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Saturday, 30 Apr 2005

So I finally finished : Send BlogX To A Friend

Basically you can send someone a BlogX promotional e-mail, if you think they would enjoy using it too...

Your "Postcard" images are welcome, so if you can think of some funny witty comic strips or pictures that would be fun to send to others, contact me (Clicking the envelope icon) and ask for my e-mail address to send them in to Smile
One of those mornings again, where you enter in "What Cellphone!" into google and end up with something questionable, slightly crude and hillariously funny

Sunday, 24 Apr 2005

It's amazing how sometimes you can hear a song that you once heard when you were 12 or 13... and it used to be one of those songs that you just loved when you first heard it...was like a childhood favourite... Well one of those songs got played to me again today.. It's simple but it has an amazing tune... I have no idea what the song is fully about either...



Iron, Lion, Zion
Bob Marley

I am on the rock and then I check a stock
I have to run like a fugitive to save the life I live
I'm gonna be Iron like a Lion in Zion
I'm gonna be Iron like a Lion in Zion
Iron Lion Zion

I'm on the run but I ain't got no gun
See they want to be the star
So they fighting tribal war
And they saying Iron like a Lion in Zion
Iron like a Lion in Zion,
Iron Lion Zion

I'm on the rock, (running and you running)
I take a stock, (running like a fugitive)
I had to run like a fugitive just to save the life I live
I'm gonna be Iron like a Lion in Zion
I'm gonna be Iron like a Lion in Zion
Iron Lion Zion, Iron Lion Zion, Iron Lion Zion
Iron like a Lion in Zion, Iron like a lion in Zion
Iron Like a Lion in Zion



Thursday, 21 Apr 2005

My mail server just got exploited, I'm managing my e-mails, when all of a sudden I start seeing an e-mail from "secure@paypal.com" going out to external domains...hang on, did I read that right?

I thought i'd turned off relaying and hardened the server so I couldn't act as a relay... A close inspection of the logs shows the user using SMTP Authentication "QQQ authenticated"... The attack was coming from INSIDE the mail servers' user listings...

So I nail delivery threads "Suspend Delivery threads" I slam down... DELIVERY THREADS HALTED.. I note the current thread hasn't stopped, so I smack "STOP SERVER" with a left click and the delivery threads all halt.. I then heave a sigh and read the raw HTML of the e-mail, it's paypal fraud alright.. I look up the ISP of the user (Some russian ISP) and let them know what's happened (In reality this could be a proxy) .. I delete the users' mail account... The mail server auto banned them as they'd entered the lockout manager as they'd made too many simultanious connections anyway... I punch the "Allow new users" button to uncheck it, it's sad day when you have to remove the serivce of something all beacuase a minority abuse it, but I'm not going to allow any new users to sign up if this is potentially going to happen again...

I check that new users can't signup to webmail.. I check mail server logs to check the damage... only 1 e-mail sent (to a yahoo account) but then 3 or 4 e-mails sent to 40-50 recipients at a time in the outbox.. (Leading me to believe the first e-mail was a test e-mail)

I visit the fraudulent paypal, the URL is still live and it looks very much like the real thing, even the URL looks freakishly real (it uses the secure.paypal subdomain on a cgi-bin.com site) this makes it look all too real.. I slam in fake e-mail addresses and try to log in.. (Obviously I wouldn't be stupid enough to enter in my REAL details) I get a "Pasword doesn't match", nice, I wouldn't have suspected anything.. I check a few other links on the page "Mass Pay" "Contact Us" etc.. they all just link to the top of this login page...

I then hit up PayPal.com and report it to them...Make a backup of the outgoing folder....purge it of the 3 e-mails with 50 recipients...and resume delivery threads...

As Mail administrator I think I handled that pretty well (5 minutes within this happeneing and i'd reacted to it... a 5 minute reaction time...) This criminal had managed to hit my server at the wrong time...and mess with the wrong dude.... I'm still a little annoyed with myself though, I should have seen that coming... I blame myself for allowing people to sign up for e-mail addresses with me, but then how do companies like Yahoo! manage it? Was the recent demise of their POP access down to the same abuse?

Wednesday, 20 Apr 2005

Rather childishly i've spent a few minutes on http://www.kryogenix.org/code/conposter/index.php generating myself a few conservative posters to hot up the election campaign....

For e.g. :


More :




If you have a few more minutes to kill, you might want to take a look at the real life adjustments here and here

How I ended up on "www.ToryScum.com" I could not tell you even if I wanted to... but still, what's wrong with some healthy critisism?

I found another site here from some labour supporters who were fair to point out that it doesn't actually make the conservatives racist to want to impose limits on immigration, some immigrants ironically agree with the limits too and said they wish for there to be controls on it.

Are you thinking what i'm thinking?