* Posts by Jamie Jones

2126 posts • joined 14 Jun 2007

Malware hidden in vid app is so nasty, victims should wipe their Macs

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Surely the bigger story is...

No-one seems to be mentioning how they managed to reverse engineer the sha256 checksums that are held on entirely different servers, and are checked before any downloaded software is released?

That's how it's done, right?

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EU: No encryption backdoors but, eh, let's help each other crack that crypto, oui? Ja?

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Re: The utter fools

surveilance?? real police work? pffft, what century are you in?

As for the proposal, it sound good - my only worry is they start stockpiling/hoarding vulnerabilties they find, ala NSA/GCHQ rather than alerting the people responsible.

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Hate to break it to you, but billions of people can see Uranus tonight

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Re: Could have used an accurate picture

With the ring properly being centered over the equator, rather than the 'lines' of the ring being over the equator - the 'empty' centre of the ring should be over the equator

But what's that got to do with anuses?

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Re: Blue-green Uranus from Methane

@Solarflare: You know that temptation you get when someone advises you against something?...

Arrgh, I've been lucky I've never "bumped into" him before.

A troll surely? I mean, surely no-one can be so ignorant on so many topics, and so stupid as to think they know what they're talking about?

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Dis you know uranus has a heavy methane presence?

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"Recent attempts"? They've been trying to PCise it since the 80's!

I see it worked on J.Cook ... J - it's your anus. be proud of your anus!

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Re: Uranus's Moon

Yes, it was one of the classic sketches "featuring" the late Alastair Burnet, I remember it clearly..

EDIT: Ain't the intertube-er-me-jigs wonderful?

Found it: Alastair Burnet, Uranus, and Bumhole: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHp9Cakv2Fg

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Do fear the Reaper: Huge army of webcams, routers raised from 'one million' hacked orgs

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How to fix this

Right now, check to make sure you're not exposing a vulnerable device to the internet, apply any patches if you can, look out for suspicious behavior on your network, and take a gadget offline if it's infected., immediately throw away anything that has ever been referred to as "Internet of things"

FTFY

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IBM broke its cloud by letting three domain names expire

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Re: Redundancy?

What's more, it appears they were relying on an external service for their internal communicatons to work.

If your name expires, or your internet link goes down, or terrorists shut down the .com servers, the only things that should be affected are the external connections.

Your own domain should be anchored in your DNS structure so your internal network isn't potentially vulnerable to an external action by a third party. Simply speaking, if someone "on the internet" can screw up your internal servers, you're doing it wrong.

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Re: Pay peanuts, get monkeys!

No, the point is, you don't pay for 10 years and leave it, you STILL pay every year, topping it up so you've always got a 10 year buffer...

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No, the FCC can't shut down TV stations just because Donald Trump is mad at the news

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Re: Actually

"FCC licensing can be challenged. With some of the "great reporting" by the alleged networks recently those challenges may be interesting."

That's interesting, and it would be about time too. Fox "News" shouldn't be allowed to get away with their constant lies.

The spectrum goes something like this:

truth -> inaccuracies -> propoganda -> lies -> Fox.

About time the "fairness doctrine" was brought back. No, America, "free speech" doesn't mean you can present lies as facts on news programmes (even if you try to wing it as "commentary"), unless you support Kim Jons version of free speech.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairness_Doctrine

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WPA2 security in trouble as KRACK Belgian boffins tease key reinstallation bug

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Re: Uncorrectable Horse Staple Battery

Hmm, I actually upvoted your original post, but was very tempted to downvote this little temper-tantrum!

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Re: Firmware update or OS?

I read that as meaning someone already "logged in" via the wpa2 key - surely a Wifi hack requiring someone to be in range of the wifi base station is a given?

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US Congress mulls first 'hack back' revenge law. And yup, you can guess what it'll let people do

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Re: Femto-poll

When your digital doppelganger is regularly surfing the information superhighway, and conversing with good netiquette with people in this virtual playground, it's easy to forget what's happening in meatspace. As such, who knows if words like 'cyber" still used out in the wild?

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'There has never been a right to absolute privacy' – US Deputy AG slams 'warrant-proof' crypto

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I agree with most of your post, but question why you wrote "in theory" relating to fake one-time pad keys producing harmless text.

It's easy to do - it's just like a long bunch of XOR operations after all!

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Equifax: About those 400,000 UK records we lost? It's now 15.2M. Yes, M for MEELLLION

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The annoying thing is that we need to care when we shouldn't.

When did we enter the "alternate universe" where if a company lends people money thinking they are me, is it my problem?

Why isn't it:

"Hey Mr. banker.. Someone fooled you into giving them money? Sucks to be you!"

Because I come from a small community, I could probably get the mothers maiden name, place of birth, and date of birth of many of the people I was in school with (most have their birthday listed on facebook, and I already know the year they were born)

It shouldn't be information I should need to keep private anyway.

If you lend "me" money, you should have no right to force me to pay, or blacklist me, or ruin my reputation, if I say it wasn't me, unless you can get it proven in a court of law. Until then, anything you say or do should be considered slander or libel.

"Mitchell and Webb" put it rather eloquently: https://youtu.be/CS9ptA3Ya9E

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Smut-watchers suckered by evil advertising

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Re: Purely in the interests of research...

You may be correct, but unfortunately there are far too many back-doors that seem to be regularly exploited..

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Video games used to be an escape. Now not even they are safe from ads

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Re: Is the problem 'game developers' or scammers?

You nailed it.

If I'm watching TV, there may be ads shown at some point.

Nowhere does the person responsible for that ad retrieve my precise location, my address, a unique id assigned to my tv, a list of all tv programmes I have stored on my PVR, or the last few programmes I watched,

Nowhere does the company that made the advert assume it can download code to my TV that runs permanently, phoning home with this uptodate data, whilst slowing down the TV, and using my electrcity to do so, and no where does it try to hide the fact that it is doing so.

By watching the TV advert, the company don't get to know the brand/model/age/version of my TV, or how many other TVs are connected in the house. They also don't get to track a unique "reception id" of all the TVs my various neighbours use.

If any of these companies did do these things, you can bet your life I'd also block/redirect/spoof everything from them too.

Shit, the above is true of just about *ALL* mobile ad companies, and whilst they try to hide it from the end users, just go to their websites and they brag about how much information from users they can get potential customers.

This is why the "app developers don't know how intrusive the ad companies they use are" sounds like bollocks to me. Even if it isn't, ignorance is no excuse.

According to the stats for my google account, I've spent £418 in the last few years on the play store. Produce something useful or fun, and I'll pay for it. If you prefer, you can attempt to fling adverts my way whilst hoping they don't get annoying. DO NOT attempt to grab my data, or you'll be met by my filters.

Incidentally, you know why so many of the ad-sdks grab your network mac address? It serves as a unique id for those times a user attempts to block their unique id being sent.

Honestly, just about all (if not all) of the android ad-providers are scum sucking shisters. I'd be surprised if what they attempt to do is even legal...

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Microsoft's foray into phones was a bumbling, half-hearted fiasco, and Nadella always knew it

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Re: No longer "cool" - but quickly going cold

Microsoft "THE software company"?

Microsoft are famous for creating the low-expectation mindset people have in computers. People now expect computers to require certain things, as if it's some sort of fundamental law of physics:

1) Regular reboots to stop things slowing down.

2) Complete periodic reinstalls to stop things slowing down.

3) "Have you tried turning it on and off again?"

4) Install some software, reboot required!

5) Virus scanners - computers can't be safe without them!

6) Huge processing power to perform simple tasks.

etc.

There was a time that it was correct to call the profession "software engineering" - software went through rigorous checks and was written by competent people.

Since Microsoft took power? More like software cowboys. Who cares. If there's a bug, we'll maybe make a patch. If it's too slow, you need a faster computer/more ram. If it crashes? Well, you saved your work right?

Thank god most SCADA and other critical systems haven't yet succumbed to this influence, and thank god mechanical engineering hasn't either, or we'd regularly here about traffic lights breaking down, power plants rebooting, and buildings and bridges collapsing.

I remember many years ago, someone in his early 20s on a Usenet forum replying to someone else regarding his satellite receivers unreliability. Paraphrased: "You've got to remember, a satellite receiver these days is basically a computer, and as you know, all computers need to be rebooted every few days or they'll slow down, and eventually crash. Just reboot your box every night and you'll be fine."

That was the sign the rot had started to take hold.

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Dumb bug of the week: Apple's macOS reveals your encrypted drive's password in the hint box

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If you don't "linkify" links, long ones get truncated.

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ISIS and Jack Daniel's: One of these things is not like the other

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Re: Ignorance knows no borders

"JD and coke" was my usual battle cry during my days clubbing in Ibiza.

Not ashamed to admit it!

