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Anonymous: Snap on that Guy Fawkes mask, we're marching against child sex abuse

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Re: 'Operation Death Eaters'

I think the idea, rather, is to compare the the alleged cabal of powerful "paedosadists" to Voldemort's secret followers. The analogy is vaguely fitting, I suppose, although I remain skeptical that such a conspiracy really exists.

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'Revenge porn' bully told not to post people's nude pics online. That's it. That's his punishment

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WTF?

I'm a little skeptical of broad anti-revenge porn laws since the issue does touch on freedom of speech, but I thought this case was a slam-dunk. Surely the fact that he was asking for money to take pictures down makes it outright extortion/blackmail. I don't see how pretending to be two separate organizations changes this.

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Panicked teen hanged himself after receiving ransomware scam email

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Regarding the policing aspect

What I don't understand is how these crooks can get away with using services like Ukash and GreenDot. Normally governments make a big freaking deal about preventing money laundering. I find it hard to believe that these payment methods are allowed to exist if governments can't track where the money goes.

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FIVE Things (NOT 10: these are REAL) from the WINDOWS 10 event

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Re: Cortana Always Listening?

Microsoft has already banned children from using Cortana hasn't it?

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Prosecutors have 'EVISCERATED' my defense, cries Silk Road lawyer

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My problem with this isn't that I think that evidence should necessarily be allowed; I don't have the legal training to say whether that is reasonable or not. It's the the impression I get that the defense didn't have fair warning that this line of questioning wouldn't be allowed that bothers me. Almost as if they'd been set up just so the rug could be pulled out from under them later.

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Obama makes net neutrality pledge in State of the Union

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I don't like the sound of this

That was a particularly strange use of the "Think of the Children!" trope, wasn't it? It seemed very arbitrary and tacked on, even by the low standards I've come to expect.

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Latest menace to internet economy: Gators EATING all the PUSSIES

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Re: "Of a suburban Los Angeles."

There are at least three Los Angeleses just in California. Los Angeles City, Los Angeles County and Los Angeles metropolitan area, each containing the former. There are Los Angeleses in other states and countries as well. I'm not quite sure how to judge which of these are suburban though.

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Canonical goes all Internet of Stuff with Ubuntu for DRONES

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Needing 600 Mhz (not mhz) makes a whole lot more sense than 600 MB RAM. But I don't understand how anyone could mix these two things up. Please tell me nobody working for El Reg was responsible. The 4GB requirement still seems excessive, although hardly prohibitive considering what flash memory costs nowadays.

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Alabama tops US teacher-pupil sex league

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Re: Oh, moon of Alabama

I think that version is fairly popular everywhere.

Don't forget most teachers are women.

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Re: meh

I don't think these laws apply to higher education. Of course criminal and perv aren't the same thing...

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Boffins: It's EASY to make you GRASS YOURSELF UP for crimes you never did

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Re: Erm parents of students?

While it's true that some of the test subjects might have actually done illegal or dangerous things that weren't known, don't you think it's unlikely that 71% of them had done or experienced the same scenario the researchers invented?

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It says university students, so presumably at least the majority would be at least 18.

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New York side-eyes California's hack attack laws: I'll have what she's having

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Wait, what?

Additionally, his draft law would require all businesses in New York State who handle such data to provide a set of basic security protections including employee training, and third-party audits to certify compliance.

So if my small tiny business, which doesn't even take credit cards decided to add a little forum to our website where people could discuss our products, we'd have to get a 3rd party audit to make sure the passwords were safe?

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Microsoft cracks personalisation without prying

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Re: Before the usual MS bashing....

Microsoft all but killed Do Not Track by turning it on by default. There was never a possibility that advertisers would respect it unless it communicated an active choice made by the user.

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Terror bomb victims demanding Iran's .ir will appeal US ruling

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Re: Carp

No, the kind that used to eat you alive in Dwarf Fortress.

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DANGER: Is that 'hot babe' on Skype a sextortionist?

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Re: For the love of all that's precious!

I have enough familiarity with Skype to know about the random contacts from "women", although I'm not a regular user. But this article says "Someone posing as a woman called Cathy Wong befriended each of the victims on Facebook before asking them to Skype her."

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Re: For the love of all that's precious!

Their real downfall was missing the fact that meeting through Facebook meant the "hot babe" already knew their real name and exactly who to send embarrassing video to. If they'd just been showing their junk to people on Omegle or similar they'd have been fairly safe.

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Facebook hackers work blue on Crayola coloring page

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"Well now it is occur-ring."

It's just to bad whoever made those didn't actually speak the language they chose to deface in.

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Paris terror attacks: ISPs face pressure to share MORE data with governments

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Appalling

This will more likely be used to silence internet equivalents of of Charlie Hebdo than prevent violent acts. Which means, the terrorists won.

