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It looks like web-sniffer.net is no more…

August 29th 2014

The domain is for sale, and it’s been taken over by sed0 parking.  If you go to the site you are automatically redirected to an advertising page.  To add insult to injury, using a USA IP address I was redirected to a fake java update page Google Search is reporting that the site is possibly […]

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The inventor of the pop-up apologises

August 16th 2014

http://www.news.com.au/technology/online/popup-ad-inventor-ethan-zuckerman-says-im-sorry/story-fnjwmwrh-1227026250240 His explanation for why the idea came to be is quite interesting.  “It was a way to associate an ad with a user’s page without putting it directly on the page, which advertisers worried would imply an association between their brand and the page’s content. Specifically, we came up with it when a major […]

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Spammers pressing the wrong button again….

August 15th 2014

Here’s a snippet of a spam comment I just found… { {I have|I’ve} been {surfing|browsing} online more than {three|3|2|4} hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. {It’s|It is} pretty worth enough for me. {In my opinion|Personally|In my view}, if all {webmasters|site owners|website owners|web owners} and bloggers made good content as you […]

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Oh dear.

August 15th 2014

VNC without a password… and the script kiddies know all about it… Forbes report: http://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2014/08/13/so-many-pwns/ The researchers: http://atenlabs.com/blog/scanning-the-whole-internet/ The pictures, with lots of script kiddy action: https://twitter.com/viss/media  

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Please do NOT do that to me again Windows Home Server…

August 15th 2014

A “server connection lost” alert pops up on my Mac.  I look at my WHS and all drive lights are out and there’s the infamous flashing blue light… in all the years I’ve had that WHS it has never rebooted in the middle of the day like that. Thankfully all came back to life after a few minutes.  I’m going […]

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Google to start blocking apps that make “unexpected changes to your computer”

August 15th 2014

Cite: http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com.au/2014/08/thats-not-download-youre-looking-for.html  

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Who says IT stuff can be boring?

August 13th 2014

Fire Ants in a fibre patch panel??? http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/nanog/users/173777

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Interesting Absolute Software article

August 12th 2014

Worth a read: http://threatpost.com/millions-of-pcs-affected-by-mysterious-computrace-backdoor-2/107700 Coincidentally I’m dealing with a couple of laptops at the moment that seem to be impacted by this issue.  There is almost constant network traffic to and from Absolute Software servers emanating from the laptops. I sat there and watched the live network traffic capture for 15 minutes and the traffic did not […]

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Active X blocking delayed until September 9th

August 12th 2014

Details here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2014/08/06/internet-explorer-begins-blocking-out-of-date-activex-controls.aspx  

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Information about Internet Explorer support

August 8th 2014

Cite: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2014/08/07/stay-up-to-date-with-internet-explorer.aspx Quote: Beginning January 12, 2016, the following operating systems and browser version combinations will be supported: Windows Platform Internet Explorer Version Windows Vista SP2 Internet Explorer 9 Windows Server 2008 SP2 Internet Explorer 9 Windows 7 SP1 Internet Explorer 11 Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Internet Explorer 11 Windows 8.1 Internet Explorer 11 Windows […]

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