* Posts by Phil Kingston

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UK spookhaus GCHQ can crack end-to-end encryption, claims Australian A-G

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i tire of this government's "because terrorists" argument to every intrusion.

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Medicare data leaks, but who was breached?

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Of the many issues that arise, I'm most surprised at the idea that someone would accept a Medicare card as proof of ID. That's almost asking to be defrauded.

For non-Aussies, a Medicare card is like a 40 year old credit card - no hologram, signature, chip or other anti-fraud measures. I just imagine credit card fraudsters have been literally dusting of the machines they used to make fake cards back in the day and trying a new trick.

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UK and Ecuador working on Assange escape mechanism

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I hope the talks are kept brief and there's an end in sight to squandering tax payer's money on that showboating joker.

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Anyone want a private YouTube collab-o-tron? Microsoft hopes you do

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Nice

Everyone needs a private redtube.

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It's 2017, and UPnP is helping black-hats run banking malware

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Re: So why US only?

"So why US only?"

First thought - the bad guys behind the malware are targeting Americans either for political reasons or because the malware they're trying to get running specifically targets American banks and their account holders.

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Uncle Sam █████████ cloud so much, AWS █████████ it another kinda-secret data center

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"many agencies – particularly in the defense sector – are taking heat for being slow to adopt their prescribed IT reforms"

To be fair, I can't see many IT managers and staff (especially in govt sector) falling over themselves to move the data and systems they manage into AWS and hence make themselves redundant.

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HPE ignored SAN failure warnings at Australian Taxation Office, had no recovery plan

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If you outsource all your IT folk to the point that your “associated governance was not robust and relied heavily on HPE recommendations” then there's only one place to ultimately point the finger...

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Dish Network hit with $280 MEEELLION fine for relentless robocalling

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" filed suit in 2009"

Just me, or 8 years seem about 7 years 3 weeks and 4 days too long to reach that conclusion?

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Hotel guest goes broke after booking software gremlin makes her pay for strangers' rooms

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"the refunds won't wend their way back through the system for several days"

That's the bit that always galls me with mistakes like that - I'm firmly of the opinion that if money's instantly taken in error from my account, they can damn well put it back instantly. And don't get me started on those companies that think correcting their mistakes by sending a cheque is OK. In 2017.

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Social media vetting for US visas go live

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"The AILA expressed satisfaction that the US government was not seeking social media account passwords"

that'll be because the spooks don't need the passwords.

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Twice-crashed HPE SANs at Oz Tax Office built for speed, not strength, and turned off error reporting

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Re: Shelf failure?

The accidental unplugging due to manual shelf movement has been a rumour.

Coupled with the comments about FC cable management then I reckon we do have a winner - sounds very much like (aside from the other failures and poor data management) a shelf was moved. And I think I remember reading that remote hands were attempting to move kit from one rack to another. Oh dear.

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PayPal peed off about Pandora's 'P' being mistaken for its 'PP'

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"So the suit is obviously about something else."

I'd wager the something else would be "lawyers lining their own pockets".

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If PP thinks their customers will be confused between a music streaming service and their own financial offerings, that says a lot about how stupid PP thinks their customers are.

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Today's bonkers bug report: Microsoft Edge can't print numbers

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Both users should take note.

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Australian Federal Police accessed metadata without warrant, broke law

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#WeToldYouSo #TipOfTheIceberg

Still, it's to stop terrorism, so mustn't dare question it.

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Super-secure Pi-stuffed nomx email server box given a good probing

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Re: Must have been made by...

"Any buzzwords I missed?"

Their dude used "disrupt". A word which gets any vendor off my shopping list.

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'We should have done better' – the feeble words of a CEO caught using real hospital IT in infosec product demos

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Is it really wrong to call people stupid or fat if they are indeed stupid or fat?

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Nuh-uh, Google, you WILL hand over emails stored on foreign servers, says US judge

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Interesting that MS way of storing data makes them less susceptible to US legal overreach crap. I'd bet G will be changing their algorithm to a similar arrangement.

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You just sent an on-prem app to the cloud and your data centre has empty racks. What now?

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Secure? Away from prying eyes? Light? Powered? Cool? Level?

Anything other than sticking a sofa, a beer fridge and an awesome Scalextric track should be illegal.

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So few use Windows Phone, Microsoft can't be bothered: Security app is iOS, Android only

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So the same functionality as Google's had for quite some time then?

Microsoft Authenticator joins Office and other MS apps/services that get updates/features on non-MS platforms first/only.

