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Top Secret US payload launched into space successfully

chris 17

Re: News

Nations already notify the UN when they are going to launch into space.

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

Any nation remotely interested in space launches will have already known the launch was to take place.

upcoming launches

http://spaceflightnow.com/tracking/

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USB reversible cables could become standard sooner than you think

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The Universal Serial Bus was the newfangled replacement for attaching peripherals to your computer. Previously you had a huge parallel or slightly smaller serial termination.

Bent and broken pins where common and there where typically no more than 2 ports on a system. USB was luxury!

Sounds like the USB steering group has just invented ThunderBolt.

They may as well just call it thunderbolt, be done with it and start work on the next gen USB standard.

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IEEE signs off on 400 Gb/s Ethernet development

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Re: Sod that...

Umm, I have a single pc delivering video to 4 screens all over wireless with no issues right now, some are on G and some on N. 4 x 1080p streams is not an issue here.

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Euro cops on free Wi-Fi not-so-hotspots: For pity's sake, don't use them for email

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IPv6 should sort a lot of this out.

Privacy concerns about IPv6 aside, the spec mandates all connections should be capable of using encryption. No more unencrypted connections to email or other systems that smartphones automagically do these days.

Could be fun to review logs later and track people as they journey around!

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Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad

chris 17

Re: @ Dodgy Geezer

The BBC article has an update at the bottom

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26448158

Since publication, Apple has acknowledged it misunderstood the request to unlock the device. The company has now restored the factory settings. It maintains a court order would be needed to access the iCloud.

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Murdoch dumps Microsoft, prepares to Hangout with Google

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Re: @Daniel 1

and that's why everyone hates corporate email & love google mail. In a previous job we had netware and groupwise. i used groupwise as a file store to share folders and files with colleagues working on projects. Much easier to control and everyone always had the uptodate docs. I was very disappointed when i changed job and had to put up with outlook and a 500MB mailbox. I was even sadder to learn i had to file stuff and email docs to co workers (eating into that 500MB) instead of setting up arbitrary sharing. Outlook was a huge step backwards. Manually filing stuff is last century.

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CCTV warning notices NOT compliant with data protection laws – ICO

chris 17

Re: 1984 Was Not Supposed To Be An Instruction Manual

For those of us fortunate to have a car & un/fortunate enough to not live within half a kilometre of the town centre, driving into town to drop the dry cleaning off, visit the butchers and bakery, pick up some flowers for the lady and buy a paper could all be achieved within 30 minutes on a Saturday morning when you could park outside the shops. Now they want you to park and drudge past all the shops you don't want to go to for the few items you wanted. All those shops mentioned above have now gone from my town centre since the parking restrictions, replaced with bargin booze, kebabs and gambling shops.

I personally hate the crowds in the supermarkets and would readily go back to the high streets if i could park free/cheaply and get what i wanted. I've got more interesting outdoor pursuits to do rather than hiking in and out of town.

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KC engineer 'exposed unencrypted spreadsheet with phone numbers, user IDs, PASSWORDS'

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Re: FFS

The problem is if you don't change the password and use that account as part of registration details for other accounts like utilities (Gas,Elec,water,broadband), banking etc. A third party having full access to that email account could then have the secure passwords for those other accounts, banking utilities etc, reset and changed to passwords of their choosing. This gives an attacker greater exposure to the victims online activities, increasing the potential harm, & the attackers chances of elevating the attack to assets of further value.

KC should ensure the passwords used for online activities are changed on first use.

If using a one use password, i don't think an unencrypted password file on an encrypted file system/store accessed by a password protected machine that prevents copying of said file & is for use only by authorised personal (enforced by centralised password and account control) would be a problem.

The issue is passwords need to be relayed to the customer and have to be decoded at some point. limiting use of the password would be customer/engineer friendly too.

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Re: Verizon USA knows your passwords

he probably uses a long password in a particular format that would make it easy to guess (social engineer) his other passwords. ever heard of the process of combining several memorable words to make a long password? 12 letters is better than 6

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Spotted-Farnborough-and-Aldershot/594550087237217?hc_location=timeline

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Cyberspies blast Icefog into US targets' backdoors

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Meh

Wow, perfectly timed article to coincide with the latest java release which no longer allows unsigned applets to run in browsers.

