* Posts by leexgx

223 posts • joined 19 Jan 2009

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Virgin Media spoof email mystery: Customers take to Facebook

leexgx

Re: Migrated from Google to it's own

very unlikely its google more likely virgin is storing the emails in an accessible way without a password, not sure why virgin went down the trouble of moving part of the way off google mail as it worked perfectly fine until they removed all the gmail brandings and services from the account (its still a gmail account just it now only uses gmail UI now and none of its protections it had in the past)

like yahoo does accept you can see that they accessed your email account without a password on yahoo, well you used to be able to until they removed the detailed login/IP history page

it relates to this problem on yahoo

http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/03/06/despite-its-efforts-to-fix-vulnerabilities-yahoos-mail-users-continue-reporting-hacking-incidents/#gref

that yahoo have been having for a long time and people's yahoo accounts are still been silently compromised now, they seem to login via the yahoo mail app without a password once they are in they then access the website version and then scan all emails and contacts and send a burst of spam out (this issue still happens as my customer last week had 2 out of there 4 yahoo/btinternet mail accounts accessed for spam sending, they use thunderbird)

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TalkTalk confesses: Scammers have data about our engineers' visits to your home

leexgx

Re: Yes but...

"" misusing personal data of UK citizens might not be an offence in India.""

yes but it is still an offence in the UK that talktalk have committed as a company

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Three: We won't hike prices if you say yes to £10.5bn O2 merger

leexgx

you may find in the next month or 2 that you might lose it

it depends what your real plan is + discounts (as yours is likely the AYCE plan not "the One Plan")

as mine is £25 "The One Plan" with a rolling £2 and £5 monthly discount and i have not lost it or had an email or letter to say i going to lose it (i can get the AYCE plan for £15 so they lose £2-3 if they try to push me onto the £30 plan)

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T-Mobile US's BingeOn does break net neutrality, says law prof

leexgx

....

Picky (i just type what i think, at least it was not a wall of text)

I still think the BingeOn is fine as once you're aware of it (i assume via text and email) you can just turn it off or back on (main benefit is companies that are opted in does not count towards your data allowance)

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leexgx

big fuss over nothing

i cant see the fuss in all of this

if you don't like BringOn we'll Turn it off

simples (when t-mobile was a thing in the UK mobile broadband sticks had compression options that you could turn off and on if you wished)

if traffic shaping was permanently set to 480p like quality (600kbs?) then that would be a problem

when T-mobile was a thing in the UK can traffic shape right to the bit rate limit some how as that how it used to annoying fail in the UK, had to use a VPN to get full speeds as they was streaming the youtube video dead on bit rate it was streaming at so had no chance to refill the buffer at any time apart from when it ran out, which happened every 10 seconds (VPN active it let it fill at 30 second buffer)

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BT blames 'faulty router' for mega outage. Did they try turning it off and on again?

leexgx

Re: Wuh!?

i would of thought this was the Login server that crashed (as routers that had not disconnected stayed working or the one at work never went off) they really need to make the authentication server redundant at least this time it was only 2 hours not 12

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Windows 10 will now automatically download and install on PCs

leexgx

just turn off recommended updates (only need important ones, unless MS moves windows 10 as a security update then there could be problems if they did that)

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BT dismisses MPs' calls to snap off Openreach as 'wrong-headed'

leexgx

Re: Privatisation

i believe BT was blocked from rolling out fiber in the 1990s (as it would of made them a bigger monopoly or somthing rubbish like that)

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Research: By 2017, a third of home Wi-Fi routers will power passers-by

leexgx

its not a "guest function"

its not a "guest function" its a hotspot

https://www.bt.com/btfon

you can log into that page with your BT email and password (the one that you use to access your billing page normally) and you can opt out of it then but you lose access to all of BT wifi as well

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Broadband-pushers expand user piggyback rides on private Wi-Fi

leexgx

Re: I pay for my broadband, why should I share it?

then turn it off then (you also lose the ability to use it as well then)

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500Gbps DDoS attack flattens world record

leexgx

problem is when your at pass 500Gbps is not about blocking it you start to break the internet itself in places before it even gets to the ISPs/target that don't have that 500Gbps links

one DDoS had take out 2-3 ISPs temporary due to the flood of data as they started to target transient providers gateways that had Routable IP addresses

bcp38 needs implementing at ISP levels and openDNS and time servers the hosting providers should automatically cut them off when they are running services like that

