Worm Floods Email Systems, but Virus Wall Keeps Lab Systems Safe
The SUSPECTED SPAM messages started with a trickle Monday,
became a torrent on Tuesday and remained a steady stream all week as a
result of a reinvigorated worm known as Sobig.F. The Lab’s Virus
Wall scrubbed the worm from 30,883 messages on Tuesday, Aug. 19, alone.
Library to Survey Users on Balancing Services with Tightening Budget,
The Lab’s Library, which is facing tighter budgets, rising costs
and changing patterns for usage, will soon begin surveying members of
the LBNL scientific and technical staff to better determine user needs
Provides Lab Staff with Direct Link on Computing, Communications Services
Have questions or concerns about such services as central email, desktop
computer support, telephones, networking, central business applications,
TEID and computer security? If so, Lab staff members can contact their
on the Computing and Communications Services Advisory Committee, or CSAC.
Existing NT Master Domain Being Migrated to Active Directory
In a move that is hopefully invisible to most Lab staff, ITSD has been
moving NT4 Master Domain file and print sharing accounts to a new Microsoft
Active Directory environment, with the goal of retiring the current NT4
domain by the end of 2004.
Meet SAM: ITSD’s Updated System for Managing Recharge Accounts
A year and a half ago, the Information Technologies and Services Division
rolled out a good idea – a project to provide the Lab’s budget
analysts with a one-stop shop for maintaining current project IDs for
recharge service accounts (e.g., IMAP email). The only downside of the
effort was the name – the "single project ID database." ITSD
has rechristened the system with an easier-to-remember name, SAM, for
the Service Account Management (SAM) system.
Finds Spam Blocking Systems Also Stop Legitimate Email
to a private study reported in the Denver
Business Journal, the spam-blocking techniques used by various Internet
service providers also block legitimate email. An average of 17 percent
of the blocked messages were permission-based, or marketing information
requested by the recipient. This “false-positive” situation
is a key reason why the Lab has chosen to tag “SUSPECTED SPAM”
and deliver it, rather than just deleting it. More information about this
issue is available in the Brightmail FAQ entry: "What's
the benefit of tagging spam vs. deleting spam?"