“Bulletproof” SPAM filtering?

Read this title: “Russian Police Say Robbers Killed Spammer Kushnir” and think, why is this news?

Well… believe it or not, this item follows a previous item titled “Russian spammer found murdered“, which can cause anyone that receives tens, hundreds or thousands of SPAM emails per day to raise an eyebrow and think, is this the solution to SPAM? (Just to get the facts straight, it isn’t).

Gigabyte i-RAM

Gigabyte has come out with a card that takes normal DDR memory chips and “converts” them into a virtual SATA harddrive – they call it i-RAM.

As these memory chips will lose their content if the power is cut off of them, the card comes with its own battery powered powersupply, which lasts 16 hours.

This sounds great, it will certainly make the computer run faster, though not that fast as Gigabyte might have wanted, as there is the SATA limitation of 160Mb/s. It will also make the computer run notably quieter.

Can this also be used as a security device? maybe a temper proof storage device that loses its memory if the computer is stolen… all you need to make sure is that your office doesn’t lose power too often 🙂

Zero Day vs Full Disclosure

TippingPoint recently advised the hacker community on their Zero Day Initiative, where they are willing to pay (I hope big sums of money…), much like iDefense, for recently discovered vulnerabilities.

Does this mark the end of vulnerability disclosure as we know it? a market where knowing a vulnerability is only controlled by how much you are willing to pay? a market where you can get hacked because you haven’t payed TippingPoint but rather only payed iDefense?

I certainly hope not.

Invisible Ink Tracking

I recently stumbled upon an article in eWeek, that was later picked up by a few other news agencies that talks about how invisible ink might be used to track the printer that printed the document, which in turn can be then used to track the owner.

It appears that it is not some kind of hoax, rather the EFF (Investigating Machine Identification Code Technology in Color Laser Printers) has actually written a paper on this issue, providing some samples, Canon CIR3200 screen shot.

The EFF has yet to uncover the method used to fingerprint the paper that would in turn allow someone to know what printer printed the material, they however promise to look into it further, and they ask the assistance of people worldwide in sending them additional printouts from the list of printers they provided at the bottom of the paper.

Can you say 1984? Privacy issue?