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Samsung sued over 'lackadaisical' Android security updates

leexgx

Re: Move along, nothing to see

but the problem is mobile operators are selling New 1-3 year old phones that are not going to be supported for more then a year or not at all (as not everyone gets £50 contracts) think about the samsung Ace phones or phones £40-120 most of them are years old when sold to begin with

and on top of the mobile operator not pushing updates out as well, most operators stop updates for phones after a year (the phone was officially released not when it was sold) don't expect any more updates, unless its an iphone or windows phone (windows phones Upgrades can only be delayed for 6 months and security updates can not be blocked on windows phone even if its sold from an Mobile operator)

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Adblock Plus blocked from attending ad industry talkfest

leexgx

Re: Keep on with the autoplaying auto-expanding video, sound, and light-show free-for-all

goto hardocp.com (its a tech site) fourms and even talk about adblock they ban your account (the site owner admin bans you)

i surprised he has not implemented an adblock detection to auto ban people (he is very anti adblock) or main page block the site access

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Yahoo! Mail! Had! Nasty! XSS! Bug!

leexgx

Re: What about the address book being stolen?

they don't know your password yahoo seems have an issue that, the spam people can steal your session ID (don't ask me how) and once in they scan every single email you have as well as address book and then send an link to each email (as to why you get so many delivery failed messages)

note this also bypasses the 2 factor login that yahoo poorly implements

you Must make sure you have a Valid phone number or email attached to your account Before you change your password, as once you change the password your account will get locked out as the spammer Bot tries to use your account multiple times to send spam again and in turn locking it out (an customer i had went to yesterday lucky had a number on the account as they changed the password even though i told them not to until i come around but did it any way, but there number was on the account so all was good in the end)

this happened to 4-5 people i know, they did not disclose their password (well at least 2 of them did as they use yahoo from the email app and 1 of them had 2factor enabled as well )

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Aircraft now so automated pilots have forgotten how to fly

leexgx

on the airbus when in alternate mode it still has Flight envelope limits they are just set to their limits (like been able to pitch up 40 angle and have the plane in a sliding stall, an boeing plane would of likely kicked in self preservation anti stall mode at that point and nosedived the plane automatically so you could recover it)

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leexgx

Re: Air France Flight 447

yep if he had let go of it at any time the plane would of automatically levelled off (self preservation mode), the problem was when they pushed forward the stall warning happened when he pull back it went into second LAW and the stall warning stopped as the plane now was to slow for it to understand its stalling (pitotubes not enough airflow) as when they went forward witch was the correct action for all of the flight it would of fixed the problem but Bowin was pulling back for the 5 minuets that the plane was in a stall

the problem with airbus it is like flying a flight simulator but you're in the air, its not natural to fly when something goes wrong, almost all crashes on airbus have been due to confusion between pilot and the flight systems (but they just call it pilot error which is true, but it should have a better defined detailed name) ideally as its fly by wire system the main Law and second law should not allow the plane to be put into stall condition to the point it actually cuts out the stall warning due to the low speed and high pitch upwards (and as there is no force feedback there is no stick shaker on the joystick on airbus),

if you had put a boeing plane in this same stall condition the plane would of automatically put the plane into a nosedive when it overrides sticks and engines automatically go to full power,it sets the Trims to Full and rudder goes hard left or hard right to force the plane into a nosedive so you can recover the plane

or alternately witch you're trained to do in a stall warning condition on the new fly by wire boeing planes is just Let go of the Sticks, the self perversion will automatically level off the plane and recover automatically out of the stall by all means possible like flaps, engine power to level off (this happens when autopilot is off and no one had there hands on their sticks)

almost all boeing crashes have been mechanical or genuine pilot error or (not flying the plane) some other factor that may of not been pilot error , whereas airbus it tends to be more complicated on why it happened

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Microsoft’s Get Windows 10 nagware shows signs of sentience

leexgx

Re: It gets worse, with latest iteration of Windows Update. [...]

that has been bugging me as well windows update on first check after install (i use slipstream i never going to install 200 updates, 20 or less is better) if you are going to do that many updates do them in 60 at a time (or no more than 100 in one go as it starts going)

is taking upto 1 hour to check (1-3 hours on AMD cpus or Low Powered CPUs based off the ATOM cpu the intel ones with a N in them or p4 or c2d)

once you have all the updates it does it very quickly

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EE, O2, Giffgaff, BT Mobile customers cut off as mobile networks fail

leexgx

none UK time zone at the bottom

whats the point in post the PT time zone on a UK article ?