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FBI fingering Norks for Sony hack: The TRUTH – by the NSA's spyboss

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Re: Paging Dr. Evil, paging Dr. Evil...

I'm trying to figure out if there's some sort of implied hierarchy. It starts out fairly reasonable, states, terrorists, organized crime. Then it gets weird with "sophisticated worldwide hackers and botnets" I must say this troubles me greatly. One doesn't normally describe people as "worldwide", and the inclusion of botnets is also strange, since no other tools are mentioned. Sounds too much like Skynet. Be that as it may, next we've got "hack-tivists", and I can understand why the NSA doesn't like them, so no surprise they feature just below the obviously scary stuff. But the last four are once again curious: weirdos, bullies, pedophiles, and creeps. What's the difference between a weirdo and a creep? What makes weirdos 3 levels eviler? I'd have thought creeps were worse than weirdos. Putting pedophiles so low on the list is a little surprising too, although I've long suspect they were just a smokescreen.

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Right to be forgotten? That’s not Google’s call – data MEP Albrecht

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I'm inclined to think Google would be delighted to have some help figuring out this right to be forgotten stuff. Is Albrecht offering?

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Tor pedo torpedoed: Ex-US cybersecurity guru jailed for 25 years in abuse pics sting

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Expert?

Cybersecurity Official: Visits CP sites using Windows and with JavaScript enabled.

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Forget Google's robot cars, now it's on to ANDROID cars

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Great Idea!

What could possibly go wrong?

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Sony Pictures hack is Hollywood's 'Snowden moment' say infosec bods

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Seems like a slightly odd comparison, since Snowden was a legit sysadmin while this was apparently an outside job.

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Heads up! If Tor VANISHES over the weekend, this is why

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Re: Hm

According to one list I saw, 4 out of 9 have US IP addresses. So to get a majority (either to hijack it or take it offline) the US would need cooperation from at least one other country. Not that such a thing is unheard of by any means.

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Re: Mephistro (@ Matt Bryant)

The directory servers do contain a list of list of nodes and exits, but this is public anyway. As for the idea of keeping them running and directing people to a fake Tor network, that would be possible, but it would be awful brash. It's not like it would go unnoticed.

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FCC to smack Sprint with $105m fine over 'cramming' – report

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Re: jail time

Ban the entire corporation from doing any type of business for the same length of time a natural person would have gone to jail.

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Can't stop Home Depot-style card pwning, but suppliers will feel PCI regulation pain

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Re: Self Assessment is the problem

I'm really starting to think that having each transaction digitally signed by the payer is the only system that makes sense. Yeah, like bitcoin. But it could still be done with centralized authorities (i.e. banks).

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Identity thieves slurp Sony Pictures staff info – as CEO sends 'don't sue me, bro' memo

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Re: Mandiant job order: item one ...

More likely related to the name on the email, Kevin Mandia; perhaps suggesting the "cybersecurity firm" is just one guy. ;)

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Sacre block! French publishers to sue Adblock maker – report

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Is this true?

If AdBlock Plus is really charging money to get on their whitelist that seems like a conflict of interest and unethical. I don't know about illegal, but it wouldn't surprise me. Does anyone have more details about this claim?

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Google kills CAPTCHAs: Are we human or are we spammer?

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Re: Numbers.

It probably doesn't hurt google, but at least we're not helping them take over the world.

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Pebble: The brilliant stealth wearable Apple's Watch doesn't see coming

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Re: Bluetooth and planes...

Don't think so. Different airlines may have their own rules, but regardless it's not going to hurt the plane and they're not going to notice if you don't.

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Legendary Brit physicist Stephen Hawking gets full Intel comms refresh

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I hadn't realized he was that bad off. I thought he could still click a little button or something. I wonder if it's realistic to hope some kind of practical brain-based interface will become available in his lifetime. Still, doubling his WPM is an achievement. Good show, Intel.

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Nokia's N1 fondleslab's HIDDEN BRILLIANCE: The 'Z Launcher'

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Sounds Horrible

Menus that rearrange themselves based on what you've used recently are bad enough, and now they want to add an extra layer of unpredictability by taking the time of day into account? Not that having to launch things by trying to scribble with your finger was ever a good idea to start with.

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Rosetta probot drilling DENIED: Philae has its 'LEG in the AIR'

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It's semantics, but I don't know if I could really agree the first sentence. As I understand it, gravity is the only thing holding it in place. I mean, it bounced and came back down. That sounds like a landing to me. But I do of course agree that the situation is precarious. Doing anything rash could easily make it "jump" and even if it didn't achieve escape velocity (estimated to be 1 m/s) it might not be so lucky to land mostly right-side-up next time.

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Hacker Hammond's laptop protected by pet password

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Re: Not much of a deal was it?

Presumably they were threatening him with a dozen more charges for a total of 7854 years or something of the sort. That's that's their usual tactic.

