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Volume 29 : Issue 134 : "text" Format
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Re: New attack bypasses virtually all AV protection (Stephen)
Does anyone know? (Randall)
Re: Does anyone know? (Jim Rusling)
Insights From a Week as a 311 Operator in N.Y. (Monty Solomon)
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Date: Sun, 16 May 2010 11:05:58 +0100
From: Stephen <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: New attack bypasses virtually all AV protection
On Fri, 14 May 2010 11:44:26 -0400, T <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>In article <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org says...
>> New attack bypasses virtually all AV protection
>> Bait, switch, exploit!
>> By Dan Goodin in San Francisco
>> Posted in Security, 7th May 2010 18:17 GMT
>> Researchers say they've devised a way to bypass protections built in
>> to dozens of the most popular desktop anti-virus products, including
>> those offered by McAfee, Trend Micro, AVG, and BitDefender.
>> The method, developed by software security researchers at
>> matousec.com (http://www.matousec.com/), works by exploiting the
>> driver hooks the anti-virus programs bury deep inside the Windows
>> operating system. In essence, it works by sending them a sample of
>> benign code that passes their security checks and then, before it's
>> executed, swaps it out with a malicious payload.
>> The exploit has to be timed just right so the benign code isn't
>> switched too soon or too late. But for systems running on multicore
>> processors, matousec's "argument-switch" attack is fairly reliable
>> because one thread is often unable to keep track of other
>> simultaneously running threads. As a result, the vast majority of
>> malware protection offered for Windows PCs can be tricked into
>> allowing malicious code that under normal conditions would be blocked.
>So does this mean the older single core machines will be all the rage
or run as a non admin account?
or turn off all but 1 core + hyperthreading in the BIOS?
or can you "lock" a virtual machine to a single processor and avoid
the risk that way?
email@example.com - replace xyz with ntl
Date: Sun, 16 May 2010 10:20:48 -0400
From: Randall <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Does anyone know?
A buddy of mine has a mostly-defunct vending route. (Fifteen years
ago he had 200 COCOTs; that business is entirely defunct now).
The locations where he has his remaining vending machines have a cell
phone number that's been his for a decade or more; it is AT&T, and he
pays a monthly bill to keep his service and 250 "free" minutes with
no roaming charges. (He is also an OTR trucker, so "no roaming
charge" is important).
Is there any way he can convert this from a monthly bill to a pre-
paid plan AND KEEP THE SAME PHONE NUMBER?
Date: Sun, 16 May 2010 15:05:21 -0500
From: Jim Rusling <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Does anyone know?
Randall <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>A buddy of mine has a mostly-defunct vending route. (Fifteen years
>ago he had 200 COCOTs; that business is entirely defunct now).
>The locations where he has his remaining vending machines have a cell
>phone number that's been his for a decade or more; it is AT&T, and he
>pays a monthly bill to keep his service and 250 "free" minutes with
>no roaming charges. (He is also an OTR trucker, so "no roaming
>charge" is important).
>Is there any way he can convert this from a monthly bill to a pre-
>paid plan AND KEEP THE SAME PHONE NUMBER?
When I checked, they told me no.
More or Less Retired
Date: Sun, 16 May 2010 15:53:14 -0400
From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com>
Subject: Insights From a Week as a 311 Operator in N.Y.
Insights From a Week as a 311 Operator in N.Y.
By ELISSA GOOTMAN
May 14, 2010
THE lovely sounding gentleman on the other end of the line was simply
trying to improve his corner of the world. Instead, he was rapidly
losing faith in city government. As I placed him on hold for the
third time, I heard him mutter: "She's having a hard time finding it!
It was on 1010 WINS this morning!"
Indeed, how could an operator at New York City's vaunted 311 help
line be utterly clueless about a tree giveaway program that was just
talked up on the radio? (Then again, why didn't the lovely gentleman
just call the radio station?)
I swallowed hard, mindful of a fellow call-taker's sage advice:
"Smile through that phone!" It was my third day in a week sitting in
as a 311 operator, a reporter's gamble that the questions, concerns,
fears, suspicions, frustrations and gripes of city residents would
paint a revealing portrait of the city itself. So there I was, wildly
typing phrases the caller heard on 1010 WINS into 311's extensive,
continuously updated database: "Free tree," "Earth Day," "Jamaica Bay
Wildlife." Finally, something clicked.
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