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This is even more confusing than Microsoft ...
That'll be a SysAdmin getting sacked today then.
No, not for the "human error" misconfiguration. For not noticing more quickly that the flood of emails about his systems had suddenly stopped.
"Wow, everything must be working brilliantly today, I'm not getting sent ANY errors" - you are the weakest link, goodbye.
So, essentially, the company allowed third party developers to insert code into their commercial product without checking what the the new code did (or deliberately chose to ignore).
Third party developers could have inserted all sorts of malware or other nefarious things into their commercial product, leaving copyright infringement as the least of the companies worries. Sounds like the CEO probably got off lightly.
The moral of the story is - if it's in your name, make sure you know what you're putting your name to!
Perhaps he has a point.
If you were to physically stand with a group in front of the doors of PayPal and prevent people from entering how much jail time would one person expect? Breach of the peace perhaps, with a small fine for a first offence.
I'm in no way suggesting these people are innocent and walk free. But why should they get more jail time than a rapist? Or perhaps rapists get it too easy.
Re: Outsourced / offshored?
So technically in RBS the mission critical stuff is done "in house" and isn't outsourced.
It just so happens that many of the RBS employees who are supporting and maintaining the mission critical stuff are now employed in India and not the UK.
But as events in the last two years have shown, you don't really need those 7,500 man years of site knowledge you've built up to run your business, any old "techie" in the world can pick it up and run it. NOT!
Actually the vast majority of RBS jobs are in England, mostly in NatWest branches, but also a substantial number in offices in the City, other parts of London and call centres across the nation (Manchester and Croydon spring to mind).
Re: Its only money
"so I should send a note to the bank saying, "due to an unintentional IT related incident, I will not be able to pay my mortgage/loan this month, but am working to resolve the issue"
I am sure they will be absolutely peachy with that."
Err, yes, they will be absolutely peachy. Because you've already agree that if you pay them late you'll also pay them compensation (interest and late fees). And RBS have already confirmed they will do this in reverse for anyone who was affected - what part of COMPENSATION WILL BE PAID did you not understand.
Re: It does make you wonder what sort of hardware our banking network is running on.
There's nothing wrong with old hardware, or old software, as long as you have the processes and skills in place to maintain it and fix it.
Upgrades are often the cause of outages, so if it ain't broken, why rush to fix it (subject to statement 1)..
Troll icon noted.
I did the sums. That's 87.16% of the market to Microsoft.
Or just under lucky 13% for the rest!
Progress in the penal system in the UK - double punishment :)
Even if he is cleared of alleged crimes in Sweden, he is guilty if crimes in the UK (breach of bail - undisputed).
Having completed whatever sentence is laid down within the UK, we're then going to send him to Australia and never let him back!
"... and some political donations will still be allowed"
So who's a hypocrite?
Hint: if your politician was one of those clamouring for change, yet still accepts donations, you have proof they're a hypocrite (or more of a hypocrite than other politicos).
Finally I've found a reason to fly Ryanair.
"No Sir, sorry, you're not allowed to use your mobile phone unless you pay us this exorbitant fee first".
"The preferred payment method for the many and varied services for sale through cybercrime bazaars has switched to either BitCoin or Western Union money transfers"
What! You mean to say they don't take Credit Cards ????
Sorry to burst the bubble of humour, but a quick online check says:
"Cupid Media is a niche online dating network with over 30 million people internationally"
OK, so in one they say 30, and another they say 42. Critically its the "INTERNATIONAL" part that makes the difference.
Great, you've got your DR plan. You've got a second site, and you've even tested several times that you can fail over to it. And it worked. There were some minor grumbles, but you've documented those and will prove the workarounds next time.
BANG! Disaster happens and this shit becomes real. Plan into action, some hard hours put in, but the business is up and running and everybody's happy.
Now, what is your DR plan?
Very few businesses have the free finance to have two DR sites, but your DR plan should include a section on what your next DR plan should you need to invoke this one. Simple high level steps, some contact details for alternative providers, and a summary list of what would be essential. Because you really don't want to be investigating that kind of thing while you're still managing the current disaster.
Re: why do they bother
Why do they bother?
Because the board of directors need to make the shareholders think that something is being done to protect their investment. Doesn't matter that its ineffective, it protects the boards extortionate salary and prevents them being sacked.
