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You TWITS! Facebook exec erects billboards shaming texting drivers

EJ

Add two zeroes to those California fines and then you're in the ballpark for something that will help cut back on the manslaughter-waiting-to-happen situations.

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STRIPPED DOWN and EXPOSED: Business kit from the good old days

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Probably cliched but still...

Our new secretary to the HR director, when moving her stuff into the retired secretary's desk, reported finding several love notes between the retired HR secretary and the former director of HR. Everyone who knew both of them were somewhat surprised by that.

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John McAfee declares war on Android

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Black Helicopters

Dilemma

I really do want to know what all the apps are up to on my Android, but I get the feeling that if I partner with Mr. McAfee on this venture, I'll have a few scantily clad women of questionable reputation hanging around my phone, with the phone eventually being found murdered in some Central American country under very suspicious circumstances.

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Developer's rare $50,000 Twitter account @N stolen in web shakedown

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Facepalm

Fail

Because paying the ransom always solves the problem and makes the extortionists go away.

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Java, Android were THE wide-open barn doors of security in 2013 - report

EJ

And yet the one incident we had centered around Microsoft Silverlight, and not Java. Go figure.

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ATM hacker Barnaby Jack's death blamed on accidental drug overdose

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Re: How many Directors

"I once saw angels come down from the sky, preaching peace and love, then fight godzilla in a glorious and beautiful clash, scored by Pink Floyd. Second year chem, making LSD."

I'm pretty sure that same show got a replay at the Nelson Mandela memorial service by some guy flapping his hands at the front.

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EJ

Re: "Father of Modern Surgery," William Stewart Halstead, was addicted to cocaine and morphine

The missing conclusion here is that Dr. Halstead wasn't acutely aware of the impact and potential effects, whereas this supposedly intelligent gentleman Jack had the benefit of societal knowledge of the likely outcomes... and chose to ignore them.

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'Climate change is like Y2k!' - Oz senator

EJ

If you really want to impress me, sit in your car in an enclosed garage for 30 minutes, then emerge and tell me how unrealistic a threat pollution emissions are.

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IT MELTDOWN ruins Cyber Monday for RBS, Natwest customers

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Re: Resolved? I think not.

All the smart money has been moved to Bitcoins.

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COFFEE AND DANISH HELL: National ID system cockup forces insecure Java on Danes

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Pint

Excuse us, Mr. Gosling...

Go home... you're drunk.

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Snowden's secure email provider Lavabit shuts down under gag order

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Options

Time to move the operation to Venezuela or Ecuador. I hear they might have a soft spot for this sort of dilemma.

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Tickle my balls, stroke my button and blow the fluff from my crack

EJ

Intuitive, these mice are

I remember when we first started rolling out distributed computing devices and mothballing the green screen terminals. We had PC training classes for staff. In my session, as we were covering how to log into the PC, one lady alerted the instructor to the fact her PC wasn't working because her pointer wasn't able to move. I looked up to see the woman holding the mouse about a foot off the desk surface, hovering it in mid air, and just trying a combination of 3D motions with the mouse. The ball of the mouse wasn't in contact with anything, and thus there was no movement of the pointer.

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Oracle slaps critical patch on insecure Java

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Pint

Re: Coincidence?

Let me know how that Flash ban goes. I foresee pitchforks and torches-wielding crowds outside someone's cubicle.

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Wisconsin man cuffed over Koch-blocking DDoS attack

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BS charge for a BS offense.

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CCTV hack takes casino for $33 MILLION in poker losses

EJ

Are we to infer from the story this was a Chinese crim?

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Tesla's Elon Musk v The New York Times, Round 2

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Re: Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk arguments are pathetic

"Read better" - hmm. By that you mean read only Musk's account and not the journalist's account.

And as we all know from reading accounts of people driving into lakes using GPS, Apple phones inflating the bars of cell signal strength, Nissan's TPMS systems reporting low tire pressures when actually the aluminum wheels corroded around the TPMS sensors and interfered with their operation, BMWs that their oil level sensors report oil overfills or low oil when their oil levels are fine.... telemetry is always fail-proof and 100% accurate.

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Japanese cops cuff cat carrying remote control virus

EJ

Calling Batman

The Riddler has popped up, this time in Japan.

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US nuke lab drops Chinese networking kit

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Big Brother

Outsourcing

It makes as much sense to rely on foreign-made equipment for the critical infrastructure of your nation's defenses as it does to outsource your spy network. If you want it done in a way you trust, you do it yourself.

