* Posts by Robin Bradshaw

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Google's whois results say it's a lousy smut searcher

Robin Bradshaw

Airing a grievance

http://bad.solutions/

Whois is not the only way to let the world know a company has annoyed you

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ATTACK OF THE DRONES: ‘Nefarious’ private use rising, says top Blighty copper

Robin Bradshaw

Where can I get their magic batterys that allow more than about 15 mins of flight time and their fantastic propellers that allow flight without the model aircraft sounding like a million angry bees that make all this nefarious use practical?

A camera on a stick is a more realistic threat model for peering in upper floor windows, when are we going to see a house of lords committee on the threat posed by sticks and gaffer tape?

Could we not just go back to calling them model aircraft and stop worrying?

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USB coding anarchy: Consider all sticks licked

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Hidden partitions

JohnB that is probably a U3 drive, its like that by design, the manufacturers website will probably have a U3 removal tool on their support site to turn it into a normal usb drive if you wish to do so.

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VXers Shellshocking embedded BusyBox boxen

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Bash + Busybox

Flocke Kroes Im probably wrong but my understanding from the article is that they seem to be using one shellshock vulnerable device as a beachead from which to launch brute force login attacks against other devices on the same network as the shellshocked device, not that busybox itself is vulnerable.

I looked into the idea of pivoting from one device onto an internal network in a vaguely similar way using a web browser and javascript xmlhttprequests to spam shellshock payload onto the browsers internal lan: http://gogle-analytics.com/QNAP/ to demonstrate to a friend their device might not be safe.

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Groupon flees from army of angry GNOMES: Trademark bid for 'Gnome' tab scrapped

Robin Bradshaw

Its probably for the best, if they had called it Gnome they would have been crushed by misdirected support calls.

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Pro-ISIS script kiddies deface West Yorkshire egg-chasers' site

Robin Bradshaw

Next on 24: Nothing to do at the office

OMG the terror! Mobilise the troops and set the threat level to Purple Alert!

I can only hope for something this srs they have got Jack Bauer on the case.

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UK smart meters arrive in 2020. Hackers have ALREADY found a flaw

Robin Bradshaw

https://www.usenix.org/system/files/conference/woot12/woot12-final24.pdf

How long do you think it will be until someone finds a baseband vuln that can be exploited over the air interface so you can drive down the street with a fake bts in the car messing with all the meters.

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In a spin: Samsung accuses LG exec of washing machine SABOTAGE

Robin Bradshaw

If you can find them

Another washer that will take an absolute beating is ASEA, who i think have now been bought by ASKO, I can remember playing in the box it came in as a child and im 38 now and my parents are still using it, my dad had to fix it once and when he opened it it had the schematic included inside printed on waterproof paper.

I think they were also built under license by Maytag, but its been a long time so i have no idea what they are like now, but the fact they used induction motors so you didnt have to replace brushes is a big plus.

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Hacker publishes tech support phone scammer slammer

Robin Bradshaw

http://www.itslenny.com/

Theres more than one way to skin a cat

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Experimental hypersonic SUPERMISSILE destroyed 4 SECONDS after US launched it

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Anywhere in the world within 60 minutes?

You jest about thermonuclear snails but the UK considered nuclear chickens at one point ::)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Peacock

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Beware of Greeks bearing spammy small omicrons, says Google

Robin Bradshaw

Use .co.uk to reduce your phishing risk :)

I cant think of a sensible way to prevent this other than maybe an option to have all non-ascii characters printed as inverted so it screams scammy url, thats the best i could come up with.

I just checked and llοydsbank.com ( xn--llydsbank-r1g.com ) and nаtwest.com ( xn--ntwest-3nf.com ) both appear to be available, the other uk banks i checked, Barclays and Santander appear to use a .co.uk domain which seems sensible since nominet doesn't support internationalised domain names.

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China cracks down on instant messengers: Users must hand over REAL NAMES

Robin Bradshaw

"No country in the world allows dissemination of information of rumors, violence, cheating, sex and terrorism."

They have never read youtube comments then. :)

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'POWER from AIR' backscatter tech now juices up Internet of Stuff Wi-Fi gizmos

Robin Bradshaw

The NSA beat them to it :)

http://leaksource.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/nsa-ant-surlyspawn.jpg

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Plug and PREY: Hackers reprogram USB drives to silently infect PCs

Robin Bradshaw

USB Rubber Ducky

Whilst this is rewriting the code on an existing USB drive the attack vector they describe, a combined mass storage/HID keyboard usb stick, can be purchased here from hack5 the same people who brought you the wifi pineapple:

http://usbrubberducky.com/

If your interested in messing with USB thumb drives the software to reprogram them is reasonably easy to find but id reccomend only using it in a VM as it tends to come from strange chinese websites.

