Skype, Day 1

I'm interested in seeing if the Institute can move some of its voice traffic, especially the international calls, to internet telephony. Over the weekend, I sent out a message to our membership asking about Skype and the response was enthusiastic. Many members are using it and many more are interested. Thus, this blog.

Over the next week or so, I'll investigate add-ons like Skype-In, Skype Voice Mail, and Skype-Out.


In the Washington Post, this article (Security Fix - Brian Krebs on Computer and Internet Security) notes that there is Yet Another Security Hole in Internet Explorer. This one lets a carefully crafted web page lift data from the target machine if local data has been indexed by the Google Desktop.

At the bottom of this page is a link to Firefox. Click it. Install Firefox and use it as your default browser.

Sony Rootkit: Premature Victory Declaration?

Mark Russinovich feels he made a Premature Victory Declaration. He writes "[C]lose to two weeks later it's obvious that Sony has done little to advertise to store owners, even larger chains, that a recall is in place. [CDs with the rootkit] were present in stores in the Austin, Philadelphia and Chicago areas And as of last week Eliot Spitzer, the Attorney General of New York State, reports that his investigators found them in the New York City area.

Sober for 10 days.

Our friendly mail servers have had a busy 10 days coping with Worm.Sober.U (as known by ClamAV) and W32.Sober.X (as known by Symantec).

Since we saw our first instance of the worm on Nov 21 at 15:23:15, we've turned away 47,277 individual mails to 1,163,846 addressees (24.62 addresses for the average email).

According to this story in The Register, Sober accounts for 1 in 13 emails sent.