* Posts by Version 1.0

1957 posts • joined 19 Jun 2009

‪WannaCry‬pt ransomware note likely written by Google Translate-using Chinese speakers

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NORKs or not?

It's possible, but not proven - the fact that it fizzled out so quickly and was not particularly profitable tends to point towards an individual kiddies in my mind.

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Democracy-minded DEF CON hackers promise punishing probe on US election computers

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Re: too bad no one cared

Given that hackers appear to be able to get into ATM's in the banking system, I think it's a certainty that the voting machines can be hacked - our local machines connect via TCP/IP through the local school network so it would not be hard to intercept the data for post analysis.

However, hacking individual machines is not the best way to throw an election - access to the servers that maintain the counts would be much more effective.

The voting machines that we use in Louisiana are very basic - you walk into the booth, make selections on a touch-screen, press the "vote" button and leave, there's no paper trail or even any indication that your vote was recorded. It's a joke.

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Why Uber threw top engineer Levandowski under self-driving bus

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Uber is a sucky company but most of the drivers that I've dealt with are decent hardworking kids trying to get out of debt ... and failing. The USA is heading towards big economic and social trouble but doesn't seem to have a clue about it - although I note that all the rich yanks are busy buying houses out of the country.

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After stiffing us with Trump, Weiner 'fesses to underage cock shot rot

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Re: Just another sick member of the Clintoon crime gang

Typical AC comment - total crap and the poster has no idea.

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Re: No response

Maybe the Federal Judges will dismiss the case - everyone's already been punished enough.

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Re: I consider

I agree - but when I went to school (luckily in the days before anything other than film cameras) the most popular entertainment (English State School) as kids was showing each other how everything worked, what could be produced and who could perform the most, the fastest, and the furthest. We were kids, it wasn't just me - well over half the class (15+) boys in my all boys school, were fascinated by the progress of our development.

Kids are curious - it's what makes us human, and kids will play with anything that moves. Kids at that age and that time didn't see it as sexual or anything - it was school and we were learning ...and some kids have problems growing up ... it's not evil, it just that not everyone's brain works the same way. Treatment - not punishment.

For what it's worth, I grew up very normal, somewhat shy with girls, happily married with kids and no desire to play with anyone who's not my own age.

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Truth or Consequences

He obviously has a problem - and because this is America, nobody has ever tried to help him overcome the problem or seek treatment. Each time he's punished because we all know that punishment works ... except when it doesn't, which is most of the time.

I'm not trying to excuse his behavior, he's behaved like a schoolboy who's just discovered that his "bits" can move by themselves. Most boys grow out of the need to show this to other people (unless in private or the showers at school). But some do not and he's one of these - he's a suitable case for treatment, had society dealt with this the first time, Trump would not be President. And so the problems will continue.

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Why Microsoft's Windows game plan makes us WannaCry

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Re: ANd yet

they had the patch ALREADY written before the NSA hack was leaked

I pointed this out yesterday and got 21 down votes ... I'm guessing the NORK hackers must read El Reg?

But what I really want to read is the BOFH take on this when the PHB opens an email and encrypts the BOFH's network ...

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WannaCrypt 'may be the work of North Korea' theory floated

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Colour me unsurprised

The NORKs have been doing this for years - it's their principle source of foreign currency. They are the most sanctioned country on Earth and has anyone noticed it affecting them?

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Do we need Windows patch legislation?

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Crappy coding

The real issue here is crappy coding and current versions of Windows aren't any better. Operating systems are designed to look pretty, be easy to use and function, nothing else. Security is always something that gets considered but never really tested and most of these bugs are simple buffer overflows.

How long have we been coding buffer overflows into software? WTF WTF WTF WTF WTF - you would have thought we might have learned by now but apparently not and no sign that this is going to change.

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How to reward an IBM exec for lower sales and shrinking profits? Promotion

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Increasing Big Managment

SOP - IBM is run for the benefit of its managers, not it's customers or shareholders.

