* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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US mega-hack: White House orders govt IT to do what it should have done in the first place

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Re: On the other hand ...

If your agents turn out a bit deader than earlier or you have to "retire" them pronto, you HAVE to admit something has leaked tremendously. Especially as fixing this particular kimono-opening will take a decade or two will less than stellar HUMINT (even less stellar than currently, that is ... ).

I also notice that there currently is suspicious failure in visa processing apparently due to the fact that US ambassies abroad can no longer put out processing requests to the US ... a likely story ... I don't see how that is related by tinfoil hat ON!

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SCHNELL! PIN IT ON ... MANNING ... I meant SNOWDEN!

Yep. 100% sounds like THE FIX IS IN!

I never heard that there were "things to crack" in Snowden's files or anything that would particularly identify agents nor that his stuff has come into the hand of China (how?) or Russia (though that might well be possible). AFAIK, he just snaffeled the dayglo presentations of powerpoint-addicted staffers. And if they HAVE been cracked ... backdoor in your shitty crypto, sir ... suits you!

Britain has pulled out agents from live operations in "hostile countries" after Russia and China cracked top-secret information contained in files leaked by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, the Sunday Times reported.

Uh-huh!

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Re: Slamming of barn doors...

Operation FREEDOM HORSE

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Even the Navy has decided to check out the "cyberwarfare" pork barrel. I think a slight rejiggling in priorities is in order.

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Oh man

This is going to be ONE TOUGH WEEKEND!

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Boffins, feeling around in dark for Philae, lit up by bright spot on Comet 67/P

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Re: Oh so?

some explode above land, some hit target below water

Some explode in the factory, whence we got ISO 9000 which is now inappropriately applied to IT projects.

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I see the problem!

"I have landed on Phobos and am being attacked by a Z-class cruiser. Think I can hold out until you come, but hurry."

(...)

Then K.15's ship stopped blasting. It had obviously exhausted its fuel, and was doing a little better than six kilometers a second away from the sun. K.15 must have landed, for his ship was now speeding helplessly out of the solar system. Commander Smith didn't like the message it was broadcasting, and guessed that it was running into the track of an approaching warship at some indefinite distance, but there was nothing to be done about that. The Doradus began to move toward Phobos, anxious to waste no time.

On the face of it, Commander Smith seemed the master of the situation. His ship was armed with a dozen heavy guided missiles and two turrets of electro-magnetic guns. Against him was one man in a space-suit, trapped on a moon only twenty kilometers across. It was not until Commander Smith had his first good look at Phobos, from a distance of less than a hundred kilometers, that he began to realize that, after all, K. 15 might have a few cards up his sleeve.

Arthur C. Clarke: "Hide and Seek" (1949)

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How much info did hackers steal on US spies? Try all of it

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Re: Dear US of A

Well, the surveillance state seems to be shovel-ready.

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Dossiers on US spies, military snatched in 'SECOND govt data leak'

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After Snowden's Summer of Surveillance..

...the Feds' Summer of Exfiltrage.

Everyone is contributing to this show!

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Confusion reigns as Bundestag malware clean-up staggers on

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Der Overtake ist jetzt complete!

Watchdog fears it would be easier to throw away whole IT system and start again

What we have here is an electronic brownfield generator.

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GAZE upon our HI-RES DWARF PICS of Pluto, beams proud NASA

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Deconvolution?

Gimp > Filters > Enhance > Sharpen

I guess that's the one. As it runs the heat diffusion process in reverse, which is not uniquely determined, artifacts may appear indeed.

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ISP Level 3 goes TITSUP after giganto traffic routing blunder

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Re: Tolerate a nuclear attack my arse!

ProTip: The Internet was NOT made to tolerate a nuclear attack.

See also: Paul Baran

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Re: #WhoBrokeTheInternet

MALAYSIA STRONG!

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4 new twists that push the hacker attack on millions of US govt workers into WTF land

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discovered during a product demo

"And here we see that data was copied to an IP address in .... ?"

T-Rex teleports into a Dilbert strip!

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Now on the blackboard...

NOTHING TO HIDE, NOTHING TO FEAR!

NOTHING TO HIDE, NOTHING TO FEAR!

NOTHING TO HIDE, NOTHING TO FEAR!

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Facebook: Your code sucks, and we don't even have to run it to tell

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That's a bug that is not apparent, for example a null-pointer exception that has not manifested yet. It generally indicates the use of imperative languages firmly rooted in the 60s, scant knowledge of development hygiene and/or the presence of hot-shot programmers who are actually too green to know what they are doing.

