Show of 10-19-2002

  • Battle of the Waves
  • Yahoo User Hit with e-mail scam
    • Users asked for passwords and credit info, most refused
    • Yahoo administrators sent warning within 24 hours
    • Similar to PayPal last month
  • Microsoft Profits Up
    • Market applauds news
    • Increase due to new licensing scheme which is subscription based
    • Forces companies that don?t upgrade frequently to now spend more
  • UUNet Router Meltdown
    • Half the worlds Internet traffic and seventy percent of all emails are carried by the UUNet backbone
    • This backbone brought to its knees by a router software upgrade that included a corrupted routing table.
    • Upgrade was apparently done without pretesting
  • Man and Computer Chess Match
    • Deep Fritz versus Vladimir Kramnik
    • Deep Fritz, a German developed computer, can evaluation 3.5 million moves per second
    • Kraminik practiced with the computer for two weeks prior to match
    • Tied 3.5 to 3.5 after seven games
    • Kramnik will get $1M for a win, $700,000 for a draw, and $500,000 for a loss.
    • Kramnik and changed style to beat machine?by taking unliking shifts in strategy.
  • Hypersound Speakers — The next big audio event or next big flop?
    • Able to ?put sound in your head? at 100 yards
    • Sends narrow beam of hypersound (non-linearities produce sounds you can hear)
    • Applications include:Coke machines, Car radio, home audio systems, Military
  • Lastest Hacker Exploit: War Phoning
    • Bluetooth enabled phones and PDA with inadequate security are targets
    • May wireless devices permit access without a "pairing code"
    • May allow stealing of personal data or making phone calls
    • Discovered by Magnus Nystrom, Technical Director of RSA Security, at a recent RSA Conference
  • Interesting Sites
  • Feds Planning Early Warning System for Internet
    • Global Early Warning Information System (GEWIS)
    • Will be developed by US National Communications System, which is co-managed by Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and the Whitehouse
    • Will monitor performance of Internet
    • Monitor 13 high-level Domain Name Servers
    • Provides warnings of DDOS attacks
    • Seems just like the Internet Storm Center, operated by the SANS Institute
  • Tech Talk News
    • Website News
      • Mailing List and Weekly Newsletter
      • Show Outline and Links
      • RealAudio and MP3 Files
      • Listing of Recent Guest Interviews
      • Don?t forget to add your e-mail address to the mailing list?..this is a no-spam zone! ?We now have a Newsletter Editor, Michelle Stafford.
    • Broadcast News
      • Show will be broadcast live from Stratford University
      • Shift in time (11:45 to 12:30)
      • Will have Bruce Potter, founder of NovaWireless as guest
  • Stratford Open House
    • Saturday, October 26
    • 10AM to 2PM at the Tysons Corner Campus
    • Wireless and Hacking Demonstrations
    • Computer Clinic
    • Live Tech Talk Broadcast from 11:45AM to 12:30PM