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Hate your broadband ISP? Simply tell your city to build one – that'll get the telcos' attention

leexgx

Google fiber

google seems to be getting around the cable monopoly in USA by each states giving them their own category for broadband/internet/leased line (or just calling them a leased line as that is what google is installing effectively as they don't provide cable tv or phone)

in the UK its more do you have a silly amount of money and will people pay 2-3x the price of normal broadband and have a 250GB cap on a 1gb connection

BT is the only company that can do it i the UK and still be profitable after 10 years

as they are doing FTTC/VDSL first then G.Fast (on the pole or street level) and FTTP where needed (talking 5-10 years before FTTP is an easily orderable service and affordable

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Password reset invoked after vBulletin.com forum software site defaced

leexgx

and its all still using MD5 hashing as well (unless they changed that)

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BT Openreach boss says UK telcos need 'predictable regulation'

leexgx

Re: Damned if you do and damned if you don't

virgin media is DOCSIS based (FTTN) so distance is not as important its more the power level (each repeater cab has taps with higher or lower power for longer and short lines

more likely the FTTN cab was overloaded or some other fault that was screwing up the power levels to your premise is messed up

as FTTC is VDSL so its just ADSL but wider bandwidth but shorter lines

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How Microsoft will cram Windows 10 even harder down your PC's throat early next year

leexgx

pre loading win10

what they don't say is that 3G download is automatically done if you receive a copy or not (all my systems that had recommended updates turned on have re downloaded the 3GB on each of them) i have now removed the GWX update and by default now never turn on recommended updates (just important and Microsoft updates only)

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US librarians defy cops, Feds – and switch on their Tor exit node

leexgx

all i see NSA doing is installing traffic sniffers on each library now (does not have to be in the library) as they have more points now to sniff data on the exit nodes

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Apple downgrades iPhone 6S with wimpy 1715mAh battery

leexgx

Re: Yeah, I noticed The Register is in Apple Hate Mode

dam lost me post STOP USING SCRIPT that wipes the text OUT please, pressing back should keep my text (it shows a Gray text of what was in there to wind up people)

any way making phones thinner but not making the battery bigger is not what the customers want they want a nice phone that lasts the whole day (or even 2) without having to hunt for power

my friend still has my motorola RAZOR MAXX and its an amazing phone (yes its old, yes its a dual core cpu, its old) and he easy still getting 2 days of battery life (5-6 years old and i got it second hand)

but even at 20% battery left on any other phone you're lucky if it lasts much longer then 1-2 hours but on the maxx phone its like ok i can't really stream video any more now phone will last another 8-12 hours or even longer if data is turned off

why cant phone makers make a more functional phone by adding the battery it needs instead of what they can get away with so it can just about last a day (not sure why Motorola have not made another MAXX range phone as there HD phone old and needs replacing) only samsung note 3-4 have a large enough battery (with out having to add an extra battery) to use it for what it was made for and that is media consumption (i ignore the note 5 as they have not made the battery bigger and it lacks a removable battery no SD card slot, and no UK release yet)

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AT&T fingers BT's brass neck, wishes it could throttle it

leexgx

Re: AT&T talking nonsense, nothing new there

all i seen is prices going up as line rental is now over £16 (not that i am on BT line, virgin media witch is USA version of comcast, AT&t is like BT, and Verizon is most like Vodafone )

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Cracktivists pop 11 MEELLION Ashley Madison passwords

leexgx

Re: Two factor security?

this is what happens when you roll your own security and you think you know better

if they had no hashed the password twice one with very time consuming one that takes the guessing down to about 150 guess a second per GPU (witch is good) but they also for some dumb reason to a MD5 one that allows you to do over billions as they converted all upper cases into lower so they only needed to do abc123 not AbC123 and then quickly compare it to the bcrypt hash to confirm them (they have to do some variations like Cat1 cat1 cAt1 caT1 until they got a hash match, typically the first one matchs as most passwords start with a Capital letter if your forced to have one upper case and a number)

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LTE will catch up with 3G by 2020: Ericsson

leexgx

Re: Hmm, that depends

IoT tend to use 2G as its free to use and rock solid hardly ever falls over

3G and 4G small cost to using it and is more complicated for the chinese to implement and not as stable as 2G (3G can stall as well)

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Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1

leexgx

Re: You Know Windows 10 Is Going To Be Good...

i know quite a number of systems that are not strictly legitimate (or not at all) but i seen this Free upgrade is been offered on systems i quite sure its not going to be valid on (guess if they do install it i can see lots of KMS installs to correct it, as it should not even start the install unless its eligible)

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UK.gov confirms it's binned extended Windows XP support

leexgx

Re: Love it...

so i guess that means they installed Malwarebytes anti-malware and malwarebytes anti-exploit and are using firefox or Chrome (but guess they have gov sites that do not work with anything but IE)

and the extended windows update support option has also been enabled on each system

(make a text file and save it as a .reg file)

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\WPA\PosReady]

"Installed"=dword:00000001

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Verizon: fibre is MUCH cheaper than copper, we're going all-FTTP

leexgx

Re: Aluminium cable?

