PAYBACK IS A WITCH. Online vigilantes are taking matters into their own hands against phishing sites, according to Netcraft, a U.K. Web-monitoring firm. According to Netcraft, a phishing site that posed as PayPal was defaced recently with a page reading, "WARNING--THIS WAS A SCAM SITE." Another phishing site that was impersonating NatWest Bank also was defaced recently. The phishing site's home page was replaced with one attributed to The Lad Wrecking Crew, a group Netcraft said has been involved in other defacements. "Phishing sites are commonly hosted on compromised Web servers, where lack of security allows fraudsters to access machines and upload phishing content," Netcraft noted in a statement. "If a fraudster exploits these security weaknesses without securing the machine, then online vigilantes are just as likely to exploit the weaknesses to replace the fraudulent content." Netcraft noted that defacing any sites, even phishing sites, is "questionable," but also said, "So far it's reasonable to assume that only the fraudsters themselves have been disadvantaged."
THE ROAD MAP AHEAD. The Associated Press reported last week that Microsoft chairman Bill Gates is working on a new book. Apparently, Gates is collecting his thoughts--and casting about for a collaborator--for an as-yet-untitled writing project. I immediately began to wonder what he might call his latest tome. Here's my top 10 list of possible names for Gates' next book: