links for 2005-11-22

The FBI Is Not Watching You.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation issued an alert Monday about a scam involving unsolicited e-mails, purportedly sent by theFBI, that tell computer users that their Internet surfing is being monitored by the agency.

FBI Warns of E-Mail About Surveillance – Yahoo! News

This looks a lot like a replay of the Sober.K outbreak from Feb. 2005.  At that time the FBI issued a press release that was virtually identical to the one issued today.  My scanner reported a copy I picked up as  It is interesting that the major AV sites have not picked this up yet.

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THOMAS Gets a New Look

THOMAS, the leading U.S. Congressional information site on the web — think in terms of legislative history, current legislation, bill tracking, full-text searching and links to document images, all for one low price (free) — is greeting the holiday season with a new improved look and more nuanced navigation scheme.

BoleyBlogs! » A New, Improved THOMAS- Paul L. Boley Law Library

MSFT Realeases Validation Plug-in for Firefox

InternetWeek | News | Microsoft Makes Windows Validation Plug-In For Firefox
Microsoft this week released a plug-in for the rival Firefox browser so that users can validate their Windows systems prior to downloading software from the Redmond, Wash.-based developer’s Web site.

Interesting development. Makes sense since MSFT is very interested in protecting Windows from being pirated.