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  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 www.paypalauthorization.com 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]
 
     
 
   
 
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  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.
 
     
 
   
 
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  PayPoop  
 
 
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.
 
     
 
   
 
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  No Mo Kyoto?  
 
 
Posted 2002-10-24 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Ontario Premier Ernie Eves yesterday expressed support for the Alberta stand against the Kyoto protocol. The standard line I keep hearing here is "Canada will lose hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions in revenue" or some such garbage. Ontario and Alberta: we have more to lose than jobs here. Anyone with children should be taking a serious interest in clean air and a healthy environment. Yes, there will be hardship while we cut back on emissions and make our homes more energy efficient. But it will be much harder for our kids, and their kids, if we don't comply with the Kyoto agreement.
 
     
 
   
 
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  If a tree falls…  
 
 
Posted 2002-10-23 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
The Internet's backbone was attacked late Monday, the largest such assault in its history. A 1-hour DDOS attack pounded 13 root servers that comprise the foundation of the Internet... but did anyone notice? I guess the distributed nature of the `net is good for something after all. [story]

In semi-related news, a report entitled How to 0wn the Internet in Your Spare Time claims a worm could gobble up the entire Internet faster than most people can finish a big cup of coffee. "...it is reasonable for an attacker to gain control of a million Internet hosts, or perhaps even ten million. The highway to such control lies in the exploitation of worms: programs that self-propagate across the Internet by exploiting security flaws in widely-used services."
 
     
 
   
 
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  Trustworthy Computing  
 
 
Posted 2002-10-23 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Gee, is it Trustworthy Computing time already? Today's installment features a big, fat security hole in Internet Explorer. Actually, there are nine vulnerabilities, eight of which have been called "critical." According to this Cnet story, "Seven of the flaws can grant an attacker full access to the victim's PC, while another makes the currently loaded document readable and the last lets an attacker read and write to the clipboard." Apparently IE 5.5 and 6 are affected, but must have the recent service packs applied. Something I'm going to do right now...
 
     
 
   
 
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  Owned genes:  
 
 
Posted 2002-10-21 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
According to this report, American company Myriad Genetics owns a patent on two breast cancer-related genes, and therefore controls all research using those genes. Now that Myriad Genetics has a monopoly, they have dramatically hiked the price of screening tests involving the genes. Due to legal threats from Myriad, the B.C. government has ordered the B.C. Cancer Agency to stop doing the tests themselves, forcing local residents to pay for the test out of pocket. Thanks, Myriad Genetics for holding cancer patients hostage so you can make a few bucks.
 
     
 
   
 
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  Trustworthy Computing  
 
 
Posted 2002-10-17 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
A beta-test server for future Windows products was cracked yesterday. Beta-testers were in the middle of putting Micro$oft's .Net platform through its paces, only one of the software systems that could have been burglarized. Passwords and beta-test activation keys were also at risk. [story]
In related bumbling, sneaky little pop-up ads are plaguing users of Windows Messenger (not the same as MSN Messenger) which is enabled by default on Win2k, NT, and XP systems. Wired: "According to DirectAdvertiser.com's lead developer Lenard Iszak, the program can generate about 5,000 pop-up messages per hour, hitting more than one recipient per second."
 
     
 
   
 
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  Trustworthy Computing  
 
 
Posted 2002-10-16 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Hey, I'll stop posting these when Micro$soft stops goofing up. Lo and behold: another Micro$oft ad featuring an allegedly fictitious "real life" story. This comes on the heels of another such gaffe.
 
     
 
   
 
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  Trustworthy Computing  
 
 
Posted 2002-10-15 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Micro$oft's own "switch" campaign backfires. Chalk one up for Apple this round.
 
     
 
   
 
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Dinozoiks wrote:
Wow! Thanks for that Tony. Just posted a bunch of other tips here... http://www.dino.co.uk/labs/2008/45-tips-when-designing-online-content-for-kids/ Hope it helps someone... Dino...
in Dino Burbidge's '10 Things To Remember When Designing For Kids Online'


yes, many of the free little games are crappy. but as an artist who has recently published free content on the itunes app store,…
in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?


I vote for popup radial menus. Highlight a bit of text, the push and hold, Sims-style radial menu pops up with Copy, Paste, etc....
in More iPhone Gestures, Please


Hey Tony! A client of mine is looking to hire an internal Flash game dev team to build at a really cool Flash CCG…
in Dipping Into Toronto's Flash Pool


Yeah, there's a lot of weird common sense things I've noticed they've just omitted from the design. No idea why though....
in More iPhone Gestures, Please


It also bears noting there's no mechanism right now for a developer to offer a free trial for the iPhone; the App Store isn't…
in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?


@GeorgeR: It's on my shopping list :) I've heard good things about it as well. And Cro Mag Rally. @andrhia: meh, I don't know…
in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?


...you get what you pay for, you know? I actually bought Trism based on early buzz, and it's truly a novel mechanic. I've been…
in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?


The only one I've heard good things about is Super Monkey Ball. Have you given that a whirl yet?...
in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?


Advance warning: this frivolent comment is NOT RELATED or even worth your time ... But whenever i hear "Collada", i think of that SCTV…
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