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Russian telco backs up North Korea's sole Internet link

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Re: There are some details on Internet in North Korea

Hmmm, I guess the "humour" of that article was lost in translation...

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Re: Counterproductive..

1) Most North Koreans realise the propaganda they are fed is a load of crap. https://www.quora.com/Do-North-Koreans-believe-the-propaganda-the-government-tells-them-or-do-they-just-pretend-to/answer/Jieun-Baek

2) They already get food aid from the USA. North Korea spins it as the great leader has so much power, he's forced the evil enemy into providing for them. https://www.pri.org/stories/2011-02-12/does-north-korea-deserve-aid

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Oath-my-God: THREE! BILLION! Yahoo! accounts! hacked! in! 2013! – not! 'just!' 1bn!

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Re: Unable to collaborate myself...

Not having your account access doesn't mean anything - if the details from 6 billion accounts were exposed, you can be sure at least one or two will ignored!

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FreeBSD gains eMMC support so … errr … watch out, Android

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Re: Don't Understand....

What special arrangements are you talking about?

Besides, this is talking about backporting to a legacy version (FreeBSD 10)

If you cared about more uptodate features, you'd be using the official release version, FreeBSD 11.

Or, for someone more used to Linux instability, the development version, FreeBSD 12

<cheapshot>By the way, how's the Fedora Raspberry PI3 support going?</cheapshot>

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Re: *BSD might have a great future

I don't care if they have to wrap windows device drivers as a stopgap solution, it should just work.

And who makes the driver "just work"? Are you offering?

Anyway, do you mean something like this, which is for network drivers? https://www.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi?ndis(4)

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Re: it's well-engineered an unencumbered.

An unencumbered cucumber.

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Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?

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Re: Alabama Pi bill = urban legend

Linkify your links or they get truncated...

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Re: Rudd

Being in the UK, I'm not sure what the hell she just banned for us either.

In fact, neither is she!

(acid as in the burny-burny stuff, that's about the level of technical level bring applied)

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Patch your Android, peeps, it has up to 14 nasty flaws to flog

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Re: Patching....

If someone wants to restrict *my* access to the device I use, they can pay me for the privilege.

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Re: If it helps...

.... and still cost you more than if you bought a new android phone every 6 months.... Just saying.

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"Patch your android"

LOL!

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FCC big cheese given Congressional roasting in reconfirmation bid

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I hate to be the one to say it..... ;-)

'Not to forget the ludicrous effort to append the hate-word "Obama" to everything, which resulted in Pai referring to a long-standing program to provide the country's poorest with access to telecommunications as "Obamaphone."'

That would make it PhoneObama.

HTH :-)

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Guntree v Gumtree: Nominet orders gun ads site must lose domain

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Someone is just showing off now:

"“The Complainant notes that the words 'gumtree' and 'guntree' are identical save for the letters 'm' and 'n', adding that this difference is found in the middle of each word and that both start with the same letters."

Ok, Ok, give him his gold star already!

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Nokia updates classic comeback mobe 3310

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Re: My new Nokia

Thank-you! So I'm not mad after all (unless you are too!)

I've been using an E63 for many years, but earlier this month treated myself to an upgrade! :-)

Putty for ssh, and UC browser are just about the only add-ons I use.

And you are spot on regarding the keyboard, and size generally. I think iphones and android phones are too big, yet too small for proper use, yet with the nokia you can do everything one handed!

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My new Nokia

A blatent copy/paste job of a post I made to another article yesterday:

Despite (or actually because) I do a lot of low level android work (by choice), I bought a 'new' Nokia E6 symbian, literally just 2 weeks ago. It sucks that the SSL is out of date, but it still has GPS and OVI maps, and the battery lasts forever.

Give me the tablets for computer stuff, but for something that may be needed in an emergency, I want something that works, with a physical keyboard and good battery life, so I can use it in the dark and the rain, and not have to worry about all the shit we generally have to concern us with in the day job.

Sorry, touch screen androids or iphones don't cut it.

*Proud owner of new Nokia E6-00, purchased September 2017. RIP Nokia. *

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Dot-Amazon spat latest: Brazil tells ICANN to go fsck itself, only 'govts control the internet'

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Stock photo: "Car crash"

Quite unfortunate that the guy in your "car crash" stock photo looks like Paul Walker...

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Re: The whole thing's stupid

But if a country is "late to the party" and all the good .coms have gone, it stands to reason that that countries own top level country domain will be dominant instead.

People would get used to it.

E.G. If *every* UK company was under *.co.uk then people in the UK would "know" that the company they wanted would end with that suffix.

