Data Security Podcast Episode 38 – Feb 2 2009

The Data Security Podcast is the place for 30 minutes of news every week on data security, privacy, and the law.

This weeks program:  It’s the Obama Worm…Yes We Can! Is there a huge hole in Windows7 and why does Microsoft call it a feature? Plus. this week’s news.

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Program Notes for Episode 38

-From The News: Patty “Identical Cousins” Retires. You can watch the video here. Then watch a general video about online Social Security services, and how secure their system are, here.

-From The News: Wall Street firm The Blackstone Group gets sued by the Financial Times Online.  The FT alleges that Blackstone bilked them out of subs by sharing one (weak) password, for the paid area of the FT site, with scores of users. The NY Post has this satirical look at the story:

Blackstone Group vs. The Financial Times in password dispute

Blackstone Group vs. The Financial Times in password dispute

- Tales From The Dark Web: Ira speaks with Rafael Rivera of the WithinWindow.com blog, about a potentially huge hole in Windows7 user account controls (UAC). But, Rafael says that Microsoft considers the hole a feature, and without pressure, the hole could be included in the full Windows7 release.

- Si se puede! Yes we can name a worm for the President of the United States. Ira speaks with Rob Koliha of Walling Data about The Obama Worm. Like Conficker, this worm attaches itself to USB removeable media, and can disable attempts to stop auto-run and anti-virus, according to Mr. Koliha. Here is a snapshot Rob grabbed of an infected system:

Si Se Puede! Yes We Can!

Si Se Puede! Yes We Can!

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