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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 --
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 email@example.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.
Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.