4320 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009
There was a case recently where a phone company in the USA accidentally sent the bill for the wiretap to the subscriber (mafia IIRC) they were wiretapping.
Re: The bottom line *so* far.
The Blackberry is secure if you are running your own BES. If you are using one provided by your phone company then in the words of Nelson Muntz "haw haw"
Re: No surprise there.
Before the end of the cold war, they spied on CND, Greenpeace, opposition parties, trade unions journalists.
Now they spy on families of people shot by the police, families of people murdered where the police did nothing, people who object to fracking, animal rights campaigners.
And these are the cases where they actually bothered to insert actual agents - who do they spy on when it's more work to exclude somebody from a sweep than include them?
> live in the daylight and admit our social sins
Unless you work for an oil company outside the USA - in which case apparently you are targeted in the national interest.
Re: Teaching people to pass lie detector test is illegal?
You can volunteer to take a test as a stunt and the prosecution can use your refusal to take a test but the result isn't admissible.
However it is used for government security vetting but regular companies can't use it internally
Re: A guide to Hypocrisy
But remember Benjamin Franklin was a subversive supporter of terrorists - and worse than that a potential free thinking individualist
Sorry typo, RC4 not RSA
GCHQ discovered the maths behind the possibility of public-key encryption - that does not give them the ability to decipher it.
The actual encryption scheme chosen is independant of the idea behind public key. You can use any scheme you want, it just so happens that IE uses RSA with a failry short key length which can be broken
Re: Cost of Decryption
There is a reasonable definition of "can't be decrypted" if brute forcing it takes > million years.
There is some evidence that the NSA exploits weakness in RSA which is used by some SSL implementations - but mostly they don't need to because they can simply ask Google/Facebook/etc for the certificates which allow them to decode the keys anyway
The REAL loser of Microsoft's Nokia buy: GOOGLE
> Billion Android Phones.
And MSFT get a $15 patent fee on each one - now with the Nokia patents they can double that.
Re: Truth or consequences
> you can be honest about former employees
So long as you are really sure you are being honest.
Can you prove that your records are correct?
Can you prove that the statements weren't motivated by personal feelings?
Can you demonstrate that there was no discrimination against the person?
Remember in a libel case you have to prove that the allegations you made were true - the person allegedly libeled doesn't have to prove they weren't.
Is it worth the risk to your business or should you just say nothing ?
Worse than that- he showed "ideologies of ... individualism"
We spend billions on education to prevent individualism this school obviously failed to stamp it out
re: Why would we have known about it?
Because somebody in the US would have been bribed/blackmailed into handing it over to criminal gangs - and so billions would be being stolen from online bank accounts.
Or the Russians/Chinese would also have cracked it and everyone in the world would have boxes that decrypted American military communications leading to defeat at the hands of apparently insignificant 3rd world forces.
The army would then have turned up at NSA headquarters with a bunch of tanks asking why the NSA had let their soldiers die by not telling the army that their codes were crap.
Re: remote brick option ?
So if your phone/tablet is stolen - remember to call the NSA/CIA/DHS customer service lines and tell them.
Re: remote brick option ?
Or when you find you can no longer get on a plane because the iPhone that Apple and the NSA know is yours suddenly turned up in Boratistan - so you must be a terrorist
Why go to Norway ?
If you are from Queensland an want a large desolate area to drop a Mach8 brick onto?
Re: Rumoured to take 30mins for Border Force PC's to boot (and it's shared between about 6-8)
Have the police tried booting it harder? Or tazering it?
Re: My E-gate experience in Heathrow is
And the person in front of the gates telling you which one to use.
... oh the empty one which has just been vacated by the last user ?
.... thank you very much I would never have figured that one at on my own...
Except in Manchester where they stand there to stop you using the gates - just be a minute - just rebooting them - just give it 5 minutes
Re: I find it odd that it is more difficult ...
That's the difference between being a citizen of a republic and a subject of a monarchy.
