Something about Antivirus software
Makes anyone associated with it crazy.
John McAfee has been ordered to cough up $25m for the wrongful death of Gregory Faull, his former neighbor in Belize, but refuses to pay and claims he has no assets. The decision [PDF] by a US federal district judge in Florida was entered by default after former antivirus baron McAfee refused to respond to the lawsuit, brought …
Huh, don't believe it. I'm perfectly sane.
Seriously, why does John McAfee still get tagged as an antivirus guy? He resigned from McAfee Associates in 1994, so that's a quarter century. As for making people crazy, he was pretty unstable all along, from the accounts of him pulling out his gun during business meetings.
> Seriously, why does John McAfee still get tagged as an antivirus guy?
It seems to be a shorthand that an individual is noted for what first made their name unless they've achieved something bigger since. So Steve Wozniak is still referred to as Apples co-founder, whereas Elon Musk is known as that Tesla or SpaceX guy and not PayPal's co-founder. Just a theory.
@Dave 126 - "unless they've achieved something bigger"
I tend to agree, but it doesn't have to be a positive achievement. In this case, I argue his achievements in bat-shit craziness have far outstripped his short founding role in the antivirus area.
In this case, I argue his achievements in bat-shit craziness have far outstripped his short founding role in the antivirus area.
Agreed, but most people aren't going to refer to him as "the bat-shit crazy guy, McAfee" in case of libel suits (or something worse involving Tasered genitals).
Faull for poisoning someone's dogs rather than leaving to the authorities and IF McAfee did it (has never been tried and convicted in criminal court yet he;s wrong for having the bloke tortured and killed.
HOWEVER poison the dog of an average dog owner, then I'd wager many would at least mull over the potential to do similar / take passive aggressive vengeance (keying car, gluing locks shut, leaving bricks lying around so ne'er do wells could chuck them through your windows etc....)
>average dog owner
More and more the “average dog owner” is literally incapable of controlling his or her $3000 designer “fur baby”. Like when one poodle started heavily barking towards another in our elevator and the owner didn’t peep a word to calm it down.
My kids are always surprised when I act friendly towards real dogs (i.e. mutts) in the countryside rather than the yapping fashion accessory chihuahuas, pugs and sundry that are becoming the norm in big cities.
I don't mistreat the pugs but I look at their owners with contempt for supporting the breeding of unhealthy animals. Some breeds have have difficulty breathing just to appeal to the aesthetic sense of idiots.
Mutts or carefully bred (i.e not inbred) working breeds are fine.
Some breeds have have difficulty breathing
And I blame the Kennel/Cat Clubs for mandating and enforcing breed standards - which lead to deformed, inbred freaks rather than healthy dogs. As an example - a lot of modern Dachsunds, if not bred on their first season (before the pelvis has fully ossified), have to have cesarians in order to deliver the pups since they have been specifically bred to be longer and longer - which has damaged the breed viability as a whole.
And don't get me started on the whole 'designer breed' thing. Breeding cats with dachsund-style legs is *not* a good thing - it's an abomination.
Give me a crossbreed mutt any time.
 Or Jack Russels - they started of as crossbreed mutts anyway and the gene pool is big enough to keep them healthy. And if I were to get a GSD now, it sure as hell wouldn't be a British one - I'd go to Germany where they don't insist on having the stupid arch in the back and rear hips much lower than the front. Nice straight backs, healthy dogs.
Friend of mine got a purebred. Lived to 18 months, most of it starving, due to some canine version of Crohn’s, common in that breed. He’s quite proud of his 12 yr old second dog being a mutt.
There’s a reason even primitive humans have extremely strong taboos about incest and inbreeding. Some pure bred dogs live about 2 yrs less on average due to inherited defects. If you’re a dog lover, might wanna consider that beforehand - animals are not toys.
Along with overfeeding Fido.
I think he gets that dogs bark, it mire the yapping of little bags fo fur that are seen as essential along with rose gold iPhones and boggo Audi A3 1.4 diesels with 'S-Line' badges.
I'm of the same opinion. I like dogs that do what dogs do, paired up with owners that understand a) their pet and b) that not everyone else necessarily appreciates them. Expecting me to indulge in their decision to not control, train or restrain (when needed) is not really on.
