* Posts by Khaptain

2947 posts • joined 4 May 2008

Building IoT: Early bird tickets ready to fly in days

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Cheap ?

Even the cheap Early Bird tickets are damned expensive...

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Europe mulls treating robots legally as people ... but with kill switches

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"The committee also hopes robot designers will take responsibility "

"Hope" being a very important word in that phrase..... ( Are you listening Mr Trump)

Robots are like guns, in and of themselves they are not dangerous.. It's only when a meatbag puts it's finger on the trigger, or writes a nasty little subroutine, that things start going wrong.

What next, Prison for Robots.....

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The Register's Top 20 Most-Commented Stories in 2016

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Re: I'd love to see a top 20...

2016 was my biggest year ever for downvotes, a few thousand,, I even lost my Silver Badge... And unlike Jake etc I don't intentionally troll....

It just appears that people have different points of view, of which many seem to be more about " a false sense of poltical correctness" or ideals that stream from the typical mass concensus rather than from personal convinction.

It's interesting to see how the Up/Down votes have changed the forum.. I get a feeling that far too many posts are just made to intentionally gain Upvotes rather than for adding anything that actually furthers discussion..

Nowadays, I just read the main article and maybe the first couple of posts before the flamewars start.

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Folders return to Windows 10's Start Thing

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Windows Key + Keyboard

Since Windows 7 I have become so used to hitting the Windows Key + plus typing the name of the program that I want that I almost no longer use the Start Menu as such..

Even if they do bring folders back or whatever marketing catchphrase they will name it, I presume that it won't really change anything that will truly make a difference, at least not for me..

I like W10 a lot, even though it absoultely refuses to install the Annivesary Update in my "Microsoft" Surface Pro .....gggggrrrrrrrrr And from what I have gleaned from the various forums I am certainly not the only one..... Whether I want to or not I am stuck with 1511-10586.713

I wish they would sort out the update nightmare before adding folders........

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Android-rooting Gooligan malware infects 1 million devices

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Re: Social Attacks

Gooligan spreads when victims download and install an infected app. Crooks are slinging the malware by tricking victims into following malicious links in phishing messages.

What's amazing is that 13000 people per day are falling for this kind of phishing scam.. Are there really that many people installing apps on a daily basis and falling for a "Click on this to win a million or whatever". Those figures seems incredibly high... ( Yes, I know that there are a lot of stupid people but honestly 13000 per day is a hell of a lot)

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Lib Dems to oppose porn checks in Blighty's Digital Economy Bill

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Are your 18 years old or more

If Yes, click on this bug Button to enter site.

Oh and that kind of scenario will help keep kiddies away from websites !!

You really do get the idea that politicians have a lot of spare time on their hands if that's considered vital.. How about creating some jobs, or controlling the economy a bit more...

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How-to terror manuals still being sold by Apple, Amazon, Waterstones

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Re: Is this any sort of "solution"?

I just had a quick look on Amazon for the 100 deadly skills. If that's what the terrorists are using then we really don't have much to fear....

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Trial date set for Brit police 'copter coppers over spying-on-doggers claims

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Voyeurism !

On top of that one must ask what they did with the videos afterwards, YouTube , youporn, revenge porn etc .

And I would hate to think that the police now require helicopters in order to record dogging, it seems a rather overboard method for such a banal "crime"....

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Facebook to hire 500 more in Blighty

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1000 real people

Is that 1000 real people or just the equivalent of 1000 "people" with FB accounts.

What will this future total of 1500 people actually do ? Sift the pre-truth, post-truth posts ? Remove FB accounts showing pictures of war victims ?

I don't have an FB account so it is not easy to imagine what these people will actually be employed to do. The fact that 500 new jobs being created is excellent, I just hope that their jobs involve more than creating new posts.

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Hacker dishes advanced phishing kit to hook clever staff in 10 mins

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Re: "unless they are "dumb""

Generally referred to as PHBs..

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Re: TWO days to get the Domain Administator password.

Yup, just as silly as the companies that hand out little pieces of paper with the Company Wifi Password written on it, it is easy to determine by the age/general state of the paper that some of them were printed a long time ago....

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Put down the org chart, snowflake: Why largile's for management crybabies

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Re: Can I be fist to say...

When you are "fisting" I believe that you have the right to say whatever you please....

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Gone in 70 seconds: Holding Enter key can smash through defense

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You are not supposed to ask "that" question.....

