* Posts by Walter Bishop

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Starbucks site slurped, Z-Wave locks clocked, mad Mac Monero mining malware and much more

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RT removed story about Tommy Robinson

"Apparently P.U.T.I.N. itself just bent to the wishes of a British Judge and had RT remove the story about Tommy Robinson getting sent to jail"

"Tommy Robinson arrested for ‘breach of the peace’ after chasing down accused child abusers"

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Brit water firms, power plants with crap cyber security will pay up to £17m, peers told

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Re: Legacy systems exposed to the Internet

> As far as I can tell the main problem is people wanting to have access to and from the network to the Internet. Just say no! ..

YES!

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Legacy systems exposed to the Internet

"a lot of these organisations .. are facing challenges, as their legacy systems increasingly interface with and are exposed to the internet."

The solution being to build a distributed VPN network running on embedded hardware, providing end-to-end encryption and authentication. The Raspberry Pi could do the job.

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BOFH: Their bright orange plumage warns other species, 'Back off! I'm dangerous!'

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Ninety three comments and counting

"BOFH: Their bright orange plumage warns other species, 'Back off! I'm dangerous!'"

As usual the Register exceeds itself in creative title creation.

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Penetration tester pokes six holes in Dell EMC's RecoverPoint products

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Foregenix vulnerabilities in RecoverPoint devices

"Foregenix, found five zero-day vulnerabilities in RecoverPoint devices, as well as an insecure configuration option."

Why didn't Dells security department pick this up in the testing stage. They do actually have such a security department or do they have a department tasked with inserting such vulnerabilities.

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Microsoft's Azure green-lit for use by US spies

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Green-lit for the FSB

So I guess the FSB will now have only the one system to hack. Seriously, just who in their right minds stores their secrets in the 'cloud'.

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UK Home Office hands Sopra Steria £91m digital visa contract

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Brit prosecutors fined £325k after losing unencrypted vids of police interviews

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Re: Yes, they exist

@Milton: "Who has lost their job for this pitiful incompetence?"

Nobody, cause the CPS is going to lose the evidence :]

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Confidential DVDs left in reception

"The DVDs were sent by tracked delivery between two CPS offices outside office hours and left in reception."

I'm surprised that all such sensitive material isn't stored in an encrypted form that can only be accessed with some kind of a card reader. That way when the DVD/Laptop gets stolen/is left on the tube, the contents aren't available to any third party.

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Three-hour outage renders Nest-equipped smart homes very dumb

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Why would anyone fit an Internet connected lock?

@pryonic: "As for the locks I have no idea - not sure why anyone would fit an internet connected lock - that just sounds like madness."

The X-files already has that covered' .. X-Files season 11 episode Rm9sbG93ZXJz. I wonder just who did the testing of these Nest Smart Devices for potential security vulnerabilities.

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I got 257 problems, and they're all open source: Report shines light on Wild West of software

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The particular issue around Open Source licensing

'Remember Apache Struts? This was the framework left unpatched by Experian in spite of an alert issued by the US Department of Homeland Security in March 2017. The subsequent data breach will keep lawyers in work for years to come.'

Symantic Software License Agreements: "MEDIA WARRANTY .. Symantec warrants that .. the Licensed Software .. will not be defective .. for a period of ninety (90) days .. THE FOREGOING IS YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY FOR SYMANTEC’S BREACH OF THIS WARRANTY."

Oracle End User License Agreement: "To the extent not prohibited by law, Oracle hereby disclaims all express or implied representations, warranties, guarantees, and conditions of any kind, arising by law or otherwise, with regard to the program."

Apple inc. Software License Agreements: 'To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, the Apple Software and Services are provided “as is” and “as available”, with all faults and without Warranty of any kind'

IBM Limitation of Liability: "IBM’s entire liability for all claims related to this Machine will not exceed the amount of any actual direct damages you incurred up to the amounts paid for the Machine .. IBM will not be liable for special, incidental, exemplary, indirect, or economic consequential damages, loss of data, or lost profits, business, value, revenue, goodwill, or anticipated savings."

