Facebook Hacked, Mobile Dev Watering Holes, and Mac Malware

Friday, February 1st: Twitter announced it was hacked. The post (Keeping our users secure) by Bob Lord, Director of Information Security, was sparse on details but recommended disabling Java’s browser plugin.

And according to Lord, the attackers “were extremely sophisticated, and we believe other companies and organizations have also been recently similarly attacked.”

And we believe other companies and organizations have also been recently similarly attacked

Friday, February 15th: Facebook announced it was hacked. According to the Security Team’s note (Protecting People On Facebook), a handful of employees visited a compromised website hosting a Java “exploit which then allowed malware to be installed on these employee laptops.” Continue reading

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Some students wheedle for a better grade, as if it were a freebie T-shirt

Are you familiar with these kinds of statements?

Professor Wiesenfeld? I took your Physics 2121 class? I flunked it? I wonder if there’s anything I can do to improve my grade?

I got a D in your class. Is there any way you can change it to ‘Incomplete’?I’m shy about coming in to talk to you, but I’m not shy about asking for a better grade. Anyway, it’s worth a try.

If my grade isn’t raised to a D, I’ll lose my scholarship.

If you don’t give me a C, I’ll flunk out.

If I don’t pass, my life is over.

They are likely to come out from students –at least Dr. Wiesenfeld’s— in the end of the semester. Check out what he thinks about it. 😉 Continue reading

“My Resolution”

“My resolution will always be resolving the network layer addresses into link layer addresses, because it is a critical function in multiple-access networks.

I will provide the means for the asking host by forcing it to ask its neighbors who has the certain network address, then soon it will receive the reply. Thanks to me”,

says the ARP.

Blogsome is Shutting Down

A sudden notification came, a little shocking, but reasonable:

Hello Fariz,

We regret to inform you that Blogsome is going to be closing down permanently. We’ve enjoyed hosting your blogs, but all good things must come to an end. After the 7th December the admin interface of your blog may no longer be accessible and the blog content may be removed.

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