* Posts by Jim Cosser

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Chinese hacker jailed for shipping aerospace secrets home

Jim Cosser

Re: Is this an article from the future?

That or he has been arrested a LOT

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Kids’ shoes seller Start-rite suspends sales following breach

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Re: Lawyer speak

I get your point but I think it's over egged. A statement to say they are secure would be meaningless I agree, but that wasn't what was proposed, industry best practice salted and hashed is different from the statement 'they are secure', but it's also a huge improvement on not giving any details in that area.

Recommendations to change if re-used elsewhere would be issued anyway as you point out, why not?

As we know it's all about time and effort to crack rather than it being impossible to break.

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Air-gapping SCADA systems won't help you, says man who knows

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Re: Excellent

Agreed, technologies such as this:

http://www.getfreevolt.com/

Will help IoT explode.

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Trouble originating between chair and keyboard caused most UK breaches

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Re: And this will KEEP happening...

I think the GDPR will change the priority, the stick is now pretty large.

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First ATM malware is back and badder than ever

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Whitelisting?

Application whitelisting seems like a no brainer here. These things must be pretty static so well suited to that kind of control.

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This tool detects then ATTACKS evil twin access points

Jim Cosser

Re: There are no legal issues! The tool doesn't attack the hacker!

Ok replying to a REALLY old thread here but I'm reading up on this in general.

I agree you aren't attacking the AP as such but you would be denying anyone connecting to it, so is it no longer functioning? Are you denying service? Yes, obviously that is the point of the Deauth.

So it is kind of a DoS on equip you don't own but for the greater good...I think it's grey at best.

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Correction: 220,000 kids weren't exposed in VTech mega hack – it's actually 6.4 million

Jim Cosser

Re: Secret questions and answers

True true

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Jim Cosser

Re: Secret questions and answers

Yes and no, you could reset and get it but you couldn't read the password and re-use on another site.

Though in this case with MD5 hashing, no salt you can do both ;)

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More POS malware, just in time for Christmas

Jim Cosser

Re: What is the attack vector ?

This is changing with things like self service in the UK, we have a greater exposure to the user.

Also these machines don't exist in a network vacuum as such depending on how the network is configured there is exposure here.

With regards to prevention, it seems like a no brainer candidate for application whitelisting.

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Cryptowall 4.0: Update makes world's worst ransomware worse still

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True there are different motives but the only motive here is money, Stuxnet isn't really comparable it was also low and slow trying to hide itself and the damage it was doing for as long as possible.

It's a profit exercise, as another poster points out sometimes to stop these kind of things as a government you would need to show your hand in terms of tooling and control. It doesn't always mean they couldn't stop the attackers just that it's a balance.

It could be a government but I think it's way less likely than an organised crime group.

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Unlikely to be state sponsored generally they are after information and so are low and slow. The last thing a state sponsored attacker would do is raise a flag.

This is classic organised crime, lots of these gangs are moving from drugs into malware because of better margins and less chance of getting caught.

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'T-shaped' developers are the new normal

Jim Cosser

Securing DevOps

I'm working this space at the moment and enjoying the challenge of securing this approach. It's going to be a new adventure for a lot of folks, more tools and rules/pattern driven and less time to directly interact.

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Microsoft gives EMET divine powers to repel God Mode attack

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Kudos

Kudos on the regular reporting of EMET it seems a big undersell on a nice bit of software.

We have been using it for over a year in the enterprise and it's low maintenance and a good layer of additional protection. It doesn't get enough coverage.

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GOTCHA: Google caught STRIPPING SSL from BT Wi-Fi users' searches

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I agree with AC, Google don't shove the data they gather in your face.

It's a smart move but at some point a drive for profits will cause Google to play the cards they so carefully gather in a more overt way. I think if/when they overstep the mark people will finally think about the broad amount of data they are gathering and that may drive some competition in the search space again.

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'Supermodel' glow-in-the-dark pocket monkeys created

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Glowing...but not

I dont get how these creatures are described as 'glowing' but they only glow under UV light...bloody useless! We need the nightlight monkeys and we need them now.

Admittedly they could be useful for working in nightclubs as glowing waiters.

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Obama pledges 3% of GDP for science

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Great news

Now this really is good news, not good for the UK though we need to do something similar. Investment is Science will bring serious financial benefits in the future if directly correctly.

