* Posts by JCitizen

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Weird ARCHAEAN LIFE FORM found at 'Loki's Castle' DEEP beneath Arctic Circle

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Re: Showing my age

You mean Khyber Passé don't you?

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Spotty dwarf Ceres BARES ALL in NASA's SHINY CLOSEUPS

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Re: Bah!

Fer sure! Everyone knows God likes to throw rocks!

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VAMPIRE SQUID romps stun scientists: Unique sex lives revealed

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I'd imagine..

that most deep sea creatures filter food from above, with all the chaos happening way above them, all they have to do is wait for the detritus to filter down from the upper Epipelagic Zone ! Just imagine how many shallow sea creatures die without even becoming victims of some other hunter specie!?

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Nork hackers no pantomime villains, but a hugely unpredictable menace

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Attacks for PRC not uncommon...

Back in 2004, I noticed attackers coming from a PRC location that was the same military organisations that made Norinco SKS and AK rifle copies. I had enough information to trace it via Google Earth, back when governments weren't smudging the satellite pics. They were very confident and arrogant until it came out on world wide news, and then they switched to University IPs, and then the current building location all sources point to. It is comical they don't even try to use the bot net or Tor to hide the original attack vector. But who is going to really challenge them anyway?

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Bulgarian Bill Gates blagger busted, banged up, again: report

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Hey!

That's my card in that picture - who cares about Bill Gates, they got my card with my name on it! (Good think they don't have my middle initial!) :^0 !

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RELICS of the Earth's long lost TWIN planet FOUND ON MOON

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Re: Front row seat

Ach! Ye probably too young a squirt to know how to use a Tardis; and the bloody rotary dialler mechanism!

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Re: Was there even a collision

Not to mention the fact that we have the only surviving liquid core in the near Sol system. Venus, Mercury, and Mars all have dead cores. Hopefully the Mars rovers will gather something that indicates a theory that could indicate the truth.

Our surviving internal heat on Earth, suggests to me that a collision happened about 4 billion years ago, or so. I suspect it wasn't so much an impact as a joining of celestial bodies moving in almost the same orbit and speed. This would explain why water is still existent ( besides the Van Allen belt protections - which also rely on a magneto-sphere)

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A MILLION Chrome users' data was sent to ONE dodgy IP address

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Like WOW! man!...

Hasn't everybody got tired of Google Chrome's spy shit??!! I certainly have, and don't use it anymore!!!! Doh!! I block Chrome cookies religiously on all my browsers - I'm sure a competitor will exceed their wayward ways, but then, I'm sure I can find an alternative by then too!

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This will crack you up: US drug squad's phone call megaslurp dates back to 1990s

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The world was not coming to an end before the drug laws

Until 1911 the US had no nation wide drug law to enforce. We were not falling apart back then, despite a history going back since time started; but somebody decided we needed this folly! I say it pays WAY more to spend money helping folks quit addiction, than landing thousands in jail at great tax payer expense to put them away for a term that might as well be for ever!! I thought the US was a Christian nation????

We here in the United States have not seemingly realized that just preventing people from driving drunk has reduced drinking to a tremendously low level!! I can't help noticing one beer and liquor joint has gone out of business every 3 months as more strict driving laws come into play. No out and out prohibition of any controlled substance is required, just the use of such in a civilized world!

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Fsck those new emojis! Install iOS 8.3, OS X 10.10.3 NOW to squash all these security bugs

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Just more irritating news!

More an more we are understanding all operating system require due diligence!

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This tool detects then ATTACKS evil twin access points

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The MAC can be spoofed..

I'd was sure I read these evil twin access points could reside on your own network. I can't see how you can get in trouble for Dos targets inside your own network.

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Got an Android mobe with a virus? Congrats, you're The One Per Cent

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Apps are the usual point of entry.

Even the best operating systems can be pwned if any apps have holes in them. In the desktop environment, applications like adobe flash, and java are favorites for criminal exploit kits. In a Windows PC machine, using a limited account with all applications and the OS fully updated; it has been very difficult to find exploits that can take hold in my honey pot lab. However malware, can sometimes run with the same rights as the user and still do damage to their finances or other personal integrity.

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NASA: We're gonna rip up an ASTEROID and make it ORBIT the MOON

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I predicted this..

in a paper I wrote in high school, on meteor bombing. At the time, I cheerfully pointed out, we don't have to have radiation to have a weapon just as good as the atomic bomb - just put translinear accelerators on asteroids and position them for later on, when a quick insertion propellant can be attached to said asteroid for future targets in war.

Of course this should be outlawed internationally, and I think it already is. Perhaps this could be seen as a violation of the space based weapons platform treaty? However, I honestly think this is the beginning of the next true "gold rush" for space minerals; that could signal a huge push by space entrepreneurs wishing to exploit mineral resources for what is actually a cheaper way to mine; and if properly regulated, could be cleaner methods for earthlings! As long as we don't clutter up the orbits of our little earth moon system, it could be something on the scale of the '49ers gold rush!

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Marathon race ace FOUND ON MARS – NASA boffins overjoyed

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Re: Congrats to the engineers and drivers

Yes! Drinks all around for the boffins who done it! >hic<

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Chrome trumps all comers in reported vulnerabilities

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Secunia PSI...

always reports everything is A-OK! Why? Because I keep up with patches. Yes Secunia PSI will squawk if you never do maintenance, if it can't update it automatically it will tell you to manually do it. Some files just have to be deleted. If you know how to use Secunia PSI it can be very useful, but some comments here lead me to believe some don't. Yes Secunia PSI is for Windows, but the article was taking about the Chrome BROWSER! Google Chrome is just fine now, and updated not long ago for the Freak vulnerability and the last flash update, although it uses its own version of flash, as a built in HTML capability.

I never use Secunia PSI to manually update an application, I use the target application's console, or I use File Hippo's Application Manager, or Avast's scan for outdated software. Any one of them will lead to the solution. After fixing a patch, you must scan again with Secunia PSI if you want the alert to clear, otherwise you can ignore it until Secunia notices the change eventually. I'd almost believe that if you do this religiously and run as a limited user on a Windows machine, you could almost get away with no anti-malware, or anti-virus, as this makes you almost zero day invincible. CCleaner could be the only tool you'd need for complete protection after that, as long as you run it before using a browser for banking, or log off and/or reboot.

However - I'm paranoid, so I use a lot of different methods of building a defense in depth. IBM's free end point protection(formerly Trusteer), can make a big difference too. And no - I'm not a shill for IBM. I'm for free stuff that works!

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On 50th anniversary of first spacewalk, Aurorae light up two planets

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Thank you Anonymous Custard!

That was an extraordinary story!! When I was a kid, the news didn't like reporting on Russian successes - I was starved for space stories, and would have enjoyed this report immensely! Thanks for providing that link! TGIF!!

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Re: Aurora on Mars?

That's exactly what I was going to say. It would seem having magnetic lines of force would help channel the ionic activity. Apparently all it takes is an atmosphere, and a thin one at that. With no Van Allen belt protection, Mars is wide open for radiation.

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Microsoft RE-BORKS Windows 7 patch after reboot loop horror

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Re: Thank you Mr. Nadella

That's what I say - I've lost count of the borked updates in the last three patch cycles!

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SpaceX lofts two all-electric ion-drive comsats to Clarke orbit

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May be slow now but...

if you give ion drive enough fuel and time, it can reach a speed about as close to the speed of light as you are going to get with a vehicle that has any mass at all.

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Bad movie: Hackers can raid networks with burnt Blu-Rays

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Re: Part of HP Bloatware

For HP users, there should already have been an HP program called "DVD play BD" in the programs list, and it should automatically come on anytime you play a blu-ray. As soon as Secunia PSI tagged PowerDVD as vulnerable I got rid of it - which severely pissed me off, because I had payed for an upgrade trying to avoid that. The stupid program got in a fight with all the DRM spies the IAA put on my computer when I bought it, and also seemed to be trying to destroy my built in HP software. So GOOD RIDDANCE Cyberlink. See if I ever try to spend a dime on their crap ever again!!

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ASML‬ plays down mystery hack attack

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Re: Possibilities

@imanidiot - Perhaps you could enlighten us and explain why a circuit could not be "piggy backed" onto a lithography plate? I knew a technician that was visiting a lab at one of these locations, that saw an obvious "modification" of a chip design through a microscope; when questioning it, they threw this visiting technician out of the lab.

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ICANN switches off dot-word admin portal amid security leak scare

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Perhaps they should be called..

ICANNOT!

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Russia considers keeping its own half of the ISS alive after 2024

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Re: Why go to the moon?

Nah! We'll all be crispy crittered by a gamma ray burst event, and the whole solar system will be uninhabitable.

Maybe someone will perfect warp drive! ;)

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Not even GCHQ and NSA can crack our SIM key database, claims Gemalto

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Re: No air-gap?

There's more than one way to jump an air gap - I think Snowden has featured some of them.

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Google looks to scrape away scumware, as only it can

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Re: Download.com and the rest

I hope you don't include MajorGeeks in "the rest". I rarely have a problem with crapware over there; in fact I can't remember one incident, although I'm sure they get by occasionally.

