* Posts by Korev

2137 posts • joined 26 Aug 2016

Brit airport pulls flight info system offline after attack by 'online crims'

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Re: Oooo errr missus?

Did you get all hot under the dog collar?

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Rather than paying crooks to restore data, the airline rebuilt affected systems before service was restored.

Well done Bristol Airport, starving the ransomers of cash might be the only way to make them go away*

*I'm assuming there will always be OS / application bugs to exploit

Automated Weather Source didn't see this cloud coming: Amazon snatches up AWS.com

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Re: Today a domain...

Did you re:Invent that one?

Trump shouldn't criticise the news media, says Amazon's Jeff Bezos

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Twitterati

Finally trashed by @realDonaldTrump. Will still reserve him a seat on the Blue Origin rocket. #sendDonaldtospace

I'm no fan of Bezos, but this is brilliant-->

Russia: The hole in the ISS Soyuz lifeboat – was it the crew wot dunnit?

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IT Infrastructure

Just wondering, did they use Apache Drill?

A basement of broken kit, zero budget – now get the team running

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Yep, seems like she'd relaxative a bit and chill out

Redis does a Python, crushes 'offensive' master, slave code terms

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Re: Every living human being has ancestors...

>You can't offend an effing hard disk drive!

You can call them FAT though....

Solid password practice on Capital One's site? Don't bank on it

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"by the time I was done I was almost ready to chuck the laptop out of the window"

Are you ever going to need to access that account again? Do you reckon you'll be able to?

Yes and hopefully :)

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I used another financial organisation's webs(h)ite the other day which blocked the clipboard. I'd dutifully created a 20+ character password with numbers, upper and lower case letters and symbols. I took three attempts to type it in accurately, by the time I was done I was almost ready to chuck the laptop out of the window....

UK.gov tells companies to draft contracts for data flows just in case they screw up Brexit

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Re: Transfer

> IIRC all the N. America - Europe cables go through Britain except for the ancient FLAG1 and a couple of cold war era cables to Iceland

Submarine Cable Map suggests otherwise.

Whisky business: Uni of Edinburgh servers Irn-Scru'd by cyber-attack

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Yes, that's exactly what I was thinking.

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The school's supercomputing centre appears to not have been affected by the attack

I'm pleased that's the case. A lot of Supercomputing centres are starting to handle lots of confidential patient data from sequencing etc. and it's good to have the systems isolated.

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Re: Secret trick for double speed internet in your dorm:

We had someone plug a D-link SoHo router in a few years ago with DHCP enabled, QIP crapped itself taking out the whole subnet...

Card-stealing code that pwned British Airways, Ticketmaster pops up on more sites via hacked JS

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Re: The Moral of the Story

This is good advice, but pretty hard to actually do without inspecting webpages manually. Most Commentards would be able to do this, but probably not the "great unwashed".

Apple in XS new sensation: Latest iPhone carries XS-sive price tag

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Re: 6.5-inch OLED Screen

Feature complete Photoshop is coming to iOS next year - on iPads. The issue with a desktop on a small screen is obvious.

I've been using Lightroom on an iPad for a while and it's surprisingly good, to the point that I use my desktop PC much less. On the iPhone, I find it a bit painful as the screen is too small so there are a lot of "clicks" to get to each menu item (admittedly this is on a 5S).

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Re: Emergency call

I was assisting a guy with a large hold in him and pulled out an iPhone to call the cavalry, only to find the battery had run out...

Thankfully, I knew the battery was crap and also took out my cheap Android phone which has my old UK number and was able to get him the help he needed.

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Re: "911? Help, I've been hurt in a fall"

When they studied the falls were they fake ones onto a crash mat or were they real ones with video or some kind of validation? Also, were they young or old people falling?

I've been involved in clinical trials with accelerometers and detecting falls is very hard; not to mention the liability from missed falls and also false alarms.

Raspberry Pi supremo Eben Upton talks to The Reg about Pi PoE woes

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Re: Works on my switch

>Power over Wifi is in the Pi4

Watt?

Register-Orbi-damned: Netgear account order irks infosec bods

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Hmm, an app to give remote management access to your sensitive network equipment. Not sure registration with the vendor is your biggest security risk there buddy...

I can see how sometimes this would be useful. If you're running networks for a load of SMEs then having them all in the same place is a huge time saver (Ubiquiti's Unifi lets you do this*); the alternative would be to have to VPN in to each site in turn to see how things are going on.

*I do have the Cloud side of things on my setup disabled though (and also on Netgear Nighthawk gear it replaced)

Cisco shoves more GPUs in AI server for deep learning, still doesn't play Crysis

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Power/heat

Our GPU racks are already half-empty as the power/heat dispersal is too much for racks originally designed for blade servers; I suspect servers like these would be even worse....

PPI pushers now need consent to cold-call you

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Re: chain of command

That's probably the only way of stopping it. It's a bit like flyposting

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>If so, it is easy, the call should come out with the public general number of the hospital.

Even that could be classed as sensitive. Where I used to live in the UK there was a separate "trust" for all the less glamorous specialities, eg STDs, mental health etc.*

*I don't agree that these should be farmed off into another group BTW...

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Re: How did El Reg get your number?

Mine is 0118 999 881 999 119 725 3

A boss pinching pennies may have cost his firm many, many pounds

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Re: Penny pinching boss

>You could get a Canon LBP4 for maybe £500-£600 in around 1996.

Maybe the PHB wanted a large "departmental" printer or maybe even a colour one.

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Outcome?

So did, the PHB get the blame for his terrible decision, or did the "blamestorming" point the finger at the unfortunate techies? Sadly, I suspect it's the latter.

A pint for a good story though.

