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Another gem from the Queen of Procrastination

March 31st 2006

Cripes… some of the stuff on this site…. there’s a sound bite when the page first loads but it doesn’t last long.http://www.micom.net/oops/ Mind you, considering the amount of flying that I do, perhaps I shouldn’t be looking at sites like this ;o)

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The latest on the 912945 Activex update and the optional compatibility patch.

March 31st 2006

Ok, so I was confused.  On the one hand we had Mike Nash saying it would be “deployed like a hotfix” (which to me means phone MS and ask for it).  On the other hand, I had an email from MS saying that the optional compatibility patch would be available via the Download Centre, which certainly […]

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Have you taken the Phishing IQ test?

March 31st 2006

http://www.mailfrontier.com/forms/msft_iq_test.html I achieved 8 out of 10… spotted all the phishing emails just fine, but also attributed falsity to two legitimate ones… go figure…  better safe than sorry, I suppose.  I’d have been real grumpy with myself if I’d marked a phish as legitimate…

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I keep saying it – DON’T CLICK ON THOSE LINKS!!!

March 30th 2006

Websense reports that bad end of town have started using the createTextRange vulnerability in an attempt to infect victims with a keylogging trojan that monitors activity on various (undisclosed) financial websites and sends the recorded information to the attacker:http://www.websensesecuritylabs.com/alerts/alert.php?AlertID=452 Repeat after me – “I will not click on links in unsolicited emails… I will not click […]

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Let’s do some SERIOUS procrastinating….

March 30th 2006

Between disobedient Excel sheets with a VLOOKUP that didn’t work, and chatting with friends who have been quiet too long I have got little work done… so, if the night is fried anyways, and there’s no way my already-late column will be submitted tonight, let’s go out with a bang…. I’ve subscribed to this site […]

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A new phishing trick…

March 30th 2006

Do you trust a bank that can be hacked like this?http://www.itnews.com.au/newsstory.aspx?CIaNID=31268 Phishers hacked into three legitimate Florida bank sites, being Capital City Bank, Wakulla Bank and Premier Bank and then planted a script that redirected victims from the real banks’ sites to a phishing site. We’ve always advised users to type their Bank’s URL into […]

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Spam code threatens $10m fine

March 29th 2006

“INTERNET service providers could face massive fines if they do not comply with new rules set down by the communications watchdog. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) today registered the world’s first legislative code of practice for internet and email service providers. …[U]nder the new code, ISPs will have to offer spam filtering options […]

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Mike Nash of MS comments on the 912945 ActiveX update

March 29th 2006

Pretty much confirms everything I’ve been saying all along:http://blogs.technet.com/msrc/archive/2006/03/29/423560.aspx One thing I didn’t know was this: “we will create a “compatibility patch” (deployed like a hotfix) that allows customers to turn off the change for a limited period of time through the June update cycle (2nd Tuesday in June) to provide time for enterprise customers […]

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The eEye hack for the createTextRange vulnerability

March 28th 2006

Summary:  My advice? Don’t install it. (Please forgive any grammatical or logical flow errors – I’m running real short of time but wanted to get this live before starting my work day). Two MS security bloggers have mentioned the eEye “patch” that protects against the createTextRange vulnerability. http://blogs.technet.com/msrc/default.aspxhttp://blogs.technet.com/ms_schweiz_security_blog/default.aspx Both bloggers recommend that the patch not […]

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Uh oh… got this weird bright spot on my laptop screen…

March 28th 2006

Ok, so I’ve heard of dead pixels… got one of the damned things on my digital camera screen… but a patch of glowing, overbright, white, pixels?? If I rub the area ‘just right’ with a fingertip the overbright patch goes away, but only for a few seconds. Wassup with that?  It doesn’t show up in […]

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