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June 1, 2007

Who cares if a spammer is arrested?

I was quoted in the USA Today regarding the spammer who was recently charged with multiple counts of being a general pain in the rear and being an accessory to being a pain in the rear. I talked to several reporters about this yesterday, and here are some of my soundbites which may or may not have made it into print:

  • Spam, like most forms of organized crime, is too profitable to end by arresting single individuals.
  • This arrest solves a spam problem from four years ago, and not today's issues.
  • The spammers are manipulating equities markets and compromising financial accounts. Anti-spam regulations are the least of their concern.

June 9, 2007

Testing show AV sucks.

The sorry state of industry-accepted anti-virus tests is gathering some attention in the technical hobbyist's press. New, independent testing organizations are getting into the act as well. Eventually someone in the mainstream press will pick up on the topic, but I doubt that it will lead consumers to purchasing AV products that actually work. Viruses and trojans have become far better at hiding their presence from the end user; unlike 10 years ago, we rarely hear about systems being wiped out by a virus. Most infected consumers don't realize it, and may not feel they need to remediate the issue. After all, if their mp3's aren't being deleted, who cares? Infected systems affect people around the user more than they do the user him/herself. The spam they send out goes to other people, and not to their own inbox.

Sidenote: I am very surprised at the low numbers quoted by av-comparatives for Kapersky's scanner.

June 10, 2007

Quote on Defense Technology

“No single defensive technology is forever. If they were, we would all be living in fortified castles with moats.?

-- Michael Barrett, CISO @ Paypal; via an article by Brad Stone on CAPCHA's.

June 13, 2007

Second Life explains Defense in Depth

This has to be the greatest thing I have ever seen on youtube. Link found on Schneier's Blog.

June 15, 2007

DEFCON and the TCP/IP Drinking Game

I will be standing in for Mudge for this year's TCP/IP Drinking Game. Drop me a line if you have suggestions for panelists.

June 19, 2007

Baysec 2 - The Baysec-ening Tomorrow, June 20th!

For those of you who live in the Bay Area, tomorrow is the second monthly meetup of security professionals known as BaySec. This month's will be held at 21st Amendment, located on 2nd between Brannan and Bryant in San Francisco. Much thanks go to Nate Lawson for promoting this event!

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