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The server admin leak

Sat, 2008-02-16 13:07 by admin

This is something nobody likes to talk about, but we should all be aware of this particular administrator risk.

Regardless how safe companies and governments make their computer systems, there is always one leak that can never be entirely closed—the Server Admin Leak. A server administrator practically always has sufficient technical knowledge and access rights to look at confidential information, to steal, abuse, or sell it or to cause some other problem like mutilating or deleting data or locking out the rightful operators.

Use Google as spam filter

Sat, 2008-02-16 12:50 by admin

Too much spam

Google has many uses, but a particularly clever one is explained here. If you have an ever-growing spam load and waste too much time fighting spam, there is at least one fully automatic spam filter that works fairly well—Google Mail.

Cable Co. empties 14,000 e-mail accounts - Yahoo News

Fri, 2008-01-25 19:22 by admin

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By JIM SALTER, AP Business Writer
Thu Jan 24, 2:28 PM ET

ST. LOUIS - Charter Communications officials believe a software error during routine maintenance caused the company to delete the contents of 14,000 customer e-mail accounts.

There is no way to retrieve the messages, photos and other attachments that were erased from inboxes and archive folders across the country on Monday, said Anita Lamont, a spokeswoman for the suburban St. Louis-based company.

DRM now dead, as Amazon snags Sony - The Register

Sun, 2008-01-13 09:20 by admin

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It's the end of an era
By Andrew Orlowski
Published Friday 11th January 2008 14:13 GMT

Amazon.com has now secured the right to sell DRM-free music from all four major labels, snagging Sony BMG.

On Monday, Sony BMG announced it was lifting DRM from its digital music, but only through a gift card service called Platinum MusicPass, which was available through bricks and mortar retail channels. Amazon wouldn't have any such shenanigans, and cut the strings Sony had attached.

Samsung goes premium with UMPC - Slippery Brick

Sat, 2008-01-12 09:35 by admin

Samsung goes premium with UMPC - Slippery Brick


Slippery Brick
Samsung goes premium with UMPC
Slippery Brick, OR - 10 hours ago
It also features a split-QWERTY keyboard, 80GB hard drive and is based on the Microsoft Windows XP Tablet Edition operating system. ...

Microsoft responds to Vista SP1 problem - Daytona Beach News-Journal

Sat, 2008-01-12 09:27 by admin

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Microsoft responds to Vista SP1 problem
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL - 11 hours ago
And that triggered Vista's dreaded copy protection measures. (Euphemistically known as the Windows Genuine Advantage program) Vista thought it was being ...

Security design: Why UAC will not work - InfoWorld

Fri, 2008-01-11 15:14 by admin

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Security design: Why UAC will not work
InfoWorld, CA - 3 hours ago
Microsoft is trying to encourage users and developers to go least privilege by introducing UAC (User Account Control) in Windows Vista, ...

IT pro admits stealing 8.4M consumer records

Wed, 2007-12-05 19:36 by admin

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By Dan Goodin in San Francisco
4 Dec 2007 02:00
Netted $580,000

A senior database administrator for a consumer reporting agency in Florida has admitted stealing more than 8.4 million account records and selling them to a data broker. He netted $580,000 over five years from the scheme.

Gigabytes vs. gibibytes class action suit nears end - c|net News.com

Wed, 2007-12-05 15:48 by admin

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A long-running California lawsuit over whether all megabytes and gigabytes are created equal may have reached its end on Friday.

Why is Microsoft watering down WGA on Vista SP1? - ZDNet

Wed, 2007-12-05 15:40 by admin

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Why is Microsoft watering down WGA on Vista SP1?
ZDNet - 4 hours ago
Yesterday’s revelation that Microsoft would be watering down Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) in Windows Vista SP1 came as a bit of a surprise to me. ...