Lawyer Suing anyone who uses SSL

“Since 2008, Dallas, Texas attorney Erich Spangenberg and his company TQP have been launching suits against hundreds of firms, claiming that merely by using SSL, they’ve violated a patent TQP acquired in 2006. Nevermind that the patent was actually filed in 1989, long before the World Wide Web was even invented. So far Spangenberg’s targets have included Apple, Google, Intel, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, every major bank and credit card company, and scores of web startups and online retailers, practically anyone who encrypts pages of a web sites to protect users’ privacy. And while most of those lawsuits are ongoing, many companies have already settled with TQP rather than take the case to trial, including Apple, Amazon, Dell, and Exxon Mobil. The patent has expired now, but Spangenberg can continue to sue users of SSL for six more years and seems determined to do so as much as possible. ‘When the government grants you the right to a patent, they grant you the right to exclude others from using it,’ says Spangenberg. ‘I don’t understand why just because [SSL is] prevalent, it should be free.’”

Apple’s New IPhone 5 A Battle Amongst Giants

With the announcement release of the IPhone 5 today by Apple, it has taken a direct aim at Google. Amongst all of it’s new features an upgrade to Siri, faster processor, larger screen apple announced it would be removing googles mapping software with it’s own as well as removing Google’s youtube service. Google maker of the Android OS powers half of the smartphones in the world.

Who would you bet on to rein supreme in this battle of giants?

Has GoDaddy Fallen Victim To Anonymous

On Sept 10, 2012 Godaddy an internet domain registrar and web hosting company which supports over 45 million domain names experienced what the CEO classifies as intermittent service outages. The group Anonymous or the security leader of the group anonymous has taken full responsibility for the outage via the twitter account @AnonymousOwn3r. It was made very clear this was not a collective supported initiative, but was instead a rogue mission undertaken alone.

This outage caused thousands of DNS names and websites to be offline including godaddy.com between the hours of 10:45amPST and 3:45pmPST. CEO Scott Wagner on Sept 11, 2012 offered an apology to its customers by saying “We owe you a big apology for the intermittent service outages we experienced on September 10th that may have impacted your website and your interaction with GoDaddy.com.

The service outage was due to a series of internal network events that corrupted router data tables. Once the issues were identified, we took corrective actions to restore services for our customers and GoDaddy.com. We have implemented measures to prevent this from occurring again.”

Interesting enough the CEO didn’t acknowledge the group Anonymous in anyway or that this was caused by an external entity. We may never know the real root cause of this outage and it will be interesting to see if Danica Patrick can help protect GoDaddy’s brand.

RIM Making A Last Ditch Effort To Remain Relevant?

Smart phone pioneer and giant on Tuesday announced a new blackberry platform at it’s Blackberry World 2012 Conference in Orlando, Florida. The immediate question is whether it is to late for the once smart phone giant to recover the lost market share to Apple (IPhone) or Google (Android)? RIM vice president Alec Saunders said. “Developers building for BlackBerry 10 will be able to easily create the kind of cutting-edge apps that deliver truly engaging experiences and ‘wow’ customers, whether through integration with native features and other apps like BBM or by leveraging the new signature design elements of this new and powerful mobile computing platform.”

While the prototype device looks very promising with its 4.2 inch screen running at a high 768 x 1280 resolution. It features micro-SD expansion and micro-HDMI for video-out. Notably lacking, however, is RIM’s once-vaunted physical keyboard. The prototype is a touch-only device. In fact, there isn’t a single button on the front of the device.

I still believe they are doomed no matter what moves they make at this point. It is going to take a herculean effort by the CEO and RIM executives to stop the bleeding. Question is how long can they continue?

Apple OSX Is It Really Immune?

Russian researchers have discovered a botnet of more than 600,000 Macs. Yes, Macs — you know, those things that don’t get malware. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is coming under heavy criticism for its slow response to known vulnerabilities and for perpetuating the myth that OS X is malware-free.

Attackers began to exploit [these] vulnerabilities to spread malware in February 2012. … The vulnerability has been closed by Apple only on April 3. … Most infected computers reside in the United States (56.6%)…Canada comes second (19.8%)…the third place is taken by the United Kingdom (12.8%)…and Australia with 6.1%…is the fourth.

What seems to be getting lost in all of the Apple attacks is the fact that there are reports that dlink(dlink.com) are part responsible by spreading this exploit through their website.
Apple OSX Troubles

Appeals court: Fifth Amendment protections can apply to encrypted hard drives

Two rulings this week helped to clarify the circumstances under which a defendant can be compelled to reveal the contents of an encrypted hard drive. On Wednesday, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals let stand a judge’s ruling in a Colorado case that the defendant in a mortgage fraud case could be compelled to produce the contents of her encrypted laptop. But on Thursday, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a Florida contempt of court charge against a suspect in a child pornography case who refused to decrypt the encrypted contents of several hard drives
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Google Snooping By Passing Security

A Stanford researcher discovered that Google was purposefully circumventing the privacy settings in the iPhone’s web browser in order to store cookies that track users’ movements online. As soon as this was revealed publicly, first in a Wall Street Journal report, Google stopped the practice. But the question remains: Why the heck would Google do such a thing in the first place?

Google says it’s all a misunderstanding.
Google Snooping

Fifth Amendment Rights in Jeopardy?

American citizens can be ordered to decrypt their PGP-scrambled hard drives for police to peruse for incriminating files, a federal judge in Colorado ruled today in what could become a precedent-setting case.

Blackburn, a George W. Bush appointee, ruled that the Fifth Amendment posed no barrier to his decryption order. The Fifth Amendment says that nobody may be “compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself,” which has become known as the right to avoid self-incrimination.

Upgrading FreeBSD

Upgrading FreeBSD

Date Last Edited 01/29/2006

 

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This document started as a follow up to The Ultimate Multimedia Server Guide and how to go about keeping your server  up to date and patched with the latest O/S patches and security patches. The other reason for this document was to try and create an easy to follow update guide for the not so Unix savvy users that visit my website from time to time. My first time trying to upgrade FreeBSD from sources went well but trying to understand and piece together all the other documentation was more of a daunting task than actually upgrading.
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