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Amazon UK kicks off low-end price scuffle with iTunes

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Amazon Top it

It may just be a stunt and short lived re: 29p tracks but I've used amazon a fair bit for MP3s and they have been V. competitively priced with no DRM and high quality.

No DRM and cheap, why would you use iTunes again? I think Apple needed some serious competition to kick them into gear and this might do it.

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Apple iTunes Store goes '100% DRM-free' - allegedly

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Amazon

Regardless of how it happened the facts are Amazon is generally cheaper (albums from £3 songs from 59p) and DRM Free, it doesn't seem a hard choice really.

Fair enough upgrade your old albums on iTunes then buy everything from Amazon from now on ;)

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Microsoft slashes US Xbox 360 to sub-Wii price

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Wii Vs Xbox

Mmmm flames, I don't own an Xbox but it is more powerful and has a wider range of games. I don't know anyone who has owned a wii for more than 6 months who is still using it.

They get Wii fever and then they get over it. Wow special controllers quirky games big whoop.

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Sony e-book reader to debut in UK tomorrow

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Can Do

Yes it can do PDFs and its not 'late to market' its 'late to this market' been out in the US for longer than the kindle. They previous version has been out for well over a year.

I bought one from the US and its one of my fav gadgets.

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Privacy watchdog hoists Google by its own petard

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Blank out

Not just in the article:

I assume the article blanking is a joke with reference to the linked PDF as simply copying the text or images in the PDF reveals what is blacked out.

Jim

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Alan Sugar leaves Amstrad

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@ Ben Cross

I think the £800 was a joke about a probably property crash... :)

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Will your mobile squeal to the police?

Jim Cosser

Re: Confused

Odin,

I think thats what the article is saying, the the area used least is generally blank space especially on something as large as the iPhone.

If it constantly puts it in blank space then the deleted files are rarely overwritten until the whole 16GB is used.

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Google unveils Image Search image ads

Jim Cosser

Images in google

They already shoe-horn in images in the normal search results. Anyone remember google being quick and image free once upon a time?

I hate the YouTube vids they shoe-horn in (Who owns YouTube again?) with thumbnails.

But now ads in image search, another fine way to slow down your searching and bloat your bandwidth.

Thanks google for 'improving my experience'

Someone recommend and competitor I wont feel dirty using.

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Jacqui Smith un-downgrades cannabis

Jim Cosser
Unhappy

Wasted my time

Well I've wasted my time contacting Gordon Brown and Jacqui Smith and my local MP just to see what they will say.

I don't care what classification Cannabis is as long as its done fairly and its well researched and is sound policy. But they go and waste my money getting a report only to ignore it, not good.

To contact GB asking him why he said cannabis is lethal when the lethal dose its 1500 pounds consumed orally click below :)

http://www.number-10.gov.uk/output/Page821.asp

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French sites fined for linking to privacy-invading Kylie content

Jim Cosser

Re: Google?

Google is automated, this was as they said 'An editorial decision' so its very different.

Whether is right or not is another matter.

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Sony pledges Blu-ray Profile 2.0 PS3 update this month

Jim Cosser

Interactive content

Why do I have a feeling this is going to be more irritating than useful?

Also what happens when companies forget to renew their domains and the naughty people get hold of them? Can we expect PS3 Targetted malware? or just porn ads on our Blu-Ray discs?

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Chancellor props up SMBs with loans, gov work

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Corp tax rise

No mention of the *small* business corporation tax rise then?

"While business was pleased to see the main rate cut, there was dismay among smaller firms that the rate they pay would rise from 19% to 22% in 2009"

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HMV blames rival for PS3 PlayTV pre-order puzzle

Jim Cosser

Re: Nice try

The PS3 has standard laptop HDs user upgradeable, and accepts USB HDs, who cares what comes as standard?

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Coastguard, plods swoop on fake Facebook yachtmaster

Jim Cosser

Lies

'The writer is a former professional seafarer...He was also for some of those years an RYA-qualified sailing instructor.'

I dont believe you lewis, upload your certificate :)

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Dial-a-phone 4u?

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Dial-A-Phone bad!

Seriously bad company, took them 3 months to delivery my PS3 that was supposed to come with my contract and that was after much hassle.

Why would you keep that brand? oh right Phones4u is mildly more hated, I see.