I found this talk incredibly helpfull in chasing down the software https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdzTRkojzwU but never got beyond messing making my test drives appear as a combined CDrom/flash stick and giving the drives stupid names, im guessing with considerable effor the firmware in the flash tool could be disassembled and patched to do bad things.

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Russia to SAP, Apple: Hand over source code to prove you're not spies

Robin Bradshaw

Custom russian silicon

I hope Russia does build its own CPU's but ill be most upset if they use 64 bit ARM, Id like to see a SETUN 2.0 because the world needs a ternary CPU :)

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FRIKKIN' LASERS could REPLACE fibre-optic comms cables

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Didn't know about the relative time frames of pulse and survival of the light guide

Im sure i read once about trying to make a plasma channel using incredibly short pulses from a UV laser that became self focusing due to the physics.

However if it was achieved it wouldnt be used for anything as humanitarian as dissipating lightening (preventing a fair few wildfires) it would herald the era of Tom Swift's electric rifle and even more efficient warfare.

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Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network

Robin Bradshaw

Re: I have to defend the police here...

@condiment and the moral of that story is the good Samaritan would have been better off if he had walked on by and let the kid get run over, its a wonderful society were building isn't it.

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Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Wrong Category

"What kind of people sign up for Talk Talk service?"

Idiots

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GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?

Robin Bradshaw

Roll your own

1, *Buy/build (its open source) this bluetooth TNC: http://www.mobilinkd.com/

2, Check this out to your laptop: https://github.com/lulzlabs/AirChat

2a, Or port to java app for your phone if you like.

3, Buy cheap Baofeng UV-5R radio off ebay for £25

4, Keep moving so OFCOM don't catch you in the unlikely event they aren't asleep at the wheel

*You dont actually need the TNC and indeed it probably isnt supported with airchat as is, it just uses the soundcard of a laptop as a modem but using a TNC shouldnt require too much of a change

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Will GCHQ furtle this El Reg readers' poll? Team Snowden suggests: Yes

Robin Bradshaw

the /b/tards have a better arsenal

Hmm i looked at their list and wasnt overly impressed:

CONCRETE DONKEY -> robodialer, presumably rented out in spare time to PPI and solar panel companys

BUMPERCAR -> clicking on the report this video button

CLUMSY BEEKEEPER -> IRC bot

BADGER -> spam

BOMB BAY -> link farming

BURLESQUE -> SMS spam

GAMBIT -> Wifi pineapple

GLITTERBALL -> excuse to play sadville in work time

IMPERIAL BARGE -> standard level of service from BT

PITBULL -> IM spam

GATEWAY -> too small a botnet to actually DDOS

SERPENTS TONGUE -> who the fuck uses fax anymore, do they also have attacks on telex??

SKYSCRAPER -> uploading videos to youtube

SWAMP DONKEY -> repackaged cryptolocker virus

OUTWARD -> GNU inetutils, nmap dig etc

SLAMMER -> probably an internal wiki give how unimpressive the rest is

HAVOK -> ettercap

WURLITZER -> multiupload.biz

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Use Tor or 'extremist' Tails Linux? Congrats, you're on an NSA list

Robin Bradshaw

Re: The Inevitable Conclusion

Yeah and eventually google will serve me ads i'm actually interested in and my mobile phone providers coverage map will be accurate.

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Snowden defends mega spy blab: 'Public affairs have to be known by the public'

Robin Bradshaw

If only a country had thought to protect the public's privacy.

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

If only somebody had had the foresight to enshrine the people right to privacy by including some text such as that above in the country's basic principles of law, and had the foresight to predict the invention of the telegraph/telephone/internet and stipulate they were extensions of paper based communication so future dullards wouldn't try to weasel the people out of this protection.

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Israel develops wireless-malware-injection-by-smartmobe tool

Robin Bradshaw

Not sure about infection

Dunno about getting malware onto the machine but slurping data off an infected machine by FM radio seems like it would be doable, since there is basically a proof of concept for the Raspberry PI already:

http://makezine.com/projects/make-38-cameras-and-av/raspberry-pirate-radio/

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

Robin Bradshaw

Re: September 11, 2001

@OrsonX Actually GCHQ do care about your sexts:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/02/27/gchq_optic_nerve/

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Amazon Prime hot air drone service goes a-recruiting

Robin Bradshaw

Beaten to market

Amazon should speak to the cunning Lithuanian smugglers that beat them to market :)

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/05/russians-capture-cigarette-smuggling-drone/

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Boffin fights fire with EXPLOSIVES instead of water

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Campfire

Given a name like "Callam McMillan" Im going to go out on a limb and guess the poster is of Scottish descent and probably in the UK, If that is true he was bloody lucky it was dry enough to start a campfire, UK camping holidays usually involve monsoon like rain until the day you leave when it brightens up a bit :)

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Robin Bradshaw

Re: Hang on...