It would actually be easier... At the moment, even my mum knows of .com and .co.uk (but probably not why tescos is .com whilst sainsburys is .co.uk)

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Re: For what?

Obviously, there is no need. You know this. I know this. All the El Reg readers know this.

There's nothing they can do under .amazon. that can't be done under .amazon.com. , or even .amazon.some.deep.subdomain.com.

google searching for amazon will work whatever (*rolls eyes*)

I don't know why the big ISPs and technical bodies didn't just refuse to implement them. There's no legal or technical requirement to. It's just a money making scheme which flattens the DNS with a detrimental affect.

Without heirarchial name resolving, we'd be back to the naming schemes of DECNET, UUCP, and even the trusty old hosts file!

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Re: The whole thing's stupid

@Richard - you nailed it.

There is no reason for the company to have dot-amazon. It's just polution.

I'm just waiting for the day when enough organisation re-zone all these new toplevel domains, by shoving them under a catchall tld... (.alt maybe?) that they become useless used in any other form.

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Deloitte is a sitting duck: Key systems with RDP open, VPN and proxy 'login details leaked'

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They should never have diversified

It was all bound to go downhill when they stopped focussing on disposable razors...

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My name is Bill Gates and I am an Android user

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Re: Damn them to Hell

Despite (or actually because) I do a lot of low level android work (by choice), I bought a 'new' Nokia E6 symbian, literally just 2 weeks ago. It sucks that the SSL is out of date, but it still has GPS and OVI maps, and the battery lasts forever.

Give me the tablets for computer stuff, but for something that may be needed in an emergency, I want something that works, with a physical keyboard and good battery life, so I can use it in the dark and the rain, and not have to worry about all the shit we generally have to concern us with in the day job.

Sorry, touch screen androids or iphones don't cut it.

*Proud owner of new Nokia E6-00, purchased September 2017. RIP Nokia. *

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Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

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Re: Since <CTL><ALT><DEL> forced a reboot

Exactly. It was an interrupt designed for rebooting. It was intentionally difficult to press for that reason.

The fact that Microsoft gradually changed their use of it from reboot, to task manager, to login screen, is their problem - they should have used a seperate key for THAT (and they were known to get PC manufacturers to add special windows keys to their keyboards)

As noted by wikipedia:

David J. Bradley (born 4 January 1949) is one of the twelve engineers who worked on the original IBM PC, developing the computer's ROM BIOS code. Bradley is credited for implementing the "Control-Alt-Delete" key combination that was used to reboot the computer.

According to Bradley, Control-Alt-Delete was not intended to be used by end users, originally—it was meant to be used by people writing programs or documentation, so that they could reboot their computers without powering them down.

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You've been baffled by its smart thermostat. Now strap in for Nest's IoT doorbell, alarm gear

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Re: Hang on.

... but.. it's internet!

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And I bet your frosted door doesn't come with a hardcoded default password that lets anyone in!

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Re: Don’t disarm when unlocking the door

Don’t disarm when unlocking the door. You should get inside and close the door before disarming. If not then it encourages the violent (burglars for high end properties, rapists, etc) to hide behind you and rush you when you open the door.

The said 'violent' who are waiting for hours in the bushes will decide not to jump you based on when you switch your alarm off?

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Noise-canceling headphones with a DO NOT DISTURB light can't silence your critics

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Re: Do not disturb notice.

I remember often being busy and getting disturbed by someone coming to moan that he's always getting disturbed when he's busy....

Seriously.

The irony was lost on him.

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Downloaded CCleaner lately? Oo, awks... it was stuffed with malware

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I'm an idiot

Am I the only one to initially think "this Cisco Talos person has the same name as that network-hardware company".

hmmm

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RIP Stanislav Petrov: Russian colonel who saved world from all-out nuclear war

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Such Russian paranoia seems to be part of their national identity.

What? Russia paranoia is more accurately part of American identity. It may have been justified once, but the politicians kept the propoganda going as a way to control the people, such that many of the American public still think of evil pinko commies, and politicians trying to turn America commie".

It's only been relatively recently that "watch out for commies under the bed" has started to be replaced by "watch out for mussie(sic) terr'ists under the bed", thanks to Fox and their new bogey man to scare the less informed. (even though statistically, an American is twice as likely to die from being shot by a toddler than killed by a Muslim terrorist...)

I'm not saying this of all Americans, but whilst the Muslim paranoia is also rife here in the UK, the Russian stuff certainly isn't.

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