* Posts by Sir Runcible Spoon

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Tale of 2 cyber-confabs: Govts, nerds on one side. Shock hotel room searches on the other

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The i.net is dead, all hail the e.net.

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Watch: Nasty JPEG pops corporate locks on Windows boxes

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Re: So in summary

Also of note in this presentation was that the original site (reportedly a government site although we have no proof of that) was running a default password on the back end server, which was also handily stored in a backup folder in plain text.

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Re: Nasty JPG

The other (important) aspect of the exploit was that once uploaded, you could view the uploaded image, forcing the web server to run the code.

It was also quite instructional on how to leverage a basic shell once obtained to delve deeper into the network. Lots of simple things could stop this exploit going any further than the DMZ if you take the time to look at how it's done.

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fyi all the datestamps from the video presentation were from August last year.

Still interesting to see how simple it is to circumvent the firewalls just by hijacking existing processes. I didn't know any details about metasploit before this video.

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Your city's not smart if it's vulnerable, says hacker

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Re: Insurance companies might want to hear this talk.

Don't worry, they'll just pass a law saying that accessing these things will constitute a terrorist activity and that will sort everything out.

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Stateside security screeners sacked for squeezing 'sexy' sacks

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Re: Happened to me Twice

I have a very tender nerve in my groin, when tweaked unexpectedly it results in a sharp 'knee-jerk' reaction into whatever is in front of me.

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MIT shows off machine-learning script to make CREEPY HEADS

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Re: We all live in a yellow subroutine

The principles behind it could prove of benefit to 3d-engines though.

Imagine specific code for 'rocky terrain' based on machine learning using a large batch of 2d pictures as the source material - you'd never see the same rock twice.

Repeat for all other types of terrain, mix them up with some basic rules about what goes next to what and what that should look like and you can build a unique planetary landscape. Add in some villages/towns/cities/transport etc. and you could, in theory, add massive replayability to sand-box games by having a different world to play in every time you start a new game.

Or is that a bit ambitious?

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Dev gives HBO free math tips to nail Game of Thrones pirate leakers

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Re: Randomly add frames

How about using some reversed audio for a particular sound effect?

eg. ID number spoken, reversed and blended into a sound effect for a wheel-cart going over a bump?

or what about a blacksmith hammering out an id number in morse code?

There are a number of opportunities available.

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PHYSICS APPLECART UPSET as dark energy disappears, Universe slams on brakes

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la la la I'm not listening

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Re: Up and Down

"Maybe the Universe is a big Mobius strip, huh?"

My personal experiences lead me to believe it is Torus shaped.

During one very deep meditation on the fabric of space-time I delved into the realm of the very small, at a certain point I realised that the small was representing the large and that I had 'wrapped around' so to speak. As I continued to go smaller I ended up back where I started - only by this time I was 'looking' at the back of my own head*. YMMV.

*I've never tried this thought experiment by going 'large' first, I expect it would end up like I was looking in a mirror.

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Re: RIGHT!

My knowledge and understanding of this subject is severely limited by a tiny brain, so I will stick to asking a question.

Is it possible that there is some form of naturally occurring anti-gravity that pushes the fabric of space apart rather than bringing it together (perhaps at the baryonic level)?

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ALIENS ARE COMING: Chief NASA boffin in shock warning

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So, with all that water hanging around waiting to be scooped up, all we need to do is crack fusion and we can be on our way to the stars?

So, 20 years then? Grand.

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Sony tells hacked gamer to pay for crooks' abuse of PlayStation account

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Re: Can't say I'm very sympathetic.

"Thank you for admitting you just like to buy lots of gimmicks"

You are welcome :) I could probably build a half-decent gaming rig from spare parts that are kicking around, let alone the near 10 year old Core-i7 sat gathering dust in the other room, or the two NUC's that are stuffed in a drawer waiting for me to do something useful with them :)

However, they won't quite deliver what I would want, because half the fun of a good gaming rig is overclocking the shit out of it without deafening yourself or flooding the place with de-ionised blue water :P

Once I get settled in my new house it will defintely be OR time, and new gfx card for the old gaming rig and an ssd and I will be cooking with binary bits :D

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Re: Credit car company

"At a brick and mortar store, I cannot pay with credit card info."

Not entirely true. I managed it once (at a hairdressers of all places) where I convinced the lady on the till to process a 'cardholder not present' transaction because I have all the card details stored in my memory.

