* Posts by IceC0ld

176 posts • joined 31 Aug 2017


FYI: Twitter's API still spews enough metadata to reveal exactly where you lived, worked

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Twitter API's

so, the API is 'reponsible'

but are there settings that we, as users can access to make sure we don't attach too much, if any geolocation data ?

Fake 'U's! Phishing creeps use homebrew fonts as message ciphers to evade filters

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Re: People stil falling for the fake email.

@AC wrote: Also bring a clip board and you will be invincible.

Used to be a clipboard and a frown would let you leisurely stroll past any security. I wonder, in the age of computers does that still work or will people stop you to ask "Hey, what's that"?


the clipboard and THE frown were social engineering 101 back in the day, still works to this day, just that some organisations are getting their act together, mind you, the sheer number of web based connections available nowadays is making the use of social engineering less important now, even if it is still a potent force at times

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

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Re: Is this the stupidest idea ever?

bit worried that access to Pron Hub will be blocked, it's taught me SO much ...........

for example, I now know that what Disney knows about Step Moms is just SO not the way that Pron Hub tells it ...... :o)

The Great British Curry: Put down the takeaway, you're cooking tonight

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Post-Pub Nosh Neckfiller

shurely there's a demand for this thread to be resurrected ?

I remember it well, if not the actual nights themselves LOL

proud to say have tried a few, and survived them all, although waking up in a bed that stinks of god knows what the morning after was always a surprise :o)

this year, I am in work, support is always available :oP

but thinking of you all in your party frocks :o)

Happy New Year commentards!

Racing at the speed of light, Sage superhero bursts through the door...

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Re: Not me...

not me :o)

but in my time pre IT, I was an electrician, worked on same site as my dad [RIP] we were working to alter some wiring runs, in a VERY hot spot in factory, dad decided to remove his shirt to give him a chance of staying cool ish, I was already a hot sweaty mess.


after the work was completed, we were coming down ladders / scaffolding to return to the site box where we kept tools and kit etc, to find a fitter [ mech type guy ] using dad's shirt to clean his hands ...........

cue merciless hoots of laughter from moi

and a decidely filthy shirted dad making his way home later to try and explain that one to mum :o)

An upset tummy and a sphincter-loosening blackout: Lunar spaceflight is all glamour

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Re: It doesn't have to be a quote from your religion to have power and meaning

And then there was Bell's first telephone message:


I thought it was a message to ask if he had ever had PPI ? ............................

Staff sacked after security sees 'suspect surfer' script of shame

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Re: Access Denied

"There was a list of websites whose names took on unfortunate connotations when concatenated into a URL. Among them were Pen Island Stationers and Mole Station Creche."

And Experts Exchange. When they started appearing in "unfortunately named websites" lists, they added a redirect to a domain with a hyphen.


wasn't there an issue when SuBo had her latest CD release ?

all invited to see at www.susanalbumparty...................................

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Re: "wouldn't be common freakin' sense to not surf dodgy websites at work?"

A London council decided they needed better workplace compliance tools at round the turn of the century


THE CENTURY ................ WTAF

I feel so old now

in work, it's Boxing day, and up until NOW, LAST CENTURY was the feckin VICTORIANS ffs :o)

anyhow, I will need a strong lie down in the morning to get over this latest old age revelation :oP

Your two-minute infosec roundup: Drone arrests, Alexa bot hack, Windows zero-day, and more

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great thread, lots of details in an easy to read package, but this ..........

In short, use a unique password for your IoT gear, and activate two-step authentication where possible.

should be the mantra for the madern world, I know it isn't perfect, but it IS SO much better than the usual melange of reused passwords and nothing else, read about the FORTNITE hackers making money from stealing accounts, and even they were saying that 2FA would give them grief.

