28 June 2007

End of an era?

Short but sweet: Today the reign of Justin Wong has come to a messy end.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tjbVlnKEjM (Match 1) and
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JG3OGD1JNDo (Match 2)
show the the devastation wrought by Nestor on "The man with perfect execution." Perfectly executed indeed, but all it brought him was the agony of defeat. Daigo, stand tall. You have been avenged. Justin Wong has lost an EVO.

22 June 2007

0_o;; Or, "With Eyes Disbelieving"

As of this fine day I'm employed by a very nice company in a guild-ish industry, as IT staff. Part of my job is to help the engineers crack open any tough nuts (read: password-secured machines or storage) that come our way. To this end, I was installing some "security tools" on a company laptop that was running Sybantek (name altered so as to finger the guilty) Antivirus, Corporate Edition. As I finished installing Cain and Abel, a VERY fine password-auditing utility (see title link), Sybantek popped up a warning- "The following items are harmful to your computer and have been quarantined." Of course, the offending item is non other than cain.exe, the main program that I just finished installing. So, I head to the Sybantek control panel to un-quarantine the file. When I get there though, I find that "The original directory that this file was located in cannot be found." WTF? I look, and sure enough, the ENTIRE directory that I installed to is GONE. Flat-out gone. I hope there was nothing important in there. What if I had installed Cain to "My Documents"? Would it have erased or quarantined the ENTIRE folder? It took me three reinstalls of Cain and four trips to the exclusions window of Sybantek before I could get it to ignore Cain and go on about its usual business- clogging up the system. It's ridiculous, Cain isn't even a virus, nor is it malware. Instead, Sybantek freaks out because "it could be potentially harmful." Excuse me, antivirus definition writers. A program does not deserve to be treated as a threat if it requires willful human intervention to do a task that is constructively applicable to system security.
For the record, it treated John the Ripper like this too, but not Nmap. Not only are these definition writers paranoid, they're sloppy. If you ranking John and Cain as dangerous, Nmap is even more so.
People ask me why I stick to my copy of Norton Antivirus 2003... This should be more than enough proof as to why. It may be old, but at least it doesn't try to Big-Brother my software installations.