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Ban-dodging Mac Pro to hit Blighty's shops as Apple bows to fan fears

chris 17

Re: Not falling for the hype

RAM is available at crucial ~$ 439.99 USD for 2x 16 GB 1866MHz DDR3 ECC memory, $500 USD for the Apple equivalent

http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.aspx?model=Mac%20Pro%20(Late%202013)&Cat=RAM#

its been some time since you've bought a new Mac, I think a few things have changed!

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Haswell micro: Intel’s Next Unit of Computing desktop PC

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you can buy dual core android powered tv devices/sticks/boxes from ~ £20 on ebay. much less hassle and turns your dumb HD tv into a smart tv.

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Britain's costliest mistake? Lord Stern defends his climate maths

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There where also 2 declared world wars, the Korean & Vietnam wars, cold war Soviet and west invasions of Afghanistan , the Gulf wars (not forgetting Suez, Bosnia, Falklands and other skirmishes) that released untold numbers of green house accelerants and other pollutants. Just not going to war will have a dramatic reduction in green house emissions.

Peace in our time may be the answer, should save some cash to pay for research into making better use of the resources we currently have. If we can send a man to the moon and split an atom to prove a point, surely we can find better ways to collect and use energy for our needs

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Click here to BEAT OFF David Cameron's web SMUT ban

chris 17

Will reduce online security

As unskilled consumers scramble to install some crap that their 'Mate' suggested or some google search suggested would circumvent the filter, they just open themselves up to all sorts of malware, virus, intentional man in the middle exploits, & other online nasties, all in the name of saving the children.

As the kids search for these circumventing strategies they risk coming into contact with the very people this measure is designed to safeguard them from, no doubt they'll be sharing all kinds of PII badies will use to exploit or hack them.

I hope I'm wrong.

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GCHQ spooks told: Break Huawei's grip on 'The Cell'

chris 17

Re: how the hell did we end up with...

Marconi loosing out in BT's 21CN procurement killed the company. Their shares where near junk, i was certain Marconi was going to get the contract as they where already so entrenched in BT's infrastructure so i bought some shares confident of making a killing. I lost thousands, but am sadder that we lost Marconi, with BT's (our) money going to shore up the Chinese up start. I feel it was a political gesture by the then Labour government to try and win favour with their Chinese communist cousins.

This was an age where the PSTN was trusted enough to carry unencrypted point to point traffic up to restricted, wireless cards needed to be removed (not just software disabled) from laptops & GCHQ's warnings on Huawei ignored.

http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2009/03/30/huawei_threat/

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IDS finally admits what EVERYONE ELSE already knows: Universal Credit will be late

chris 17
Pint

wading in for a kcking

so many comments wading in and kicking the project. Are the commentators suggesting the old system was better, or that they personally could have done a better job?

Who knows how many poorly specified private sector projects overrun and fail year on year?

Its rare for successful projects (public or private) to generate much news, & its always the public sector failures that make the front page headlines.

You must all admit that the old system needed over hauling. Those private sector organisations involved in the project all have un-news worthy success in delivering private sector projects. I'm not defending them or the project, just stating the obvious that $hit happens and unless you have the stomach to drive things through we'll have the same $hity systems for decades to come.

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ASA slaps down BT over 'misleading' broadband claims

chris 17

ASA:

Unlimited Broadband actually means limited to some extent that you can only find out by reviewing the products T's & C's that are buried in their website.

Fibre Broadband: actually means fibre to some cabinet down the street and coax to you house. if you have fibre to some cabinet and twisted pair to your house (FTTC) you can't call it fibre!

The ASA would never pre vet adverts as it would invite a severe beating from all concerned, as well as making them liable for any damages. At the moment they can try and claim to be on the side of the consumer. Like all national type agencies, they have an enviable ability to dodge scandal and controversy and deflect it to either the company concerned or the consumer.

