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Iowa sysadmin pleads guilty to 33-year identity theft of former coworker

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Re: Why did he do it ?

I generally agree with your comment. The time eating complexities of this (and others - as in a recent spoofed hack of a friend’s bank account a month ago requiring hours and hours online and phone) burn up precious time and expertise—such as it may be—of the police.

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A true horror tale -

Loopholes and mistakes and nastiness made this possible. My skin crawls at the very thought of our vulnerability amidst the evolving internet overlording.

British Library pushes the cloud button, says legacy IT estate cause of hefty rebuild

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Re: Somebody else's computer not?

Personally I am going NAS and our household has a mere repository of ~2K books and many photos and vids. Cloud is convenient but a raid NAS looks better than that.

Exposed: Chinese smartphone farms that run thousands of barebones mobes to do crime

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Re: Let's remember the real victims here

Yes, of course they will be heavenly rewarded for being so Virtuous. I will show myself to the door now.

Chinese Coathanger malware hung out to dry by Dutch defense department

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China, Russia, or UTC+8 = N Korea?

N Korea is an alternate culprit capable and motivated to be distributing this Fortinet exploit.

Double trouble for Fortinet as it issues critical FortiSIEM vulns

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Fortinet been Fortineted?

"The security information and event management (SIEM) “an approach to security management that combines SIM (security information management) and SEM (security event management) functions into one security management system.”

Security information and event management systems address the three major challenges that limit rapid incident response:

The vast amount of unaggregated security data makes it hard to see what’s happening and prioritize threats.

IT teams are understaffed/undertrained due to the cybersecurity skills gap.

The need to demonstrate compliance takes time away from threat identification and response."


FBI confirms it issued remote kill command to blow out Volt Typhoon's botnet

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Had that gear

We had ancient Netgear router (supplied by carrier/Verizon) and updated couple of months ago. Installer was to return older router to Verizon for our credit but was blown away how old and outdated it was. He laughed and said it wasn’t worth anything and he would dispose of it at office.

To bad we didn’t wait for FBI to put it out of its misery.

Doom is 30, and so is Windows NT. How far we haven't come

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Gestures coming up - at last...

Apple's 2024 rollout of its #VisonPro headset will bring with it a true gesture GUI. I mean there is no keyboard/mouse/pad in the "room" there. Voice and gestures will be it. About time.

Cop a load of this DIY e-ink calendar to help plan those projects you'll never finish

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So CP/M emulation and Turbo Pascal COULD run on this. I used a Z-80 Card in an Apple 11E and ran Pascal on it for a class at JC long ago. The lab at school had nothing but PCs. I worked full Tim over the hill in Santa Clara and night class was in Santa Cruz that made for. Avery long day but inescapable if I wanted to code and do printouts. So the 11E got me through, saving hours and hours of traffic..

Russia scrambles to bootstrap HPC clusters with native tech

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Re: Its too late for Putin

Ukraine is already divided. .

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True, true

He’s been ordained to Make Russia great again(?)

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Rule of scofflaw Re: See ? That's what all those EULA's were for !

In Afghanistan as well, maybe last year’s tech. Also Odessa.

US Army journal's top paper from 2021 says Taiwan should destroy TSMC if China invades

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ROC (Taiwan) has looked at Asymmetrical response to PRC aggression for years

Audio sucks but at a scrum for statements from Taiwan's Vice Minister of Defense Andrew Nien-Dzu Yang 2013 in DC. It's inaudible but he states Taiwan is read to challenge PRC attacks with asymmetric tactics. Could this mean devices already exist to disable TSMC and other manufacturers in case of invasion?


US nuke sub plans leaked on SD card hidden in peanut butter sandwich, claims FBI

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No thit!

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I think PB & Bananas is fitting. But what do I know?

Scalpel! Superglue! This mouse won't fix its own ball

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Re: Ball crud

Still using a mousepad from 2011 (I know 'cause it was custom and says "Get A Job" with a 2011 calendar printed on it). Optical mouse though.

Elizabeth Holmes' plan to avoid her Theranos fraud trial worked out about as well as her useless blood-testing machines

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Re: Hold on lads!

And faith-based “reality” castles/silos.

Brexit border-line issues: Would you want to still be 'testing' software designed to stop Kent becoming a massive lorry park come 31 December?

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Re: Stockpile your popcorn

And the fan that would processing the s**t will cost 3x the present price - and that when and if it arrives after a 15 day delay on its way from Italy. Ugh

'Unfixable' boot ROM security flaw in millions of Intel chips could spell 'utter chaos' for DRM, file encryption, etc

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Re: The best.

Faaaak now I have a headache.

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Re: The best.

But that’s not a point, let alone THE point.

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Re: And none of this is important

Or not.

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Re: And none of this iand you do realize...s important

This is some Daniel Craig, 007 type shit here. So X has compromised every #Intel #CPU for generations of versions. And Q doesn’t have an answer. In theory. .

A dirty dozen of Bluetooth bugs threaten to reboot, freeze, or hack your trendy gizmos from close range

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Re: I'm looking forward to the SIGRIDTOOTH...

But, but...is my upcoming Viking cruise secure?

Not call, dude: UK govt says guaranteed surcharge-free EU roaming will end after Brexit transition period. Brits left at the mercy of networks

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Re: Something they don't teach in Norwegian schools...

Has anyone mentioned Norway Rail? ‘Cause we’re sure going off them.

LastPass stores passwords so securely, not even its users can access them

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Their attention ain’t gonna be on anything but the friend.

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Posted it

Red ones or yellow ones? Please, it’s confusing when we’re in there trying to take phone pics of them all

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I have two too

Have a “top-of-the-line” pw mgr with 2FA activated with all the bells n whistles (but I don’t use all of those things that make online life “easier”) anyway - periodically I export the db cvs and store it on a remote encrypted cloud, an external hd, AND import it into another pw mgr I subscribed to for a year just to test it out - one thing about pe mgr 2 is it uses authenticator - better than a text/code. My God, in these 27 character pw days, depending on any ONE service is foolish. Also, at least on iOS, one can use the Safari browser to download a pdf copy of the db and save it ON MY PHONE som no cloud needed.

Unlocking news: We decrypt those cryptic headlines about Scottish cops bypassing smartphone encryption

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Re: The FEDs want remote access...

That’s “duct”, “Duct” I say.

Put the crypt into cryptocoin: Amid grave concerns, lawyers to literally dig into exchange exec who died owing $190m

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My two coin

Now THAT’S what I call a dead issue.

FUSE for macOS: Why a popular open source library became closed source and commercially licensed

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Re: I understand where the dev is coming from but ....

And the REAL cost - the years or decades of proprietary updates and maintenance whereas a license model keeps everyone on the same page and shares development cost, etc.

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Re: Seems fairly fair

Nothing is free and FUSE is mot nothing. It’s nothing to pay something for something but that concept becomes a mob scene of reflexive users whose ideal is “free” stuff, that overcomes even wee pangs of guilt or considered thought, and damn any rational process that stands in the impatient stampede.

Reasons to be fearful 2020: Smishing, public Wi-Fi, deepfakes... and all the usual suspects

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Re: Predictions from fraud specialist Experian

I still have some minor biz back in the home country so a tiny but necessary ckg account keeps me in the frantically urgent update msg loop. When an employee at the institution cut and ran with a ton of customer data, the solution boasted of the “well known and highly regarded” infosec US company Experian’s services that were offered free to customers for like, 5 years. I asked some old homeboys and girls grabbing the free stuff if they had ever heard of Experian. A resounding nope.

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Clueless and cluelesser

No thanks to Experian and its rue. I am, at least daily, appalled at the sloppy [internet] habits of my “boomer” friends. Most, I’d say 95%, have no comprehensible idea of what a vpn is or kinda how it works. Yet while I rant wearily and futilely about security and spend some precious pension funds on it, they blithely log into any old free wifi spot, and conduct [their] family financial matters at an order [or two] of magnitude greater than my pittance. This is truly a new meaning for “open source”—that is a rich petri dish for scam after scam, and Experian.

Welcome to the World Of Tomorrow, where fridges suffer certificate errors. Just like everything else

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True, true

LOL I can READ “use before #Brexit on the paté. Nice.

Astronaut Tim Peake reminds everyone about the time Excel mangled his contact list on stage at Microsoft AI event

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Re: Hey Boris

Yes, but teamwork is sorely missing on the Boris side and the naystayers side. AI might apply here for a better outcome.

The time a Commodore CDTV disc proved its worth as something other than a coaster

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ATDT ———————-boing

My MacBook Woe: I got up close and personal with city's snatch'n'dash crooks (aka some bastard stole my laptop)

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I use Carbon Copy Cloner (for years) for weekly total HD backups on 2TB HD locked up in a safe - and it’s bootable. Also use Mac’s TimeMachine 24/7. Of course my Mac is not a laptop. I travel a lot and use my phone, even for MS Office if I need to write something Cloud: iCloud, Dropbox, Box, OneDrive. And a paid password manager. IPhone was ripped off two years ago and I watched my phone migrate around the District of Columbia, with me posting messages, etc. After 24 hours I locked it. Day after that I wiped it and had my carrier kill it.

Sorry about the MacBook. Maybe an honest person will get hold of it and you’ll get it back.

South Africans shivering in the dark after file-scrambling nasty hits Johannesburg power biz

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Freezing burning

I disembarked from a Rhine River cruise two days ago. We enjoyed? a day of 104°F heat. Talking to another passenger over a cold bier, he said he’d just gotten email from “home” SA as it turns out and how it was “freezing back home.”

10 PRINT Memorial in New Hampshire marks the birthplace of BASIC

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Re: BASIC predates microcomputers!

Took up programming late 70’s as a machinist/tool maker taking on programming 4 CNC machines. One “perk” a tool purchase program by employer deducted 10% of cost off bi-weekly paycheck. When I moved on from my personal hobby VIC20 (learned BASIC including a Commadore ca$$ette tape!) bought as a tool Apple IIe loaded with printer, mouse card and mouse, 140K floppy drive, color monitor. Justified by finding bare-bones software for geo and trig calculation for work.

Then got a Z80 card so I could run CP/M and Turbo Pascal when I enrolled for a night class in Pascal. School equipped with MSDOS PCs only but a working guy with two very young kids, horrible commutes had no time to hang out in the labs. I would develop my school assignments at home then take my printout/listing in and re-enter and compile my Pascal to submit. There was no way I could have submitted online. Awkward but it worked. And the machining? Eventually convinced cheapskate employer to go with a machine programming package running on Windows.

Boeing admits 737 Max sims didn't accurately reproduce what flying without MCAS was like

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Re: Say, what? A0A stallism

The engines don’t “stall”, the aircraft does—if the angle of attack goes too high - all a problem due to the repositioning of larger engines for the Max that increased tendency of the nose to be pulled up under high power conditions (takeoff) - this in turn due to Boeing’s urgent need to cut lead time to deploy a new plane that was similar enough to previous 737 models it cut training times as Airbus had leapfrogged Boeing with a new model. Thus a botched and unfinished compromise. Maybe fixed now? I’m taking a boat.

UK's planned Espionage Act will crack down on Snowden-style Brit whistleblowers, suspected backdoored gear (cough, Huawei)

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Intel 4 amateurs

George? smile at the camera please.

It's 2019 and a WhatsApp call can hack a phone: Zero-day exploit infects mobes with spyware

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Re: A waste of good breath?

Sad, ironic, sarcastic, but true. But still, I am also free to donate to Amnesty Int. As a side comment, wasn’t Manafort snagged interfering with witnesses via Whatsapp logs?

'Lightweight' UPS-style flywheels to power naval laser zappers

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Re: F1 KERS flywheels ?????

Hmmmm, that’s all about gyroscopes. Energy storage pads are a whole different game. Yes, in a rough sea, the 300 lb. pods would “hop” around a bit unless well lashed.

Sorry, Samsung. Seems nobody is immune to peak smartphone

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That's '"o" great guru"

FYI: Drone maker DJI's 'Get it on Google Play' website button definitely does not get the app from Google Play...

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Yes true Play reports to devs. However, the D/L stats from the sketchy DVI service is high value. 1. The users are, as cited, likely to have download security switched off even after install has completed. 2. DVI drones provide tons of intel: 3D Geolocation, video, various attachments that are available. Not that EVERY non-play install forever compromises a phone, but that list is a good place to start an attack.

Alaskan borough dusts off the typewriters after ransomware crims pwn entire network

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Re: 1st rule of an IT system...

Or their chainsaws on Win 7 PCs

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Re: Using windows in a business environment is negligent in of itself.

But...but. Isn't it Windows 7 PCs - or all 7 of them? I am confused.

Any social media accounts to declare? US wants travelers to tell

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Re: What if you just don’t tell them? WHAT?

That’s a crime and leverage to inflict endless, ludicrous grief.

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As long as the rivers flow etc.

I’m an American Indian (that’s what it says on card I must carry 24-7) and can live on both sides of the border - I will leave determining that up to you. Need no visa to be in US. And my hearing aids need the paired app om my iphone. And these inept, pedantic fools can peremptorily grab my phone? Is my password keeper a social app? My pwds are unknown to me without it. What a moronic policy. And there is NOWHERE NEAR the smart staffing in existance to handle this mess

One in three Android Wear owners also uses ... an iPhone

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Re: Will it play nicer with iOS?

Ralph B - good point. The more seamless iOS ecosystem is a huge drawing point in favor of the Apple watch. Not that I would consider one until battery systems have improved to something like a month, at least, something not likely any time soon.

I pair my iPhone with my hearing aids for full functionality - phone calls, music, and...hearing tuning control with the app, of course. If the sad state of the comparable app available on Android's platform [for same hearing aids] is an indication of functionality with Google's watch cobbled into iOS, I'll keep my 12 year old Casio, thank you.