* Posts by Walter Bishop

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But how does our ransomware make you feel?

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Attack of the psycho ransomware

"Ransomware crooks have become skilled psychological manipulators in their attempts to fleece victims of file-encrypting malware."

Is it possible to disable or totally uninstall bitlocker, the built-in encryption on Microsoft Windows?

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Alphabay shutdown: Bad boys, bad boys, what you gonna do? Not use your Hotmail...

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Re: What did he do wrong ?.

"Apparently, they now have a fairly complete picture of the supplier and buyers on the site. So I'd expect that there will be quite a few follow-on prosecutions."

The suppliers and money launderers will remain invisible and untouchable. The so-called war on drugs is lost. Activities like the Alphabay bust are a futile waste of time.

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Follow the money ..

Buying up property and luxury cars isn't exactly the best way of mainting a low profile. Especially if you're engaged in running an illegal online pharmaceuticals market. Now that he has 'suicided' in a Thai jail, where has all the money gone?

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UK uni warns students of phishers trying to nick their tuition fees

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Registrant Contact Information

newcastleinternationaluniversity.com ..

Registrant Contact Information: Name Walid Sayed, Organization Newcastle International University

Registrar:GODADDY.COM, LLC Updated Date: 08-jul-2017, Creation Date: 05-jul-2017, Expiration Date: 05-jul-2018

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.. ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / -.-. .- -. / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job

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No one is very good at using Morse code these days

"no one is very good at using Morse code these days, so the US Navy has turned to a technological fix."

That's because some time back, the US military dropped the requirement for operators to be trained in Morse code. What happens when someone blows holes in your tablet and no one know how to sends a signal the old fashioned way.

If you can read this then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job young people today, eh?

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UK mobile number porting creaks: Arcane system shows its age

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Interesting choice of illustration

'Dishonest attractive African American woman reading messages on mobile phone having happy carefree look while her suspicious jealous husband sitting next to her and spying. Infidelity and jealousy' link

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No one still thinks iOS is invulnerable to malware, right? Well, knock it off

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The notion that iOS devices are immune to malicious code

"The comforting notion that iOS devices are immune to malicious code

Nobody ever said that, what could be claimed is that iOS is relatively immune to the kind of click-and-install malware that is rife on the Wintell platform and as you point out in the article such attacks that do succeed require social-engineering and downloading malicious apps from unauthorized third party sources.

"As scary as all of this may be .. there are absolutely actions that you can take to keep yourself and your device safe from would-be attackers .. Protect your device with a free mobile security app like Skycure"

Ah, go on go on go on link..

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Insurers claim cyber calamities could cost more than Hurricane Sandy

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Potential cyber insurance losses could exceed $81.7bn

Why don't the providers of the software offer to indemnify the companies against such claims?

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Targeted, custom ransomware menace rears its ugly head

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Re: Custom ransomware menace rears its ugly head

> Oh, I think people did. He was making fun of the people who say Linux is bad and vulnerable ..

No he wasn't, he was making fun of people who managed to write a whole article on targeted malware without once mention the vulnerable platform.

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Custom ransomware menace rears its ugly head

This is what happens when you use that amateur open source socialist Linux instead of the industry standard legally compliant Microsoft® Windows™.

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Now your boss can tear you a new Glasshole: Google's techno-specs reborn as biz gear

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Re: It gets worse, doesn't it...

@Commswonk: 'I wonder how people feel about it being used on them in a medical setting.'

Some NHS surgeries have begun to offer home consultations through Skyle. Would the patents be happy if they know their video sessions were being recorded onto some storage device in a server farm in North America.

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FreeRADIUS fragged by fuzzer – by invitation – and fifteen fails found

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C is a terrible language for security

Then someone should do something about this. In fact I can remember reading about such solutions a long time ago in Dr. Dobbs Magazine. IIRC, something about overloading the basic memory functions to provide memory protections and automatic and clean recovery when exiting a function. What are they teaching them in computer security school lately.

The Safe C Library Feb 2009

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Three Microsoft Outlook patches unpatched, users left to DIY

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Microsoft the company that made dots dangerous ...

Windows must be such a dogs breakfast© under the hood that even Microsofts' own developers have difficulty in fixing it.

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5 mentions of Microsoft and 3 mentions of Windows on the main page ...

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No big deal. You can defeat Kaspersky's ATM antivirus with a really fat executable

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Security prog borks on large files

"When this program is started, the system computes its hash and checks this against a list of approved signatures to decide whether to allow or block the execution. With a large file, the process takes longer than the time allotted for verification. When this time interval runs out, the program is started anyway."

