Terry Zink: Security Talk

Discussing Internet security in (mostly) plain English

May, 2012

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    My great idea–quashed by political correctness

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    I had a great idea at work. We’re looking at a future feature wherein we allow users to block email by language.  If you’re an English speaker and never receive mail in Chinese, you can set an option to block all Chinese mail.  Want no Spanish...
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    Six steps to sending email over IPv6 – my Internet Draft

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    A couple of weeks ago, I published my first Internet Draft to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).  Today, I updated it, making it version 2 (but named version 01.txt).  It is titled Recommendations for the use of whitelists for email...
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    Spammers ruining it for everyone

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    Last week we had an incident with our outbound reputation that caused delivery issues to various US government agencies who don’t use our service.  One of our customers did something inadvertently that caused our outbound IP reputation to degrade...
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    What’s up with Yahoo Mail’s spam filter?

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    What’s wrong with Yahoo Mail’s spam filter recently?  The company has gone through CEO after CEO after CEO… maybe that has demoralized the antispam guys so much that they’ve left the company? I ask because I recently checked my Yahoo Mail account...
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    What Apple’s security response can learn from Microsoft

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    A couple of days ago, Ed Bott posted an article on ZDNet entitled What Microsoft can teach Apple about security response .  This is in response to how Microsoft deals with security vulnerabilities and applies updates, vs how Apple does it (did it...
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    Digging into outbound spammers and confirming what I suspected

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    Yesterday, I started digging through statistics of users who use our network to send out spam.  Most of them are not doing it intentionally, but some are hostile.  What sorts of behavior characteristics do these senders conform to?  There...
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    Sophos’s list of top spamming countries vs Forefront Online’s list

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    Last week, Sophos released a blog post on the top 12 countries that relay spam during the first three months of 2012.  Their summary: The country with the highest amount of spam sent is India. Spam has decreased over time because of better efforts...
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    Pictures of Angkor Wat

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    This post has nothing to do with spam, malware or security.  Instead, you can file this under It’s-my-blog-and-I’ll-post-what-I-want-to. Anyhow, the past couple of weeks I was in Cambodia and Bali (Indonesia).  It’s been my life long dream ...
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    Floating villages of Cambodia

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    While we were in Cambodia, we visited the floating villages, located not too far from the city of Siem Reap.  We took a boat ride down the muddy river which took about 30 minutes: Along the way, I was reminded that we were definitely in the 3rd world...
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    The island of Bali

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    I decided to do another post of our trip to southeast Asia.  On my personal blog, my posts on travel are my most popular posts by far so I figured I would post it on here, too.  Who knows, maybe you’ll get a travel idea! For the second week...
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    New spam trend

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    A new spam trend that we have seen over the past month or so are 419’s with Word attachments.  This isn’t a widespread trend (it’s not like we are getting tons of 419’s like this), nor is the idea of sending spam with attachments new.  Instead...
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    US cyber czar Howard Schmidt resigns

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    The Washington Post reported a story this weekend about how the head of US cyber security Howard Schmidt is resigning from the post.  Schmidt’s resignation comes on the heels of FBI cybercrime director Shawn Henry resigning and going to work in private...
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    Wonder what China is doing with all of those APTs? Now you know.

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    Did you ever wonder what China is doing with all of those Advanced Persistent Threats that they are tossing at US companies, trying to steal their secrets (allegedly)?  The answer is they give them to their own home-grown companies.  Here’s...
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    A very weird story about the founder of McAfee

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    Yesterday I discovered this story on Gizmodo after a friend in my Facebook feed posted it, or commented it, or read it (I forget which, I can’t be expected to remember these things).  It was about the original founder of McAfee, John McAfee (who...
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    US hacks al-Qaida / US does not hack al-Qaida

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    A couple of interesting stories are out yesterday and today.  Yesterday, we learned that the US had hacked Yemeni website that was run by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and replaced advertisements showing extremists killing Americans into...
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    Today I saw a presentation by Kevin Mitnick

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    Today at work I went and saw a presentation by Kevin Mitnick, formerly known as the most wanted hacker (by the FBI) in the world.  He spent time in jail twice, the latter spending five years in prison with a full year of that in solitary confinement...
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    White House announces anti-botnet initiative

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    I was reading yesterday that the White House has announced an anti-botnet initiative in order to further its online safety agenda. From Engadget : The White House has been drumming up momentum for tighter internet privacy laws for a while now, and today...
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