Re: Master Critical Firewall Security Skills

Moe Trin wrote:
On Sun, 05 Mar 2006, in the Usenet newsgroup, in article
<dug35m0hpi@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Ron Lopshire wrote:

Moe Trin wrote:

Ron Lopshire wrote:

Moe Trin wrote:

Ron Lopshire wrote:

This e-newsletter is published by,

This is one of the few newsletters that I subscribe to, even though I
never sign up for a live Webcast. Since I only use text for email,
some of the newsletters that I get look pretty cheesy since they are
developed as html, and rendered in text as an afterthought.

Filter on the mail server rejects HTML mail. To much of a security hole,
but it's good for identifying out clueless vendors.

Good idea. I meant that they sent it to me as text, IIRC, as I had the choice. Dealing with the Russians (Kaspersky) as much as I do, I have learned to ignore things that don't come out well in the translation, such as using trial as a verb.

Any way, you guys have been beating me up pretty badly over this post. I was about to say,

It was meant as a heads up ... don't shoot me, I am just the messenger. I was originally sent to this web site by a respected poster in another NG. I had seen a few transcripts of presentations by Eugene Kaspersky, and thought that it would be interesting to hear the actual presentation, as an audio slide show, IIRC. I checked out the site, and as I said, the sponsors appeared to be a veritable list of the Who's Who in the security community. I wasn't crazy about the registration or the RealPlayer, but what the hell. Can't have everything. And then,

I was going to check out a few Webcasts from the archives, but I needed a new password and had to wait until Monday. And so I downloaded a couple of white papers, no password required. This one for example:

Phishing Detection and Prevention
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I opened up this pdf document, and what do I find? In order to read this document, I have to fill out this form. And what does the form say?


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WTF? How is this for a white paper on security/email abuse? Don't fill out forms like this, and let creeps like these use them!!! Had I known, I would 1) never have posted a link to a site like this, and 2) even if I had, it would have been with the appropriate warnings and disclaimers.

Mea Culpa! Mea Culpa! Mea Culpa!

Sir, I bow to your keen eye for that which looks suspicious, and the Bayesian filter that your brain uses to process it. I am humbled.

Ron :)