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Volunteer Response

Published: 2005-10-02
Last Updated: 2005-10-02 22:19:29 UTC
by Marcus Sachs (Version: 1)
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Thanks to all who have volunteered over the past few weeks to assist the Red Cross and others with technical support in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  Over 300 people and dozens of companies signed up, and the Red Cross has told us that the outpouring of help was really appreciated.  Here are some of the comments we received from Gordon Bass, the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer of the American Red Cross:

"Tim ... is spending 1 to 2 weeks of his personal vacation time on assignment in our disaster operations warehouse in Austin, TX, performing configuration management and deployment of computer assets to shelters."

"Robert ... is spending one or more days of his personal time helping us to configure our new TippingPoint IPSs at national HQ."

"Chris ..., and project manager, Russ ..., configured and delivered 16 IBM donated Thinkpads to four chapter/disaster operations locations in Mobile, Pascagoula, Gulfport, and Hattiesburg on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9-10.  Those laptops are being used in shelter and client assistance operations."

"A week ago I mentioned two volunteers that were helping us out.  Since then, we have engaged many more SANS volunteers.  At this point I am not sure if I can even identify them all, since I shared our list of volunteers with so many people that needed technology help in our various Gulf coast service areas.  But we know they're helping.  As well as individuals, there are companies helping us out."

Folks, it goes without saying but Thanks Very Much for all that you are doing to assist in the recovery efforts!  Please keep up the great work and the volunteer spirit!


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Storm Center in the News

Published: 2005-10-02
Last Updated: 2005-10-02 21:58:25 UTC
by Marcus Sachs (Version: 1)
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The SANS Internet Storm Center was featured in two news stories this past week.  Kudos to Tom Liston for his assistance to CNN with their story on Internet fraud that appeared on September 29th.  Look about two-thirds of the way down for his comments.  Over on Voice of America, yours truly appeared in a series on Internet crime and what we are doing behind the scenes at the ISC to assist law enforcement.  It's a three part series, here are links to part1, part 2, and part 3.

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udp/1030 Increase

Published: 2005-10-03
Last Updated: 2005-10-03 00:44:39 UTC
by Marcus Sachs (Version: 3)
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We've noticed a significant increase in udp/1030 activity in the past 24 hours.  Our initial assessment is that this is a new form of pop-up spam.  If you have captured any of this and have thoughts or analysis you can contribute, please drop us a note on our contact page.  (Update:  earlier I had said "tcp" vice "udp" - I didn't pay close attention to our sensor outputs.  It should be udp.)  (Second update:  this is pop-up spam.  Thanks to those who sent in samples.)

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