* Posts by JCitizen

624 posts • joined 16 Jul 2012

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Typical! You wait ages for a fast radio burst from outer space, and suddenly 13 show up

JCitizen
Coffee/keyboard

Ach!

Ye beat me to it!

Reddit locks out users with poor password hygiene after spotting 'unusual activity'

JCitizen
WTF?

Hmmmm!

Just how do they know users were reusing passwords from other sites? Hmmm? Is it their craptastic tracking spyware? If they were running a security app it would be different, but I'm not aware that they fit that definition!

Stormy times ahead for IBM-owned Weather Channel app: LA sues over location data slurp

JCitizen
FAIL

It looks like TWC...

Is trying to copy the success of "The Weather Bug", which has successfully slurped user data for years and got away with it despite being classified as malware by many AV and AM utilities. Who wouldn't be tempted after watching WeatherBug stomp all over people for years, and still the victims go "MORE MORE"!! Every since AWS Convergence Technologies, Inc , the root company has changed its name and been bought out, and acted like a changeling. No wonder TWC was so tempted!

A few reasons why cops haven't immediately shot down London Gatwick airport drone menace

JCitizen
Megaphone

You mean this?

https://youtu.be/jvdKNBSWPyU

JCitizen
Megaphone

Re: How about a high power laser burst ?

The best defense is another drone. I've seen the demonstration already on video - the defending drone fires a net at the offending drone and it attaches a parachute which forces it to fall to the ground. Needless to say the airport operator would have to be skilled to pull it off; but I saw in happen on this video, so it is very possible.

https://youtu.be/jvdKNBSWPyU

Your two-minute infosec roundup: Drone arrests, Alexa bot hack, Windows zero-day, and more

JCitizen
FAIL

Re: When we're told to use a password manager

I'm not convinced that any browser actually keeps the password safe from prying malware. If they would at least encrypt it, that would help, but I've never read that has been improved upon. Better to use a free password manager with a good reputation.

Three become six as new 'nauts arrive for a visit to the ISS

JCitizen
Meh

Re: Commercial crew...

NASA never has liked the fact that a commercial upstart proved they could do it faster, better, and cheaper. They see a time when their budgets will go to the enterprise and not the stodgy money pit that is government programs.

Pulses quicken at NASA as SpaceX gets closer to crewed launches and Russia readies the next Soyuz

JCitizen
Meh

Re: Elon & Drugs

I seem to remember reading Federal statutes a long time ago, where by as long as "a tax stamp" is affixed to such "controlled substances" then you are okay. In fact every time a sentence was handed down from a court to a violator, the end of the sentence always mentioned "without a tax (proof of which)"

Even machine guns are legal with a tax stamp ( proof of payment). Now getting that tax stamp is very difficult of course, and without a state where it is legal, almost impossible to acquire.

Sorry, but NASA says Mars signal wasn't Opportunity knocking

JCitizen
Alien

it was aliens!!

It was aliens I tells ya! ( goes the tired old cliche)

Bloke fined £460 after his drone screwed up police chopper search for missing woman

JCitizen
Headmaster

Re: Hunting season

to heck with the grammar Nazis; go ahead and use it!

Douglas Adams was right, ish... Super-Earth world clocked orbiting 'nearby' Barnard's Star

JCitizen
Alien

Could a human even survive the gravity..

Of such a planet that size, it is hard to imagine what a (100 lb. on earth) man would weigh on the surface.

Super Micro chief bean counter: Bloomberg's 'unwarranted hardware hacking article' has slowed our server sales

JCitizen
Megaphone

Re: Never a plausible story in the first place

I'm not a fan of Bloomberg, so don't get me wrong there; but I have a friend who actually saw some early examples of these chips while visiting a lab in Indonesia! My friend said they were so arrogant back then, that they even printed a logo on the back of the chips placed on the circuit boards. They were a little crude at the time, more like a piggy back chip. So I totally believe the report, and in fact, they would have to prove this report was wrong in my not so humble opinion.