No one should have raised an eyebrow when China announced the Red Flag Linux initiative. Nor should people be surprised by other nations' objections to RIM being in charge of their communication, or the US dictating their Internet access.

It all boils down to: who do you trust? Anyone who is trusting the Chinese these days are fools.

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John McAfee the Belize spymaster uncovers 'ricin, terrorist plots'

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Go

The American Midwest...

A place where Hezbollah sticks out? Or is it where a a paranoid delusional oddball would better fit in with the existing paranoid and delusional armed populace?

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One year on, SSL servers STILL cower before the BEAST

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Pirate

Qualys laughs at your BEAST

Even if your banking website is vulnerable, you still get an 'A'...

https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/analyze.html?d=onlinesefcu.com

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Super-critical Java zero-day exploits TWO bugs

EJ

Patch is out

Version 7 Update 7 is out. Oracle: "Problem? What problem?"

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Skype: Nearly half of adults don't install software updates

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Facepalm

Ironic this is Skype pointing this out

Secunia's OSI and PSI products are items I preach to every home user I come in contact with. For friends and relatives, I'll show them how to use those simple, free products to make sure their software is updated. Skype is always a problem because inexplicably Skype requires you to log into your account before you download the software update. This is a hurdle when the Skype user of the house isn't present when you attempt to update the software. Why not just let a user download the patch/update without logging into their Skype account?

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Small banking Trojan poses major risk

EJ

Why I like independent researchers and loathe vendors

I'm sure CSIS sees the revelation of the hardcoded URLs as giving away proprietary info that gives them an advantage, and thus they'd lose their chance at getting a few panicked users to buy licenses of their product. It'll come out once an independent gets their hands on it.

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Patriotic hackers face off in South China Sea

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Trollface

I was waiting for the hypocrisy of the Maldives situation to enter into this...

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Trojan sneaks into hotel, slurps guests' credit card data

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Pirate

Hmm...

http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Local-stay-China-charge-3479978.php

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China warns domestic mobile phone makers of IP dangers

EJ

Re: Errata

Well, that would explain why they're such bad dressers.

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'Not guilty' plea in Utah cop site hacking case

EJ

Handing the defense a gift

If I was the alleged hacker's lawyer, I'd use that Tweet to my advantage, that's for sure.

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So, what IS the worst film ever made?

EJ
FAIL

Spaced Invaders

It's the only movie I ever attended that I requested a refund on from the theater. The lone funny line/scene from the previews on TV was discovered to be edited for the preview and thus never was actually said as part of the movie dialog.

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Pastebin on the mend after DDoS battering

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Gimp

Files removed

I'm guessing Anon fans aren't happy the Stratfor files were removed.

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Does your smartphone run Carrier IQ? Find out here

EJ
Holmes

"Demo" - perhaps it means something

"He also dug up this page, which appears to show IP address lookups for the subdomains vzw-collector.demo.carrieriq.com, vzw-dis.demo.carrieriq.com and hupload-vzw99.carrieriq.com."

The logical assumption would be these were created as part of a marketing presentation to VZW to get them on board as a customer, don't ya think? Perhaps VZW even did a trial implementation to see what they thought of the service. With all the uproar we'll probably never get an admission from VZW as to the origination of them.

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Profit-disaster CEO at Blue Coat: I'll get my coat

EJ

Pricing is killing them

We just got done with an evaluation of secure web gateways, and Blue Coat was by far the priciest of vendors we looked at. Bigger venders were significantly cheaper. They'll need to address their pricing strategy in order to get back into the game. Even the Feds can't afford to just keep shoveling money to a vendor without paying attention to the other vendors.

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Trojan script gets stuck on superglue site

EJ

It's a wonder it took only 5 days

According to Netcraft, the impacted site is ranked 1,139,437th of the most popular destinations. I'd hazard a guess that not many web surfers were exposed to said crud. In fact, I'm surprised anyone even noticed.

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Patriot hackers disrupt al-Qaeda websites

EJ
Black Helicopters

Ain't that something

Sounds like my government has taken a page from the Chinese government.

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Apple to support reps: Don't confirm Mac infections

EJ
Welcome

The "wrong" is they allow humans to operate them

Until Apple figures out how to get around that weakness, then you'll have this issue.

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Aussie cops grab journo for reporting Facebook vuln demo

EJ
WTF?

What's up with Australia?

Seems like I keep hearing tale after tale of an overcontrolling, police state-like stance being taken down under. Next thing you'll tell me is they're adopting the Juche calendar.

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PC rental store hid secret spy hardware in laptop, suit says

EJ
FAIL

"the North East, Pennsylvania company"

Erie is located in northwestern Pennsylvania, not northeastern PA.

