Archive for January, 2008

Broadband Steps Backwards

The recent news from broadband providers seems to be all about how to make their product less appealing to customers. First of all, the AP reports that AT&T is still considering filtering backbone traffic. They say they’ve noticed the massive amount of copyrighted data being shared over P2P networks, and feel a need to do […]

legal, networks, piracy, society

The Resilient Society, and How Not To Build It

Today I found a link to an article by my least-favorite current presidential candidate, Rudy Giuliani. I was expecting a cavalcade of fear-mongering — his usual stock in trade — but discovered to my surprise an article entitled “The Resilient Society.” This gave me pause, as resilience is precisely what I believe must be the […]

legal, risk, society, terrorism

WPAD: Internet Explorer’s Worst Feature

If you run Internet Explorer, you may have noticed that often when you first load up IE and try to navigate to a web page, there’s a delay of a few seconds longer than there is on subsequent page loads. This is because IE is trying to automatically detect your proxy settings. Inside Internet Options […]

attacks, networks, products

Sears & KMart’s Official Malware

CA’s Security Advisor Research Blog has an interesting post about a bit of malware they discovered when doing research for their Anti-Spyware product — the My SHC Community system. You’re offered a chance to join when you buy something from or The system offers you “special offers and promotions,” the usual marketing stuff […]

legal, privacy, products

Checks: The Most Dangerous Transaction

During this year’s Christmas shopping season, I made some large in-person transactions at the same time as my wife made an online transaction, and my credit card was suspended by the issuing bank for potential fraudulent activity.  This happens relatively often, whenever someone’s spending patterns are flagged by the neural-network based automated fraud detection used […]

attacks, legal, privacy, risk, statistics