[nSLUG] End of email -- what next

George N. White III gnwiii at gmail.com
Tue Apr 19 13:48:27 ADT 2011

"The Oak Ridge National Laboratory hopes to restore limited email on
Tuesday after a cyber attack over the weekend.
Laboratory Director Thom Mason says officials shut down electronic
access to the lab Friday night after a highly sophisticated cyber
attack, known as Advanced Persistent Threat, according to The
Knoxville News Sentinel. Closing access ensured that no data was
extracted from ORNL computers.
Mason says the attack was similar to recent intrusions on Google and
other government institutions and businesses.
It got into Oak Ridge's system through a phishing email designed to
look like it was sent from the lab's human resources department.
There is not yet a patch issued that wards off this virus."
Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

The new article says they were planning to restore email without
attachments and limited message size.

I know people who have run into problems (e.g., while travelling with
low bandwidth connections) dealing with mail inboxes filled by spam
and trying to figure out what incoming messages got bounced and asking
people to resend.

My wife and I are finding it increasingly difficult to rely on email
-- mail sent from eastlink are often rejected (blacklist) by postini
clients or legit mails we send get classed as spam/junk.   There is a
need for something more robust communication tools for famlies and
workgroups.   One idea would be for everyone to have an account on a
freenet or CCN-style server with pine.   The you could still send
emails from your normal mail system, but in case of trouble you could
resort to ssh login and pine local emails to other users on the same
host.  Another idea would be along the lines of a "family/workgroup
forum" available via web (for far-flung members and while traveling),
but it should provide a low-bandwidth (text-only) interface that is
useable via dialup lines.

George N. White III <aa056 at chebucto.ns.ca>
Head of St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia

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