March 29th, 2007

Axe Murderer

There's a first

I just fell for a phishing attempt.

Luckily it was just myspace. Also, I caught it within 20 seconds.

However, looking at how the attack was constructed, I'm disappointed in myspace's security. One of the things we did at Expedia was to strip all HTML from input, except for a couple of very innocuous cases. In other words, a default no. It looks like Myspace tries to allow HTML except things they know are dangerous. A default yes. The latter is far less secure.

Buncha amateurs at Myspace I tell you.

There's a first for everything. I once got a virus on an old computer of mine. Once. Now I've been phished.

Why we don't care

From Who's Counting: Pictures, Statistics and Genocide
Slovic offers an evolutionary explanation for this decline in sympathy. Humans evolved in an environment where looking out for themselves and their families was their paramount concern.

There was no adaptive or survival value in protecting hundreds of thousands of people on the other side of the planet, he says. Today, we have modern communications that can tell us about crises occurring on the other side of the world, but we are still reacting the same way as we would have long ago.