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Re: So how does this work..

you enter your password.

or move to a better phone network. And a better LAN.

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nbn™ trials 10 Gbps fibre tech most of you will never see

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nbnco's CEO last month:

"Currently, there are no retail 1Gbps speed plans on offer from the retailers. This is, in our opinion, because there is still minimal consumer demand for these ultra-fast speeds -- especially at the prices retailers would have to charge for them."

Something doesn't add up.

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nbn™ to offer 100Mbps fixed wireless service

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I do have to wonder whether that would be a better option than the dog's dinner that is FTTN in many places.

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Bloke, 48, accused of whaling two US tech leviathans out of $100m

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Where's the money now?

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Nest cameras can be easily blacked out by Bluetooth burglars

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"There doesn't seem to be any reason why [Nest] leaves Bluetooth on after setup unless they need it for future or current integrations"

Well, if they turn Bluetooth off, how will Google know when you've returned home with your phone etc within Bluetooth range? Wouldn't want to miss the opportunity to slurp up that location data would they?

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Sure, we could replace FTNN, says nbn™, if you let the unwired wait even longer for broadband

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Re: And here we go again.

"The minimum spec for a FTTN line - 25Mbps down and 5Mbps up - is well above what any ADSL can provide."

The RSPs would disagree. Most (especially the big ones like Telstra) are offering the 12Mbps down/1Mbps up as their standard nbn offering. Sure, they'll sell you a "Speed Boost" to the next tier (25/5) but they'll also not mention/commit to any particular speed. Because they know they can't deliver due to backhaul congestion.

And that's why people going from decent speed, relatively uncontended ADSL2 connections are finding that their FTTN connection is actually a downgrade.

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Spammy Google Home spouts audio ads without warning – now throw yours in the trash

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Re: A company

"I think it would rather fun to put Google Home, Siri and Alexa in a room"

Would the fact they didn't invite Cortana be considered cyber-bullying?

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Microsoft kills Windows Vista on April 11: No security patches, no hot fixes, no support, nada

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Will they be sending out some sort of "So long and thanks for all the fish" gesture via the Vista Ultimate Extras add-ons?

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Ubiquiti network gear can be 'hijacked by an evil URL' – thanks to its 20-year-old PHP build

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Re: 20 year old PHP implementation?

Gonna stick my neck out and suggest that there ain't nothing wrong with using 20 year old code. If it's sound.

What does show "stupidity" is running a web server as root. And to ignore bugs they're alerted to.

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3Par brought down Australian Tax Office with >REDACTED<

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So we can't be told how IBM broke the census and we can't be told how HPE* broke the ATO?

And we wonder why there's no confidence in gummint IT...

*Assuming it was them and not someone's slovenly shelf shifting stuffup

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User rats out IT team for playing games at work, gets them all fired

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Re: Yes, you can

Being told to get out and being properly fired are different things.

The story says the staff were told to box up and get out. The actual termination could still be done by whatever proper ruled make it legit.

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nbn™ puts the acid on Australia's ISPs to speed up its NBN

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Hoping to deflect criticism of his organisation's woeful performance by attacking RSPs isn't very becoming.

But the RSPs do need a kicking from somewhere.

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AWS's S3 outage was so bad Amazon couldn't get into its own dashboard to warn the world

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Maybe I'm having a sense of humour failure, but those quoted Tweets can't be serious? Someone complaining they couldn't change their mouse sensitivity? Or turn off their oven?

I fear for this generation.

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Motorola's modular Moto Z: A fine phone for a weekend away

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When I first read about the Moto mods concept and Hasselblad name was dropped in, I too was dead excited. But all the reviews I've seen come back to the device being annoyingly thin and the Hasselblad mod being just a licencing exercise largely irrelevant because the very good onboard snapper is pretty good. And all at a flagship price.

I hope it doesn't go the way of the G5 and they do second round of device and mods - I might revisit then.

Or, if they ditch it, I might pick myself up a bargain.

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Boffins exfiltrate data by blinking hard drives' LEDs

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Surely there's easier ways to get a grant for the drone they coveted?

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Competition and wholesale costs, not lack of fibre, crimp broadband in Australia

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Re: close, but no cigar

Don't forget, according to nbnco's CEO Bill Morrow, even if you offered people 1Gbps connections for free, they'd still not use them.

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FAKE BREWS: America rocked by 'craft beer' scandal allegations

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He's right.