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Botnets claim 7-fold increase in victims

EJ
Grenade

That's easy!

Dumb down those other 2 OSes in your list so they can attract the knuckle-dragging computing mouth breathers, and your also-ran OSes can be part of the pwned party, too.

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Palin webmail hacker conviction upheld

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Complete and utter BS

There's no way this kid should be doing time. Probation? Sure. Fines? Sure. Jail time? Ridiculous waste of taxpayer money. And how are the charges against Palin for violating rules for conducting state business through a personal email account coming along?

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Basketball megastar accused of phone hacking

EJ

Who ya gonna call?

Gregory D. Evans - he's the best and can sort this all out.

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Popbitch blames tainted ad server for Google malware warning

EJ

Firefox w/ Adblock Plus

This is why Firefox w/ Adblock Plus is a step forward on the security front. It takes the malicious ad server angle out of the picture.

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Leaky anti-virus defences letting malware through

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Alert

I've seen this real world

We routinely get hits on previous incidents when scanning a workstation. The AV signatures can't keep up with the pace with which new threats are churned out. So we'll detect incidents, but only a week or two after the incident actually occurred, and by that time it's too late.

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Oracle power couple take Manhattan by billboard

EJ

Make the check out to "Eldrick T Woods"

After Tiger's details, this all seems like wholesome activities. Phillips should send him a thank you gift.

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'Anti-cyberbullying' rapper sorry for SMS smack talk

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RU hypocritical?

Haha! Love these ironic stories.

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Iraqi weapons inspector accused in online sex sting

EJ

This guy needs to go to prison

There's no conspiracy going on here - he's getting caught by small town police units. Sure, they're all operating under the control of the FBI/CIA/NSA/<insert right wing militia of choice here>. This guy needs to be put in jail. He's obviously got a problem, and the fact he's been caught in random stings tells me he is doing this a lot in order to get nabbed twice. He's a local guy here in upstate NY, and the first time he thought he was meeting a minor at a Burger King restaurant in Menands/Watervliet NY. This time he was under the impression he was performing on his webcam for a 15yo girl. The dude is sick, and can't control himself. It's time for society to help him control himself.

Enough already - this guy is obviously a danger, and needs to be dealt with. Hopefully they won't allow him to sweep his offenses under the rug this go around.

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Swedish cops liberate jealous wife from treehouse

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Tiger Effect

The ghosts of Tiger and Elin are busy in Sweden.

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Serious web vuln found in 8 million Flash files

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Oracle & Flash

Oracle just built their entire support website on Flash. It stinks.

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Sophisticated parcel mule scam unpicked

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Pint

No innocent victims amongst the mules

I saw those email pitches in my own inbox, and it was quite evident they were not legitimate. It did not take much intelligence to surmise it was a criminal operation. These mules need to be handed the appropriate punishments.

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Auto thief foiled by guardian satellite

EJ
Big Brother

Is that a chase or are you just lapping the track?

A buddy of mine recently took his brand-new Chevy Camaro to Watkins Glen International for a track day. During his laps, a voice came over the OnStar system saying his car was registering g-forces outside normal parameters and asking if he was he alright. He waited until he was off the track to call them back and explain he was in the middle of high speed laps at a track. OnStar suggested that when he next goes to the track to give them a heads up and they'd note it so as not to attempt to contact him in that situation. :)

He said he'd been to Monticello Motor Club (just north of NYC) a week or 2 prior, but they didn't try to contact him during that session.

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Bank sues Google for identity of Gmail user

EJ

The problem here

At first my reaction was "Why doesn't the Gmail user reveal their identity and tell the bank they've destroyed the file?" But the can of worms that opens up is if any ID theft occurs with those accounts involved in the pursuing months, the possibility exists that the bank could then somehow come back at the Gmail user holding them responsible or attempting to claim damages. And given how careful the bank seems to protect its customers' information, I wouldn't be so optimistic that the likelihood of a breach is low.

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Booming scareware biz raking in $34m a month

EJ
WTF?

Here's how bad it's gotten

TechRepublic.com puts up an article entitled "10 ways to avoid viruses and spyware". While reading through it to see if they had anything new, innovative, or otherwise worthwhile (they didn't), I notice a sponsored link on the story's page for....

"Anti-Spyware 2009 - Free

#1 Rated Spyware Remover - 100% Guaranteed - 47 Million Downloads!"

The link? www.adware-2009.com, which, you guessed it, is scareware/malware.

The irony - huge. The laugh - loud. The shaking of head - vigorous.

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