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Submission + - Advertising in your router log

An anonymous reader writes: If you regularly check your router log you may see port scanning attempts from unknown sources. Here's one where a company appears to be advertising their hacking at your firewall. It's the first time I've seen anything like this and am wondering if it's a new business model borrowed from malware authors that exploit an opportunity, then ask for ransom (payment for a removal tool) to get rid of what they gave you. Below is just a small portion of what they did to my log, boldly telling me what they do for a living. 04/06/2008 00:52:02.272 — Sub Seven attack dropped —, 50494, WAN, www.securitymetrics.com — 70.89.120.xx, 27374, WAN — 04/06/2008 00:52:34.944 — Back Orifice attack dropped —, 49060, WAN, www.securitymetrics.com — 70.89.120.xx, 31337, WAN — 04/06/2008 00:53:21.848 — Ripper attack dropped —, 53108, WAN, www.securitymetrics.com — 70.89.120.xx, 2023, WAN — 04/06/2008 01:40:22.480 — Smurf Amplification attack dropped —, 8, WAN, www.securitymetrics.com — 70.89.120.xx, 8, WAN — 04/06/2008 01:41:29.800 — Smurf Amplification attack dropped —, 8, WAN, www.securitymetrics.com — 70.89.120.xx, 8, WAN — 04/06/2008 01:41:38.576 — Possible port scan dropped —, 50059, WAN, www.securitymetrics.com — 70.89.120.xx, 15, WAN — TCP scanned port list, 20031, 5269, 1718, 902, 1718 I contacted the support/abuse contact listed for that IP address and got this reply: — Can you confirm if you have an account with us? If so what is the email address the account is registered under, or what is the IP / Domain that we are testing? Our scan includes a port scan to see what service's are open, then it checks for various known vulnerabilities. So it is not just a port scan but a complete vulnerability scan. Please let us know if you have any additional questions. Scott SecurityMetrics Support 801-705-5700 US support 0207.993.8031 UK support Support@securitymetrics.com While I did ask Scott WTF his company was doing advertising in my log, I doubt my outrage at this ethical lapse on their part will have any effect on their methods. What do you guys think?

Submission + - Movie Industry Censoring Itself by Mistake?

Dak RIT writes: It seems that in its zeal to stop the distribution of copyrighted materials on YouTube, the movie industry has just inadvertently censored itself. Alliance Atlantis has apparently sent a takedown notice to YouTube for a video clip from the movie Rush Hour 3 that was uploaded to YouTube by New Line Cinema, and linked to from the Rush Hour 3 home page (at the bottom of the page, click on the Special Sneak Peek — The Nun Clip). Rush Hour 3 is distributed by New Line Cinema in the US, although it appears that Alliance Atlantis may be responsible for distribution in Canada and the UK.
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Chinese MMO Bans Males From Playing Female Charact

Cap'n.Brownbeard writes: ""Players of the Chinese MMORPG, King of the World, may have found themselves unable to log into their accounts this past weekend. The game's publisher, Aurora Technology, has apparently frozen the accounts of all male players choosing to play as a female characters. Now, only female players can play female characters, and they're required to prove their gender via a webcam. Females wanting to play males are still allowed though." http://news.filefront.com/chinese-mmo-bans-males-from-playing-female-characters/"

Submission + - MediaDefender and the Streisand Effect (arstechnica.com)

Foldarn writes: It looks like MediaDefender, in an effort to quell the explosion of negative publicity, has instead done the opposite (also known as the Streisand Effect) and made it even more widespread. The folks over at Ars Technica have an article about a few popular BitTorrent sites MegaNova and IsoHunt that are being demanded to remove the ever incriminating emails. What's more, Ars is reporting that it appears that MediaDefender, in response to IsoHunt's decline to remove, may be behind a massive denial of service attack against IsoHunt.
United States

Submission + - Running trail mistaken for bioterrorism threat (msn.com)

feuerfalke writes: A flour-and-chalk trail marked out by Daniel Salchow and his sister Dorothee for their running club, the Hash House Harriers, sparked fears and evacuations Thursday night, and now the siblings are finding themselves in deep trouble with New Haven police. Police were called after they were spotted sprinkling "powder" in the parking lot of an IKEA furniture store, which was later evacuated. The "powder" was, in fact, flour, which the siblings have used plenty of times before, all across the country, to mark trails for their club. The Salchow siblings are now facing felony charges, and New Haven police seek "restitution" for the resources wasted in their mistake. This sounds familiar...
The Courts

RIAA Short on Funds? Fails to Pay Attorney Fees 341

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "Can it be that the RIAA, or the "Big 4" record companies it represents, are short on funds? It turns out that despite the Judge's order, entered a month ago, telling them to pay Debbie Foster $68,685.23 in attorneys fees, in Capitol v. Foster, they have failed to make payment. Ms. Foster has now had to ask the Court to enter Judgment, so that she can commence 'post judgment collection proceedings'. According to Ms. Foster's motion papers (pdf), her attorneys received no response to their email inquiry about payment. Perhaps the RIAA should ask their lawyers for a loan?"

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