This would never have happened if they used industry standard commercial software from Microsoft.

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Azure stacks, Office packs – and VR flacks: Here's Microsoft's Inspire news dump

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Re: Cloudtastic

What's it cost yearly for your 3,500 Office 365 user seats?

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

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Totally pointless article ...

If you're not going to post any actual technicals details you might as well not bother. Boo hoo hoo, I'm so scared who will save me from the Russian bogeyman ...

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Hard Rock hotels burgered up by Sabre breach

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Sabre SynXis central reservation system (CRS)

Was it the client desktops or the SynXis backend that was hacked?

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Biometric data stolen from corporate lunch rooms system

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POS biometric devices infected by Russian malware

How does this Russian malware get onto the devices in the first place. Of what use is a biometrics security device that can be remotely hacked. Who sold Avanti the kiosks in the first place.

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

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Most countries moved to a model exactly like SK-NIC

"It was extremely common in the early days of the internet for country-code top-level domains to be run by universities and then, as demand grew and national governments became interested, most countries moved to a model exactly like SK-NIC's"

There was nothing wrong with country-code domain name registeries that needed fixing ..

".sk has not been subject to market forces, it has also dulled innovation at the registry" ..

Yet more marketing waffle .. steal something that belongs to the people and sell it back to them ...

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Largest advertising company in the world still wincing after NotPetya punch

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Re: Possible path for malware to attack sites without a "Ukrainian connection".

"Its the "thumb down" vote that intrigues me ;-[]"

I think it's to do with trying to deflect blame for notpetya onto 'Open Source ERP' instead of a malicious .DLL being loaded as part of an update to M.E.Doc, an accounting software package used in the Ukraine, a close sourced commercial product. Access to the M.E.Doc servers was provided through compromised credentials

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Virgin Media biz service goes TITSUP* across London

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Single fibre point of failure ..

We’re aware of a fibre break which has caused a temporary loss of services for some of our business customers in London .. We’ve identified the problem" .. that being to save money we used a single fibre cable without any redundant backup routes.

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Fast-spreading CopyCat Android malware nicks pennies via pop-up ads

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Rooting an already compromised device

"CopyCat is primarily designed to generate and steal ad revenues. It does this by rooting compromised devices and establishing persistence."

Technically speaking an already compromised device doesn't need rooting.

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

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Blame Linux for Microsofts' fuckups ..

If Microsoft spend more on shoring up windows than on public relations efforts like this then maybe we wouldn't have ended up in the current computer disaster situation such as this. Microsoft, the company that made browsing and email dangerous ..

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Virgin Media cuts 250 jobs amid £3bn Project Lightning cockup fallout

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Construction work “had not progressed as originally understood.”

We didn't actually expect you to believe us, that was a marketing statement that bore no relation to the actual reality on the ground and we didn't even consult our own technical people before making it.

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Rackspace goes TITSUP in global outage outrage

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In the event of a Load Balancer failure

"In the event of a Load Balancer failure, the system shall failover to a partner device resulting in less than 30 (thirty) seconds of Load Balancer unavailability" link

'You can use the Dedicated Load Balancer API to manage the following load balancer models. F5 BIG-IP 1600 2000 series, ADX 1000' link

'Organizations can quickly increase performance and port capacity, as well as add advanced features to the Brocade ADX 1000 Series switches, with a simple software license upgrade that supports the “pay-as-yougrow” deployment strategy.'

F5 Server Error: 'Well, this is a bit awkward. This page is undergoing some maintenance and should be back up and running soon. In the mean time, visit support, contact us or return to the home page'

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A good time Woz had by all: We peeked our head into Primary Data and this is what we saw

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Wozniak in waffle mode

The Hive - Steve Wozniak, Dave Hitz & Lance Smith

11:41: Wozniak: Well you know what, when we started Apple, we didn't exactly have the culture of a big company. But we felt, the few of us that were there, it was important to hire professional people who knew what they were doing, not to remain just a couple of kids. And we also had this feeling that we were on top of a revolution, we had a great product. It was going to be the seeds of making something important in the world. So for the next two years almost nobody ever left. I mean we felt we were something important in the world. And I don't know if that's the culture that remains today but I'm sure it's a big seed of it ..

