* Posts by taxman

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Scouse marketing scamps scalped £70k for 100,000+ nuisance calls

taxman
Facepalm

Re: And people wonder why we dumped our landline ?

And have you seen all the permissions the TrueCaller app wants to have on your phone? Microphone, picture gallery, camera, wifi connection info, com sec permission read and write......

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Former UK.gov IT man and Python king's guide to neural networks

taxman

Re: Well...

Indeed. "That enabled them to expand from using just BlackBerry devices into support for Android, iOS and Chromebooks. "I was proud of that," he adds" Most still using Blackberry phones, odd bits like MoD accept Apple in "some" places. Some are using Windows OS phones.

Android? CESG passed Samsung Knox a couple of years ago but hasn't got traction yet.

But yes, Seems a nice guy. But why years working in a relatively low paid job!

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MPs accuse Amazon and eBay of profiteering from VAT fraudsters

taxman
Facepalm

Ahem *Whois* cough

So HMRC, nay but also GDS and central Gov use Amazon for their own services.

Less of an elephant in the room, more a Brontosaurus!

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Cybersecurity world faces 'chronic shortage' of qualified staff

taxman

Endemic problems

One of the issues often seen is that "management" are keen to be known as "experts" but do not have the aptitude or passion for the subject.

Once you get "management" to understand that they have to recognise that those with the correct aptitude and passion for the work should have money spent on them to obtain qualifications rather than "managers" who use the cash to attend "cyber" conferences, then you might, just might, get an improvement.

And Senior Management also need to start understanding that they need IT managers in place who also have an aptitude and passion for the work - and these need to be listened to. So often you see IT Dept managers who have no operational interest or ability but know who to appease Senior Management as that is where they have set their target to get to.

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DMARC anti-phishing standard adoption is lagging even in big firms

taxman

“Deploying a DMARC policy where p=none along with a relevant SPF record is simple, but it is only the first step......"

Just having a DMARC record in place is a chocolate fireguard. Perhaps when writing reports like this the folk concerned really should make it clear that you also need a SPF or DKIM as well - as a minimum. But best to have both.

And yes we all know that DMARC+SPF alone "can" break when mail servers forward mail when p=reject. Particularly when mail forwarders or loadbalancers overwrite/insert their sending IP address in the header :-(

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UK uni warns students of phishers trying to nick their tuition fees

taxman

Perhaps GoDaddy are having problems contacting the site admin Walid Sayed

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Nearly three-quarters of convicted TV Licence non-payers are women

taxman
Stop

Re: See me...

"Cleveland topped the charts for the number of suspected evaders....."

Another very basic error. That county was abolished over 20 years ago and the area divided into 4 unitary borough councils. So really Warwickshire was top and London second.

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Specsavers embraces Azure and AWS, recoils at Oracle's 'wow' factor

taxman
Paris Hilton

Re: Interesting

More interestingly will Louise McCarthy be leaving too. She was under Pavitt in TfL, HMRC, Aviva and now Specsavers.

Track record suggests.....

And could Pavitt return to HMRC now Dearnley has left?

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Identity disorder: Does UK govt need Verify more than we do?

taxman

Re: Pension Forecast

You don't need a GGW account for a pension forecast, just a printer attached to your PC to print a form off and post it. Keeps folk employed (post office, drivers, civil servants).

And before you comment - how do you know if your application isn't just printed off at the other end and handled just like a posted application :-)

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Update or shut up: Microsoft's choice for desktop Skypers

taxman

DLP disaster awaiting?

"....... the better to allow baked-in services like file sharing from within the Skype client....."

Oh dear. What could possibly go wrong here?

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GCHQ cyber-chief slams security outfits peddling 'medieval witchcraft'

taxman

Bad news

Inland Revenue service? That's not existed for over 10 years.

If it refers to HMRC then they "got off their arse" and implemented DMARC and SPF back in 2013 and have been trying to get others to follow suit. Looks like their actions have been noticed and now NCSC have taken up the baton.

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Parliamentary watchdog: Bank IT concerns not yet addressed

taxman
Facepalm

Regulating the FCA

Perhaps it would be an idea if the FCA looked into www.fssvcuk.com.

Looks like the FSA have now moved their operations to The Philippines!

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GDS has no real strategy for £450m budget pot, internal plan reveals

taxman
Mushroom

Re: Top Civil Servants

If only that were true. Trouble with GDS is that this was a Cabinet Office initiative bringing in "experts" from outside the Civil Service to provide expert advice on how IT dev should be done. So althought a number of these are now CS they are not old stream....who have got their hands dirty by keeping legacy systems running and trying to do things on a shoestring as all the funding appears to go to new web functions with "cool" fonts.

£450m given to Depts would result in a lot of infrastructure improvements...but to GDS?!!!

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Pentagon fastens lasers to military drones to zap missiles out of the skies

taxman

Dale Brown

Wings of Fire AL-52 Dragon plane.

Just saying

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RBS and Natwest online banking goes titsup

taxman
Coat

El Reg Phishing?

Lovely piece of work. Say a site isn't up and running and make a note of all those who say they have no problem logging in.