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Former top brass call for first-strike nuke option

Jim Cosser
Joke

Bomb anyone?

This is a great idea, we can bomb anyone we want and with a nuke there is no need to find any WMDs as we've blown the enemy's weapons to dust!

I bet Tony wish he thought of that one.

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Nintendo kills Wii ads due to console shortage

Jim Cosser

Demand restriction

I know many people who have got interested in the wii purely because they have heard about the stock shortages, it creates intrigue and its great marketing.

If you get plenty in stock in early/mid December you gain sales not lose them.

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Wii tops online search poll

Jim Cosser

Wii stock?

So Coventry is the only city with stock, all my stores locally seem to have it in stock. I thought it was a normal Nintendo 'get it in stock just before Christmas' scam.

Anyone else seem them in stock? or should I be buying them all and flogging on ebay?

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Dell punts $4450 World of Warcraft notebook

Jim Cosser

Strange...

Ok it may not be the strangest thing about this story but surely anyone who likes WoW that much is going to already have a copy of the bloody game?

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UK database of children delayed

Jim Cosser

Poll tax

Rioting in the streets please, or at the very least more people donating to no2id.

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Will Darling's data giveaway kill off ID cards?

Jim Cosser

Gave mine

Glad the No2ID campaign called the pledge in. Also a godsend taking paypal :o)

http://www.no2id.net/

Maybe they will help look after/limit our data.

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Amazon's $399 folly book reader

Jim Cosser

Ugly!

This machine is HUGE and ugly, I have to say though my PRS500 (sonys baby) is the best gadget I have ever bought (and thats a lot!)

Eink displays are pretty damn cool I much prefer reading books on my Sony reader than in paperback as its easier to handle I can carry hundreds with me and if you have a small attention span you can flick between any of them instantly.

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US man dies in Taser incident

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@Joe

Personally? Scared shitless. I just think they are not thought of as dangerous and so may end up being used 'routinely'

Also Dan, those are pretty good ideas on making police more accountable.

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Met's de Menezes photo 'manipulated', says prosecution

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Andy Tut tut

Nice excuse for a Paris icon at the last minute there! didnt see it coming.

As for the terrorism comments, I have to agree terrorism barely exists in the UK. I'd like to see the statistics I bet more people die from 9 Volt batteries.

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Pilot sacked for footie star on flightdeck shocker

Jim Cosser

Email them

It might not make a difference but I dropped them an email and I will avoid traveling with them in future.

A serious lack of common sense is more hazardous to my health than the likelihood of any terrorist attacking me (What are the actual odds of a terrorist attack? I think people have lost their way...)

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Italian website names 40GB PS3 price

Jim Cosser

PS3 HD

Yes in answer to the HD questions I've upgraded my PS3 to 160 Gb and it doesnt invalidate warranty in fact they have made it really easy to do.

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US men wrangle over three-year-old amputated leg

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Dollar to Pound?

Joe you yankie lover, those conversions are very favourable considering the current exchange rate! :)

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Best Buy adds disclaimer to 'secret website'

Jim Cosser

Re: PC World UK; 2GB USB stick: web £12, in-store £30

Isn't their tag line -Internet prices to take home today?

Ouch.

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New cracks in Google mail

Jim Cosser

RE: RE: security? what security??

Paul,

Hardly a fair comparison, how many users did your Uni mail have vs Gmail.

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Email with attachements?

If it forwards all email with attachments won't that just be all spam now?

Since attachments are the new signal for spam this doesnt seem like a great filter.

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Halo 3 packaging in disk-scratch rumpus

Jim Cosser

Xbox or Covers?

Wasn't there a story of the console itself eating discs for breakfast? I guess microsoft don't want you to have your games for too long.

I have to agree with Scottie Halo is bland and Deus Ex was an amazing game.

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Sony delays launch of PS3 virtual community

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Games cost the earth?

"which is what happens when you buy one and realise you can't afford mortgage payments and the games cost the earth each"

They cost from £31 to £40 how is that any more expensive that any other next gen console? or even PS2 games?

People really need to look at reality not just make things up.

PS3 games are cheap, the only fair criticism is that there aren't more.

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Brussels deploys Galileo rescue plan

Jim Cosser

Farmers?

Can we give the 'unspent' money to the farmers currently getting robbed by our governments cock up with foot and mouth please?

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