* Posts by JCitizen

591 posts • joined 16 Jul 2012

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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.

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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/

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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!

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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!!

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Stephen Hawking dies, aged 76

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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.

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JCitizen
Alien

I'm rather surprised .....

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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!!!

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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

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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!!.

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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!

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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!!

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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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Does my boom look big in this? New universe measurements bewilder boffins

JCitizen
Devil

Since they really don't know...

I can say about anything and possibly be right! All this pushing and shoving by a big bang - what if it is actually a giant sucking bulbous cleft in the universe, that is PULLING us apart in space time. There wouldn't need to be a big band would there? - but the rift in the middle of it all would probably still explode for all the rapid vacuum cause by the horrible sucking rift at the edge of the universe!! HA! HA HA! Good thing the crazy houses have been closed, or I'd be a patient! LOL!

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Euro Space Agency probe begins search for guff gas on Mars

JCitizen
Meh

Seems to me..

that when you look at the outer planets like the gas giants - methane is rather the rule than the exception, so why couldn't original hydrocarbon from the solar system be trapped in planets closer to the sun? There may have been oceans of it, far in the past, maybe before life itself?

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Bright idea: Make H when the Sun shines, and H when it doesn't

JCitizen
FAIL

Re: Hydrogen is a terrible

That is why they call them "fool" cells.

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Mueller bombshell: 13 Russian 'troll factory' staffers charged with allegedly meddling in US presidential election

JCitizen
Meh

Boris and Natasha

Natasha - "Daalink, this misinformation campaign is ingenious"

Boris - "Thank you Babushka, it will shake the US election to its core"

Squirrel - " Hey Moose, look at this advertisement - do you really believe this?:

Moose - "Humm! Nutin' up my sleeve! "

Squirrel - "No! In the paper"

Moose - "Oh that? Who reads election ads?"

Squirrel - "Weeell, you have a point there - they spend millions and still lose the election!"

The lesson from this, is what makes anyone think ad dollars and misinformation will actually change an election, when the advertisements that are riddled with half truth anyway, don't statistically change a thing! How many times have I seen a US race where the biggest spender lost the election fair and square. This whole story of subterfuge is non sequitur.

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Roses are red, Kaspersky is blue: 'That ban's unconstitutional!' Boo hoo hoo

JCitizen
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Might be

So far the only country agnostic anti-malware I know of is Emsisoft. They even flipped the bird to the German government for insisting on white-listing their own country's spyware. They are also the ONLY anti-malware that can find all the MPAA's DRM spyware in my entertainment system - the only reason I quit using them, was because they eventually made it impossible to successfully put such processes in an exclusion zone. I couldn't play my Blu-ray or watch HDTV on cable as long as Emsisoft was on my PC, so I had to get rid of it. Sad really, because they must be the best!

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Three in hospital after NSA cops open fire on campus ram-raid SUV

JCitizen
Stop

Re: They wanted to die

So James O'Shea? --- What you are saying is Ft. Meade don't play around like the Marines guarding the barracks in Lebanon back in 1983? The guards didn't even have live ammo there!

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Hua-no-wei! NSA, FBI, CIA bosses put Chinese mobe makers on blast

JCitizen
Meh

Then let the US govt pay big money!

If they can't trust foreigners to build their toys, then maybe they ought to contract to Texas Instruments, and go back to paying $10,000 for work stations, and really expensive cell phones. Last I heard, TI was building a HUGE 3 story high plant in Texas - wonder what they know, that we don't?

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JCitizen
Megaphone

Re: Blah Blah Blah, Muh Values, Blah!

Not to mention that a few years ago, Malaysian and other Pacific Rim manufactures of chips were practically bragging about the piggy back chips they were inserting into the process, for mass manufacturing! They were so proud of their work, you could even see the Logo of the crackers on the chip under a magnifying glass.. I don't think China is the only one in the game - everyone is suspect.

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Hate to ruin your day, but... Boffins cook up fresh Meltdown, Spectre CPU design flaw exploits

JCitizen
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Oportunity for anti-malware?

I can remember Microsoft grudgingly allowing Symantec into the kernel space of one of their new operating systems under a new NT filing architecture. Nobody was happy about that, especially since nobody trusts Symantec to be any more secure with their code than Microsoft was; and perhaps even worse.

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Kremlin social media trolls aren't actually that influential, study finds

JCitizen
Holmes

Champaine advertisers spend millions...

What makes anyone think a stupid Boris and Natasha is going to convince people of anything when advertisers spend millions trying to get their candidates elected, and still lose the election despite spending 3 to 1 against their rival? It is simply rubbish - that is what it is!! Moose and squirrel are smarter than they think!

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New Zealand joins the Space Race

JCitizen
WTF?

Re: Splash down target - Canberra

Did I read the word "nuclear" - New Zealand won't even let a nuclear sub dock anywhere near its shores! I think they are one of the most anti-nuclear nations going. Of course, I know you were just joking.

