Richard Stiennon

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Oil field data loss just common theft

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.

published February 29, 2008 by

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Only 8,700 insecure ftp servers?

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.

published February 27, 2008 by

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Pakistan removed from the Internet

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.

published February 24, 2008 by

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Pakistan declares war on YouTube

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.

published February 24, 2008 by

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Pakistan takes out YouTube

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.

published February 24, 2008 by

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Get a clue Morocco

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.

published February 22, 2008 by

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California court order effectively erases Wikileaks

California court order effectively erases Wikileaks

In the rapidly escalating story of Wikileaks.org, (here) a California court has ordered the domain registrar, Dynadot, to erase all DNS entries for the domain, effectively erasing a website that hosts millions of documents purportedly "leaked" to the wiki-style site in the name of whistle-blowing on malfeasance.

published February 18, 2008 by

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Does IT matter?

Does IT matter?

As someone who has been accused of publicity seeking through grand pronouncements I can understand the motivation behind Nicholas Carr's 2003 article in Harvard Business Review: "IT Doesn't Matter". His main thesis is:For a brief period, as they are being built into the infrastructure of commerce, these "infrastructural technologies," as I call them, open opportunities for forward-looking companies to gain strong competitive advantages.

published February 17, 2008 by

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