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Visa's tokenisation scheme to debut in Australia

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Not sure this is the end all solution..

Or even close - Just read on Krebs on Security about it and see what you think for yourself. There is no mention of P2P encryption, which depending on how you implement it with the token, could possibly make all the difference in the world - doubt Australians would want to afford that - it would probably be horribly expensive.

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Watch a hot, speeding space alien explode all over Earth's Beaver

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Re: re: The meteor ... didn't hit Earth so much as we hit it

I do have a problem with that "from behind" report, as the factoid of 45,000 mph sounded way to fast for that vector!

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Security hawker gives the bird to mid-east hack group

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The lack of posts so far -

Pretty much indicates how much of a threat we feel so far. I'm surprised Kaspersky even filed much PR on this one. I'd defer, in the future, if I were they.

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A cookie with a 7,984-year lifespan. Blimey, Roy Batty only got 4!

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Re: ... don't forget the LSO "Super Cookies"

That's right - this is really old news, as CCleaner has been removing all known LSO's for years now! I have never read anywhere, that it can't verifiably remove any tracking data no matter what form.

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Obama turns back on spooks: 'I'm on the side of strong encryption'

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Huh?

Maybe in your narrow point of view yah - but all we hear on this side of the pond is daily, how he has overstepped his authority! But I also notice no one is actually posting a constitutional challenge to what he has done yet. So I reserve any opinions until he is challenged in the courts.

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Re: Refreshingly intelligent statement

I have not heard such good words from our President for years! This is the one time since his last election cycle that I've heard such encouraging words! The only way toward freedom in the world is complete informational security for all; including the rebellious lot among us! History has proven that we already had the 911 miscreants in our sights before it happened, but we just had too much protected information gathering in place, to coordinate a defense. Now we have gone ham handed toward the less freedom friendly side of the scale - and not really anymore safer in the whole of it! I would rather have as complete a guarantee of free speech and reasonable expectation of my 4rth, 5th, and 10th Amendment rights; even if it meant a few terrorists got through! Live free or die - I always say! As freely as you chaps on El Reg communicate, I'd expect you'd agree! Maybe not!

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Check Point buys bare-metal security upstart Hyperwise

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Just a lift up on CheckPoint

I've been using CheckPoint's Safe@Office UTM appliance for years, and even weathered concerted attacks for some of those periods during 2005 to 2008, where by they were never able to break through, despite some mistakes on my part, which I quickly learned how to mitigate.

All during this period, I was supplied monthly attack analysis on who, what, and where these attempts were spawned. My top attack IP address put them in China at a military installation, which was also responsible for industrial manufacturing of the veritable AK-47 that was popular in the US as a semi-automatic sporting rifle. I thought this to be a bold attitude, but then it migrated over the years to universities in China, and finally to undefined addresses of commerce ISPs inside China's borders. Now I can't guarantee you will have such an exciting time in the near future - but I have a feeling this is why they (CheckPoint) are attempting to continue to stay on the bleeding edge of security technology.

I cannot speak for enterprise level companies, but as a small business, I can only say that we were given an edge over some larger businesses in our protection. And this gave us a survival stature, that brought us over the top. I'm not actually saying they had the best tech out there, but they had something a completely clueless small business could make it on, and if only you were aware what was going on, you'd realize just how good it was. It is the lazy or ignorant owners way to a front row security posture.

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Jeb Bush, the man who may lead the US in 2016, dumps Floridians' private data on the web

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Re: JeB Bush? TL;DR

I actually think Jed Clampett would do a better job as President of the US! HA!

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Re: Voting market stifled for lack of choice

Not if I can help it. I go to the caucuses and vote for the candidate I want in the primary elections. However, I'm only one member of one state - you can't control all 50 of them. We actually do try to select who we want before the election starts - Don't folks in the UK do the same?

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Google cuts Microsoft and pals some slack in zero-day vuln crusade – an extra 14 days tops

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Re: Still Unclear on Concept

You can tell it has Microsoft rattled, because they have messed up more updates in the last two patch Tuesdays than they have in 5 years! I'm going to have to stop doing them right away, and wait at least 24 hours to see which ones are causing freeze ups, and every other order of grief for the end user.

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Wink if you want to see more of me, say Swiss boffins

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Re: Useful

That's for sure! Can you imagine what a person would look like with silver irises? I shudders the thought!

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Uber hits PANIC BUTTON after India threatens to BAN dial-a-car firm

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Preferences

I'd much rather be driven by a robot any day!

