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Friday, January 22, 2010

I thought as much - Microsoft sued over XP's "spyware" copy protection

In this article Microsoft sued over XP's "spyware" copy protection we hear that someone is suing Microsoft for, among other things, installing spyware in Windows XP as "security update". The software in question is Windows Genuine Authentication (WGA). According to Microsoft the purpose of this software is ensure the user's copy of Windows XP and Vista are genuine and claimed no personal information is collected.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Internet Explorer Flaw Implicated in Chinese Attacks

Recently, Google announced that they have stopped censoring search results on in response to because of cyber attacks originating from within China. Google also announced there were 20 other companies targeted. A few hours later, Adobe announced they too were targeted. In a Technology Review Editors Blog George Kurtz, CTO of McAfee Security, revealed these attacks were made possible because of a flaw in Internet Explorer web browser. Apparently, all versions of I.E. running on all versions of Windows are affected.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Google vs China - Googles response to attacks by China

In a search to verify a "Notice of Proposed Class Action Settlement involving Skype Credits" settlement I came across this article Google Web Blog News - A new approach to China 1/12/2010 03:00:00 PM Since Christmas I have been receiving phishing emails that forges my email address. All the phishing emails had two things in common - my email address is forged and they all lead to sites in China supposedly selling prescription drugs via "Canadian Pharmacy". All the Chinese "Canadian Pharmacy" sites have one thing in common - they use the same graphics hosted on is owned by Yahoo! Inc.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Just completed the Business Fair project

The Business Fair project is now complete. I wanted to make it a database powered site but it required too much research and work. Since the Fair will be held on January 27, there is not enough time to create a database powered site in time. However, I intend to continue doing research into making the site database powered so it wll be easy to update in the future.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Finally got the dynamic links on the site map working on

It took me a while to find how to create dynamic links in a dynamic list of dynamic pages to work on the site map page of This was achieved using PHP and MySQL. To see my completed work visit

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Just when we thought the Payment Card system is safe ....

An article published by SecurityFocus, dated 2009-12-10 "Scammers Scrape RAM For Bank Card Data" talks about a technique used to steal bank card information from POS (Point of Sale) equipment commonly used in stores. The article describes basically how it is accomplished and references a Verizon Business 2009 security data breach supplemental (32 page pdf) report that goes into greater detail of how the malware gets installed. In one of cases the laptop belonging to the service technician servicing the POS device got infected with the malware.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Having difficulty with two sites ...

Am having difficulty with the prototype site I'm working on for a business fair. Decided to work on another issue with site related to the dynamic links on the "site map" page. Managed to solve the major portion of the linking issue. Just need to figure out the last part - link to the actual dynamically generated page.

Oh well, that's life. It will come to me eventually.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Currently working on a new project: Biz Fair web site

I am currently working on a web site for a business fair that will be held on January 27. The hardest part is designing a database to power the site. A prototype site may be found at here.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

2010 - The Future is Now

Hi everyone, this is my second attempt at setting up a blog. I find it a bit intimidating because of the options available.

My primary reason for creating this blog is to learn how to activate and use the features that are built into it. This way I will be able to advise clients on how to use their blogs to promote their business and events more effectively as well as to create an on-line income.

That is all for now.