4 posts • joined Sunday 12th July 2009 20:37 GMT
One can expect things like this to happen because the whole world of ethical hacking is actually pretty recent in the grand scheme of things. Perhaps in time these companies will develop a better approach when responding to things like this. The correct coarse of action would be to consult the author and figure out a way to fix the vulnerability. After which the tools can still be useful to other companies that may also be vulnerable and in doing this they will be able to better protect their customers. People like the guy in this article just want to get a little credit for finding something really clever and they are not to be feared. When you turn a blind eye to it or react harshly it will discourage ethical hackers from sharing future findings. We would still be on WEP if it weren't for people like this who were trying to make everyone more safe and secure. The people at Paypal must be completely clueless to these things which genuinely makes me concerned for that sites security. I think I will find another means of paying for things online...
I want to know why it is disabled too. Even if it is trivial to reenable it I still want to know why it was disabled in the first place. I managed to reenabled it on my VGN-AR630E but this still feels sleezy and I don't think I will buy anymore Sony products.
Crap like this...
I knew I wasn't alone in being pissed about this and I am glad to finally see it get some media coverage. I specifically bought a more expensive laptop so I could get a CPU with VT. Now that I actually get around to using the VT with the latest version of VBox I find it doesn't work. I think a class action suit is in order because they should have made buyers aware of this so they don't buy the laptop thinking it does VT when it doesn't! They need to release bios updates or something to fix this...
Huge fail for Sony and any other PC maker that cripples their PC.
Does anyone really NEED a MID/Netbook?
Running a full copy of Windows on a device that will likely never be used for much more than surfing the internet seems silly. I think Android or Chrome would be well suited to this task but not any more so than what Linux is already currently offering. In the end choice is good but unless people understand what those choices stand for they will not be capable of making them. While I have always been interested in the MID I think it missed its chance to catch on when smartphones got so good. Take your average netbook for example; it does nothing that a decent smartphone doesn’t already do and most of it the smart phone actually does better. The only people who buy netbooks are people who thought they were buying a real laptop because they couldn’t tell the difference except for size. They keep trying to find a home for these niche products and I think they are too late because the modern smart phone has pretty much already taken it. What we need here is Atom powered smartphones running full x86 code. Not another device already doing what a smart phone does just on a slightly larger screen. IMHO of course but that is the way I see it. I am not the least bit interested in a netbook or a MID because in the end I would just be doing the same things I already do on my smartphone.