* Posts by TReko

123 posts • joined 25 Feb 2011

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Google ships WannaCrypt for Android, disguised as Samba app

TReko

Other options?

Actually, the other three Samba servers (Samba Flesharing, Samba server and SambaDroid) that I've tried on Android all only support SMB v1.

I guess they are all copying the same original codebase.

Anyone know of an Android Samba server that supports SMB v2?

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It's an important ID, so why isn't the Medicare card chipped?

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Facepalm

Card is gateway fraud

The info on the card is useful to criminals because it contains all the identity points necessary to port someone's mobile phone number from most Australian telcos.

Once this is done, the typical SMS code verification used by most Australian banks is compromised.

Compromise the victim's computer or mobile with malware, and you have all you need to empty their bank accounts.

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Medicare data leaks, but who was breached?

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Holmes

Mediscare

The AFP now being involved, I half expect them to charge Farrell (the journalist) and the Guardian.

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Who botched Oz cancer registry rollout? Pretty much everybody

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Revolving door

and in corrupt Oz public servant fashion, they will be walking into cushy jobs at Telstra should they ever need another job

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Intel's Skylake and Kaby Lake CPUs have nasty hyper-threading bug

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FAIL

Re: Crap quality

no, the Managers have a full Intel quotient, that's why they had tried to keep it as quiet as possible.

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Not Apr 1: Google stops scanning your Gmail to sling targeted ads at you

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and right on your desktop if you run Windows 10.

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Sorry to burst your bubble, but Microsoft's 'Ms Pac-Man beating AI' is more Automatic Idiot

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Great explanation

good, clear journalism!

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You didn't miss World Cloud Backup Day. It just kinda happened

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Boffin

Encrypt Google Drive

A cheap external hard drive is the best option in most cases.

If you're going to use cloud backup services, then just encrypt them: VeraCrypt http://veracrypt.org works with DropBox, while SyncDocs https://syncdocs.com encrypts Google Drive.

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Identity management outfit OneLogin sugar coats impact of attack

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Facepalm

All your password eggs...

....in one hackable basket.

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Does Microsoft have what it takes to topple Google Docs?

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Re: Google Docs great until you need to communicate with other businesses

There are quite a few apps that will convert Google Docs to Office and back again. After a merger, we decided to let users keep what they were familiar with and use Syncdocs (http://syncdocs.com) to do the conversion in the background.

Still, if you have complicated Excel macros you're best off staying in Excel for the desktop, and not trying to convert these to Google Sheets or Office 365.

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Acronis adds automated ransomware protection to latest Backup version

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Re: "The product uses blockchain technology . . "

A digital signature could be used in place of the blockchain.

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Intel gives the world a Core i9 desktop CPU to play with

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Re: Ahh, I love the smell of competition.

Very well put.

The main reason desktop CPU's have stagnated in the last few years is the lack of competition to Intel.

I hope AMD is not destroyed by this.

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Much-hyped Ara Blackphone LeEco Essential handset introduced

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Missing essentials?

Not only does it not have a headphone jack, but it is also missing an SDHC card interface, which is very useful.

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Schiaparelli probe crash caused by excessive spin, report concludes

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Joke

Re: Several recommendations...

What they need is a spin doctor

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Plutus Payroll clients and staff fell for plausible business model fairy tales

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Re: So how were they making money?

>surely this would have been picked up very quickly by the ATO.

They 4 had insiders at the ATO. The father of one of them, Michael Cranston, was a senior figure at the ATO, although there have been different reports as to the depth of his involvement.

Despite the insiders, it looks like the fraud was so big that others at the ATO also picked it up.

How it all worked will probably come out in the court case.

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Windows 10: Triumphs and tragedies from Microsoft Build

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Re: Sorry

Indeed - they have all these fancy UI ideas when Windows 10 still looks butt-ugly of high DPI 4k displays.

I wish they'd fix the basics before adding new features.

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Payroll-for-contractors company named at centre of AU$165m tax scam scheme

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Thumb Up

Good reporting, el Reg

This is the only article amid the myriad in today's press that actually explains what happened.

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Re: As if...

They had some inside men at the ATO, including Michael Cranston, a deputy commissioner.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-18/ato-deputy-commissioner-entangled-in-fraud-investigation/8536288

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Microsoft to spooks: WannaCrypt was inevitable, quit hoarding

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FAIL

Just Patch?

Our recent Windows Updates have broken almost as much as they have fixed.

We need to do our own in-house QA on the updates, and then patch, a process which takes time.

We wish Microsoft would test their updates more thoroughly.

