* Posts by diodesign

1687 posts • joined 21 Sep 2011

Targeted, custom ransomware menace rears its ugly head

diodesign
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Re: Bitwiper

"Does ANYONE have evidence that ALL computers trashed by NotPetya were operated -on a workdaily basis- by people with admin privileges?"

All right, calm down, calm down. We've tweaked the sentence so it's a little sharper. Not every trashed machine had admin access, obviously. And giving people and software the least possible privs is a good thing, obviously.

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Presto crypto: IBM releases gruntier, faster Z14 mainframe

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Re: Sil

Hi - yup, I've taken the sentence out. On its own, it's meaningless. If you check our other IBM articles you'll see we're not really down with running Big Blue 'press releases' - and our other chip stories go into a lot more detail when comparing features.

Take this article as-is: a product announcement, not a product endorsement.

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Re: This is the BBC making a quota

Lol, time travel, aliens, the TARDIS, all this fantasy, but a woman is too far fetched? What are you afraid of?

There's no rule to say Dr.W has to be a bloke. If someone wants to try another gender for a JA character, why complain? I wouldn't. It's art. It's entertainment. The world is a fluid place. Try new things.

What are you afraid of?

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Juicero does to its staff what your hands can do to its overpriced juice sacks

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Re: Missed opportunity

Yoink!

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Dark web souk AlphaBay shuts for good after police raids

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Re: Valarian

Yup - mistake fixed.

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When 'Saving The Internet' means 'Saving Crony Capitalism'

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Re: kameko

You've gone full cynic. Never go full cynic.

(We're just reminding folks that it's not the black and white, red v blue, binary situation pro and anti-NN campaigners would have you believe.)

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Intel bolts bonus gubbins onto Skylake cores, bungs dozens into Purley Xeon chips

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Re: Not mentioned the support for NVDIMM

There was no mention of NVDIMMs by Intel in the tech materials its engineers shared with El Reg, so I guess this has been paused?

I must confess, I'm a software and CPU dude, not a storage person, so I didn't pick up on this. I've let my colleague Chris Mellor, our storage writer, know so he can follow up.

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(The other Chris)

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Two-factor FAIL: Chap gets pwned after 'AT&T falls for hacker tricks'

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Re: fbt3

Wow, that's crazy. Thanks for letting us know.

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Re: fbt3

Wow - how did they manage to transfer your T-Mobile number? (I'm assuming it's T-Mobile USA, right?)

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Behind the scenes of Slovaks' fight to liberate their .sk domain

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Re: Re: Kieren, is this article serious?

I think we're gonna have to agree to disagree: there's clearly a clash of views.

If there are specific sentences in the story you disagree with, email them to me (with a brief explanation why you disagree with them) – cwilliams at theregister dawt com – and I'll take a look.

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Re: anonymous

Thanks for the feedback - suffice to say, this article isn't sponsored by any party. Just our take on the matter. I've passed it onto Kieren.

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Someone's phishing US nuke power stations. So far, no kaboom

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Re: intermediary contact

Contact is being established...

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May the excessive force be with you: Chap cuffed after Star Trek v Star Wars row turns bloody

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Re: Snowy

Actually, ITYM Deep Space 5.

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Feelin' safe and snug on Linux while the Windows world burns? Stop that

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Re: about 12 per cent of servers run non-Windows OSs!?

Thanks for the feedback - you're probably right that Spiceworks is biased in favor of Windows-centric orgs (it does offer Linux monitoring tools, though). It's something we'll keep in mind.

We've tidied up the section on Linux/Windows web server stats: there Unix-ish OSes rule the roost.

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Boffins with frickin' laser beams chase universe's mysterious trihydrogen

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Re: Chris Miller

Thanks - that was a mistake our end and it's been fixed. Can you please email corrections@theregister.co.uk if you spot anything wrong so we can fix it right away. We don't have time to read every comment, sadly; we get thousands of posts a month.

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Search results suddenly missing from Google? Well, BLAME CANADA!

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Re: JohnnyS777

> What are you talking about "animal care products"? Equustek does high end electronics

Hmmm, OK. Fixed. We're investigating how this happened.

Edit: A company name mix up (there's an Equustock that does animal care products. The name was corrected during editing but not the product type, oops. It was quickly fixed.)

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Microsoft: We'll beef up security in Windows 10 Creators Edition Fall Update

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Re: Para 3, line 2 - "new operating system". WTF

Jesus, take it easy. You know what we meant. I've changed it to "updated" to save you a heart attack.

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Vblock tags in Vxblock: Move is a 'simplification' for punters

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Re: anonymous

We got the wrong end of the stick - we've updated the article to make it much clearer. Apologies for any confusion.

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Researcher calls the fuzz on OpenVPN, uncovers crashy vulns

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Re: ShelLuser

We've tidied up that sentence. Some of the bugs require authentication, some don't. Crucially, remote code execution looks extremely unlikely (thankfully!) - update just in case, of course.