I can see why the OEMs are squawking, because the recovery of hardware like that would destroy the company; I doubt they will ever admit it - and it would take a government investigation to bring out the truth, which I doubt will happen, because our spooks would like to take advantage of these back doors as well.

Third Soyuz does not explode while auditors resume poking around NASA's big rocket SLS

JCitizen
Trollface

mini - BFR

Did Elon Musk hold his pinky finger near the corner of his mouth when he said "mini-BFR" Just wondering!

Has science gone too far? Now boffins dream of shining gigantic laser pointer into space to get aliens' attention

JCitizen
Trollface

Dr. Evil says;`

Its okay as long as we get sharks for that fricken lazer!

Stop us if you've heard this one: Remote code hijacking flaw in Apache Struts, patch ASAP

JCitizen
FAIL

Yup..

The second I saw the word "struts" the Equifax breach came immediately to mind!

The 'roid in Spain drills mainly on the plain: Plucky Brit Mars robot laps up sun, sand and, er, simulated science

JCitizen
Trollface

Maybe..

Hey - maybe we could hook it up with the 'roids on Mars and have a robot war! The ratings would be HUGE!

Azure goes quiet, Huawei Canada ban urged, US Senators are after Google, and more

JCitizen
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Never forget Marconi

I've had clients that told me what was going on in Washington and other networks, and I was shocked to see they contracted our country away to the PRC wholesale! It took them more than 5 years before they finally started to admit their mistakes - but that is no excuse when you have whistle blowers making a huge noise and no one was listening back then! It is absolutely disgusting to me!!

Equifax exec's inside trade shame: Software boss sentenced for mega-hack stock profit

JCitizen
Unhappy

It wouldn't bother me..

It wouldn't bother me if they put the entire board of Equifax in jail after the way they handled the last breach. I'm not normally for regulation, but congress needs to put their thumb on the credit agencies. If not a fist!!

With sorry Soyuz stuffed, who's going to run NASA's space station taxi service now?

JCitizen
Devil

Re: Bah!

OKay, now just admit it - you are a Hollywood writer in your day job aren't you!

JCitizen
Angel

Re: No worries

Call the Thunderbirds - they'll get the job done! If not, Brains will figure it out!

The Obama-era cyber détente with China was nice, wasn't it? Yeah well it's obviously over now

JCitizen
Mushroom

Re: Block 'em

There was a time when I was tempted to block the entire range at APINIC, RIPE NCC, and Wasilla Alaska;; but a guy would probably spend all his time configuring exceptions to that now days.

JCitizen
Coffee/keyboard

True.. but...

At about 2003, when I first started logging this kind of thing; the PRC was so arrogant that they didn't bother doing fancy server bouncing like you describe. The sources of the attacks made sense too - usually military bases or industrial parks. After people woke up, they shifted the IP addresses to "Universities", then when that got public attention, they built a mysterious communication building that could only be described as a major "CIA" type communications center where the attacks were coming from. This didn't fool anybody, so they finally simply copied the same technique criminals use just as you describe. l have no doubt the PRC is still doing just what they've always been doing, and probably worse - but you are right, the original source is hard to determine ( but not impossible either). We are doing it to them and our friends too, so it is a bit disingenuous to cry loudly about it, but that doesn't mean we have to lie down and forget it either.

Uber to dole out $148m settlement among US states over breach it paid $100k to bury

JCitizen
Facepalm

Eye exam??

What difference would it make if Uber conducted an eye exam over the internet or not. If your driver has to have a state driver license, they already took an eye exam at the DMV. Seems stupid to even mention it! Perhaps they are referring to countries with lax laws?

Trump's axing of cyber czar role has left gaping holes in US defence

JCitizen
Coffee/keyboard

Re: It's just a figurehead

Yeah - I haven't heard of one thing this "Czar" did to improve the situation - not one. Seems like it was a totally ineffective left over from the Obama years.

NASA to celebrate 55th anniversary of first Moon landing by, er, deciding how to land humans on the Moon again

JCitizen
Unhappy

Re: How to land humans on the Moon again ...

I bet there are not many original moon astronauts alive today. We are lucky Buzz Aldrin is still with us!