So, not a normal thing to do, but it does prove it is possible :)

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I'm starting to wonder if their DRM is an all or nothing affair.

I.e. they can't disable a single game, only the entire account.

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Re: XBOX Live

Even then they keep the card details.

Do what sensible people do, buy vouchers online and use them to buy your games in xbl.

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Re: Can't say I'm very sympathetic.

I'm not entirely certain that this game was added to this guys account (i.e. purchased from it) although there are indications that this was the case, otherwise why would Sony be telling the guy to make sure his account was secure. It's all a bit fuddled.

Considering the DRM and protections against running/copying games outside of your account I don't see what the issue is here for Sony either. This guy has >£1000 worth of games purchased from Sony, I expect they stand to lose a lot more than £50 just from this guy alone, let alone everyone else.

Even though I swore off Sony years ago, I was starting to be swayed into a PS4 because I didn't want an XB1 when (if) I ever upgrade. Now I will be going back to the bottomless money-pit of PC gaming*.

*Mainly because there are so many ways to improve the experience I will end up buying them. (Think OR and motion chair etc. etc.)

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Other reasons to get your account banned

Your Personal Information:

Offender revealed personal contact information about themselves in a public area, such as email addresses, phone numbers, or physical addresses.

So you're in a game with some friends he wants to call you later and he tells you that's he's lost your mobile number - so you tell him. BANNED.

Wow, these guys are STRICT!

The section this guy was banned under was this:

Reversal of Charges:

A console or account may be banned due to having a credit card charge reversed or "charge back" resulting in debt. A charge back can include credit card theft, identity theft, or non-approved use.

Which basically means that you are held responsible for things that are not under your control. This is known as a FAIL.

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Re: Can't say I'm very sympathetic.

Translate this scenario into a bricks and mortar purchase of a game and you will see how ridiculous it is.

Rascal buys game with your CC details from GAME.

CC company refund your account and block the payment to GAME.

GAME come round your house and take all your other games until you pay them for the game that was stolen from them by the Rascal.

Really?

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The thing it, it usually says that thing about 'no refunds' when you click on the item to purchase it. If you weren't the person who actually ordered it (and it sounds like Sony admit that is the case here) then how can the user be held accountable for that clause for that particular purchase? He effectively didn't sign the contract.

I see that there might be a general clause in the account, but it's usually stated at each purchase explicitly (it is on the 360 at any rate)

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Re: PR own goal

It's actually a lot worse than that.

"we need to insist that the account holder take full responsibility for their account security"

So, if I open an account with Sony they will insist that I inspect the security of the data and it's processing and be in a position to insist they rectify any flaws that I identify.

Now, for most people that would probably be a fairly daunting prospect - but since it's part of what I do for a living I reckon I could make the effort to ensure my account is secure.

@El Reg - please do provide the contact details for whomever at Sony uttered this bizarre statement and a CC address for yourselves and I will happily act as your stalking horse. It's time that these corporate arseholes learnt that T's & C's do not trump rights and laws.

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SPY FRY: Smart meters EXPLODE in Californian power surge

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Re: Just because the US still have an outstanding number of wires on poles...

Not to mention Council workers digging up roads!

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Cross-dressing blokes storm NSA HQ: One shot dead, one hurt

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"Why do you want to be a woman Stan?"

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It's the FALKLANDS SYNDROME! Fukushima MELTDOWN to cause '10,000 Chernobyls' in South Atlantic

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I hope you sent them to school without their shoes - now *that* would be funny :)

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Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

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"but you southerners can't tell the difference"

Oh how I wish that were true -I could fob the missus off with a crate of the stuff and still have money left over for the mortgage :)

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"(guiness & cider)

"Stop calling it Black Velvet you woofter""

Black Velvet is Guiness and Champagne. What you have described is a 'poor man's' Black Velvet (especially concocted for our poor notherern neighbours).

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Smart meters are a ‘costly mistake’ that'll add BILLIONS to bills

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""convert an edited photo of their current mechanical meter into a meaningless number"

What, as opposed to just entering a false reading on the web site?

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Huawei networking kit gets the green light from Blighty's spooks

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Re: So unsafe

GCHQ are now happy that they have been given the keys to the backdoor more like.

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Snowden dump details Canadian spies running false flag ops online

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Re: Blobs of data

I don't think 'blobs' is El Reg specific terminology, it's been common usage as far as I am aware for quite some time.

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Wind turbine blown away by control system vulnerability

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Are these wind-turbines considered Critical National Infrastructure?

