* Posts by Tony-A

16 posts • joined 10 Nov 2009

You know how that data breach happened? Three words: eBay, hard drives


Re: Formatting has two options

A simple overwrite with zeroes will defeat all but very high-$ attempts to recover information.

I assume the NSA is not about to divulge how much they can recover from such, regardless of the answer.

If the information on the disk would/might be that valuable, then physical destruction is obviously the correct solution.

Strings on the raw disk will show content, enough to make the raw disk a real security risk.

Don't snoop on staff via wearables, says Dutch privacy agency


Re: Be seeing you

“Do Not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate” was a phrase used on paper documents, like checks, that were also punched cards. Extra holes were not kind to card readers, sorters, etc.

Software dev 101: 'The best time to understand how your system works is when it is dying'



Does it fail "gracefully" (whatever that means) or does it try to take out the rest of the world as it dies?

Linux Mint hacked: Malware-infected ISOs linked from official site


Re: With success, comes malware..

>> issue spotted and fixed in under 24hrs

IIRC it took a week for a search for Code Red on microsoft.com to return anything relevant.

Hold on, France and Russia. Anonymous is here to kick ISIS butt


72 virgins. Not young virgins, but old hags. There's a reason they're still virgins.

Why I'm sick of the new 'digital divide' between SMEs and the big boys


Re: Could not agree more

Automated ignorance.

And it's no joke.

Sysadmins: Everything they told you about backup WAS A LIE


Re: Missed a key common fail

A backup is NEVER an archive.

EXCEPT: When you need one, the other is much better than nothing.

Telly psychics fail to foresee £12k fine for peddling nonsense


Re: j1mb0b

Further: Expensive placebos work better than cheap placebos.

Redmond probes new IE 8 vulnerability


Re: Eh?

Problem is that pointers can be copied and otherwise reproduced.

To be reasonable safe, you would want to clear memory both at allocation and at free.

In the name of "efficiency" this is never done (at least on anything now living).

Windows 8 secure boot would 'exclude' Linux

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The ability to RECOVER from a disaster is maybe even more important than avoiding problems.

Ensuring that your lost data is irrecoverable -- well that seems to be Microsoft's idea of security.

Some kind of Linux boot disk, most any kind of Linux boot disk, is often essential to recovering Windows machines.

World braces for domain name EXPLOSION



somebody.corn should be good for phishing somebody.com (c o r n -vs- c o m)

BT cheerfully admits snooping on customer LANs



Consider the possibility that the black hats have known all along and now the knowledge is not confined to just the black hats.

Microsoft breaks own world record for IE nonsense


stupidity is just as likely a good explanation

for Microsoft marketing.

Security researcher warns over Dropbox authentication security flaw


snow job(s) coming

Storing stuff in the cloud. Somehow I smell a snow job coming, lots of 'em in fact.

Who owns your data when the cloud goes away?

Microsoft: IE9 will never run on Windows XP


Surely Microsoft have learned by now

a fresh sucker is born every second.

Microsoft U-turns on Exchange Server 2007 support


@Mucky writing

...consider the material, This IS Microsoft.

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