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Keylogger: Somebody STOP ME! Oh hang on, I just did

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Re: QFX

It will pass some of the AKLT tests but not all of them. However IBM endpoint can take care of the rest. I might try the test kit on SpyShelter, I haven't used it in years. I use QFX when I'm not in an SSL session, or the browser is closed. Rapport cannot protect you, or doesn't claim to, then. There is still screen capture and/or video capture though. It would be nice to block that all the time; a good HIPS is all you can do to hopefully fill in the gaps in a blended defense.

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Adobe finds, patches ANOTHER exploited Flash 0day

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Flash

Seems like most sites play with any modern browser without the flash application installed. For those of us that have to have flash installed for other applications to work you should have version 16.0.0.296 for all types installed.

Many experts on Krebs on Security maintain it did not completely mitigate the vulnerability. It is causing a lot of confusion, but having EMET 5.1 is always a good thing to have on board. As far as flash goes, Chrome uses their own in house version, and the Chrome update addressed a pot load of vulnerabilities to that browser as well. All modern browsers newer and including IE-11 seem to play most flash videos without any special Adobe products in your programs folders. There are two applications:

1. flash for Internet Explorer - Active X

2. flash for non-IE browsers - Plug-in

As far as I know number two is only for FireFox; any corrections are welcome.

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Symantec data centre security software has security holes

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Ach! Geeze! Symantec!!!

We always advised against that company at everyplace I ever worked. Fortunately our CIO always listened.

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Top senator blasts US Homeland Security for leaving cyber-drawbridge down

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This is probably why he is outgoing...

HA!!

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ALIEN fossils ON MARS: Curiosity snaps evidence of life

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I'm completely open to the truth myself...

Because I am a Christian. I have no preconceived ideas about creation, because I strive for the truth, as much as is humanly possible. God works in mysterious ways, and I'm not qualified to judge it at all. The Bible is truth, it is just that the creation story is also just a representation of the truth, just like any parable written within. If wondering about creation were easy, there would be no need of faith!

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ALIEN EARTH: Red sun's habitable world spotted 470 light years away

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470 years is nothing...

What would be amazing is if these planets didn't end up like the earth, of whom very likely was struck by a mars or smaller size orbiting companion planet - which means we might actually be BEHIND this newly discovered planet by about 4.5 BEEELLION years! HA!

I welcome our new overlords! 3:)

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NUKE HACK fears prompt S Korea cyber-war exercise

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Re: I would hope ...

U.S. Star Wars program tests with actual existing "smart" interceptors have proven that they can change direction instantly and at high speed. We don't even have to speculate into the future, it is already here. The thrust of some of those things equals the weight of a battleship, so yes they could do that maneuver quite easily, but the movie was silly to suggest no computer control - as if alien worlds would have such clumsy computers matching our old Earth technology in a far flung galactic history.

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New fear: ISIS killers use 'digital AK-47' malware to hunt victims

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I say!

Citizen Lab has a rather nice ring to it! I'm not sure why? (nudge-nudge)

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Re: Fake beard jihadi chic

Dear AC: yes they had a good anti-recidivism rate - because they also participated in the Jewish Pogroms. They weren't prejudiced, they just killed everybody.

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Put me through to Buffy's room, please. Sony hackers leak stars' numbers, travel aliases

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Funny how SONY..

an organization, that might as well be a card carrying member of the Yakuza mob, and found enough chutzpah to use computer science to spy on all of us - thanks to the MPAA in their back pockets - but were too stupid to realize that similar outside influence could not possibly finger them for attack as well! Pure languor on a large scale, I'd say!

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Re: What got hacked exactly.

It has been my experience in the past that nation state bad actors do not change their colors much, as they are so arrogant they don't feel the need to act as smart as you and I, as geeks, would assume they would. It would not be unusual to assume they have learned their lessons in the past 5 years or so - but I wonder; because when you look at the notes left in a compromised network by the attackers, it is very difficult to write a comprehensive shit list to total fantasy. I'm saying reality bites, and the bad actors have no imagination to make it look like anyone else is truly at fault.

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Chinese responsible for 85 per cent of website scams

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Unfortunately there are still be...

enough of the old Apple users who were spoon fed the adage that Apple is invulnerable and nothing can possibly happen to you if you use an Apple device. Oh well!

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Taxi app Uber plugs 'privacy-threatening' web security flaw

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I'm not worried anyway!!!

If they try to "boof" me, they will find out too late my CCW permit. And if they try to tap my home, they will run into my "gang" and some nasty booby traps! HA! I say the honey pot is worth it to catch some scabby bastards!

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