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And now, in alphabetical order, all the storage news you may have missed

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Re: GTFO

Oh dear. Now fixed...

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(The other Chris)

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Software dev bombshell: Programmers who use spaces earn MORE than those who use tabs

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Re: correlation is not causation.

Aw come on, don't kill the fun.

(PS: we say in the piece that correlation is not causation.)

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Stop trying to make The Machine happen, HPE. It's not going to happen

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Re: ... early space race, which saw Russia launch its Sputnik satellite ...

Fair point - now changed. Don't forget to email corrections@theregister.co.uk so we can fix up stuff straight away rather via reading the comments a day later.

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Samsung releases 49-inch desktop monitor with 32:9 aspect ratio

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Re: 1080 x 720

Typo fixed. It's already Friday in Oz - brains are tired after a week-long slog.

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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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Re: Problem?

Yes - that's why it's called machine learning. Chess programs aren't AI. They are algorithms and preprogrammed patterns. Airbus autopilot isn't AI. It's algorithms and preprogrammed patterns. Compare this to DQN, which didn't even know what the game controller's buttons did. It was given video frames and told to get on with it. It had to figure it out from scratch. That's where AI wants to head if it's going to make anything remotely intelligent.

Sure, the world runs on algorithms and preprogrammed patterns. No problem with that. Let's just not trumpet it as AI.

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The open source community is nasty and that's just the docs

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Re: Time wasters

"I felt uncomfortable and out-of-place!"

No further questions, your honor.

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Cuffed: Govt contractor 'used work PC to leak' evidence of Russia's US election hacking

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Re: Any incompetent should know what todo by now.

"I can't remember the person who did it"

Because they only exist in your imagination, Donald.

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DXC Technology looks to lighten the payroll six weeks after launch

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Re: anybody Know?

DXC = a mashup of CSC and HPE.

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Google DeepMind's use of 1.6m Brits' medical records to test app was 'legally inappropriate'

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Re: ratfox

Edit: Story updated - it's not an AI system. It's a fixed algorithm. We've tidied up the piece.

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For now, GNU GPL is an enforceable contract, says US federal judge

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Re: Nick

Thanks, Nick. All links welcome - don't forget that while most of us Reg hacks have been reading the site for ages, we haven't been working for it's entire lifespan. So the people producing El Reg today for you, based on the values we've long held dear, may have skipped an article or two in their write up. Basically, if you can't see a link, it's because we've been running around on fire trying to make quality content for you, and may have left off some old links. I am sorry.

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Your 90-second guide to new stuff Nvidia teased today: Volta V100 chips, a GPU cloud, and more

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Re: 120 teraflops using INT8

Yeah, it was a long day and brain wasn't fully firing. Nvidia quoted 120 "Tensor" TFLOPS (see my comment below), which we took to be marketing spiel for INT8. Duh, INT8 is integer so TFLOPS makes no sense. I've taken out the stat because Nv doesn't, TTBOMK, define exactly what a "Tensor" TFLOPS is.

Edit: See article update.

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diodesign
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Re: INT8 performance in FLOPS

It's actually 120 "Tensor" TFLOPS which we took to mean INT8, but Nvidia claims it is not - so we've taken it out. Last time we asked, Nv wouldn't define what a "Tensor" TFLOPS is, so we've axed that stat and stuck with industry standard metrics (64FP and 32FP).

We've asked Nv to clarify what a "Tensor" TFLOPS is. If they give us a clear explanation, we'll update the story.

Edit: See article update.

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Mozilla to Thunderbird: You can stay here and we may give you cash, but as a couple, it's over

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Re: I use Thunderbird and I want to support it

Here:

https://donate.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/

Mozilla is handling donations for Thunderbird.

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America 'will ban carry-on laptops on flights from UK, Europe to US'

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Re: So what about the battery

AFAIR, airlines let you put devices containing li-ion batteries in the hold, but not separate batteries. So a laptop, fine. A replacement battery, not so fine.

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Facebook is abusive. It's time to divorce it

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Re: The Man Who Fell To Earth

We covered Uber here.

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How to remote hijack computers using Intel's insecure chips: Just use an empty login string

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Re: Linux?

Ah ta, meant to add that link. Done so.

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Windows 10 S forces Bing, Edge on your kids. If you don't like it, get Win10 Pro – Microsoft

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Re: anonymous Microsoft apologist

> Firstly there are at least ten browsers in the Windows Store

You are looking at the wrong store - the Windows 10 S store doesn't have any browsers in it. And probably won't.

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Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

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Re: Encryption is not made "illegal"

By illegal we mean it outlaws the implementation of truly secure encryption. You, as an individual, using it may not be in trouble, but you, an app developer, will be if your product doesn't obey a technical capability notice served on it (that's a backdoor with a fancy name).