But it's not for him to sue them, he needs whatever US Trading Standards folk are called to get that sorted.

Would love to hear what figure gets arrived at for his "damages".

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nbn™ to cut the charges ISPs pay for traffic

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I'll have a shiny new-style $10 note ready to handover to the first person who shows me an RSP that actually passes on these savings to a customer.

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IBM's Marissa Mayer moment: Staff ordered to work in one of 6 main offices – or face the axe

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Would it be wrong to suppose that once they've got stats on who actually turns up for work (rather than saying they "telecommute") that they'll be some nice performance comparisons between the teams and pretty swiftly after that, a realisation that having 6 separate marketing teams in one country is probably 5 too many?

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals to be made from old electronics

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"40kg of gold, 4,920kg of silver and 2,944kg of bronze"

I'm sure someone will put me right, but even accounting for different densities, doesn't that mean the gold medals will be tiny? Or the silver ones enormous?

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Ransomware killed 70% of Washington DC CCTV ahead of inauguration

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Re: No word on how it got in?

I wouldn't be surprised if it was more down to one/several of these NVR's being hooked up without changing default credentials and onto a network segment that allowed them to be publicly accessible. Easily done in an organisation that size.

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Apple eats itself as iPhone fatigue spreads

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For innovation there's companies sticking heat cameras and molecular scanners in handsets. We could do with some decent optical zoom and quality audio. Project Tango might be a thing. I'm a fan of any upcoming device that may offer a degree of ruggedness married to some decent specs (not achieved by sticking an iPhone in a rubber sleeve). Maybe we could do with a different shape that's not so razor-thin that if gives me cramp after holding for a while. Or build in one of those ring things on the back that are trending (yet ridiculous). What would be truly innovative would be some crazy new battery technology. Heck, even stick a solar panel in the back so those of us in sunnier climes can charge up on the windowsill sans cable. And that's all just hardware.

Software, specifically the raft of digital assistants, looks like being where the manufacturers see the fight being. Do I want my phone say, tracking how many times I've Google Pay'd a pint that evening then automatically ordering me an Uber before I make a tit of myself? Probably not. But I can see how stuff like that may be cool.

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Samsung set a fire under battery-makers to make the Galaxy Note 7 flaming brilliant

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Re: So the fires were the result of...

Yep. Give me something that sits in my pocket with the satisfying girth of an HTC Wizard, with minimal risk of burnt ball bag and more than a day of battery life and I'll be a happy man.

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Well, that sucks: China's Tencent so sorry after vid emerges of faux blowjob office game

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Who won?

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Samsung fans flames of burning Galaxy Note 7 mystery

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Imma go with them throwing some parts supplier under the bus. Or maybe the norks.

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Just give up: 123456 is still the world's most popular password

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Re: Don't Just Blame Users

Should site admins be happy with users deciding whether a complex password is required or not?

They are, after all, the ones that would have to deal with the mess of, say, a forum that got spammed to destruction if all user accounts had easily guessable passwords.

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Anti-smut law dubs PCs, phones 'pornographic vendor machines', demands internet filters

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Re: Linux and DD-WRT

I'd guess the writers of the bill would say that it would be the vendor/supplier of the device to the end-user rather than the manufacturer that'll be responsible.

I'd like to say that it's moot as there's no chance of such a ridiculous bill passing any kind of legislative body not comprised of complete numpties. Then I remembered who they're about to inaugurate as their President.

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Oz government on its Centrelink debacle: 'This is fine'

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I'd guess at one of two things going on here. Either

a) the culture within the departments involved in the project means that individuals got so excited at the shiny-shiny of claiming some genuine debt back that they decided to overlook the gobsmackingly obvious issues that poorly-matching poor-quality data would inevitably bring.

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b) they're totally incompetent and neither understood nor cared.

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Apple's Airpod wireless earbuds finally go on sale after six-week delay

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Re: Exchange rate? Apple don' need no stinking exchange rate.

Might not be as bad as it looks - if the US price doesn't include sales tax they may be a bit closer in price.

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Telstra effectively barred from 700 MHz spectrum auction to boost rivals

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"if those carriers can be bothered erecting more cell towers"

there's the problem - any new entrant to the market can buy as much spectrum as they like, but they'll have to play catch-up to Helstra's decades of erections before they can actually use it. Gonna need some investors with an eye on the long game.

Or perhaps, they could just buy the spectrum, flog it on through a network of offshore shell companies and then flip it to big T for an obscene profit.

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