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United States president Barack Obama says the nation he leads has the world's foremost digital arsenal. Speaking at a press conference after meeting Russian president Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in China, Obama said “We have had problems with cyber intrusions from Russia in the past, from other countries in the past.” He …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Obama says USA has world's biggest and best cyber arsenal........

    ....it's called Windoze 10

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Obama says USA has world's biggest and best cyber arsenal........

      .. and for the rest they don't need much, as they get live feeds from Google and Facebook.

  2. Dr.Flay

    Lead by example

    Considering over a third of the worlds hacking comes from the USA, shouldn't it be the rest of the world telling them to stop it ?

    http://www.securityweek.com/many-web-attacks-come-united-states-sucuri

    https://blog.sucuri.net/2016/07/browser-os-statistics-from-half-billion-blocked-exploit-attempts.html

    1. Turbo Beholder
      Linux

      Re: Lead by example

      What will they do? USA is going to remain the Happy Hunting Ground for botnets no matter what.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Yeah, bollocks...

    says the nation he leads has the world's foremost digital arsenal.

    I would not be so sure. If that was the case it would not have had to use Israeli assistance for StuxNet and cracking the St Bernardino iPhone.

    I am more inclined to believe this statement if I hear it from Netanyahu (you are more likely to hear him finally admitting the exact number of thermonuclear warheads they have than this one). From POTUS - not so much. In fact, not at all.

  4. Jo_seph_B

    The drops on my firewall logs are from all over. Although the University of Michigan has taken a dislike to me for some reason. Feel free to have some fun with the below list. Not sure if this is breaking any rules.

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 185.130.6.49 0.0.0.0/0

    9 360 DROP all -- ppp0 * 104.192.0.20 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 89.163.255.155 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 185.159.36.12 0.0.0.0/0

    1 60 DROP all -- ppp0 * 91.224.160.131 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 204.42.253.130 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 209.126.122.15 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 200.205.177.6 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 58.137.28.150 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 173.0.156.71 0.0.0.0/0

    1 444 DROP all -- ppp0 * 209.126.102.181 0.0.0.0/0

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    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 123.63.214.89 0.0.0.0/0

    25 1000 DROP all -- ppp0 * 141.212.122.32 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 141.212.122.37 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 141.212.122.38 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 134.255.214.231 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 104.37.216.117 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 119.82.74.66 0.0.0.0/0

    1 444 DROP all -- ppp0 * 209.126.116.183 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 141.212.122.132 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 23.228.99.147 0.0.0.0/0

    2 884 DROP all -- ppp0 * 209.126.117.68 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 93.174.93.99 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 188.42.218.123 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 115.238.253.236 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 158.69.242.136 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 209.126.122.33 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 141.212.122.18 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 141.212.122.17 0.0.0.0/0

    140 10640 DROP all -- ppp0 * 178.79.165.21 0.0.0.0/0

    1 40 DROP all -- ppp0 * 180.97.106.161 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 62.210.146.73 0.0.0.0/0

    210 15960 DROP all -- ppp0 * 178.79.160.57 0.0.0.0/0

    1 40 DROP all -- ppp0 * 185.110.132.201 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 51.235.36.95 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 85.114.142.63 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 141.212.122.80 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 141.212.122.85 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 141.212.122.86 0.0.0.0/0

    1 40 DROP all -- ppp0 * 141.212.122.133 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 141.212.122.134 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 78.31.67.75 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 89.163.135.202 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 188.214.128.71 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 188.42.219.201 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 158.69.33.138 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 141.212.122.64 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 141.212.122.73 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 141.212.122.74 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 185.121.173.171 0.0.0.0/0

    1 52 DROP all -- ppp0 * 185.93.187.44 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 80.82.222.122 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 142.0.206.76 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 94.102.49.193 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 172.93.98.130 0.0.0.0/0

    1 40 DROP all -- ppp0 * 94.102.49.190 0.0.0.0/0

    1 418 DROP all -- ppp0 * 213.202.233.56 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 5.196.197.118 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 222.186.51.181 0.0.0.0/0

    1 439 DROP all -- ppp0 * 50.30.37.187 0.0.0.0/0

    7 420 DROP all -- ppp0 * 91.224.160.106 0.0.0.0/0

    1 48 DROP all -- ppp0 * 219.87.191.219 0.0.0.0/0

    6 2596 DROP all -- ppp0 * 209.222.99.42 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 141.212.122.48 0.0.0.0/0

