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Your files held hostage by CryptoDefense? Don't pay up! The decryption key is on your hard drive

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This is exactly right.

I've seen CryptoLocker; it's network aware. It got all of the user's files, plus all the files on shares the user had rights to.

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Spooks vs boffins: MIT bods say they've created PRISM-proof encryption

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There is much to say on this, but...

let me say how great the headline is :)

Spooks vs Boffins

+1 El Reg

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Tornado-chasing stealth Batmobile set to invade killer vortices

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Not nearly as exciting...

Wouldn't some sort of RC camera/instrument drone be the thing to build today?

It could still be controlled from the Tornadomaster 9000 van for maximum social badassness, and emergency "oh, crap, it's headed straight for us" use.

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Apple fanbois DENIED: Mac Pro deliveries stalled until April

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"That's no dustbin, ..."

FWIW company I work for ordered one in late December, it arrived last week.

It looks like a small, though roundish, monolith from 2001. The setup instructions even have a step for opening it to look at the insides before hooking up the cables. +1 geek. Pretty cool, but then I'm not the one out of pocket for it. Love it or hate it; either way it's not boring.

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They've taken my storage hostage ... now what?

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Been there...

About two weeks ago I was called in to consult* on a cryptolocker infection.

It was ugly, like Trevor describes, users with local and network share files. All encrypted because it's network aware. They were running two daily backups, but just overwriting and no off-site media. Both backups had run and only had the encrypted versions. We turned up a 14 month old copy of the data from when a new server was put it. It was hard to tell the owner that was the best that could be done, and he took it pretty well - probably already knew.

*confirm their existing/former IT vendor's verdict.

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Amazon yoinks Dora and SpongeBob from Netflix for MEELLLIONS

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Joke

While I agree with you, let me say...

Hey Swiper! No swiping!!

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Smartphone and tablet displays: Reg readers weigh in

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Coat

You lose 60 to that darn Apple tax...

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P2P badboys The Pirate Bay kicked out of Greenland: Took under 48 hours

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Pirate

Maybe they could locate in an "anarcho-syndicalist commune"

...if approved by the Executive Officer of the Week.

Would that be .mp?

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Foxconn's revenue down on slowing iPad, iPhone sales

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Re: Let's think about this

Yes! This is a more coherent version of my thoughts while reading the article.

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Re: Can Apple really be 60-70% of Foxconn's revenue??

This.

DougS' comment is on target.

With PC shipments falling off a cliff, why jump to blame iPads and iPhones?

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GoPro accused of using DMCA to take down product review

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FAIL

Grasping at straw

When you do something stupid, then make a transparently bogus claim you were trying to do something different yet stupid -

you go from looking stupid to looking an arse.

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Bromium launches security-through-virtualisation tech in the UK

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$ £ € ¥

The price of the product seems to be of the "if you have to ask..." level.

:(

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Outages plague Hotmail and Outlook users

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Pint

Re: Any coicidence here that yesterday was patch tuesday

If there is any justice in the world; I so hope you are right!

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GoDaddy gone, daddy: Websites go titsup in server assault

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Coat

Given the general thrust of their marketing, I'm surprised GoDaddy doesn't go down more often!

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Dalek designer Ray Cusick passes away aged 84

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Pint

Thanks, Mr. Cusick

for adding so much to my world

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Intel releases source code for NAS test app

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Pint

Re: apparently

I hadn't heard of either one, but IOzone looks very interesting.

Thanks for the link.

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Ballmer's lightened pay packet is the least of his problems

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Windows Meh-ight

I work with small businesses, and the upgrade to Win7 is just under way with 64bit snags. A lot of small shops run their business on some little db app.

If it's QuickBooks, the pain is reduced as Inuit wants you to buy a new version each year anyway.

But if it is a application targeted toward managing something like a law office, veterinary practice, etc. I can tell you it's very common for the application hasn't been ported to 64-bit yet or the owner hasn't ponied up for the new major point upgrade. With the economy in neutral, expenditures are conservative in small businesses.

