|Dux Computer Newsletter
August 1, 2001; Vol. 1, No. 8
IN THIS NEWSLETTER
Recent News and Commentary
Around the Internet
Recent News and Commentary. When crossing the
boarder from New Hampshire to Maine one sees a sign that says, "Welcome to
Maine. The way life should be" and Maine license plates that say, "Vacationland." Well,
it's not and it's "Taxationland." Maine now leads the entire
nation in state and local taxes vs. income. So, one solution is, 'we
need more income.' Which, I'm sure, would not result in more taxes. Other
than that it has been absolutely beautiful up here for weeks: mostly sunny
and in the 70's and 80's.
I am going to cut the news part of this newsletter a bit
short this time and publish the following alerts now.
8/1 16:00 EST Code Red Worm is
Scanning the Internet... The Code Red worm is active
and looking for servers to infect. The
increasing activity "is indicative of the first phase of operation for
the worm, in which it scans random IP address for systems to compromise," CERT
reported. "These reports indicate that the number of compromised systems
is increasing exponentially."
"The Code Red Worm will infect at
least as many Internet servers in its current incarnation as it did last month
when the virus spread to more than 250,000 computers worldwide, the FBI predicted
"Helsinki-based Internet security company F-Secure Inc.
reported earlier today that some 20,000 vulnerable servers had been infected
by Code Red since the worm began spreading itself at 12:00 a.m. GMT."
However, "In the hours immediately following the Code Red's
latest detonation, computer security experts were able to determine that the
Internet was experiencing no unusual activity by tracking data relayed from
some 4,000 'sensors' located around the world, noted Allan Paller, director
of System Administration Networking and Security (SANS) Institute."
"At midday Wednesday, about 80,000 Web sites were infected,
according to Sans. Government officials predicted July's peak of a quarter-million
Web sites worldwide could be reached within the day."
"The reawakened ``Code Red'' worm disturbed the Pentagon
computer networks on Wednesday, and the main U.S. computer monitoring center
predicted it would infect as many systems as it did in its first incarnation
Code RED Worm Alert! How
Big Is The Problem? On July 19, the Code Red worm infected more than
250,000 systems in just 9 hours. Code Red is likely to start spreading again
on July 31st, 2001 8:00 PM EDT and has mutated so that it may be even more
dangerous.... Every organization or person who has Windows NT or Windows 2000
systems AND the IIS web server software may be vulnerable.
Info and What You Should Do to Protect Your System...
As, if that wasn't enough, the SirCam worm is still going
strong. I just looked at my inbox and it is flooded again with
infected messages. (My computer is not infected and has not sent any
8/1 (updated) The Sircam
Virus/Worm is for Real! This is a nasty virus that is
spreading all over the Internet and can destroy your data. My inbox
continues to receive infected mail and many repeated mailings from people
who probably do not realize the messages are being sent and do not know
that the virus is randomly choosing files from their computer and sending
them to the world. I have tried to contact the originators of these
messages, but many have full mailboxes or invalid E-Mail addresses. I
have tried to trace the E-Mail from those people and to contact their ISPs,
but have not been successful in all cases. Please update your
anti-virus program and scan your mailbox! The most recent McAfee,
which I use, works well. Some versions of Norton have
problems and need another update, which I understand is now available. Click here for
the news section our web site for more news.
Tech Tip. If you are thinking about getting high-speed, broadband
Internet access (cable MODEM or DSL) you should perhaps also give some thought
to eventually sharing the connection between two or more computers connected
to together with a local area network. To keep all of your sharing
options open, inquire about a MODEM that can be shared with a broadband
router before signing-up for the service. Do not opt for an internal
broadband MODEM. Most broadband service providers supply external MODEMS
with two types of interfaces: USB and 10BASET Ethernet. Insist upon one
with an Ethernet interface. I do not know of a broadband router with
a USB router to MODEM interface. Also, the service provider may supply
a network adapter and an Ethernet cable at no charge if you ask for it. If
you already have an Ethernet adapter in your computer, ask for a second one. Use
your adapter to interface the second computer, etc.
Another consideration is the protocols used by the service provider. Some
services superimpose another protocol on top of the TCP/IP protocol used for
the Internet. Many of these services use PPPoE or Point-to-Point
Protocol over Ethernet. Others, especially in Europe, use ATMoE or Asynchronous
Transfer Mode over Ethernet. Many, but not all routers, support
PPPoE. Fewer support ATMoE. If you have a choice, a service that
does not use either PPPoE or ATMoE will probably be faster, if all other factors
are equal, and less trouble to install. On the other hand, a provider
may institute one of these protocols at any time.
Finally, some service providers explicitly do not permit sharing an Internet
connection. One can usually check on this policy at the service
provider's web site. Whether or not you choose to comply with such a
policy is, of course, a matter between you and your service provider.
For more information see Ways
to Share a Broadband Internet Connection.
Around the Internet. What
is PPPoE. DSL
and ATMoE. Try MonitorWorld.com to
find information on an old monitor, etc. Do you need a Perl script,
etc. for a forum, guestbook, counter, search engine, etc. to run on your
website? You can probably find it among the 3,310 CGI resources currently
listed at The
CGI Resource Index. These sites were useful for planning
an automobile trip to our family reunion: Travel
with Kids has all kinds of useful info even if you are empty nesters/don't
have kids. I used MapQuest to
generate travel directions and maps. Click here for
help with the SirCam virus. The
HyperTransport Revolution: an easy to understand introduction to AMD's
HyperTransport. The IRS has published a schedule for mailing
checks as part of the new U.S. tax-cut law. Criteria is also provided
for who will get a refund and how much it will be. Click
here to go there.
Please forward this newsletter
to colleagues who may have an interest in these topics, or who may wish to subscribe.
To view back issues click here. If
you need to E-Mail us regarding the Newsletter, click here.
Disclaimer, and Trademark Information Copyright © 1997-2001
Larry F. Byard. All rights reserved. Except as stated below,
this material or parts thereof may
not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed by any means whatsoever
without explicit, written permission from the author.
may circulate copies of the Dux Computer Newsletter by MANUALLY forwarding
it, providing you forward the issue in its entirety, no fee is involved,
and you forward no more than three issues to any one individual. You
may not attach advertising or otherwise modify the text of the newsletter.