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Google's super-AI boffin, Bilderberg nobs, and a secret Austrian confab

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Re: Machine gun helipcopters, Radars, cell/mobile blocking antennas..move along

For this kind of over-the-top X-files levels of security I would hope that they are finishing Himmler's plan to summon the Ancients using hebrew letters cunningly painted in silver inside a pentagram shape (I suppose the Bilderbergs have lore on this, right?)

Then Google wonks will try to tame it and connect it to us all: "Search Ancient wisdom directly using the new Google brain interface"

When the sheeple wake up, it will be too late and ISIS will be the last chance of humanity...

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Facebook ditches HTML mobe future in favour of Zuck-style JavaScript

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Re: Bizarre

Hairball as a Service!

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Re: Java != JavaScript

Argh, it has been fixed.

It's too late. It was always too late...

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Teaching kids to code is self-defence, not a vocational skill

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Start with the basics.

Kids can't use computers... and this is why it should worry you

TL;DR? Why not just go watch another five second video of a kitten with its head in a toilet roll, or a 140 character description of a meal your friend just stuffed in their mouth. "nom nom". This blog post is not for you.

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Indie review of UK surveillance laws: As you were, GCHQ

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"strong and vital powers"

Anyone who uses verbiage like that is ready for the shrink, a nice uniform with dangling runes, or both.

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But... I... like... the... PAIN! Our secret addiction to 'free' APIs

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And open-source projects are ultimately just as vulnerable to disappearing.

No they aren't. You can put someone from your team on it and fork away. How hard is that? Not enough skills? You have another problem.

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Re: Asked and answered

The ending just disappeared!

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Cops turn Download Festival into an ORWELLIAN SPY PARADISE

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Re: Eugh

More like the Number of the State, which is often associated with Leviathan, the Biblical Sea Monster. "Social Contract Theory" my arse.

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Super Stuxnet's SCADA slaves: security is atrocious

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CDC levels of containment

It is highly specialised targeting the machinery in use at Natanz

Very highly specialized, indeed.

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Kaspersky Lab reveals Duqu 2.0 attack ON ITSELF during Iran nuke talks

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All right, who guessed 'street mapping' for those mystery Apple vans? Congratulations

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Re: I'm confused...

I don't think that a few more gallons of fossil fuels will make a whole lot of difference.

With the fuel burned playing air force for Al Qaeda in Yemen one could probably go to Street View version 10'000.

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'Draconian' French Charteur des Snoopeurs gets senate approval

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Nope, society is destroying itself. It's the easy path, the one to the dark side.

Related: Power Thrives in Complexity

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Config file wipe blunder caused deadly Airbus A400M crash – claim

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Unhappy

Our IT support does this sort of thing daily.

This one will go into the books.

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Condoleezza to China: 'The rules' mean cyber-spying isn't allowed

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...and dropping the telegrams from Washington D.C. into the trash w/o reading, evidently.

The "rapprochement" with Russia in particular excites the lifeforms inside the beltway.

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Re: I can believe her

But she's still panging the birth of the New Middle East.

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Russia's to blame for pro-ISIS megahack on French TV network

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Computer malware and scripts that featured in the attack were typed out on a Cyrillic keyboard and compiled during office hours in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

They must have hired a french voyante with a Crystal Ball.

"We suspect that this activity aligns with Russia’s institutionalized systematic “trolling” – devoting substantive resources to full-time staff who plant comments and content online that is often disruptive, and always favourable to President Putin," FireEye concludes.

Favoring President Putin is not be the thing to do, I suppose.

the BBC reports

The BBC also reports a whole lot of crap on the world political situation that is of bereft of much grounding in reality. I notice that the trade union building in Odessa still "somehow caught fire" in that world.

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Capita wins four out of five stars for 'good', 'inexpensive' service

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Coffee/keyboard

My morning coffee!

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Industrial Wi-Fi kit has hard-coded credentials

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Re: It's a difficult crowd

OLE for Process Control

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Re: Class Action Lawsuit

Ayee! They are heading in the direction of the customer for "unlawful obtention of trade secrets and reverse-engineering of copyrighted security code contrary to section ARSE paragraph SHIT of the DMCA".

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Nutanix did build 'Acropolis' hypervisor, wants you to bury it

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The origin of Nutanix in the breakdown of the bicameral mind!

My god has left me, only vapors remain over Hellas!

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Microsoft: FINE, we'll help your web sessions be secure, SHEESH

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You may want https-over-http tunnelling protocol. Fat blobs of BASE64-encoded stuff in the http exchange? Suits you, sir.

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★★★ Chemo continues ★★★

But there is still much cancer in many locations. The doctor is still unsure about the prognosis!

