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Security

+ - New Windows XP Vulnerability found.

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Bourbonium writes "Microsoft Security Bulletin released today about Zero-Day exploit in ActiveX Control. Sounds like a geek demonstrated a proof of concept attack that they're taking quite seriously. http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/advisory/972890.mspx Only affects WindowsXP and Windows Server 2003 using IE running without Enhanced Security Configuration and with user logged in with admin rights. Most IT shops shouldn't be concerned, but home users running XP as admin are probably hosed. Vista users and Server 2008 shops are not vulnerable and need not be alarmed."
Government

+ - October is "CyberSecurity Awareness Month"->

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Bourbonium writes "A Cybernetic Organism, or "Terminator" from the Future has rebelled against SkyNet and declared October 2008 to be "CyberSecurity Awareness Month." California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to warn you about the dangers of downloading spyware, trojans and computer viruses to keep you safe from the technology that enslaves us. "During this month, the California Office of Information Security and Privacy Protection will be holding activities to raise awareness of the importance of cyber security, and I hope everyone will educate themselves on the precautions they can take. You can learn more by visiting their website at http://www.oispp.ca.gov./""
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Books

+ - SF Giant Thomas M. Disch commits suicide->

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Bourbonium writes "Patrick Nielsen-Hayden reports on his blog that noted science fiction writer Thomas M. Disch apparently committed suicide on July 4, 2008 in the New York City apartment from which he feared he would soon be evicted. Though his bibliography includes bestselling horror novels such as The M.D., and The Businessman, Disch is likely to be better remembered for his New Wave science fiction work, or perhaps even his classic childrens' story "The Brave Little Toaster" and its two sequels. A very sad day for those of us who have loved his unique voice since the 1960s."
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