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It’s Official: Silverlight Is Pointless

Microsoft has now officially admitted that the Silverlight platform is a waste of time for users, deveopers, and practically everyone else, too. The company failed to make Silverlight compelling to anyone in any meaningful way and is scaling back their efforts to promote it, claiming now that that it's a "development platform for Windows Phone”, […]

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How to Hack Millions of Routers

More Good News: most home routers, like the one you're using right now, are "easily hackable".  A researcher named Craig Heffner from the security consultancy company Seismic says about half the existing models of home routers are vulnerable to hackers. This includes most Linksys, Dell, and Verizon FiOS or DSL routers, plus others. The technique […]

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Awesome GoDaddy Phishing Email

The scammers and phishers have outsone themselves with an extremely credible phishing email that appears to come from GoDaddy. It's a work of art- no misspelled words, images drawn directly from GoDaddy's servers, a believable "From:" address, and none of the obvious hallmarks of your typical phishing email. And it's fooled quite a few people […]

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Basic Security Guidelines for Programming In Any Language

If you have a website, it's being attacked, probably on a daily basis. Looking at your server logs will almost undoubtedly show you many, many attempts at gaining entry by password-guessing bots or by repeated attempts to exploit your web forms. Expect that every form you use will be attacked mindlessly over and over by […]

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A Fun New Exploit Called “Tab-napping”

Named with a nod to the word "kidnapping", Brian Krebs details a nifty new exploit that's bound to make it's way to your browser sooner or later. This new phishing exploit relies on user inattention and your trust in browser tabs, and  is likely to fool even the most security-savvy web surfers. Mozilla Firefox creative […]

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Software: Oracle Toolbox

Oracle Toolbox is a collection of PHP scripts that permit you to administer an Oracle database via your Web browser in a single interface. You can find out more about it and get it here: http://www.oracletoolbox.org/ Oracle Toolbox gives you a wealth of information on processes, uptime, stats, and other metrics. It also lets you […]

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Every Oracle Error Known To Man

PSOUG.org has just launched their Oracle Error Reference tool, listing every Oracle "ORA error" in the known universe. Well, probably not every one, since Oracle seems to keep minting new ones almost daily, but this is a pretty comprehensive list of over 18,000 Oracle error codes, their meanings, causes, and remedies. The searchable list also […]

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Possible Internet Breakage On May 5th

On May 5 2010, Phase 1 of the DNSSEC (Domain Name System Security Extensions) protocol will be pushed out to the 13 root servers that control domain name lookups worldwide. For some businesses and end users, internet access may come to an abrupt halt shortly afterward. "Oh noes, teh intarweb is broken!" Yes, parts of […]

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The Largest Link-Hack In History

No matter what your web site does or what it's about, it's the target of spammers, and by extension, the target of hackers. Spammers want to fill your site with links to their spammy products (pills, software, etc). Since any reputable site owner isn't going to willingly install spam links, the way to do this […]

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