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Lighten Up 3 August 2001 Edition
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More mayhem and stupidity from the world of the worrying wide web.

Hacking Tools
If you've ever wanted to have a go at doing a little hacking but couldn't find the tools needed to make the job easier -- this is the site for you!

Home-made Hydrogen Bomb
Yes, this is one of *MY* pages, and yes, it is a home-made hydrogen bomb. Why not dust off those old chemistry and physics textbooks, do the calculations then drop me a line to suggest what will happen?

Crazy Laws
Proof that some bureaucrats are idiots (some???).

SirCam, The Real Threat Within
Like most people on the Net, I've been receiving a regular stream of emails infected with the SirCam virus.

Unlike a seemingly large proportion of Net users, I'm not stupid enough to open the booby-trapped attachments -- but I have been astonished at what they sometimes contain.

I wonder just how many people realise the massive security risk that this virus poses to their sensitive documents and information?

So far I've had "confidential" dealer price lists, inter-office memos, legal documents, and yesterday -- an extremely interesting and potentially very newsworthy official document from an address in the .gov.ph domain (which I have subsequently deleted and don't intend to pursue).

What's that? It's already happened?

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  • Govt's use of technology... - David
  • The conference... - Brian
  • Government and the conference... - Mark
  • goverment... - Bede
  • Propaganda Tsunami... - Alan
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    If the quantity and content of the material I've received as a result of SirCam infections is any indicator, I suspect that the commercial damage this little virus is causing may currently be vastly underestimated.

    Just how many companies have had their commercial secrets emailed off to God-knows-who, and don't even realise it?

    How long before we see the first expose of some shocking goings on within a high-profile corporation or government as a result of confidential information being emailed off to someone who cares?

    What's worse, it now appears that a number of people are getting hit with a double-whammy by SirCam. Cases have been reported where the attached file contains not only a copy of SirCam, but other viruses from an infected user's PC!

    I wonder if all these people infected with the SirCam or whose webservers are playing host to the Code Red virus also drive around without their seatbelts fastened or engage in unprotected sex?

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