Archive for May, 2005

Watch Out Folks

Trojan Holds Computer Files To Ransom


Security experts warned on Tuesday of a new type of threat to computer users called “ransom-ware” – malicious code which tries to extort money from users by encoding files on their machines and holding them to ransom.

The new exploit was discovered by San Diego-based company Websense when a corporate client received a demand for $200 for the digital keys to unlock their data.

The malicious code was traced back to a corrupted website. It took advantage of a vulnerability in the victim’s web browser, which allowed the code embedded in the website to run automatically on the user’s PC. – More…


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Canada Gets It Wrong

Pettigrew refuses to condemn Hamas
‘Wait and see’ how terrorists do in election
National Post

Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew says he wants to “wait and see” how the banned terrorist group Hamas fares in upcoming Palestinian elections before condemning their political participation in the key July vote.

Mr. Pettigrew’s assessment, in an interview yesterday, differed sharply from the one put forth by U.S. President George W. Bush during the visit yesterday of Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas to Washington — one day before he arrives in Ottawa. – More…

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Canada Gets It Wrong Again

Palestinian leader gets “down payment” from Canada after meeting with Martin

A six-hour visit to Canada by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday prompted the federal government to modestly improve its aid to the Middle East peace process, and to help the Palestinian Authority boost its economy and build infrastructure.

Prime Minister Paul Martin announced an additional $12.2 million in aid after meeting with Abbas, who paid a brief visit to Ottawa for the first time since being elected in January to lead his people.

Calling it a “down payment” on Canada’s commitment to fostering peace in the region, Martin suggested any additional money would be conditional on Abbas following through on promised reforms.

“President Abbas must take firm measures against violence and terrorism, and should vigorously pursue the (corruption) reform program that he has launched,” the prime minister said. – CP

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Quebec Gets It Right

Quebec Bans Sharia
Blow to proponents of using Islamic law in Canadian society
National Post

The Quebec National Assembly yesterday unanimously adopted a resolution to oppose “the establishment of so-called Islamic tribunals in Quebec and in Canada,” making the province the first to explicitly ban the use of sharia law.

“It’s important to send a very clear message that there’s one rule of law in Quebec,” Premier Jean Charest said. “In our case, we are very much an inclusive society, but a society that will govern itself by one set of rules.”

Copies of the resolution are being sent to all other legislatures across Canada.

Islamic fundamentalists have targeted Canada to introduce sharia law — a code of conduct based on the Koran that critics say discriminates against women — because of this country’s rights guarantees and official multiculturalism, said Quebec Liberal Fatima Houda-Pepin, who proposed the private member’s resolution. – More…

Ontario will make own decision about Muslim tribunals: McGuinty – CP

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Giving Rules A Bad Name

Mother of Slain Soldier Denied Gold Star Membership – Fox News

Everyone agrees that Ligaya Lagman is a Gold Star mother, part of the long line of mournful women whose sons or daughters gave their lives for their country. Her 27-year-old son, Army Staff Sgt. Anthony Lagman (search), was killed last year in Afghanistan, but American Gold Star Mothers Inc., has rejected Lagman, a Filipino, for membership because — though a permanent resident and a taxpayer — she is not a U.S. citizen.

“There’s nothing we can do because that’s what our organization says: You have to be an American citizen,” national President Ann Herd said Thursday. “We can’t go changing the rules every time the wind blows.” – More…

I just want to gag anytime someone uses the “rules are rules” excuse not to do the right thing. Such a shame that it will take some public humiliation to make these 12 board members do what they should. An e-mail might be in order if you are so inclined goldstarmoms@yahoo.com Be nice though, it is Memorial Day on Monday – KS

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Say Its Not So

Deleting Spyware: A Criminal Act?

Mark Rasch – The Register

On my computer right now I have three anti-spyware programs, three anti-virus programs, and three anti-spam programs, together with a hardware and software firewall, an IPsec VPN, and data level encryption on certain files (and no, this is not intended to be an invitation for you to try to test my security.)

The anti-spyware, anti-virus, and anti-spam software all work in very much the same way – they have definitions of known malicious programs, and they may also have algorithms to raise flags about unknown programs which operate in an unusual way. Depending upon user preferences, the programs either automatically block or delete the suspicious mail or program, stop a running process, or quarantine a file for the user to delete.

While I hate spyware as much as the next person, I also make a good living off the removal of it from people’s computers. I’d hate to see it disappear altogether. Not much chance of that. – KS

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Stay Tuned

Newsweek Revamps Source Policies Following Qur’an Desecration Story

Mark Whitaker – Newsweek

Newsweek has adopted new policies for the use of anonymous sources, a week after retracting a report that claimed investigators had found evidence the Qur’an was desecrated by interrogators at the U.S. naval prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

In a letter to readers appearing in Monday’s edition, Newsweek chairman and editor-in-chief Richard Smith apologized for the report and said the magazine will raise standards for anonymous sourcing.

“We got an important story wrong, and honour requires us to admit our mistake and redouble our efforts to make sure that nothing like this ever happens again,” he wrote.

Two of the magazine’s top editors will be assigned sole responsibility for approving the use of anonymous sources, and the magazine will stop using the phrase “sources said” to attribute information in stories, Smith said.

Newsweek retracted the May 9 report after officials at the White House, the Pentagon and the State Department criticized its publication and its use of an anonymous source. – Canadian Press

Get ready for every media outlet to try to find new evidence to support this non story. Every reporter in the world is going to try to get revenge for this one. – KS

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