Archive for October, 2007
Track the students but don’t protect them

I read an article about fingerprinting kids in school and I am immediately thinking about privacy issues. The article mentions that the data is only used in house for things like the cafeteria. If it weren’t abused it would actually be a good idea (I personally would not trust the Department of Education, but I’m kind of paranoid). What really gets me here is that these schools want to spend money on biometric technology while remaining lacks on school security.

Targeted school violence from elementary to college has double every decade since the 1980s.

Gathering ‘Storm’ Superworm Poses Grave Threat to PC Nets

The Storm worm first appeared at the beginning of the year, hiding in e-mail attachments with the subject line: “230 dead as storm batters Europe.” Those who opened the attachment became infected, their computers joining an ever-growing botnet.

Although it’s most commonly called a worm, Storm is really more: a worm, a Trojan horse and a bot all rolled into one. It’s also the most successful example we have of a new breed of worm, and I’ve seen estimates that between 1 million and 50 million computers have been infected worldwide.

 

More here.

unixwiz: SQL Injection Attacks by Example

Found this site via del.icio.us.  Pretty good post:

“SQL Injection” is subset of the an unverified/unsanitized user input vulnerability (“buffer overflows” are a different subset), and the idea is to convince the application to run SQL code that was not intended. If the application is creating SQL strings naively on the fly and then running them, it’s straightforward to create some real surprises.

SQL Injection @ unixwiz 

SCAM * Dear Sir, madam. Our logistics company, STS Logistics looking *SCAM

Maybe I’m wrong but the Logistics Company, STS looks like a SCAM:

Hello,
My name is John Campbell, I represent STS Logistics company
located in the USA (offices in Germany, Russia and Japan).
Our company is seeking for a representatives part-time jobs in the USA, Germany, Spain, UK, Australia.
This is not spam and we will not ask any money from you.
Your minimal income will be $2000USD a month in average. You
will be paid weekly.
No relocation required, job duties include mail and payments
processing, standart office duties and everyday reporting.
All candidates have to be authorized to work with minimal
computer knowledge.
If you’re interested in this Job please
contact us through the contacts below:

mail: job@onlinests.org

Best Regards,
John Campbell

It has been posted all over the blogosphere as “spogs” (spam on blogs) in hundreds of comments.  I recieved it from several email accounts:

fugpaivaevale | E-mail: @mail333.com

hitcishIlluri | E-mail: @mail.ru

dremodiam | E-mail: @mail15.com

neanywamerabs | E-mail: @mail333.comInsitteintode | E-mail: @cccp.su

SolidMalingop | E-mail: @cccp.su