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“There is no magic fairy dust protecting Macs" – Dai Zovi, author of “The Mac Hacker’s Handbook"

Scott Richter – Spam King – files for bankruptcy protection

March 30th 2005

It seems legal fees are getting too heavy for Richter (link out of date)http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~32540~2786931,00.html Details of papers filed (link not working – need to do manual search):http://www.spamhaus.org/rokso/evidence.lasso?rokso_id=ROK4930 But, the filing was/is deficient: “It appears that the debtor has filed a petition which is not accompanied by the statement of financial affairsand schedules required by 11 […]

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Court ruling – anonymous internet poster successfully sued for libel

March 29th 2005

Yes, I know, it happened in the UK, not the USA, but it is still a warning to the wise… “A LIBEL battle in London financial circles may have punctured the idea that posters to internet forums can remain anonymous“http://australianit.news.com.au/articles/0,7204,12688849%5E15306%5E%5Enbv%5E,00.html    

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Sun Java vulnerabilities

March 25th 2005

When we install a newer version of software that has been patched to lock out vulnerabilities, we expect to be safe, yes? When it comes to Sun’s Java Runtime Environment, the answer is NO!!!! Has your copy of Sun’s Java Runtime been updated recently?  I strongly recommend that you go to Add/Remove Programs and see […]

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Court ruling – websites are not protected by constitutional guarantees granted to journalists

March 14th 2005

A CALIFORNIA judge has ruled in favour of Apple Computer’s bid to find the source of trade secrets posted online, saying that websites were not protected by constitutional guarantees granted to journalists. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg ruled Apple was entitled to find out the identities of sources of the leaked information […]

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Court ruling – Spyware Assassin given cease and desist order

March 14th 2005

A small win for betrayware (fake spyware removal software) victims was reported today on the Australian news channels:http://australianit.news.com.au/articles/0,7204,12538391%5E15331%5E%5Enbv%5E15306%2D15318,00.html “ … The makers of Spyware Assassin tried to scare consumers into buying software through pop-up ads and email that warned their computers had been infected with malicious monitoring software, … A US court has ordered the […]

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Firefox and spyware

March 13th 2005

I hate to say I told ya so, but I told ya so. I think several people who know me will agree that I have been quite vocal about the common misconception that running FF is some sort of cure-all that will protect users from spyware.  I have always believed that FF is a disaster […]

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