Vol. 12, #33 - Aug 27, 2007 - Issue #639
The Monster.com Mess
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- Editor's Corner
- The Monster.com Mess
- iPhone Unlocked: AT&T Loses iPhone Exclusivity
- Quotes Of The Week
- Admin Toolbox
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- Tech Briefing
- Microsoft Plugs Single Sign-On With Windows Live ID
- German Anti-hacker Law Could Backfire
- Redmond Finds Big Partners For Voice Compression
- Microsoft Uses Silverlight For Experimental Search Site
- What Is The Best CPU Performance For Your Buck?
- Step-by-Step Guide: Planning for a Security Breach
- Hardware Flash Drive Secures Windows Passwords
- Server Virtualization For SMBs Top Five Reseller Tips
- Windows Server News
- Windows Server 2008 Sales Outlook Uncertain
- Microsoft To Launch Communications Servers in October
- Amazon Leaks Price, Date Of First Windows Home Server Box
- Vista Enterprise Licensing Terms May Be Scaring Companies Off
- WServer Third Party News
- Replication: The Difference Between E2K7 and Double-Take
- With Virtualization, Now Many Apps Can Go Down
- WServerNews Fave Links
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
- Product of the Week
- Time To Upgrade Your AD Toolset To Industrial Strength?
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The Monster.com Mess
The looting of Monster goes back weeks, and maybe months, so IF
you had your resume out there, you need to use a double dose of
suspicion when you get emails to the address you provided. Some
unwary users of Monster have had their identity stolen and their
back accounts were suddenly emptied. Monster's database was looted,
and personal data was taken to craft extremely convincing emails
that then installed trojans and ransomware on PCs. It looks like
1.6 million records were stolen, so yours might be one of them.
Our Malware Researchers have been going back and looking at
everything again because of all the press lately and they have
found some evidence that they were probably attacking the
CareerBuilder site as well. So keep an eye out for that too.
Monster itself was not hacked. But smart attackers blended some
noxious elements together: stolen information, personalized phishing
email, combined with trojan malware and so called 'money mules'
(middlemen who transfer money from a phished bank account to a
foreign, difficult to trace account.) What happened is that "by
gaining unauthorized access to employer accounts, the software was
obtaining job seeker contact information," Monster said in a recent
alert. The data-stealing Trojan was hard coded to look at U.S.
residents only. And of course CounterSpy finds it. I have three
links for you. One is from Monster themselves:
The other one is ComputerWorld that has a very good FAQ and
backgrounder story. This is practically required reading.
The third is to CounterSpy, which IF this trojan is on any of
your systems, will find it and clean it off for 15 days:
iPhone Unlocked: AT&T Loses iPhone Exclusivity
August 24, 2007, 12:00PM EDT, the EndGadget site reported: "It's high
noon, Apple and AT&T -- we really hate to break it to you, but the
jig is up. Last night the impossible was made possible: right in front
of our very eyes we witnessed a full SIM unlock of our iPhone with a
small piece of software. It's all over, guys. The iPhoneSIMfree.com
team called us up to prove their claim that they cracked Apple's
iPhone SIM lock system, and prove it they did. (No, we don't have a
copy of the unlock software, so don't even ask us, ok?) The six-man
team has been working non-stop since launch day, and they're officially
the first to break Apple's SIM locks on the iPhone. It's done. Seriously.
They wouldn't tell us when and how they would release it to the public,
but you can certainly bet that they'll try to make a buck on their
solution (and rightly so). We can hardly believe the iPhone's finally
been cracked. No, scratch that -- we just can't believe it took this long.
Again: we can confirm with 100% certainty that iPhoneSIMfree.com's
software solution completely SIM unlocks the iPhone, is restore-resistant,
and should make the iPhone fully functional for users outside of the US.
Read on for details and links to our video, and check out the gallery of
And here is the video showing it !!
Quotes Of The Week
"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I
approved of it." -- Mark Twain
"Aim at Heaven and you will get Earth thrown in. Aim at Earth and
you get neither." -- C.S. Lewis
And thank you for being a WServerNews subscriber.
Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
Vista Command Prompt in Admin Mode - If you go down to Start and type
CMD in the search box (not from the RUN line) and hit CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER,
it will open the command prompt in Admin mode.
Enable users to securely reset their own Active Directory passwords
through an easy and secure web interface with myPassword. A complete
solution at a very reasonable cost.
The Sunbelt Personal Firewall is just 10 bucks for a limited time.