Mines the one with the red-faced penguin on the back.

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Adobe fined a whole million dollars for 2013 mega-breach

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Alternative Solution

Since board members consider security as just another expense, why no publish the details of their private lifes, tax returns, backhanders etc. It might help them realise that yes security is an issue and that it can/does have an impact on those concerned...

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Shhh! Shazam is always listening – even when it's been switched 'off'

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Person of Interest

As much as the series if full of hyperbole, the authors were clearly up to date about what was possible even several years ago..

Big Brother is not just watching he is Geo-positioning, Recording, Tracking, Establishing, Analyzing ( Anal being the operative word here) everything and anything wherever possible... Even though the majority of this information is just being used for eventual advertising(spam) it really doesn't require the need for owning a tin-foil hat in order to be paranoid...

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Google and Facebook pledge to stop their ads reaching fake news websites

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Google's entire fortune is based solely in the objective that they can display advertisements. Essentially those very expensive "adwords" are just pure advertising.

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Hasn't politics and religion always relied on this condition, whereas most people will not take the time, nor have the desire to educate themselves.

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'Pavement power' - The bad idea that never seems to die

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Don't forget the Calories

Let's not forget that these boots would probably be heavier than normal boots and that would require the consumption of more calories..

These calories would also require energy to be used for them to be produced. a Hamburger for example would require lot's of energy before it went into said Pedestrian-Energy-Makers mouth.

If we reduce the amount of energy created by the amount of energy required to make these calories we would probably achieve a negative creation rate..

Self Defeating goal...

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Yeah, that '50bn IoT devices by 2020' claim is a load of dog toffee

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Re: May I just say...

All that I manged to retain from this article were exactly those two words.

They held my interest for far longer than the "surprise shock horror " that someone made a prediction that IT continues to evolve ....

Dog Toffee , I wonder how much the market for it will be in 2027 ?

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Fleeing Aussie burglar shot in arse with bow and arrow

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Re: It will be a shame if the Archer gets charged

"He was merely defending his property."

As much as I don't care for Trump I can only hope that our Merican friends don't vote for Hilary as she will make sure that no-one will defend their home ever again, at least not with anything more lethal than a loud voice...... ( and a quick email from your secret server )

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Arch Linux: In a world of polish, DIY never felt so good

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What's the real advantage

Ok less bloat, but that can be achieved on many distros.

Breaking ones balls just to install the system makes no sense, what the point ? Being able to master the install does not make you a Jedi, it just means that you are spending your time doing something not very productive, oh and when things break you are left feeling very much alone.....

There are far too many distros available that are lean, easy to install and get you up and running without the ball breaking attitude of the purists....

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Ransomware victims screwed

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extortion demands.

"The Russian security software firm urges users not to give in to extortion demands."

Once your files have been encrypted, and since most folks probably don't have a backup, what would the security firm actually suggest ?

There are very few solutions available , except for the few passwords that have been made available, but the again a lot of folks would still not be capable of understanding what is going on.

Encryption is a mysterious and scary word for many people..

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Fujitsu seeks PC exit, finds willing buyer in Lenovo

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Do people really buy them

I always wondered who actually buys Fujitsu PC,s . Im my various travels I have never actually been in a company, nor have known any friends who actually posses one..

Amongst the El Reg crowd I can only presume that some of you know who actually buys Fujitsu, hands up anyone ...

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Every LTE call, text, can be intercepted, blacked out, hacker finds

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Re: If you want security, don't use cellular standards

The big problem is not knowing which encryption keys are being used...

If there are only two keys being used and they are both created dynamically for the session, then we have a fighting chance, if however there is a third unknown key involved then the encryption becomes null and void...

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Re: There is an upside!

The GCHQ has already pwned the UK network so it won't really change anything for them !!

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Microsoft keeps schtum as more battery woes hit Surface sufferers

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Re: I have a feeling this all stems from Panos Panay's approach.

I have a Surface Pro 4 and I love this thing, it's what i am currently writing on and like of the other El-Reggers above i must admit to this being a great piece of kit...

Should we knock down Samsung for producing shit material just because the Note 7 was bad ( What about all their other stuff)

Should we knock down Apple for producing shit material just because you were holding it wrong.

Should we knock down Dell for producing anything ( almost ;-).

Should we knock down Skoda because their first véhicules were shit....