    4 1749 DROP all -- ppp0 * 85.93.93.95 0.0.0.0/0

    2 80 DROP all -- ppp0 * 91.222.251.50 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 188.138.26.175 0.0.0.0/0

    1 444 DROP all -- ppp0 * 188.138.102.156 0.0.0.0/0

    1 439 DROP all -- ppp0 * 85.25.207.74 0.0.0.0/0

    1 40 DROP all -- ppp0 * 185.93.185.239 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 89.163.242.183 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 65.61.190.162 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 141.212.122.104 0.0.0.0/0

    1 60 DROP all -- ppp0 * 91.224.160.108 0.0.0.0/0

    2 878 DROP all -- ppp0 * 69.64.57.185 0.0.0.0/0

    4 240 DROP all -- ppp0 * 91.224.160.184 0.0.0.0/0

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    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 31.214.129.108 0.0.0.0/0

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    3 1328 DROP all -- ppp0 * 173.231.189.39 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 192.99.9.76 0.0.0.0/0

    11 440 DROP all -- ppp0 * 185.93.185.7 0.0.0.0/0

    13 520 DROP all -- ppp0 * 185.93.185.10 0.0.0.0/0

    1 44 DROP all -- ppp0 * 218.93.206.21 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 209.126.103.102 0.0.0.0/0

    790 41080 DROP all -- ppp0 * 185.21.216.189 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 104.37.213.35 0.0.0.0/0

    2 885 DROP all -- ppp0 * 188.138.102.144 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 209.126.103.42 0.0.0.0/0

    0 0 DROP all -- ppp0 * 204.27.62.26 0.0.0.0/0

    10 956 DROP all -- ppp0 * 89.248.168.21 0.0.0.0/0

    15 773 DROP all -- ppp0 * 185.94.111.1 0.0.0.0/0

    5 279 DROP all -- ppp0 * 185.128.40.162 0.0.0.0/0

    14 560 DROP all -- ppp0 * 185.93.185.235 0.0.0.0/0

    1. Sir Runcible Spoon

      Assuming this is an incoming list, you might want to consider adding the rfc-1918 address space in there too :)

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The drops on my firewall logs are from all over. Although the University of Michigan has taken a dislike to me for some reason

    I have pretty long timeouts on my fail2ban scripts, so if something shows up more than twice I know it's targeted and have a full scan of /var/log to see what else that IP address has been up to and who it is. If it's a US or Chinese hosting company I tend to blacklist their entire IP range.

    That said, I have found many companies quite responsive to a heads up because in some cases it's evident the wannabe hacker is using their server to act as a script proxy so it must be breached. They generally get one warning. If they show up again they get told they'll be billed for my time (not that I would or even could without a court case AFAIK, but for some reason that seems to wake people up).

    1. Jo_seph_B

      I don't block the whole range, although I will now look into this, it waits for 3 hits on a snort rule from a matching source IP and then adds it to iptables to drop for 90 days.

      I contacted them this morning, they publish their helpdesk email on their website, so I've 'logged a ticket' via that, as abuse@ never seems to exist when I email it, or at least no one ever responds.

      Might use the billing one next time, thats great.

      1. ci_tech

        While not the SME on Snort, I rarely see the same IP address multiple times. I do see the same IP block multiple times, and I shut the door on them.

  6. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    Past Solutions to Present Problems Catastrophically Deny Future Opportunities to the MainStream

    Obama/Uncle Sam is in dire straits need of a completely new leading world script writer ........ for the current nonsense they presently share with media muppets and puppets for broadbandcasting and remote virtual brainwashing of the undereducated and ignorant masses is fooling practically no one effectively long term and opening up, for myriad relatively anonymous others, countless other deep and dark web vulnerabilities for zeroday exploitation and/or disruption of traditional historic and conventional legacy SCADA Operating Systems which are trading in a manner which would not be agreed as acceptable if general knowledge.

    They are though, not alone in their intellectual deficit, whenever so many play would dance to the fiddle of media and play the decrepit Great Game in a/the Novel Systems Age of CyberIntelAIgent Security and Virtual Protection ‽ .

    :-) Fact or Fiction?

