* Posts by mbiggs

22 posts • joined 23 Apr 2016

Shared, not stirred: GCHQ chief says Europe needs British spies

mbiggs

EU Partnership - Fleming needs a history lesson

Quote: ""Almost everything that we achieve in GCHQ is dependent on our partners," said Fleming..."

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Yup...but not including GCHQ hacking Belgacom:

- https://theintercept.com/2014/12/13/belgacom-hack-gchq-inside-story/

With friends like the folk in Cheltenham, who needs enemies?

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'Moore's Revenge' is upon us and will make the world weird

mbiggs

NEWS ROUND UP - June 2020

BRISTOL CRIME NEWS

ILLEGAL BAGEL TOASTING

A toaster has told this newspaper that an attempt was made to toast a bagel by an unauthorised person. The toaster did not recognise the (human) toaster, but was able to identify the person from the public face database. The toaster phoned the police to complain, and then told the human "I'm sorry Dave I can't do that".

RAILWAY STATION TOILET INCIDENT

Yesterday a toilet cistern at the main station incorrectly identified a customer as a suspected terrorist when it matched the customer's face with police information about wanted persons. The senior toilet cistern immediately locked all toilet seats, all cublicle doors, and the main door to the toilet facility. The facility was fitted with equipment supplied by a major technology company, which refused to accept responsibility, and refused to pay for the clean up. A spokesman told this paper "S**t happens".

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Tufts boffins track device location without GPS or towers

mbiggs

Quote: "...their location “relative to each other"...."

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Don't understand....even if ALL the devices know their position "relative to each other", at least ONE of them needs an absolute position so that the others can figure out where they are.

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Oh, and by the way, there will never be any IOT devices here at Linux Mansions....so no probs here!

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Critical infrastructure needs more 21qs6Q#S$, less P@ssw0rd, UK.gov security committee told

mbiggs

Quote One: "Under a government crackdown, national critical infrastructure companies could be liable for a £17m fine if they are found to have inadequately protected themselves from cyber attacks."

Quote 2: In addition, last week the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned that Russian state-sponsored cyber actors are targeting network infrastructure."

[Quote 2] Pure misdirection, hypocrisy and lying. The biggest source of cyber attacks from mainland UK is.....guess...GCHQ, which is spying on the sixty million citizens who are paying for this anti-democratic outrage. GCHQ is also spying on our EU "partners" -- see:

- https://theintercept.com/2014/12/13/belgacom-hack-gchq-inside-story/

....and that's one we know about....there are likely many others.

[Quote 1] "....government crackdown..." is a similar piece of s**t to the over-used "keeping us safe". If the government wants to do something about "cyber attacks", it should start by shutting down GCHQ in Cheltenham...and save billions of pounds which could usefully go elsewhere....say to the NHS!

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Time to ditch the front door key? Nest's new wireless smart lock is surprisingly convenient

mbiggs

Then there's users who have configured other IoT tools....

....allowing anyone to shout through the letterbox "Alexa, open the front door".

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....and most likely other (more technical) hacks on the IoT infrastructure.

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By the way, who (exactly) needs to manage their front door lock from Outer Mongolia?

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

mbiggs

Re: Bill Gates and QDOS

....or the people from Stac Electronics who had their technology stolen by M$.

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Latest F-35 flight tests finish – and US stops accepting new jets

mbiggs

Billions for an "aircraft carrier"....

.....with no aircraft! An aircraft carrier, which even when the aircraft turn up (when?), doesn't have enough support vessels to form a decent "carrier group".

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All this would be fine if the UK had billions to spare after we've paid for unimportant things -- like the NHS!

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So (exactly) what sort of austerity is it we're living through? Philip Hammond may know....but he's in a minority of one.

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Accenture, Capgemini, Deloitte creating app to register 3m EU nationals living in Brexit Britain

mbiggs

Ah...Scrum of Scrums, Agile, DevOps.....

Quote: "The groups running the programme will work in small scrum teams together..."

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...a recipe for an "app" which will perform differently every day....the "App of a Thousand Days"!

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God help the three million users!

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F-35B Block 4 software upgrades will cost Britain £345m

mbiggs

F-35B Block 4 Software.....

It's worse than that. The combat pilot hears the F-35 telling him(or her):

- "I'm sorry Dave (or Davida)....I can't do that!"

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Intel adopts Orwellian irony with call for fast Meltdown-Spectre action after slow patch delivery

mbiggs

Re: Fit for what purpose?

So......a computer company doesn't have simulation capabilities to model their own products????

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Or perhaps they DO have the appropriate simulation capabilities....and didn't bother because as a monopolist, they don't really give a toss about quality.

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FBI tells Jo(e) Sixpack to become an expert in IoT security

mbiggs

Re: Rules of IoT

@big_D

Yup.....let's rewrite the Phil Knight/NIKE advertising slogan:

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JUST DON'T DO IT

JUST DON'T DO IT

JUST DON'T DO IT

JUST DON'T DO IT

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Cool!!

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IoT gateways get a benchmark from the TPC

mbiggs

Ah...a standard written by....

...the NSA and GCHQ....making spying on the world's population even easier.

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And of course, because this standard setting is an anorak activity, no one will notice. Cute!

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Google will let cloud customers use plain-old-Internet links

mbiggs

...and then there's the NSA to consider....

.....but they already monitor "Premium"....so no diff!!!

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Firmware update blunder bricks hundreds of home 'smart' locks

mbiggs

Re: Lovely

I recently bought a Linksys EA7500 WiFi access point/router. The only easy way to set up this device is to subscribe to the Linksys "cloud" so that ALL CONFIGURATION is done via the Linksys cloud account.

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This is so that "you can manage your router using your smart phone from anywhere on the planet".

