* Posts by JCitizen

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Details of Beijing's new Hong Kong security law signal end to more than two decades of autonomy

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Maybe Australia could make some kind of offer that would not include some kind of apartheid like that land deal would. Of course I doubt they were serious; but really I think it would be a boon to the Australian economy! Of course I would think Taiwan might consider letting migrants to go there; although I don't know what the attitude is, for fearing PRC retribution.

CyberX, CyberX, does whatever a CyberX does. Locks IoT, machines too, Microsoft got it, so will you

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Azure disaster..

I wouldn't touch Azure with a 10 foot pole. Back in 2010 when "Windows Azure" started, I had a client that found out the network was riddled with nation state bad actors and IP industrial espionage agents!

Once exposed to one of these, they'd take over your local network, and machines, and block all communications that would result in getting help to extricate yourself from tar baby! The victim was forced to contact Microsoft by mail, and the team at Azure would not lift a finger to help these hapless associates! I was so mad at the time, I thought whoever was running Azure at Redmond should be shot up against a wall!! Needless to say, after all the fighting to regain control over their life, their business was wrecked! Avoid Azure at all costs!

I myself had to contact my ISP to ask them to restore their switch and routers images, because the crooks had made it impossible for people to call me on the land line!! Fortunately my security on the network perimeter, and my in depth security posture, blocked any take over of my network and hardware. The phone company/ISP thought I was crazy until they did what I asked and found out I was right!

Brit police's use of facial-recognition tech is lawful, no need to question us, cops' lawyer tells Court of Appeal

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Food for thoughts and comparison...

Okay - I get the reasons for push back - and that is healthy in any free society. But I live in a small town, where EVERYBODY knows who you are and probably even know things that are true, that even I didn't know myself, or forgot, at least. So it is difficult for me to see what all the fuss about cameras and facial recognition is all about. Now we do occasionally have a crime in Smallville, and everyone usually thinks they know who did it, but they are rarely correct, but because everyone sees everyone else going down the street, and they know them, it is probably assumed by a person from the large metropolis that Joe Local Sixpack is a goner for good in the courts; but that is rarely how it turns out. Here is the reason why - no matter how well the witness thinks they saw Joe going down the street near the crime scene near the correct time of the incident, they STILL have to prove the ID of the crook under suspicion. This part never ceases to amaze me, because when the police do a line up so the witness(es) can ID the perp, it never fails that they flunk the test for ID of the real perp!!

So I figure even if the plod have the suspect on CCTV, the court should wait until a camera facial recognition can survive a line up. Why not? Is this machine any better than a real human eye witness? Well actually I should hope so, but I have my doubts. Even people in my town have got away with murder, so just how bad is this surveillance after all. I really don't fear public recognition machines at all. It just comes from being from a small town - your mileage may differ.

Sorry to drone on and on but have you heard of Ingenuity? NASA's camera-copter is ready to head off to Mars

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Re: Why

After watching that earth bound lab test of the drone deployment, I don't have a lot of confidence it is going to work. It looked like they had a couple of technicians with crow bars trying to get the deployment mechanism to work. We all know how disasters happen so easy on Mars! I reference the failed drilling device on that last fiasco!

There are DDoS attacks, then there's this 809 million packet-per-second tsunami Akamai says it just caught

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@Marketing Hack and AndyD 8-)₹

I bet almost 90% of the problem was IoT devices!! Exactly spot on Marketing Hack and AndyD 8-)₹ !

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Re: And the next step...

Well, we all know what this is - the article says a huge percentage of the IPs were brand new addresses; so it has to be the recent flood of IoT devices people are buying in droves. These folks will not have a clue as to what is causing the problem, even if they got a call from the ISP. What needs to happen is the government is going to have to step in and make a law that requires all device manufacturers put in configurations to assure, that these can't be hacked within seconds like they are now. The industry will be livid, because the clueless customers won't know how to get around the configurations to make the device work, but tough. That is just the way it is!