Ans as to the comment about not buying stuff which you can't replace the battery in, ... Non replaceable batteries have become the defacto standard for many of the "top tier" manufactures, whether we like it or not, that's called consumerism and we all play a part...

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Can you name someone hardware that is faultless ?

It certainly wont be Apple, Samsung, Dell, Asus, Acer, HP ( Were talking user consumable items here, not servers or networking hardware)

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Ubuntu 16.10: Yakkety Yak... Unity 8's not wack

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Re: RYuckity yuk

"The Microsoft UI guidelines were very good when I read them, back around Windows NT 4 time. Windows 8 and 10, and Server 2014 (especially Server, who on earth wanted a touch screen UI on a server on a different continent?) are obviously a bit weird."

I am in the same boat, I read them many years ago and they were very well written and very logicial.. MS states that they have spent a fortune studying UIs and I agree that they know their stuff...

UIs are very important for the end user, and this is one point which I have never liked in Linux, the default user UIs are/can be different between distros and this can become extremely frustrating. Which results in returning so often to the cli.

Windows on the other hand provides a great UI, and what with the CLI getting a bit better, it's becoming a very useful and powerful UI...

YMMV

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Pair programming – you'll never guess what happens next!

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Re: Why don't you

Now you know where the notion of a "fork" came from :-)

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The Perfect Pair

Well, as much as I can understand the theory, I have a hard time imagining working as a pair.

Why, because I am not compatible ( notice how I didn't say that they weren't, I assume my statement).

As much as I don't want to work with someone I else I do appreciate being able to discuss/talk with someone else when the occasion arises.. which I find very useful.

As programmers we are often in "our own little world" and to be perfectly honest, that's where I like to be, in my own personal bubble, as it helps me concentrate and improves my conception of the problem at hand..

On top of the that, I talk too much.. which would simply disturb the "other" one...

Horses for courses, if some people produce better code that way, then why not, but I do not believe that is the best solution for all.

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Google DeepMind 'learns' the London Underground map to find best route

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Re: I don't know how I managed without it

Never forget that Google is the MAN..... Even deities are scuttling around trying to determine how this beat this beast....

Wonder what would happen if DeepMind was asked the following questions :

What is the purpose of life ( No replies from THGTTG allowed) ?

When will mankind disappear from the planet ?

If God exists why did he bother with mankind ?

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Kodak teases smartphone

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Re: Why?

Since most reviews concerning SmartPhones, in the last 3 years or so seem to concentrate more on the Camera than they do on Voice Quality etc, then I can only presume that they are aiming at the Snapchat, Instagram, TripAdvisor "quick take a pic of the meal before we eat " crowd since they seem to have become the marketeers top choice when attempting to flog another meh device.

Shit, I couldn't find anywhere to put a pause in the above phrase....

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Smell burning? Samsung’s 'Death Note 7' could still cause a contagion

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Re: Seriously, is reality changing ?

"WTF is going on in reality ? Is the matrix crashing ?"

No, it's just becoming more visible......

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There are some really crap budget phones out there. Vodafone's Smart Ultra 7 isn't

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Re: Don't knock White Elephants

Careful Steve, they might actually fall in love with a their Nokia's endless battery life, one handed usage and practically indestructible case/screen..

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Nuke plant has been hacked, says Atomic Energy Agency director

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Not a surprise

Stuxnet was the first "publicly known" successful attack on facilities installations and we still do not know how successful is actually was. How many installation have already been pwned which we are completely unaware of ?

The media is hellbent on displaying how Yahoo, Ashley Madison etc have been hacked but they truly hold no interest above and beyond personal embarrassment.

When Nuclear Facilities, Hospitals, Electrical Stations are hacked we are then in a whole new game, a very serious one... One can also only presume that the hacks are "government backed", as the information about these facilities is not public knowledge and would require insider assistance..

So the question that really needs to be asked is "What are they preparing for ?"..

Since I watched "Angels and Demons" yesterday evening I can only surmise that the "Illuminati" are not some fictive underground secret society but far more likely to be those that we ourselves put into power.

I love the ring of the word "Illuminati", it truly portrays the notion of the "Intelligencia" waving their greedy wands somewhere, and ironically, in the "shadows". I do wonder sometimes though if their ideas are not just vague remnants of spy novels that they once read and that then enticed them into making fantasy into fiction, just because they can.

