I happen to be a fan of Daniel F. Sullivan, the president of St. Lawrence Univeristy. His remarks on the mental image and attitudes toward Martin Luther King Jr. in this country are worth reading.
I have been getting quite a few search hits on this entry, so if you are looking for an actual picture of Martin Luther King Jr. Go here.
Two things stand out in this attack:
1. We now know a worm can disrupt a massive swath of systems not typically associated with the web. - ATM machines and 911 call centers took a hit this weekend.
2. The worm that wrecked havoc across the Internet this past weekend exploited a flaw that Dave Litchfield identified and Microsoft fixed last summer.
Despite Microsoft's efforts to provide a patch for this vulnerability, even security savvy IT shops like AMEX were hit. If IT shops like AMEX cannot keep up with patches, something is wrong with the system.
As a side note - one of the companies hit by the worm? Microsoft.
It appears someone using the name UTAS + my securitystory domain name is sending XXX spam to lots of people at AOL. Downer.
I was just checking out a few books on Amazon when I noticed, an offer to pre-order the next
Harry Potter book. The next thing I know, Amazon is unresponsive. And I thought getting Slashdotted was tough...
Update: this appears to have been a temporary issue - possibly just between me and Amazon. Perhaps Akamai was just a little slow on the draw.
The Big media vs. Eldred supreme court case decision has just been delivered. Big media won. Read all about it.
The text of the decisions:
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