* Posts by TsVk!

30 posts • joined 23 Jul 2013

It's not your imagination: Ticket scalper bots are flooding the internet according this 'ere study


get people to put their names on tickets and make them non-transferrable

Event tickets are non-transferable in Australia, no problems getting in to see your favourite bands. ID must be presented with ticket to get in. Easy.

US could do the same, but I bet that breaks some sort of constitutional something according to someone.

More nodding dogs green-light terrible UK.gov pr0n age verification plans


Hundreds of millions of pr0n sites, blocked 50... Mission accomplished.

Well done Britain. (golf clap)

Newsflash: Twitter still toxic place for women, particular those of color, Amnesty study finds


words are not violence

Not in any English dictionary.

I'm not sure who's failing more. Twitter for hosting so many twits or Amnesty for trying to stop imaginary violence.

Oz opposition caves, offers encryption backdoor compromise


It's all about busting druggies.

It's the same as the metadata retention laws they added a couple of years back. The aim is almost purely to stop people using the internet to buy and sell drugs.

That's not speculation, there are solid figures that show that is what has primarily been done with metadata. They got a few tax evaders and stuff too, but no terrorists to speak of, which was what the new laws claimed to be all about.

But those gosh darn druggies just won't stop hey, they started using VPN's and USB bootable OS's and now the police are well... stuck.

MIT to Oz: Crypto-busting laws risk banning security tests


Australia does not exist in a vacuum

So it might be illegal for an Australian person/entity to disclose a discovered backdoor in the future, but the rest of the world will be under no jurisdiction to follow such nonsense laws and will be actively searching for and exposing these vulnerabilities... just because they know they exist.

Challenge accepted!

Microsoft lobs Windows 10, Server Oct 2018 update at world (minus file-nuking 'feature') after actually doing some testing


Re: QA in progress...

Why would you attempt such folly at day 0?

Your public service is appreciated.

From today, it's OK in the US to thwart DRM to repair your stuff – if you keep the tools a secret


Banning sharing the tools is optimistic

Once someone creates a hack tool for whatever device or DRM there will be no stopping it when it hits the open internet, no matter what the law says.

We've seen this already with firmware for game consoles and the (in)famous KMSpico.

The fact that people will use this to seize their own rights rather than others is a triviality.

Oz to turn pirates into vampires: You won't see their images in mirrors


whack a mole time again

They are never ever going to be able to stop piracy no matter what they do. The internet by it's very nature is interconnected. They might be able to make it more difficult for the older generation, but younger users are tech savvy enough that there is no way to restrict them.

But as explained by our illustrious PM last year;

“Well the laws of Australia prevail in Australia, I can assure you of that. The laws of mathematics are very commendable, but the only law that applies in Australia is the law of Australia,"

Fun times in Imaginaryland.

UK.gov to press ahead with online smut checks (but expects £10m in legals in year 1)


They ould just ban all pr0n and then not enforce the laws

They can just DNS block all pr0n like they do pirate sites in Australia. Then everyone can change their DNS and continue as normal.

Fogies in government feel good because they did something to mitigate a perceived threat, people don't care because nothing has changed.

Win win.

Punkt: A minimalist Android for the paranoid


Less costs more?

Too much for what it is... at half the price I'd give it a go.

‘Very fine people’ rename New York as ‘Jewtropolis’ on Snapchat, Zillow


Re: Trump bashing inaccurate here

Yeah, but only a ginger can call a ginger a ginger.

Patch Tuesday heats up with pair of exploited zero-days squashed – plus 58 other vulns fixed


Re: 70 updates with no restart?! What magic is this?

Whether or not your machine will start again remains to be seen...

Amnesty slaps Google amid crippled censored China search claims


Modus operandi

Google provides a censored and skewed search result for everyone else, there's no logical reason for it not to do so for China as well.

Just another day...

Atari accuses El Reg of professional trolling and making stuff up. Welp, here's the interview tape for you to decide...


