So many puns,
...so little time...
Oh and love NAND understanding should win a prize.
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A prison sentence was meant to protect the public from dangerous criminals, and to deter them from re-offending.
Nowadays, it would appear that any false ideals are stripped away, and the prison sentence is punishment to "make him pay" for what he did.
Fitzgerald added "If he's dead, putting it bluntly, no victims are going to get anything from a trial."
Some would consider his death sufficient punishment, it would appear.
Personally, I hope he gets told to grow up and gets shipped off to supermax.
I understand your frustration at how having Aspergers is used to justify this sort of hacking, but honestly, you really think 99 years in jail is a fair and just sentence for what he did?
Whilst pouring scorn on everybody else for inappropriate use of Excel (all the usual suspects like writing documents in it, creating databases in it, etc, etc) I must admit that I find it incredibly useful for managing scripts and log files, 'cos if you dump a text file into Excel using spaces as the delimiter you can manipulate stuff by columns, which is great, not just for ordering the data, but doing find / replace on a single column and leaving the rest untouched.
CAP's sister body, the Advertising Standards Authority, also today ruled that it is not materially misleading to describe broadband services that use fibre-optic cables for only part of the connection as "fibre broadband"
Great, so anything that uses a fibre trunk to the exchange, and copper to the subscriber, can be fibre broadband?
My Google Nexus 5X is pretty much everything. It''s my plane ticket, train ticket, bus ticket, tram ticket, taxi ride and method of paying for most transactions < £30 (and many other things).
Have you ever heard the phrase "single point of failure"?
It sounds to me as though, if your phone breaks, you're basically screwed.
What they should do is introduce some sort of token that car owners have to display on the vehicle, which proves that they have paid their VED.
You could print the date on it, and perhaps make it different colours every year, so an out of date one would be obvious.
What do you think? would it work?
Thank you for the non-downvote. :)
As far as I know, what you propose would have to mean hosting the main site on one server, and the banking site on a different server, as you cannot assign different cipher suites on a per site basis, only at server level.
Now this is not a bad idea at all, but it does mean that again, anyone connecting to the banking site would be required to have a browser and operating system that supported the latest ciphers, or the connection would fail. So really no different in outcome to what we have already.
A lot of the commentards here seem to be misunderstanding the issues raised in the article, abetted, it has to be said by some editorial misdirection.
Firstly, to describe the HSTS header as "Cryptographic Technology" is a gross exaggeration.
It is an HTTP Header, which when read by a client browser, ensures that the browser only uses HTTPS to connect to the domain it is served from. That's all it is, nothing else, and certainly not cryptographic technology.
Secondly, the article is written in such a way as to suggest that banks have downgraded their cryptographic cyphers to the lowest common denominator, and therefore endanger everybody's security.
I've just reviewed the SSL Labs results for each of the banks tested, and I can unequivocally state that this is not true.
In all the tested cases, the banks offer the latest ECDHE_RSA_AES ciphers, and therefore modern browsers will connect using TLS1.2 using those ciphers.
However, all of the banks tested, even Santander, the highest scoring, also offer, to a greater or lesser extent, older weaker ciphers to allow older browsers and operating systems to connect. Some of them, RBS and Natwest for example, offer really old, weak ciphers, and they should consider removing those.
It is pointed out that none of the tested banks offer PFS (Forward Secrecy). This is probably something which should be done, but relies on the correct ordering of the cipher suites offered, amongst other things, and is easy to get wrong.
So to sum up, none of the banks tested are endangering your security by only allowing weak cryptographic ciphers and HSTS is not some magic security feature.
If people are using outdated browsers, redirect them to a page explaining why you must insist that they upgrade, and explain how
It's not technically possible to do that without providing ciphers that the out of date browsers support, unfortunately. The TLS session must be established before you can carry out any redirection.
Yes you could do this for a while, before turning the ciphers off, and this is often what is done in practice.
Possibly this is the difference between e-banking and e-commerce?
A short summary breakdown of our connections shows:
Windows 7 with IE 8, 9 or 10 requires TLS1.0 by default, the client can turn on TLS1.2 but rarely does
Windows Vista with IE 7 or 8 requires TLS1.0
Windows XP with IE7 or 8 requires TLS1.0 - IE6 protocol mismatch, can't connect.
Windows Mobile 8.0 requires TLS1.0
Android versions older than 4.4 require TLS1.0
OSX 10.8 requires TLS1.0
Safari 6 or older requires TLS1.0
Anything using OPenSSL 0.9 or earlier require TLS1.0
Anything written in Java 7u25 or earlier require TLS1.0
In addition to direct browser connections, we also provide an API to various external web sites, and by far the majority of those sites use software written in older versions of Java which require TLS1.0 to access our services. (Including, I might add, ATOS Worldline, who have so far refused to update their stack).
The running total as of today is 38.7% of all connections to us use TLS1.0
No, that's not the case, the article is rather disingenuous about the report.
If you run a report yourself on HSBC for instance:
You can see that they do support the latest SSL ciphers (ECDHE_RSA) but that they also support various ciphers which are now considered to be weak.
What Scott Helme is claiming - that they don't implement HSTS headers - is NOT a major issue despite his claims, all that the HSTS header does is to tell the browser to always use HTTPS to connect to the site, but it doesn't specify the ciphers to be used on the connection, and most if not all the bank sites will only accept connections over HTTPS anyway.
Crooks being able to steal MY money from the bank because some clueless user is still using IE6 and the bank want to be compatible is completely unacceptable.
That's a nonsensical strawman.
If you use the latest and greatest browser, then your connection will use the highest available encryption, so is not at risk.
If the bank / business also allows connections using weaker encryption for people with older browsers, that doesn't compromise your connection.
The TLS 1.1 requirement is currently June 2018, however that has been delayed many times.
As it should be, because:
"Customers not being able to access online banking because the bank stubbornly insists on strong crypto is a far bigger concern than the crypto being broken," Grooten said. "And rightly so."
I'm not involved with banking, but do manage various eticketing and retail solutions. If we were to turn off TLS1.1, we would lose up to 40% of our customer base.
That's potentially 40% less revenue.
No sensible business can afford to do that.
substituting Baby Jesus for a sausage roll
Does nobody know how to write English anymore? What you wrote above means that you replaced a sausage roll with Baby Jesus.
What you should have said is either:
substituting Baby Jesus with a sausage roll
(which is poor construction in itself)
or: substituting a sausage roll for Baby Jesus.
Communists saw human society as a "system" that could be perfected if only a small group of very clever people (themselves) could only be given absolute control over it. How did that work out again?
To be fair, the actual root idea of communism (with a small "c") where everybody shares property, and wealth is distributed equally amongst everybody, is a valid utopian ideal.
The way that Communism was actually implemented in those countries that espoused it was as a ruling elite with all the property and all the wealth, and the rest of the population kept in poverty.
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