email address when he tried signing up for an email address from some ISPs.  Some excerpts: If there's a subset of...
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    Time out for reflection

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    Reflecting on the events of today, January 20, 2009, I thought I would take a time out from spam blogging to post this cartoon.
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    Spam Trends in 2009: McAfee's Report

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    I came across McAfee's Spam Trends in 2009 article , as reported by PC1news.com.  In the article, they summarize some of McAfee's predictions about where spam is going to go in 2009.  Most of the predictions are actually extensions of trends...
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    A little humor

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    This cartoon is kind of fitting if you want to move into the email industry one day (where all the cool people hang out): Source .
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    Cybersecurity and the White House, part 4

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    I'm going to wrap up my brief series on cybersecurity and the federal government by taking a look at what I think such a post might look like.  Let's assume for the sake of argument that the Constitutional objections have been overcome and the small...
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    Cybersecurity and the federal government, part 2

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    Continuing on from my previous post, what is the case for having a government-level agency responsible for cybersecurity?  We've looked at who should be responsible for keeping the Internet clean, and the current candidates that I have disqualified...
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    Cybersecurity and the White House - part 5

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    This is my final post on the subject.  The Washington Post has posted an article on President Obama's Cyber Security Strategy.  Let's take a look at a few excerpts: Obama Administration Outlines Cyber Security Strategy President Barack Obama...
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    Rule of Comedy: Know Thy Audience

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    The other day I was over at a friend's place watching Season 1 of Battlestar Galatica (the remake, not the original series).  He doesn't care about 24 so I'll have to catch up on that later.  Anyhow, it was the season finale of season 1 where...
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    What's the end goal?

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    Sometimes I hear the joke, or conspiracy theory, that anti-virus companies are at least partly responsible for viruses that plague the Internet.  The theory is that they will keep themselves in business by writing a new virus and playing up the threat...
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    Lessons from Jack Bauer

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    As I blogged about several months ago, as well as numerous other anti-spam bloggers, David Ritz was sued by Jeffrey Reynolds and a judge in North Dakota agreed with Reynolds.  At the heart of the case was that Ritz engaged in anti-spam activities...
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