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Good News? 20 December 2000 Edition
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You can tell that the Internet industry is maturing...

Unlike the last few years, I've noticed that things are really starting to slow down on the news front as the festive season draws near.

Finding interesting and relevant news stories, particularly those with a local flavour, has already become distinctly difficult.

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The problem is exacerbated by the way some publications such as Stuff/Infotech and Netguide NZ have already gone into "reduced service" mode and significantly reduced their Net-industry news coverage.

This rapid maturing of the industry means a lot of people are going to have to carefully review their plans and strategies for 2001 -- because, as many entrepreneurs and investors have found in recent times, a mature industry behaves far differently to an immature one.

Port Scanning Legal In The USA
The war between anti-spammers and spam-friendly operators just took another interesting twist with a US district court ruling that port scanning is legal.

Port scanning is an operation often used by spammers and anti-spammers alike to determine whether a computer on the Internet is running a mailserver and whether that mailserver is open to relay spam.

This is, of course, a double-edged sword. On the one hand it legally allows organisations such as ORBS to interrogate and identify open mailservers in order that their operators can be advised -- or that the site can be added to a black-list if they remain open.

On the other hand however, it means that hackers, crackers and spammers will be free to troll the Net with impunity -- searching for vulnerable computers worthy of covertly recruiting for their activities.

Once again it's worth reminding everyone that you really ought to download some free personal firewall software such as Zone Alarm. It's may not offer 100% guaranteed protection against malicious attacks on your PC through the Net, but it's a whole lot better than nothing at all!

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4  Tool to beat killer Xmas virus promised today
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4  Peacefire tosses Web-filter grenade
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4  More Layoffs At Red Herring
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4  Hackers caught in security 'honeypot'
Security pros use HoneyNet Project to learn tricks of the hacking trade -- and raise corporate awareness...

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