If they are, someone is in for a rocket, NERC won't look kindly on such lax security.

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US threatened Berlin with intel blackout over Snowden asylum: report

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Re: Sir

@Oninoshiko, you are correct in almost every sense. I originally thought that they were bahaving the equivalent of a spoilt child who had taken their football home because no-one was treating him with uber-deference, but then again since ultimately all this overbearing oppression always leads to self-destruction in one form or another I stick by my original comment.

Thanks for taking the time to deconstruct my argument and provide feedback though, it's always appreciated.

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Re: Sir

Thanks for the correction, it's so difficult to keep up with the slide into idiocy that I sometimes miss the little things :)

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Not exactly surprising though is it?

I mean, who would have thought the most well-funded Intelligence Agency representing the most powerful nation on Earth would throw their toys out of the pram like a small child?

Everyone? Thought so.

icon to represent children with Nukleer weapons

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BOFH: Mmm, gotta love me some fresh BYOD dog roll

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BYO...

Dinosaur.

Mine's the one with the rips in the back..

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Woman caught on CCTV performing drunken BJ blew right to privacy

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Re: biased

AC/Roger Mew - busted :)

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AC/Roger Mew - busted :)

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Re: By the way...

Is that like a p-45 but with an added 110 ?

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Re: Good

@Shocker-z

these comments are referring to the woman being seen to urinate on the floor of the lift, not the result of some baby-gravy dribbling down her leg onto the floor.

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Man hauled before beak for using drone to film Premiership matches

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Re: Not dangerous, Actually need *less* restriction and less paranoia

@AC's, I suppose you also wouldn't have a problem with one of these things falling out of the sky into your windscreen whilst you wre driving along? Or how about a straight down drop of a 1kg object from a couple of hundred feet up down onto someone's head?

You need _some_ rules in a society you know, sensible ones that is. Stopping any tit with a dodgy drone from filling the skies with these objects seems sensible to me.

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Samsung puts eight-core processor IN A WATCH

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If they put a camera on it, I hope they remember to configure the software to allow you to flip the camera vision upside down ;)

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Are you clever enough, and brave enough, to give a Register lecture

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Re: Not sure about the IT angle but...

Shit, I think I just upvoted a Welsh-person :(

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I was thinking of offering myself up for a talk along the lines of 'Ethel the Aadvark teaches troubleshooting across multiple suppliers and stakeholders, most of whom only want to blame someone else and not actually fix the fucking problem' but I wasn't sure it would go down very well, so thought better of it ;)

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Snowden tells tech bigwigs: It's up to you to thwart mass surveillance

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Re: Magic!

I think he might be referring to such things as

---begin pgp encypted message---

sfgsadgkjasdfjpo2ki54iu9038690twejg

34tiu3409ruiwmdfp'wqj

---end---

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Re: Only for a limited definition of "secure"

Or hide it in plain sight by spoofing the sender and using a spammy subject line. As long as the recipient knows what to look for in his spam folder (or sets a rule up) you are good.

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Australians! Let us all rise up against data retention

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Re: Who wins?

What about that guy with three nipples? He has a Golden Gun, so does he rule the world?

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Net neutrality secrecy: No one knows what the FCC approved (BUT Google has a good idea)

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Re: I think you may have mis-read that part?

"I've spent more hours of my life than I care to admit to trying to figure out a way to edit a document to bring a single word up one line to save a page before going to print"

I usually just fudge the line spacing for that page, or reduce the font size in a table or something :)

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Re: Last minute revisions are just that...

Thanks for pointing that out.

"That is seemingly true, with the report suddenly dropping 15 pages to 317 pages following a last-minute letter from Google"

When I first parsed this I thought it was typical El-Reg sarcasm, that'll teach me not to try and work whilst I am reading El Reg articles :)

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El Reg regains atomic keyring capability

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Re: Ahem, excuse me...

"He-he. He-he-he..."

Shouldn't that be more like "Mwah-ha-ha-harr!"?

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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

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Re: Worth every penny...

+10 for the person who registered as Mr Mulligan to make the 'crap' comment.

Well, Mr Mulligan, I think you're a load of old crap too :)

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Net neutrality: The world speaks its brains on secret 'open' 'net rules

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Re: Land of the Fettered

"What always makes me laugh is that the Americans go on about the land of the free, about capitalism being the new religion, free competition etc. And then they turn around and moan about net neutrality"

You seem to be referring to 300-odd million people as if they had a single, unified, opinion.

Surely not?

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