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translated but hilarious introduction to an old Sega game called Zero
Wing has spawned a web phenomenon that it is sure to
flood your mail and web servers. It all started with a spoof
site and later an MP3,
that were later combined into a Flash
animation that is flying around the web at record
speeds. You have no chance to survive make your time.
slams 'ignorant' network managers
Network managers are increasingly ignorant about internet
security, according to a leading vendor. Source:
Vnunet (Feb 24, 2001)
Directory fix to require significant upgrade
A key security flaw in Microsoft's Active Directory pointed
out more than 12 months ago by early adopters won't be
patched for nearly another year. What's
more, enterprise users will have to upgrade all their
directory servers, known as domain controllers, to the
forthcoming "Whistler" version of Windows 2000 to
activate the patch.
Secrets from a Pro
The backup program in
Windows 2000 adds some valuable functionality, but sometimes
only a little coding will get you what you really need. This
article includes screenshots and script samples for
automating backups on small LANs. Source: MCP
Magazine (Feb 2001)
Crime Investigators Toolkit
A 4 part series that devises a summary of basic,
practical knowledge, "tricks," if you like, that
should interest all computer crime investigators. While they
may not be the final word in preparing for an examination,
these techniques will provide some insight into the ways and
means of computer criminals.
2000 at One Year
A year ago, a survey of ComputerWorld readers found that the
No. 1 thing they wanted from Windows 2000 was stability - no
more blue screens of death. Now, on the operating system's
first anniversary, IT managers agree that Microsoft has
delivered on its long-overdue promise of reliability.
Source: ComputerWorld (Feb 19, 2001)
the hell is... WinXP's groovy new UI?
Are we on WinXP Beta 2 yet, or not? And has the radical, revolutionary new
UI for XP arrived yet, or not? The answer to both of these
questions is of course yes and no. The Register takes a
critical look at the new Windows XP Beta. Source: The
Register (Feb 19, 2001)
Win2K's Encryption File System (EFS) provides users with
a simple, transparent way to encrypt files. But before
enabling this feature, make sure to set up and troubleshoot
the backend key-management and -recovery infrastructure.
Source: Information Security Magazine
Down the Laptop
Laptop security can be broken down into three phases:
physical security, access control/authentication and
tracking/recovery. But the biggest challenge may be changing
users' attitudes and habits. Source: Information Security
a Security Patch in the mail? Don't Install it!
Several e-mails are being circulated,
purporting to be Microsoft Security Bulletins and containing
attachments that are claimed to be security patches.
Microsoft never sends software via e-mail. If you have
received such an e-mail, don't run the attachment!
2000 Migration A Gradual Process
Enterprises planning to adopt Windows 2000 will do so gradually,
typically taking six to 12 months to conduct top-down
planning and to ensure a smooth migration to Active
Directory and other new features. In many cases, IT
departments are setting up a central Windows 2000
infrastructure and leaving implementation timing and other
details to individual units. Source: PlaneIT (Feb 9,
e-mail delivery on the way
The Internet engineering community is wrapping up work on a
new technique for tracking e-mail delivery, an important
milestone as the Internet migrates from best-effort delivery
of messages to the accountability available with low-tech
alternatives such as FedEx.
be fooled: 'Carnivore' lives!
The FBI may have changed the name to
something less menacing, but its controversial e-mail
surveillance system to snoop on suspects lives on. It now
goes by the less beastly moniker of DCS1000.
Source: ZDNet (Feb 11, 2001)
& Dagger IT
The CIA's venture capital arm, called In-Q-Tel, is scouring the nation
for new technologies that could solve information management
problems in the spy business -- and corporate IT.
Christopher Tucker, chief strategist at In-Q-Tel, looks at a
lot of technology that's either brand new or used only in a
creates map to track global virus incidence
McAfee.com Corp. has boosted global virus intelligence by
adding a real-time "virus
map" to its Web site. The map claims to allow users
to view global virus trends, anticipate virus outbreaks and
alert computer users to any virus epidemic. The data for the
map is compiled from McAfee.com's Internet-based virus
scanning service, which tracks thousands of computers
worldwide for virus activity. Any incidences of virus
infection are added to the global virus map in real
let 'Love' bug bite on Valentine's Day
An anti-virus vendor
warns that the "Love" bug, which caused so much
disaster for Internet users in May of last year, could cause
more heartbreak by coming back to life again this
Valentine's day.In a recent survey more than a third
of business e-mail users across the UK would still open such
a message on Feb. 14, despite the notoriety attained by the
e-mail worm, which is estimated to have wreaked ©4.8bn(U.S.
$7 billion) worth of damage worldwide. Source: ZDNet (Feb 6, 2001)
Bug author says bug created in cyber gang war
Onel de Guzman, who faced charges relating to spreading the
Love Bug in the Philippines before they were dropped for
insufficient evidence, has taken time out to talk to a
reporter at the Chicago Tribune about the nature of
virus writing. He suggests the Love Bug was released during
a war between local cyber gangs that went wrong.
Virus Takes Top Spot in Sophos January Report
A new virus entered the fray this month and achieved the
number one position in the Sophos top ten virus report for
January 2001. The virus, W32/Navidad-B, is a spin-off of the W32/Navidad
e-mail aware worm and accounted for 20.7 percent of the
viruses reported to Sophos.
computer: Can you crack it?
The National Security Agency has teamed with software emulation firm VMware to envision an almost
impenetrable computer that hides data in virtual vaults. Assuming, of course, that it works.
Source: ZDNet (Feb 1, 2001)