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Google Gets Hijacked!

OK, now that we have your attention, really it's that got scammed. has been abused by criminals to set up fake blog sites which attempt to exploit visitors. The legitimate-looking blog sites appear to have been created with the sole purpose of infecting victims, and are not legitimate sites that have been hacked.

No surprise here; it's another example of how Web 2.0 sites can find themselves in trouble if they don't do enough to ensure the security of their users. Offering free blogging sites may seem like a great way to attract new potential customers, but if it's not done correctly, your name can be smeared with the mud the criminals spread by abusing that service. How is a simple home user to know who to trust?

Blog Insurance
The Chubb Corp. said that insuring a blog site was not something it was interested in doing, according to a New Jersey law firm. No further explanation was provided, although the legal firm says it is trying to set up a meeting to understand their insurer's issues.

This is really no surprise. A blog is often unlike regular Web content if it allows others to post information to it, even if all they're posting are references to the fact that they have linked to it. The content may be unknown to the owners, and could affect visitors -- hardly something the insurer would be pleased to insure.

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Utah Backs Calls To Boot Porn From Port 80
Utah's governor and state legislature has, not surprisingly, stated that it supports the CP80 idea that is intended to keep porn off of Internet port 80. This, they believe, will allow for a "family friendly" Internet on port 80, and other materials on other ports.

Well, you knew it had to happen eventually. Censorship on the Internet is what is at the heart of this. While we, like most everyone, would prefer not to have porn spam e-mails sent to our kids' e-mail addresses, the idea of placing the choice of what is, and what isn't, porn into each government's hands is scarier. And, of course, there's nothing stated so far that even suggests the idea is limited to porn. As long as terms like "family friendly" are being used, then we could imagine it extending into anything that is thought to be against other's family values. Imagine how long that list can become.

About the Author

Russ Cooper is a senior information security analyst with Verizon Business, Inc. He's also founder and editor of NTBugtraq,, one of the industry's most influential mailing lists dedicated to Microsoft security. One of the world's most-recognized security experts, he's often quoted by major media outlets on security issues.

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