Aluminum cabling i think was due to shortages in copper cable the only thing you can do to get BT to change it is damage it your self so they have to replace all of it (most of the time they still Cheap out and only replace the section that is broken not the whole length

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leexgx

Re: There's only one reason to tear out copper

but unless you know fiber does not have Power , with PSTN networks the phone exchange providers the power and typically have a generator on larger phone exchanges (or batteries on smaller exchanges to last about 2 days as tis not that hard to keep the phone PSTN network active, but they only have to keep it live for 12 hours by law i think but most norm over sized)

with FTTP VoIP your reliant on the 8-16 hour UPS to keep the Fiber working for the phone (that's standby time not active) so most are dead by the time they need to use it and thats assuming the fiber node has not Lost power (most lack backup power at FTTC nodes for FTTP to the house)

some Primarily mobile masts have a backup generator or backup batteries

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Norton Internet Security antivirus update 'borked Internet Explorer'

leexgx

this explains why IE was crashing on an number of system (that for some reason are using IE not chrome or firefox)

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Enough is ENOUGH: It's time to flush Flash back to where it came from – Hell

leexgx

Re: This is or isn't funny....

just have click to play enabled (Chrome/firefox/opera only) and adblock and most issues are not there

if your using IE well you're a sitting duck sorry (no adblock or click to play flash)

i wonder how long its going to take chrome to treat Flash like Java (click to play is forced if java app wants to load in chrome)

one thing i have noticed most malware nowadays looks for vmware or sandboxie, if it detects them on your system it will not do stage 3 normally (drop the full payload onto your system) as its likely your a whitehat or company looking these droppers (most likely why i have never seen it on my system) as vmware or sandboxie is unlikely to be on an normal persons computer best to just not load droppers onto systems that have them tools on your system

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UK not-spot deal: When we said '2017’, we meant 1 DAY BEFORE 2018

leexgx

Re: Coverage as listed by whom?

i wish mobile operators would use Old T-mobile signal coverage map as they showed you in 5 stages (you could ignore the first 1 or 2 if your indoors as it really meant no signal) most coverage maps now are very poor as they show indoor and outdoor or no coverage (3 is the worst for it)

and as 3 uses a lot of t-mobile masts (well really its a 50/50 share mast with 3/t-mobile) if you was doing a coverage check you used to be better going to t-mobile website to get real coverage for 3 network

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NSA gunning for Google, wants cop-spotting dropped from Waze app

leexgx

Re: Just radar, not police.

the spotting is used manly for marking police speed traps or Drunk traps, fastest way to get though one is to turn around so you get pulled so you can go faster

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Then there were 3: Another UK mobile network borged ...

leexgx

spectrum

What is surprising is that o2 nor 3 paid for any 2600 spectrum, the issue with that is you really need that 2600 band in dense areas like train stations or events as 2600 is perfect for it show range but can handle large amount of data on 4g

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Telefónica to offload O2 to Three daddy Hutchison for £10.25bn

leexgx

Re: Possible problems

What would be nice is that this could give 3 users later on access to 2g network as o2 uses 2g900 and I think 2g1800 (i have not checked what o2 uses on 2g) so at least you he able to make a call when you have no 3g signal on 3 network, 3 would be able to completely remove the 2g roaming agreement with EE as well (as o2 2g network is the best out of all networks in the uk)

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Future imperfect: A UK broadband retrospective

leexgx

Re: Actually ISDN still is popular in Germany

ISDN is norm used for phone systems (most places i goto have 2 ISDN lines that provides 2 phone lines per ISDN box all with the same number)

been looking into FTTP lease lines (100mb fiber berar with but paying for 10/10 with option to go up in speed at any time) you can run Sip lines over it and has a 5 hour SLA agreement

only down side its about £430-500 (excluding VAT!) its £420 for 10/10 and around £500 for 100/100 (thats before you add each sip line at around £10 each) but some business places cant get FTTC (the DP box in big warehouses units is inside the unit itself)