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Lawyers for Marcus Hutchins: His 'I made malware' jail phone call isn't proper evidence

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Re: Considering the FBI...

@steviebuk: "Considering the FBI still believe in using polygraph tests."

They don't, once the alleged perp takes a polygraph, the Feds announce he failed the test and the perp is jailed for lying to the Grand Jury.

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Signed a Miranda waiver form after being read his rights

@anon: "He admitted to committing a crime after being read his rights. You should feel embarrassed for defending him."

the agents did not record the part of the interview in which they purportedly advised of him of his Miranda rights, answered any questions he might have had, and had him sign a Miranda waiver form.” ref

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Julian Assange said to have racked up $5m security bill for Ecuador

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Re: An anonymously sourced report claimed

March 28: "Ecuador’s government said Wednesday that it had suspended internet access for Julian Assange" ref

April 26: "Ecuador Signs Security Deal with US, Military Presence Expected." ref

[Assange] 'should hold his hands up and leave the embassy', James Ball of the Guardian

With friends like that, who needs enemies and why is the Guardian acting to discredit a good source of information. Has any source of information from Wikileaks ever been proved as a fabrication?

I would have thought a much more interesting story would be the contents of the Clinton and DNC emails and who leaked them and what were their motives. An other interesting story, the source of the Trump 'golden shower' dossier, a purported attempt at a palace coup prosecuted against a duly elected President by elements close to the deep state. Can we blame that on Russian 'hackers'

But, it's not as if all journalists work for the security services. It is highly plausible that there is at least one embedded agent in all the major news organizations. Their chief function being to funnel propaganda into the 'news' stories and report back to their political masters any signs of real breaking news. I suspect that once Assange handed over documents to the Guardian, they were on the desks of the various intelligence agencies within hours.

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An anonymously sourced report claimed

In other words, the anonymous source is just making this 'stuff' up. It's going to be a historical oddity that the Guardian have also acted to discredit Wikileaks. What was Assange's response when such anonymous allegations were put to him. What exactly is the evidence, anonymously sourced documents as 'seen by the Guardian' and evidence-free claims of Assange 'penetrating the embassy’s firewall'. Do you people want to lose any last shred of credibility, please leave this neocon waffle to the MSM. See some more high quality reporting from the Guardian - the pretend left leaning newspaper.

The Guardian Is Committing Journalistic Malpractice By Not Retracting This Claim

wikileaks: "No, @Guardian, @JulianAssange did not "hack into" embassy satellites. That's an anonymous libel aligned with the current UK-US government onslaught against Mr. Assange's asylum -- while he can't respond. You've gone too far this time. We're suing."

This reminds of how the Italian mafia used to deal with vigorous prosecutors. Spy and intimidate the prosecutors and then have 'leaked' accusations of the prosecutors being members of the mafia themselves. In this case we have the entire security apparatus being targeted against the one man holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy. And their pet journalists in the MSN concoct a story of how Assange is complicit in spying on embassy staff and visitors. That must of been one hell of a bull-session, as they say at Langley ;)

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Kaspersky Lab's move from Russia to Switzerland fails to save it from Dutch oven

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Kaspersky spying on our 'computers' says spies

"GCHQ .. last year effectively banned the use of Russian antivirus products from government departments" because we haven't yet backdoored them. "This is a move in the right direction" cause it'll enthuse the UK public to use our backdoored product and get us a bigger budget.

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How many ways can a PDF mess up your PC? 47 in this Adobe update alone

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You can, hypothetically, write good code in C++

@Christian Berger: "You can, hypothetically, write good code in C++, the problem is that C++ is so incredibly complex" ..

What's Wrong With Object-Oriented Programming?

