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LabMice Link of the Day Archive (Aug 2001)
As we surf the web in our pursuit of additional content for LabMice, we occasionally stumble upon a really cool, humorous, unusual, or very useful link that we think should stand out from the hundreds we add every week. So we developed a small section on our front page to highlight these, and will archive the rest here.
 
This Month:

New virus targets and encrypts .exe files
Antivirus vendor Central Command has detected a new worm that, disguised as a warning from Microsoft, mass e-mails itself to users and, once launched, encrypts all executable files, rendering them unuseable.

Troubleshooting Routing in RIP Environments
Even with a routing protocol as common as RIP, things can go wrong, especially when mixing Windows 2000 Server routers. This article looks at some potential problems with RIp, explains the causes and how to correct them. Source: 8wire

University of IT
Colleges and universities increase their money-making IT certification offerings as more workers find the need to augment their degrees with practical training. Source: InfoWorld

Microsoft Posts IIS Lockdown Tool
Microsoft has a new tool designed to help administrators secure and harden Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 systems running the software giant's IIS 4.0 and IIS 5.0 Web servers. Source: ENT Online

Gartner: Companies Blowing Money on App Servers
Analyst firm Gartner took a look at corporate buying of application servers. The conclusion? Corporate America is throwing away money. Microsoft, which bundles application server technology free with other products, was quick to highlight the study. Source: ENT Online

AntiCity
It's a hot summer day, and the citizens of this small unsuspecting virtual city are puzzled by the sudden appearance of a large magnifying glass over downtown. You can use the magnifying glass to look around the city, or you can use your mouse button to be a bit more mischievous....

Bye-Bye, Bluetooth
It is time to say goodbye to Bluetooth, the much-marketed technology standard for connecting mobile devices wirelessly. Such a drastic statement is likely to draw criticism, especially from companies still hard at work on Bluetooth-related products. But the sooner those companies end their efforts, the better off they will be. Source: Fortune.com

An Inside Track to Japan-Only Goodies
Want to get your hands on the latest and greatest hardware from Japan. Dynamism Inc. buys gadgets unavailable in the U.S., replaces their software, and sells them to you. Cool! Source: Business Week

PC buyers suffering from upgrade fatigue
For the first time in 15 years, worldwide PC sales will likely be lower this year than last. Blame it on upgrade fatigue and a dearth of innovation. Source: ZDNet (Aug 23, 2001)

The Last Microsoft Upgrade
What? Infamous Microsoft-basher Eric Grevstad urging readers to rush out and buy a Microsoft product right away? Yes indeed -- to get Windows 2000 before XP ushers in a new era of out-of-control greed.

New Directions in Intrusion Detection
Problems with false positives? Traffic bottlenecks? Distinguishing serious attacks from nuisance alarms? If so, new IDS technologies and services are coming to the rescue. Source: Information Security Magazine

One Code Red winner--Pepsi
Last month, two Orange County, Calif., computer programmers named a computer virus they had discovered "Code Red," after the cherry soda they had been chugging, giving PepsiCo's new soft drink global brand recognition money can't buy. Pepsi's little-advertised Code Red drink is now the 5th most popular beverage sold at convenience stores. Source: ZDNet (Aug 16, 2001)

Microsoft offers two new security tools
Almost a month after the first outbreak of the Code Red worm spread across the Internet by attacking vulnerable Microsoft servers, Microsoft announced Wednesday the release of two new security tools aimed at helping systems administrators and users keep their systems up to date and protected.

Microsoft IIS: Unsafe at any Settings?
Is Microsoft's Internet Information Server still a viable Internet-facing Web server? Should Microsoft pull their product from the market until they can assure us our Web sites and internal systems will not be put at risk simply because we chose IIS over some other? Or is IIS no more insecure than any other Web server that is left unhardened, unpatched, unmaintained and unmonitored? Source: 8Wire

Microsoft launches an incentive for Win2k MCSEs
In an effort to recognize those studious individuals who have completed their Windows 2000 MCSE before October 31, 2001(and to motivate those that haven't), Microsoft is offering a special limited edition Early Achiever card. What's next, a toy in very box of Win2k Server?

Is free training really a bargain?
There's boatload of free technical training out there for the asking. And in these days of shrinking IT budgets, the temptation to partake - some might say the necessity - can appear compelling. Source: NetworkWorldFusion

The Cost of Certification
Certification can be an expensive goal. Both direct and indirect costs must go into your training budget. Certification magazine breaks down the cost of several different training options and shows you how to get the most for the least. Source: Certification Magazine

Wireless security is even flakier than we thought 
The root cause of the gaping security holes derive from flaws in the key-scheduling algorithm used by the Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) protocol, which is part of the 802.11 wireless networking standard. Wireless security vulnerabilities have been widely publicized before but the difference with this flaw is that it might be far easier to exploit. Source: The Register

Making Active Directory Easier
Network administrators won't see the full benefits of a Windows 2000 upgrade until the last domain controller is cut over - and that can take a year or more. Here's what users such as Eric Kornau at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College are doing to speed the transition and ease administration headaches of running a mixed environment. Source: ComputerWorld (Aug 6, 2001)

The Man Who Debunks Virus Myths
Rob Rosenberger runs a website that rails against the hysteria surrounding Internet diseases. He's funny, biting, takes no prisoners, and has top CIA security clearance to boot. Source: Wired

Broadband: Beyond DSL and cable
DSL and cable modems still too slow for you? Fiber-optic technology could be the answer, offering super-high-speed Internet access and easily variable bandwidth at a fraction of the cost of service on traditional copper lines. Source: PCWorld

SirCam worm spreads
Normally viruses peak then fade out gradually. SirCam isn't going away--it's actually infecting more and more people. We've been flooded with Sircam infected e-mail from administrators who have visited our site via a compromised workstation. Check out this ZDNet article to find out more about Sircam and what you can do to protect yourself.

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