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From: InfoSec News <isn () c4i org>
Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2001 02:50:10 -0500 (CDT)

Ever have one of those mornings where you know you have a million
things to do, you have to be downtown at 3pm, yet you check Slashdot
for what you plan for only five minutes and end up blowing way more
than that?

Today was one of those days...

I woke up late on Thursday, Started going through my morning mail,
then ISN resposes, poked around what the bot discovered, then checked
out Slashdot and what did I see that spoiled my day?

ZeroKnowledge to Discontinue Anonymity Service

Now I was disappointed, (to say the least) I was a very early adopter
of the Freedom software, and listened with great interest to Austin
Hill & Ian Goldberg at Defcon back in 1998 about how Freedom was going
to change the world.

Problem being 70,000 or so beta testers did not end up wanting or
willing to pony up the $49.95 for the premium services and it ended
only being used by a small majority of early adopters of the service.

Well that 3pm appointment was to run downtown (in the rain) and see
Marcus Ranum speak at the Chicago ISSA meeting, Marcus' talk was
interesting, I sat in the back row with a pair of Neohapsis
consultants, Lance Spitzner, and a new subscriber to ISN. :)

We were a little disappointed that we couldn't get Marcus to stick
around and join us for a few beers across the street at the famous
Billy Goat Tavern, he bolted out little after the talk was over like
someone just informed him that its still raining, and that his windows
were down on his NSX. :)

An equally interesting (albeit shorter) talk happened in the lobby of
the building where the ISSA meeting was held between a lawyer friend
and the token outted Fed in the talk over the proposed anti-terroism
legislation. Things got a little heated and it would have been really
interesting to have had more time discussing this topic, but our new
found Fed friend had a prior engagement and things got cut short.

Well its a reasonably quiet information security news day, enjoy the
lull, maybe take your staff out for lunch, Sushi anyone?

Cheers!

William Knowles
wk () c4i org


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