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2005: The year of the security professional

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An effort to get more well qualified bums on techie seats... Despite the comparative good health of the security industry through the tech downturn and its 'sexier' image than other areas of IT, 2005 has been declared the year of the IT security professional in an attempt to attract more talent into the sector.

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Second Career for Old Assembly-line Robots: Art

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This Wired News story talks about assembly-line robots that can do more than just build cars. An European art group claims they can draw, dance, and even DJ a party.

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Java stir puts Sun in a spot -- messed up Firefox users...

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From CNET News.com's news story:

"A flaw in Sun Microsystems' Java software has highlighted the difficulty the company faces as flocks of tech novices start to turn to it for support... Sun disclosed a serious security flaw in its Java virtual machine (JVM) software last month. The rare problem, which affects Sun's plug-in for running Java on a variety of Web browsers and operating systems, could allow a virus to spread through PCs running both Microsoft Windows and Linux...

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BitTorrent servers under attack

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CNET News.com's story reported that a flood of data hammered several of the tracking servers for BitTorrent downloads.

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Deputy geek, reporting for duty, to fight cybercrime.

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This ZDNet article says British IT professionals could soon be asked to volunteer their services to police the Internet. The European Information Society Group (EURIM) is calling on the U.K.

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Internet users beware: Laziness has dire consequences.

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CNET News.com article and ZDNET News article say Internet users should be bewared because laziness has dire consequences.

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Happy Computer Security Day! 18th year!

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Gracie pointed out today is the 18th Computer Security Day. It was started in 1988 to help raise awareness of computer related security issues.Its goal is to remind people to protect their computers and information.

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"Pro-Ams" -- Amateurs who pursue a hobby or pastime to a professional standard.

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ZDNet UK News' article say coders, who give up their spare time to contribute to open source projects, are the virtual equivalent of lifeboat men. This is according to latest research from Demos Britain's open-source software developers make a valuable contribution to society and the British economy through the high quality of their work, according to Demos.

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TiVo will add advertisements and add Macrovision's copy protection...

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This Wired News' article reports TiVo's plans for pop-up ads and restrictions on copying have sparked worries that the service may be eroding consumer control in favor of Hollywood and advertiser interests.

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Don't Let Hackers Wreck Your Trees!

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Steve posted an amusing funny flier scan in Broadband Reports' security forum. It is about trees and hackers.

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Major Exploit Underway for Internet Explorer Users

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Broadband Reports (BBR)'s news story and security forum thread mentioned Ben Edelman's exploit experiment yesterday morning. Users in BBR's security forum continued digging more deeply into the exploit itself. The exploit uses an IFRAME vulnerability in Internet Explorer to deliver the payload from compromised Apache web servers.

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Air Force turns to Microsoft for network security

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According to CNET News.com and ZDNet stories, the U.S. Air Force is drafting Microsoft to help simplify its networks and software contracts, a move that could improve its computer security and deliver savings of $100 million.

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Winamp v5.06 Released!

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Nullsoft released v5.06 of Winamp for Windows. It mainly fixes a security vulnerability with skins. You can read the details here.

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RoboDump 1.0: A robot that takes dumps on a toliet.

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Firing Squad mentioned the debut of RoboDump 1.0. It is a robot. Sort of. And it poops. Sort of. Forever. A horrible, never-ending bowel movement complete with straining grunts, horrific gas, splashes, and pee sounds.

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How to smash a computer...

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This BBC News' article says: "Although computer malfunctions remain the most common cause of file loss, data recovery experts say human behaviour still is to blame in many cases. They say that no matter how effective technology is at rescuing files, users should take more time to back-up and protect important files. The list of the top 10 global data disasters was compiled by recovery company Ontrack."

Here are some amusing and sad incidents the article listed:

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Play DOOM 3 with an old Voodoo 2 card!

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Blue's News mentioned a Voodoo 2 patch for DOOM 3. Wow!

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Strong Bad gets an infected e-mail (virus)!

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Strong Bad (Flash and audio required) gets an infected e-mail with a virus! This is probably the funniest e-mail I have ever seen! I love it! :)

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Worth1000's Celebrity Cyborgs 5

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This is Worth1000's answer to those who cannot get celebrities as their mates. There are 34 images of celebrities as cyborgs/robots.

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"Dangers Of The Web" Security and "Losing My Partition" Songs

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From a Broadband Reports forum thread, two funny song spoofs are mentioned. They are titled "Dangers of the Web" and "Losing My Partition". The first song is based on Down Under song by Men at Work and the second one is based on REM.

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Security professionals bemoan need for tactical focus...

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Computerworld has an article about more proactive initiatives falling by the wayside, conference attendees say.

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