Apparently they were MIG 21 jets not large bypass turbo fans, you can see a short clip of "Big Wind" in action here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sk96zIt4Q0c

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IANA starts handing out recovered IPv4 addresses

Robin Bradshaw
Coat

Re: IPv6 before CGNAT

How about a law that all porn and filesharing must be IPv6 only, everyone would be on IPv6 by the end of the week :)

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Brits to vote: Which pressing scientific challenge should get £10m thrown at it?

Robin Bradshaw

Re: They missed a trick...

@ Jacksonville

http://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_on_global_population_growth

There you go, as mentioned by Wade Burchette improving the standard of living for emerging economy's will sort out population growth, Id highly recommend looking at other talks by Hans Rosling too.

Personally Id like to see more research into either Thorium cycle or maybe Fast neutron reactors as a source of clean electric for the future.

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FCC MUST protect net neutrality to preserve AMERICA, say Google et al

Robin Bradshaw

Summed up nicely by CGP Grey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtt2aSV8wdw

or ViHart

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAxMyTwmu_M

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Vendors pushing fibre on developing countries, says Oz minister

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Everything depends on the country in question....

"Besides, how do define decent service?"

Youtube 480p no buffering

/me glares at Sky's craptastic "pro" substitute for Be.

Can we get the UK redefined as a developing country so we can get some of that fibre goodness too?

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BSkyB broadband growth chopped in HALF

Robin Bradshaw

Im not impressed either

Due to my lazyness and it not going shit until they migrated be a few weeks ago I stayed where I was, but it looks like I will be jumping ship soon, I was very unimpressed with them updating my router and as far as I could tell locking the DNS options, I dont appreciate having to use the telnet interface to reconfigure the DNS especially as a the tg585 telnet shell is arcane and strange, or as I ended up doing backing up the config editing it to remove all their administrative backdoors and reloading it.

Then to top it all off youtube doesnt work in the evenings without either degrading to a jumble of coloured blocks or severe buffering if you try to set it to a sane resolution (the no bandwidth in the evening was both pre and post fixing the router settings).

It all worked flawlessly for years with BE, even if the bebox is a bit shit.

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Polymer droplets turn smartmobes into microscopes

Robin Bradshaw

Foldscope excites me more

A similar system has already been developed at Stanford by Manu Prakash, the Foldscope, apparently it costs around 50 cents, has an XY stage of sorts and can project the image in a darkened room.

http://www.ted.com/talks/manu_prakash_a_50_cent_microscope_that_folds_like_origami

My only question I have is where can I buy some?

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All men are part of a PURE GENETIC ELITE, says geno-science bloke

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Interestingly*

http://birdswitharms.tumblr.com/

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Reg man builds smart home rig, gains SUPREME CONTROL of DOMAIN – Pics

Robin Bradshaw

Do what with an unauthenticated protocol

Its all well and good until some cock uses an arduino/rtlsdr/cc430 etc to sniff the remote ID and and them make your house look like close encounters of the third kind turning everything on and off randomly.

Seriously would some form of security really have killed them?

If anyone had this near me I would be that cock just for the lulz :)

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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

Robin Bradshaw

Audio wankery

Don't tell me its better, show me:

http://www.home.agilent.com/en/pc-1000000520%3Aepsg%3Apgr/spectrum-analyzer-signal-analyzer?nid=-536902453.0&cc=GB&lc=eng

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Facebook swallows Oculus VR goggle-geeks. Did that really happen?

Robin Bradshaw

Have you all seen....

For everybody who has posted here citing their dismay at this purchase have you considered looking at CastAR from technical illusions http://technicalillusions.com/

They are currently in development and I believe their kickstarter is slated to ship the first hardware some time after September this year.

The demonstrations of tabletop multi-person 3D play were enough to persuade me I want this.

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NASA: Vote now to put FLASHY LIGHTS on future spacesuits

Robin Bradshaw

To infinity and beyond

The Z1 is much better with its Buzz lightyear green and white vibe.

Although if you added a pair of circular antennas to the Z2 helmet it would have echos of Robbie the robot.

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EE...K: Why can't I uninstall carrier's sticky 'Free Games' app?

Robin Bradshaw

Let me get this right

Orange have filled their phone with shitware? I shall file that right next to my report on ursine defecation habits.

