Re: Retrofitted justification
Ah... the curse of the government's current translational research bias.
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Well I can SORT of see why... I mean, installing an antivirus product could often be in response to something that made you think you needed it. Weird browser behaviour, unrequested downloads, pop-ups, that kind of thing. And of course, once they know what the most prevalent trigger is, they can make sure to deploy that more widely in order to increase the general level of paranoia and thus sell more product.
Indeed, they had been supplied by the broker as "factory reset". Which didn't include cleaning the fans of dubious cigarette smoke. Yes, apparently Dutch banks allowed smoking in their back rooms in that era. Smoking of herbal cigarettes as well. Either that or it was a total lie that they were ex-bank and they were extracted from a cybercafe instead, in which case I wouldn't have touched them with a bargepole. Well, I didn't have a choice really - the central IT procurement bought the damn things, 1000s of them, and distributed them around the various campuses to the local techs.
Not quite as impressive a failure, but we got a largish shipment of second hand Dells (60 of them) from an Amsterdam bank's back office to deploy in our Quark teaching labs. Set then all up, checked the voltage plates were all OK, Ghosted them an image we had built, which was a pain with NT, but doable. Half the machines wouldn't run Quark - license failure. Checked everything we could think of - swapped the dongles around to eliminate any that had been damaged in storage for the summer, none had been. Eventually, after many days of arseing around with networks and software builds and Ghost and dongles, we discovered that half the machines had the BIOS settings for the parallel port configured for dumb printers, the other half set for EC2. Much self-kicking went on, and the lesson was learnt that not everything that looks identical, or should be identical is.
Once upon a time our family had a brand new BT phone fitted, latest model, DTMF, 10 number memory, 3 ring tones, BT431A plug (replacing the old GPO Plan 4 four-ring jack we used to have) ... looked sleek and stylish and came in maroon. I think it was a Sceptre 100. Anyway, we used to unplug it (and the TV) as soon as we heard a storm coming up the valley - a fairly frequent event, two or three times a year on average. One day, God decided that they'd had enough of the Catholic church directly opposite our house and proceeded to try to melt its massive, 1960s copper roof. The Almighty failed to totally vaporise the building, blowing up only one grounding strap connector, but they managed to erase our phone's memory as well as fritzing the microwave's microprocessor.
Skype for Business is on the chopping block anyway. Its features are now rolled into Microsoft Teams, and the core video-call is being shifted onto some better library. Hopefully it retains cross-Skype compatibility, because we still get a lot of people outside the organisation who want to use that. If they are amenable, we now just use Zoom for that - better quality all round and it doesn't break the bank.
Web design has fallen victim to fashion. The platform heels, 24" bell bottoms, ripped jeans, chains everywhere phenomenon that sacrifices practicality for looks, form over function. The next big thing will be hexagonal mug shots instead of circular, you watch. Can AI keep up with that?
are sketchy in reports. It's rather "ooh! look, I can fax this picture to you and pwn all your secrets!" rather than "Using a dial-up fax modem, I can cause a buffer overrun on your machine, which is a potential foothold into an exploit of variable effectiveness."
And over-run the buffer into what, exactly? Just because you can cause a particular category of fault or error condition doesn't mean that the error is exploitable. It take a huge leap of the imagination to go from over-running a buffer in image memory to executing very specific coded instructions which will compromise an entire network.
I call this out as 99.999% bullshit attention seeking. Unless it's just the media portraying this as yet another thing to panic about. I expected better from the Reg, though, in terms of technical details.
My WAP recorded an UPLOAD of 29GB to a Google+ server over the course of 5 hours in the middle of the night, about three weeks ago. I can't recall what Apps I had accidentally left running, but that's utterly ridiculous. It's half of the entire storage of my phone, and about three times as much as all the photo and music data on there combined.
The only Google apps I have on there are Ingress, Hangouts and Translate. I deleted maps and all the other Google gubbins years ago.
I wouldn't trust them as far as I could throw them. But they have you over a barrel really.
Well if some other ISP was able to get me the 200Mbps that I pay Virgin for (it can go up to 350Mbps), then I would gladly ditch the unicorn botherers. F***ing price of it is stupid, and there's hardly anything good on there now. I wish I'd kept the satellite cabling in. In fact, I might run a fresh cable out to the dish... at least I'd get SOME UKTV channels back that way.
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