    And what do you imagine UKGBNI Intelligence would be doing about it whenever true with their IT Command and Control Systems? Anything worthy of mentioning or something to be embarrassed and ashamed of?

    1. PhilipAustin

      Re: Past Solutions to Present Problems Catastrophically Deny Future Opportunities to the MainStream

      When Markov chains turn bad.

      1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

        Re: Past Solutions to Present Problems Catastrophically Deny Future Opportunities to the MainStream

        Hi, PhilipAustin,

        Methinks the problem is better addressed and easier solved if we recognise that Markov chains would/could introduce bad, and that is as a result of feeblemindedness rather that being considered a valid smart radical option for future chain delivery ..... global media presentation.

        Garbage In/Garbage Out proves itself true virtually anywhere and practically everywhere too.

  7. Robert Carnegie Silver badge

    Neologism of the Day

    "Topic of convo" is a thing?

    Does it seem to have an Australian flavour? Because of how they decided to form the abbrevo?

    I have just looked up what "abbrevo" is a trade mark for and I don't want one.

  8. Christoph

    Hi guys! We've just decided that we can hack whoever we like with things like Stuxnet, but you're not allowed to hack us back. Have a nice day!

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Obama says USA has world's biggest and best cyber arsenal

    So psychology tells us, he has a very small penis.

  10. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    The US has the best digital weaponry, so everyone else should stop

    Yeah, that sounds like a very good argument.

    For a bully.

    Unfortunately, digital is not nuclear, and even the poorest countries could conceivably fund a digital hacking department.

    This announcement is no reason to stop.

    1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

      Re: The US has the best digital weaponry, so everyone else should stop

      Digital is much more dangerous than nuclear, PM, because it can so readily nowadays, accurately and anonymously target key personnel who would be thinking themselves practically invisible and virtually immune from violent executive mob and mobilised action/reaction/proaction.

      Latter Day Untouchables and Post Modern Victims and Persons of Interest for Radical ReProgramming or Permanent Removal with Character Assassination from the Great Games that are being played on a daily zeroday basis/when things are decided daily on the hoof and for mainstream media to report on as a decided and negotiated truth to the ignorant masses.

      However, for that to be serially successful, must discovered and/or uncovered intelligence be denied in favour of right royal old and ancient fictions, and that is the road to nowhere good where all is constantly bad and defeating, so success there is suicidal and oxymoronic and a certain certifiable Grand Master's Folly. MAD is as MADness does and worlds are full of crazy fools with blunt arrogant tools.

      Spaces in CyberSpace are not the Final Frontier, they are the Permanent Novel Gateways to a Hell on Earth or a Heaven with Stars ..... and all transient points in between. Choose your journeys wisely, for they have no return whenever one assumes and presumes lead at XSSXXXX.alted Levels and significant others would challenge the wisdom of your leadership when delivering austere and inequitable packets of information/corrupt intelligence for perverse practices.

  11. Howard Hanek
    Angel

    A Word of Caution

    Many of us in the the states have been taught through hard experience the wisdom of discounting down to zero any announcement that begins with the words "Obama says........."

    It's not uncommon to later learn that the complete opposite was true.

    That being said it is likely that a major cyber attack has either already occurred or one the intelligence community has learned of finds them without a proper defense or counter-measure.

    1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

      Re: A Word of Caution on Poor Programming. IT Sucks and Provides Vulnerabilities

      Defending the indefensible from a smarter attacker is a magnificent folly guaranteed to spectacular failure, HH, and a crazy waste of easily led assets which are proving themselves massive liabilities to be remotely exploited and reeducated/radicalised?

    2. Howard Hanek
      Meh

      Re: A Word of Caution

      I visualize Baghdad Bob a week before the end of the Gulf War proclaiming the complete annihilation of the enemy forces advancing on Baghdad.......

  12. ci_tech

    Retired

    Comments like Obama's, just beg others to prove him wrong!! As for Snort, top 20 IP's and bottom 20 IP's (low and slows).

  13. C0p3n
    Mushroom

    "and making sure that our financial systems are sound"

    HAHA! ... oh, you meant as far as the internet ... carry on.

  14. tr1ck5t3r

    Its easy to say you have the biggest cyber arsenal when you have bloatware, as for the best, thats debatable.

    What would be an acceptable demonstration?

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