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So your home LAN is open to hacking from "anywhere on the planet"......REALLY?

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It took a day and a lot of research to find out how to configure the device in the old fashioned way -- using a laptop and a CAT5 cable (and NO INTERNET ACCESS).

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In the future it may be impossible to manage a computer-based device without "the cloud" -- if idiots like Linksys have their way.

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Yup.......lovely!!!!

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Australian govt promises to push Five Eyes nations to break encryption

mbiggs

Why the focus on point-to-point communications?

So Alice and Bob (and their circle) develop their own cipher. Suppose that the cipher is a book cipher. Any message sent will be encrypted twice -- once in their private cipher, and once in some backdoored public cipher. How does the backdoor help the government (or anyone else who is listening)? The metadata in this case says Bob is messaging Alice...but so what? And in the case that Bob simply posts the message on The Register -- then the recipient(s) are likely completely unknown!!

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For example, here's a (real) book cipher message. What does it say?

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sforzato pharyngo- woadman mecometer semihysterical veratrize fiercenesses Ranquel lepidotic Kawaguchi eyeservice fringiness half-plane piligerous saskatoon straddle-fashion sharecroppers colibertus bilobular unsacrilegiousness Gallicolae snake-eyed hydrophorous rain-soaked entoplasm eschewing brulyiement Erastianize acetphenetid recheat hout alada superaffiuence sweet-scented Altingiaceae researchful unegregiously unregenerately blighted Marlette nonbeauties Ossetian perversite artcraft Staley physiognomonic keawe kentallenite acroataxia yodles Rhabdomonas mournfulness VC loose-lived self-purifying tornadoesque uroo slopmaking annalists undeferrable ammonitic WAN pokable limbs Composaline gasified Chibcha elephantiases guerdonless orchestras whoop-de-doo commercialised periclean half-reclined naturata haemonchosis bug-juice theorically demonstrant premarrying honduras knickknack Adrianople -aceous inductees counter-faller cervicorn yowe adenomata kutch jardon eradicable nonfervidly cribriformity totoaba Marduk Muscadine mangrate Californian Mignonette Stroessner fisherpeople So. gibble-gabble cayuses Wallinga squab-pie fancywork niftiness

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Mozilla to Thunderbird: You can stay here and we may give you cash, but as a couple, it's over

mbiggs

Re: Thunderbird users?

In the early Nineties, corporate email systems existed on internal networks, and users were using, for example, cc:Mail over Novell Netware.

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I'm continually amazed that there are people who think that it was the stone age before the Internet became pervasive....not so!

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Sorry, Dave, I can't code that: AI's prejudice problem

mbiggs

Who decides?

Here are a few concepts where human beings can't agree on a definition:

- "rich"

- "beautiful"

- "fair" (as in even-handed between cases)

So if the humans can't agree about reasonable definitions, why should we believe that computer programmers and computers can assess these concepts "correctly"?

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US Air Force networks F-15 and F-22 fighters – in flight!

mbiggs

IOT

The next "improvement" will be nuclear armed aircraft as part of the ever expanding "internet of things". So now we can adjust the temperature at home, close the garage door, and drop bombs -- all at the same time.

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Brexit means Brexit: What the heck does that mean...

mbiggs

Re: Codification of existing practice?

@Norman Nescio Quote: "...the Snoopers' Charter is 'simply' codification of an existing practice..."

This is, at best, naive. Who knows what the "existing practice" actually is at places like GCHQ or the NSA? I for one am pretty certain that the hacking and snooping going on for years now has paid absolutely no attention to the law. I'd point out that Theresa May as Home Secretary wanted to abandon the European Convention on Human Rights -- I wonder why. I'd also point out that in the last few days Philip Hammond has announced another 1.9 billion pounds for the GCHQ budget -- a sum which almost certainly buys a huge amount of snooping into the legitimate activities of 60 million UK citizens.

In summary, "existing practice" is almost certainly illegal, and is absolutely certainly damaging to personal privacy and to the democratic rights of citizens. The STASI is here, and no one cares.

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Software bug costs Citigroup $7m after legit transactions mistaken for test data for 15 years

mbiggs

Re: Plus ca change...

Yup...also been there, this time during an AS/400 upgrade. We needed some stuff off a recent backup. It turned out that the backup was corrupt. It also turned out that no one had ever tested the restore process, and that all the carefully taken backups were unusable!!

Lesson: Do the backups....but test the restore process too.

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Don't doubt it, Privacy Shield is going to be challenged in court

mbiggs

.....but before we discuss Safe Harbour or Privacy Shield......

......why has no one commented about the fact that no one actually knows what information is held about them and by whom!!!!

Personally, I don't want to know anything about the data held concerning anyone else, but I would like to know:

- a list of all the organizations who keep records about me

- for each of these organizations, exactly what information they keep about me

I'd also like to see copies of all these records about me, so that:

- I can demand deletions for records no longer relevant

- I can correct all the mistakes in what is left

But all this is moot:

- I don't have any legal right to know

- Many of the organisations will never have had a direct relationship with me, so I would never guess that they had relevant records

- Many of the organisations who have records about me (say, perhaps GCHQ) would either deny having the records, or would deny any access outright

.......so worrying about Safe Harbour or Privacy Shield seems to me to miss other, much more fundamental issues.

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MoD contractor hacked, 831 members of defence community exposed

mbiggs

Re: Yawn. . . .

@moiety

Quote: "I have faith that UK Gov can produce a truly catastrophic blunder if they try"

1. Absolutely correct....but how do you know that there have not been MULTIPLE "catastrophic blunders" already????

2. And as for Theresa May....well....she is clearly determined to re-build the STASI, but in the UK and in 2016 -- and she and her colleagues in government and in the so called civil service are clearly determined to keep us all in the dark about what's going on (see item 1).

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