Thursday, September 01, 2005

Security Wire Perspectives: Old habits die hard

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> Editor's Note

> Mad as Hell XIV -- The ugly about 'The Move'
As he nears the end of his experiment, or at least writing about it,
our author warns it's hard to let go of old habits when switching
operating systems.

> Disaster preparedness: Staying up while everything else is down
A 9/11 survivor offers hard-earned advice to those small businesses
hit by disasters such as this week's hurricane on the Gulf Coast.

> News from
A look at the news from, including an
underachieving worm to watch; confusion over similar-sounding
security certifications; and jealous lovers now facing jail time for
buying spyware.


* Reaching out during a disaster
[Anne Saita, News Director]

This week we wanted to highlight the latest installation in our
wildly popular "Mad as Hell" series, which comes to a close next
Thursday, Sept. 8. The feedback following an installation indicates
reader appreciation -- if not always acceptance -- of Winn
Schwartau's observations since abandoning Windows for Mac OS X.
Elsewhere in today's issue is timely advice on contingency planning
from a small-business CEO who understands firsthand a disaster's
potential toll. It's timed to mark the first day of National
Preparedness Month and, of course, comes in the wake of Hurricane
Katrina. Our deepest sympathies go out to the victims in Gulf Coast
states grappling with such widespread devastation and loss.

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* Mad as Hell XIV -- The ugly about 'The Move'
[By Winn Schwartau, Contributing Writer]

As he nears the end of his experiment, or at least writing about it,
our "Mad as Hell" series author warns it's hard for old habits to die
when switching operating systems.,294698,sid14_gci1120699,00.html?track=NL-358&ad=525085

Read more in our series chronicling one security expert's move from a
Microsoft to an Apple operating system.
Mad as Hell Series:,295582,sid14_gci1094430,00.html?track=NL-358&ad=525085

Tips & Tools

* Disaster preparedness: Staying up while everything else is down
Today marks the start of National Preparedness Month to increase
public awareness about the importance of preparing for emergencies.
That includes the many small businesses that never fully recover from
an interruption due to disasters such as this week's hurricane on the
Gulf Coast. This summer HP launched a nationwide series of free talks
with disaster recovery expert Donna Childs on contingency planning
and other vital issues. We interviewed Childs at the start of her
tour to gather some timely advice.,289142,sid14_gci1121285,00.html?track=NL-358&ad=525085

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* News from,289141,sid14,00.html?track=NL-358&ad=525085

* Myfip's Titan Rain connection
LURHQ researchers say the Myfip worm is a good example of the malcode
Chinese hackers are using in the so-called Titan Rain attacks against
U.S. government networks.,289142,sid14_gci1120855,00.html?track=NL-358&ad=525085

* CISSP vs. CCISP creating confusion for certification holders
Its creator says the newer certification aims to complement, not
compete with, the better known CISSP. Others aren't convinced the
distinction is clear.,289142,sid14_gci1120382,00.html?track=NL-358&ad=525085

* No love lost for this indicted spyware maker and these buyers
Modified private-detective program used to nab cheating mates leads
to arrests for computer hacking.,289142,sid14_gci1119982,00.html?track=NL-358&ad=525085



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