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Nation-state driven cyber attacks often take on a distinct national or regional flavour that can uncloak their origins, according to new research by net security firm FireEye. Computer viruses, worms, and denial of service attacks often appear from behind a veil of anonymity. But a skilful blending of forensic “reverse-hacking” …

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Squirrelling away.....

The claim that squirrels have been responsible for blackouts but not cyberattacks misses the bigger picture - who is training these squirrels to use computers ? The NSA ? What if they start to employ chinchillas ? I have a chinchilla, his name is Jeff. He once chewed the plug off of my TV - can I trust him ? Is he really Jeff or is that just a cover for his real name ?

Only time will tell.

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Re: Squirrelling away.....

So how did he tell you that his name was Jeff? The implication is that you didn't give him that name...

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Re: Squirrelling away.....

Perhaps his real name is Jeff, but only tells you it is Jeff to sow fear, uncertainty and doubt.

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Re: Squirrelling away.....

Don't be silly, chinchillas can't talk. The name was on his business card.

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Unhappy

Heartwarming article !!!

Yet another manifestation of mankind's capacity for destruction.

How to make a grey day even greyer by leading the unwashed masses even further down the path of fear.......

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cat, bag, etc

...And now that this report has been written the evil ones will know better how to disguise their origins.

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It's those 'regional traits' that give you away

I have visions of cyber-attack software from GCHQ containing comments in West Country pirate-speak.

"Ooohh aaarrhh! Now ye be scuppered good'n'proper!!"

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Re: It's those 'regional traits' that give you away

Oi drove moi traactor threw yur net-stack larst noight, oohh aargh, oohh arrgh.

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Re: It's those 'regional traits' that give you away

Aisle av eee

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Treaty?

a cyber arms treaty that could stem the use of online attacks

The obvious parallel is with treaties that limit the proliferation of nuclear weapons or ban the use of biological weapons. As far as I know it's very, very difficult to build a nuke in your bedroom, and both hard and risky to make biological weapons there*. Also, either activity will tend to leave evidence that points to the perpetrator. In consequence, both these activities are mostly limited to nation states. Cyber arms, are much more amenable to private enterprise, and their originators aren't likely to sign treaties.

* e.g. weaponised smelly socks

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Or, as Sun Tzu so eloquently put it in three words, "Know your enemy".

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Big Brother

I don't know you.

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