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Windows’ Gaping, Seven Month Hole

Quite a big hooha over this latest Microsoft vulnerability, and I readily ‘fess up to the fact that I didn’t really take this seriously. Seems like I wasn’t the only one. But folk like Shawna McAlearney of SearchSecurity.com points out that the delay of 200 days between Microsoft being notified and their coming out with a patch is appallingly long. “If Microsoft really considered this a serious or critical vulnerability for nearly all Windows users, it should have been a ‘drop-everything-and-fix’ thing resolved in a short period of time,” Shawna quotes Richard Forno, a security consultant, as saying. “Nearly 200 days to research and resolveContinue readingWindows’ Gaping, Seven Month Hole

More On Damage Estimates And The Myth-Making Urge

It was bound to happen, and it always pays to be first: Who’s going to estimate how much damage MyDoom did? Rob Rosenberger, editor of Vmyths, predicted it right: The winner is British security consultant mi2g, which reckons the damage will cost us all $38.5 billion. That’s a lot of cash. Vmyths is not impressed, dismissing it as ‘completely absurd’, and pointing to its previous reports on the company’s statements. Mi2g, it should be pointed out, has threatened to sue Vmyths in the past, so perhaps we’ll see a robust rebuttal. I’m not able to explore how mi2g got their figure, since the full text ofContinue readingMore On Damage Estimates And The Myth-Making Urge

Loose Wire: The State We

Loose Wire: The State We Could Be in By Jeremy Wagstaff from the 28 March 2002 edition of the Far Eastern Economic Review, (c) 2003, Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Voting in your underwear? Sounds an appealing proposition: the chance to exercise your constitutionally protected right without actually having to leave your home. You could be watching Frasier while working out which candidate you want to mess things up for you for the next three/four/25 years, based on criteria such as which one most closely resembles a Teletubby/Frasier’s brother Niles/your Aunt Maudlin. Yes, the lure of Internet voting is coming around again. In May, soccerContinue readingLoose Wire: The State We

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