Victor's Blog about the Web, Security and Life

The web for me is a hobby where standards and best practices are daily bread. Security is a concern that everybody must be aware of its details for IT in general, and the web in particular, to be a safer place. My life, on the other hand, is that of a regular Lebanese citizen where politics and social issues are discussed on a daily basis. I hope you enjoy reading my blog and make sure to drop me a comment about any topic you find interesting.

IEEE Ethical Hacking Seminar

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victor | 04 December, 2008 08:53

Yesterday, I gave a seminar entitled "Ethical Hacking: It's All About the Ethics". What I really enjoyed about the seminar was the amount of interest that the topic had on students as well as the questions asked during and after the seminar.

I received today some pictures about the event and are available under the Albums Section.

Microsoft Halloween Documents

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victor | 18 November, 2008 17:19

Check this website out and see why Microsoft is so "scared" from the Open Source community and Open Source products. In the last week of October 1998, a confidential Microsoft memorandum on Redmond's strategy against Linux and Open Source software was leaked out to the public. Read the memorandum and more...

http://www.catb.org/~esr/halloween/

Emerald Who's Who is a Scam

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victor | 28 October, 2008 18:01

I am writing this article in here so that everyone else out there can be aware of this SCAM and FRAUDULENT company named Emerald Who's Who. These people are very professional at their SCAM business to the extent that you will feel very stuck in their deal. I was almost caught yesterday except for this small silly mistake that they did and got my defensive mechanisms up.

If you are intereseted in this story, click to read more. If you are not intereseted in the details, simply be aware of anybody calling you over your phone from a company named Emerald Who's Who.

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Recovering Lost Web Pages

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victor | 22 October, 2008 11:42

Nice title eh? Here is the case.

  • You paid for someone to develop a website for you.
  • Your website was done (no programming involved) and hosted online.
  • For one reason or another, you don't have access to your website anymore. Many cases might lead to this such as problems with the party that developed your website, crash on a server with no backup as well as all sort of other non-professional reasons that might be faced.

You want to recover these lost pages?

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Driving Skills in Lebanon

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victor | 29 September, 2008 06:52

I just finished uploading various pictures related to the "interesting" (in an ironic way) driving skills in Lebanon.

No comment!


The Ghost in Internet Explorer 6, 7 and even 8 (Beta)

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victor | 24 September, 2008 16:06

I found an interesting article written by Marius Oiaga, related to Internet Explorer security, and addresses the existence of what can be called "Ghosts".

Whether you believe in ghosts or not is irrelevant from a browser point of view. The matter is that you'd better start believing because Microsoft's browsers allow "ghosts" to take more than a peek over your shoulder, in fact, it permits them to see and register every move associated with the browsing process. Secunia has published an advisory titled "Internet Explorer 7 Frame Location Handling Vulnerability" warning of the risks faced by IE users, but not only IE7 is affected. Exploits have also been tested with success on IE6 and even on IE8 Beta 1. And to top it all off, a sample proof of concept is available in the wild at (http://sirdarckcat.blogspot.com/2008/05/ghosts-for-ie8-and-ie75730.html) [You must be using Internet Explorer for this demo to work]. (More)

Al Jazeera TV: Internet Crime

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victor | 30 July, 2008 16:08

I was a guest on Al Jazeera TV yesterday. The topic was about Internet Crime and the possibility to stop it. You can watch the movie by clicking on the picture below (Real Player required).


Victor Sawma, Al Jazeera TV
Tue. July 29, 2008 7:30 pm


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