'World's favorite airline' favorite among hackers: British Airways site, app hacked for two weeks

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1. It was both the App and the Website - so presumably that narrows it down further.

The app tends to dump you onto a website to do a surprising number of things.

I'm almost pleased that the BA attempts to make themselves into an expensive budget airline persuaded me to use a proper budget airline and avoid this!

People's confidence in orgs holding personal data is... on the rise?

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Maybe we need to have a good TalkTalk to them about data protection

How to nab a HTTPS cert for a stranger's website: Step one, shatter those DNS queries...

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Re: Compromised CA

Thanks, I've just learnt something new -->

Creaky systems 'cost lives': Health secretary Matt Hancock pledges to solve NHS IT woes

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Not just the UK

Yesterday in normally organised-Switzerland:

Doctor sentences me to more physio

Dr ticks some boxes on a physio form

I carried said bit of paper to an admin

Admin enters info onto a computer

Admin prints out another sheet of paper

Tomorrow I will hand this onto the physio...

...Who will then hand it to his admin who will probably reenter the selfsame data manually....

Capita onshores IBM transformer man as chief growth officer

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Mushroom

Apparently Capita is "well positioned to play a leading role in the transformational journeys being undertaken by the public and private sectors,"

To "secure Capita's position as the digital transformation partner of choice".

Please Mr Putin can we borrow one of these please -->

We'll even launch it from orbit to make sure....

Microsoft sharpens its claws to cut Outlook UI excess, snip Ribbon

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Love it! -->

Hundred-million Kiwi Oracle project on hold after Deloitte review

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Re: Expensive Oracle Cockup

That depends on who's point of view you see it from, yachts aren't cheap....

Roskosmos admits that Soyuz 'meteorite' hole had more earthly origins

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Re: Should have turned off the SDS hammer action

Stop, Hammer time

Go Pester someone else: TSB ditches CEO over bank's IT meltdown

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Re: still expected to take away about £1.7m

These are some Dire Straits that we live in...

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Re: still expected to take away about £1.7m

It is literally money for nohting

Back to installing microwave ovens and custom kitchen deliveries for us.... Then onto moving refrigerators and colour TVs...

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Re: Get what's coming

Brilliant :)

But you do owe me a new keyboard -->

Microsoft Azure: It's getting hot in here, so shut down all your cores

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Over heating datacentres? Did they let the Hotmail in again?

UK-based Veritas appliance support is being killed off

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Didn't they make a film about people trying to find that? Good Will Hunting I think it was....

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A risk is that the level of specialist Appliance support will fall as experienced Appliance Team TSEs in the UK move across to the Core Team, and support calls needing Appliance Team specialist-level expertise get serviced by the new Appliance Teams in the USA and India, where the staff will not, initially, have the same level of experience.

Or maybe customers will ring "their" old TSEs who will help out of customer loyalty?

Good luck to all those impacted by this.

Google is 20, Chrome is 10, and Microsoft would rather ignore the Nokia deal's 5th birthday

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I have no idea how they got away with this; when you think how hard MS got clobbered for integrating stuff into Windows.

BT scoops Home Counties chunk of new NHS IT contract

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Childcatcher

You must realise this is all the usual marketing speak that has no real meaning in the real world.

I'll just go and ask my AI Digital Transformation Blockchain Cloud and get back to you...

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>BT reckoned the deal will help medics get themselves and their patients' data on the cloud,

How is this automatically better than running systems in a secure BT or NHS data centre?

>and then to "access patient data securely over high-bandwidth digital connections

Just wondering what a high bandwidth non-digital connection looks like...

If you weren't rich enough to buy a Surface before, you may as well let that dream die

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Re: My heart is borken, I can't get a Surface on tick...

I'm sure ideas will come to the surface

Google cracks down on dodgy tech support ads

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Re: "Ad experiences"

The target's 21 "units" per week and Monday is the first day of the week, so we've got some work to do...

Cisco patches yet another Data Centre Network Manager vuln

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Directory Traversal

a malicious person could send requests containing directory traversal "character sequences", fooling the target server into returning the contents of file directories – or even allowing the attacker to create their own files.

Potentially dumb question: Why don't their automated testing tools scan for this kind of vulnerability? Directory traversal exploits aren't exactly new.

Microsoft gives Windows 10 a name, throws folks a bone

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Coming in at a gnat’s whisker under $100 per year, the subscription represents excellent value when compared to an equivalent perpetual licence purchase (in the short term at least.) When stacked up against something like LibreOffice which, frankly, does the majority of what a Home user needs, that value proposition is a little more whiffy.

Or you could look at it from the point of view that you get a free Office subscription for roughly the cost of Dropbox Plus.

Trainer regrets giving straight answer to staffer's odd question

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Re: What an amazing coincidence

One for you too Sir for some top quality BOFHery-->

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Re: Still happens

It hasn't stopped, but their face when we give them an old laptop of the same vintage as their broken one from the stack of returned ones is priceless - "You're due a new one in 14 months, this will tide you over".

My Company phone's screen developed a fault; the Service Desk took great pleasure in pointing out that I'd only had it for 20ish months and that as it was less than two years old I'd get another identical model. The annoying thing was that I hadn't dropped it and it had genuinely developed a problem.

Knowing my luck it'll die next week when the new Apple phones are announced and it'll look like an "accident"...

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Phones too

We had a rather senior guy who claimed his iPhone had been stolen mysteriously soon after Apple released a new model. The Service Desk asked him for the Police report number, at which point he said "He'd have a another look at home"; oddly enough it turned up that evening...

Fast food, slow user – techie tears hair out over crashed drive-thru till

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Re: Do you want fries with that?

>What do you expect from the staff at McDonalds?

A philosophy degree?

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