August 2005 Entries

Users Beware of Free Stuff

Hackers are increasingly resorting to social engineering technics to get you to download the latest trojan. Trojans are software that enable hackers to take control of your PC. So Users, beware before you download the stuff. Here is a sample exploit from AdroitByte: Dear Sir/Maam, My name is Tandang Sora, I'm a 4th year student of Hacked Edu Ph. Our teacher in programming subject said that I should ask you to test my program. This program is a Billing System Program for our school. Your satisfaction in this program will be greatly appreciated as it helps me get a good grade. Just email...

Microsoft Philippines 10th Year Anniversary

Our best wishes to Microsoft Philippines on the occasion of its 10th year Anniversary! Mabuhay!

VOIP declared as VAS by NTC

This is an excerpt of the article by Erwin Oliva: “THE NATIONAL Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has approved on Tuesday the final guidelines deregulating commercial voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services in the Philippines. "We already signed the memorandum circular this afternoon. So we now have the final guidelines ready. Basically, we just reiterated what we have said earlier that VoIP is a value-added service. But we've added some few points to support our position," NTC Deputy Commissioner Jorge Sarmiento told This was after months of deliberation and heated public debates both at the NTC and the Philippine Congress“ The full article...

Ragnarok Video at HackenSlash!

Please visit to view the MTV clips of Level UP Games' Ragnarok. PHILIPPINE online game publisher Level Up! has tapped hackenslash for the streaming video of the "Massive" TV show. "Massive," which airs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7 to 7:30 p.m. on MTV Philippines, is the first TV program in the Philippines to showcase the country’s leading MMOGs.

KPMG led Discussion on Critical Infrastructure: Malyasian Model

The event will be held on August 26, 2005 from 10am to 12nn at the NCC Seminar Room. The guest speaker will be Mr Matthew Farmer, associate director, Information Risk Management at KPMG. Interested parties are asked to contact NCC at 02-920-0101 loc 122 or email lenny[at]

Call Center Agent Positions

Farmout is in immediate need of 500 call center agents/applicants. If you or your friends are fluent in written and spoken English, AND enjoy talking to people, why not try your hand at being a call center agent? Check out The work will be in Farmout Contact Center in Dagupan, and the shifts are from 7:30pm-6:00am (Eastern) or 10:00pm to 8:30am (Pacific) Interviews on Aug 22, 2005 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.

Bitstop Inc only A+ Authorized Service Center in the Country

In today's competitive environment, customers will want proof of the technical quality of our service center. By employing A+ certified technicians, Bitstop's clients will enjoy the quality of technical personnel that are servicing their needs. The CompTIA Authorized Service Center listing is proof of Bitstop Inc's capabilities and provides visibility to our customers and business partners.Bitstop is now the only COMPTIA certified A+ Service Center in the entire country. Please visit : and check it out.

Genuine Epson Parts @ Bitstop

Bitstop is now an Epson Authorized Service Center. As such, Bitstop is now offering Epson Genuine Spare Parts direct from Epson. Interested dealers are encouraged to contact sales[at] or sales[at] for further information.

Dagupan VM Blogspot

Dagupan City's Vice Mayor, and president of Rotary Club of Dagupan, Alvin Fernandez, put up his own blog. The site can be found at here. Please visit the site and share your views with him.

Bitstop Chosen as TESDA Kabalikat 2005 Awardee

Bitstop is humbled to have been told by Ms Milagros Dawa-Hernandez, Deputy Director General for Sectoral TVET and Chairperson TESDA Anniversary , about our being nominated and subsequently being selected as one of this years' TESDA Kabalikat awardees. The Kabalikat Award is TESDA's reward mechanism which gives due recognition and honor to local government units, institutions and private firms for their contributions to the development of the country's human resources.

ManilaCon 2005

Get the lead in ensuring the safety, security and privacy of your information system. The Philippines IT Security Conference is on its 4th year and we expect the biggest gathering of not just IT Security Professionals but everyone concerned with securing and ensuring that their data and information systems are not compromised at all. That includes the CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CIOs, Auditors, Risk and Compliance Officers, IT Managers, Network or Systems and DB Administrators and the IT Professionals…. especially YOU! The threats and intrusions, whether from the outside or from within our premises, will not wane. We can only improve and...

New Microsoft Patches Out

Today, as part of its regular monthly security update cycle, Microsoft is releasing 6 security bulletins for newly discovered vulnerabilities and is re-releasing 2 security update. These are described in detail below. If you have any concerns regarding these matters, please feel free to contact either your Microsoft Account Manager, Microsoft Reseller, or the Microsoft Customer Care Center at 1800-1441-0158, or you can e-mail me at phsecure[at]

Bitstop Prez Invited to MVP Global Summit

This year's 2005 MVP Global Summit will be taking place on September 28 through October 1, 2005 in Redmund, USA. During the summit,  Microsoft will focus on the products, technologies and support processes that Microsoft is working on for the future. The MVP Global Summit is an MVP's chance to meet their peers other MVP awardees from around the world and engage with Microsoft product groups through technical training and feedback sessions. Microsoft executives will be joining the special MVP presentations. Training Pics Uploaded to Gallery

We have uploaded the pictures of the recently concluded training held in VMUF (Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation) by Microsoft MVP, Warren Yu. Look for it in our gallery section.

