interesting

LOIC marked as threat by Mcafee

this mornings Security Advisory: MTIS10-233 includes this warning.

Low Orbit Ion Cannon (Tool)
MTIS10-233-A
THREAT IDENTIFIER(S) LOIC
THREAT TYPE Malware
RISK ASSESSMENT Medium
MAIN THREAT VECTORS Web
USER INTERACTION REQUIRED Yes
DESCRIPTION The Low Orbit Ion Cannon is an HTTP-based attack tool used to carry out distributed denial-of-service attacks. Created as a network stress-testing tool, LOIC has been used in several high-profile attacks against commercial and organized sites/entities.
IMPORTANCE Medium. This tool is being used in conjunction with the ‘Operation Payback’ attacks.
MCAFEE PRODUCT COVERAGE
DAT FILES Partial coverage (via file reputation) is available on systems with Global Threat Intelligence (formerly known as Artemis) enabled.
VIRUS SCAN ENTERPRISE SCAN BOP Under analysis
HOST IPS Under analysis
NETWORK SECURITY PLATFORM The UDS Release of December 9 (UDS-IRC: Possible Operation Payback IRC Activities Detected) provides coverage for the network traffic generated by this tool when communicating with specific IRC servers.
VULNERABILITY MANAGER Under analysis
WEB GATEWAY Under analysis
REMEDIATION MANAGER Under analysis
POLICY AUDITOR Under analysis
NETWORK ACCESS CONTROL Under analysis
FIREWALL ENTERPRISE Coverage is provided via native DDoS detection/protection features.
APPLICATION CONTROL Under analysis
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION McAfee: How to Enable McAfee Global Threat Intelligence in your McAfee product.

wooden VW bus

Artist Lee Stoetzel, creator of a life-size wood chopper has a new exhibition of incredible sculptures on display at the Mixed Greens Gallery in New York City and online. The show includes several wood pieces, like a giant wooden book, old Mac computers, and, seen here, “VW Bus 2007” (75 x 165 x 67 1/2 inches.

Nike & Apple join up… make Nipple?

nike/apple... nipple?
Sporting goods firm Nike and computer company Apple, two of the world’s best-known brands, have decided to join forces and make equipment for runners.
The firms will release a system that links Nike running shoes to Apple’s iPod nano digital music players.
As well as listening to music, users would be able to see how far and how fast they have run, and the amount of calories they have burnt.
Nike also launched a range of clothing designed specifically for iPods.
more & more

1979 Pontins Flexi Disk MP3

After digging through our old collection of vinyl, I happened upon this tremendously cheesey song, “Thumbs up, book early” performed by Franki Woods (well my copy says Franki Woods, but apparently his name is Frankie Woods) who was children’s entertainer at Prestatyn for 30 years. He wrote many works in that happy chappy George Formby style.
The flexi disk originally came with a colour brochure…

Pontins was/is an institution in British holiday making, seaside resorts resembling brightly painted detention centers with free ice cream and the best in talent, nobbly knees and limbo contests!.. wheeeeee, what fun!
If you are interested here’s a “A Brief History of Pontins
Anywho….(right click, Save target/link as…)
Click here to watch ‘1979-PONTINS-Flexi-Disk—SIDE1’
1979 Pontins Flexi Disk SIDE 1 MP3
1979 Pontins Flexi Disk SIDE 2 MP3
Enjoy!