See that full length body hat with "conspiracy theorist" written in dreadlocks, well that's mine.....

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BSODs from around the world, from the wrist-job to public art

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Re: Two images missing

You might want to check your browser/proxy/etc, the images appear as they should and I don't see any low res images anywhere.

Didn't you get your Cornflakes this morning ?.

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Oops: Carphone burps up new Google phone details

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Re: Wonderful news @Khaptain

"I have no idea why fraud doesn't happen more often there."

It probably does but the details will be used in some Eastern Block or Far Eastern country..... and VISA/MASTERCARD don't like making the quantity of fraudulent transfers publicly available.

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Re: Wonderful news

Word of advice,

"never" give the waiter your credit card.... He should present you with the machine, you insert the card and punch your number, and he returns a receipt, that's it....

It only needs to be out of sight for a couple of seconds and your Pwned..

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Apple moving to scrubbed up London's Battersea Power Station

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Apple Tax

Does this mean that they have now successfully wrangled a deal with some local Govt Official who will help "take" care of the tax avoidance subtleties that Apple are so well acquainted with ?

Can we now generally use "Apple Tax" as a synonym for Tax Avoidance, Wily Wrangling of Govt Lays/Officials, Evil Levies...etc

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Days are numbered for the Czech Republic

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Re: "officials note crossly that CR has already been snapped up by Costa Rica."

I would like to see it pronounced as CZ ( See Zed) after the fantastic pistols that they produce.

As a happy CZ Shadow SP01 owner, I couldn't be more pleased with CZ, as for many like me, it glistens with quality.

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Lethal 4-hour-erection-causing spiders spill out of bunch of ASDA bananas

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Re: "So how long will those spiders be able to live outside their natural habitat?"

Do these spiders also have 4 hour erections ? I'll leave it you each and all to verify for themselves.

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4 Hour erection

I know plenty of women that would intentionally buy these bananas for their husbands/spouse/friend if they were guaranteed that the erection lasted that long.

You just don't want to be on your own for 4 hours...... and definitely not at work, especially if you are a teacher

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Microsoft cuts ribbon on Euro cloud bit barn for Office 365, Azure

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Re: Segregation

"Also, Deutsche Telekom is supervising access to the infrastructure that houses customer data at these high-security data centers in Germany which will be operated according to the global security and operational standards for all Microsoft datacenters."

This line of text disturbing, Microsoft are the ones dictating "the global security and operational standards". If they are applying MS standards, then isn't that as good as giving them the front door key ?

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Segregation

Will those "Cloud" servers be physically separated from the Internet, not very likely, otherwise they wouldn't be "cloud" in nature. If they are not separated then how are they guaranteeing data privacy from snooping 3 letter agencies on the other side of the pond.

Will their be offsite replicas, if so where. The articles mentions 2 data centres without mentioning their location.

Who is the "data trustee"...

I would like to see if they can manage to get the Swiss to validate everything... The Germans didn't even manage to secure their Chancellors phone....

And because this is Microsoft, whose laws applies when the SHTF, American or European.

Will the Brits be allowed to use the new EuroCloud, if so, and because of their very friendly nature with the Americans, this could lead to some serious doubts....

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She cannae take it, Captain Kirk! USS Zumwalt breaks down

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Re: Oooh!

This is exactly the reason for choosing a good quality Shaft Lube....

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Re: iPhone Case?

Sex toys with sharp edges..........ooooooohhhhhhhhhhh

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Will US border officials demand social network handles from visitors?

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Re: Bound to get deported?

Then be prepared for them to whip that damned password out of you, ball gag or not, you will obey.

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Re: So what if I do not have one?

"I do not have a f***book account, I do not have a Tw*tter account either."*

Ditto

"I am considering deleting the LinkedIn account as well, though for now I am just keeping it dormant."

I am currently in the same process of deciding whether or not to delete the LinkedIn account as well..

I am slowly becoming extremely paranoid about any online presence whatsoever, and I consider that I have nothing to hide, but it would annoy me to also have to delete El Reg :

quote Miranda.

"Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. "

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Victoria Police warn of malware-laden USB sticks in letterboxes

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Re: Or maybe it was targeted

"Would seem to me there must be more value at stake than just hijacking a bunch of random computers."

Since the proliferation of online banking, even a simple keystroke logger would be all that is required to offset the initial costs of purchase and distribution. ( If it is indeed a random attack)..

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