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JCitizen
Go

Re: Cool...

This was the faster, better, cheaper NASA promised but never delivered years ago. I'd say, look at it like this - orbital space trash is becoming such a problem that even projects like the ISS may not be able to survive the meteoric strikes of continued overpopulation of space. Perhaps it is better to use LEO so that all the trash including the original project is burned up in the earth's atmosphere - end of problem!

The other advantages were already mentioned above, and the lifting tools and mini-satellites themselves will be cheap enough to be expendable, but still make more than enough data to make money. I think it is a genius move; especially since, I assume New Zealand is even closer to equatorial launch than any other major space launch center. It is way easier and uses less fuel to get the same result.

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Chinese whispers: China shows off magnetic propulsion engine for ultra-silent subs, ships

JCitizen
Mushroom

Re: Swedes

@Farnet - except when they are not showing off and crash into each other at about 400 meters depth or deeper! I suspect more than one sub is on the bottom of the ocean as a result of such aggressive maneuvers in the cold war.

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India to launch moon mission in March 2018

JCitizen
Pint

Kudos for India

For having the guts to take inexpensive short cuts that the US, UK, and Russia are not wiling to risk. Elon /Space X doesn't even come close - but he at least is willing to risk everything but an astronaut's life.

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JCitizen
Angel

Just a joke

And here I thought he was just joking about $600 toilet seats, like the ones NASA built.

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Merck's $310m NotPetya bill, stolen RDP logins selling for $10 a pop, bug patches, and more

JCitizen
Coffee/keyboard

Re: The best action for Kaspersky?

Personally I trust Emisoft before I'd trust Kaspersky - their anti-malware can find even the hidden DRM spies in your PC. Also I like the fact that Emisoft flipped the bird at the German government for asking(demanding) for a back door to their code. Plus they probably have the best darn software firewall ever with Online Armor. I'm an not a shill for Emisoft and I do not sell anybody's stuff any where.

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Even more warship cuts floated for the Royal Navy

JCitizen
Coat

Re: Money makes no sense

Not even mentioning that amphibious landings have practically been declared obsolete. It seems Marine doctrine now requires injection of forces using air assets. However, I doubt this ship will have any V-22 Ospreys on board, so some heavy lift helicopters would be nice.

My coat is on the third hook, thank you very much!

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JCitizen
Megaphone

Re: I'm jealous

I see nothing wrong with the current tactic of denying ISIS wannabes an easy takeover of just another poor nation. There are operations like this all over the world, and it is way smarter than just letting it happen, like Obama did with Syria.

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JCitizen
Meh

Re: You do realise that this "colony" overwhelmingly voted in favour of remaining British?

@JimmyPage ----- There are no real natives to that island, only contract workers. How do we even know if those homes were privately owned? Maybe they were company housing. Yes they were there for generations, but about now they'd be starving because the economy dried up for their only product long ago.

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IRS tax bods tell Americans to chill out about Equifax

JCitizen
Megaphone

Re: 'IRS has tooled up to deal with fraudulent tax claims.'

The IRS is minor compared to the Equifax breach - I don't actually believe Equifax is being honest about what data was taken - Everyone realizes that every address you have EVER lived at, is in their databases; I'm afraid I don't believe them, and that this is truly serious for everyone affected! Sure there have been many breaches in retail businesses and that is bad enough - but NONE of them holds a candle to having your WHOLE LIFE transferred to a crook that can now use this information to break in anywhere on the web or any brick and mortar establishment that you have an account with - and start a whole other life as you.. With that information, that can actually completely take over your ID and credit, and pwn your Equifax ID completely. This is how serious I believe it is - I don't care what Equifax says!! It could take 20 years to clean up the mess that was once your life!!

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Angst in her pants: Alleged US govt leaker Reality Winner stashed docs in her pantyhose

JCitizen
Devil

What were they thinking??

When they hired a person with the name "Reality Winner"??? So you are going to trust all you secrets to a person who's parents were nuts? Come on now! I think she was a plant with the expectation to leak all the secrets, so they didn't have to.

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Boeing slams $2m on the desk, bellows: Now where's my jetpack?

JCitizen
Alert

The flyboard is promising..

if you believe it will reach that range. An expert (Zapata) can make it look like any kid that can use a skate board can fly it, but I'd sooner believe it could use computer control for most pilots. If it is a fake - it is a very good one - not sure it could fly 20 miles though - but then, no one knows what the fuel limit in weight is on the thing, if it isn't a fantastic hoax!!

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Google reveals Android Robocop AI to spot and destroy malware

JCitizen
Facepalm

Re: Hey Google...

Isn't it funny how they could probably have greater success at a human intelligence system to catch these "anomalies'"? Just LISTEN to the whistle blowers, and - DUH! - you will learn!!

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Boffins discover tightest black hole binary system – and it's supermassive

JCitizen
Alien

I welcome..

our little green Raspberry Pi wielding overlord!