17:39 Wozniak: .. the communication between sales and marketing is sometimes a problem too within a company. But when I joined Fusion‑IO and I had one year where I was in my office everyday. I went on every sales call I could. I wanted to hear what the customers wanted ..

19:12 Wozniak: But Apple made a lot of mistakes too putting out products like, ten years too early, five years too early. If you miss the timing because of the price and the value, that can hurt you too ..

19:37 Wozniak: Even as an engineer, all my life was getting good at reducing the complexity, reducing the size, reducing the cost. Because I had no money. Having no money and not having done it before were the two greatest thing I ever did ..

20:17 Wozniak: First of all you gotta have some engineering and talent that knows how to built it. And you should not conceive your product thinking then I'll go and get the engineering once I have the idea. The idea and some knowledge of building parts and what can't be made. People who have spent their life as makers, completing, really developing working prototypes and models of things, should be included in the starting team and you gotta have customer support. Somebody on your starting team is a customer. That absolutely lived there and knows what they want, what's good and what's bad and they also gotta have some good thinking. They can't have been just there, they gotta be like a person who really wants things to be right and not wrong. And not anything works anything is good, no. And I think you need those three people, they could all be in one person, or they could be two people or three, but you really need that in a founding team ...

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

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Re: Application Guard

> Just wonder where they got that idea from? Would be nice but knowing M$ it probably won't work properly when the underlying OS is built on a moving base.

I suspect that, to prevent cloning, Microsoft created such a moving target that even they can't fix it.

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Software glitch led to London Ambulance Service outage – report

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Software glitch caused London Ambulance Service outage

Well that explains everything, it's this kind of technical reporting that I come here for :)

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Hacker exposed bank loophole to buy luxury cars and a face tattoo

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Notional funds and software reconciliation

"Ejankowski had reportedly discovered that if he used software to transfer notional funds between his current account and his savings account between midnight and 1:00am in the morning, the transaction would go through even though he didn't have adequate funds and without prompt reconciliation.

It would be interesting to know what software platform was involved and the nature of the bug that disabled balance checking between midnight and 1:00am.

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Conservative manifesto disappears offline – then mysteriously reappears

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Democratic Unionist Party a socially conservative group

The Democratic Unionist Party are a total bunch of lunatics. They're under the impression that marching round-and-round outside a Catholic Church whilst banging on a drum will somehow maintain the union with the UK. At the same time they're threatening violence against her majesties constabulary if they don't get their own way.

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Microsoft admits to disabling third-party antivirus code if Win 10 doesn't like it

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Re: '34 years of development - Windows 10 is the result'

Patrician: "Linux versions of software are lacking in functionality and/or the interface looks like it was created in 1995."

Your FUD definitely looks like it was created in 1990:

Linux Mint 18.1 "Cinnamon" overview

KDE Plasma 5.X Review 2015

Ubuntu Gnome 17.04 Review

Unity 5 running on Ubuntu Natively

Patrician: "Not to mention the number of times it's necessary to drop to command line in Linux to carry out operations that in Windows can be done by a few mouse clicks";

How to enable and disable SMBv1, SMBv2, and SMBv3 in Windows and Windows Server: '.. configure the following registry key:

Registry subkey: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\ParametersRegistry entry: SMB1

REG_DWORD: 0 = Disabled

REG_DWORD: 1 = Enabled

Default: 1 = Enabled'

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Walter Bishop
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Re: "But since MS still controls the distribution system"

"Dell sells you PCs with Ubuntu preinstalled"

Only online and and you can't get it in the high street and you see this on the website: "Dell recommends Windows 10 Pro."

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It's 2017, and UPnP is helping black-hats run banking malware

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UPnP and banking malware

'“Pinkslipbot” .. “allowing incoming connections from anyone on the Internet to communicate with the infected machine”.

How exactly does the infected machine get infected in the first place? When are people going to learn to not use that open source socialist Linux and move to the industry standard Microsoft Windows.

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Migrating to Microsoft's cloud: What they won't tell you, what you need to know

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Re: Leaving the Cloud

"Has anyone tried to migrate the other way yet, I get the impression that once you are in you are in forever."

Shoosh, you're not supposed to say that in front of the marks .. I mean customers ;)

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Re: "True data nerds love the value in metadata"

'to avoid .. ugly, long file names like "document wwhateveryoulike version 1_2_23_3333 preliminary draft for review edited by John Doe 2017-3-22.docx'

Wouldn't the correct location for such metadata be in the alternative file stream. Whatever became of File Streams.

ref: "A simple file copy to the cloud is not guaranteed to preserve that additional data or import in into the right places in your cloud system"

I suspect this is more Microsoft innovation designed to prevent someone cloning Sharepoint, by hiding essential metadata elsewhere in the file system and/or registry.