That is a killer deal for a Top Class Firewall with HIPS and NIPS:
Sprint offers the first U.S.$10.5 million Blackberry 8830. Oh, they
are throwing in a private island... You need one! Check the video:
Microsoft Plugs Single Sign-On With Windows Live ID
Microsoft has released a software development kit for a service that
enables users who log in through one Web site to be authenticated on
many others. InfoWorld has the story:
German Anti-hacker Law Could Backfire
A new anti-hacker law in Germany will make it illegal to have in your
possession, any hacker tools on your system, even if you are a professional
who uses these tools to test for security vulnerabilities. With that in
mind, RSN editing staff wonders who will be left to test for security
vulnerabilities in Germany? John Blau fills you in. More at InfoWorld:
Redmond Finds Big Partners For Voice Compression
Microsoft announced six companies, including Intel, and Texas Instruments,
are now licensing its voice software for audio conferencing, video, wireless
over IP and gaming devices. The licensing agreements, which were announced
Tuesday at the VoiceCon San Francisco 2007 conference, could help put
Microsoft in the catbird's seat as it extends its tentacles to the emerging
unified communications market. Infonetics Research, an IT market research
firm based in Boston, in July reported worldwide sales of unified
communications applications increased 21 percent between 2005 and 2006 to
more than $363 million. It now expects the market to grow in the "high
double digits" each year through at least 2010. More at:
Microsoft Uses Silverlight For Experimental Search Site
Microsoft uses Silverlight for an experimental search site, that looks
quite Vista-esque. The site is called Tafiti, which means "do research"
in Swahili. You can check the site out, but you do need to install
Silverlight first. It's not that big and looks very pretty:
What Is The Best CPU Performance For Your Buck?
The interactive CPU Charts at tomshardware provide a true performance
comparison between AMD and Intel processors. They allow ambitious users
as well as decision makers and dealers to compare their favorite products
in 20+ benchmark disciplines. In addition, the price/performance index
enables you to find the best performance for your buck. This chart is
updated daily with the latest product prices from TG Stores.
The charts have several unique features:
It's over here, with some pre-set comparisons:
- Select your desired benchmark.
- Select two processor models, which will be highlighted on your
- Check out the absolute and relative performance difference between
selected models at the bottom of the page.
- Click on any bar within the chart to receive the test configuration.
Step-by-Step Guide: Planning for a Security Breach
Do you have a solid plan in place for if and when you experience a security
breach? Does that plan include important contact information, and have you
and your co-workers walked through the plan together? This step-by-step guide
will help you to set an action plan in place. (registration required)
Hardware Flash Drive Secures Windows Passwords
This little silver flash drive manages Windows passwords and self-destructs
after 10 login attempts. Learn more in this exclusive article.
Server Virtualization For SMBs Top Five Reseller Tips
Server virtualization opportunities abound in the
small and midsized business (SMB) market, but resellers, systems integrators
and service providers traditionally used to working with larger enterprises
may be hesitant to pursue them. Access the top five SearchSystemsChannel.com
tips for how-to advice for helping both you and your SMB clients go virtual.
||Windows Server News
Windows Server 2008 Sales Outlook Uncertain
Few experts believe it will be hard for Microsoft solutions partners to sell
Windows Server 2008 when it comes out in February. The questions are who will
buy it and, more importantly, when, considering the relatively long sales
cycle endemic to server software and the historically slow takeoff of many
major Windows updates.
The first wave of customers will likely be those who currently run Windows
2000 Server, according to John Enck, a research vice president for Gartner
Research. He estimated that about 40% of the Windows Server market runs
Windows 2000 Server, which Microsoft will stop supporting in 2010. Those
users will want a "really rapid migration" to Windows Server 2008, he said.
Michael Cherry, a lead analyst for Directions on Microsoft, agreed that
Windows 2000 Server users will have the greatest incentive to upgrade before
Microsoft's support expires. "That's always an issue," he said. "You're
going to want to move faster than the others." More at SearchITChannel:
Microsoft To Launch Communications Servers in October
The next generation of Microsoft's efforts at unified communications
will be unveiled on Oct. 16 when it launches three products including
its crown jewel, Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007.
Amazon Leaks Price, Date Of First Windows Home Server Box
ComputerWorld reported that details and prices of the first home server
running Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Home Server software were posted briefly
on several online stores yesterday. Systems are scheduled to ship Sept. 15
at prices starting at $599. According to listings on such e-tailing sites
as Amazon.com, PCMall.com and onSale.com, Hewlett-Packard Co.'s MediaSmart
Home Server will be sold in two models at prices of $599 and $749. The
pair are identical with the exception of the amount of included storage:
the $599 server contains 500GB, while the $759 unit offers 1TB. Both
servers will be powered by a 1.8-GHz Sempron processor from Advanced Micro
Devices Inc., and come bundled with HP's Photo Webshare software, an
add-on to Windows Home Server (WHS) that builds a photo-sharing Web
site and serves it from the MediaSmart box. None of the for-sales
listings spelled out the amount of memory in the servers, however.
