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Submission + - Firewall Rulesets Still a Problem? (channelinsider.com)

dasButcher writes: "Security admins used to complain endlessly about the complexity of managing firewall rulesets. But those complaints have diminished as management consoles improved and the firewall has taken become less important in the grand scheme of IT security. But several new products are coming to market to audit and optimize firewall rulesets. As Larry Walsh writes in his blog (http://blogs.channelinsider.com/secure_channel/content/network_security/firewall_ruleset_management_still_an_issue.html), it's not clear whether this is really a problem or the last vestige of the old perimeter firewall. So Walsh asks, "is firewall ruleset management still a problem?""
America Online

Submission + - AOL "This is Spam" link as email DoS?

alabamatoy writes: "AOL email offers its users a clickable link in each email message it delivers to them which is marked "This is Spam". Users who click on this link in an email message cause the sending SMTP server IP address to be added to some kind of AOL internal spam-source blacklist. This causes ALL subsequent email from that server to be blocked to *ALL* AOL users. For small hosting services, this can be a killer. Attempts to convince AOL to identify the user who reported the message as spam have failed (its against their internal privacy policy, they say) so the small hosting service is left with no mechanism to remedy the situation, other than repeatedly trying to convince AOL support that the site really is not a source of spam, and the problem is simply a stupid AOL user. For an entity like (for example) a recreational organization using this small hosting service, email group lists will almost always include one or more AOL users. All that's required to break email connectivity to AOL for ALL customers of the small hosting service is for one AOL user to stupidly click on "this is Spam" button, and all email to AOL grinds to a halt. Does anyone have any insight into how to resolve this problem?"

Submission + - Dutch government bans electronic voting 1

RogerWilco writes: The Dutch government had decided on 16-5-2008 to only use pencil and paper for future elections until electronic voting can be made safe. Their main reasoning is that currently no device is available that can not be eavesdropped upon to detect what people vote, given sufficiently sensitive equipement. The government has considered developing an electronic voting machine that leaves a paper trail, but as this could still be eavesdropped on, it was considered to not guarentee safe and anonymous elections and not worth the developement cost. The official government announcement (In Dutch)

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