It's not aggression. He wags his tail and barks.
Thing is that never passes with cops, they'll always shoot the dog on spec. They've even been known to shoot dogs that have been locked in a cage because it's the easiest thing to do. For that matter, cops and dogs don't mix at all, cops are just too trigger happy.
chihuahuas, pugs and sundry
They are all still dogs and will respond in (largely) the same way as bigger dogs. And they are still 'real' dogs - it's not their fault that they are owned by shallow, vapid owners who see them as fashion accessories.
Much like staffies - we've had a couple of half-staffies now and a more loyal dog you could never find. It's a real shame that, at the moment, they seem to be the 'hard nut dog of choice' (much like Rotties were a while back) and owned by people who think it's amusing to give them minimal training - and most of that is in aggression.
Blame the owners, not the dogs.
 Our first dog was a GSD-Rottie cross rescue (got at 3 months old). The most laid-back and unaggressive dog I've ever had. Then when he was 9 months old, we got a dobie-rottie cross to keep him company. In every matter apart from food, she ruled him with a paw of iron and he loved it. Then we inherited MiL's staffie-JR cross and miniture dachshund when she shuffled off. The one most likely to bite was the dachshund..
 I grew up with Boxer dogs. Wonderful dogs but somewhat exhausing to keep up with.. Like Staffies, they have a very stong protective drive.
I am not a dog guy. Actually I pretty much disliked dogs for a long time.
That is until my housemate got a Staffie. Pure bred. And she is one of the most relaxed, laid back animal I have ever met. She never barks, unless it as birds, or Nemesis [A dog across the road, that barks a lot. Seems she is sick of him :P]
Not even that - at least not in UK law (I can't understand US law it seems to be at the whim of the Judge of the day), but I suspect the sentiment is the same. I.e. in a civil case it is just balance of probabilities (usually best lawyer's arguments) whereas in criminal it is much higher and is presumed innocent unless they can be found guilty 'beyond reasonable doubt' - any doubt that they might not be guilty that is reasonable means they remain innocent.
The fact that if you don't defend means you automatically lose in a civil case also points more towards guilty (or at least liable) unless you can convince otherwise.
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I don't get it... why if he's guilty isn't there jail time but just a fine?
It's not a fine. Wrongful death is a civil case, not a criminal one. The money won't be going to the government but to the plaintiffs of the case.
Also, there's no burden of proof in civil cases, and even if there were it wouldn't matter in this particular case because he didn't bother to show up to the court date. If you don't show up to a civil court date in the US you lose. That simple.That's what they mean by a default judgement.
A few years ago, I designed and deployed a McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator module for a customer whose contract I was on. I wanted to title it "John" but had to go with something more prosaic. Lesson learned. I will use "John" as the internal name for anything of this nature I write so it will live on in the code even if the display name is different.
Skyhigh Security, formed from the Secure Service Edge (SSE) pieces of McAfee Enterprise and FireEye, today announced its name and data-guarding portfolio.
CEO Gee Rittenhouse, who led McAfee Enterprise Cloud and is a former Cisco security executive, said Skyhigh aims to shift practitioners' focus from granting or blocking network access to resources, to fine-grain monitoring and protection of applications and data even after people have logged in.
Instead of simply securing access to an application, Skyhigh examines what people and machines do with the software, and how they use information with in once their identity has been verified and access granted, Rittenhouse said.
BlackBerry security researchers have identified a ransomware family targeting English-speaking victims that is capable of erasing all non-system files from infected Windows PCs.
LokiLocker, a ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) family with possible origins in Iran, was first seen in the wild in mid-August 2021, BlackBerry Threat Intelligence researchers write in a blog post today.
"It shouldn't be confused with an older ransomware family called Locky, which was notorious in 2016, or LokiBot, which is an infostealer," they say. "It shares some similarities with the LockBit ransomware (registry values, ransom note filename), but it doesn't seem to be its direct descendant."
Infamous ransomware group Conti is now the target of cyberattacks in the wake of its announcement late last week that it fully supports Russia's ongoing invasion of neighboring Ukraine, with the latest hit being the leaking of its source code for the public to see.