I'm a little disappointed to be honest. I have high hopes for this console. Maybe the company is just totally shit at PR (techie in a single room for years on end alien syndrome) and the console will be decent when it finally makes it to the public.

Jury is still out here.

'Vigilance' hacker charged over Minnesota government attacks


Re: Don't do the crime...

if ya can't keep ya mouth shut... geez.

Alleged dark web drug baron cuffed – after he flew to US for World Beard Championships


never would have won the comp anyway...

shooting out of his league again.

Facebook posts put Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli in prison as a danger to society


The bloke is a clear narcissist and sociopath, it just may be he'll have a run in with HIV in prison... that would be sweet irony.

FBI's spyware-laden video claims another scalp: Alleged sextortionist charged


He's going to be very popular in prison... oh the games that will be played.

'Public Wi-Fi' gang fail in cunning plan to hide £10m cigarette tax fraud



Seems strange to go to such lengths to use different networks and then send everything in plain text. Sigh.

Pokemon Go Directly To Jail if you hunt here, says Oz Justice Dept


Lawmakers must make up laws, it's self serving...

To the point where it's impossible for an ordinary man not to be a criminal. Just look at QLD.

Exit-tel customers can't even upgrade their plans to stay


Trying to milk those who do stay with them too.

They tried to put me from a $70 a month package to $108... to provide exactly the same thing.

When I told them to get stuffed and tried to cancel my service they tried to charge me an additional months service at $108 from the day I cancelled. I told them I'd see them in court before I paid the money, and the tune changed.

Good riddance.

Swapped to a small local ISP now, giving me the exact same speeds as I had with Exetel... except when I call them up I speak to the same young Aussie bloke on the phone. Costs me $10 more a month than before. I can live with that.

Dallas Buyers Club doubles down on Oz Torrenters


This just the test case... and also the true purpose of meta data retention laws being introduced in Australia. I'd bet my left shoe on it.

FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones


Criminals have the right to hide their activity from the Police?

I think many people here are being closed minded about this topic.

If the police have enough suspicion and evidence to approach a judge and get a phone tapped there is probably a very good reason for this. Who would want to stand in the way? Certainly not me.

It's not being suggested that we hand over all our phone data freely. Stop waving the freedom flag (before you wear it out and compromise other serious privacy issues) and look at the issue at hand.

Vulture South party: the winners and grinners from our limerick comp


Something I notice about boffins,

in fact this happens quite often.

When asked for creative,

they resort to expletives,

Which I think is f#%*ing awesome.

Gameover ZeuS adds nasty trick


with a flick of a switch...

the best work around for all of these phishing/social engineering tricks;

.exe files can only be run from C:\Program Files... Group Policy

This has curbed my companies malware infection rates by 90% in the last 3 months, and makes us highly resistant to this attack also.

They don't recognise us as HUMAN: Disability groups want CAPTCHAs killed


Re: They're useless anyway

I've seen a great new captcha type verification that solves this. A simple question like "Which of these are dogs?" and 8 pictures with dogs and cats. Click on the dogs and in you go... Works very well.

As far as small sites go it's a great solution, but once larger sites start using it it's not random enough to keep out the hackers/spammers though.

Google accounts for quarter of US internet traffic – report


Re: And it's 2084?

Yep, one decent solar flare to frazzle every microchip on the planet, that's all it takes....

Could be today or tommorrow, or next week, but it's more likely to happen than not (some say).

WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters


Violent/child porn is clearly an exposure issue and people who are interested in this do need pulling up.

If 'normal' people want to watch porn it is a freedom that should not be monitored, I agree. But that is not what this legislation is about. It's about tackling sexual perpetrators before they commit crimes and harm real people. I am fully in support of that. However, having child safe filters by default at an ISP level. That could be seen as deprivation of human rights. (right to information) I guess the UK gov't can add that to their recent war crimes also on they dossier...

Just to note though, this will not work. People who browse illegal content and commit online crimes use ways of channeling data that ISP's cannot stop or log. It may stop a few (which I guess is better than none), but it will fail, badly.

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