Terry Zink: Security Talk

Discussing Internet security in (mostly) plain English

June, 2011

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    No, using bit.ly does not get you blocked

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    Over at Word to the Wise, Steve Atkins has a good post on URL redirectors.  URL shorteners take long URLs and compress them into smaller ones.  However, because bit.ly is the most popular URL shortener (because they originally were the exclusive...
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    We’re getting new gTLD’s… does it matter?

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    If you haven’t been paying attention, ICANN is finally moving forward with opening up personalized gTLD’s.  John Levine has his views on a CircleID article here .  Another article on CircleID by Krista Papac is here . Ever since I heard of the...
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    New hacking technique

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    I have been gone for the past two weeks, first at MAAWG in San Francisco and then out on holidays back in Canada.  While I was back in Canada, I stumbled across a new hacking technique. Since I work with computers, everyone back home who isn’t a...
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    Handling the problem of inbound bulk mail

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    Over the years, our spam filtering has gotten to be pretty good.  We don’t see a lot of complaints about spam other than the odd escalation (why didn’t your filters stop this “obvious, blatant” spam from coming to my inbox?). However, that doesn...
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    Handling the problem of outbound bulk mail

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    When it comes to email, I am our customers’ best friend.  I really am.  I’m the good guy that is always defending the user experience.  But even I have my breaking point. Over the years, we have put in a ton of outbound spam mitigations...
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    LulzSec calling it quits

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    Over the weekend, Internet hacking group LulzSec, responsible for breaking into such companies as Sony, Nintendo, Sega, the CIA’s web page, the British NHS and others.  None of LulzSec’s hacks seem particularly malicious, that is, they weren’t stealing...
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    Why it’s important to read the Terms and Conditions

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    I’m watching the first episode of South Park Season 15 on the web (viewer discretion advised… serious viewer discretion).  It’s the one where Cartman and Kyle, and everyone else, get iPads. Kyle decides not to read the Terms and Conditions and it...
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    The military and the right to respond with force

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    Over the weekend, US military contractor Lockheed Martin admitted that it was the target of a hacking incident over the weekend of May 21.  From the Wall Street Journal : Hacking incidents at defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. and broadcaster...
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    Déjà vu–Gmail attacked by hacktivists… again

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    In January 2010, Google was the victim of a cyber attack.  Google employees were sent spear phishing attacks and the attackers were able to make off with some important code.  This was about a year and a half ago.  At the time, there was...
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    Clearing up some data on comparisons

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    I was reading Trend Micro’s blog the other day where they take aim at Microsoft’s claims for its new Internet Explorer 9 browser and how the Smartscreen built-in protection feature was doing at blocking malware.  Trend decided to look at the effectiveness...
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    Stating the obvious – human errors are the weak link in security

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    I frequently read publications like Bloomberg and Reuters and when I come across an article relating to cybersecurity, I pay attention.  Those types of outlets aren’t known for their expertise in this area and so what they write is a good reflection...
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