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Rowhammer strikes networks, Bolton strikes security jobs, and Nigel Thornberry strikes Chrome, and more

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Usage of uninitialized memory

"the RAR handler fails to sanitize its input data and passes the incorrect configuration into the decoder, causing usage of uninitialized memory"

Yet again a demo of the defective WinTEL Memory Management Unit, quick, vote down, vote down. ref

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Hacking train Wi-Fi may expose passenger data and control systems

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Hacking train Wi-Fi may expose passenger data and control systems

At least three people disagree with you :)

@theModge: "If you want to talk to bit actually operational bits of train rather than monitoring or customer entertainment you'd be better off with an RS232 or RS485 dongle rather than twatting about with Ethernet. Apart from anything else when most of our current rolling stock was designed the sort of microprocessor that did Ethernet was not the sort of microprocessor you had doing engine control. CCTV and other more recently fitted stuff might use the same connection though"..

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First SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket lobs comms sat into orbit

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Full video ..

Bangabandhu Satellite-1 Mission 53:36

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US Congress finally emits all 3,000 Russian 'troll' Facebook ads. Let's take a look at some

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Russian troll Facebook ads

Look, what made Trump President was the endless coverage the Mainstream Media gave him, foisting it onto the Russians is merely a distraction.

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Microsoft reckons devs would like an AI Clippy to help them write code

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Re: #Nostalgia

@Rafael #872397: "This is more than 10 years old and it still deserves a chuckle:"

See also Matrix Runs on Windows XP :]

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Windows Notepad fixed after 33 years: Now it finally handles Unix, Mac OS line endings

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Notapad for IT Pros :]

You cannot be serious, just what IT Pros in his/her right mind would use Notepad? Try Geany for a real text editor.

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Google Pay heads for the desktop... and, we fear, an inevitable flop

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Re: Unless you need milk. Then you really need a cow.

"Unless you have an IQ higher than mine, I am not interested in what you think."

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Google's online markets monopolies

"Of Google's dozen, or more, monopolies in online markets and services, Android is one of the most significant."

No one is prevented from using alternative services. The only people extorting revenue from Android users is Microsoft and it's Android hardware tax.

"The only thing better than a cow is a human! Unless you need milk. Then you really need a cow"

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Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update downs Chrome, Cortana

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Re: Microsoft’s business models require stealing and reselling personal data

@nematoad: "Sadly, the truth is that most users don't even know that there are alternatives"

I keep getting requests for help from Windows users. They ask me how I do it, I tell them I don't use Windows and a glazed look come over their faces. You are not of the body ..You are NOT of the body! ..

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Linux destroyed my Windows partition ;]

@Nimby: "If a software engineer and hobbyist system builder with regular Linux experience absolutely CANNOT get his home PC to work RELIABLY using Linux for over a decade, what chance do regular consumers have?"

Straight from the 'I like Linux but' trolling manual. Maybe you're not compatible with 'Linux'.

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Re: GIMP is pretty good

@getHandle: "GIMP is pretty good As a linux-based alternative to Photoshop"...

Only on here can a suggestion to try Gimp can get a minus twenty six vote :]

You should also try out RawTherapee.

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Once I tried Linux I never looked back

@Sphynx: "Try Linux. Once I did, I never looked back . I use Windows so that I can use Adobe's Photoshop and Lightroom, otherwise, I can do everything else in Linux and enjoy it. I ran out of time waiting for Windows to update every Tuesday. Linux Mint is my favorite, solid as a rock. Manjaro/Arch Linux is good, too.

Only on here can a suggestion to try Linux can get a minus twenty vote :]

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LLVM contributor hits breakpoint, quits citing inclusivity intolerance

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What has any of this got to do with writing code?

This precisely illustrates what happens when you let the socially inclusive diversity crowd start making the decisions. The best people leave and the organization withers from within. What's with the image of 'a person rioting in protest' at the top of the article?

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How the social injustice movement has permeated the community

@Gene Cash: "If you read the article, you'd realize that it's not the code of conduct he has a problem with... it's the association with Outreachy who are apparently a bit discriminatory."