Imind Call Center Facilities

In partnership with a US based company operating in Pleasanton, California, BNS' I.mind is now able to offer call center facilities on a per hour rental basis. The inauguration has been covered in detail by Businessworld's Maricel Estavillo here.

Hackers release Zotob worms to exploit new Microsoft security vulnerability, Sophos reports

Experts at SophosLabs™, Sophos's global network of virus, spyware and spam analysis centers, are warning that hackers have released new worms onto the internet that exploit a recently discovered security vulnerability in Microsoft's software. Over the weekend, hackers launched two versions of the Zotob worm which exploit Microsoft security vulnerabilities, including one only announced last week: the MS05-039 Plug and Play vulnerability. The W32/Zotob-A and W32/Zotob-B worms do not travel via email, instead they spread to other networked computers in a similar way to last year's hard hitting Sasser internet worm, by exploiting security holes in Microsoft's software. "Microsoft only issued a patch...

Professional Web Development mini-seminar

BNS Hosting is inviting web developers and web enthusiasts to a mini-seminar -- “BEHIND THE SCENES OF PROFESSIONAL WEB DEVELOPMENT”. It will be held at Bitstop Conference Room, on August 13, 2005, Saturday. It will start at 1pm . The event is open to individuals who are interested to learn more about Web Page Development for FREE. For reservations, please e-mail team[at] or call us at (075) 522-0092 to 93 and look for Marianne or Jenny. UPDATE: Joining us via our videoconferencing facility is Mr. Bon Moya, General Manager of, the largest online shopping mall in the Philippines and Mr....

5th Philippine CyberFair

Engage students in performance-based, collaborative, project-design competition this school year 2005-2006! Support standards-based, authentic learning Connect students to their local communities Increase students' global perspective Increase real-world, transferable skills Involve students in the assessment Teach students information-age skills (research, project management, publishing, digital media) is launching the 5th Philippines School CyberFair Project with the theme, "Inspire and Unite". This competition encourages students to "shine the spotlight" on people, places, businesses and other things in their local community -- that serve to "inspire, motivate, and encourage positive change." For more info, please visit

Broadband Wireless Access

Bitstop Network Services is now offering broadband wireless access in the following areas in Dagupan: downtown, parts of Tondaligan (Bluebeach Subdivision) and Boquig. COE to open on Aug 15 will be opening the very first Center of Excellence(COE) in the Philippines. COEs are time-share based call center facilities that allow BPO operators to immediately start operations without the large capital expenditures.The center provides the internet bandwidth, call center application software, computers, headsets, tables and chairs. The user only needs to provide the manpower.The rental rates are expected to start at 4 USD per hour rate. Users of the COE will also get supervision and training from COE staff. The center boast of the latest in call center services like US Toll free numbers, CRM, Automatic Call Distribution, Worksheet, IVR(Interactive...

Massive spyware-based identity theft ring uncovered

Researchers from a little-known security software company named Sunbelt Software have seemingly uncovered a criminal identity theft ring of massive proportions. According to one of their employees, Alex Eckelberry, during the course of one of their recent investigations into a particular Spyware application—rumored to be called CoolWebSearch—they've discovered that the personal information of those "infected" was being captured and uploaded to a server. Source: Arstechnica

Register at TS Online for Beta

Greetings from Ts-Online! We would like to invite you to participate in our close beta evaluation of TS-Online 'Philippine Edition', third week of August 2005. Register now at  for a slot in close beta. Best regards, Youson

Bitstop Aims For 2nd Fiber Link

Bitstop is talking to 2 more telephone companies to thresh out the final details of additional fiber link/s STM1 connection to the Internet. Bitstop aims to be the provider of choice among call center operations and BPO firms in the region. Bitstop is in the only ISP to have multiple redandunt fiber and microwave links to the Internet in the region. The additional fiber STM1 link/s will position Bitstop as the Internet provider of choice. Bitstop is capable of providing reliable links to the US west coast with under 200 ms of latency across the pacific. This ensures total reliability and clear VOIP traffic--which is vital for... Training by Warren Yu

The recently concluded training on VB.Net given by Mr Warren Yu, Microsoft MVP, was recorded and digitized in windows media format. The three part series can be downloaded here, here and here When the files are fully loaded, you can hit save on the windows media player's file menu.

Check Your Browsers Security Setting

This link came in from ASTI ( Visit this site to check your browser's vulnerability to a list of 39 tests.

Newton Study Center offers PSHS Review

Newton PSHS Review enhances your child’s chance of passing the Philippine Science High School National Competitive Examination. The review will start on August 6, 2005 and will end on October 8, 2005. There will be a morning session (8:00 AM -12:00 PM) and an afernoon session (1:00 PM - 5:00 PM). For more details, please call us at 522-5780 / 515-7462 alor visit us at 2nd Fl. Llamas-Reyes Bldg. Burgos Ext., Dagupan City or log on to . Enrollment is now going on! Other Services offered by Newton Study Center: Keisan Math Civil Service Review College Entrance Review Tutorials (All Levels) Advanced...

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