Is it just me, or does this who BitCoin mining thing seem a bit like a giant Ponzi scheme.
A small number of early entrants have easy work to do, and start to get small returns as more people enter the arena. As time goes on the work to achieve a return gets harder and harder while the perceived returns skyrocket with the profits of the early adopters peak and they exit to a nice little pad in the Caribean.
Eventually, BANG! The base of the pyramid explodes and the whole thing collapses.
(BTW, the base has started to crumble, there's been three articles in a week about BitCoin breaches and failures.)
Looks like the Coroner may have got the response he wanted (perhaps, just guessing).
Maybe the Coroner KNOWS the idea is stupid. But by suggesting something totally stupid and unworkable it sparks debate and brings the issue into the public eye for consideration and possible better suggestions.
Or maybe the Coroner is an idiot. But let's keep the debate going.
A bit like the "I was just following orders" defence - they don't wash any more.
You KNOW you shouldn't be accessing x,y and z material from your company device. You KNOW we can track this, you signed off the expenditure ffs. You are the weakest link, goodbye!
Today's advice was brought you by Sesame Street with the letter P and the number 4 and 5.
What part of "applies to Windows, Linux and OS X systems" did you fail to read.
Oh, wait, it must be a misprint as *nix based OS's are immune to vulnerabilities.
You've clearly never read any of Prof Nutt's papers nor seen him on TV. While he may have ranked alcohol as more dangerous than many other substances, he's totally honest that when not abused most "drugs" will have no lasting impact on health.
That's why the government sacked him - Labour wanted to "be seen to be tackling the drug problem", and having an advisor who says they're relatively safe just doesn't compute in an MPs tiny mind.
I think you'll find the excise duty on any new legal drug will be enough satisfy both the government and the makers of other legal drugs. There's already a wide variety of alcohols on the market showing different people have different tastes.
"...and moving towards best-practice security."
I know it's generic, but I loathe the term "best practise" for two reason:
1. it gives people a false sense of security - "we're doing what's best so we must be safe"; and
2. there really is no such thing as "best" practise, because every situation is different.
We really should be encouraging the use of the term "good practises", because let's face it, the "best" security is about multiple layers and multiple factors appropriate to the situation and use case.
If the customer has a complaint he should complain to the Ombudsman and the Regulator. Oh, wait...
If you give your money to a stranger on a street corner to look after, don't be surprised if they aren't there next week to give it back.
The concept of BitCoin is fantastic. But this type of incident is EXACTLY the reason governments introduced banking regulations many decades ago. To clean up the cowboys.
And what's a "teenager" doing with that much money anyway? And if he's this naive, I'm quite sure some blonde bimbo golddigger would have relieved it from him in the not too distant future anyway (sexist, I know!)
Re: Before anybody suggests it is confined to the US ...
Very true, however the rest of the world does not enshrine the right of its trash to bear arms or arm bears or do whatever the hell it wants.
<quote>“It's just a thought,” said Fabes, speaking to El Reg at a Fujitsu customer event in Munich.</quote>
Was that before or after visiting the bierkeller...
Re: Still not "secure"
"So when wanting to secure something, think how long the data is sensitive, and plan accordingly."
And also remember that lots of locks are more secure than just one lock. Encrypt the contents of the files, and store them in a differently encrypted container on a differently encrypted disk. And make sure it's physically secured too. And don't use the same password for all them all.
Layers. Security is substantially stronger if you do it in layers. Like Ogres, and onions. Onions have layers, Ogres have layers.
Not wanting to put a damper on things (using physical media is a great way to move the data), but just remember it's your data and you're probably going to want to secure it. Which from the article doesn't appear to be happening.
Would you really trust your unencrypted data to a third party courier on a standard hard disk?
It may well be that your data isn't commercially sensitive. But somehow for most businesses it is!
To quote Rockhound in Armageddon when they're sitting on the launch pad:
"You know we're sitting on four million pounds of fuel, one nuclear weapon and a thing that has 270,000 moving parts built by the lowest bidder. Makes you feel good, doesn't it?"
Where do you trust YOUR IT to be maintained...
NOBODY should be allowed to claim the service is "unlimited", not even with caveats, because that is a limit.