Google actually listens to users, hands back cookies and rethinks Chrome auto sign-in

JCitizen
Go

Re: Google still know everything about almost everyone, regardless of a switch.

Don't know if this would solve the problem, but I add the DuckDuckGo cookie blocking and search engine to Chrome. Everywhere I go, the websites complain that I'm blocking cookies - it does have a way to allow them for favorite sites that make a living off them. After all the internet isn't really free. Whether chrome can circumvent this, I don't know but it would be easy to test.

Close Chrome and run CCleaner to exit all cookies from the system. Open Chrome and visit a site that hosts chrome cookies and LSOs. Check the cookie vault in CCleaner to see if they show up. If they do, then that add on isn't capable of blocking chrome cookies. I assume it does though. Occasionally when chrome updates, it tries to delete DuckDuckGo - but that might just be because they are search engine competitors - that is reason enough for Google to try and defeat them.

Developer goes rogue, shoots four colleagues at ERP code maker

JCitizen
Stop

Re: A gun is involved in every single mass shooting.

People forget that the Post Office had a problem with this last century, and it got so bad it coined the term, "going Postal". However, they looked at the problem and adopted human resource techniques and work place mental health processes that stopped the problem. I think it is time ALL work places adopt the same standard operating procedure, because the problem has veritably been fixed at USPS.

National Museum of Computing to hold live Enigma code-breaking demo with a Bombe

JCitizen
Unhappy

It will be great!

I would literally fly to the UK just to watch that! They did a pretty good job simulating it in the movie about Turing. Too bad I'm too disabled to go!

Oi, you. Equifax. Cough up half a million quid for fumbling 15 million Brits' personal info to hackers

JCitizen
Devil

Re: Paltry fine

Oh they are making out like bandits selling customers "Credit Monitoring" so they can watch over the mistakes of the very reporting agency that caused the problem in the first place! Now does that sound like extortion - YES it does!

JCitizen
Alert

Re: I'm a bit surprised that Uncle Sam hasn't given Eqifax a thrashing...

Congress has been threatening more regulations for years, but they kept promising they'd do it without regulation. Well they obviously failed, and pubic uproar finally has the voters asking questions. I've contacted my legislators demanding I be allowed a free credit BLOCK anytime I want it, and that would effectively fix the problem, and also punish the reporting agencies as well. I'll believe it when I see it happen though!!

JCitizen
Megaphone

Re: We should be able to GDPR delete it

Giving you a FREE credit BLOCK anytime you want it, would be much more effective, and also cause loss of income to the reporting agencies - AWE!!? TOO BAD!

JCitizen
FAIL

Re: Meanwhile, in America..

I've been giving my representatives hell about this every since it happened. Slowly it seems congress is finally realizing just how spitting mad the public is about this. As far as I'm concerned, I'd take free credit locking to a fine any day - THAT would really hurt them, but TOO FRICKN BAD!!

Mozilla-endorsed security plug-in accused of tracking users

JCitizen
Go

A good alternative..

I could never figure out what that extension was all about anyway; so I switched to DuckDuckGo as a search engine, and installed it as well. The only problem I have is web sites complaining because I'm not taking cookies and they can't get into my shorts. I do wish there were a URL exclusion for sites I want to support; but there is none as far as I can tell. All the other ad blockers and script blockers just got too complicated to use, and did not really do the job. So there ya go!

New Zealand school on naughty step after ransomware failure

JCitizen
Childcatcher

They could have used cryptoprevent,,,

It is probably a LOT cheaper that hiring Fortinet! I've tested it against ransomware on my honeypot, and so far no success to the crooks.

US voting systems (in Oregon) potentially could be hacked (11 years ago) by anybody (in tech support)

JCitizen
Meh

Re: What did we expect?

Pfftt!! Both parties cheat anytime they get a chance.

http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2014/apr/10/dick-morris/dick-morris-theres-proof-over-1-million-people-vot/

Blood test biz LabCorp pulls plug on systems over hacker fears

JCitizen
Coat

I was just about to joke..

that finally we have a company that is actually serious about security but AC's previous comment beat me to it, and even better! LOL!