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leexgx

Re: About time councils put their foot down

i would not move there is FTTC was not available (or virgin but extremely ulicky on new estates)

it should be Mandatory that FTTC and Virgin should be wired in (the first New estate that actually did it has Virgin is Wired to the premises (wires are sticking out of the hole at the house) with BT FTTC as an option as well

compared to boston boulevard what had like form intermediately working 0.3mb to 2mb ADSL with no FTTC or virgin for last 5-6 years (i do believe they are now installing or have installed FTTC now) mad thing is the area it is connected to is Full virgin area

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Hold the front page: Spain's anti-Google lobbyists lobby for Google News return

leexgx

g

all google will do is pull the google news site down and then de rank all news sites and probably ignore any paid google ads they have paid for

and if they did not want google to use there PUBLIC web pages they should've used the robots.txt file if they did not want to be listed on google search

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DAMN YOU! Microsoft blasts Google over zero-day blabgasm

leexgx

Re: Sorry, but Google were uttely wrong.

i agree with google posting the zero day, but Not the Proof if concept code that should of been held back for a bit

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4K off, Google Fiber: Comcast, Broadcom tout 2Gbps cable

leexgx

as long as you do not want to stream netflix you be fine

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Universal Pictures told off for scaring kids with nasty vid

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El Reg tests portable breathalyzers: Getting drunk so you don't have to

leexgx

tests

when doing the tests you should wait until 30 minutes have passed so you not get an accurate result and you brake the Breathalyzer tester due to moisture (as you did nearly twice)

the police must wait 30 minutes so the alcohol can clear the mouth of excess boos

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Want to have your server pwned? Easy: Run PHP

leexgx

Re: Seriously, he actually believed the advertised PHP version on the server?

the thing is most do not how to use PHP or version most just install it and forget it and use it until they get hacked

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Internet Explorer 12 to shed legacy cruft in bid to BEAT Chrome

leexgx

Re: What a mess

the number of random windows 8 systems that i have been dealing with lately that have randomly trashed themselves is bit higher for me at the moment (probably user fault for blindly installing 15-30 unwanted softwares on there pc and one of them makes a change that makes the system unbootable)

only good thing about windows 8 is only takes 5 minutes to use the reset windows back to when it was first installed (be nice if there was a simple automatic weekly backup like windows 7 had as that makes system image of the system as well)

i been finding the Refresh option bit unreliable as takes to long to do it and i still have to mess around to Fix broken things that break after using refresh option, the first one was UAC boxes Not working (as in not popping up, fix for that was make new admin account delete borken account re add the account)

the newest one is when installing software the installer starts as Normal app will fail to unpack setup files (says it does not have access to Temp folder) unless its run as admin or it asks for admin right from the start (most installers now ask midway for admin), i got to the point with windows 8 now where not going to use refresh any more as its faster to just backup the data and use the reset option (but thats really the poor mans low intelligence Tech way to fix it as i like to know what caused the issue in the first place, at least with windows 7 you can norm fix it in windows 8 once Metro start screen brakes you lose access to over half of the parts of the OS you can norm access)

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Sony FINGERS DDoS attackers for ruining PlayStation's Xmas

leexgx

most news TV are making it sound like a hacker has taken down PSN and Xbox when its a DDoS that has taken it down (and they also fail to say that very likely Kim D likey stopped it after offering them free mega accounts but i guess the public facing news site may have a gag order not to disclose this information)

there are lots of ways of mitigating attacks like this but who knows if they would do it as it cost money and bandwidth

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Hilton, Marriott and co want permission to JAM guests' personal Wi-Fi

leexgx

Re: Money hungry bastards

in the UK most B&B/small hotels use The cloud wifi witch is free after reg or login (very rare some use O2 Wifi witch is free and branded BT wifi normally free but sometimes is not, if its just BTwifi its not free)

its recommended you use a VPN if using a free wifi and paid wifi at any location (especially if its BT wifi as they force google to not Use SSL)

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leexgx

Re: So I just take a USB cable with me?

does not help for your devices that lack that option (limited to laptops and some china china tablets that have USB ports)

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Ad-borne Cryptowall ransomware is set to claim FRESH VICTIMS

leexgx

Re: Complacency

you do not need to click on Just been on the Page is enough to screw you and they can be Prime website that have mass of traffic

the ads are loaded with scripts that are setup to cycle until they hit the one that makes the browser run an exploit in the browser and run the code that runs cryptolocker or alike (lucky all the ones i removed was the scareware versions that all they did was set all the files to system+hidden, cryptolocker actually encrypts the files so pay or lose your files if you never backed up and most do not)

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