… will get you, my pretty, and your little dog too!
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A few weeks back, I mentioned
an allegation (made at a Microsoft-sponsored conference)
that the "vast majority" of phishing sites were
compromised Linux machines. If that caught your interest,
you should also check out Chad Perrin's skepticism on
And if you're still interested, and are looking to get real
depressed at the number of ways the cyberbadguys are out to get
you, Bruce Schneier
recommends a three-part series at CIO on "Hacker Economics":
Another Linux-related story, a little more cheerful: a UMass-Dartmouth researcher is doing
with … an array of eight Sony PlayStation 3s, converted to run
Khanna says that his gravity grid has been up and running for a little
over a month now and that, crudely speaking, his eight consoles are
equal to about 200 of the supercomputing nodes he used to rely on.
Of course, the last time we heard something about UMass-Dartmouth,
it was about the kid who made up
a story about getting visited by
Homeland Security because he'd checked out a copy of Quotations from
Chairman Mao from the library. So maybe you should take this with
a grain of salt. But here's a reputable-looking page
with more details
and links to pictures. (Via GeekPress.)
One good way to protect yourself against ID theft is to not
disclose your Social Security Number to institutions that don't
actually need it. Jim Harper provides some details and
This kind of thing is a good exercise because the next person will have
an easier time of it. Do yourself and your neighbor a favor and refuse
sharing your SSN when it's not needed, mkay?
Some really lazy
institutions—coughTheUniversityOfNewHampshirecough—use your SSN for an ID number. Generally speaking, you can demand an
alternate be used, and that's a good exercise too.
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