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Two laptops used by European Commission officials were pinched last week in Azerbaijan's capital Baku during the Internet Governance Forum, Digital Agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes has revealed. In a blog post at the weekend, Kroes explained that she was in two minds about attending the summit, held this year in the gas and oil- …

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Coo - A really hard choice

Now who do I believe - Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Social and Political Department, Ali Hasanov, or Neelie?

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Re: Coo - A really hard choice

I'd go with Neelie, but the statement (as reported) from her colleagues is a bit vague.

Heath told AP they received a warning message from Apple that the computers had been accessed by a third party.

Does the Apple company send out messages to people, or is this warning from the computer? I'm guessing the operating system, but that has a different name. Can someone tell me what Heath is talking about?

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Hi there, your APPLE_DEVICE has been affected by a third party! To prevent PR disaster, just send login details, email addresses, passwords, etc to: i.r.haxor@phishmail.ru and your APPLE_DEVICE will be fixed.

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Re: Coo - A really hard choice

Only thing that I can think of is perhaps an email that an iCloud account has been accessed by an unknown computer.

I'd assume they were using full disk encryption with beefy passwords on the laptops themselves, but if they weren't and the laptops were pwned while unattended I don't see a mechanism for Apple to alert them to that fact.

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Re: Coo - A really hard choice

Yes it will have been iCloud as I just got this Apple message today:

Quote" Dear Anonymous Coward,

Your Apple ID (Anonymous.Coward@trideaworks.com) was used to sign in to iCloud on a Mac Pro.

If you have not recently set up a MacPro with your Apple ID, then you should change your Apple ID password.

<Learn more>...http://support.apple.com/kb/HE36 "/Quote (don't click here unless you've just been to Baku as it's the Apple ID password/security question reset)

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"The IGF is coming to town."

"When the IGF comes to town, radical change often follows. Because, when empowered, connected citizens press for greater freedom. As happened in Tunisia and Egypt in the years after they held this conference."

The phrase "unwarranted self-importance" spring to mind; no idea why, though...

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Warning mesage from Apple

Not very helpful, being after the fact. I wonder what the Pentagon thinks?

Even US generals have realised BlackBerries are uncool

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11/02/blackberry/

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Pinched or hacked?

First line of the article says 2 laptops were pinched, Kroes's post indicated thet 2 laptops were hacked. So which was it? Or was it 2 pinched + 2 hacked?

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Re: Pinched or hacked?

'Or was it 2 pinched + 2 hacked'

or 2 pwnd?

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Re: Pinched or hacked?

Hi folks,

Let's cool it down here. Definitely no computers "pinched", definitely no secure Commission devices compromised, and specific organisation being accused of a specific "attack". I'm getting my PERSONAL computer checked to see what really happened.

Ryan Heath

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