HP declined to comment on the MediaSmart leaks. More at:
Vista Enterprise Licensing Terms May Be Scaring Companies Off
Beyond the issues of operating system performance, the changes to
Microsoft's Vista licensing program seem to be having a chilling effect
on sales. Meanwhile, the number of desktop Linux users apparently doubled
in the last year. Microsoft-Watch has a lot of interesting detail on this
'Vista Enterprise' license.
||WServer Third Party News
Replication: The Difference Between E2K7 and Double-Take
Exchange 2007 SP1 features Standby Continuous Replication (SCR). Like LCR
and CCR, Standby Continuous Replication uses asynchronous log shipping and
reply to create a backup "standby" database on a target Exchange server.
Unlike CCR, which relies on clustering and provides high availability,
SCR sends data from a standalone or clustered Exchange server to a
standalone Exchange server and provides no failover capabilities. SCR
shares some of the same limitations as LCR and CCR and introduces some
Some items customers should consider about SCR and Double-Take:
To get a full-feature test of Double-Take with Exchange for 30 days:
- SCR provides no failover. SCR is designed to create a standby database
that matches the source database, similar to LCR but with the database
residing on a separate server. To provide high availability and DR,
Microsoft recommends combining CCR and SCR.
- You must use a single database per storage group. When a storage group
has been enabled for SCR, it can only contain a single database. This
prevents you from scaling up by having multiple databases per storage
group. Double-Take does not have this limitation.
- SCR is not real-time protection of Exchange data. SCR works by shipping
log files locally and applying them to a second copy of the Exchange
database. It is not real-time replication.
- You cannot backup an SCR target database. This limitation of SCR prohibits
using SCR for a centralized backup strategy and moving backups off of the
production servers. Double-Take does not have this limitation and fully
supports backups from the target server.
With Virtualization, Now Many Apps Can Go Down
Before the technological development of virtual servers, a single physical
server crash might bring down one or two mission critical apps. But now,
one server crash, running a lot of virtual servers, can KO many more
That's why you absolutely need to look into high availability and disaster
recovery (HA/DR) for these virtual servers - and why you should look into
the need of new HA/DR designed specifically for virtual servers. You need:
As your virtualize servers, HA/DR is more important than ever. Double-Take
is the solution you need to look into:
- Protection against apps going down inside individual VMs, not just
server crashes, well as underlying hardware components.
- Notification of any failures
- Automated failover within the same site or to a remote site
- Uniform replication across physical and virtual servers, plus one
single replication console across all servers.
||WServerNews Fave Links
This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
- I always told people I really feel 25. Well I was not far off. This
calculator shows your REAL age as opposed your biological age:
- How to get eight 1.5 Volt button batteries from a 12 Volt battery? This is
an easy hack that takes less than a minute to do, and saves you 40 bucks!
- Last week at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, retired Ford employee Rick
Byrnes powered the Hydrogen Fusion 999 to a speed of 207.297 miles per hour.
- This "Gravitational Wave Observatory" is spearheading a completely new field
of astronomy and opening a whole new window on the universe:
- The Burning Man Festival 2007 is from Aug 27 - Sept 3 in Nevada! here is
the site with pictures from last festivals. Pretty amazing.
- See Who's Editing Wikipedia - Diebold, the CIA, a Campaign.. and more:
- A series of common actions by this driver significantly increased static
electricity on her person, sparking flammable vapors. Can you spot the things
that caused the high build-up of static electricity?
- A beam of sound can be focused, so it can be heard only in a small well-defined
area: This is done by modulating ultrasonic waves:
- Solid State Hard Drives are coming - With sizes reaching 160GB, SATA II "no
spinnie" hard drives will start showing up this fall in new computers and devices.
- NORAD said it is space debris from a Russian rocket? Extinct comet? Meteors?
But it's a pretty sight, that's for sure...
- Costly Computer Repair: How much does it cost to plug a hard drive cable back
into its socket? These TV reporters found out that it can be very expensive:
- With Google Earth's new Sky feature, you can zoom in to distant galaxies
and nebulae, view constellations and the movements of the planets, learn
about the lifecycle of a star and different kinds of galaxies and more:
- A Soviet Poster A Day. Every soviet poster no matter the date of creation
bears a stamp of expressiveness and graphical quality.
- While a faster processor lets you do what you've been doing more quickly,
extra display space lets you do things that were previously unthinkable:
- Ventriloquist and impressionist Terry Fator is the final winner of "America's
Got Talent". My favorite is his performance at the semi-final here:
||Product of the Week
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