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chris 17

Re: Cat amongst pigeons

I had a very similar experience too.

Open Reach came, installed new lines around my house, told me what to expect and left. True to their word i received the service they said i would and sky claim to not traffic shape too which is a bonus on top of the discounted BB as i'm a tv customer.

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You DON'T need a new MacBook! Reg man fiddles with Fusion, pimps out vintage Pro

chris 17

Re: Yes, i really agree

i have a late 2008 MacBook (uni body) i think its the oldest generation to run Mavericks. I've upped the Ram to 8GB and installed a 256 GB samsung (tlc) SSD. An over the top install of Mavericks has made it fly. Its like its new again. I was seriously thinking of buying a new machine, but now i'm good at least for the next year. If i need extra power, i think i'll use screen sharing to a VM Hackintosh on a future i7 i'm thinking about. My other half's late 2007 MacBook (core duo) is languishing several os generations back and slow as hell, even with screen sharing.

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XBOX ONE ROUNDUP-of-the-ROUNDUPS: Everything YOU need to know

chris 17

Meh

Next

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Ballmer: Microsoft stronger without Bing and Xbox tinkering

chris 17

any bets on how long EOP will take to bin the good bits?

any bets on how long EOP will take to bin the good bits?

and then how long before M$ crumbles?

He'll ruin M$ as he did to Nokia.

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HP fires sue-ray at makers of Blu-Ray

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Re: I have yet to buy a Blu-ray.....

me too, i bypassed Blu-Ray and went 'no touch'TM for my media consumption. Mainly due to the silly prices wanted for Blu-Ray players & media at the time, even now Blu-Ray media is still too much in my opinion. media as in video content and blanks.

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WHY didn't Microsoft buy RIM? Us business blokes would have queued for THAT phone

chris 17
WTF?

Re: Sorry?

You beat me to this. WTF indeed.

Totally not Politically Correct,

Terrible concept description.

Did the reg's editors really think that sentence added value to If this article?

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MPs slam bumpkin fibre rollout, demand halt to further £250m cash spaff

chris 17

Re: BT should be structured on same level basis as the other public utilities

Open Reach is the wholesale arm that other providers use for installing lines, broadband etc.

www.openreach.co.uk

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Apple blings up new iMac with latest Intel chips, next-gen Wi-Fi

chris 17
WTF?

Re: all-in-one iMac

and how often do you need to use a dvd/cd rom drive? I've not had to use one for years at work or at home. Most consumers who buy cheap (the ones found in Asda, tesco etc) machines only use them for backing up the os or installing the odd driver that's out of date anyway.

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TWO can play this 64-bit mobile game, says Samsung, crossly

chris 17
WTF?

Re: Why oh why

Why oh why do people need to complain about any kind of progress?

have you also asked the following at some point?

Why oh why do people need to fly when they can get on a boat?

Why oh why do people need to drive faster than 5 miles an hour?

Why oh why do people need a flat screen TV when they could go to the cinema?

Why oh why do people need to send an email when they could use the post or telephone?

Why oh why do people need to a camera, email, colour screen on their portable telephone?

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That earth-shattering NSA crypto-cracking: Have spooks smashed RC4?

chris 17
Big Brother

I Wonder if MegaUpload was taken out as they didn't allow the 3 letter agencies in through the backdoor?

New Zealand is one of the nations in the UKUSA Security Agreement.

Just wondering...........................

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Russian spyboss brands Tor a crook's paradise, demands a total ban

chris 17

Governments / Security services are finally noticing that public perception of the Internet can be manipulated and skewed to suit their aims. I'm amazed MPAA didn't push the peado link with torrents harder. For those that weren't around, the us used to ban all exports of code with strong encryption, it turned into a farce when you had to agree to complicated legislature before downloading the latest web browser!!

I expect Mums net et al campaigning hard to have tor, BitTorrent and non crackable encryption banned, I'm sure Dave & Theresa will bend over backwards to accommodate them, even though they have no idea what the technology is about.

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UK mulls ban on tiny mobiles to block prison smugglers

chris 17

Lost liberty for the rest of us too?

