What’s intriguing about this Blue Security/Blue Frog episode, where angry spammers attack the anti-spam company with a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, which in turn directs traffic (unwittingly or wittingly, it’s not clear yet) and temporarily brings down blog hoster TypePad, is this: The guy behind Blue Security, Eran Reshef, is founder of Skybox, a company “focused on enabling the continuous enterprise-wide assessment of vulnerabilities and threats affecting corporate networks.” This is at best somewhat embarrassing for Reshef, and for Blue Security, at worst it exposes him and the company to ridicule and lawsuits. Getting involved in battling spammers is not a task taken
A fair summary of blogs? Peter Hartlaub, Pop Culture Critic at The San Francisco Chronicle, writes today of the blogging phenomenon at the Democratic convention and, surprisingly, concludes that “for several moments in four days of sleepless and often stream-of-consciousness coverage, the collection of mostly young writers ably explained their existence — while raising questions about the established media’s ability to stay in touch with readers, viewers and listeners”. Quite positive, but I’m not crazy about the other things he says. He seems to think the only valuable blogs are political: “Every Web log hosted by a good writer who can type an interesting account
From my friend Rani in Singapore, I read with interest of a new service designed by two 19-year old twins Keng and Seng. It’s called Phone Logger, or Phlogger, and it allows anyone (not just those residing in Singapore) to update their blogs (online journals called web logs, or simply blogs) via their handphone’s Short Message Service, or SMS. Actually it utilizes the more advanced MMS, or Multimedia Messaging Service, which includes longer messages and photos. The service is free, and while testing has already got 340 registered users. An interesting idea, and great that it’s being developed in this part of the world.