Steve Riley on Security

Formerly of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Group.

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  • Blog Post: iPods spread disease?

    Well well. Looks like a few new iPod owners are getting infected when they attach their players to their computers. I'll quote the first paragraph from Apple's web site: We recently discovered that a small number - less than 1% - of the Video iPods available for purchase after September 12, 2006...
  • Blog Post: The Internet routes around outages -- and censorship, too

    Have you seen this yet? " Grokster ruling begins the good fight " If you haven't, it's worth your time to read -- it's a terrible shibboleth for a U.S. "national firewall." Coursey is promoting the idea that all U.S. Internet access should pass through a firewall that will block file-sharing and gambling...
  • Blog Post: America, wake up: stop being "security sheep"

    OK, I need to complain a bit here. Yesterday I went to Best Buy to get a new digital camera. I already knew which one I wanted, so I found a sales guy, pointed to the display unit, and said, "I'd like one of these." "Sure," he replied. He found the keys, unlocked the cabinet, pulled out a box,...
  • Blog Post: Must be a slow news day: reporter writes 100% crap

    Imagine my surprise to read that Microsoft is removing NAP from Windows Vista ! Does this guy actually get paid money to write this drivel? The particular folks quoted in the article all have their own agendas, of course. News flash: we aren't dropping NAP. It's in the product now, we're actually...
  • Blog Post: A CEO who should be fired

    So the CEO of an important customer of ours (no, I won't tell you who it is) claims to be, um, "very technical" and therefore keeps his own Windows domain and refuses to be part of the corporate forest. Go ahead, take a moment to express your astonishment; it took me about a full minute to recover my...
  • Blog Post: FanBox: the latest in password scams

    Looks like spammers have found yet another way to worm (ha ha) themselves into the computers of the unsuspecting. In my junk email folder this morning, I saw this message: From: Question It [mailto:question_it@fanboxapps.com] Sent: Monday, January 07, 2008 2:34 To: Steve Riley Subject: Ratul has...
  • Blog Post: Today’s spam

    Here’s what’s in my junk mail folder today: What is up with all that? Apparently I sent a payment to myself, I initiated another payment to myself, I am a user of myself who’s received exclusive offers for January, and I received a payment from myself. Wow! Furthermore, an internal discussion group ...
  • Blog Post: New site at the top of my favorites list

    You know, stupid security abounds. I just discovered this site today, and I plan to become a regular visitor -- and probably a contributor, too! I encourage you to explore it and enjoy. Oh, some advice: it probably would be unwise to read an offline archived version of this site on an airplane. :) ...
  • Blog Post: Airport security silliness

    So today (Thursday 21 July 2005) I flew from Seattle to Dallas for a customer meeting. Since it's a short one-day affair, I packed my small carry-on size suitcase. In it was a pair of shoes, one pants, one shorts, two shirts, a toiletry bag, and my collection of wall warts (AC adpaters). Seems normal...
  • Blog Post: Blamestorming

    So, let's recap the sequence of events: The Sun-Sentinel newspaper in Fort Lauderdale accidentally republishes a six-year-old news story about the bankruptcy of UAL. It wasn't on the home page, but instead buried somewhere inside the web site. Google's news crawler (an automated thing, remember) finds...
  • Blog Post: F*#$!@g spam!

    Yeah, it's been a while since I've written a post, and I have some ideas I'll get to once the prep work for TechEd this year settles down a bit. But look -- why in the world do the freaking spammers have to start targetting blogs now? I keep my comments open and unmoderated because I'm generally opposed...
  • Blog Post: The opt-out from hell

    One problem with making your email address available (which I will continue to do, don't worry) is that folks with something to sell assume you're interested in their stuff. To wit, let's consider an email I received today (copied, headers and all, after my griping). Note that if I want to opt out of...
  • Blog Post: My blog is not a forum for advertisements

    It's bad enough that the blasted spammers pollute the value of blogs and open forums by hijacking them with their nefarious comments for questionable pharmaceuticals claiming to extend particular body parts. I have recently received, only via private email so far, exhortations to explore mostly unknown...
  • Blog Post: What motivates a journalist?

    OK, I have to unload a burden here. I often interact with the tech press in various places throughout the world. I've had wonderful, productive meetings with many fine journalists. New Zealand and Malaysia particularly stand out in my memory. However, a thing has happened today that, while not affecting...
  • Blog Post: [OT rant] Are there any home WiFi routers that DON'T SUCK?

    Warning: rant ahead, and names named. When I'm not traveling, I like to work from home some days rather than endure the trek from Seattle to Redmond (although it's much better now that our own employee transit service has expanded into my neighborhood -- the existence of which is sad commentary on the...