Well for the last week I haven't posted a thing to the list and many of you have been wondering what has happened. I could say that I was working on my tan in the south of France, out hunting for the real killers with O.J. Simpson, or learning the intricacies of piloting a MH-60L from a pair of 160th SOAR pilots. Actually if I had my choice, I would take the last one, Hovering a helicopter is hard enough, but to be able to do it under fire, while delivering your operators, and only six to twelve inches from top of the telephone poles in your landing zone earned my respect the instant I learned of such amazing pilots. Basically the comment below was the begining of the end, I bashed Securityfocus one too many times, (Twice if you were keeping score at home.) While we have the Canadians to thank for inventing the sport of basketball, I don't think the boys and girls at Securityfocus pay much attention to baseball because its usually three strikes and you're out of the game. > Wait, what is this about you and Packetstormsecurity.org? > > I was reeled into being the media liaison for Packetstormsecurity > which was announced in Las Vegas at Defcon 9 as going back to its > roots & into public hands, publishing all information security > information as it comes available, all open source, all free, all > the time. With no ads, no spin, no recommendations of friends > security companies, (Including my own) no recommendations for > security software, (even if they give packetstormsecurity.org > $1,000,000 U.S.D. to say really nice things about them) this will > force security sites like SecurityFocus and iDefense and many > others to possibly rethink their business models since who on a > limited infosec budget will want to spend their money for > something they could get for free. While I don't know anything about SecurityFocus' business plan outside what I've heard about in PRNewswire, Upside, Red Herring, and channelling J. Edgar Hoover in Jennifer Lopez's infamous lean green Versace dress (Shudder...) It was all rumors SO... since I am not qualified to comment on their business plan, I have no business to tell them to rethink their business plan(s). Regardless of whether or not SecurityFocus has commercial offerings, I understand they spend a little over half a million dollars a year providing free services to the security community and industry. But on the same token, I've succeeded in royally pissing off Alfred Huger, & the happy staff at Securityfocus wanted to take over the daily moderation of ISN from me as a condition of staying there so I wouldn't be able to bash them again. (At least until I proved my trustworthyness) I promised I wouldn't say anything negative about Securityfocus if I still had the list hosted there and I was still in control of moderating it, that wasn't good enough for them, so I basically took my bat and ball and took a little walk over to Attrition.org So the list is being temporarily hosted here at Attrition.org until I get a box for C4I.org/infosecnews.org where things will eventually be hosted permanently. I have to wonder with all the other lists at Securityfocus, how many of them are under their direct editorial control from other moderators pissing them off? I should hope that I am their first and hopefully the last moderator to do so, and right about now I should probably be looking into hiring a former JTF-2 operator to be in my shadow if I have any thoughts of attending any information security conferences in Canada. :) I have been cooking up a few ideas to pay for a 1U server to stick in a colocation facility, (Before you offer, I do have one lined up, Thanks!) one of those plans was while in Las Vegas to sell C4I.org shirts, but that was a collective clusterfuck, I didn't do as good of a job with the final film, so the image on the back came out dark, and my screenprinter screwed the job up further. They were printed on the best shirt money could buy, (Fruit-of-the-Loom Lofteez) and I wasn't really happy selling them at the price I did. ($20.00 each). I ended up giving alot away to friends, fans, Feds, parties attending Defcon under an unoffical cover :), prizes for Capture the Flag, and as the off-duty shirt for the Goons. Selling shirts for a server was a bust, I have a few other ideas I am exploring and its only a matter of time before I have them figured out. I hope this answers most of the questions that many of you have been asking, I really didn't want to send out a canned response to all of you, but to try to be honest and explain what happened. Cheers! William Knowles Moderator/Editor InfoSec News wkat_private *==============================================================* "Communications without intelligence is noise; Intelligence without communications is irrelevant." Gen Alfred. M. 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