Friday Dec 19, 2008

The Syphilis of the Virus world

A computer virus does not make the headlines these days, no matter how pervasive it has become. The impact of high profile and widespread attacks which cause material loss might, but the latent threat does not. Latent threats of course don't grab headlines.

If Storm Botnet was a human or animal based infection, we would be worried about its potential for mutation in the same way Avian Flu is taken as a very serious threat not just because of what it is today, but for what it might become.

The potential network bandwidth the Storm network has at its disposal is huge, even if the reports that the number of infected hosts are declining. The potential for damage is still immense.

I heard about Storm in mid 2007. Not being a PC user, these things often escape me for a while. As a Linux, OS X and Solaris user (plus the host of embedded OS's that run various gadgets, but are easy to forget if you don't concentrate), I am also aware that these can be compromised. However, the gene pool of nasties is much smaller and while it continues to be the case Storm and the like provide a compelling case, in different ways, for both SunRay and the VSCAN technology available in the 7000 series storage.

Does the above sounds like marketing? How about this

Love the Internet, replace your PC with a Mac

or

Protect yourself. Use Linux, the condom for the Internet

or

read Mr. Gerhard blog -> Goodbye portable computer. Hello Laptop who is a very happy chap with OpenSolaris on his laptop. Just reading the blog won't help, you would need to replace Windows with OpenSolaris for it to have the desired effect.

Monday Dec 15, 2008

Schneier on Security

Some very nice people gave me a iTouch for getting a bunch of people in a room in Las Vagas to be talked at by a smaller bunch of people on the subject of performance analysis. I am pleased to report I have been putting the iTouch to good use and listening to back issues of the Crypto-gram Newsletter as a podcast. Working backwards, I have so far got to Feb 2008 used up a return train journey to Edinburgh and a 6 mile run.

Dan Henage who reads the material really does have a voice for podcast. I am learning a lot, having the odd giggle and challenging some of my previous thinking. Recommended.

If you have been noodling around the wider security industry for some time, this blog/podcast won't be news to you. I came across it a few years ago in pre-RSS/podcast times, but did not keep up.

The No t-shirt, no fly is a classic, but can it be real? I suspect so. Why? this guy even irons his t-shirts.

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