New malware: Captcha-stripper

Monday, October 29. 2007

Did you ever wonder how all those spam could bass by through even captcha protected sites? Some programmers have exploited an attribute of some men – they tend to do the weirdest stuff, just to see a little naked flesh. The programmers offer a kind of a strip program, where the girl will take off her clothes, after entering the captcha presented. The unscrambled captcha may then be used by spammers… what a nice and cheap way of social engineering.

Via Pandalabs blog and

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Lessons learned during the last days

Wednesday, June 14. 2006

  • There is now after hour party in Bamberg at 4:30am unless
    • You know the right fraternity to drop in
    • You have a neighbour celebrating her birthday
    • You are a personal friend of Gisela and are able to drink huge amounts of “Kalte Ente”
  • If you think your friends are kind of exaggerated - still expect the unexpected
    • Even having “flashing” as a new sport of the masses its kinda unexpected if a friend of you gets her boyfriend almost stripped naked in the middle of the pedestrian zone at four in the morning
  • If you get a second chance to ask a girl for her phone number – just don’t miss it. (you shouldn’t have missed it at the first time, anyway – if someone feels addressed now – just sent me your number, or drop me a few lines, “accidentally” adding your signature…!)
  • it's bright as hell outside at 5am
  • students currently studying in their first semesters might be actually born in 1985 or 1986
  • knowing your DJ's they'll play any reasonable song
    • thx to Dj Heinz for "Football is coming home"
    • thx to Dj Hammer for "Justus Köhnke - So weit wie noch nie"

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Bliss, the worlds first intelligent romantic game for lovers.

Tuesday, February 28. 2006

Has your relationship gone into a routine? Or do you want to spice it up a little bit? Then a little game developed by an US software engineer. The author developed the game mainly for himself and his wife (as an anniversary gift). He describes the game:

“Bliss is designed to help couples explore the sexual aspect of their relationships by encouraging communication and openness. The goal of Bliss is to help long term couples strengthen and enhance their relationships. Unlike many sexually oriented games, Bliss focuses on romance, love, and intimacy rather than blatant and sometimes offensive sexuality. Bliss is full of unique and innovative romantic ideas.“

The game strikes with its great simplicity – it is a personalized monopoly style game. But instead of building hotels and to pay for accommodation at you are allowed to build different service shops, and you can work for the visit there. So you get the chance to perform different tasks for your partner. There is also a classic “lovers lane” and much more. There is a free demo-version available for download.

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Networking in a globalized world - thoughts about the World Youth Day in Cologne

Saturday, August 20. 2005

For days I’ve been thinking about a high sophisticated topic to blog about. Today a short article on the World Youth Day in Cologne gives me an impulse to reflect a little bit on the changing relations in our society. A generation away, when my parents had my age it was not that common to travel foreign countries. A visit to Paris was a real highlight at that time. But during the last years Europe and our world grew quite close together. The enhanced mobility with fast train connections in Europe and discount Airlines did their part to make traveling very easy. Some 25 years ago it was something special to visit a football game at the other end of the country – new you visit a Champions League Match at the other end of Europe.
So it is no problem to have international gathering of people! And if one of the biggest communities – the Christian church – invites you can get 400000 young people gathered together. With his business Know-How the german President Horst Köhler encouraged the participants to use the chance to form new friendships.

“Enjoy your stay in Germany. I hope you will return to your home countries with new energy and confidence, remembering the impressions of this World Youth Day with lots of new phone numbers and e-mail addresses in your pockets. Do not let go of the hands reaching out to you over the next few days.”

I think it is a real good chance for our youth to get in touch with different cultures and will help them to lose xenophobia. The xenophobia issue reminds me a little on Arthur C Clarke’s “Childhood’s end”, which I read last week. To really work together with an alien race, it takes two generations, until the humans are finally allowed to see the alien race – first the humans got to learn to accept the aliens. Globalization and global collaboration takes it’s time – but with events like this World Youth day we really have a great step towards becoming a worldwide community. Gathering of the youth will help people to become more tolerant, and enhance the willingness to work together beyond national borders.

With study programs, which bring you abroad, and the traditional school exchange many people get the chance to form networks around the world within their education. Communication over a global medium like the internet brings people together, too. (Without playing Astrowars I would probably never know that there exists a place like the Prince Edwards Island – no I have some friends over their, and I’d really liked to visit them some day!). There are many more new developments, which bring people together all over the world – let’s hope that we all make the best of it. So I’m connecting to Horst Köhlers appeal – make the best out of your chance to get connected to the world!

Interesting is that of course the issue of sexuality amongst the youth is an issue. The point of view of the Catholic Church, which is head of the gathering, is “no sex before marriage”. And as Pope John Paul II put it the use of condoms is a sin. But for the young people an open dealing with that issue is common sense. This does not mean that young people would get intimate with each other in an ill-considered manner – they make their decision dependant on the feeling of love not onto the institution of marriage. In a conservative community where the intuition of marriage is still one of the most important institutions this paradigm shift is not accepted. So it is not surprising, that authorities of the church get annoyed asked about that issue. But as it is a important issue for the youth I think this topic will be discussed amongst the participants. I think many participants are going to discuss. Partnership and sexuality go together and partnership is an important issue for young people, who seek there place in live. So it will be an issue, trying to ignore it, because it is a explosive topic will not prevent that.

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