Just what I wanted
I use the clock on my phone to tell the time, but my new Nexus is too large to pull out of my pocket when I'm running for the bus.
A remote desktop login for my phone which shows the lock screen with the time would be very useful mounted on my wrist.
So you get to hand out millions to friendly suppliers (don't forgot the donations next election guys) and at the same time you stop poor people getting their money - looks like a win from No10
There is no dark side of the moon, really...
Matter of fact it's all dark
That's nice then
So it was a total coincidence that soon after nice friendly eco-aware native Americans arrived on the continent all the big slow defenseless meaty animals suddenly disappeared?
Looks like we will have to rename "head smashed in buffalo jump" heritage site to "caring for the poor endangered species impacted by climate change buffalo jump"
Re: Hey, Steve... it's MicroSOFT, not MicroPHONE...
Just like Dec did with minicomputers, Sun did with workstations and IBM didn't do with mainframes ?
Re: The dancing dad of IT
Suppose somewhere in the Nokia patent portfolio there is one on saying the word "hello" on a mobile phone or something similarly ridiculous - that Microsoft can use to threaten all the other makers.
Remember they already make about 4x as much from patents on Android phones as they do on their own winPho.
Re: Insider trading
So it would only be insider trading if he HAD bought shares in the company he was sent to destroy
Re: This will stir up the interest in BlackBerry as well, I bet...
So no phones anymore as the patent lawyers clean up ?
Re: two words for Anne Wojcicki: Community. Property.
Half is tricky when "what you have" is a major interest in a currently operating public company.
If half of his shares in Google and half his votes on the board were suddenly owned by somebody who hated his guts - exactly what would the company be then worth?
Re: "Real woman"
Unless he did implicit none "Amanda" would be REAL by default
Obligatory xkcd link http://xkcd.com/966/
Re: Just remember...
>...home taping is killing music.
Thank god - otherwise we would have had the Spice Girls and TakeTaht
Re: Wasn't that the POINT!?
You don't think the point of the certs might have been to drive customers to use MSFT products in the knowledge that they could hire somebody who had proven that they actually knew what they were talking about?
If the point is just to make a profit on the certs - they could just put them all on ebay
I was hoping that whoever wrote the original implementation would be on el'reg
Was the user aware of the file transfer program?
Should they have been?
Should a case worker have done a security audit of a machine supplied by the council?
Re: Highly sensitive UK documents? Really?
>And 98% of El Reg is from teenage boys who have grown up
Re: moiety Write me down a mule
So if say Canada merely refused permission for any flights to the US to enter it's airspace - leaving Americans only able to fly to S.E. Asia - that would be merely an adminsitrative matter?
Re: Thanks, but no thanks.
Trained seals of course!
They might be detained for 9hours by customs but they are unlikely to reveal your secrets - seals don't leak
Re: Data privacy at last
I'm guessing the PLA don't routinely share info with the INS, DEA, IRS , etc
re: Store data in a Chinese cloud
Depends on the data.
Plans for your company's new consumer product = no
Videos of you protesting against US policies = yes
Re: It shows many things
The banks and money transfer companies who took their fee and didn't ask too many questions
Re: It is of course all a little more complicated :-)
I wonder if there are any other countries with a police force who might have already built some computer system - that the Met could buy?
It would explain why so many of the cases in the system get damaged
Re: @ Hud Dunlap
The board isn't one man - one vote, you might have a seat but you still have only <1% of the votes
Re: via secret court orders
it's just a question of where the commas go
Monitoring he voters and potential opposition is a narrowly tailored and compelling Government interest.
Well if they say they haven't been told not to say anything - then they must have been. QED
>Makes you wonder what the company's core competences are.
Presumably - getting it's fingers in a large number of government pies despite not doing too well in any of them?
You don't think the private sector can do just as good a job of handing over govt money to BAe for systems that aren't delivered and don't work - as a civil servant ?