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It's 2017 and Windows PCs are being owned by EPS files, webpages

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Re: Riddled to high heaven

Nope. Plus along with the fixes, there will be a boatload of new bugs.

Every other Update we install breaks something vital. MS don't seem to test very thoroughly anymore, leaving that to their customers.

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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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Re: Not entirely correct.

Or Nixon in 1960, who lost to Kennedy

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Thumb Up

This is why I read The Register

Thank you for your superb analysis.

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Head of US military kit-testing slams F-35, says it's scarcely fit to fly

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Re: There have been planes like this before.

And the Mosquito was the result of private investment, developed on a tiny budget and was resisted by the top airforce brass at almost every turn.

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Cambridge Analytica arrives in Australia to STEAL our democracy!

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Good article

A great analysis!

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Dishwasher has directory traversal bug

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Re: Bewildered. (That's grown-up speak for "wtf")

>So why on earth do we need internet enabled dishwashers?

Because that is what sells them.

Products are designed to be sold, not to be used.

A dishwasher is a dishwasher, the cheapest model does what the most expensive model does: clean dishes.

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Google borks its Drive Windows app – after pushing out unfinished buggy version to public

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Re: Not just MS

Google is fortunate in that most of their software is on the cloud. So it is easier to undo cock-ups than if you've installed on client's desktops.

That said, we stopped using Google's own Drive client a while ago and switched to SyncDocs for Drive which is way better, but not free.

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Barrister fined after idiot husband slings unencrypted client data onto the internet

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Re: Online backup?

Online backups are stored on the Cloud, which is another word for someone else's computer. Unless you encrypt data before uploading it to cloud storage, you run a risk of having it stolen.

Local encryption, is easy and can be done before uploading to the cloud is available through a wide variety of apps. VeraCrypt http://veracrypt.org works with DropBox, while SyncDocs https://syncdocs.com encrypts Google Drive.

I wonder how they caught her? Did some client's names appear in a Google search?

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This week's top token gesture: Google Chrome chokes energy-hungry background tabs

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Re: Wouldn't a good way of extending battery life

It's not Chrome, but Windows Update that is eating my laptop's battery.

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Hyper-V guest escape, drive-by PDF pwnage, Office holes, SMB flaws – and more now patched

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FAIL

Followed by Rollback Wednesday

Yep. Wait a while before installing them. Microsoft seems to be doing little QA or testing on their patches.

Most of the recent patch Tuesdays in our office have resulted in blue screens, broken stuff and rollbacks.

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US Marines seek a few supposedly good men ... who leaked naked pics of a few good women

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Common sense?

Not politically correct, but perhaps don't take and share naked selfies in the first place.

Once you send a digital file to someone else, you lose control of it.

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Frustrated by reboot-happy Windows 10? Creators Update hopes to take away the pain

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MS Quality

My recent experience with MS updates is that they cause more problems than they fix.

I don't think MS is doing much quality control on them anymore.

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Controversial opinion alert: Privacy and the public cloud – not just possible, but easy

TReko

Key management - that's the hard part. Part of the extra security of encrypting cloud data is not putting the keys on the cloud.

The Cloud is another word for someone else's computer. Unless you encrypt data before uploading it to cloud storage, you run an unacceptable risk of having it stolen.

Local encryption, done before uploading to the cloud is available through a wide variety of apps, as mentioned in the article. VeraCrypt http://veracrypt.org works with Microsoft's OneDrive, while SyncDocs https://syncdocs.com encrypts Google Drive.

Keeping keys local enhances security, but makes it more difficult to use. Solving the KMS problem will lead to a pot of gold.

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Amazon's AWS S3 cloud storage evaporates: Top websites, Docker stung

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FAIL

Weasel words

>AWS, for some reason, insists this isn't an "outage" but rather a case of "increased error rates" for its

>most popular cloud service.

"Outage" means that they will have to cough up money due to service level agreements.

We have the same issue with Google Cloud, it never has an "outage" when it goes titsup, it just has "issues"

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CLOUD-to-CLOUD backup: A chasm-Spanning leap

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Re: I don't get it. ???

Nothing beats a local backup. The cloud server might going "titsup" is probably not the only reason you lose access to your data. The Internet connection going down or going slow is another.

We use SyncDocs http://syncdocs.com to backup all our Google Docs and Drive files to our server NAS. It converts them into Office format too.

You never really know how good your backup is until you try to restore it, so having a local copy can give an extra level of confidence. Call me old fashioned.

