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- Announcing the "Change The Administration" March in D.C. - New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin tells what he thinks about his fellow politicians and people in Washington in this morning's radio interview. "FEMA Director Michael Brown must be removed from his job immediately and should be assigned to truck duty to drive and unload food and supplies to the New Orleans Convention Center thoughout the night and for the next 48 hours. This guy is an incomptenet political idiot who has no qualification to run this organization. It is completely unacceptable not to be able to drop one single piece of food package to the superdome or the convention center in the past five days! The only agency who was able to perform so far was the coast guard. And people are sick and tired of hearing President Bush was forced to cut his five week vacation two days early! This is unbeliavable!," wri... (more)

Hurricane Katrina "Cyber-Scams" – National Cyber Security Alliance Issues Warning

The loss of life and destruction of property wrought by Hurricane Katrina has been utterly devastating. Unfortunately, now there is another after-effect to worry about, says the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA): online criminals are already taking advantage of generous individuals who are looking to donate online to disaster relief efforts. The FBI is currently investigating hundreds of Web sites posing as online charities to lure in potential donors and obtain their financial information. In addition, there are reports of phony e-mails from fake charities being used to sp... (more)

Sasser: Microsoft Offers Removal Tool, Seeks Worm Source

A recent increase in malicious activity on the Internet, including the development of attack tools and exploit code, has resulted in an automated attack against computer users in the form of a worm identified as "W32.Sasser.worm" ("Sasser"). Through this worm, the attacker is attempting to exploit systems that are not protected against the Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS) vulnerability, which is mitigated by the use of a firewall and fixed in Microsoft Security Update MS04-011 on April 13, 2004. There is additional malicious activity in the form of variants of a... (more)

"Security is a Process," Says Symantec CEO Thompson

Symantec CEO John Thompson, speaking at an event in the UK, recently made a handful of memorable statements: 1. On Windows as a target for virus writers "The Windows environment will be target rich for a long, long time." 2. On why Windows attracts most viruses "If somebody writes graffiti they're not going to write it on a wall at the end of a dead-end alley. They're going to write it on a train that travels right through the city center." 3. On the need to educate staff about security "Security is a process, not a bunch of products." 4. On Symantec "The market will acknowledge t... (more)

"Google's Down!?!?!?!?" - Google Search Performance Flubbed by MyDoom

Google confirmed yesterday that it experienced "slowness" for a short period of time because of the MyDoom virus. Google users experienced problems whether their own computer was infected or not. This is because the virus struck at the Google's own servers, potentially slowing it down for non-infected computers using it by bombarding the search engine with requests until its servers couldn't cope. The attack was directed at Lycos, Altavista, and Yahoo too. In Google's case, the attack received most publicity since it coincided with the company's long-awaited announcement on the va... (more)