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It's 2015 and hackers can hijack your Windows PC if you watch a web video

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Re: Missing the Most Important

The most critical problem facing the world is frankly 100% inbred politicians like Obama.

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What's lint?

Can anybody please, please, please SHOOT THESE PEOPLE?

They can then get a tombstone of undestructible Poly(methyl methacrylate) with the inscription "here lies gonzo programmer; he insisted on using C-style languages without a safety net"

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Undetectable NSA-linked hybrid malware hits Intel Security radar

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Re: NSA - Nice Sensible Authority

are a great bunch of people who deserve a pay rise for their invaluable work (just in case they're reading this)

They are the state bureaucracy. They vote themselves their own payrises, numbskull!

No need to sweettalk yourself into a job in the comment section either.

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Voyager 2 'stopped' last week, and not just for maintenance

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Re: V'Ger

How did you lose this ... V-Giny?

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Re: I was a bit sad ...

The Bubble is a perfect sphere, twelve billion kilometres in radius (about twice as wide as the orbit of Pluto), and centred on the sun. It came into being as a whole, in an instant — but because the Earth was eight light-minutes from its centre, the time lag before the last starlight reached us varied across the sky, giving rise to the growing circle of darkness. Stars vanished first from the direction in which The Bubble was closest, and last where it was furthest away — precisely behind the sun.

The Bubble presents an immaterial surface which behaves, in many ways, like a concave version of a black hole’s event horizon. It absorbs sunlight perfectly, and emits nothing but a featureless trickle of thermal radiation (far colder than the cosmic microwave background, which no longer reaches us). Probes which approach the surface undergo red shift and time dilation — but experience no measurable gravitational force to explain these effects. Those on orbits which intersect the sphere appear to crawl to an asymptotic halt and fade to black; most physicists believe that in the probe’s local time, it swiftly passes through The Bubble, unimpeded — but they’re equally sure that it does so in our infinitely distant future. Whether or not there are further barriers beyond is unknown — and even if there are not, whether an astronaut who took the one-way voyage would find the universe outside unaged, or would emerge just in time to witness the moment of its extinction, remains an open question.

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Re: The year is 2065...

And having brought at least one of them back, he'll retreat to his perfect-acoustics room, fit that last stylus and...

... hears LBJ telling the story of who REALLY killed JFK.

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NSFVoyager2?

Why is that guy not safe for Voyager?

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Chips can kill: Official

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Didn't we have that back when Bush went hot with the "surge" idea?

I thought the conclusion was that quantities of AA were overall maybe, possibly not that important. Because the heart will go first...

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Google: Our self-driving cars would be tip-top if you meatheads didn’t crash into them

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Just by having a significant proportion of faultless robo drivers won't make the meatbags drive more recklessly thus raising premiums.

You seem to assume that the insurance market is a monopoly. Not so. "Do you own a robo-car? Our premiums are 30% less than the competition, and we will thrown in a free lawyer in case of accident against meatbags. Call 1-800-DRIVERATOR now!"

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Re: Are humans more cautious around them?

the only thing you might mistake a G-car for is this

Wait until it deploys katana-armed robotic arms.

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Kaspersky says air-gap industrial systems: why not baby monitors, too?

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Re: TCP/IP is the problem

If it is this one, it will surprise you that it is based on TCP/IP among others.

Sounds like a standard identification method, like, you know, exchange of certificates in SSL...

See also RFC6538

The Host Identity Protocol architecture introduces a new namespace, the "host identity" namespace, to the Internet architecture. The express purpose of this new namespace is to allow for the decoupling of identifiers (host identities) and locators (IP addresses) at the internetworking layer of the architecture. The contributors to HIP have expected that HIP will enable alternative solutions for several of the Internet's challenging technical problems, including potentially host mobility, host multihoming, site multihoming, IPv6 transition, NAT traversal, and network-level security. Although there have been many architectural proposals to decouple identifiers and locators over the past 20 years, HIP is one of the most actively developed proposals in this area [book.gurtov].

The Host Identity Protocol itself provides a rapid exchange of host identities (public keys) between hosts and uses a Diffie-Hellman key exchange that is compliant with Sigma ("SIGn-and-MAc") to establish shared secrets between such endpoints [RFC5201]. The protocol is designed to be resistant to Denial-of-Service (DoS) and Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) attacks, and when used together with another suitable security protocol, such as Encapsulated Security Payload (ESP) [RFC4303], it provides encryption and/or authentication protection for upper-layer protocols such as TCP and UDP, while enabling continuity of communications across network-layer address changes.

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