Terry Zink: Security Talk

Discussing Internet security in (mostly) plain English

August, 2010

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    The gTLD of choice for spammers - .ru

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    I have been playing around with a little more statistics for the various botnets that I track.  Just for fun, I decided to pick two of them – lethic and bobax, and see what types of TLDs they were using to send out spam. This is kind of a tricky...
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    Cracking ReCAPTCHA

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    I was browsing dark Reading today and came across an article they published 4 days ago.  A researcher has broken reCAPTCHA, that is a CAPTCHA software tool that many websites use to tell the difference between a human and a computer.  It is...
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    The security of the transmission of credit card numbers

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    Long time readers of this blog will know that two of my past overseas trips – China and Peru – have resulted in me being attacked by a spammer, trying to kill me.  Both times I fended off his evil intentions, but it’d be nice to go someplace where...
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    No Blackberries in Saudi Arabia

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    Last week, Saudi Arabia started banning the use of the Blackberry.  From BBC News : State-owned phone operator Saudi Telecom has blocked text, e-mail, web surfing and instant messenger functions, users in the kingdom have told the BBC. The country...
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    Reasons not to like Aeroplan

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    A long, long time ago, while I was still living in Canada, I signed up for a credit card that gave me Aeroplan points. Those are kind of like air miles except that you have to redeem your points for miles, rather than accruing miles directly. You don’t...
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    The most dangerous celebrities

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    Reuters has an article up today on the most dangerous celebrities on the web.  Topping this year’s list is Cameron Diaz: NEW YORK (Reuters) - She may be known for her playful giggles and killer looks, but now movie star Cameron Diaz has become the...
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    Google Wave bites the dust

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    In case you missed it, Google today announced that they were no longer going to develop Google Wave as a standalone product.  From The Daily Beast : Google announced Wednesday it would no longer develop Google Wave as a standalone product, killing...
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    Russian cybercrime is organized / Russian cybercrime is not organized

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    I like to read other people’s stories when it comes to spam, and I like Box of Meat.  It’s always alerting me to interesting stories around the web that deals with cyber security.  But the more I read, the more I see conflicting views on the...
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    State AGs: Craiglist should drop adult services

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    I found this story today on the Associated Press: HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- State attorneys general nationwide are demanding that Craigslist remove its adult services section because they say the website cannot adequately block potentially illegal ads....
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    Institutionalized insecurity

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    Thus demonstrating its brilliant grasp on technology and security, the UK government has nixed the “kill IE6” campaign that Microsoft has been working on.  In case you didn’t know it, Internet Explorer 6 is almost a decade old.  In the world...
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    A bit more on Rustock

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    ZDNet and GoodGearGuide both report that Rustock is responsible for 41% of the world’s botnet spam in August, up from 32% in April.  They are both quoting MessageLabs’s latest Intelligence Report. Rustock is, of course, the largest botnet out there...
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    Google rolls out multiple account sign-in

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    Google has just begun rolling out multiple account sign-in, that is, the ability to login to one of your Google services and have that scale across all Google services.  For example, today when I sign into my iGoogle account, if I then go to Google...
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    Some notes on Rustock

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    There’s been a number of articles on Rustock lately so I thought I’d chime in with my take, which isn’t that novel but I have to inflate my post count.  Techworld recently reported that Rustock, which started sending spam over TLS, has stopped doing...
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    Stopping the flow of online illegal pharmaceuticals

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    Reading through Brian Kreb’s blog last week, he has an interesting post up on the White House’s call upon the industry on how to formulate a plan to stem the flow of illegal pharmaceuticals: The Obama administration is inviting leaders of the top Internet...
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    Context matters even at Goldman Sachs

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    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote that when it comes to email, context matters.  My point was that context in which content is found influences whether or not it is considered spam or not.  At around the same time, the Wall Street Journal came...
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    Another one bites the dust

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    Following in the footsteps of Lethic, Waledac, Mariposa and Zeus, yet another botnet has been infiltrated and shut down (even if temporary) – Pushdo.  Pushdo is a family of malware, and Cutwail is the spamming software that spreads its payload across...
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