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SQL DB? No firewall? Weak admin password? That is a trojan coming your way alright

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 18-Sep-2008 08:06

According to the Symantec Security Response Blog, a new trojan called Trojan.Eskiuel is going around infiltrating SQL servers and causing havoc:

This time we have found a new SQL threat: Trojan.Eskiuel. The main functionality of this threat is to scan the Internet to find machines with poorly configured SQL servers (i.e. with weak or non-existing passwords), gain access to them, and use their stored procedures in order to download new malware from a remote host.

Check your servers...

New Zealand broadband according to Akamai

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 16-Sep-2008 16:47

I have just noticed the Akamai State of the Internet report Q2 2008 is out now. Interesting stats from around the world - worth reading it.

From a New Zealand perspective here is the only data provided:

- more than 962,000 uniqye IP addresses, a 3.78% increase from Q1 2008, about 0.23 per capita (or about 1 for almost four people here);
- only 2% connected to Akamai servers at 5 Mbps or more - 0.01 "high broadband" per capita;
- 52% connected to Akamai servers at 2 Mbps or more;
- 10% connected at 256 Kbps or less.

My Zero G flight experience: the short version

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 16-Sep-2008 09:50

Thanks to Symantec I had the opportunity to experience a Zero G flight experience, departing from Las Vegas.

This was an event for bloggers and journalists attending a special briefing with Rowan Trollope, Sr VP of Consumer Products and Solutions.

Rowan talked to us about the Norton 2009 products, including the Norton Antivirus and Norton Internet Security - more on this later.

Below is the short, edited version of the video Symantec produced for us to use on-line. I will post pictures and another video later. For now enjoy:

The ACTA submissions to the New Zealand MED

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 8-Sep-2008 12:07

The Ministry of Economic Development has made public the submissions received in response to the ACTA.

You find the submissions in HTML here or PDF here.

Which groups submitted comments?

NZFACT: New Zealand Federation Against Copyright Theft, Distilled Spirits Association of New Zealand (DSANZ), New Zealand Retailers Association, InternetNZ, Google Australia Pty Ltd, New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys Inc., Trade Me, Cosmetic Toiletry and Fragrance Association of New Zealand Inc. (CTFA), Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ), and New Zealand Open Source Society.

Worth a read.

TVNZ7 Internet Debate in association with InternetNZ

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 3-Sep-2008 16:20

The TVNZ7 Internet Debate (in association with InternetNZ) will be broadcasted live, 23rd September 2008 9:10pm on TVNZ7 (Freeview).

This will be an organised debate on ICT issues, streamed live to the official website and TVNZ7’s site, directly from Avalon Studios.

The debate involves four politicians quizzed on major areas of ICT policy with questions coming from you through the online chat, a studio audience, and experienced journalists.

The politicians are Labour’s Minister of Communications Hon David Cunliffe, National ICT Spokesperson Hon Maurice Williamson, ACT Leader Hon Rodney Hide and Greens ICT Spokesperson Metiria Turei.

You can participate live through an IRC channel or by posting your questions in our Geekzone forums - we have created a special ICT Policy and Regulation forum specially for this event. There you will find the discussions for each topic (direct links below) and you will be submit questions:

     * Broadband (includes infrastructure, productivity, sustainability)
     * Convergence (includes broadcasting and mobile)
     * Copyright (includes open source)
     * Cybersafety (includes privacy and security as well)
     * Digital Divide (includes rural and TSO as well)

You need to login to post in the Geekzone ICT Policy and Regulation forums or complete our quick registration to get started.

Xero goes more mobile...

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 2-Sep-2008 16:05

Web-based accounting just got more mobile than before - Xero has just announced they have added support for Windows Mobile (Internet Explorer Mobile) and BlackBerry (Opera Mobile), in addition to their previously announced Apple iPhone mobile site.

Point your mobile browser to see it in action.

Welcome to New Zealand, land of useless Internet

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 30-Aug-2008 07:57

Welcome to New Zealand Scott... You just found out what we have been complaining about all along. And don't even try using mobile data roaming on your iPhone or instead of sucking dry "the pipes" it will suck dry your wallet.

And another one:

And then:

Oh, and if you are staying at the Skycity Hotel, like me - be prepared. They have "unlimited" broadband in the rooms, capped at 50 MB/day. Disgusting.

Seriously people, that's what tech visitors see when they arrive here.

Telecom free mobile e-mail offer extended

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 28-Aug-2008 08:23

I was told yesterday that Telecom's Okta Agent Free Email plan - one year of free mobile data for e-mail usage - is now extended until 31st October.

I posted about this some time ago when it was originally launched. In short you get a free Okta Agent Windows Mobile smartphone when you sign up for 24 months with a Telecom to FLEXI Business or Team Builder mobile voice plans and get the new Okta Agent Free Email plan - one year of free mobile data for e-mail usage!

Basically it is one year of free data for POP/IMAP and Exchange ActiveSync - while you are in the 24 month contract and using the Okta Agent - you can check our Okta Agent review here.

You can also use this data for downloading attachments from your e-mail server and of course a bit of light browsing - perhaps a link you receive on an e-mail for example.

The device is not to be used as a modem for laptops, servers, etc - and a fair use policy applies. For what I've heard this will be monitored, but most people using POP/IMAP and Exchange ActiveSync would be pretty safe. This is from their FAQ:

Some examples of where your usage may be considered excessive and/or unreasonable are if you use your OKTA Agent:
  • For sending and receiving extremely large email attachments like TV shows
  • To watch TV programmes or download other streaming media - video or audio
  • As a modem to download email or surf the net on your home computer
  • For peer to peer data sharing (BitTorrent for example)

I see the FAQ page still says valid through 31st August, but it seems the stores got word yesterday that this promotion was being extended. I also got an e-mail from a Telecom contact when I asked about this plan, because I intend to talk about it during my Microsoft Tech Ed session.

Black + White preparing for beta test and launch

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 27-Aug-2008 16:15

A new mobile provider is getting ready to launch in the New Zealand market.

Black + White is an independent New Zealand business that will be be operating as a MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) on Vodafone’s network, accessed via the wholesale agreement signed by M2.

From Tony's blog we learn that Black + White and M2 will both use the mobile number prefix 02885 (+64 28 85).

I am told Black + White will provide an e-mail service powered by Microsoft Hosted Exchange 2007 matched with a range of Windows Mobile devices.

They are looking for participants in a beta programme which can be registered for at their website at The beta programme objective is to solicit feedback on all facets of the offering prior to launch. Nothing will be set in stone until the beta programme is completed.

SilverStripe supporting the Democratic National Convention

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 26-Aug-2008 08:38

Well done to the team at SilverStripe for being part of the technology behind this year's Democratic National Convention.

The DNC is using SilverStripe's open source content management system to power its website.

SilverStripe is based here in Wellington, New Zealand. The DNC used SilverStripe's software and services to create the website - which the company says may easily be the busiest website they have built to date.

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