My last brand new router was fortunately setup this way, and they even gave me the wi-fi password, so I wouldn't have to make one up. I believe the cloud side of the remote administration was turned off by default - this is the way to sell device properly. It shouldn't delay too many customers, because most of them will NEVER use the features that make a router vulnerable, so why leave them wide open with standard user ID 'admin', and no password wide open for attack? That is just silly when it isn't that hard to do things the right way.

Australia's Lion brewery hit by second cyber attack as nation staggers under suspected Chinese digital assault

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@My other car is also a Trabant

Where is this right wing media? I watch almost every news service on TV and haven't found one yet! BBC comes as close as I've found, as they seem to report all the news and the uncomfortable news too. Is that your single source?

Backwater internet trolls don't count, they are not big enough to provide coverage to the public at large; just fringe groups and there are plenty of those to keep all flavor if nuthatches happy. That includes Breitbart - nobody even heard of them until the regular news media started screaming about them.

Hey NYPD, when you're done tear-gassing and running over protesters, can you tell us about your spy gear?

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Re: When police beat up protestors

That is peaceful protest done the right way! I read about the incident in a history book, and the soldiers guarding the bridge eventually got so sick of the mayhem, they threw up and passed out, and refused to continue their duty.

NASA to send Perseverance, a new trundle bot, and Ingenuity, the first interplanetary helicopter, to sniff out life on Mars in July

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Re: future generations may well recognize the women and men of Perseverance

Off the top of my head - Gus Grissom, Chaffe, and White - may they rest in peace!

NASA scientists mull sending a spacecraft on a 13-year mission to visit Neptune's 'bizarre' moon, Triton

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Assumptions..

What happened to all those assumptions made when it was first discovered? You know - the tidal functions of the planetary gravity well churning forces below the moon's surface? Maybe I should have got my coat instead?

The girl with the dragnet tattoo: How a TV news clip, Insta snaps, a glimpse of a tat and a T-shirt sold on Etsy led FBI to alleged cop car arsonist

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Re: Gloves and goggles; whoda thought it?

Or rubber bullets - they can put your eye out!

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@Symon

Yep!!

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Re: See

Right on brother!!

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Re: Missing info

How they got this information? Easy! Everybody quit practicing good privacy protection years ago! We put our thoughts, pictures, and video out there in public for all to view - the authorities don't even have to get a warrant anymore to gather PLENTY of information about all of us.

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@RealityisntReal

Exactly what I was thinking!

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@LucreLout - Re: Tut....kids today....

Why would they need unfettered access? Look how easy it is without such snooping. In today's world, where people leave their tracks publicly all over the web, it is a piece of cake to fine out everything you want to know about any potential suspect you can think of! You can even access hacker dumps online from corporate breaches that give a total picture of anything you want to know about anyone. The criminals know me better than I do - I found out when I had to fight them over my bank account and credit cards. It is all public knowledge - especially since the Equifax breach!

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Re: Police cars rest easier

What I'm wondering is why the three letter agencies can't use investigation techniques like this to find terrorists, and quit trying to put back doors in everyone's device, when it isn't even necessary. Good ol' gumshoe work like this could find potential terrorists before they even strike - it is just using common sense deductive reasoning. Doh!

ESET rushes to defend rival Malwarebytes in legal war sparked by vendor upset at 'unwanted program' labeling

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Re: i like ESET

Thank you for that - Panda is the only major AV I haven't tried (I think), besides SOPHOS I suppose.

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Re: Only 2016?

That is exactly what I was thinking! I finally had to tell my clients that if they insisted on continuing using McCr@py products, then they were just going to have to do without my services!

Taiwan aims to trump China with new display tech industry development plan

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Re: China thinks it owns Taiwan anyway

China did the same thing to the Japanese after Nanjing.

Trend Micro pulls another app over security fears: This time, the Privacy Browser in the Dr Safety Android suite

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Trend Micro used to be on top...

In the early part of this century, Trend Micro was the only anti-virus that actually seemed to work - it and NOD32 that is. But after 2007 all bets were off and it seemed non of the AVs I tried did there jobs anymore, except Avast. None the less I temporarily used ESET's NOD32 until I started getting very difficult problems trying to reinstate my license when the subscription ran out. It was so difficult I quit and went to Avast. Now it seems none of the AVs truly detect any of the best malware out there, so I settled on MBAM for now. As long as I keep everything totally updated, at least malware is unlikely to pwn my computer - I'm not even sure MBAM can help any better, but it is a lifetime license, so I'm sticking to it. They don't have their own browser, but they have a Chrome extension that seems to work pretty well so far.

As Uncle Sam flies spy drones over protest-packed cities, Homeland Security asks the public if that's a good idea

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Re: I don't even see an option to make a comment.

@Sherrie Ludwig -

I had forgot about that one - good point. I'd like to think no one would get away with that now days. When you see city leaders being put on the hot plate in the 21st century.

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Re: Purpose of survey questions

Exactly! - Wellyboot

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Re: "lol they're just using them for surveillance"

I totally agree with you Chairman of the Bored!!

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Re: You asked my opinion about drones...

I think drones are the best thing since sliced bread. Why wouldn't military and police use them to the upmost. They already were using helicopters, which were ineffective at identifying the actual bad actors in a crowd. I was trained in riot control in the National Guard, and we always employed snipers with the best visual equipment we could get to surveil from a tall building or other over look in troubled areas. This way the actual bad actors could be discovered, and video documented, and if need be, taken out if the danger to the public is perilous enough.

The only problem is leadership. You have to tip the balance toward 1st Amendment rights and use discretion when surveilling troublesome demonstrations that could blow up in your face. I think it is ridiculous to ham string our LEOs from using the best equipment and hardware available. However it takes good training and leadership which seems to be greatly lacking in these times; as it is obvious too many 1st responders were not behaving under a good SOP governance. Maybe the police went mad and rioted them selves? We need those assets to prove both sides of the equation. It can save lives or weed out bad law enforcement personnel; but it will take good directors and leaders to know the difference and be transparent with the public in their tactics(to a point) and mistakes. Don't tell me it can't be done - that doesn't matter, we need to strive to that goal no matter what.

Another month, another way to smash Intel's SGX security. Let's take a closer look at these latest holes...

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Re: I'm starting to think...

Maybe its time to go to the list of new ARM chips that are invulnerable to Meltdown and both Spectre variations.

Russia drags NASA: Enjoy your expensive SpaceX capsule, our Soyuz is the cheap Kalashnikov of rockets

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You mean reuse both boosters, 1st stage, and capsule - right?

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I thought it was a bear he was riding? Tee Hee!

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Re: Foot in mouth

If I'm not mistaken, we will still keep the Russians on retainer for back up rescue flights; and will be paying millions of dollars for it.

Huawei launches UK charm offensive: We've provided 2G, 3G and 4G for 20 years, and you're worried about 5G?

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Re: Code quality

Got to look deeper than code quality here; there is a good chance that dodgy chips make it into much of the equipment they sell. I friend of mine has examined some of that junk under a microscope, and seen some very questionable circuit paths going on in the CPUs and chip sets.

Because things aren't bad enough already: COVID-19 is going to mess up election security assumptions too

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Get over it already!!

Election officials need to grow a pair and just go down to the election site and do their job - besides we have a good mail in election system in our state, and that is how I will be voting. The machine that counts those ballots is air gapped, and should not need input to work, as it is a simple photo counter and needs no updates. They should just switch to mail in ballots this election!

Don't panic: An asteroid larger than the Empire State Building is flying past Earth this weekend but we're just fine

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Total destruction..

An iron asteroid only 40 feet wide traveling at typical velocities in space, would destroy New York city; so one the size of the Empire State would totally flatten it!!

Facebook to save US users from ads bought by foreign state-controlled media

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Re: The Farce Continues

Its all just a US Democratic party paranoia about letting anyone have an opinion and openly express it. Even if you get rid of the foreign influence, comments made by US citizens on FB are shuttered, just because they disagree with the leftist agenda. I never hear complaints from my "progressive" friends about their comments getting stiffed by the FB moderation.

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You got that right crayon..

nuff said.

Creeps give away money to harass recipients with abusive transaction descriptions on bank statements

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Re: How hard is it to trace the source?

Criminals use breach dumps like the ones from the Equifax breach to attempt to verify bogus PayPal accounts, that make micro payments to verify. If the bank or victim doesn't notice, then they take out more money until they are blocked. My bank tells me they cannot trace these to an individual at PayPal, so there is no way to magically trace to identify anyone that is generally doing such transfers, unless, perhaps, they are intrabank transfers by another account holder in the same institution.

REvil ransomware gang publishes 'Elexon staff's passports' after UK electrical middleman shrugs off attack

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Re: Why is passport data in a company server

Here in the US, everyone has to have a copy of their birth certificate, and a Social Security card, and a driver's license, if they do drive. It has been that way for 20 or more years now. No passport needed. If no DL is available a state ID will suffice; just for the official picture. Everywhere I was employed they actually checked the documents to see if they looked legitimate and matched each other on data points. One change that happened recently is that Medicare cards no longer pass for SS ID; because they changed the number on the Medicare cards to protect the SS ID.

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Re: Log all the things

About 98% of ransomware attacks can be prevented by a complicated set of Microsoft Management Console configurations. I fount this out by testing such against the early types of ransomware by testing a product that does the setting by batch file, called CryptoPrevent; however they sold out to a new firm, and I don't know if I trust them yet. Hire a good Microsoft Certified Software Engineer and get the settings that way, and add heuristics on top of that. I think FooliSH-IT used Bit-defender for the heuristic control. That was the original company.

Remember when Republicans said Dems hacked voting systems to rig Georgia's election? There were no hacks

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Re: A dry run for trumps loss in 2020

@LucreLout - In a way that is exactly what the US electoral college does. It allows for victory by popular vote as long as all opposing votes are in lower number that the popular vote for one candidate. In other words, if the opposing party and all other party votes add up to more numbers, then the college kicks in. Since all votes count; the representatives of the college cover all parties involved and can throw in for whatever candidate they think can still win. Even Hillary could have garnered that vote, but she pulled a beginners stunt and assumed she was so popular that the college didn't matter; that doesn't go down well with those representatives, that plan can backfire on you, and it did. There are several instances in US history where the college tipped the balance. I say it is a good system - especially when you get too many parties involved in the national general election. It is the same disaster that happened to the Weimar Republic.

To test its security mid-pandemic, GitLab tried phishing its own work-from-home staff. 1 in 5 fell for it

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@doublelayer

Indeed! Back when PayPal used to put a lot of active graphic content in their emails. I received one that made it through Microsoft filters, because the miscreant copied the images correctly but they weren't active, so it made it to my inbox. Now of course, this email also had my full name on it (probably from the Equifax breach), and it fooled me thoroughly. However, after clicking on it, and noticing a totally legit looking login page, my password manager refused to fill the forms. SAVED BY MY PASSWORD MANAGER! *PHEW*!!!

I was never so embarrassed in my life! Needless to say, I reported it to PayPal's spoof address, and the technicians at PayPal were impressed with the caginess of this spoofer! I no longer get active image communications from PayPal, but I don't click on the one link they have either. I've also set my filter to exclusive, which is as high as I can go.

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Phish report..

@It's just me

When I get a phishing email on my Outlook.com web based email account; I never again see the same email, or even close to it, right after I report it. I also get a response from Microsoft thanking me for doing it. I only get a phishing email maybe once a month on average. Other suspicious spam I only get maybe twice a week(ordinary type mostly).

NASA's Human Spaceflight boss hits eject a week before SpaceX crew launch

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Re: Going while the going's good

@Timbo

Have you been reading the Sally Ride report? She recommended the same thing, and even suggested it was the best method of hopping to Mars.

UK takes a step closer to domestic launches as Skyrora fires up Skylark-L

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Good to see..

I'm surprised to see this launch test story so soon after the article about the abandoned Blue Streak (or was it Black Arrow?)UK launch test center! I wonder why they couldn't just us that old facility. It already had the proper flame containment and everything. Or is this a strictly nationalistic move? I don't know that much about UK rivalries, so forgive me for my ignorance.

Tech's Volkswagen moment? Trend Micro accused of cheating Microsoft driver QA by detecting test suite

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Re: They have a credibility problem.

Well - they do now - with me at least. Up until about 2005, Trend Micro was THE antivirus to use, and every office I worked in had adopted to it, so I also bought it for my machines. However it went down hill fast, and I've not seen any evidence it deserves retesting yet. However, I must also admit that probably NO antivirus is very good at detecting the new malware out there, and you are probably better off simply clamping down on vulnerabilities on the OS and all applications on the machine.

I can see Trend's frustration with this, and can even understand why they may have thought using underhanded methods was fighting fire with fire - but it just doesn't work out to be a success for the future. I haven't and won't be recommending Trend Micro for a great while now - they'd have to build up trust all over again for me.

Remember when Securus was sued for recording 14,000 calls between prison inmates and lawyers? It just settled

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Re: A slightly different story but same Idea.

HA! HA! This is Kansas; we don't cotton to no damn Yankee's getting in our biniss here! LOL!

Magecart malware merrily sipped card details, evaded security scans on UK e-tailer Páramo for almost 8 months

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PayPal??

Why would PayPal use a CVV code? Maybe they were directing PayPal to use a credit card on record at PayPal? Seems like using PayPal credit should have solved most of the problem - at least of getting any funds.

If they can attack a PayPal credit transaction like this without using a credit card, you would be better off using something like the browser app downloaded from Capitol One, that assigns payment to only the retail store you are doing business with. If the crook tries to use the same card data, even with the CVV code,l it will not work and the crook loses. I believe it is called Eno ®

There are several credit cards with similar features, and even a free well known web site that lets you create a single transaction credit file for doing the same thing. The URL escapes me at the moment, but any web search would easily turn it up.

India opens its space industry to private companies

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Risk?

Guiana Space Centre - Isn't that controlled by the French? How risky is it for India to entrust their entire launch program to foreign soil locations?

You can't have it both ways: Anti-coronavirus masks may thwart our creepy face-recog cameras, London cops admit

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Re: Why bother?

It is a wonder armed robberies haven't gone up now that everyone is wearing a mask; nobody would notice if a bank robber walked into a bank wearing one!

Quick Q: Er, why is the Moon emitting carbon? And does this mean it wasn't formed from Theia hitting Earth?

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Re: It was the Apollo astronauts

I had a pellet cooker that made absolutely the best cook out quisine I'v ever consumed. It had a glow starter for the pellets, but was supposed to be a slow cooker, as that is what made the food so good. I just had to start a little earlier cooking, but a remote temperature gauge allowed me to go inside and prepare other items, so it didn't seem slow at all.

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Re: And this is why it's always a bad idea...

I must say as a layman, and not a professional scientist, that it is easier to believe moons were simply separate bodies that formed apart from the host planet, when you are talking about gas giants. Such large planets could easily capture a moon and it could still be a stable orbit. But with Earth sized planets the moons of Mars are the most believable captured into orbit, because they are much smaller and less massive. To see our moon so large and so close to the Earth is a wonder of planetary evolution to someone like me.

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Re: And this is why it's always a bad idea...

Now you've done it! You have spoiled my opinion of the BBC,which I previously thought the most truthful and unbiased news agency in the world! Oh woe is me! Is Al Jazeera the only one left? ;-)

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