Finally a virus with a sense of humor

The Cisum.A worm is a virus with a twist. Once a machine is infected it displays a message to the user with the text “YOU ARE AN IDIOT”
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and repeatedly plays an audio track with the same message every 5 seconds. Beyond the obvious cracks at the intelligence of the system user Cisum also targets firewalls and Anti-Virus and shuts them down. On the plus side this worm looks for instances of the Netsky and Bagle that may be present.

Cisum seems to be designed to spread primarily by copying itself to network shares and mapped drives

Cisum effects Windows 2003, XP, 2000, NT, ME, 98 and 95

Panda Software has the MP3 Cisum plays on thier site at here

Links to more info

internetnews.com
pandasoftware.com

One Button Mice….. Why?

I found this article on digg.com

it’s written by Andru over at GearLive.com. Andrew points out the method to Apples apparent madness. And strikes a few chords with me. In particular the Tech Support example he provides (this happens all too often. I work on a helpdesk belive me I know)
And as someone who uses multiple platforms (Linux, Windows and Mac OS) on a regular basis. I agree with Andru’s frustration with the Mac Oblivious masses that fail to make the connection that you can use another mouse on a Mac. And seem to think that just because a crappy 1 button mouse ships with Apple computers that means that you CANNOT use anything more and I must be some sort of magician or harcore electronics/software modder to make my old (microsoft of all things) 2 button scrollwheel mouse work on my iBook.

Full article HERE

Honeypot Lamp

I love hardware hacks and this one is exceptionally cheap, so all the better. It involves hacking an Actiontec modem/router to act as a linux based SMB honeypot. And ironicaly the linked page has used a honeypot shaped lamp as a case for this project.

The main part for this mod is an Actiontec modem/router which you can pick up for about $60 US
http://froogle.google.com/froogle?q=actiontec+dual+modem+router&btnG=Search+Froogle after that just follow the instructions at jarv.nu

If you have a regular “full sized” linux box you could use something like honeyd and get some added functionality on your network honeypot.

eXeem BETA open

eXeem the pet project from what was once Suprnova.org is now available to the general public for open beta. From what I’ve read so far eXeem seems to be a BitTorrent client with a built in tracker. Allowing you to search or browse posted torrents.

From eXeem.com

eXeem™ is a brand new Peer-To-Peer program, which is based on the BitTorrent idea. eXeem™ eliminates the need for trackers as nodes in the program will be taking their role. eXeem™ also features easy publication of files to the network as well as a rating and comments system. eXeem™ contains NO SPYWARE. eXeem™ is free and is ad-supported. eXeem™ is currently still in its beta testing phase, which means that the network might not be completely stable yet. You are still very welcome to give eXeem™ a try and see how it is different from other Peer-To-Peer programs

So Download eXeem and give it a try

MacWorld 2005 Keynote

Another MacWorld Keynote presentation has come to a close and again we’re left with some flashy new stuff to spend our hard earned money on .

In my opinion the biggest and most important announcement was the new Mini Mac pictured below.

The Mini Mac is a vehicle to convert new users to Apple. Historically the two biggest complaints about switching to Apple have been lack of software and price. Well The Mini Mac solves the price issue entering in at a reasonable $499 USD and small enough for your living room too measuring in at 6″x6″x2.5″.

Specs
Processor: 1.25GHz PowerPC
Memory: 256MB of PC2700 (333MHz) DDR SRAM, supports up to 1GB
Graphics: ATI Radeon 9200 with 32MB of DDR SDRAM with AGP 4X support
Hard drive1: 40GB Ultra ATA1
Optical drive: Slot-loading Combo Drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW)
Ports: One FireWire400 port, two USB 2.0 ports, DVI output VGA output

This is the $499 model you can of course customize your MiniMac.
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