So because prisoners have a desire for something small and shiny, the powers that be think its acceptable to stop the public at large getting access to them. What next, non prisoners banned from buying iPhones, going to festivals, concerts or football matches because prisoners can't?

Sounds like the nonsense from those advocating dumbing down exams or banning competitive sports so that 'all kids are equal'

Prisons are there to restrict the liberty if criminals, not the public at large!

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MYSTERY of Guardian mobos and graphics cards which 'held Snowden files'

chris 17

Maybe the destroyed components where necessary to unencrypt the encrypted data held on backups?

Is any of this linked with the google outage the other night and also the tragic death of the young spook found locked in a bag that he apparently locked himself?

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Apple dodged all UK corporation tax in 2012

chris 17

Re: Why don't they just close the loopholes?

"In my opinion, the way forward is to load cost onto companies who do not pay sufficient tax with an operating costs to make good the tax losses."

Like some form of Value Added Tax added to the cost at retail, even better, the retailer can collect it on behalf of HMRC & HMRC can give them a percentage cut for their troubles ;)

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WD HAMRs down shingles on disk drive road map

chris 17
Meh

Burning platforms etc. spinning disk is the new tape, PCI-e SSD are the new sata/disk combo.

Storage evolution is why Samsung, Hitachi, IBM etc bailed out of the HDD sector. I don't understand why WD or Seagate haven't heavily invested in Solid State. With only 2 major players & Toshiba in spinning disk, the writing is clearly on the wall for that tech.

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Want a fast, private Wi-Fi channel? Fine, go fight the regulators

chris 17
FAIL

Re: Interesting business model

Global coverage map is something special though

Only in the US definition of global.

Iirc Japan can use ch 14 & eu up to ch 13.

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BSkyB-owned BE slams into traffic pile-up over 'unlimited' broadband lie

chris 17
WTF?

Breaking News*****Twisted pair happily runs upto 10Gig (in bundles of 4 pairs typically terminated in RJ45),

not seen an y coax run that fast though

coax is still not even descriptively close to fibre. One uses a copper core with an insulter and woven copper shield & transmits radio frequency's, the other a glass core & transmits light. Any idiot can instantly see the difference when showed side by side, yet VM's commercials suggest the cable going from the street to customers premises, set top box or modem is actually fibre, which it is clearly not.

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chris 17
Flame

ASA now turn you attention to mobile phone operator's 'unlimited' deals and Virgin's so called 'fibre optic (to the cabinet somewhere, coax to your home)' BB. People just don't believe me when i tell them their VM BB is not fibre to their home. Why can't BT and co market FTTC as just fibre (+copper if need be) if virgin can call theirs just fibre?

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BSkyB punters drown in MASSIVE MYSTERY Yahoo! mail! migration!

chris 17
FAIL

Re: Here's a thought...

mail downloaded using a client (outlook express) and then deleted from that client typically will remain on the server (providing IMAP is not used)

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chris 17

the majority of sky broadband is uncapped, i think its just the free one that is capped.

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Provider of FIFA goal line tech chosen, tracks ball in space and time

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why not just have a bunch of refs watching the replay on TV, back at FIFA HQ? would take a little longer to make a decision granted, but a hell of a lot easier and cheaper?

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Sony flogs off more assets in scramble for full-year profit

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who next

gone are comet, hmv, kodak, Nortel, WorldCom

going are

RIM, Sharp, Nokia, Sony, Nintendo, HP?

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Daisy, Computacenter turn down purchase of stricken 2e2

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FAIL

any decent managed services customer will be speaking to 2e2's competitors right now, praying the 2e2 support hangs in there long enough to migrate over.

God speed to all 2e2 staff.

