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Archive for October, 2007

19 Oct 2007

by Noel

Attack of the Spam Bots

Over the last weekend, and sporadically this week, the computer that hosts untyped.com and Untyped’s email server has been under attack from a network of spam bots. It doesn’t appear that we’ve been targeted specifically. Rather, it seems that the bots are scanning for email addresses to spam, presumably to propagate the bots. It took down our email server over the weekend, but we’ve since taken steps to combat the flood of traffic. However, if you sent us an email and are waiting for a response, you might want to send it again.

We’d don’t know what bot is attacking us, but there is a good chance it is the “Storm Worm”. I didn’t know of the Storm Worm before we were attacked; my reading since then indicates it is a truly massive network, with the potential to cause a lot of trouble. This Wired piecediscusses how Estonia was taken off the Internet by a massive bot net attack.

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8 Oct 2007

by Noel

Of Interest 08/10/2007

Back from ICFP, but a full review will have to wait. Meanwhile here’s some stuff I saw today that interested me:

  • Y-Combinator tattoo. Ouch! Comments on plt-scheme revolved around the choice of font.
  • From the same discussion came a link to Gentium, which is a very nice font and is also free.

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