It's a lot of work, being popular: Apple, Tim Cook and the gilets jaunes

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FANBOIS quiet ?

would usually expect to see a rush of the appleatsi all telling us how good the product is and that the price merely reflects this ...........

maybe, just maybe, Apple have actually started to price out their biggest supporters ?

and that isn't going to help, if you have a mediocre range and a sky high price, then every little bit of positive print helps

ME ? I have an MS phone .............. so what do I know :o)

due for replacement as of the 19th December, and as MS have decided to ditch all of their clients, I am left looking at Android - price alone sets Apple out of the basket - but I have only ever used windows smart phones, and so will need to re-train myself into a different OS, but at least Mr Cook's market plan means I only have to think about one OS :oP

A few reasons why cops haven't immediately shot down London Gatwick airport drone menace

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Re: Flak

but it that doesn't seem to have impeded folks from putting AA batteries in the middle of built up areas


and NOW I have visions of people burying bloody DURACELL* everywhere

*other 'batteries' are available :o)

Amazon's creepy facial recog doorbell, Facebook open sources machine learning code and much more

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Black Helicopters

missed a trick

why facial recognition ...........

surely a fingerprint reader on the buzzer push would be easier to sort [ AND hide :oP ]

and yes, some people wear gloves, but it would still build up an impressive D/B over the passage of a year or so, THEN add in the facial recog AI kit, and add in a splash of interactive with your cell phone, and now we are seriously into Minority Report world ..............................

maybe add a [\ sarcasm ] so I can employ plausible deniability when this does hit the streets :o)

Astroboffins spy a rare exoplanet evaporating before their eyes

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NOT a million

100,000 sheep per shecond, shurely?

ah yes, my bad, but in my defence, I'm an idiot :o)

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Sheep tend to range from 40 to 150 Kgs, so for the sake of easier maths we call it 100 Kgs

100 x 10 = 1 Tonne

and there are 10 000 Tonnes a second of mass to account for

10 000 x 100

we are looking at 1 MILLION sheep a second ..............

</ abstract pédant>

Telcos enlist Google, Amazon to help protect Europe's data from Big Tech

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Re: In other news...

Farmer hires foxes to guard henhouse

"And they work so cheap, too!" he says.


I believe they said the cost was chickenfeed ...............................

US bitcoin bomb threat ransom scam looks like a hoax say FBI, cops

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Just wondering here ?

Ironically, the campaign itself appears to have bombed: No transactions have been recorded yet, at least at the bitcoin addresses we checked.


you are able to 'check' the addresses in the threat, so wouldn't it be possible for law enforcment to access and strip said accounts of their ill gotten ?

serious question, as I have only a passing knowledge of the whole bit chain malarky TBH

Fraudster convicted of online banking thefts using… whatever the hell this thing is

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Re: Authentic....

Genuine Heath Robinson device if you ask me


more a 'Helps Rob Someone' device if you ask me :o)

Ticketmaster tells customer it's not at fault for site's Magecart malware pwnage

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Re: Their Site

it is difficult to see how Ticketmaster could say it is not responsible for the breach while keeping a straight face.


THIS from a Co that takes the face value of any ticket as a starting point then doubles / trebles down on that, has had PLENTY of experience in keeping at least ONE of their faces straight .....................

'Say hello to my little vacuum cleaner!' US drug squad puts spycams in cleaner's kit

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oh wait However in a paranoid world where the bad-guys are also tech savvy then a listening device that does not broadcast instead having weeks or even months of internal storage capacity makes more sense.

The drawback being you need something bulky to hide it in.


Like an industrial cleaner perchance ? ............

Identity stolen because of the Marriott breach? Come and claim your new passport

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Hotel-chain turned data faucet Marriott


500 MILLION accounts


$110 IF you can PROVE it was their fault .............................

not sure what upsets me most, but at the moment it's the fact they were open for 'business' for FOUR YEARS ......................

dang it to heck, WTAF do their Admins get paid for ?

Brit bomb hoax teen who fantasised about being a notorious hacker cops 3 years in jail

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teen who fantasised . . .

to fantasise is a normal part of growing up, however this fuckwit seems to have not figured out that the truly notoroius in 'Haxxor' circles are not truly known, and would far rather they remain forever in the shadows so that none shall either stop nor discover them

the reality being that to be known, is to be no longer either notorious or any damn good :o)

think of spys, once their cover is gone, their 'job' is gone too, unless they are called Bond, James Bond of course :oP

Forget ripping off brains for AI. Butterflies and worms could lead us to self-repairing intelligent robots, says prof

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I would say though, that to call this "intelligence" is a bit of a stretch.


which leads us back to "what is intelligence " ............

trying to complete AI from a human brain start was highly unlikely to be attained without some form of a EUREKA moment, and it would appear that the natural world MAY have answers that we need to explore first, it may lead us to true AI, it may not, but we won't know until we try .............

