Friday Flash

Serious news today, including a warning from the department of Homeland Security.
The fork was introduced in America on this day in 1630. The first building was constructed in Yerba Buena, now San Francisco, in 1835. The first color TV broadcast, Arthur Godfrey, in 1951. The Beatles performed (and recorded) All You Need is Love before an estimated international audience of 400 million in 1967. David Letterman left NBC in 1993.

George Orwell was born in 1903. Mike Meyers in 1963.

  1. The Despartment of Homeland Security warned Windows users Thursday night about a virus that can infect systems just by visiting a compromised web site. Hackers have been breaking into sites running Microsoft’s IIS web server and appending hidden Javascript to pages. When users visit the page, the Javascript code loads malicious code hosted on a Russian server.

    There’s quite a bit of panic over this particular exploit. CERT is telling users to turn off Javascript. “US-CERT recommends that end-users disable JavaScript unless it is absolutely necessary. Users should be aware that any web site, even those that may be trusted by the user, may be affected by this activity and thus contain potentially malicious code.” According to the Internet Storm Center several major sites have been compromised. There is currently no patch for the exploit, however you should update your anti-virus software immediately. Most AV software will detect the infection as the JS.Scob.Trojan.

    Should you stay off the net today? CNET quotes Brent Houlihan, chief technology officer of NetSec, “I told my wife, unless it is absolutely necessary and unless you are going to a site like our banking site, stay off the Internet right now.”

    Or use Mozilla. Or Firefox. Or Opera. Or Safari. Or anything but Internet Explorer. And by the way, IIS ain’t such a hot idea either.

  2. Australia is considering legalizing music copying for personal use. The Canadian model, as it’s called, includes a royalty on blank media.
  3. The creator of ASCII has died. Bob Bemer invented ASCII in 1961 as a standardized way for computers to communicate with each other. He also created the backslash and the escape key sequence. He was 78.

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22 Replies to “Friday Flash”

  1. May as well give up IE altogether. I just wish all the sites out there would comply with other popular browsers, or be assimilated. Your Internet radio show and chat rocks, btw.

  2. Wow.. I also just read about this issue at the nytimes site, and headed staight to leoville to get the details. As usual, Leo is right on top of it..
    Now you know that Microsoft will take more bashing because this exploit takes advantage of yet more flaws in IE (not to mention their web server software) — and believe me I am no great supporter of Microsoft — but isn’t it awful how this wonderful communications medium called the Internet is essentially being ruined by a small number of miscreants and/or criminals?
    A thousand curses on the people responsible for this.
    Andy P.

  3. This is exactly why I do all of my surfing on my Macs. Thanks for posting this Leo, my friend and I found that stuff on his web site this morning and now we know what happened. I had to take his site down for now. 🙁 He was adding some new script manually. It was total luck to find part of it, now I’m looking for the rest of it, wish me luck.
    Good luck to all you PC people, this is going to be a tough one.

  4. This is another case of people not securing their system not to mention Websites not updating a KNOWN and PATCHED flaw in IIS. You can do a number of things besides “not browsing” the internet.
    Run as a limited User – This will stop the software from being installed
    Turn off ActiveX NOT JAVASCRIPT – The flaw is written in jscript but uses ActiveX to run the code.
    Turn up the security in the Local Machine Zone to the highest.
    Use another browser – Mozilla/Firefox are good recommendations.
    Get Anti-Virus software – This will stop the attack as well.

  5. Hi mister Laporte,
    It’s been a while since I watched tv cause of my life schedule (Day time job has a computer tech, three children and my girlfriend working night shifts). What a hit on the face I received when I got up to date about what’s happening with techtv and most particuraly with you …
    I’m from Sherbrooke, in Québec, Canada. And about 2 years ago, I started watching TechTV and The Screen Savers. What a pleasure to finaly get a show where the hosts are real geeks that knows there stuff and are having fun talking and teaching it.
    And now, it’s all over. Man, what the hell is happening on the G4 management mind ? What kind of a Computer, tech TV channel they want to show us … All I see now is games shows and no brains discussions. Even the screen savers is not what it used to be … that’s what made me realise something was going on …. something bad …
    Anyhow, I’d like to tell you of my appreciation for your work, fun times, great interviews and so many more great things you’ve done on the shows. I’ll keep on coming on leoville.com in hope of great news from you … but … what makes me the saddest is, there cannot be a greater team then “The Screen Savers” leaded by Leo Laporte …
    Thanks man !!!
    Tommy Boucher
    Sherbrooke, QC, Canada