And how the social injustice movement has permeated the community and how one is required to sign this the code of conduct in order to take part in conferences. Signing such document does two things, it concedes to LLVC the authority to regulate ones conduct and it concedes to the LLVC that ones conduct requires such regulation. This whole social justice movement is just a pretext to beat up on white straight males.

'The community change I cannot take is how the social injustice movement has permeated it'

'The last drop was llvm associating itself with an organization that openly discriminates based on sex and ancestry'

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Virtual desktops won’t save cash in clouds or on-prem. So why care?

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See a picture of my virtual desktop ..

It boots into a usable desktop and latency is virtually zero. At logout it copies the home directory to some server. ref

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DevOps: Social, cooperative... It's gotta be really diverse, right?

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Re: Socially diverse DevOps

> Focusing on select words, rather than the general meaning is an excellent example of a lack of empathy and an unwillingness to communicate:

It's interesting that the article mentioned James Damore (Danmore?), hounded out of his job for attempting to engage in such communication. The contents of a private forum were leaked and then used as a pretext to fire him.

I too once drank the koolaid but got well woke, seeing examples such as the above and others. On a personal note, I too once tried to engage in a private-by-email dialogue with one of the 'diversity' crowd. All I got for my trouble was a concerted attempt to dox me and identify my employers and get me fired and my reputation trashed in public.

There is nothing wrong with tech's ethics that needs cleaning up. The reason 'women seem to be disappearing' from tech is that women (generally) don't have the obsession with the technology that the average male does, who is prepared to spend eighteen hour days in getting the thing to work. As the author put it, women are more interested in 'fluffy social stuff'.

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Socially diverse DevOps

a. Most women don't gravitate towards engineering.

b. Most men don't gravitate towards the social "sciences".

c. This is a law of nature and trying to mangle the language isn't going to change that.

d. elREg editors: seriously, enough with this social justice diversity waffle.

key words: advocacy, causation, cloud infrastructure, cognitive bias, compsci-educated, correlation, demographic, diverse techies, ethics, female engineers, fluffy social stuff, gender balanced, increased diversity, minority, penury, pro-diversity, psychological science, social safety nets, survivor bias, t-shirted sociopaths, underrepresented, zeitgeisty ®

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Techies! Britain's defence secretary wants you – for cyber-sniping at Russia

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Re: Salary - That leaves patriotism

> But Russia is a convenient attention deflector.

But without a convenient enemy abroad, how will our esteemed leaders justify their pay scale and budget?

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Russia UK main strategic threat?

Not at all, this is the oldest trick in the book, to distract from crimes at home invent some imaginary enemy abroad that we need protecting from. Would you please leave such reporting as the above to Faux News and the BBC, who hasn't been a real news organization since it got defanged in the aftermath of the dodgy dossier scandal. The scandal that legitimized the US invasion of Iraq. That dossier being cooked up the UK under instruction of its US masters.

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if dev == woman then dont_be(asshole): Stack Overflow tries again to be more friendly to non-male non-pasty coders

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People of color is the current "progressive" euphemism for blacks

"People of color is the current "progressive" euphemism for blacks. Its funny how none of the African or Caribbean immigrants I know use this term."

People of Color aka POCs, and how soon will that one be inculcated with negative connotations such that it'll have to be up-changed again :]

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Hotel, motel, Holiday Inn? Doesn't matter – they may need to update their room key software

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World's biggest DDoS-for-hire souk shuttered, masterminds cuffed

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World's biggest DDoS-for-hire shuttered

Would only work except for all those compromised Windows computers out there on the series of tubes.

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When tyrants pull on their jackboots to stamp out free speech online, they reach for... er, a Canadian software biz?

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There is a discussion on Hacker News

There is a discussion on Hacker News, it's the only other tech site I find of value ..

