Coughin up blood


Just had a family scare – my dearly-loved Uncle Les (above, on the left) was hospitalized after becoming ill and horkin up blood! Well, a scenic tour up *ahem* you know… and doctors discovered he had bleeding ulcers! Could have something to do with his wife‘s recent death piled on top of Christmas stress!! Luckily he’s all fixed up again and planning to come home shortly.

Kudos to my cousin Joe (above, right) for keeping me apprised of this – Thanks Joe!

My best wishes go out to my cousins who are no doubt a bit concerned!

WHEW! (holds up two fingers a la Maxwell Smart) Missed it by that much.

Phone phishing: The role of VoIP in phishing attacks


Ed Skoudis


It’s happened three times in the past six months. Due to “irregularities” on my credit card account, I’ve received voice mails asking me to call my bank at a telephone number mentioned in the voice mails. Do I call that number? Not with the rise of phone phishing. As users grow wiser about traditional email-based phishing scams, the bad guys add nasty new twists, the latest being phone phishing. These techniques, which borrow ideas from traditional phishing, phone-based social engineering and the emerging widespread deployment of low-cost VoIP, take two forms. Enterprises that help their users cope with phone phishing now will be better prepared to defend themselves when the attacks evolve into more serious phone-based spear phishing attacks.

GOP = Gross Obnoxious Pedophiles

From the Washington Post:

GOP Leader Rebuts Hastert on Foley (HASTERT KNEW A YEAR AGO!!!)

Rep. Rahm Emanuel (Ill.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, questioned yesterday why Alexander had gone to the House Republicans’ chief political operative, rather than to other party leaders. “That’s to protect a member, not to protect a child,” Emanuel said.