Hacker Economics, User Awareness & Virtual Internet Banking Appliance

Hacker Economics (by Scott Berinato)
Check out the following articles, they are in relation to an article I published a week ago. It’s a story (spread over three articles @ cio) about a Security Engineer who stumbles upon a “malware service provider”.

I found it to be VERY good reading about the way lifecycle of “malware products”. As I’ve been ranting about in the past, one should see malware as a product delivered by an organization. The days viruses were designed just to be “fun” are over, now they are part of business models!

User Awareness Continue reading “Hacker Economics, User Awareness & Virtual Internet Banking Appliance”

Corporate Malware : the good, the bad & the ugly

The good : Askimet & Greylisting for the win
Today this blog passed the 1k milestone of blocked spam attempts! The positive news is that Askimet has proven itself THE defense against comment spamming. The negative side is that there have been more than 1000 attempts to fill this website with spam…

For my email traffic I rely on Greylisting, and I must say that this had a HUGE effect on clearing spam from my Inbox. In the past we relied on Spam Assasin to do this for us, but Greylisting has proven itself beyond the (out-of-the-box) Spam Assasin results. Many “gurus” proclaim that you have to setup several tiers of Spam filtering, yet I still prefer the KISS-principle when results only differ by a few percentages.

The bad : But then again Continue reading “Corporate Malware : the good, the bad & the ugly”


Definition by Wikipedia

A mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks or other items linked to and arranged radially around a central key word or idea. It is used to generate, visualize, structure and classify ideas, and as an aid in study, organization, problem solving, decision making, and writing.
It is an image-centered diagram that represents semantic or other connections between portions of information. By presenting these connections in a radial, non-linear graphical manner, it encourages a brainstorming approach to any given organizational task, eliminating the hurdle of initially establishing an intrinsically appropriate or relevant conceptual framework to work within.
A mind map is similar to a semantic network or cognitive map but there are no formal restrictions on the kinds of links used. The elements are arranged intuitively according to the importance of the concepts and they are organized into groupings, branches, or areas. The uniform graphic formulation of the semantic structure of information on the method of gathering knowledge, may aid recall of existing memories.

Mindmap Guidelines

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GPL differences explained – v2 versus v3

Check the following article.

The paper was written by Liz Laffan, a senior VisionMobile analyst with an advanced degree in international political economy. Laffan examines each license not only according to face value, but also in light of the historical forces that shaped each, and how each is commonly interpreted.

Laffan starts with some background on the free and open source software community, and organizations such as the FSF and OSI that lead it. Next, she spends quite a bit of time looking at areas of ambiguity in GPLv2, and how interpretations have evolved during the licence’s 16+ year history. The discussion includes mention of risks inherent in software licensing, such as patent and copyright litigation, and how the GPLv2 may or may not differ from other licenses in terms of such risks.