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US schools' IT systems drop out after weekend firmware update misery

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WSIPC switch gear needs replacing after borked firmware upgrade?

"it wasn't easy to clean up, as WSIPC said it would actually need to replace the knackered switch gear."

How the f**k do you design a system such as it requires replacement after a borked firmware?

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UK 'meltdown' bank TSB's owner: Our IT migration was a 'success'

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Are they running TSB in the 'cloud'?

Welcome to Business Internet Banking

$host dpm.demdex.net

dpm.demdex.net is an alias for gslb.demdex.net.

gslb.demdex.net is an alias for edge-usw2.demdex.net.

edge-usw2.demdex.net is an alias for dcs-edge-usw2-620097651.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com.

dcs-edge-usw2-620097651.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com has address 54.70.206.135

dcs-edge-usw2-620097651.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com has address 52.33.54.46

dcs-edge-usw2-620097651.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com has address 52.26.195.87

dcs-edge-usw2-620097651.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com has address 35.167.226.133

dcs-edge-usw2-620097651.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com has address 54.244.32.108

dcs-edge-usw2-620097651.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com has address 52.38.50.31

dcs-edge-usw2-620097651.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com has address 34.214.245.56

dcs-edge-usw2-620097651.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com has address 52.32.186.42

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Massive cyber attack targets mid-Atlantic nation 'Berylia'

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For the attention of NATO ..

NATO and assorted partners have unleashed a massive cyber-attack on the fictional country of Berylia to test their ability to defend critical infrastructure against outside attacks.”

For the attention of NATO .. don't connect your electric power grid, 4G public safety networks, drone operation and other critical infrastructure components directly to the Internet.

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Twenty years ago today: Windows 98 crashed live on stage with Bill Gates. Let's watch it again...

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Re: Bill Gates

Plug-and-play was always a hack, it dynamically bumped a device up and reallocated the old interrupt number to the new device. Unfortunately if the old device was doing something vital the machine went blue-screen. The solution being to manually set the devices to the highest interrupt, that way they won't be changed when a new device is plugged in.

@J. R. Hartley: 'as a famous Commodore engineer once said: "There's nothing nasty about Bill Gates, and nothing nice about Steve Jobs"'

A better metric would be to count how many times Steve Jobs has been in court as compared to Bill Gates. Gates faux geek persona was what let him for years, get away with murder.

Microsoft Litigation Resource Page

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British Crackas With Attitude chief gets two years in the cooler for CIA spymaster hack

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Extremely sensitive documents stored on AOL

"Kane Gamble .. managed to get hold of "extremely sensitive" documents on military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan"

So presumably the Russian spooks already had access to such information.

'The presiding judge, Charles Haddon-Cave, called it a "nasty campaign of politically motivated cyber-terrorism,"'

Bo**ix, the real terrorists are currently engaged in trying to destabilize Syria.

Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs on Syria

The Truth About the War in Syria

This is not a movie, this is fake

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BBC extends Capita Audience Services contract to 25 years

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Capita Audience Services

I hadn't realized anyone under ninety was still watching television.

"Auntie has inked a seven-year extension for Audience Services (AS) .. A BBC spokeswoman said the latest award was between £30m-£35m"

The BBC could hire on roughly one hundred and fifty people at thirty grand for the same amount.

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Flash! Ah-ahhh! WebEx pwned for all of us!

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How do I uninstall WebEx software?

'In the terminal window type the following commands:'

cd ~

rm -rf .webex

I wonder how the Flash exploit is delivered for Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS X and Linux users?

Warranty: "Cisco .. expressly disclaim all warranties, conditions or other terms, whether express, implied or statutory, including without limitation, warranties, conditions or other terms regarding merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, design, condition, capacity, performance, title, and non-infringement" ..

"Cisco does not warrant that the .. system .. on which the Software is used will be free of vulnerability to intrusion or attack."

"All liability of Cisco .. collectively, to You .. shall not exceed the license fees paid by You to any Approved Source for the Software"

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