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Re: Days?

"You'd be surprised at how many people are doing it wrong. Enterprise takes for granted a decent internet connection."

People should realize that whatever your current bandwidth entering the premises, you'll need the equivalent going to each desktop in order to get the same usability out of your 'cloud' solution. and of course, once the Internet goes down, so does your business :)

"I've seen SMBs try to go Cloud with horrendous results because the IT person should never have gone near them with a Cloud solution, because of terrible internet."

I suspect the IT person never proposed moving to the 'cloud', must of been some technically illiterate manager who thinks Wired Magazine is technical reading :)

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We lived with a 8.3 character short filename

"Once upon a time we had an 8.3 character short file name and we lived with it. Granted, we created much fewer files back then. With the arrival of NTFS we were allowed a glorious 260 characters"

Didn't VAX/VMS (and other file systems) come with long filenames at the time 39 for filename and 39 for the extension. I always find it amusing that there are people out there who are under the delusion that Microsoft is the alpha-and-omega of computing. I guess it's down to marketing, where you can go into a bookshop and see books on 'Microsoft TCP/IP', 'Microsoft Javascript', 'Windows C/C++' etc ..

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Brit hacker admits he siphoned info from US military satellite network

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Re: the BBC confirms today that *really* only North Korea has hackers

"the BBC confirms today that *really* only North Korea has hackers"

What a load of cyber-bollocks link

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Not much sign of intelligence there

"Sean Caffrey .. broke in and pinched the ranks, usernames and email addresses of more than 800 users .. Exactly how he did it isn't known:"

Are they still using the same passwordless Windows image on all the machines?

"Intelligence showed the hack originated from his home internet connection"

Not much sign of intelligence there :)

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Oh the irony: Government Digital Services can't pay staff because of tech problems

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Sopra Steria works closely with technology partners

So, the Cabinet Office outsourced to SSCL which outsourced to Sopra Steria which outsourced to ..

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If you haven't already obliterated your Jaff-infected comp, there is an antidote available

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Macros embedded Microsoft Word document

"Infected messages featured a PDF attachment with an embedded Microsoft Word document. Marks who opened these messages on Windows machines were at risk of getting infected providing they had macros enabled."

Set word files to open in Microsoft Word Viewer by default and use Libre Office to edit them. And disable encryption for all users except Administrator.

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Don't touch that mail! London uni fears '0-day' used to cram network with ransomware

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Re: Academic malware strain

> Substandard trolling. Too obvious and no capital letters, spelling mistakes or swear words. Worse, it's not even funny. That's a downvote from me.

It's called satire, drawing attention to the lack of mention of the relevant operating system.

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URL link to malware java script

For those of you on Windows, this is a partial listing of the javascript:

<script type="text/javascript">// <![CDATA[

var g_SPOffSwitches={"350DFCB0-8735-4C62-A504-B3F751C54F40":1,"16F97A90-2979-4779-B2C1-178AF354D811":1,"61F90157-BA7A-4386-9442-CB7513E105EA":1,"B27BAAAF-A1DC-4B11-91D4-EBF072E685D7":1,"D273A190-A2AD-4F20-AB86-EFDF33FBB0C2":1,"8ACA3A4B-B9CD-41C4-AEAD-0952D43D7A24":1,"A8D1C7D3-4BA4-437B-A379-58BD8E3C5C69":1,"CC732967-7700-4EDC-B0FF-000465F8A2D9":1,"F6339084-35C6-43C7-B4DE-2E8AE9051702":1,"33EAE85C-F23E-409A-913A-6C2DB6CB8817":1,"80D62D4D-E941-47D4-BABE-E43AA1701554":1,"3CD6C7C7-8BCF-4634-ADCC-E0EE021A9094":1,"9E182783-C0E0-42F8-9A1B-F5BBB6C3EEA6":1,"639A3330-B627-4EEF-8E44-2609DAA054BA":1,"D41CA9C0-307F-4AB5-9E57-F9615C3B06B2":1,"83D1A9C3-BA00-43EA-8ACB-7BA8A6E9F692":1,"C0A36CB6-0CC9-4A23-ACFD-34EC71A61B8B":1,"34198365-010E-4169-B902-3456E04CAC98":1,"219F4128-A6AB-409D-B265-4E506ABAF44B":1,"2E379257-AD77-45EB-98D6-784AADC1B616":1,"BFAF40B7-C716-4EA9-9B0E-3D829CBF6847":1,"A28D5B9D-7748-4967-9681-4CAB6D0CA11A":1,"7BE8DA39-C2E2-4709-819D-35B4AA3A1148":1,"82E2BE28-D346-4CAA-B095-42BA038A00A8":1,"A7EC3D5D-8B87-43A9-BEDC-EC276053CE91":1,"C592B7D2-C328-4CA0-B4DE-6AB373AFD514":1,"AFBC03CF-E4B3-4CC1-9CAE-E0AFDDE398E1":1,"DA96E8BA-1B98-4482-B26B-37D4C03A8E48":1,"D08588A0-8DDC-44CC-B2AE-157C4BA52D3F":1,"03CE89AC-9BE8-41E4-9670-3AE8BAAF0A66":1,"8E66E602-670D-4A96-B460-3F414D01C0FE":1,"D5055E85-C5EA-442F-AFE1-A8B40E755F79":1,"DEAE93A3-913F-4609-A15D-EE758397C5E5":1,"B3DA56E3-91BA-486D-ACD7-9D4DB4F8FF3A":1,"8BAE39E9-236F-41AA-B049-05B2362A2ED3":1,"687A7B5B-456E-45F1-919F-D9E97E33DB4A":1,"FCE5A8EB-364B-4F12-AB0C-106ABCEEB63F":1,"0B8DBCEA-DE3D-462F-9959-1807C1D7613C":1,"97BB8786-5899-4D25-9237-30B1AD7BE0FF":1,"BA949553-5957-433B-97CA-7FFD11B2F1C9":1,"4755A573-FEFC-41BC-B32C-ACE4AE422870":1,"1355480B-0B98-493A-B431-B3B80594B385":1,"88BCAC35-24B3-4BCD-91FE-7BFC47A05767":1,"6FDF5600-CA5D-4006-A36B-DC0FFF24A706":1,"30C37442-4B09-4D63-B42C-7F4AFEC7D321":1,"13F52080-0D7E-4AF4-B3ED-061EAFE6DF52":1,"4D814B83-7ED7-4464-98A1-4C7A8738031D":1,"AFD83DC4-CDE4-4E17-A990-453828FA7765":1};

// ]]>

</script>

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Walter Bishop
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Academic malware strain

The only solution is to ban that socialist Linux software and only allow the use of the industry standard Microsoft Windows.

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Crouching cyber, Hidden Cobra: Crack North Korean hack team ready to strike, says US-CERT

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North Korean malware aimed at American biz

US-CERT being a branch of the Department of Homeland Security who couldn't tell their cyber-arse from their cyber-elbow. The real CERT being run out of Carnegie Mellon University.

"CERT says it .. has identified IP addresses used by the Hidden Cobra team in their attacks."

I don't understand how a state sponsored hacking crew are smart enough to hack a whole country but don't know how to disguise the source IP address.

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Specsavers embraces Azure and AWS, recoils at Oracle's 'wow' factor

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Google Docs more expensive than Office 365

What's the annual cost per user for 'Google Docs' as compared to 'Office 365'?

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Move over, Stuxnet: Industroyer malware linked to Kiev blackouts

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Big Brother

Stolen misdirected attribution malware

"The CIA's Remote Devices Branch's UMBRAGE group collects and maintains a substantial library of attack techniques 'stolen' from malware produced in other states including the Russian Federation.

With UMBRAGE and related projects the CIA cannot only increase its total number of attack types but also misdirect attribution by leaving behind the "fingerprints" of the groups that the attack techniques were stolen from." link

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German police nick alleged admin of dark web gun sales site

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Another sucess for the war on drugs™ and illegal firearms™

Transnational Crime and the Developing World

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Microsoft Azure adds OpenBSD support. Repeat. Azure adds OpenBSD support.

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Re: Well they want to be competitive...

"it's unclear if they then want to go to Azure"

Running BSD on top of Azure on a software defined network is obviously more stable and secure than running BSD on its own hardware in a server farm. <sarcasm>

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Microsoft has extended BSD support in Azure.

What ever happened to the decentralized Internet. What is the point of running BSD in the Redmondian cloud. Don't bother answering, that's a rhetorical question. Or the logic of running a firewall in the Redmondian cloud. I mean anyone who has control of the underlying cloud platform could bypass security.

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