[Dshield] cracking SoBig/SINIT/MyDoom, et alius

Kenneth Coney superc at visuallink.com
Mon Feb 16 13:56:11 GMT 2004

Equally unfortunate with those rural boxes is when there is a check in 
them, someone else usually comes and gets it first.

Subject: Re: [Dshield] cracking SoBig/SINIT/MyDoom, et alius
From: John Holmblad <jholmblad at aol.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2004 16:14:39 -0500
To: General DShield Discussion List <list at dshield.org>


your points regarding trust are well advised. Balance is important and just 
as a computer becomes less useable as it gets more and more locked down, so 
becomes life in general.  There comes a point when you can say something or 
someone is so secure as to be useless.

Not to muddy the waters of your postal analogy but in the US, people living 
in rural areas still use such "half-duplex" mailboxes to which you allude. 
They have a metal flag (semaphore) typically painted red,  which, when 
raised, indicates to the postman  that the mailbox is in "send" mode (i.e. 
has something in it to be picked up by the postman) and which when lowered 
indicates that the mail box is ready to receive  or HAS received mail. 
Unfortunately, for those of us who have such mailboxes, and this includes 
people in suburban as well as rural areas, when the flag is down, you 
cannot tell without inspecting the contents of the box whether or not it is 


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