Email of the Week
Great show. Love the career advice here in California ? Kao Saelee
Very informative and organized. I am interested in security ? Espahrom
You?re wrong about Kodak not producing film anymore — Jean Jolkovski
How can I pull audio track from DVD? Loyal listener since 2000 ? Jumboshrimp
Ode to the Tech Talk Listener
A tribute to the listener who thinks that things are changing too fast
A tribute to the listener who likes film, plain old telephones, and the Sears catalog
Get ready for a dose of pure nostalgia
MyDoom Worm Installs Backdoor and Targets SCO and Microsoft
Most commonly named: W32/Mydoom.A-mm
Tracked on InternetStormCenter ( http://isc.incidents.org/)
F-Secure estimates that 20 to 30% of all email traffic is MyDoom. In just three days, Mydoom blew past SoBig to become the worst worm in virus history. Infected 500,000 systems on Wednesday alone.
My personal mailbox has been hit hard (Zero on the Sunday ( 25th), 9 on Monday, 27 on Tuesday, 53 on Wednesday, 45 on Thursday, 41 on Friday)
Mydoom is a mass-mailing worm that attempts to spread via email and by copying itself to any available shared directories used by Kazaa.
The worm harvests addresses from infected machines and targets files with the following extensions: .wab, .adb, .tbb, .dbx, .asp, .php, .sht, .htm, .txt.
Mydoom also tries to randomly generate or guess likely email addresses to send itself to.
In addition, Mydoom opens a connection on TCP port 3127-3198, an indication of a backdoor for subsequent actions by hackers.
Programmed to start a DDOS attack February 1st thru 12th on SCO (Version A) and February 3rd thru 12th on Microsoft (Version B)
Linux lovers jubilant about SCO attack. On Slashdot.org, ?Finally a worthwhile virus. Where can I download a copy??
Microsoft and SCO have both offered $250,000 rewards for a tip that leads to the capture of author.
Port scan on 3127 increased sharply Thursday and Friday as hackers try to exploit the MyDoom backdoor, according to InternetStormCenter.
From: Random, spoofed email address
Text: Various, including:
The message cannot be represented in 7-bit ASCII encoding and has been sent as a binary attachment.
The message contains Unicode characters and has been sent as a binary attachment.
Mail transaction failed. Partial message is available.
Attached file: Various, with extensions including .exe, .pif, .cmd, .scr. The attachment often arrives in a zip archive, and is also represented by what appears to be a text file icon, but is in fact an executable.
Actions you should take: Update Virus scan with latest signatures and use a firewall. If infected download a program to clean your machine. Most anti-virus companies have posted this program as a public service. Stinger by McAfee is a good removal tool.
Website of the Week: www.wififreespot.com
Site includes a nationwide listing of all retail outlets that offer free wi-fi
District of Columbia has 7
Maryland has 4
Virginia has 35 with 50% in Northern Virginia
Check out the vendors who offer free wi-fi and use their services
Local Hackers Group: DC2600
The DC Chapter of 2600
2600 (The Hacker Quarterly) has inspired over 100 such clubs
The magazine is named after 2600 Hz, the tone to secure free long distance calls.
Monthly Meeting: First Friday of each month
Meeting Place: The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City. Food Court on bottom level near Ruby Tuesdays
2004 ? The Year of the Upgrade
Intel and AMD will deploy 90 nm chip technology in second half of 2004 with evolutionary improvement in clock speed and efficiency
Intel (Prescott) 90 nm strained silicon
1 MB L2 cache, improved threading
AMD 90 nm technology
San Deigo (Ahtlon 64)
It will replace the current 130 nm technology? (Pentium 4 and AthlonXP)
PCI Express (3GIO) (800MHz to 2 GHz bus technology)
Replaces 133 MHz PCI
High speed memory (DDR?II)
Dual layer optical media and blue laser light technology
New form factors
If you want the latest don?t buy until third or fourth quarter of this year
For most of us, use the Minus One Rule for best Price/Performance ratio
MikeRoweSoft.com Litigation Settled
Mike Rowe is 17 year old high school student
Started a website that highlights his programming skills
www.mikerowesoft.com was viewed by MS as a trademark infringement
Microsoft sued for rights to name and offered $10.
Mike Rowe went to the press. MS admitted being heavy handed and has now settled with Mike for an undisclosed amount (training, Xbox, hosting)
Bill Gates To Be Knighted
Buckingham Palace has announced that Bill Gates will knighted in recognition of his contribution to enterprise in Britain.
Because he is not a British citizen, the Microsoft Corp. chairman cannot use "Sir" in front of his name
He can put the letters KBE — Knight Commander of the British Empire — after it.
Honor to be conferred at earliest time of convenience
Playboy and AOL Settle Keyword Advertising Case
Playboy accused Netscape of trademark infringement through its "keying" ad system that offered advertisers a list of more than 400 keywords
Keywords included the two trademarked Playboy terms, which would trigger adult-oriented ads.
Unlike Google and Overture, Netscape did not offer companies recourse to remove their trademarked terms.
Terms of settlement, which will presented to the courts next week, were not disclosed
Buying keywords has become an important search engine advertising revenue source
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