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Holiday Blogging

I will be blogging, in all likelihood, over the holidays, while I’m in Roanoke with Bitter, Bitchy Mom, and family, but I can’t promise it’ll be on any kind of schedule. Bitter and I are also planning a trip to Knoxville the Saturday after Christmas to spend some time with the Uncles, and hopefully a few other K-ville bloggers.

My schedule this week is going to be tight too. Work is going to be rough, because I have a lot to do before the holidays, and today I came in to find out one of our machines that monitors lab equipment in real time had a massive trojan infestation. Because it monitors in real time, the manufacturers suggest not using virus software. Vendors that recommend this with Windows ought to be dragged out and shot, as a public service. If you’re going to make a real time application, please, please, don’t use Windows. Now I will have to take drastic measures to enforce technological measures so this won’t happen again. I really should have done that in the first place, but with only a dozen or so users, I figured “Be careful and don’t do anything stupid with this machine” would suffice. Fortunately, it’s not part of my domain, so the damage is contained, but it’s still a pain to get the damned thing back up and running.

6 Responses to “Holiday Blogging”

  1. Alcibiades McZombie says:

    Ah, so it was the users who did it… Here I thought it was somehow exposed on the network (to other infected machines) and it was just a Windows vulnerability.

    You should just block all internet access with the hosts file. I suppose if it is a dedicated machine, it shouldn’t be used for anything else anyway.

    So, what’d they download? Pr0n, games, or P2P?

  2. Sebastian says:

    Not sure how it got on there. I was too pressed for time to look too closely.

  3. countertop says:

    Hey, cool idea.

    I was driving down on this Saturday and was going to stop in Knoxvegas. Its a short drive up from Chattanooga, if the schedule permits I might drive up to join you folks on the Saturday after Christmas.

  4. Brad says:

    Have you looked into the Barracuda spam firewall?

    It’ll prevent email-based virii from getting into the company. Of course, that doesn’t stop web-based virii from getting in, but they make other products to mitigate that.

  5. Ian Argent says:

    A good way to wind up my wife is to mention putting a SCADA system on the internet…

  6. Allura says:

    Oh, geez is it ever! My former incarnation was as a controls engineer and people do the dumbest things. Not every computer needs to be on the internet! *grumble*

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