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Dell buyout stalled by Microsoft, low takeover price?

chris 17
Unhappy

Re: Maybe Dell just doesn't understand customers anymore?

sure if your into computers, an upgradable pc/laptop/tablet from a big name brand with full warranty sounds great. Everyone else just wants to use the web (shop, bank, book tickets etc), check their mail & read and produce documents. i'm now wishing i got my 74 year old dad a chrome book instead of the cheap samsung i3 from pc world that came with win8 (purchased the first week of win8 availability). having never experienced the crap that is win 8 i had 4 hours to make it look as much like win 7 so he could take it abroad with him. the problems are now compounded that hotmail has changed to outlook and he can't find out how to forward mail as buttons have all changed. remotely supporting a piece of crap win8 laptop is no fun (yes i have remote access to it & yes he has an iPad). a touch interface on a non touch laptop via a remote session is hell. I think the real problem is that M$ don't understand their end customers and force this crap on their OEM's. OEM's need a consumer friendly OS

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END OF THE WORLD IS NIGH: TalkTalk no longer worst ISP in UK

chris 17
FAIL

so talk talk still provide the worst service?

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Parliament: Snoop Charter plan 'too sweeping', 'misleading', 'suspicious'

chris 17
Big Brother

Re: Looks like the civil servants have been rumbled

I'm wondering why all those clever people pushing this policy haven't bothered to sell it properly. How can they underestimate the scrutiny of parliament to this degree? they've had 4 years, multiple Home secretaries, Prime ministers and indeed governments, but they still can't get the content on the paper work correct to have the Bill passed?

If the threat is that important to justify this need then they should be doing a better job of defining the bill & getting it passed. If they can't get that right, what guarantee do we have that they will be implement their proposals as they say, on budget, protecting our privacy & most importantly catching those sodding peadoterrorists?

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Mystery X-37B robot spaceplane returns to orbit on Tuesday

chris 17
Big Brother

Re: X-37 - Prototype weapons platform?

Watch out North Korea, the USA is after your space tat

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chris 17
Alert

What a coincidence that North Korea launched a rocket this morning

Just in time for the North Korean launch at 00:49 GMT this morning!!

What are the odds of that happening by chance?

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Parliament to unleash barrage of criticism on Snoopers' Charter

chris 17
Stop

The security services obviously have a need to spy on us en masse

why don't they come up with a proper proposal that has relevant & necessary safe guards to stop HMGov turning this country into a Stalinist or North Korean state, They've had plenty of time to re do the paperwork & if they can't be bothered to do it properly (as they have demonstrated at least twice now), they shouldn't be allowed it.

its like some big wig security group have scared enough of their pay masters & colleagues that they are prepared to sully their reputation re hashing this half baked plan. Thank GOD (or whatever) the various committees and democratic process has seen fit to put the brakes on.

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Man charged over alleged April Jones Facebook trolling

chris 17
Stop

to those that say facebook isn't real, time to get in the 21st century. writing nasty comments or sick jokes about someone or their loved ones and placing them in a place where they, their friends, family, neighbours etc will see it and the affected person will be humiliated and upset by it is just plain evil & cruel. That is REAL, and the hurt it causes is REAL.

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'Over half' of Android devices have unpatched holes

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Thats exactly why i bought my iPhone. i was fed up with not being able to update the firmware to fix the bug because 3 hadn't bothered to authorise it!!

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Amazon exploited by hacker in scribe's epic Apple iCloud pwn

chris 17
Facepalm

so apple support wasn't the primary attack vector

The first article and his blog stated this was apple's fail for providing the hacker access, but we now know this was all dependant on Amazon's initial failings.

http://www.emptyage.com/post/28679875595/yes-i-was-hacked-hard.

would this attack have been foiled if he used his wife's account for his gmail password retrieval account instead?

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Scribe's mobe, MacBook pwned after hacker 'fast-talked Apple support'

chris 17
WTF?

is there any proof to this?

so some journo who is probably is looking to spice up an article (career) has been targeted for hacking, with the entry method being social engineering access to his iCloud account through apple support.

All sounds plausible, but it aint true until its been verified / validated that that is what (could of) happened. Come on el reg, dig deep and prove to us this is a legitimate story. What bad apple policies make this plausible. What could apple do to mitigate these issues.

actually whilst at it, could you do an article as to why some people are whipped into a frenzy at any opportunity to bash apple? i don't get it.

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