Unlimited does not live in the finite space of what is technically or contractually possible. It's the same as infinity does not fit on the line of finite numbers. They occupy entirely different spaces.
Re: if ipv4 addresses are so rare
There's a difference between rare and in short supply.
Call me cynical...
I've only read the El Reg coverage so I might be getting this wrong.
The companies agreed not to cold call another's employees to offer them jobs - I don't see how this alone would depress salaries. Surely jobs were still advertised in the public domain, and we're freely open for anyone to apply for? Does the US not have Recruitment Agencies who are free agents to head hunt? And as someone who's felt underpaid in the past, I've gone to the market and found a new job in the local area with a rival firm.
Clearly the fact the companies settled with the DoJ indicates there is something more going on, but why should lazy employees who couldn't be bothered getting off their ass to find a new job be rewarded by the courts. If you think you deserve more pay, approach the competition directly yourself, then they're not cold calling you, you're cold calling them.
"Cheap" is a relative term. If you're only prepared to pay £20 then don't expect much. But there are plenty "good" routers for <£100 that allow you to install open source firmware, or offer decent VPN options.
Is your security really only worth £20
Re: Secure option
Not quite sure why you used the joke icon - at least with Huawei kit you'll know its so well coded against detectable faults that the only back door belongs to the Chinese government
Re: Buy and Large
Since Buy'N'Large were the all dominating evil empire, seems quite fitting if this is backed by Google
Re: Hair of the mouse?
El Reg: Sounds like we need a session concocting a new cocktail.
To the pub ...
Re: How friggin awesome is evolution!
It can't be evolution - if the poison kills you, then you can't breed in a protection against it, therefore this is 100% proof that evolution does not exist. Protection could only be given by God.
God must have given these mice the protection for a reason. Probably so the scorpions have a natural predatory so that they don't explode in numbers and maintain the balance of life. (oh, wait, natural selection would be, er, evolution at work).
Hey, it's Friday afternoon, nothing like a bit of trolling to wile away an afternoon if you're stuck in the office and not in the pub.
Long live evolution :)
Re: Has always been this way, no need for OfCom
"A contract requires both parties to agree terms."
While strictly true, try negotiating your own terms. You ether take what they offer, or you don't get the service. So in reality one side has no option but to agree to whatever terms the networks offer.
That's a cartel, and that's why the regulator needs to take action.
I liked O2's new(ish) contract which splits the cost of the phone from the airtime making it blatantly clear to the consumer what they are paying for.
Nothing wrong with supplying expensive equipment through a credit agreement, as long as its fair.
Poor poor poor
Schengen agreement - A group of 26 European nations which have agreed to drop passport and immigration controls at their INTERNAL borders.
The whole point is that they beef up their outer border with non-Schengen participants so that internal border controls are not required. They have not dropped passport and immigration controls.
And the point of the story is...
PEOPLE MAKE MISTAKES!
Sorry, that's not the point. The point of the story is:
YOU PUT CONTROLS IN PLACE TO MAKE SURE THAT THE MISTAKES PEOPLE MAKE ARE CAUGHT BEFORE THEY DO DAMAGE
Sadly the bean counters are unlikely to be reading this comment, and all they'll see from the media is "sysadmin made a mistake"
Re: Not really impressed
Pure and simple
Re: And now the world waits...
Apple are not giving anything away for free. This is an upgrade, you need to have bought it in the first place.
In the world of every other Operating System it would be called a Service Pack
It's all going to go Pete Tong as soon as Oracle claims some of the code developments took place under it's stewardship and contain "techniques" developed by Oracle and not directly under Open Source rules.
And don't start on the "but its open source...., GNU, etc. Once the Oracle lawyers set their sights the only winners will be the lawyers.
Re: out of Kilter
Being a regular wearer of the kilt I'll confirm the experience. It gets rather tedious, but it annoys Mrs V more than me (other ladies should not have their hand there - but the look of shock on their faces is fantastic when they actually find what they didn't think they would find). HOWEVER
"What would have the reaction if a man did that to a women? (sic)"
Well the point many women are making is that it DOES happen. And not in such a jovial way, but much more predatory.
Yeah, I know, its growing thin. But it still scores down votes from the Fanbois
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.
You're just holding it wrong
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