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Virgin Media CUTS OFF weekend 'net surfers after embarrassing smut-filtering snafu

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Re: So, (from down here in the antipodes)

Only by default. But from what I understand (I'm not in the UK either) some companies, especially mobile providers, are determined to make opting out as inconvenient and annoying as possible.

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Disney wins Mickey Mouse patent for torrent-excluding search engine

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Did anyone catch this?

piracy websites, child pornography websites, and/or the like

I think Disney just said piracy is equivalent to child pornography. Seriously? Even if we could all agree those are both "bad" (which is in doubt), they are bad in completely different ways. Only the most fanatic free-marketeer would suggest that the main problem with child pornography is that the performers aren't bring properly compensated. In fact I think most people would agree that when it comes to CP, authenticity is directly correlated with "bad".

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Facebook lifts Tor ban, touts encrypted onion access point

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Re: Serious question

It does seem strangely at odds with the real name policy (although they claim they've relaxed that as well). But I guess one use case is that you post under your real name, but need to protect your location. Alternatively, Tor can also be used to bypass censorship, so people in countries where Facebook is banned might possibly find it useful.

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Re: custom .onion address?

It's a little scary actually. But yeah they brute forced the whole thing. I doubt they were specifically aiming for the corewwwi part though. More likely what they did was generate tons of these, and filter for facebook<words>.onion and then have a human look over the results to pick one that kinda made sense.

Still, it's an impressive achievement, and it probably means the 16 character addresses won't be good enough all that much longer.

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The NO-NAME vuln: wget mess patched without a fancy brand

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Let me see if I understand that right. The bug is it could create symlinks and then follow those symlinks so it would actually be writing outside the intended target directory. Is that accurate?

Also, it doesn't sound like it's exactly fixed. All they did was turn off creating symlinks by default. So if you ever actually needed that and turned it on you'd still be vulnerable.

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Samaritans 'suicide Twitter-sniffer' BACKFIRES over privacy concerns

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Re: I thought April 1st came early

All they're doing is scanning public tweets. I don't see how it could be illegal. It's just creepy as heck.

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Inside the EYE of the TORnado: From Navy spooks to Silk Road

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Re: Love the article

If you only run a relay node (not an exit node) the chance of getting a knock at your door is pretty much zero. It has never happened as far as I'm aware. (Obviously I'm assuming you don't live in China, that wouldn't be a a different situation.)

You do risk getting blocked from certain websites though, since apparently they can't be bothered to distinguish between exit and relay nodes despite the Tor Project publishing a list of which is which.

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Re: huh?

I don't think the author is particularly well informed, especially with regard to terminology. Starting with the (admittedly trivial) fact that Tor is a name, and properly capitalized as such, despite its acronymic origins.

But more importantly, exit node has a specific meaning, and it most definitely doesn't refer to "every user". It's also 100% incorrect that everyone using Tor automatically shares bandwidth, either as an exit node (i.e. a gateway to the normal internet) or otherwise. You have to specifically turn on sharing if you want to help out.

The article seems confused about the JS exploit incident too. The exploit was specifically inserted in hidden service websites hosted by Freedom Hosting (which incidentally included legitimate sites like webmail service). So I'm not sure in what sense it could be "not aimed at Freedom Hosting". And then in the second paragraph down it starts talking about exit nodes again, when hidden services like these don't use exit nodes.

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Tor exit node mashes malware into downloads

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Re: Never ever trusted TOR enough to use it

You can also use https to theoretically get protection for the last step, but of course that has been proven repeatedly to be imperfect.

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Hello, Ello. Still no ads and no features to sell. What do? Bag $5.5m

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It's not that having ads is so terrible. I don't feel like a product when I visit The Register, for instance. The key words are "ad-driven". There's a difference between making a great site and displaying ads, and making a great site for displaying ads.

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Are there sounds on Mars? NASA launches audio athenaeum

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"You can hear the roar of a space shuttle launch or Neil Armstrong's 'one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind' every time you get a phone call," the agency said.

Did they really? I thought they still maintained he said the more logical "for a man", even if you can't hear it.

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NOT OK GOOGLE: Android images can conceal code

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Re: Could this be sent over email?

Yes it's possible to install a .apk sent through email (if you turn off the restriction to install only for Google). But it doesn't sound like just clicking on the image would do anything, although it wasn't totally clear. It sounds like you need a "helper" evil app already installed for the code embedded in the image to do anything.

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Lords take revenge on REVENGE PORN publishers

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While it's a legitimate problem, I'd really like to hear how they define it. It would be very easy to write this in a way that covers non-malicious actions. If someone sends you an explicit selfie and you share without permission, that's inconsiderate and uncouth, but it doesn't on its own mean you're trying to get revenge. You might just think it's a nice picture.

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