Guerrilla Marketing Via Lederhosen

I’m getting a bit cheesed off with all the advertising/sponsorship shenanigans at the World Cup, and I’m not even there. The idea that you can only buy tickets using the sponsor’s credit card, that food like McDonalds and drink like Coke can somehow be an official partner of a sport, all seem to indicate a …

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Symantec’s Hole

I am starting to be a bit concerned about the future of blogs, but there’s no question a blog is the best way to get information out to people quickly, especially if it’s about the Internet, technology or tech-related stuff. It needn’t be a blog, but it needs to share the blog’s most powerful features …

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The First U.S.-China Cyberwar?

There’s growing coverage of China’s Internet ‘cyberwar’ against the U.S., which seems to have been going on for more than two years with neither side wanting to go public. The U.S. is calling the attack Titan Rain, and as Bruce Schneier points out, the attackers are very well organized. This from AFP: A systematic effort by hackers …

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Any Place For The Wise, Wizened Hack In The Brave New Citizen Journalist World?

I was chatting with a journalist friend last night, real old-school wire service guy. We were talking about about blogging, about the decline of journalistic standards, and I was trying to make the point about the continuing misperception that bloggers are inherently unreliable and the traditional media aren’t. Nothing new there, but he told me …

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Even Mayors Get Dialer Scammed

It’s not just small fry getting hooked in the great modem hijacking/dialer scam. The Derrick, a publication from Pennsylvania’s Oil City, reports the town’s former mayor has become embroiled, demanding Verizon forgive $1,200 in charges. Verizon has so far refused to forgive Malachy McMahon’s debt. McMahon is going after Verizon, who he sees as complicit …

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(Hoax) Assault On A Dutch Blogger

[Note: Thanks to Mike at TechDirt and others for pointing out that this may well have been a hoax. The website GeenStijl now acknowledges that the person in question is alive, well and was not attacked. Here’s shutterclog and BlogHerald on the incident. Apart from musing on the irresponsibility of whoever it was at GeenStijl who …

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Viruses And The Russian Connection

As feared, MyDoom seems to come from Russia. Or does it? The Moscow Times quotes Kaspersky Labs as saying they used location-sensing software to trace the first e-mails infected with MyDoom back to addresses with Russian Internet providers. “It’s scary, but most serious viruses are written in Russia,” said Denis Zenkov, spokesman for Kaspersky, the …

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Diebold Confirms Dropping E-voting Suit

 Diebold, the electronic voting company and the subject of a recent Loose Wire column, have confirmed that they’ve decided not to sue folk who published leaked documents about the alleged security breaches of electronic voting.    AP reports (no URL available yet) that a Diebold spokesman promised in a conference call Monday with U.S. District Judge …

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Update: One Of Microsoft Security Report Authors Fired

 One of the authors of the security paper (PDF file) that said Microsoft was a threat to national security has been fired, according to CNET. Cambridge, Mass-based @Stake, where Dan Geer worked as chief technical officer, said in a statement Thursday that the researcher had not gotten his employers’ approval for the study’s release, and …

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Update: Microsoft Deny Bursting

 Here’s Microsoft’s take on the Burst.com case I mentioned in a previous posting. Would the correct version please stand up? In a nutshell it comes down to the question: did Microsoft deliberately erase weeks of emails from all servers and backups related to the case?   Winnet.mag quotes a Microsoft spokesman as denying that a judge ordered …

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