Terry Zink's Cyber Security Blog

Discussing Internet security in (mostly) plain English

June, 2010

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    Origins of the word spam

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    I have Yahoo set as my home page, and from time to time they have a decent article on cyber-security.  I’d say that I get between 5-10% of my ideas from Yahoo. Recently, someone asked the question what the origins of the term “spam” was.  Here...
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    The efficacy of anti-virus

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    Brian Krebs has a good post up on the efficacy of anti-virus products and how A/V should not be relied upon as a substitute for common sense (not opening untrusted attachments, not clicking on links in spam, ensuring you have up-to-date software, etc...
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    New Amazon spoof

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    I recently came across the following spam message, spoofing an Amazon.com purchase order: This is a nicely formatted message.  Of course, none of the links go to anything in Amazon, they all point to the same link which is a URL located in South...
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    If you have an iPhone, Apple and Google are watching

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    The title of this post is tongue-in-cheek, exaggerated and meant to evoke a reaction from the reader.  But it’s not all that far off from reality. TechFlash has an article up this past week that highlights a blog post by Kim Cameron.  Cameron...
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    Twitter feeling the pains of success

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    Recently, Twitter settled a case with the FTC that it failed to adequately protect its users’ data and privacy.  From PogoWasRight : The FTC’s complaint against Twitter charges that serious lapses in the company’s data security allowed hackers to...
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    Personal dilemma

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    My girlfriend works a later shift and often times, she and her co-workers bring in food or order it in.  Potlucks, or Thai food, that sort of thing.  Well, today, they had spam and eggs. You read that right – not ham and eggs but spam and eggs...
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    Cybercrime forum suspects arrested

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    Over at Graham Cluley’s blog , news out of England that two suspects have been arrested by the British police: Britain's Police Central e-crime Unit (PCeU) have announced today that they have arrested two men as part of an eight month investigation into...
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    Facebook’s spam prevention systems

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    Facebook recently posted a blog post explaining their antispam strategy for mitigating abuse.  The crux of the post is the following: Facebook has certain algorithms to shut down abusive accounts It’s nothing personal; they are not shutting down...
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    Why are *.edu’s compromised so much?

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    When it comes to the problem of outbound spam, one of the experiences that I have, and this was reaffirmed at TechEd, is that the number one source of compromised accounts are educational institutions.  That is to say, whenever we have an outbound...
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    Spamhaus settlement knocked down from millions to thousands

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    Via TechDirt : Many years back, an "email marketing" company called e360 Insight got upset that the anti-spam advocacy group Spamhaus included e360 on its list of biggest spammers -- a list that many service providers used for spam filtering...
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    AT&T on data breach – it was the hackers’ fault

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    From PC World : AT&T issued an apology on Sunday for a hack that exposed thousands of iPad customers' e-mail addresses last week and vowed to work with law enforcement to prosecute those responsible. A hacking group called Goatse Security obtained...
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    Should we trust the libertarians? Part 2

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    A couple of months ago, I wrote a post posing the question of whether or not more government regulation is required in order to secure the Internet.  On the one hand, anonymity is viewed in the west as a forum for freedom of speech.  The anonymity...
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    Last week’s performance

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    If you’ve been following and noticing my lack of posting lately, it’s because of two reasons: I’m doing a lot of tracking little stuff projects at work that is sucking up my time. I was out of town last week at a conference, TechEd in New Orleans. I had...
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    Microsoft sues Hotmail spammers

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    Microsoft has pressed charges against some individuals, accusing them of using techniques designed to circumvent Hotmail’s antispam filters.  From the Microsoft Security blog: Last week the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit filed a lawsuit in U.S. District...
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    Security starts with not doing stupid things

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    Or rather, with me not doing stupid things. I’m currently at a conference in New Orleans (TechEd, a Microsoft conference) and I just about had a very serious security gaffe yesterday.  I left Seattle and it was around 60 degrees Fahrenheit (that...
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    Welcome to our world, Adobe

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    One of the problem that plagues free sites that permit user content uploading – Windows Live Spaces, Google Blogspot, Yahoo Groups, Geocities (back in the day), etc – is that they are prone to being abused by spammers.  The idea behind these services...
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