OR our metallic overlords attain sentinence and start to kick off about all the shit weve done to them over the years, which is the OTHER way to know we have achieved true AI ;oP

UK spies: You know how we said bulk device hacking would be used sparingly? Well, things have 'evolved'...

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1984 was just a draft, it has since 'evolved' many times.

1984 was supposed to be a bloody WARNING

NOT an instruction manual .................

starting to look a lot like The Minority Report :o(

Canuck couple returns home after night on tiles to gaggle of randomers hanging out in their flat

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Re: What gets me is...

How much of an arse do you have to be to turn up at a place and trash it?


my thoughts exactly, and it does sound to me like they were set in for a full night of fuck wittery, and it was only the arrival back of the owners that kept the cost 'down' to a few 000 $$ :o(

See this, Google? Microsoft happy to take a half-billion in sweet, sweet US military money to 'increase lethality'

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so much to choose from ..........

this thread is the reason I come here, a serious position, yet filled will side chat and humour too, creased me up, loved it :o)

examples :

The limited range of vision that comes with existing goggles is also presumably what made military chiefs comfortable with the HoloLens' somewhat limited field of view.

then THIS

yet there hasn't been as much of a fuss over Microsoft's censored version of Bing in the Middle Kingdom

I do believe that being BING is suffice to classify it as 'crippled' but I may be wrong LOL

What a meth: Woman held for 3 months after cops mistake candy floss for hard drugs

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cannot be JUST me

who is thinking that THE best way to transport 'Crank' is to wrap it around a wooden stick, and get a little kid to carry it ffs :o)

the wooden stick is how we Brits consume said 'cotton candy'

two nations divided by a common language :o)

Euro consumer groups: We think Android tracking is illegal

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We think [Android] sry Google tracking is illegal

It hasn't bugged me once for any of the others yet.


YET ........................

Thanksgiving brings together Apple's Siri and Google Assistant

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when three become one - in honour of the Spice Girls return

"Hey Siri, Ok Google, Alexa – please put on a timer for five minutes." To which of course Alexa will say: "I couldn't find Old Timer for Fine Mimics."


thanks for that, started my Thursday / the WEEKEND - for me - with a damn good laugh LOL

Talk in Trump's tweets tells whether tale is true: Code can mostly spot Prez lies from wording

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T witter

I nvolves

T rumps

S eriously

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P ostures

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Re: Nice word

occasionally he does get something right, I'm really not sure how though.


even a broken clock is correct twice a day

Well that's just spliffing: UK Amazon merchants peddling Mary Jane

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Re: "El Reg yesterday made Amazon aware of the weed being sold via its website."

El Reg yesterday made Amazon aware of the weed being sold via its website.


could have given as all here a two day heads up ffs :oP

Big data at sea: How the Royal Navy charts the world's oceans

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Re: I knew that

But then I've also never understood the point of the United States Army Corps of Engineers.


there's something in their constitution that doesn't allow the use of the full military on US soil, so in case of disasters, they can use these engineers and the national guard

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That's odd. I thought the whole point of a nuclear sub was that it could stay submerged for weeks / months on end (basically as long as food/drink supplies last). Does it REALLY take a year to do maintenance on a sub


the maintenance i just ONE thing, once the ship has been away from sea for any length of time the crew need to come back up to speed and require training in ALL aspects of their duties before they are deemed fit to return, hence if you have four, one at sea, one heading back, one in maintenance, one in training is how it all runs

Britain may not be able to fend off a determined cyber-attack, MPs warn

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Re: It gets worse.

T otal

I nability

T o

S top

U nwanted

P robing

I KNOW I said the last one was the last one, but come on :o) and I have formatted it differently too

Using a free VPN? Why not skip the middleman and just send your data to President Xi?

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Re: Just use Tor.

but the more people who use Tor, the more accommodating they will become.


