* Posts by RancidOrange

17 posts • joined 15 Jan 2018

Return of the audio format wars and other money-making scams


Having just got back to the office having given a presentation to a customer on the dangers of spear phishing, let me reassure you that the latest spear phishing emails look extremely professional and spoof the senders name and email address very convincingly.

What's even more worrying is that in each we have seen the person receiving the request for payment is the person responsible for making the payment and the person purporting to send the email will be the person who normally makes such requests. So this is no longer amateur hour, these are professional hits.

Furious Apple revokes Facebook's enty app cert after Zuck's crew abused it to slurp private data


How to curtail Facebook's antics?

Easy, change their legal position from being a platform to being a publisher. All this shit will stop overnight.

Oregon can't stop people from calling themselves engineers, judge rules in Traffic-Light-Math-Gate


Re: A lot of snobs in here today.

They may be called steam train engineers in the US but over here in Blighty they are train drivers. Also, train drivers don't do the maintenance on the engines they drive (and probably never have done). Would be like expecting a Formula 1 driver to fix his own engine - they're allowed nowhere near it.

F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs


Re: Well I sure hope they also banned "Semprini"!

He needs a good kick in the tallywags.

GCHQ pushes for 'virtual crocodile clips' on chat apps – the ability to silently slip into private encrypted comms


Re: And again ....

Right now, if you are party to a group chat you just get notified if a new member joins. There's no mention of the hash being updated - that happens behind the scenes. In the GCHQ scenario, their account would be silently added, any message informing everyone of a new member suppressed and, as now, no mention of the hash being updated. Or am I missing something?

Microsoft menaced with GDPR mega-fines in Europe for 'large scale and covert' gathering of people's info via Office


Re: "get a CEO's head on a pike"

"Don't give him your name, Pike!"

Sudden Windows 10 licence downgrades to forced Xcode upgrades: The week at Microsoft


Re: Insanity

Shutdown no longer does a shutdown by default: https://www.howtogeek.com/349114/shutting-down-doesnt-fully-shut-down-windows-10-but-restarting-it-does/

London flatmate (Julian Assange) sues landlord (government of Ecuador) in human rights spat


Re: arrogance

I would like to report you for abuse of the English language.

FYI: Faking court orders to take down Google reviews is super illegal


Re: Or he could have just used the money to make his business not so crap

I've noticed that some Amazon reviews are now annotated with a Verified Purchase tag, which offer me slightly more confidence in them.

Boss regrets pointing finger at chilled out techie who finished upgrade early


Re: Usually gets worse, the bigger the company ...

Hopefully, you mean a principle rather than a principal, but who knows in the NHS.


Re: Oh so familiar

You must be a nightmare to work with.

'Unhackable' Bitfi crypto-currency wallet maker will be shocked to find fingernails exist


Re: First rule of security...


Sysadmin trained his offshore replacements, sat back, watched ex-employer's world burn


Re: Not in IT...

You should have agreed a consultancy fee before agreeing to answer any questions.

BCC is hard, OK? Quite a lot of orgs blurted your email addresses in GDPR mailouts


Re: 'Stopped using 3rd-party email automation platform'

If the companies concerned cite Legitimate Interest as the reason for holding on to your email address they don't need to have your consent - they just need a legitimate interest, which could be almost anything.

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


1 in 3 British men have a conviction? Do you have sauce to go with that?

Ever wondered why tech products fail so frequently? No, me neither


Mark E Smith

Thank you for the Fall YouTube link. I'm just amazed MES managed to survive for so long.

Facebook settles landmark revenge porn case with UK teen for undisclosed sum


Re: Interesting questions

It would appear that Facebook and other Internet-based media companies are currently considered to be conduits of information rather than publishers under UK law, meaning they have limited responsibility for what appears on their sites.

I wonder if making Facebook a publisher would affect the speed with which similar images were removed?

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