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Beaten passenger, check. Dead giant rabbit, check. Now United loses cockpit door codes

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Security Theater

Locking the cockpit door is only effective if every other security procedure has failed - a bad guy has to get on the plane first AND they have to be effectively armed, so preflight checks have failed AND passenger scanning has failed. What are the chances?

Realistically we're in far more danger from a bent laptop battery in the baggage compartment.

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WannaCrypt outbreak contained as hunt for masterminds kicks in

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There's a silver lining

Manufactured crisis? In the US today nobody's talking about Trump ... it's actually been quite a pleasant day for a change.

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failed to materialise? I don't think so.

We got bombarded today with very realistic requests to open a docusign document. The thrashings will continue.

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Re: The root of the problem is being ignored

Let's kill bitcoin, and every other currency, all ransoms must now be paid, in person, as a specified number of pigs, bushels of corn, wheat and carrots. Just for good measure, let ban gold and iron ingots too.

There, problem sorted.

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Giant spawn hammer on Antarctica map. Thanks, Google Waze

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And we're surprised?

For the kiddies next trick they will code a like in the map that screws you when you click on it.

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Ransomware scum have already unleashed kill-switch-free WannaCry‬pt‪ variant

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@mage "User training and common sense"

That will only protect you against the obvious - you're still toast whenever the NSA and their ilk want access.

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Re: Inevitable

Sure, I'm blaming them - I know that the way of the world here is that when you buy stuff these days it's actually supported for a year or so ... and then it's junk?

The next time you take a journey, check the age of the aircraft, train, car, bike etc. - if it's 13 years old then maybe it will crash and the manufacturer will tell you that it's your fault?

The fact is that Microsoft actually had a fix for this vulnerability but they were only releasing it if you had a continuing support contract - sure, Windows isn't very secure but why? Because it's not built for security, it's built to be cheap and disposable.

It's designed to be required to be replaced because that's where the money is - and this applies to whatever ever of Windows you are running today - it's going to be vulnerable tomorrow.

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Re: Inevitable

Don't blame the NSA - anyone could have discovered this issue and weaponized it. Certainly the NSA should have reported it to Microsoft but they apparently didn't ... who knows.

The real issue here is that Microsoft stopped has patching XP and Vista systems in an attempt to force users to upgrade - that's where the real money is in these vulnerabilities. So who's going to make out like a bandit from WannaCry et al? Expect Microsoft Win 10 share to increase over the next few months - they are the real winners here.

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Re: Experts all giving advice how how to stay secure

Linux? Might be next ... there is no certainty because we don't know what else has been found and "saved" for a rainy day by the NSA

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Re: Is it just me?

Not that surprising, I've been deleting WannaCry and it's ilk from the mail-server quarantine forever and in my younger days (at his age) all we had to disassemble were things like CP/M, BDS C, and Wordstar ... and I did it for fun. He sounds genuine to me - I can see myself in his shoes at that age.

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Lib Dems pledge to end 'Orwellian' snooping powers in manifesto

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Re: It's what the people want

I was in my 30's 30 years ago and it was the same then.

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Facebook in the dock: Web giant faces trial for allegedly ripping off data center blueprints

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Meanwhile, back at the ranch ...

Worth noting that a significant member of the OCP is Goldman Sachs which has a long history of "re-purposing" Open Source projects for its own internal use.

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'Jaff' argh snakes: 5m emails/hour ransomware floods inboxes

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PDF for best results

If you want to hit businesses then PDF attachments are the best route. I guess it's time to go back to ASCII text for email and ban attachments altogether.

"I would like to shake the hand of the man who first decided that e-mail clients should slice, dice and run arbitrary programs. Then I'd like to stir, blend and puree his hand." - sigmonster quote from the Monastery

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US spymasters trash Kaspersky: AV tools can't be trusted, we've stuck a probe in them

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Re: I'll chance it....