Beyond that, the end users really, really dislike change. Even the minor changes to Office '7-10 or Win7 get push back. Mostly these people don't want to screw something up because they're unsure of proper new way to do an old task. Some of it is also frustration at just wanting to get their work done. Once they get it sorted, it's OK - but, when picking the replacement I am usually told to get the old familiar not the new hotness.

I don't have strong opinions on Win8. However, I am paid to make people productive. Neither me nor my bosses get paid to push new because it's new. If there isn't major advantage to the new version is will ramp up slowly. cf. WinXP. The consumer market may go crazy, but if I had to guess most of those people just want a tablet that's priced entry ipad or less right now.

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More of Kim Dotcom's booty released by court

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It'll be interesting to see what comes from all of this.

Often by trying to eradicate something you end up with a new harder to kill variant.

... that pesky law of unintended consequences and evolution can be a PITA.

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Google+ mission creep continues with Hangouts slotted into Gmail

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Re: A Crime to be Pro Google?

Some have data caps on more than just mobile.

> Default is to upload over wifi.

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US flags from the 1970s SEEN ON MOON

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Joke

NASA faked the moon landings so completely they sent men to the moon to plant evidence the missions happened!

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Atari turns 40: Pong, Pac-Man and a $500 gamble

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Re: Atari joysticks

The first time I rolled the score in Space Invaders the pain in my hand was getting pretty intense.

Robust, indeed, those joysticks logged a lot of time without fail. And while not the best ergonomically, I liked them much better than the Nintendo controllers that came later.

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Cloud data fiasco forces bosses to break out the whiteboards

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DSLReports

Look what happened to dslreports. Bad luck can strike anyone.

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New NASA snap of game developer's electric cart FOUND ON MOON

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FAIL

Apollo sites shown

Actually, the LRO imagery of the Apollo sites is available and really interesting.

Get your conspiracy theory squashed here:

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LRO/news/apollo-sites.html

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Android to pwn iPad market share by 2016

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Network Effects

OK this is about business and the opinions of those signing the checks. I don't know how important it will be in the tablet wars where the consumer market is more important, but I would think some of this think would carry over and makes me suspect IDC's predictions.

I was just part of customer facing tablet (iPad) deployment. Android was a non-starter. One of the reasons - The perception (or reality) is that accessory market is iPad. Not that there aren't accessories for Android tablets, but the breadth of options for the iPad is so much larger.

Additionally there is a belief that there is long term plan for where the iPad (software and hardware) is going. If we went with iPads there would support and upgrades. Replacing tablets in months down the road would be as easy as buy more iPads. Rightly or wrongly, Android tablets are viewed as the flavor of the month. Here today, gone tomorrow for any particular model. This could be a reflection of the Android mobile phone market.

Plus, the three letter Cxx executives admire what Apple has achieved as a business, and would like that successful themselves.

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Eyes on stalks: ancient predator a real monster

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≠shrimp

Death Prawn?

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Why are Android anti-virus firms so slow to react on Carrier IQ?

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App running, but hiding itself...

If your anti-virus isn't giving a informational warning about this (at the very least), then what use is it?

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Hasty?

Regardless of the software's ultimate intent - It is HIDING itself.

I have a problem with that.

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Bankers plot telco bypass for payments

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Go

While the banks and telcos are squabbling with each other...

Apple will announce a new iPhone where Apple gets all the NFC transaction revenue, leaving banks and telcos only their existing fees.

(You may not like Apple, but wouldn't it be worth it to see bankers and telco execs cry?)

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Notorious rootkit gets self-propagation powers

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Port 53

Kaspersky doesn't mention if TDSS is making the rogue outbound DNS connection on port 53.

If so then firewall rules whitelisting DNS servers will interrupt the dropper mechanism.

Though I wouldn't be surprised if this has been anticipated and they are using 80 like everything else that doesn't want to be filtered.

