A collection of new modules for netvibes is being placed online and new collections will follow in the coming weeks. If you do not know http://www.netvibes.com you should try it out. It has been awarded many prizes in the web2.0 contests as being the best or one of the best starting pages.
The 100 modules for netvibes you will find are more or less mostly connected to administrators - webdesign - network people and security
Just click and play to integrate them
project blog http://netvibes.skynetblogs.be
The first stage of leakage has begon in the upcoming trial of the Lernaut Hauspie scandal (you know the locals from here that promised us to become the next microsoft and while doing that burned all the money all their believers gave them). Apart from the fact that we have been waiting 6 years on this trial and that the case itself has a 400.000 pages to go through, some 600 crucial pages have become semi-public. The 600 pages that the public prosecutor was going to present beginning of october have been read and commented by some journalists who have published limited parts of it.
The question is if it wouldn't be important to make all the important pieces of the trial public so the public - because we were losers in some way - public. This way the possibility of a mistrial is maybe less.
The two important links you can find here (in dutch)
Sabam is becoming worse than the American RIAA. They are directly attacking the ISP's for not blocking MP3. They think that there are 7 ways to do it, as if the digital redistribution will be stopped on the network or even outside it.
But the question by Sabam is as limited in its scope and societal responsability as the Chinese digital censor wall. The chinese web is now one of the biggest infected networks around the world. Some say that as many as 45 million chinese computers are infected by different viruses and bots. But none of those are blocked by that enormous filter that is operated by thousands of civil servants / soldiers (by some Americans called the biggest cyberarmy on earth - forgotting that even the US is regrouping thousands of soldiers behind computers with hacking and defense tools). *
That is what unites Sabam and the Chinese political censor. A total lack of societal engagement. They only want to filter what hurts their power and business, not what is bad for the network or the digital society, that doesn't interest them at all. Or maybe they dislike the digital society so much they just don't want anybody to do something serious about its present state of insecurity.
* do not ask me what the Belgian army is doing on cyberdefense. Under the last government there was an intention to form a working group for the critical infrastructure but nothing worthwhile seem to have come of it. It will be too late when they will realize that digital infrastructure is very critical.
In the second note from the negotations for the next government I can read happily that in contrast to the first the already one party at the table wants that all the very diffuse efforts to educate about cybersecurity should be regrouped.
This is one small step. Because prevention and information is only part of the work to be done. The other part is that there has to be preventive scanning by authorized securitywatchers and a cleanup operation afterwards if things are hacked-defaced-broken. We do not need cyberpolice wandering around on second life, we want them to clean up the forgotten hacked websites or the zombies or spamstorming mailservers that are infecting the belgian web.
It has been all over the web that a website of the UN has been hacked, well that is a big word. A function in the sidebar has been injected with words from a hacker because the sql database behind it was not tested enough before going live or being patched.
There are so many sql injections and XSS mistakes on websites nowadays that hackers even don't want to publish them all. It ain't so much fun any more except probably for that big one like the United Nations.
The sad thing about it is that everybody is looking at it, saying wow and that nobody asks 'how does this happen ?' 'who didn't do his job'
Tools and news and tutorials about sql injections can be found in my scribd archive and my furl.net archive.
Some of the forums seem pretty slow while others have a lot of stuff. The language is not always that funny or nice and the stuff you are reading about is not always for newbies and very stupid newbie questions should probably not be asked in those forums anyway. Some admins are a bit weird, but aren't we all and their forum is their home and their time so respect. They hate leechers that don't publish anything and just come by reading stuff that others place. I only hope they are a bit patient if they see the work and resources already collected here.
You will not see the postings and discussions in my already enormous furl.net listing (already more than 4000 links to articles and information) because that wouldn't be fair to them. If you wanna read their forums, you have to make yourself member.
Why don't I start a forum ? Because there are already so many of them and what would I tell that I wouldn't be tellling or publishing here ?
We will be updating this list every month. Reason to keep an eye on the RSS feed. you will never know what we will publish next.