Kaspersky is good but I don't think it's any different that any other AV product in that it's going to roll over and be a good dog when the powers that be suggest that it could ignore a specific attack.

Most attacks come through attachments via the mail server - the most effective approach is to ban all email attachments except the ones you need ... and even then, be very suspicious/paranoid. It always pays off.

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'Crazy bad' bug in Microsoft's Windows malware scanner can be used to install malware

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I think I just found one of these

I was looking at a Win 7 PC this morning that was exhibiting a lot of network activity but otherwise was hardly used - the user reported that it had been updating just fine and a regularly reported that it had been updated every week. But I completely failed to do a manual update and looking at the history the only thing that has been updated for a couple of months has been the Microsoft Security Essentials - at least that's what it "said" (MRD applies).

The machine had no mail access and very little browsing activity - I've just nuked it - factory reset with no restore.

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UK General Election 2017: How EU law will hit British politicians' Facebook fight

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Give it up

The way things are going there every chance that the Tories will win this election and that by the time you are all ready for the next election, Facebook will be handling it.

It's Election Day - please log into Facebook and cast your vote ...

This is the way the world ends, not with a bang but with a whimper

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IBM: Customer visit costing £75 in travel? Kill it with extreme prejudice

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Re: Nobody got fired for buying IBM-

I remember doing an evaluation on an HP PC back in the early 90's with a touch screen ... 20+ years later Microsoft seem to have gotten around to using them too.

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Amazon announces new Echo just as Microsoft's first Cortana-powered clone breaks cover

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Open the 'fridge door Hal ...

... Aw screw it, just have the drone deliver pizza and a nice fat joint, I'm OK for the evening.

How about a remake of Lethal Weapon in the Trump 'verse with Martin Riggs putting a bullet through his Amazon Echo ... now I could watch that.

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Sorry, Dave, I can't code that: AI's prejudice problem

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Re: Transparency...

The problem is that statistics can be screwed by anyone with malicious intent. It just takes twisting a few words to change the meaning for Facebook and news reporters.

Cancer Rates Increase by 100% - that's scary!

But your chance was only 0.001% before and now it's 0.002% - who would care about that?

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Uncle Sam backs down on slurping passwords from US visa hopefuls

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I'd guess that anyone who can actually produce this entire list of requirements be investigated - most like they are a spy with a good legend.

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Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

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Is it a big deal?

It appears that the proposal will only apply to "communications" companies, ISP, telco's etc - who in their right mind trusts these people anyway?

I say give them the law - well, they are going to do it anyway whether it's official on not. Meanwhile, if you care, route everything through a VPN that you control (not a commercial vendor) can carry on as normal.

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Windows 10 S: Good, bad, and how this could get ugly for PC makers

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Re: Blanket Laptops.....

If you're a kid in school with a runny nose then fabric is handy because you can wipe your snotty finger on the back of the machine.

Gross? Yes, I see it all the time with 5th graders.

When you have class after class moving through the computer lab all day long, it only takes one snotty kid to spread their germs through the school.

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Oracle links to LinkedIn so its salesware can sniff you out

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LinkedIn has passed it's "use by" date

I have a profile simply so that others in my field (customers, students, cow orkers etc) can find me - the service has never been much use and with the recent acquisition it has gone from barely useful to very annoying.

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Republicans go all Braveheart again with anti-net neutrality bill

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What are they smoking?

It's green and it comes in small baggies ... called "campaign contributions"

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It's Russian hackers, FBI and Wikileaks wot won it – Hillary Clinton on her devastating election loss

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Facebook won the election

Facebook and targeted advertising won the election - and it's going to kick your collective arses in the UK too.

Face it, Clinton and Trump were two of the worst possible candidates and it was a toss up as to which one would lose the election. It happened to be Clinton and we got stuck with Trump.

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CIA tracked leakers with hilariously bad Web beacon trick

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Re: Government Anti-Leak Tricks Can be Very Sophisticated

I've seen a musician capture everyone's password in the office by simply listening to them login.