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Prepare your popcorn: Wikipedia deems the Daily Mail unreliable

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Flame

Climate Change Whistleblower

It might be a coincidence, but the Daily Mail published an article by a climate science whistleblower from NOAA last week, claiming that he had been asked to make climate change predictions more dire before the Paris climate change conference last year.

El Reg is also sometimes on the sceptical side on climate change.

Perhaps this infuriates the Wiki-pedians?

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US tech giants take brave immigration stand that has nothing to do with profit whatsoever

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Re: That's a long article, let me condense it for you.

Yes, a shortage of cheap workers.

Google and Apple were caught with an illegal agreement not to compete for workers which would also drive up salaries.

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Googlers reveal code they use for mass Windows deployments

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Go

A better option

from the Chocolatey folks for deploying Windows boxen:

http://boxstarter.org/

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Dropbox: Oops, yeah, we didn't actually delete all your files – this bug kept them in the cloud

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WTF?

Re: Looks like...

I would imagine that storage space is Dropbox's main cost. Surely they would notice this?

One the other hand Condi Rice is on their board, so maybe the NSA paranoia is not so far fetched.

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Google reveals its servers all contain custom security silicon

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Re: Q

>had the DNC used it... they too would haven't been hacked from the outside.

No. The DNC (Podesta) was using Google. His Gmail account was hacked. He clicked on a fake password reset link. The problem is human ignorance and that one Google password gives you full access.

If you use Google Drive, adding an extra layer of security through something like SyncDocs is a wise measure. That way, you have defence in depth.

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Congrats, PC slingers. That's now FIVE straight years of shrinking sales

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Re: The "Free" Windows 10 wasn;t the problem.

Windows 10 is a huge problem. I'd guess 80% of our small-business customers don't want it and prefer Windows 7.

Another problem is Intel - they no longer have any real competition, so computers really haven't got that much faster in the last 7 years. Buying and old PC and putting in an SSD makes way more difference to most users than an new Intel CPU.

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Australia: Stop blaming Centrelink debts on its IT systems

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Trollface

Blame aversion

A great new term for 2017 - bureaucratic "blame aversion"

“It is literally blame aversion, it is not risk aversion,” Shetler said. “They’re trying to avoid the blame, and they’re trying to cast it wide.

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Nice NBN rival you built there. What a shame if someone taxed it

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WTF?

User pays?

>Nobody begrudges regional Australia solid communications services.

At $7 charge, users soon will.

If you live far away from infrastructure, you should have to pay for the privilege.

Similarly, no one expects rural Australians to subsidise things like parking which or houses which cost more in the cities.

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Hackers waste Xbox One, PS4, MacBook, Pixel, with USB zapper

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Flame

Not just data lines

>Gatford says the attacks are possible when vendors take engineering design shortcuts and do not optically isolate the data lines on USB ports.

putting -220V on the 5V USB lines will also be unhealthy

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Behold, your next billion dollar market: The humble Ethernet cable

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Happy

Non-sense!

The boom has to do with Audiophiles buying these $7000 :"directional" ethernet cables:

https://www.amazon.com/Denon-AKDL1-Dedicated-Discontinued-Manufacturer/dp/B000I1X6PM

The reviews are worth a look for the giggles, too

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Australian government lends nbn™ AU$19.5bn to finish the job

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FAIL

Billions and billions

No one understands such big numbers.

Put it in perspective: Roughly 20 million people in Australia and $20 billion means each man, woman and child is giving the nbn $1000 extra.

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Portable drive, 5TB capacity. Hmm, there's something fishy here

TReko
FAIL

Hitachi will last longer

You should rescue it. Hitachi's are way more reliable, according to BackBlaze's stats.

There are 14% odds of you losing your Seagate data in a year.

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50 tech jobs to go at AirServices Australia

TReko

Re: Something's not right.

>Either way, ASA management have some explaining to do.

Perhaps they're getting the whole thing ready to be privatized?

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LinkedIn, Dropbox hack suspect named as Yevgeniy Nikulin by US prosecutors

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WTF?

One Way Traffic

While I wouldn't mind seeing the perpetrator of the hack doing time, the extradition traffic of crimes not committed in the USA seems to go one way to the USA.

This also sets worrying precedents, could those in Western countries be extradited to Iran for Sharia Law offences?

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Oz infosec spooks: ease back on the “cybers”, this is serious

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FAIL

Nothing to see here

The problem is that if you're a bureaucrat and you don't make the problem look dire, then your funding gets taken away, and also your promotion.

There's more money, publicity and career advancement in scaring people than in saying everything's all-right. When nothing happens 3 years down the line, you can say it was due to all your efforts.

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