So you bank with........ do you ;-) Thanks.

(email address, pseudonyms, bank.....)

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BBC News website takes New Year's Eve break

taxman

Re: Akamai? Breach?

Then again are the Beeb just using Akamai for CDN rather than CDN and DDoS protection? They do have some IP addresses out in plain sight so a DDoS could have gone through the back door

Try looking up without the www and you get

canonical name bbc.co.uk.

aliases

addresses

212.58.244.22

212.58.244.23

212.58.246.79

212.58.246.78

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taxman

Oh Dear

www.bbc.co.uk

Address lookup

canonical name a1733.g.akamai.net.

aliases www.bbc.co.uk

www.bbc.net.uk

www.bbc.co.uk.edgesuite.net

So either it was a massive DDoS that could overcome Akamai's Edgeserevrs (assuming BBC do not just use European ones) or there was a bit of a cockup in some configuration activity within BBC or Akamai.

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GCHQ creates Github repo, offers graph database code

taxman
Happy

Just a thought

Perhaps they are showing that they can produce better code than GDS as well as other things better than GDS?

So perhaps an attempt to shaft plans of GDS/Cabinet Office to take work away from CESG/GCHQ?

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Bridge, ship 'n' tunnel – the Brunels' hidden Thames trip

taxman

I remember breaking ground on this back in 1975 when working for the Brunel Exhibition Rotherhithe through CSV. Two of us a shovel and a sledgehammer working a derelict site. Didn't make much of an impact and annoyed neighbours on a Sunday morning but found interesting hoards of illicit goods buried under rubble on the site.

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Google polishes Chrome security with Password Alert

taxman

Black pots and kettles

What WOULD be of use to the world would be if Google stopped allowing it's mailing system be used by phishers in the first place.

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Yahoo! Mail! goes! titsup! in! Blighty! due! to! mystery! error!

taxman

Re: Yahoo and DKIM

The thing about BT is that they are causing denials themselves with their CPcloud server acting as a mail forwarder. If you look at BT they are running THREE email services under the name of BTInternet.com, one of which uses the Yahoo! mail service. To direct to mail to the correct service the CPcloud server is stripping off the original header info and substitutes itself as the sender. A great way to get mail be labelled as Spam.

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Telly chef Jamie Oliver in embarrassing infection double shocker

taxman
Windows

bukka fukka pukka

Pukka icon

Regurgitated, a bit like the recipes, There is only so many ways something can be done or mixed together and it's been being done for quite a while yet. As ever there are suckers willing to be drawn in all the time,

Oh, and there's WordPress too.

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Toshiba packs NUMERIC KEYPAD onto self-bricking USB drive

taxman

Re: What price freedom?

And even at $95, what price freedom? What a load of tosh!

UK DataShur 4Gb FIPS 140-2 Lvl 3 USB £39, their 32Gb version only £99. Same same keypad, number of tries, clearing down of data etc.

Their SSDs are also worth looking at, built on the same principle.

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ANGRY ALIENS hit by BEBO SPAMGASM probably don't exist

taxman

Re: They did exist-

Bebo. A real Intergalactic Laxative.

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Brit SPACE HEDGEHOG team flies student Mars payload

taxman

But why helium

One of the few elements that will disappear forever. Really good to encourage youngsters to think about science and the tomorrows to come....shame the organisers don't do the same.

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Rap chap tapped for $3 BEELLION: Apple buys Dr Dre's Beats

taxman

WTF?

Most expensive hearing loss tool paid for. Is this a tax loss thing?

As for music streaming.... surely the geeks employed by Appfelsaft could have aye Tunes do this...hang on. Doesn't this exist already?

Jeez. 3 Bs!!! Looks like mushrooms are back in favour.

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BEAK DRONE: 1080p HD Wi-Fi quad-copter by Parrot takes to skies

taxman
Thumb Up

Re: More importantly...

Too late.

Was watching a demonstration the other week of how raptors (feathered type!) can be trained by dropping lures from quadcopter.

Set up a flying pattern of direction and varying heights then have it drop the lure at a set way point before the 'copter returns to base.

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BBC hacks – tweet the crap out of the news, cries tech-dazzled Trust

taxman
Happy

Infographics

News for those who are allowed to play with fonts and crayons but are yet to move beyond the picture book and animal sounds.

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Cuffing darknet-dwelling cyberscum is tricky. We'll 'disrupt' crims instead, warns top cop

taxman
Facepalm

CCCP

"They are out of reach and there's no extradition, so the best we can hope for is local prosecution,"

Well, unless the perps go to Ukraine for a Black Sea holiday where even the US will sweep them off the beach. Ah, yes that explains it now. Invasion funded by Interweb perps.

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Tooled-up Ryobi girl takes nine-inch grinder to Asus beach babe

taxman

Re: Getting as bad as motorcycle and car shows

I always thought that first line was:

Get up in the morning bacon for breakfast......

Not sure how it fitted with the song title though.

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Record labels sue Pandora over vintage song royalties

taxman
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Pensions

"And bugger Cliff Richard........"

