back to article China-linked Budworm crew burrows hole in US state legislature systems

Advanced persistent threat group (APT) Budworm has shifted targets after hitting the Middle East, Europe and Asia, and was caught this week trying to break into the systems of an unnamed US state legislature. Symantec's Threat Hunter team reported the intrusion, saying it has all the hallmarks of an attack from Chinese-linked …

  1. TimMaher Silver badge

    99.9 of transactions

    Were sent without fraud.

    Have these people not heard of uptime requirements or an SLA?

    1. Kevin McMurtrie Silver badge

      Re: 99.9 of transactions

      They mean 99.9% of transactions have no fraud report on record. Those banks typically propose expensive or difficult options when someone seeks help, even avoiding mention of services guaranteed by law.

      1. DS999 Silver badge

        Re: 99.9 of transactions

        1 in a thousand transactions being fraudulent, if that was true across all financial transactions, would be an unfathomably massive amount of fraud.

  2. Lordrobot

    Dumpster Crime on the rise

    Clearly, Democrats need to make Dumpsters illegal.

  3. martinusher Silver badge

    Another Day, but the same threat profile

    I was reading just the other day about another successful ransomware attack that followed the usual profile -- a bit of social engineering drives a vulnerable system to a website that's able to download malware to the target system and so on.

    When are we going to learn that allowing remote execution of any code is likely to cause problems? The problem is never Chinese this or Russian that (often the puerps tend to live in more prosaic places like Southhampton but that doesn't make for good news copy). The problem is that we're still designing and distributing lousy code that breaks all sorts of fundamental design rules. "They" know this and seem to be hardening their systems, why can't "we"?

    1. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

      Re: Another Day, but the same threat profile

      I refer you to the entire body of software security research.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Stolen political signs? Cry me a river...

    The only case I can think of where removing a political sign isn't technically benefitting the public is if they're on the property of the person who placed the sign or gave permission for it. Most are in public right-of-ways, where legally they're classified as litter. I really wish they were specifically called out as illegal "street spam" and prosecuted. It's not like someone will say "hey, I've seen 200 signs for ____, therefore I should vote for them".

    At least the corrugated plastic ones can be glued together to make pretty good boffer shields. I picked up a bunch after the last election.

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