This disclosure comes just days after an archive leaked containing more than a year's worth of instant messages between members of Conti, believed to be based in Russia: we're talking 400 files and tens of thousands of lines of internal chat logs written in Russian. The internal communication files include messages that run from January 2021 to February 27 of this year.
Conti announced on February 25 that it was giving its "full support" to Russia's attack on Ukraine, adding the threat that, "If anybody will decide to organize a cyberattack or any war activities against Russia, we are going to use our all possible resources to strike back at the critical infrastructures of an enemy."
LogoWatch Newly combined security outfits McAfee Enterprise and FireEye have revealed a new name: "Trellix".
Readers may find the name familiar, as another tech company used the same name in the 1990s and early 2000s when it offered intranet and web published tools such as Trellix Web.
In 2001, this press release announced that Trellix had licensed tech from a company called Pyra Labs, which operated a service called "Blogger". Yes, that Blogger – the platform Google acquired in 2003 and which was quickly found to have serious security problems. A year after the Pyra Labs news, we reported that Trellix was acquired by Interland, which rated it as possessing "the best technology in terms of novice users creating professional quality websites".
The UK's Competition and Markets Authority has invited comments from industry and interested parties about NortonLifeLock's proposed $8bn purchase of fellow infosec outfit Avast.
The merger inquiry will run until the 16 March when the comments will be collated and assessed to determine if there is sufficient concern to warrant a deeper investigation.
"The CMA is considering whether it is or may be the case that this transaction, if carried into effect, will result in the creation of a relevant merger situation under the merger provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002," it said.
Those hoping for some respite from the world's ongoing woes are out of luck, apparently.
FireEye and McAfee, whose business models center around charging enterprises money to protect their networks from cyber-threats, issued a joint report this week predicting next year you'll see an increase in cyber-threats, particularly those against enterprise networks and the staff who run them.
"The time to repurpose vulnerabilities into working exploits will be measured in hours and there’s nothing you can do about it ... except patch," wrote FireEye's Fred House in a note accompanying the 2022 Enterprise Threat Predictions report.
British-American software tycoon John McAfee was found dead in his cell in a Barcelona prison on Wednesday.
Spain’s high court – the Audiencia Nacional – had just hours earlier agreed to his extradition to America to stand trial. He was accused of tax evasion, and of breaking securities law while pocketing $23m from cryptocurrency promotions and associated deals.
The 75-year-old antivirus baron – who founded McAfee Associates in the 1980s and made a fortune before more or less retiring in the mid-1990s – was being held in Sant Esteve Sesrovires. He was arrested at Barcelona airport in October 2020, and had been behind bars ever since.
The UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has reached agreement with antivirus vendor McAfee that means some customers whose software subscription was automatically renewed will be able to get a refund.
The deal follows a lengthy investigation into the antivirus sector that kicked off in 2018 amid concerns that "some firms in the industry may not be complying with consumer law."
It's quite the slap on the wrist for McAfee, whose software tends to be bundled with a large number of devices sold in the UK. Customers who signed up with the company may not have understood the ins and outs of auto-renewal, hence the CMA action.
McAfee will sell off its enterprise business to private equity firm Symphony Technology Group (STG) for $4bn in cash, the venerable security biz announced on Monday.
The deal comes just months after McAfee went public and the news saw its share price jump three per cent. After selling off its enterprise arm McAfee will focus on its consumer security business, using its wide brand recognition to grab more of the growing cybersecurity market. Meanwhile, STG adds another enterprise security scalp to its growing collection.
It is with some irony then that the man whose name is that brand – founder John McAfee – is again in trouble for alleged illegal behavior. On Friday, McAfee was indicted by the US authorities on fraud and money laundering conspiracy charges. It follows a separate indictment for tax evasion in October, for which McAfee was arrested in Spain.
Security vendor McAfee has detected an attack it believes was likely aimed at telecoms companies in the hope of stealing information related to 5G networks.
McAfee has named the attack “Operation Diànxùn” and says it resembles past attacks perpetrated by groups named RedDelta and Mustang Panda. Both groups have been associated with China by other security researchers.
The attack begins, McAfee’s researchers assert, with visits to a faked Huawei careers page. Phishing may be a factor in driving traffic to that site, which serves up fake jobs and real malware.
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