Show of 3-9-2002

  • Compaq-HP Fiasco
  • Microsoft Still in the Hotseat
  • PGP Dumped by Network Associates
  • Netscape Navigator Snoops on Web Searches
    • Forwards information back to AOL
      • Search Term
      • IP Address
      • Navigator install date
      • Unique ID Number
    • AOL says it is for billing participating sites for traffic sent to them
    • Microsoft IE shown not to spy
    • Study based on Traffic Analysis by Newbytes
  • How to Change a Spare Government
    • Another Satirewire Contribution
    • This one is funny!
  • Security is Number Concern in 2002
    • Many jobs are available in this area
    • SANS Top Twenty List is a good place to start to learn. The top seven that apply to all systems
      • Default installs of operating systems and applications
      • Accounts with No Passwords or Weak Passwords
      • Nonexistent or Incomplete Backups
      • Large number of open ports
      • Not filtering packets for correct incoming and outgoing addresses
      • Nonexistent or incomplete logging
      • Vulnerable CGI Programs
    • Stratford is has an excellent graduate security course next term
      • Data Communications with Security Emphasis (CIS 580)
  • Hacker Claims Worm Written to Combat Sexism
    • Seventeen year old girl wrote a worm in C-sharp
    • Target was Microsoft .Net Web Services Platform
    • Dubbed ?Sharpei?
    • Hacker says she wrote to make a social point and to dispel the perception that there are not any female virus writers.
    • The worm is not in the wild and is considered to be low risk
    • Written to spread via Outlook e-mail and has a subject line that reads ?Important: Windows Update.
  • Senate and House? OK Tax Breaks for IT Purchases
    • Good to Tech
    • Upfront 30% write-off, with rest depreciated over five years
  • Morpheus is back, but using Gnutella Network
    • Morpheus shut down February 26
    • Came back online March 1
    • Apparently Morpheus refused to pay licensing fee to Fast Track
    • Linked with Gnutella in of with the Fast Track network, that also powers KaZaa and Grokster
  • Sony selling Linux kit for PlayStation2
    • Kit includes 40GB hard disk, Ethernet adapter, mouse, keyboard, and OS
    • Price $200. Shipping date: May 22, 2002
    • Target hobbyists who want to be game developers
    • Sony responded to petition signed by 9,600
  • Tech Talk Mailbag
    • Getting rid of junk mail
    • Jimbo communicates again
    • Getting into web design
  • Stratford News
    • Next Start March 19th
    • Open House in Woodbridge Campus Today
    • Graduate Level and Undergraduate Level