Err, I THINK you will find that the more people that use TOR that the whole edifice will start to crumble as stupidity arrives in spades, just because a user has found TOR is NO indication they have any idea of WTF they are actually doing, and so they will whinge and whine, and eventually it will all be as easy as it is now outside TOR ffs :o( and not in a good way

Microsoft slips ads into Windows 10 Mail client – then U-turns so hard, it warps fabric of reality

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Re: Why would anyone tolerate this?

until it is TOO LATE and they're cooked.


bit of a typo there matey :o)

Where to implant my employee microchip? I have the ideal location

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Do you use an RFID card to unlock security doors or release gates at your workplace? Do they work every time? Of course they bloody don't. Half the time, you're standing in front of the door flourishing your card impotently across the sensor from different directions again and again, watching the red light flash repeatedly with an accompanying ugly audio bleat, as you duly recite the workplace mantra: "Fucking open the fuck up you fucking fucked fucker".



tonight actually, and TBH, there were a LOT more F's in MY mantra

RIP Bill Godbout: Cali wildfire claims the life of master maverick of microcomputers

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I just asked my Amazon Alexa who Bill Godbout was. She had no idea but had told me earlier in response to a morning greeting that it was Mickey Mouse's birthday.


and THIS tells us more about the standing of IT in peoples lives than anything we shall read today, this along with Joe Publics breathtaking lack of knowledge on IT Sec makes me want to weep

RIP to one of the first to 'get it / IT' as it were

Russia: We did not hack the US Democrats. But if we did, we're immune from prosecution... lmao

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In Russia

and once more


The Idiots That Seriously Underestimated Putin

Between you, me and that dodgy-looking USB: A little bit of paranoia never hurt anyone

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Re: It'll only get worse

one more, and I'll stop - PROMISE :o)


This Is The Safe USB Present .................................

YouTube supremo says vid-streaming-slash-piracy giant can't afford EU's copyright overhaul

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You Tube is believed to pull down between 10 and 15 BILLION $ per year ........................

it's been raking in this cash for over a decade, but now, when asked to ensure that the ones creating the product, are catered for / paid for or product removed .................

NOW it's all too much like hard work ........................

you have NO idea how hard I would be prepared to function to ensure that the goose kept on laying those golden returns ffs

Two fool for school: Headmaster, vice principal busted for mining crypto-coins in dorms, classrooms

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On a related note, did the crowd-compute schemes for protein folding ever produce anything worthwhile, relative to the energy used?


the conspiracy types will tell you that everything that was found to be usefu lhas been stashed down the back of various couches until there is a decent reason [ read $$$$ ] for it to be 'discovered' :oP

Windows XP? Pfff! Parts of the Royal Navy are running Win ME

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known as CIS, in the inevitable military acronym.


and they do a decent job of solving the navies crimes too I hear :oP


And how do you KEEP it that way? Especially against both clandestine bridging and PHBs who don't know better?


because it's the military, and you do as you are told, even when it is not necessarily the right thing :o)

Web Foundation launches internet hippie manifesto: 'We've lost control of our data, it is being used against us'

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The 'good' old days

when all we had to worry about was that pesky flaming from the IRC thingy that the damn kids had come up with, mind you, with access being in the 56kbps, we were LUCKY to have flames, I barely raised smoke :oP

just re read this, and am now sitting waiting for the got wood remarks ffs, sometimes I go moist for the days of IRC

30 spies dead after Iran cracked CIA comms network with, er, Google search – new claim

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Needs an acronym here, maybe we could reuse TITSUP :o) seems to be popular to keep using well past the use by date :oP

Total Inability To Secure Unlevel Playing fields ....................

Roscosmos: An assembly error doomed our Soyuz, but we promise it won't happen again

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My lexicon is constantly embiggened by reading El Reg


and today mine has also been 'embiggened' :o)

Nikola Tesla's greatest challenge: He could measure electricity but not stupidity

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Re: The name 'Tesla' has been hijacked

something I have got into the habit of, is adding a link to the following site / page for anything Mr Tesla associated :o) - he was a real genius, and should be remembered properly


Assange catgate hearing halted as Ecuador hunts around for someone who speaks Australian

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Re: More a "Communication Breakdown"

not just Zeppelin, anyone else recall Mud ?

the cat crept in, CRAPPED, crept out again

Sorry friends, I'm afraid I just can't quite afford the Bitcoin to stop that vid from leaking everywhere

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Re: I've seen a definite uptick in these

A day when I learn something is (at least mostly) is not wasted.


unfortunately, for me, the learning has been all about the new ways to describe mans oldest addiction :o)

The best way to screw the competition? Do what they can't, in a fraction of the time

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Re: Ethernet 10base2

It was always fun tracing which of the many connections in the pile of spaghetti behind the desks had fallen apart when half an office had suddenly gone off line.


ah yes, the happy days of a [packet]storm in a teacup LOL


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