Of far more interest has anyone written a script for the ASDA signup page to let you spam the shit out of a range of phone numbers with activation codes? I cant be the only one whose mind went there first.

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Romanian 'ransomware victim' hangs self and 4-year-old son – report

Robin Bradshaw

"I also wish those horrible people at Microsoft would do an update where the default "Hide known extensions" is not ticked."

If i could upvote that 1000 times, its the first thing I change on a fresh install.

Especially when you cant trust the icons to tell you the filetype when you can take your malware.exe and set its icon to look like the windows folder icon/pdf icon etc

That stupid preselected option has alot to answer for.

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Fee fie Firefox: Mozilla's lawyers probe Dell over browser install charge

Robin Bradshaw

Extracting urine

FFS next they will be charging to remove the NSA spyware from their bios :)

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German freemail firms defend AdBlock-nobbling campaign

Robin Bradshaw

Password fields present on an insecure (http://) page.

I just had a really cursory check of the web.de website, turn on developer console of firefox and have a look and what do i see:

"Password fields present on an insecure (http://) page. This is a security risk that allows user login credentials to be stolen."

They don't actually give a shit about user security :)

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Boeing going ... GONE: Black phone will SELF-DESTRUCT in 30 secs

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Borrowed technology from the Dreamliner batteries??

Don Jefe have you seen how many screws are inside an iphone5?

Dont get me wrong they are really quite impressive mechanically but there are loads and loads and loads of damn fiddely screws in there holding it all together, its like a swiss watch.

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Robin Bradshaw

Re: What would you do with a Boeing Black on your lab bench?

"And it is impossible for anyone to modify USB drivers so the key exchange happens before anything else gets passed on it?"

And nobody would ever think to send a longer key than was expected :)

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Robin Bradshaw
Trollface

Oh Noes!!!

Tamper proof screws AND epoxy!!!!!!! There's no way anyone would be able to open that.

I take it boeing have not kept up on the state of the art with disposable glued and plastic welded consumer electronic tat that's horrible to try to repair.

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Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Oooo, the shiny!

Jai What size/type SSD are you specing to get a price of £400? The going rate for a SATA SSD in the 240 - 256GB range seems to be somewhere between £100 - £140.

My top tip for the crucial website is use it to find out what ram your machine takes and how many sticks/ max amount etc then go and buy it from somewhere else that isnt so stupidly expensive :)

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Google's SECRET contracts: Android lock-in REVEALED!

Robin Bradshaw

"Suppose consumers understood that Google uses tying and full-line-forcing to prevent manufacturers from offering phones with alternative apps, which could drive down phone prices"

I have another way of looking at this, If i choose to buy an android phone with google I get to be sure of a minimum level of functionality youtube/maps/play and a degree of familiarity with the device from the get go because it meets these standards in order to get the google bits.

Or I could go to orange and buy some wretched piece of shit android phone that has been mangled to the point of useleness and filled with shitware because they can. (which I would then reflash to cyanogenmod because I can and did)

There is nothing stopping me supplementing or replacing any of the google supplied functionality with some other apps of my choice but as an end user the "with google" bit of the branding means I can rely on a minimum level of not shit, assuming it didnt come form orange :)

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Object to #YearOfCode? You're a misogynist and a snob, says the BBC

Robin Bradshaw

Statute law in an SVN

"For example, have a glimpse at this excruciating TED talk for MPs by Richard Heaton"

I actually thought that was quite an impressive way of looking at things, and perhaps adding a bit of organisation to the mess that is law, when I have tried to look up legislation in the past I wanted the law as it now is, not the original bill and a massive list of amendments that other bills have made since and try to reconcile it, just like linux kernel 1.0 and a mountain of diffs isnt particularly usefull to me even if it would work to compile a current kernel.

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WHEEE... CRUNCH! iPad Mini tops list of most breakable slabs, mobes

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Industry Standard "vulture" drop test

There is actually an industry standard for impact robustness its the IK rating that nobody uses, like the IP rating for water and dustproof-ness.

There is also the US military MIL-STD-810 if your tablet was built to that standard it would be rugged indeed, like panasonic toughbooks and the dell XFR laptops.

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Snowden leak: GCHQ DDoSed Anonymous & LulzSec's chatrooms

Robin Bradshaw
Flame

Im outraged

All the assets of a nation state intelligence agency and the best they could do was a SYN flood!!!

What the bloody hell have my taxes being paying for? At the very least I would have expected them to have taken control of the IRC server by exploiting the IPMI implementation and formatted its drives.

Or perhaps reflashed its bios with one with a rootkit embedded in its SMM handlers, even if they couldnt write it they could have bought it from the NSA's toy catalogue.

Bunch of useless chair warming muppets.

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