Gone Phishing, ANRE, Telecom

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- Gone Phishing

- 5… 4… 3… 2… 1… ANRE is go

- The rise and rise of Telecom

- Ringringringringringringring!

I’ve got my hunches, they grow in bunches. Doop-doobie-doobie-doobie-doop.

Paul says hello from Auntie Hairoiled’s lap, and to thank everyone for the emails of support and to apologise for not being able to respond to all of them.

- Gone Phishing

We don’t see headlines like “Russian mob ate my bank account” mainly due to Stalinist sub-editing that nips such flowers of creativity in the bud. However, that must be happening a little at least. The little phishes keep swimming in as the Eastern Bloc thugs swap drug dealing and nuclear arm smuggling for robbing people over the Internet.

This week the Westpac-sponsored fundraiser for the Aussie Paralympians was targeted by the account anglers, using a devious tactic (well, exploiting yet another Windows security hole) to plant a key-stroke logger on victims’ machines. Thus, it became a new virtual piscine, hereby known as the Trojan Phish.

Had a word with Richard Jowsey of Death2Spam about phishes, which are carpet bombing people’s inboxes at an alarming rate currently. The Bizex Trojan Horse that we found looks decidedly lame compared to some of the critters Jowsey has discovered. One takes screenshots of windows underneath the mouse pointer and transfers them to Mother Russia. That gets around banks’ anti-keylogger measures with drop-down menus on Web sites and things apparently.

Banks must rue the day the Internet banking concept was invented.

Fraudsters plumb new depths – Computerworld Online

- 5… 4… 3… 2… 1… ANRE is go

After four and a half years of head versus brick wall, Neil James and gang at the Next Generation Internet steering committee have finally got the money to build the fast Advanced Network for Research and Education link for academia and researchers. Just like they have abroad.

I’m sure that Neil cringed as much as I did at the government spin-meisters “blind them with big numbers” tactic that described the link as being 20,000 times as fast as dial-up. Why do we always have to compare with dial-up? It’s 2004 now and things have moved forward. Oh hang on, not really, dial-up is still what most people use.

Anyway, 20,000 times dial-up speed equals 1 gigabit/s which makes ANRE as fast as my home network. That’s the problem with waiting too long: the numbers that looked so impressive a couple of years ago become decidedly pedestrian as time goes on.

Instead of the ANRE, an ISP acquaintance thought we’d be better off doing the Indian thing and building a bunch of peering exchanges around the country. These could then be linked together with 10Gbit/s circuits. That, he said, would be cheaper, faster and provide many more benefits to the community as whole. Educational institutions, businesses and ISPs could connect to the peering exchanges cheaply and easily without having to bother the Twin Telcos, and it would facilitate the spread of broadband in New Zealand.

Such a move would also send Telecom’s share price into freefall, so it won’t ever happen.

Academics get superfast link – Computerworld Online

Next Generation Internet website

Maran’s 10-point agenda for Indian IT – CIOL IT Unlimited

- The Rise and Rise of Telecom

Speaking of the … Telecom, is that outfit on a roll or what? With the local loop unbundling threat now a mere burr under Douglas Webb’s saddle, Telecom has now got itself a state subsidy and almost a monopoly on rural broadband.

Yes, it’s that “credible competition to Telecom”, also known as Woosh that has dropped the ball on delivering broadband to the regions it was awarded under Project PROBE.

Luckily for Internet-deprived users in Northland, Wairapa, and Canterbury regions, Telecom came to the rescue. No need to re-tender for the PROBE subsidies, just sit back and watch Telecom net 11 of the 15 regions, with perhaps a 12th being awarded soon. Champagne all round at the strategic planning department, I say.

I’m actually thinking of taking bets on Telecom being asked to build the ANRE. Who else would be able to do it apart from Telecom?

Just imagine… 20 cents a megabyte on a 1 gigabit/s link! The revenue from that would see Theresa’s annual bonus measured as a percentage of the gross national product.

Probe windfall brings Telecom another win – NZ Herald

Dang, Telecom keeps calling the shots – NZ Herald

Woosh too slow for network deal – NZ Herald

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