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  Sneak attack on hackers  
Posted 2002-11-15 by Tony Walsh
The Cyber Security Enhancement Act was slipped into the U.S. Homeland Security bill this week. If made into law, the CSEA would reportedly:
  • Give life terms to certain types of hackers
  • Permit surveillance without a court order during certain types of Internet attacks
  • Extend an existing advertising ban on electronic suveillance devices from print advertising to online advertising

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      So, who is tracking your websurfing?  
    Posted 2002-11-12 by
    Some people might call it being paranoid, but there are people out to get you. And they are advertisers. And they don't play fair.
    Using virus-like programs, they track where you surf, use your computer resources for their gain and sell your info to other companies.
    Try out Ad-aware to see if they have anything on your computer. I'm a pretty savvy computer user (or so i think) and i was surprised how many of these things it found. It's free, and very useful!
      Really expensive acid reflux…  
    Posted 2002-11-06 by Tony Walsh
    Those painful numbers keep getting lodged in WorldCom's throat, causing an unpleasant burning sensation for all. The company is yet again restating its earnings, something it's done twice this year already! You know, they call people who keep changing their story "liars." I guess corporations are above mortal shame.
      Broken Saints Chapter 21  
    Posted 2002-11-04 by Tony Walsh
    The Broken Saints crew released Chapter 21 of their motion-graphic novel on Hallowe'en. Series creator/director Brooke Burgess: "This new 3-Act killer clocks in at just over 30 MINUTES in length, and is a fine milestone for the 7/8 mark in the series. Lock your doors. Light some candles. Turn the speakers way up. Creep the hell out of your neighbourhood!!!"
      AIM and ICQ sitting in a tree (again)  
    Posted 2002-10-30 by Tony Walsh
    America Online's Instant Messenger (AIM) will soon become interoperable with the massively popular ICQ messenger application. No surprise, since ICQ was bought by AOL four years ago. For those who aren't interested in patronizing AOL or MSN (or even Yahoo!'s messenger,) I suggest you pick up Trillian, which handles AIM, MSN, YIM, ICQ, and IRC all in one free package.
      PayPoop Part II  
    Posted 2002-10-29 by Tony Walsh
    An email spoofed to read like a (grammatically incorrect) security update from PayPal invited recipients to visit bogus site and enter their account information. This scam didn't originate from PayPal (otherwise it wouldn't be a "scam", would it?) but it does suggest that social engineering is still the most effective form of hacking. [story]
      It’s Official:  You’ve been duped!  
    Posted 2002-10-29 by Tony Walsh
    The Internet Registry of Canada was charged under the Competition Act yesterday by Canada's Competition Bureau. The Bureau alleges that the IRoC marketed it's domain registry services under the guise of the Government of Canada (or other official agency) to domain registrants whose domains were about to expire. "The mailings allegedly gave the impression that domain name holders were existing customers of, and had to re-register their domain names with, the Internet Registry of Canada which was not true." [press release] Earlier this summer, IRoC addressed consumer misconceptions in an unintentionally jokey press release. Even earlier than that, watchdogs spied the IRoC's parent company trying to bamboozle Euros.
    Posted 2002-10-28 by Tony Walsh
    Here's why I don't use PayPal. Not only are there a few security glitches, PayPal has a lousy record for dealing with scams and other problems.
      Referral Spam  
    Posted 2002-10-28 by Tony Walsh
    Folks who run web sites and have access to their server statistics can view a list of other sites who've linked to them. This is called a list of referrers (referring links). You can usually click over to see referrer's site, to check out how they've linked to you. Over the last couple of years, I've noticed some referrer site weren't actually linking to my site at all. Instead, the sites were advertising services that might be of interest to webmasters. These days, the situation is getting worse, and a handful of porn and other sites are sneaking into my referrer lists. Wired News reports on what marketing companies are calling "Referral Marketing."
      Unholy union:  
    Posted 2002-10-25 by Tony Walsh
    The fattest software company in the world is joining forces with the ugliest entertainment company in the world, making a Disney-centric MSN 8 that's as welcome as a fat, ugly guy in a playground full of pre-schoolers. [story]
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