Show of 2-8-2003

  • Tech Talk Guest: Alan Paller
    • Director of Research and Founder, The Sans Institute
    • The SANS Institute, founded in 1992, is a cooperative research organization to deliver graduate-level education to the people who secure and manage important information systems.
    • Alan is responsible for the research programs that have reached community-wide consensus on how to secure Windows NT, Windows 2000, LINUX, and Solaris systems as well as Cisco routers, and how to respond to computer security incidents.
    • Alan met with President Clinton in the aftermath of the Yahoo and eBay denial of service attacks in February of 2000 and helped develop a global response procedure to such attacks. This work led to the development of the Internet Storm Center.
  • Estimating the Effects of SQL Server Worm (Slammer)
    • Fastest worm ever recorded
      • Spread worldwide in less than 10 minutes
      • Launched at two weeks ago
      • Doubles the number of hosts everying 8.5 seconds
      • Compared with 37 minutes for Code Red
      • Within 10 minutes it infected 75,000 hosts
    • Based on UK Security Experts Code
      • Cut and paste job from Black Hat Conference Presentation
      • David Litchfield, co-founder of NGS Software
      • August 2002 (one month after Microsoft released the patch)
      • Did not contain malicious payload (simply code for replication)
    • MI2g estimated $950 million to $1.2 billion in lost productivity in first five days
      • Rated as number 9 on the list of malicious worms
      • Other famous worms/viruses
        • ?Code Red ($2.6 billion)
        • LoverLetter ($8.8 billion)
        • Klez ($9.0 billion)
      • Reveals IT industry dirty little secret. Software bugs are common and administrators are slow to fix even widely publicized problems.
  • Bush Order Guidelines on Cyber-Warfare
    • Similar strategic doctrine guided the use of nuclear weapons since WW II
    • Establish rules under which the US would penetrate and disrupt foreign computer systems
    • US has never conducted a large-scale strategic attack, according to senior officals
    • We have capabilities, we have organizations, we do not yet have an elaborated strategy, doctrine, or procedures,? according to Richard Clarke.
    • Bush signed the National Security Presidential Directive 16 last July (Not publicly disclosed until this month)
    • US capability is very tightly held
  • Virginia Lawmakers Pass Bill on Wine Shipments and Internet Orders
    • Permit residence to order 24 bottles a month of out-of-state wine
    • It also allow Virginia winemakers to ship to 13 states with similar provisions, including California
    • There will be some Napa Internet wine orders from the Shurtz household
    • Other laws of interest
    • DC allows residents to receive up to a quart a month
    • It is a felony to ship wine to consumers in Maryland
  • Major Dot-Com Retailers Begin Levying Sales Tax
    • Some of the largest Internet retailers began voluntarily collected sales tax
    • In return 38 states and DC agreed to absolve the retailers from back tax liability
    • Most of the retailers had stores in 45 states that levy sales taxes
    • A list of companies would not be released
    • Survey last week showed the following to be collecting taxes: Wal-Mart, Marshall Fields, Target, Toy R Us, Mervyn?s.
    • Part of the movement to simplify sales tax law and collection
  • Priest Brews Beer in Washing Machine with Computer Interface
    • A German priest has found a way to brew beer in his top loading washing machine
    • Micheal Fey, Duisburg, built a computer interface into the machine and let it run an automatic brewing program
    • The process includes turning, heating, but not spinning
    • He uses only water, malt, and hops (or yeast)
    • Fey brews 30 liters every six weeks
  • Instant Live CDs of a Concert
    • Clear Channel Concerts, nation?s largest concert promoter
    • Plans to record live CDs of its shows and sell them to patrons within five minutes after those shows end
    • Multiple CD burners would be brought in and the live CDs would probably sell for around $15
    • Clear Channel is targeting Boston as the first site for the new plan
  • Career Strategies for Today’s Job Market
    • A live online forum with job seekers, students, and employers
    • Conducted by Dr. Richard Shurtz
    • WashingtonPost.com Virtual Job Fair, January 29, 2003
  • Stratford News
    • B.S. in Business Administration (Finance, e-Business, or Management Focus)
    • B.S. in Information Technology (Security or Business Focus)
    • B.A. in Hospitality Management (Culinary or Hotel Focus)
    • Master of Science (E-Business or Telecommunication Systems