Terry Zink: Security Talk

Discussing Internet security in (mostly) plain English

July, 2009

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    Think China is the top spamming country? Think again.

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    I've been doing some research internally to prepare for Microsoft's next Security and Intelligence report, but I thought I'd give my readers a sneak preview.  These numbers are quite surprising so I thought I'd share them. In my department, we block...
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    My car needs security questions

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    Story time. Last Wednesday, I lost my cell phone.  "Great," I muttered.  I looked everywhere in my home, my office at work, and the probably location in which I lost it (one of the cafes at Microsoft).  No luck.  I wasn't...
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    It turns out that Twitter spam *is* possible

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    A couple of weeks ago, I blogged on the topic of whether or not Twitter spam was possible.  It turns out that not only is it possible, but it's rampant and really annoying. I signed up for Twitter a couple of weeks ago and without even having written...
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    Guess your Social Security number!

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    I was reading the other day that researchers have figured out a way to guess your social security number.  From the Kansas City Star : Alessandro Acquisti and Ralph Gross of Carnegie Mellon University report in today’s edition of Proceedings...
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    Why do big companies include so much additional fluff with their IM programs?

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    I don't use very many Instant Messaging pieces of software anymore.  In my time, I have used Yahoo messenger, ICQ, Live Messenger (MSN), AIM (AOL), Gaim, Office Communicator (Microsoft corporate) and Google Talk. I used to really like Yahoo messenger...
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    Distribution of botnets

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    Today, out of curiosity, I decided to take a look at which botnets were sending us spam and then doing a breakdown of highest offending botnets. This is a simple snapshot and not necessarily representative of our entire network.  Since we block so...
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    Argh! More annoyances!

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    You know, it's bad enough that these fracking Twitter spammers are polluting my Twitter following count (inflating it from zero to three).  I went and checked out the page that they redirect to and when I type into the address bar to navigate away...
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    Bing gains, Google drops

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    The following is an excerpt from Investor's Business Daily: Microsoft ( MSFT ), the software giant, increased its market share in U.S. Web searches to 8.23% in June from 7.81% in May, thanks to its new Bing search site, according to tracking firm StatCounter...
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    Upcoming Conference - Virus Bulletin

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    In two months, on September 23-25, 2009, Virus Bulletin is having its annual conference.  This year, it will be held at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Geneva, Switzerland. What is so special about this year's conference?  Well, I am going to be one...
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    Cyberattacks hit US, South Korea

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    From the Associated Press : SEOUL, South Korea – South Korean intelligence officials believe North Korea or pro-Pyongyang forces committed cyber attacks that paralyzed major South Korean and U.S. government Web sites, aides to two lawmakers said...
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    SSN

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    A couple of weeks ago I blogged about how a couple of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University broke the code for assigning Social Security numbers. Using an algorithm, they were able to predict about 5-10% of the time what your number was given a certain...
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    Change in policy

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    I am making a change in policy to this blog.  I am no longer going to allow anonymous users to comment.  I am getting piles and piles of spam messages in my comments that are sent to my email inbox and it's polluting my inbox and my junk mail...
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    To trade or not to trade

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    This past weekend, I was watching Return of the King.  Even though I think that the first one is my favorite, it is my opinion that the third one is the best one. Anyhow, I was struck by how the characters behave in selfish manners in the movies...
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    When real life security isn't good enough

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    I debated whether or not I should tell this story, but I decided that I would since I haven't done anything wrong. Recently, I had to change the mailbox key of a condo that I rent out.  The only problem is that I don't have the key for it, so I had...
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