Terry Zink: Security Talk

Discussing Internet security in (mostly) plain English

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    Facebook switches your email address and lands in a little hot water

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    In case you didn’t notice, this past week Facebook changed your default email address.  I wrote about this a couple of years ago in that Facebook was rolling out @facebook.com email addresses which let users communicate within its own messaging service...
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    Who says you can’t have fun at the IETF?

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    A new IETF draft has been published that specifies a new HTTP status code for legally restricted resources . That is, if the government restricts your access to the web page, return this code (similar to how something not found is a 404). The error code...
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    Bad spelling in 419s is a screening tool

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    A new paper out of Microsoft Research yesterday goes into why 419s are written using poor English – it is used by the scammers as a screening tool. Tech It Up news reports on it here: Have you ever wired money to an overseas bank account simply because...
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    I’m planning an iPad app – now help me out here

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    Okay, let’s get specific. You read this blog because you’re interested in security so most of you reading this probably know what you’re talking about.  Now I need your help for some real life advice. I’m planning on developing an app for the iPad...
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    Seriously, what is up with Yahoo Mail?

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    Less than a month ago, I wrote about Yahoo Mail’s spam filter and how I had gotten a bunch of spoofed Amazon.com messages in my inbox. I wondered what was going on over there; had their anti-abuse team been dropping the ball? This week, within the span...
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    Android taking over as the malware author target-of-choice

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    A couple of weeks ago, Der Westen, a German online news magazine, published an articled entitled Android is a virus writer’s favorite target .  In it, the author (and if you don’t speak German, you’ll need to translate with your browser) talks about...
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    Roundup of Flame so far

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    I hadn’t commented on it before, but last month the Flame malware was discovered by researchers from Kaspersky.  Here’s what we know so far: Reuters originally reported that it was designed as a cyber weapon to be used against Iran.  However...
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    Spammers’ Aid

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    A couple of months ago, Microsoft Sweden launched a program called Spammers’ Aid. This is a program (created and provided by Microsoft?) that is designed to help spammers reform their ways. The idea is that since spam is continually decreasing in email...
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    Evolution of the antivirus industry

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    I found the following elsewhere on the web .  I bumped up the original dates in the graphic by 3 or 4 years.
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    Naked Security

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    [With apologies to Sophos who maintain a blog of the same title as this post; please feel free to reciprocate by writing a blog post with my blog’s name in the title]. A couple of weeks ago, McAfee released the results of a study they performed, analyzing...
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    Homeland Security, Cybercrime and terrorism, part 2

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    I started rambling in my previous post about the article in Forbes .  I had something else to say and I am adding it here.  The government and industry are changing.  Government used to have a laissez-faire attitude towards botnets and...
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    According to the Department of Homeland Security, cybercrime is a bigger threat than terrorism

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    An article in Forbes the other day reports on US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano’s comments that ‘cybercrime represents the “greatest threat and actual activity that we have seen aimed at the west and at the United States” in addition...
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    Tough week to be LinkedIn

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    It’s a tough week to be LinkedIn.  Today, it’s revealed that over 6 million passwords from users of the social networking site have been leaked.  From MSN : While LinkedIn stated Wednesday morning via its Twitter account that it's been unable...
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    Does Stuxnet, Flame, etc., unleash a Pandora’s Box?

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    In my previous post where I linked to an New York Times article, the last paragraph is the following: Mr. Obama has repeatedly told his aides that there are risks to using — and particularly to overusing — the weapon. In fact, no country’s infrastructure...
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    New York Times: Obama Order Sped Up Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran

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    The New York Times has a front-page story today alleging that the Obama administration continued the program of cyberattacks begun by the Bush administration.  Indeed, they sped it up. In case any Microsoft lawyers are reading this post, I am alleging...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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