Microsoft, headquartered in Redmond, WA, issued a security advisory about exploits against a Windows vulnerability for which Microsoft does not have a patch. Going to a hostile website, or clicking on a link in a IM worm, can result in malicious software being downloaded. Once anti-spyware signatures are updated, programs like Microsoft Anti Spyware Beta 1 build 1.0.509 or later will help block malicious downloads until there is a patch .
A Microsoft security employee would have to drive 509 miles round trip to drive to Spokane, WA, warn them about this problem and return.
The area code in Spokane, WA is 509.
X.509 is one of the more complicated standards behind Public Key Infrastructures, which are very dependent on random numbers for generating strong key pairs, for security technologies that are very useful in providing the basic security functions for trustable online voting, digital rights management and the like.
On December 31, 2005 the Pennsylvania lottery will use random number generators to pick 509 winning tickets from all the Millionaire raffle tickets sold.
For three freaking days in a row (December 16, 17, 18), the Kansas lottery system randomly chose 509 for the winning Pick Three number.
On 5/09/05, Microsoft posted guidance on now to avoid IM worms...
Random coincidences, I think not! It's all connected, don't you see?? I didn't even mention Formula 509 is both a high power detergent and a type of green tea - suspiciously similar to being both a floor wax and a dessert topping, which aired in a skit on Saturday Night Live just 5 months and 09 days before the Yugoslavian embassy was bombed in Washington DC... I could go on, but I won't - I've got to go buy some more aluminum foil.
Though, a ham radio friend of mine did once own a TenTec Argonaut 509 - aieeeeeeeeeeeeeee!