  6. I turned off my Java Script and it’s abilites on my settings in Mozilla. Do I need to do this or is using Mozilla safe enough? Here is an article on CNN:
    http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/internet/06/25/internet.attack/index.html
    As far as G4 goes, I quit watching that cannel. TechTV was my favorite channel and it has drastically changed to the point where I don’t even see the point of going back. I saw a little bit of THE SCREEN SAVERS the other night but it seemed sub-par. I’m still sick to my stomach over this whole take over of TechTv. Sad, very sad…

  7. Leo! We really Miss you on TSS! We hope this manifestation (wow! big word!) of gaming crap doesn’t continue too much longer… We miss the Old TechTv. I know you don’t have anything to do about it, but come on! A show in Canada! That’s just torture!
    I hope to hear better news, Andrew

  8. Hmmm, a friend asked me this, and I wasn’t sure, so figured someone here could maybe answer it and I could pass it along.
    Do the dangers of using IE also apply to SlimBrowser? My understand was that SB was just a variant/skin thing that was still basically IE, and said that no, it’s not any safer to use SlimBrowser than Explorer.
    Any opinions/facts?
    J

  9. Leo….
    I, like the rest of the tech tv members that watched every day at 3oclock
    to get good info on using the old comp….and learn new shortcut ways of doing things, am amaized at the junk we see now!!!!! I also agree with all the others about the new”SO CALLED SHOW”, IT SUCKS….. If there is anyway of bring back CALL FOR HELP, PLEASE DO SO. I am not interested in the prmotion of games as this seems to be!!!!!! Thanks for allowing me to express my discuss for this change.
    A faithful friend,
    Bill
    P.S. Screensavers is also changed with reruns.

  10. Leo….
    I, like the rest of the tech tv members that watched every day at 3oclock
    to get good info on using the old comp….and learn new shortcut ways of doing things, am amaized at the junk we see now!!!!! I also agree with all the others about the new”SO CALLED SHOW”, IT SUCKS….. If there is anyway of bring back CALL FOR HELP, PLEASE DO SO. I am not interested in the prmotion of games as this seems to be!!!!!! Thanks for allowing me to express my discuss for this change.
    A faithful friend,
    Bill
    P.S. Screensavers is also changed with reruns.

  11. I agree about the channel, but wish people would stop hijacking threads to talk about it!
    On subject, I never use IE except to go to Windows update, my real question is, when will someone figure out how to make update work with Firefox?

  12. I know this is probably the wrong place for this but I cannot find any other feedback/contact place on your site or the now hosed up g4techtv site. I am very saddend by the fact that you had to leave the show. I watch both “The Screen Savers” and “Call for Help” on a regular basis. Now Call for help is gone and SS just is not the same. On SS you and Patrick made the show interesting and fun to watch. Of course there is Yoshi, Dave, Kevin, Sarah, and the rest of the crew but it will never be the same. Kevin is great but he cannot come close to filling your shoes in fact sometimes he acts like a giant nerd and not in the cool Computer Geek way. TechTV was such a great channel. I would come home each night and catch the 7pm showing of SS followed by Fresh Gear. The channels format now just sucks. The G4 channel was also carried by my provider and I refused to watch because all it was is a bunch of console gamers playing games, No content, No intellegence, just plain boring. Now they have taken over the best PC Tech show on the air. This is a real sad day in history. I had been wondering why you have not been on the SS for several weeks and just found out tonight. I have also read a rumor that the entire show will be pulled as of July. Is this true? Will there not be anymore SS, Fresh Gear, Conspiricies, Tech Of, etc? Please help me out of this nightmare and tell me the shows will continue. One last note is your radio show syndicated anywhere over here on Virgina? Good luck Leo and you are truly missed. Thank you for the 3 years I got to watch you and Patrick.

  13. Leo, miss you and the gang. I have watched the show almost since day one. I had found a place where I could learn something about computers, and such, and have a good time too. I, as well as a goodly number of others, believe the combining of the two channels was a total mistake. I kinda firgured something was up when Michala left. Well anyway, I just wanted to say THANKS.

  14. In responce to Forrest’s Post Dated: June 28, 2004 03:28 PM
    Yes! That is what we need total freedom from IE and I belive that, with FireFox running windows update, no one would need IE ever again!
    (you could also just use auto update and not have to worry about using IE 🙂

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