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Oracle U-turns on Hudson open source control

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What's in a name

I had the director of one of my clients refuse the change (so far) because she thought the name LibreOffice sounded awful. If OpenOffice dies then it may be another story, but for now she feels that it easier to convince the general public (this is a public facing institution) that the replacement for Micrsoft is Open not Libre.

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Legal goons threaten researcher for reporting security bug

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WTF?

Huh?

a) What compensation?

«Acidgen also provided suggestions for fixing the flaw»

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b) What deadline?

«He also told the representatives he planned to disclose vulnerability details publicly once a patch was released.»

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Russian Vostok capsule sells for $2.9m

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Cosmo-dogs

Zvezdochka survived! Fasicating history of dogs in the Soviet space program here:

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

(standard wikipedia accuracy disclaimers apply)

I had to laugh at Bolik who ran away just before her flight.

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Opera uncloaks Gmail challenger from Down Under

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Black Helicopters

Servers location

If the FastMail.FM servers* were located in Europe, or at least Not in the U.S., that would offer an incentive to use the service.

*(they are at NYI in New York City)

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Chilean clock-cooking could cause computer chaos

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Badgers

Please...

Could we move the clocks half an hour and then just leave them alone

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Endeavour crawls to Kennedy launch pad

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Boffin

To the «Oort» cloud!

... to be sure

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Creepy as hell: Facebook developers get to know you better

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FAIL

So easy to use, no wonder it's number one™

Facebook Online

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Ace Reg reporter in career suicide shock

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Pint

Best of luck ...

... in the new job and putting to together a stupendous hangover!!

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Hacker unshackles Kinect from Xbox

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@bluesxman

Fecking hilarious!

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Symantec under pressure to split up?

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FAIL

Symantec to be broken up?

...they're already broken down!

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How much is Facebook worth?

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Is it just me, or does...

Facebook seem like another version of AOL?

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Oracle re-commits to ODF after OpenOffice divorce

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Agreed

I was talking with the Director at of my clients, who has OpenOffice heavily deployed, about the split. When I got to the LibreOffice name, she made a face and told me to stay with OpenOffice until there was a compelling reason to change.

Maybe someone will offer a distro of LibreOffice that just re-skins it in a better name. OpenDoc Office anyone??

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Fear as motivator: why Intel acquired McAfee

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WTF?

Today's phrase that pays -- WTF?

First off; MacAfee -- Really!? Of all of the security vendors, that's your choice? And you want to pay a premium!? ...er, Ok.

More importantly; last time I checked the black hat malware writers were winning the war with the white hat security vendors. I can't imagine moving the AV software into silicon is going to help long term. Likely to make things easier. Somehow I suspect that I will still need to run security software on top of all of this.

Besides haven't we been down a similar road before with Microsoft? If buying and integrating an AV vendor worked out so well for them, I surprised that Intel needs or want to. Inspite of how tasty securing the mobile space may seem.

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Wikileaks publishes encrypted 'insurance' file

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Big Brother

Title

:::Sigh:::

The problem with American's world view is that the World is American.

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Torrent sites: Here today, gone tomorrow and no one even cares

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re: Yes

I don't remember the name of the tool either, but there was a copy in our computer lab.

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Ballmer: Windows Mobile lost a 'whole generation'

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@ Richard Read

Incorrect => 3) VPN Access

VPN access on my iPad is smooth and easy. No complaints - and I use it a lot!

Correct => 2) The ability to connect to external devices like printers, usb storage, tv

No native printing? - I have no idea what they were thinking. File transfer is a PITA.

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Dead Pink phone fallout hits Microsoft's top brass

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Well....

A CPA friend always warned me "money makes people think they're smarter"

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John Lewis 'leaks' Apple iPod refresh details, say reports

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Go

El Reg Icon request

Deerstalker & Magnifying Glass for the "No Shit Sherlock" icon, please

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Phoenix Mars Lander officially dead

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Pint

Ta

...and a pint for a job well done.

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Playboy flashes 3D centerfold

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Badgers

Dworaczyk

Ermmmm - I think you'll find @Bruce neglected to use the joke icon.

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