Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 30 August 2001
Note: the comments below are the unabridged
submissions of readers and do
not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publisher.
From: Christopher Cookson For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Is the government in the pay of the Taliban? ;-) Apparently if being in the possesion of any software that could POTENTIALLY be used for hacking is outlawed, basically that means owning a PC of any description will more or less become an illegal act. Add to that the ownership of Floppy disks, CDROMs, or any other removable storage media, as they coud POTENTIALLY be used to boot a computer and install malicious code. Any development software is obviously clearly illegal, as you can write programs with it, and these could POSSIBLY be used for 'hacking'. You may still be legally allowed to use your ZX-Spectrum or Commodore 64, as trying to find a modem for one of theme these days should be virtually impossible, and they're so fiendishly slow, and limited in memory capacity that you probably won't be able to do much that constitutes 'hacking'. Wait! I recall many moons ago when I was at secondary school, it was popular to 'hack' around and break copy protection schemes on popular games of the time. Seeing as recent events in the US indicate that The US government has legal jurisdiction over the *WHOLE WORLD*, (at least where the DCMA is concerned), then probably Commodore 64s are illegal too. Of Course the Internet must be illegal, because how else can you gain access to such a wide array of other computers, many hopelessly vulnerable and ready to be POTENTIALLY used to lauch your hack attack to Kill The President! President of where, or how on earth you'd kill him by hacking, but apparently Hollywood believes such things are possible, and since at least one former US President got his early training as a Hollywood actor, then it's pretty obvious that that's where the US government gets their technology advice from. So, get ready to switch off, go offline, and enjoy our new 'Knowledge Economy'. You might still be allowed to read books, although as someone could conceivably write one on techniques for breaking and entering, they're probably illegal too. You can probably forget sex too, as lawmakers probably can't distinguish between a computer virus and a biological pathogen, after all, a biological virus is simply a bit of malicious genetic code. Afghanistan is starting to looking more and more like a modern, liberated country every day! From: Matt Ledgerwood For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Personal Firewall Get Smoothwall (http://www.smoothwall.org/). This is a cut down version of linux specifically created to turn a machine into a firewall. This amazing piece of software requires a computer of it's own, but will run quite happily on an old 486 and even a 386 with enough memory. Works brilliantly for a home or office network and supports Modem, ISDN, Cable, ADSL, USB ADSL and Ethernet internet connections. It will connect any OS (Windows, Mac, Linux, Unix) and is easy to configure (web interface). Best of all it is completely free, requires no knowledge of linux to set up and is very, very secure. From: Mudrat For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Personal Firewalls I run e-safe from Aladin systems. E-safe is a personal firewall and anti-vandal package. E-safe can be set to restrict applications from writing to specified files and directories as well as the registry. As a regular surfer, e-safe has prevented many scripted nasties from changing my settings. From: Phord For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: LT Winmodems & Firewalls A lagre proportion of new internal modems use the LT win modem chipsets. These chipsets are unique in that they use the main CPU clock cycles for their processing power through the LTMODEM.VXD driver, which means less componants on the board. I was able to upgrade my modem to v.92 by simply downloading the latest version of the VXD file, this file along with others seem to contain all the AT commands etc. (thus it won't work if booted into DOS). This modem would probably be ideal to have inbuilt firewall routines as no hardware modifications may be nessesary. It would only requre someone to rewrite and compile the VXDs. From: Darren For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Modem firewalls I use something similar to a modem firewall on my home network - a Zyxel Router. It plugs into the 56k modem and then my lan hooks into that. Perfect bit of hardware with no complicated setup. Protects against a lot of things, but not trojans, etc, but works with all OS's and provides DHCP among other things. But a lot easier than setting up a dedicated linux box. Cost was about $450 3 years ago, and I've never had a single problem or hack. From: Allister Jenks For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Linux vs MS While reading this story... ...I came up with an idea. It is quite likely that any user picking up on Linux is an ex Microsoft user. Equally likely is that, perhaps after a while, said user will no longer have any use for the MS software (OS, apps etc.) Let's all send them back to Microsoft! Include a note along the lines of "Thanks, but I've moved on to better things." Then they won't have to worry about knowing how many users are ditching them - they'll know! And of course, because MS are environmentally friendly, I am sure they'll be able to recycle the CDs somehow. Perhaps they'll corner the market in coasters some day soon. Perhaps Aardvark can be the rallying point for such a noble cause? From: Tony Allwood For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Hacking Software If it is illegal to have any software that *might* be used for hacking, do I have to delete ping? ;-)Now Have Your Say
Home | Today's Headlines | Contact | New Sites | Job Centre | Investment Centre