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AOL: just trust us

A few weeks ago, AOL received a lot of flak for Netscape’s new “trust rating” system, its system for ranking the danger posed by a particular website. The problem is with some of the partners it “trusts” implicitly. which includes such luminaries as: VeriSign, TRUSTe, ParetoLogic. VeriSign openly acknowledges it does nothing to actually check…

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belkin/actiontec DNS

A friend of mine was doing a woody -> sarge update and he kept getting a mysterious error: 0% [Connecting to security.debian.org (1.0.0.0)] It appeared that for some reason apt-get was resolving security.debian.or to 1.0.0.0, although when he pinged it, it resolved fine. I had read about this before. Apparently crappier DSL modem/routers like Belkin…

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debian volatile

One of the nicer developments with the release of Debian 3.1 is that they have also introduced the concept of “volatile” packages (for both woody and sarge):

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stable sarge

It’s official: Debian 3.1 “sarge” is now stable. For those of you wondering (I was), the precedent for EOLing a previous version of Debian as far as maintaining security updates has been around 12 months, but it depends on the security team. So, this is the timeframe you’ve got to move servers from woody to…

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Hacking is useless… Rob a UPS Truck!

In a bizarre twist, the physical world is actually more prone to data theft than the digital world! Citibank and UPS lost tapes storing 3.9 Million Customer’s data – including Social Security Numbers. This is on top Back of America losing tapes containing data on 1.2 million US Government employees – including some senators. In…

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Spam law written by spammers

Looks like the UK’s anti-spam legislation was in fact drafted largely by spammers: An enquiry by ZDNet UK sister site silicon.com under the Freedom of Information Act has revealed that the UK government took advice on whether businesses want to receive spam from many of the very companies with a vested interest in sending unsolicited…