The Observer On: Storm Worm

22 10 2007

 Looks like someones just as worried about the “gathering” power of the Storm Worm as I have been.

I’ve posted previously on this topic:

Here’s a small excerpt from a recent article in The Observer:

In millions of Windows, the perfect Storm is gathering
John Naughton
Sunday October 21, 2007
The Observer

A spectre is haunting the net but, outside of techie circles, nobody seems to be talking about it. The threat it represents to our security and wellbeing may be less dramatic than anything posed by global terrorism, but it has the potential to wreak much more havoc. And so far, nobody has come up with a good idea on how to counter it.

It’s called the Storm worm.

The article goes on to say pretty much what I have been saying since July of 06!!

Anyway, hope somebody is starting to get the whole scope of the situation that is only continuing to grow.

In other words, HAAAALP!!11!!1!!!!11!!





JK Rowling Outs Dumbledore [the fictional book character] as Gay

20 10 2007

A shock to some, a confirmed interpretation for others, this isn’t fan fiction. This is a candid revelation about JK Rowling’s writing process and prowess:

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | JK Rowling outs Dumbledore as gay
She took audience questions and was asked if Dumbledore found “true love”.

“Dumbledore is gay,” she said, adding he was smitten with rival Gellert Grindelwald, who he beat in a battle between good and bad wizards long ago.

The audience gasped, then applauded. “I would have told you earlier if I knew it would make you so happy,” she said.

“Falling in love can blind us to an extent,” she added, saying Dumbledore was “horribly, terribly let down” and his love for Grindelwald was his “great tragedy”

I applaud JK’s decision to reveal this intriguing tid bit about Dumbledore’s backstory. I do so, not just because it will piss off the religious right even more about the Potter books, but because its a real achievement for Rowling as an artist.

Most artists want their work to “say” or mean something in particular, but the exact message or subtext of any work is left up to the interpreter or reader. In fact, it is often said, once an artist reveals a work to the public, the exact meaning of that work is out of the artists hands.

In this case JK Rowling created a homosexual character that never reveals his sexual preference throughout the course of SEVEN books. Obviously, in light of the quotes from the BBC article, this was a tool for herself to be able to write Dumbledore with some mysterious weight in his heart. The accomplishment is that the big Harry Potter fan sites picked up on this infinitesimal facet of Dubledore as a written character.

My conclusion, is that this revelation is not some contrived controversy based on a society that is largely intolerant of homosexuals. This revelation is merely a fact about Dumbledore’s character that JK Rowling, up until recently, kept tucked away in her head. A fact that was communicated to many Harry Potter readers via a dynamic, palpable world and society.  A world and society that Rowling created with nothing but her mind and a word processor.

Well done JK!!





Storm Worm Update: I Hate To Say I Told You So…

8 10 2007

Anyone remember this article I wrote back in July:  STORM WORM: LARGEST ATTACK IN TWO YEARS, BUT WHY?
Well, it looks like I was correct in being concerned that the Storm Worm and its resulting botnets could become even more of a problem even though the code was so old.  Now this nasty little trojan has a bran new bag:

Storm Worm Descends on Blogspot
It seems like spammers, scammers, phishers and now malware authors are starting to leverage blogs more and more, especially Blogger/Blogspot as Google tend to be quite slow in responding and sometimes don’t respond at all.

This makes it an ideal platform for dodgy behaviour as the crooks have adequate lead time to con/infect people before they get shut down.

In this case Blogspot was used as the platform to propagate malcious messages by the Storm worm, people clicking these messages were liable to infection.

Source – Darknet – The Darkside

Notice what I underlined there.  Darknet sees a growing threat from Splogs.  I see that threat mixed with Storm Worm, and I say, “I knew Storm Worm would only become a larger problem”.  I still don’t know why though, beyond the basic malicious crap people do.

There are probably millions of undetectable variants of the Storm Worm trojan.  I am sure that the growing power of the extremely slippery botnets, that Storm Worm is used to create, will eventually do something very big and very naughty.  I don’t know how or why or what will happen, but if unchecked, something really BIG is going to come crashing down on some rather large target, maybe even a government.

I know it seems like I keep saying “THE SKY IS FALLING”, but I’m not.  I am only saying that there is the potential for “the sky to fall” if security companies and professionals don’t create a fool proof definition to stop all the Storm Worm variants and the botnets it creates.

Just in case you were wondering; No, I do not have the knowledge to create this “fool proof definition”, nor do I know how much work or how possible it could be.

Keep your eye’s open, and don’t click on random crap.





Einstien: On The US Government

8 10 2007

The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in the United States is closely connected with this.

– Albert Einstein

Good thing Al’s been dead for a while, otherwise the Bush administration might come after him waving the Patriot Act and a pair of cuffs!

Patriot Act Says Shut Up





Dial DIR-ECT-IONS

19 09 2007

Check it out.

Dial DIR-ECT-IONS

Free directions when you call in and they send you a txt msg!!

Nice





Luciano Pavarotti Dies At Age 71

6 09 2007

The world morns for a great voice that has been eternally silenced.

Hundreds of people gathered Thursday night in Modenas main piazza to pay final respects to Luciano Pavarotti, whose vibrant high Cs and ebullient showmanship made him the most beloved and celebrated tenor since Caruso.Pavarotti had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year and underwent further treatment in August 2007.

Source Yahoo News

If you don’t happen to understand the pain of such a loss to supporters of the Arts, then I suggest you find a copy of Pavarotti’s rendition of Nessun Dorma.

Rest in peace Luciano.  You will be remembered, and you will be remembered well.





~V~ Pass it On!!

5 09 2007

V Seal

Why?  Cause I thought it was kewl!!!