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Republicans want IT bloke to take fall for Clinton email brouhaha

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Re: I'm ignorant! But I'm commenting anyway!

Big John, you make Hillary sound like quite an improvement over what we ended up with.

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Re: Hey, it's only secret information, who cares

but you're right about Hillary being incompetent.

But look on the bright side - she did win the popular vote.

I dream of the day when Trump rises to being merely incompetent.

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Intel redesigns flawed Atom CPUs to stave off premature chip death

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Out of Warranty

They should be able to make money with this. Most devices sold have a one year warranty and if your Atom doesn't die for 18-24 months or longer, what are you going to do?

Most people will just say feckit and buy a replacement device - it's the quickest way to get back up and running.

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FTC urged to probe easily penetrated telly-enabled teledildonic toy

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The Steely Dan IoT

Given that Pai wants to give the ISP's access to all your data I don't see any special reason for concern - my recommendation to members of the Senate and Congress would be to make sure that you only use your Siime Eye vibrators via a VPN.

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TVs are now tablet computers without a touchscreen

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Chromecast

My solution to this dilemma has been to slap a chromecast into the TV and then watch/cast on a tablet - see, my TV now has a touchscreen! It's not perfect and the resolution of the old plasma TV is still the same but the difference is minor unless I put my glasses on - and most of the time I don't.

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Violin Memory steps out of bankruptcy, takes the storage stage again

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Not again?

Reading this my first thought was “Curiously enough, the only thing that went through the mind of the bowl of petunias as it fell was, Oh no, not again."

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Uber engineer's widow: Stress and racism killed my husband ... Uber: Let's make flying cars!

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$170,000-a-year position is not a lot of money on the West Coast - You may not be at the point of living off road-kill at that pay-scale but the thought does cross your mind occasionally - look up SF house/rental prices.

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High Court hands Lauri Love permission to appeal extradition to US

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Re: A fool, but our fool

Look on the bright side - how much money has the DOJ spent so far trying to get him extradited and failing? From a simple economic point of view they ought to quit - but Amerika is all about vengeance not justice so we can expect this to continue.

If there was any sense on the US side they would tell Love to piss off and tell the IT security guys that they are in big trouble if they can't stop idiots hacking into their network.

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Three indicted over sex trafficking operation run on Backpage.com

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Re: Suppressing prostitution never works

The simplest solution is the middle eastern method - you get married for the night and divorced in the morning ... problem solved, it's no longer prostitution ...

Realistically, outlawing prostitution is stupid, apparently we're fine with the army paying people money to go and shoot brown people in foreign countries, but totally against people paying others for a quickie in a hotel room. That's got to be the definition of dumb as rocks.

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Back to the Future 2: Gasp! America's trade watchdog discovers the risks of 'free' movies

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Re: Well, someone had to ...

And targeted advertising is why he got a very different result ...

This is a measure of your life, what google's targeted response is when your child has a new hamster and wants to know how to figure out if it's a boy hamster or a girl hamster...

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Re: Is there a difference

Personally, in that situation I always seem to pass gas.

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Sysadmin 'trashed old bosses' Oracle database with ticking logic bomb'

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BOFH?

If he did it then he's stupid - and if they had a network that allowed this to happen then they are even more stupid. It sounds like a bunch of amateurs playing at being system administrators - maybe someone at El Reg can persuade Simon to show us all how to do this properly.

The issue for the BOFH of course is that the Allegro MicroSystems building is only a two story building so the drop from the upper floor is not far enough to do any real damage.

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Microsoft raises pistol, pulls the trigger on Windows 7, 8 updates for new Intel, AMD chips

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The American Attitude

This is so like the American attitude on everything - such a bunch of whiny little babies. Windows 10 is destined for the slag heap of history because you can see that Microsoft's attitude is only going to get worse - I can't see how they could ever claw their way back to being liked.

Thank the heavens there's an alternative.

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