There's a Storm Brewing

A virus released in Europe through messages about a recent storm has spread to thousands of computers. While this precise tactic might not work in the States and elsewhere, it won't be long 'til some little puke hacker finds a new e-mailer teaser to carry this viral load. One of my old bosses fell for the I Love You virus. What would you fall for? Let us know at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Everybody Loves Redmond
I had heard of a virus similar to the European Storm virus, where the e-mail teaser is that Fidel Castro is dead, and stumbled across The Security News Portal seeking details. I didn't find what I was looking for (though an overview can be found here) -- I found something better.

In the midst of numerous Microsoft patch reports was a five-disc DVD set -- "Everybody Loves Redmond: 2007 A New Year of Hilarious Patches." An obvious spoof, the box is not quite ROTFL, but is almost LOL.

This Newsletter Ain't Spam, but Others Might Be
Spammers have a new technique to trick the unsuspecting. Their spams look just like the HTML newsletters that legitimate companies like airlines send out to customers. Besides tricking end users, the messages can also trick spam filters. Do you prefer HTML or text newsletters and why? Tell me at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Long Road to Longhorn To End with Windows Server 2007
ActiveWin.com might be in the running for a Pulitzer after breaking this whopper of a news story. The site claims -- get this -- that Longhorn will be officially named Windows Server 2007. Now there's a scoop of Woodward and Bernstein proportions!

Our author Stuart Johnston is guessing Windows Server 2008 might be a more accurate name.

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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