New 3D Picture Now On Tech Talk Website
Made by Dave Roe from EMR Group
iPIX? patented immersive technology.
The EMR Group offers the whole picture through interactive, spherical images providing users a complete field of view from earth to sky, floor to ceiling, horizon to horizon.
Identity Theft — Low Tech, High Profit Activity
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FTC estimates loses of $53 billion per year
Seven million victimized in 2002
An interview with Stephen Massey provides insight into ?best practices?
Discovered his first victims at the dump in the recycling shed
He found a big barrel of discarded tax forms from an accounting firm
He then harvested dumpsters at hospitals, accounting firms, and law firms
Some hack databases or use ?phishing? sites and emails. This is the exception rather than the rule
Used a team of drug addicts to do his collecting.
After getting the data for a new victim, he would
Run a credit check to see if they owned a home
Apply for credit card using an on-line credit-card company and get an instant line of credit for 1K to 5K
Use the victims current address and then indicate a recent move
Use PO Box for current address
Use pre-paid cell phone for phone number
Pay off one credit with a second card to keep a good account alive
Massey stole identity of over 400 people and stole over $1M before being caught.
One of his addict collectors led police to him.
Company insiders also provide much information
Auditors, consultants, security experts have access to passwords
Sell records for $60 each
Keystroke loggers and sniffer programs can also be used at public computers and terminals.
Fortune Magazine Winners and Losers
Winner: Paperless Voting
Runner-up: Surgically implanted RFID
Last year: Darpa?s Total Information Awareness ?with John Poindexter.
Started with one-megapixel, fixed focus
Casio just introduces two-megapixels, 10X digital zoom, autofocus
May be banned from health clubs and other private areas
Best of the Rest
Apple Power Mac G5 ($1,799
64-bit PowerPC G5 processor (up to two)
Gateway 42-inch HD Plasma TV ($4,000)
Pioneer-810HS DVD Recorder with? TiVo ($1,000)
Hardrive and DVD-R to store
Why RealNetworks Sued Microsoft
RealNetworks filed an anti-trust lawsuit against Microsoft
MS refused to disclose or delayed disclosing AIP relating to Secure Audio Pathway, a MS technology that encrypts audio streams to the audio card
Tactics are the same as those employed against Netscape
MS want to control the distribution of digital media and is giving away its digital media products at zero or negative prices
MS selectively licensed Secure Audio Pathway (SAP) to RealNetworks competitors
MS used similar tactics against Sun
Suit is aimed at stopping MS attempt to ?dominate the creation, delivery, and playback of media, regardless of the device used for delivery or playback.?
RIAA loses Verizon appeal
RIAA is Record Industry Association of America
RIAA asked Verizon for list customers who were sharing MP3 songs
Court denied request calling some of RIAA?s arguments silly
Good the consumers
Dutch Court Rules Kazaa legal
Ruled that it is lawful to make Kazaa software available
Said that Kazaa could not be held liable for copyright-infringements
Ruling came to too late to save Kazaa
Sale already complete to Sharman Networks
Wal-Mart gets into online song business
Selling songs for 88 cents each
Undercutting Apple’s iTunes Music Store price (99 cents)
Let the competition begin, consumers will win
Government Issues First Do-Not-Call Citation
FCC accused CPM, Inc (Irvine CA) of making eight telemarketing calls to people who listed their names on the Do Not Call Registry.
FCC permitted to fine up to $11,000 per violation
You can register complaints by going to
Click on file a complaint
To file a complaint now, your phone number must have been on the registry for three months.
To file a complaint, we need the date you got the call, and either the name or telephone number of the company that called you.
Top Ten Things to Do with Old Computer
Learn Networking (Ethernet)
Make a Multimedia Player (Sound card, hook to stereo, jukebox program, MP3s)
Try Multiplayer Games (Doom95)
Make Server (shared files, shared printers, shared MP3s)
Donate to church or school
Take it apart
Strip it and sell the parts on eBay
Turn it into an aquarium (Macquarium)
Here is one already built
?Who needs a screen saver when you can have real fish in your old Mac??
Recycle it ($5 to $15 cost)
Guard Against Spyware and Adware
Download ?free? software can be dangerous
Trojan software communicates your surfing habits and delivers ads that match your interests
Locate and destroy spyware/adware with Spybot
MSBlaster and the August 14th Blackout
MS Blaster Facts
Exploits a flaw with the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) process, which controls activities such as file sharing.
The flaw enables the attacker to gain full access to the system.
The vulnerability affects Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows XP
MS Blaster hit the Internet August 11, 2003
Infected more than one million machines in the days following
Timeline for blackout
At 2:14 pm the alarm and logging software in FirstEnergy?s control room failed
Six minutes later, several remote control consoles failed
At 2:41 pm, the primary server computer hosting alarm functions failed
For over an hour no one in FirstEnergy?s control room grasp that their computer systems were not operating properly
The State Estimator computer, which is used to check the power grid itself, failed at 12:15pm.
The cascading power failure was not detected in the critical first hour
Bruce Schnierer, CNet, speculates that the failure of the various computers looks like a computer worm wending its way through FirstEnergy?s operational computers
Other worms have caused trouble
Slammer worm knocked out 911 emergency telephone service in Bellevue
Natchi worm disabled automatic teller machines (ATM) made by Diebold
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