As well as a new keyboard it's half a cup of coffee too. Well played Sir.

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Is tech the preserve of the young able-bodied? Let's talk over a fine dinner and claret

taxman

Open bar you say?!

Somewhere to go after Infosec then.

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Mounties always get their man: Heartbleed 'hacker', 19, CUFFED

taxman
Big Brother

Re: Can't wait

Nothing to sniff at?! ;)

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Hot, young under-25s: Lonely slab strokers who shun TV

taxman

Going against the trend

Being from the 'Boomer years' I don't have a telly, don't want one and can't really see the need for one. Laptop and 26" monitor with speakers is quite adequate for watching the rare programme from BBC on iPlayer (didn't get that one Apple! - sorry and the logging in aspect of the commercial channels is a pain) or for watching DVDs/Bluray.

And now Amazon/Lovefilm are introducing unlimited film streaming even less of a need for a telly and the £140+ licence to pay for the extortionate paypackets of lovvies and "DJs". Any sport can be watched in the company of others in the pub - supporting local business and enterprise - as many people who have a telly do as well.

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Three's money man reveals UK mobe firms' DARK PRICING dealings

taxman

Re: Three 0800 pricing

From the latest 3 Price Guide:

All 0800, 0808 and 0500 calls are free.

Your data allowance can be used as a personal hotspot (we used to call this tethering) – if you choose a plan with all- you-can-eat data, you can use up to 2GB of this allowance each month as

a personal hotspot.

So yes you can give up your current contract to get free 0800 calls and lose your unlimited tethering.....or keep the tethering and not call any 0800 etc numbers.

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Bulls hit city streets after alleged Samsung ad shoot hits the fan

taxman

Need eyes testing

as I pretty sure that word was NOT beasts!

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BT caught in data gaffe drama: Whistleblower squeals over alleged email fail

taxman
Facepalm

Critical Path Failure point

Is that why there is so much spam/malicious mail coming from IP 65.20.0.12 Hostname lb.lon5.cpcloud.co.uk? I've been wondering how. Thank you.

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Brawling neighbours challenge 'quiet' cul-de-sac myth

taxman

Trouble with cul-de-sacs

is once you're in them there is no-where else to go really.

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LOHAN chap hooks up with busty stratominx in cosmic pleasure cruise

taxman

C'mon

You can't blame the bloke for milking it for all it's worth!

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Child sex abuse image peddlers dodge UK smut filters and demand Bitcoin payments

taxman

Next nasty re-direction

So how long will it be before we read about 'phishing' and other malicious emails circulating where the links start pointing to these 'hidden' caches of material and payload downloads to your machine. Followed by another to the hapless/hopeless victims asking for payment to remove.

Or worse, no warning. You just find out if you need to have your machine services for any reason.

Trying to convince police authorities that you were the victim of a scam could be a problem.

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NHS England DIDN'T tell households about GP medical data grab plan

taxman

Re: Every household?

I haven't opted out of pizza leaflets etc as I use them as fuel on my log burner. But I haven't had this leaflet informing me about being able to opt out either.

Looks like someone's made an opt out decision for me.

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WHEEE... CRUNCH! iPad Mini tops list of most breakable slabs, mobes

taxman
Facepalm

Doh!

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/02/07/15000_london_coppers_to_receive_new_crimefighting_tool_the_ipad/

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Barclays Bank probes 'client data sold to rogue City traders' breach

taxman

IDA Contender?

GOV.UK are looking for Identity Assurance Providers for their new, exciting, great, whizzywig digital exemplars that we are going to love using. Perhaps they need look no further?

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Yahoo! Mail! users! change! your! passwords! NOW!

taxman
Facepalm

THUD!

Trying to do this and .........account locked! Password reset sent to.....yup the account that's been locked not the 'other' account! And to get to the security questions to confirm who I am.....yup you need the new password!W!T!F!

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Cameron: UK public is fine with domestic spying

taxman

7th May 2015

Please tell me what happens when I wake up on the 8th May

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Three-yaarrgh! Major UK mobile network's data goes down

taxman

Slow News Day

Well, nothing in my life is that important that it can't wait a while...no life or death decisions nor contractual financial penalties. News, info....well there isn't much going on that effects folk is there that can't wait a bit.

Traffic jams happen, getting late in for work happens. Enjoy loking at the outside world. You never know, you may see something new.

Don't read anything work related when out of work - I'm not getting paid then!

Having a break from 'instant communication' can be a blessing.

Oh, and no impact here in the West Midlands

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New Doctor Who's new costume newly REVEALED by Beeb

taxman

He's missing

for a SH the red braces and the shirt should be a Ben Sherman checked short sleeved. And those trousers!!! Bring back the Levi jeans with turnup. And Monkey Boots.

More a Smoothie look, but he needs the porkpie hat and No6 'ticket'.

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NatWest 'spam' email cockup got me slapped with late payment fee, says angry Reg reader

taxman

Funny

how I got my emailed statement ok earlier this month.

And if this was the rule then I'm sure there would have been an outcry from quite a number of customers in the same position as this guy. No?

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