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Moving on

I travel a lot. It has been almost ten years since I had a job that was based in the same place I live.

March 9, 2008 by Richard Stiennon

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Oil field data loss just common theft

Sighs of relief can be heard coming from Brazil this week as police arrested four men (port security guards) responsible for heisting some computers that had lots of data from the newly discovered mega-oil-patch off the coast of Brazil.Way back when I was an industry analyst I remember fighting the battle against universitites about so called academic freedom and firewalls.

February 29, 2008 by Richard Stiennon


Declan on Wikileaks

The news today is that several free speech advocates are stepping into the fray over Wikileaks. See Declan McCullagh's coverage.

February 27, 2008 by Richard Stiennon


Only 8,700 insecure ftp servers?

According to ComputerWorld coverage Finjan is publicizing a source in Hong Kong they have discovered that offers to sell access to hacked ftp servers. The idea is that a malware purveyor or phisher would want ftp access with admin credentials so they can quickly and easily upload there wares to the web sites served by the ftp service.

February 27, 2008 by Richard Stiennon

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You can keep on asking...

But you have to ask the right questions. Two senators have sent a letter to 24 US agencies asking them to report on their progress in data protection.

February 26, 2008 by Richard Stiennon


Pakistan removed from the Internet

4:30 PM Eastern (US).The telecom company that carries most of Pakistan's traffic, PCCW, has found it necessary to shut Pakistan off from the Internet while they filter out the malicious routes that a Pakistani ISP, PieNet, announced earlier today.

February 24, 2008 by Richard Stiennon


Pakistan declares war on YouTube

What could at first have been just one of those days on the Internet where some newbie engineer accidentally announces a spurious route and takes out a segment of the network has turned into an international fiasco. But no, Pakastan has ordered all ISP's to block YouTube.

February 24, 2008 by Richard Stiennon


Pakistan takes out YouTube

Like I said in a recent post, the Internet is a series of tubes. Sometimes that helps route around malicious legislation and regulators, sometimes it causes big problems.

February 24, 2008 by Richard Stiennon

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Get a clue Morocco

Do you ever get the feeling that the people around you are missing out on a major shift in the way the world works? Try explaining lolcats to your grandfather for instance.

February 22, 2008 by Richard Stiennon