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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.

Sadly correct. Winning the popular vote doesn't mean much - see Al Gore.

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O (n^2) Canada! Code bugs knacker buses, TV, broadband, phone lines

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Re: AdamWill

Eh, we kinda wanted to do both stories and decided to save time and roll them together. No harm, no foul, right?

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Another career suicide as reporter leaves The Register for broadcaster

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Re: Move #1...

Over the past two decades or so, we've had vultures fly off to Bloomberg, NYT, WiReD, the Telegraph, WSJ, Ars, Channel 4, Guardian, Times, I've probably forgotten some others, and now Sky News.

The Regification of global technology news continues.

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Apple fanbois are officially sheeple. Yes, you heard. Deal with it

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Re: Anonymous

"You know they all got them as freebies right?"

Any Apple gear we use, we paid for it. Apple has never given us any gear, not in the six years I've been here. We use a mix of Windows, macOS and Linux on the desktop, Linux on the backend, and iOS and Android handhelds (and until recently, Windows Phone).

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Having a monopoly on x86 chips and charging eyewatering prices really does pay off – Intel CEO

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Re: Headline

Brian said strong prices boosted sales - ie: they charged high prices and yet people still bought their stuff - netting them a lot of cash.

Which is easy when you've got a monopoly over data center and desktop compute.

It's a flippant headline for effect: it's all explained in the story.

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Intel redesigns flawed Atom CPUs to stave off premature chip death

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Re: anonymous

Hi Brian!

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SolidFire CEO Dave Wright spins down at NetApp – for now

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Re: Not true!

FWIW El Reg tried reaching people for comment/confirmation. Chris, who wrote the article, explained:

"We tried contacting Dave by [Twitter] DM and NetApp people by DM and email on Sunday afternoon. After getting confirmation that Dave Wright had left NetApp early this morning, we pushed the story live before any of these approaches had generated a reply. We figured the story was that important."

We've updated the article with new information - and published NetApp's confirmation separately here.

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Trump's self-imposed cybersecurity deadline is up: What we got?

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Re: Re: STOP THE PRESSES!!!

We call him Pres Snowflake because he can't take a single word of criticism or humor without a meltdown or throwing a strop.

It's ironic that Team Trump refer to liberals as snowflakes when it's Donald blowing up on Twitter whenever he doesn't get his own way.

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'We should have done better' – the feeble words of a CEO caught using real hospital IT in infosec product demos

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Just wanna stress that, as the article says, no patient data was exposed, according to Tanium and the hospital. So any speculation about fines and privacy invasions and all that is not great.

We've tweaked the story to make it as crystal clear as possible. Apologies for any confusion.

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diodesign
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Re: JimC

I wish it could be clearer but the problem is that it's a murky situation. It seems what Tanium calls a demo environment was actually a hospital's network. That meant when sales ppl zoomed in on systems to show off the tool's features, it was zooming on real machines. This happened without permission from the hospital.

From the WSJ, which got the scoop:

"For years, cybersecurity startup Tanium Inc. pitched its software by showing it working in the network of a hospital it said was a client ... But Tanium never had permission to present the demos, the hospital said."

So it demo'd the gear using a hospital's IT system without the hospital's permission. I hope that's clear in our story.

And as the hospital and Tanium say, no patient data was exposed - just internal IT info.

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So few use Windows Phone, Microsoft can't be bothered: Security app is iOS, Android only

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"the Windows 10 Mobile version of the Authenticator app has had this, for like, forever."

Hey mate - dunno if you noticed but this article is about Windows Phone and all the people who backed Microsoft by buying into WP and now getting their loyalty repaid by being screwed over.

To the apologists: you can argue that this is a minor feature but the message is loud and clear from Microsoft - thanks for believing in Windows Phone, we don't care about you. Don't expect any more support.

Why should anyone buy into Windows 10 Mobile after this shabby treatment.

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Re: The latest version on Windows Phone 10...

The latest Android and iOS versions don't require a password. From the Microsoft blog post:

'Here in the identity division at Microsoft, we don’t like passwords any more than you do! So we’ve been hard at work creating a modern way to sign in that doesn’t require upper and lowercase letters, numbers, a special character, and your favorite emoji. And after a soft launch last month, we’re excited to announce the GA our newest sign-in feature: phone sign-in for Microsoft accounts!

With phone sign-in, we’re shifting the security burden from your memory to your device. Just add your account to the Android or iOS Microsoft Authenticator app, then enter your username as usual when signing in somewhere new. Instead of entering your password, you’ll get a notification on your phone. Unlock your phone, tap “Approve”, and you’re in.'

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diodesign
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Re: No Windows Phone Version?

Did you have to type in a password? This latest version (for iOS and Android) skips the password part.

In any case, kiss goodbye to further app updates. Microsoft doesn't care.

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