The Anti-Anti-Virus

Symantec is beating back a worm that attacks its anti-virus software. But in this case the hackers aren't exactly Johnny-on-the-spot: Symantec finished a patch for the flaw back in May, so the worm only attacks systems that haven't been fixed. Best get to patching!

IT Gone Bad, and Got Busted
The October cover story for Redmond magazine talks about bad IT people taking advantage of their access to information. The stories are scary, and should serve as a lesson: IT folks should play it clean, and smart IT managers should protect assets from other IT people as much as from end users. Read the story here.

Not all bad IT people get away with it. An ex-systems admin tried to get back at former employer UBS PaineWebber by sabotaging the computers and making money from what he hoped would be a dramatic stock drop. The sabotage worked and 1,000 computers lost their files. However, the stock held up better than Dick Clark. As a result, Roger Duronio got caught and is now sentenced to eight years in the pokey.

Internet Addiction = $5 Million
How's this for nerve? Former IBM employee James Pacenza admittedly spent hours at Big Blue not working, but trolling the Internet, cruising some of the more licentious and lascivious spots.

When he got fired, it wasn't his fault. It was IBM and his boss' fault because they never dealt with his Internet addiction. Boohoo! Pacenza went through so much hassle that he clearly deserves the $5 million his lawyer is asking for.

What would you give Mr. Pacenza? Tell us at dbarney@redmondmag.com, and try to keep it cleaner than Pacenza's Web cache!

Time Magazine Sucks Up to Everyone (with a 'Net Connection)
Time magazine doesn't make a lot of mistakes. I know firsthand how its fact-checking works and it's pretty darn rigorous. But one thing I have long been unimpressed with is its Person of the Year. Looking back, a couple of winners are more obscure than your college rock band (admit you had one!).

And too often it just picks the easy choice, like the president of the United States, which it has chosen 19 times! But this year, the choice is strange and fawning: the person of the year is YOU.

I guess the idea is that blogs, social networks and sites like YouTube make us all the center of attention -- we drive the content.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but Russia is changing by the minute, North Korea is rattling sabers, Israel is under increasing threat, disease and hunger is ravaging the Third World and, oh, the Middle East is a heartbeat away from all-out chaos -- and Time thinks blogs are the biggest thing that happened in 2006?

Are blogs changing your world? Let us know (and not just by sending a link to your blog) by writing to dbarney@redmondmag.com.

About the Author

Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.

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