|XML and software
XML, web and software in general, with notes on Radio Userland resources
Thursday, May 13, 2004
Software Coop formed: Avalanche
is a legally constituted intellectual-property cooperative. Companies pay $30,000 a year to become members. They can then donate any in-house software they choose to the Avalanche library, with the project becoming the legal owner of the code. Project members get to use, free of charge, any of the other programs in the library.
While just a few weeks out of the chute, Avalanche already has some impressive sponsors, including tier-one names like Best Buy, Cargill and Medtronic. The group has a board of directors and full-time CEO, Jay Hansen, a former IT consultant. " 5:54:23 PM
Why RSS Will Kill E-mail Publishing:
Good summary of advantages of RSS over email publishing. I think Bloglet-type services
supply a bridge. A publisher can work strictly in an RSS world, aggregators get what they want, and people who use email but not aggregators can listen in. 2:19:37 PM
Phatbot arrest throws open trade in zombie PCs: "The arrest of the suspected author of the Phatbot Trojan could lead to valuable clues about the illicit trade in zombie PCs. .. This expanding network of infected, zombie PCs can be used either for spam distribution or as platforms for DDoS attacks, such as those that many online bookies have suffered in recent months. By using compromised machines - instead of open mail relays or unscrupulous hosts - spammers can bypass IP address blacklists. Phatbot was been used to spam, steal information or perform DDoS attacks..
Networks of compromised hosts (BotNets) are commonly traded between virus writers, spammers and middlemen over IRC networks. The price of these BotNets (DoSNets) was roughly $500 for 10,000 hosts last Summer when the MyDoom and Blaster first appeared on the scene. "I have no doubt it's doubled since then as hosts are cleaned and secured," Andrew Kirch, a security admin at the Abusive Hosts Blocking List told El Reg. By his reckoning, non-exclusive access to compromised PCs sells for about 10 cents a throw. "
More background from April 30 2004: "MessageLabs reckons two thirds of the spam it blocks originates from computers infected by viruses such as Sobig-F or Bagle. Spam volumes are growing. More than two thirds of the email passing through MessageLabs systems so far this month was spam compared to 53 per cent for March as a whole." 1:51:25 PM
Spam protocol changes:
Intro to Sender Policy Framework, email CallerID (from Microsoft), and DomainKeys (from Yahoo). 1:40:33 PM