Preliminary analysis says...
If you were infected, you were lucky (this time):
Stats from the root name servers:
MASSIVE DDOS ATTACKS ALL OVER U.S. We are monitoring massive Distributed Denial of Service attacks all over the U.S. tonight starting at around 11:30 PM CST. As many as 5 of the 13 root nameserver have been down, up to 10 with massive packet loss (xx%):
Looks like a worm caused some problems yesterday, especially for South Korea. A Code Red variant - I didn't notice any slowdowns or mysterious log entries...
Called "Sapphire" or "SQL Slammer," the worm carries a self-regenerating mechanism that enables it to multiply quickly across the Internet, said Mikko Hypponen, manager of anti-virus research at F-Secure, the Helsinki-based computer security firm.
AT&T releases physical lock vulnerability
Article on NYTimes (free registration), linked by Slashdot- Just making sure everyone saw this...
A security researcher has revealed a little-known vulnerability in many locks that lets a person create a copy of the master key for an entire building by starting with any key from that building.
"Security and Murder" -or- "Giving someone enough rope to hang someone else with"
From the latest edition of Security Under Scrutiny:
If we stop rewarding wannabe hackers with fame & power security WILL improve. To do otherwise is to give people like Perry and Horn cash rewards for killing more wives and quadriplegic sons and innocent nurses.
If that isn't an excerpt that catches your eye I don't know what is. In edition four of this debate encouraging series, sockz attempts to draw parallels between the dissemination of vulnerabilities by professionals to a publisher who was found in a court ruling to be held responsible for the birth of a hitman. While I ultimately disagree with the conclusions he draws, it is definitely an interesting read.
Major online scammer busted
From the NYTimes:
There were sham auctions on E-bay and Yahoo! Stolen credit cards from across the world. Shipments to more than 100 branches of the company Mail Boxes Etc. in places like North Dakota, New York and Texas. There were also hundreds of Federal Express deliveries to a company in Singapore.