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Equifax's disastrous Struts patching blunder: THOUSANDS of other orgs did it too

JCitizen
FAIL

It just goes to show...

that even Apache Linux can fail when you get java involved! It's not just for Windows anymore!

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JCitizen
Go

Re: What are the rest doing?

@keithpeter - When I worked at Hein-Werner - we kept the entire plant off line because we knew it was hopeless to protect the network. At least managment was smart enough to realize that. You could only download a program for a CNC by manual switching and only for the seconds it took to load each program. then switch off. This network was completely isolated - everything else was 'sneaker net'. One good thing about it was, you never had to worry about a patch blowing up your programming; so it was darn well worth it, in my best estimation.

Of course there was no Windows involved just G code and some paper tape conversions.

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Lloyds Bank payments glitch frustrates merchants

JCitizen
Terminator

Let's hope..

IBM's WATSON does a better job!

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

JCitizen
Megaphone

I call BS to any detractor of this people's choice!!

I cal BS to anybody claiming to be a professional that says CCleaner is useless - maybe you don't want to mess with the registry cleaner OH KAYYyy! But too many of the other features and proven themselves, along with the reg cleaner to me over the years, to convince me of any other reality. I've NEVER had a problem with CCleaner - I've ALWAYS solved problems with it, and all of my clients have breathed a sigh of relief every since.

NOBODY can talk me down or convince me otherwise, as I have just seen too much happen; especially in my honeypot lab! In fact I have actually seen malware try to manipulate CCleaner icons, and shortcuts in an effort to foil any restricted rights user from operating it - you can't tell me it is not effective in removing most threats that stay inside the parameters the operating system sets, just as long as the user doesn't fall for any Social Engineering to allow the attack. I've seen too much proof to be convinced other wise!

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JCitizen
Coffee/keyboard

All of my clients are on a budget...

and cannot afford much more than one paid solution. I've been putting Avast on their systems for years, and sometimes they were using an inferior free bee, and always had trouble with them. Avast has its quirks, but they are usually easy to correct. Now I only recommend even poor people should try to buy MBAM. If they go in together and buy a 3 license copy, they can get a really good deal and spread them among them selves. I still recommend Avast, because it will block many problems before they ever get on the computer, so MBAM has nothing to deal with in those instances. Avast is noisy, and I think that is why people think it acts like malware - I LIKE It to get noisy, because other wise you don't know the otherwise legitimate site is using bad security practices. There are just too many good features on Avast, like the application updater, and notifier, to ignore it. I will admit, that on folks using Windows 10, I feel the built in Defender is enough, but even then I recommend MBAM Premium if they have anything to lose! I will admit the paid for version of Avast is a pain in the behind and I will never recomment it!

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JCitizen
Go

CCleaner's best feature..

Is cleaning Zombie files, or LSO cookies. It is one of the few free utilities that does that. If you ask any IT expert that has been around a LONG time, they all recommend CCleaner. It is an industry wide understanding. Personal opinions are fine, but you will never brow beat me into uninstalling CCleaner - it has proven itself in my honey pot lab over, and over and over again.

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JCitizen
Coffee/keyboard

Re: So...

Only two installers were affected - the 32 bit and cloud version, from what I understand = simply updating to the newest version will get rid of the malware, but you may have to use REGEDIT to manually delete this entry - and yes I'd delete it, because it sets a bad trigger for anything else that might go wrong in the suture. Just delete Agomo - if you are not familiar with editing the registry, maybe you'd better get a geek friend to do it. And no - CCleaner will not find this superfluous entry. Oh, and delete any downloaded exe files you may have used to update CCleaner; you wouldn't want to accidentally activate the wrong update again.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Piriform\Agomo

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JCitizen
Alert

Re: Was there a reason...

Exactly the opposite - only the 32 bit version of the update was affected. CCleaner x64 was not compromised.

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JCitizen
Megaphone

Where CCleaner really shines..

is in removing stuff from the temp files in the app data folder and LSOs. That last acronym is what Zombie files are called ( or persistent cookies), it is one of the few free ways of getting rid of those nasty files, because not just any file cleaner can do that.

I like to run it to delete any malware attack files sleeping in the folders waiting for the user to make a mistake. I've tested for that many times, and I discovered as long as the malware isn't going outside the "temp" folders, you can rid you self of it post haste that way. Much easier than scanning with your favorite resident AV/AM solution.

AND despite what people say about registry editors, I've found that when unruly installer/uninstallers corrupt an uninstall routine, or say an application had an unsuccessful update patch, the registry cleaner undeniably helps fix the problem!! I may not use the registry cleaner for years, unless a problem comes up - because I generally use Revo to cleanup after bad uninstall routines. Coders are not want to remove all their junk from you files when you are ready to get rid of an app you don't like or just don't need anymore. I refuse to accept that a registry cleaner is NOT necessary - because without them I had headaches galore! I've also found that CCleaner's reg cleaner helps after a nasty battle with malware. The AM solutions do not always clean up the detritus very well it seems.

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