Monday, December 03, 2007
The big weekend news was, of course -- the weather, baby; i.e., lake effect snow, and lots of it. All over the place. We didn't get any in Virginia, but we did have a little rain and a lot of wind. I hope these early blizzards don't portend a harsh winter. Last year's mild winter pleased me greatly.
This is pretty scary. I can't vouch for its accuracy -- I got it from an Internet news site -- but it's scary enough. Apparently, a number of malicious websites have popped up online over the past few weeks, and they're showing up at or near the top of some seemingly innocuous Google searches for words like "Christmas". The sites are believed to be run by a high-tech wing of the Russian mafia and allegedly used flaws in older versions of Microsoft IE browser to install malicious software to take control of computers.
Back-door delivery of malicious software through web sites is not, of course, new. What is scary here, however, is the high rankings such pages have been able to garner through top search engines like Google and MSN Search. They've been able to generate this through extensive comment spam and leaving links to their sites on popular, reputable blogs, tricking Google and other search engines into assuming that the sites being linked to are also reputable, which can result in prioritized search results.
Google has been able to locate and remove most of them, but be vigilant, be careful, and keep your safeguards up to date. Even Al Gore's blog got hacked last week.
It's Dress-Up Monday, which means you have to tell me what you're wearing. I have on pants in a tiny black and grey houndstooth check, black velvet top with mother of pearl snap closures, and black shoes. Don't ask me why I decided to wear heels on a Monday; I have no idea.
And now, let's muse on the possible etymology of these Words Gone Wild.
chooswe - A character to be introduced in the next 'Star Wars' movie.
phenomeon - A new drug; me on it, look out.
chinelle - Fake china made out of vinyl.
inocuous - Infatuated with eyeglasses.
publiswhers - Literally, "What is the location of my publisher?"
damamges - Damned if I know what this is.
sandwhiched - Blinded by sand and don't know which way you're going.
aggrivation - I don't know this one. Do you?
From the so-called "editor" person: