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There has been another outbreak of the Storm Worm. It's propagating via e-mail using subject lines telling the recipient that they've received an e-card and to click on the link to get the e-card.

Read the article at the Internet Storm Center.
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Gift ideas from the folks at the SANS Institute: HERE
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Dear Brother,
What is the situation with your mail these days? Are you getting it? I sent you a birthday card and gift card in a padded envelope and I hope that you got it. I meant to alert you that it was on its way but I have had limited use of the computer. My internet was down for several weeks, I think it was infected with a virus so I finally had the computer wiped.
I hope you had a nice birthday and a nice Thanksgiving to come.
Love, Your Sister
I guess I know who is getting AV for Christmas.

FOOTNOTE: Regarding the remark about mail: The late Dominic would from time-to-time, rip up the incoming mail. Then, he'd forget all about it and deny everything. You'd realize it later when things would turn up missing. Things like voter's registration cards, dog license tag renewals, bills for the city water, second notices for payment of the city water bill, etc.
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Have you ever wondered how spammers get your email address?
Here’s an interesting article from a friend of mine that details just how they do it.
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I have recently seen two "hacks" that scare the bejeezus out of me. 

The first is the ATM hack. It seems that ATM machines can be put into a "maintenance" or "supervisory" mode, by pressing certain keys in a given order on an ATM machine. Now, this might not be so bad if the passwords on the ATMs were changed during installation to something reasonably secure, but more often than not, the passwords on the machines are left to their default factory-installed passwords. 

The default-factory passwords and the method used to get the machines into "maintenance" or "supervisory" modes were available from reading the ATM manuals, which were available from multiple sources on the web. 

Recently, someone with a pre-paid ATM card accessed an ATM machine and told the machine that the bin that was holding the $20's was actually holding $5's. They then asked the machine for money, and the ATM dispensed $20 bills, thinking they were $5's. 


The second hack was even more serious. A group of college students got access to a Diebold TS electronic voting machine and using a commonly available key, accessed the machine's input ports. They replaced the machine's PCMCIA flash memory card with a different card, containing a modified version of the software. Once the card was in place, they rebooted the machine to install the new software and then, swapped the PCMCIA cards a second time. 

The machine ran the doctored software until the machine was rebooted, which erased the evidence. 

The doctored software was smart enough to realize when the machine being tested and gave the correct answers during testing, but in "real life" operation, the election results were skewed.

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