Ukraine claims it blocked VPNFilter attack at chemical plant

JCitizen
Megaphone

Re: Russian cyber attack against a chlorine plant

When you saw the resolve on the people of Ukraine, the fighting in the streets with no weapons - going up against bullets with trash cans and home made armor - I'm sorry but that is the people I like and want to know. They were brave enough to fight for freedom even if they had to do it with bare fists! I will never believe that the system that put the Russian puppet in power was legitimate.

I see you're trying to leak a file! US military seeks Clippy-like AI to stop future Snowdens

JCitizen
Stop

Re: Would you trust your secrets to Clippy?

I hated Clippy SO BAD. that I was immediately turned off to the entire idea of AI intelligence in this subject area, and almost made me ill just thinking about it.

Snooping passwords from literally hot keys, China's AK-47 laser, malware, and more

JCitizen
FAIL

Re: Is The Power Supply Portable?

This is most likely propaganda, and not a real prototype at all.

Reality Winner, liberty loser: NSA leaker faces 63 months in the cooler

JCitizen
FAIL

Re: 'Complaints about them having Fox News on'

With people named "Reality Winner" and is an obvious nut case, I can see why - bon voyage!!

Stephen Hawking dies, aged 76

JCitizen
Thumb Up

Re: god ?

That is what I was wondering!! I seem to remember him mentioning his "unbelief" in several specials I'd watched. I think he only mentioned it in passing so folks wouldn't think he attributed the laws of the universe to anything particularly important, or divine superintendence. I don't agree with him, but that is everyone's right, and the most important one of all.

JCitizen
Alien

I'm rather surprised .....

at the mention of God in the article at all. I'd always heard Stephen was and atheist. ??

NASA on SpaceX's 2015 big boom: Bargain bin steel liberated your pressure vessel

JCitizen
IT Angle

When you see the failures of the former NASA program...

I can't complain about the few mistakes of the new Space X launches. Over the years how many satellite or even manned launches have exploded, or otherwise failed.

Stanford brainiacs say they can predict Reddit raids

JCitizen
Coffee/keyboard

"ThatOne" is right...

The article hit it on the head with the "echo chambers" observation. People who have ideas about the world have generally jelled them in their way of thinking, and will not join a group with contrary opinion. So crossing the "echo chamber" divide rarely works, as no one wants to hear the other side or give it a reasonable chance of logical thought. This is exactly what makes the human chimp a warfaring creature. They'd rather solve problems by killing the other guy with a different opinion. Sad but true.

Brit military boffins buy airtime on HD eye-in-the-sky video satellite

JCitizen
Joke

Go Pro in SPAAAAACE!

Literally taken off the shelf - CHEAP!!!

German government confirms hackers blitzkrieged its servers to steal data

JCitizen
Trollface

Re: If in Doubt ...

or blame Boris Badenov! Hmmph-meh!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4txmBNCAXg8

Equifax peeks under couch, finds 2.4 million more folk hit by breach

JCitizen
WTF?

I'm mad as hell !!!!!!..

about Equifax and the lack of oversight by regulators - this is serious SHIT! If they don't start doing something about it, there will be angry mobs with pitchforks that will make the "Occupy Wall street" crowd look like Little Miss Muffet and the girl scouts!!.

JCitizen
Flame

Re: Hold Equifax accountable for their negligence

And hit them with regulations, that they've been dodging for at least a generation or two!

JCitizen
Flame

Re: They can no longer be trusted

Hmm? That site says no affiliates of Equifax were identifiable as contributors - or something like that. But we all know that has to be hogwash, because the reporting agencies have had an iron grip on regulation for decades now - they keep saying that they will watch over their responsibilities and no need of more regulation - well, we can all so how that worked out!!

23,000 HTTPS certs will be axed in next 24 hours after private keys leak

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Thumb Down

Symantec..

can go to hell or high water as far as I'm concerned - They have stumbled around like a fool, and yet acted in the most conceited manner. It is almost like they really believe they are too big to fail.

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