* Posts by James12345

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Palo Alto Networks patches 9.8 severity CVE in popular GlobalProtect product

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Facepalm

It must have been a slow day in the Reg news room

Furious Reg reader John needs to relax before he has a heart attack. It's not healthy getting so stressed about stuff as minor as this. (Furious Reg reader John was too good a forum name not to use, so I've taken it!)

Patch your firewalls that are running Ver 8.1.16 or older, as 8.1.17 fixes the issue. BTW - 8.1.17 was released over a year ago. If you are stuck on the 8.1 train, then you should already be running 8.1.20 and be evaluating 8.1.21 (or have already deployed it).

The release trains for 9.0.x / 9.1.x / 10.0.x / 10.1.x have never had the issue.

Really not sure why The Reg is getting its panties in a knot about this one.

Epic battle latest: Judge reminds Apple it has 30 days to let apps link out to non-Apple payment systems

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Don't be silly - this article is clearly fake news - Apple would never speak to El Reg.

NSO fails once again to claim foreign sovereign immunity in WhatsApp spying lawsuit

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Re: What's the best end result Meta can aim for?

So it's basically vexatious litigation, and should be thrown out of court?

James12345

What's the best end result Meta can aim for?

Assuming Meta win the case, what can they hope for in the ruling? NSO are not a US firm, and could presumably just shut up shop in the US, but carry on operating outside the US.

Is the main aim to prevent other US firms from dealing with NSO, so NSO won't be able to use any cloud or hosting firms? Aren't the US sanctions on NSO already the equivalent to this? Can a civil dispute between two firms affect other businesses?

Or is this just a way for Meta to say it's not our fault that a flaw in our system let some third party attack you, so don't blame us, we're not the bad guys here?

US Dept of Commerce sanctions NSO Group, Positive Technologies, other makers of snoopware

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No need to pay any more

It sounds like the NSA/CIA/FBI have compromised NSO and Candiru to a sufficient enough level that there is no longer any need to buy their products. Once you know all the exploits being used, you don't need the third party exploit broker.

However, I wonder how much the US actually spent with these two firms. I'm guessing relatively little, as the services offered are aimed at less technologically capable states.

On the purchasing side, I guess that rules out Cisco, HP, Dell, Apple etc as direct hardware and software suppliers, but there are plenty of non-US suppliers and non-direct resellers.

"Biden-Harris administration's commitment to put human rights at the center of US foreign policy" - ROFL - only after they sanction all dealings with China can they start to claim that human rights are at the centre, with this move being nothing more than woke posturing.

India's Supreme Court starts probe into use of Pegasus spyware

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"The Court is concerned about the possibility that a foreign entity is involved" - so Tata or Wipro just need to buy NSO to make everything OK. I also suspect the human rights industry and the media in general would find their pants far less twisted about Pegasus if it wasn't an Israeli firm.

Nine floors underground, Oracle's Israel data centre can 'withstand a rocket, a missile or even a car bomb'

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Coat

Less of a worry about disruption in Israel than in France. If Oracle don't give the French preferential treatment, they'll pull the plug and blockade the entrances.

Russia-based criminals are still the UK's number 1 cyber-foe, NSO Group's wares a 'red flag' says NCSC chief

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FAIL

Dickhead

I think you might have over inflated this story by equating it with the Germans and their allies efforts at exterminating 6 million Jews and their other millions of victims - this does not "fall in line" with that.

Apple emergency patches fix zero-click iMessage bug used to inject NSO spyware

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Re: Autocratic governments, that's a broad brush nowadays.

Lolz - the English have been subservient to the Scottish minority for centuries. This is yet another example of the greedy Scots trying to heap even more on to their plates.

United Nations calls for moratorium on sale of surveillance tech like NSO Group's Pegasus

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Re: IBM mainframe search engine)

It probably was IBM who were first, around 30 years before HARVEST, and IBM will definitely have the most blood on their hands, even after all this time.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_and_the_Holocaust

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Re: "has little chance"

The corruption is across the board.

James12345

Re: "has little chance"

Unfortunately, you extremely naive to expect the UN to be either moral or ethical.

Israeli authorities investigate NSO Group over Pegasus spyware abuse claims

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Re: NSO caught with its pants down

It depends on if it is a Security Council item, where the US has the ability to veto items. The UK also has that ability, but tends to be more than happy to put the boot into Israel.

Amnesty International and French media protection org claim massive misuse of NSO spyware

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Facepalm

Did the Mossad steal your shoe?

I think if Google and Apple knew about the vulnerabilities, they would fix them, and not keep them in a file marked "Stuff that breaks our products, but we can't be bothered to fix", while they wait for a third party to find the file.

Microsoft, Google, Citizen Lab blow lid off zero-day bug-exploiting spyware sold to governments

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Re: never totally clear

This is probably going to be too long for you to read, but here goes.

"Yet the indigenous peoples of the area [are] supposed to be happy that their historic lands were sliced off, and just sit there and say "Thank you Sir, can I have another?!"." - no, they didn't and that is why the indigenous Jews fought against the invading Arab armies, and fortunately won. There is now one tiny state in the mid-east that protects its Jewish, Christian, Moslem, and citizens of any religion. It has to win every war it gets dragged into, because the first time it loses is when you will witness what genocide and ethnic cleaning really look like.

You may just not know about the real, actual ethnic cleansing that happened in the Arab world, or you may just think the people who were ethnically cleansed deserved it, but the one positive thing that came out of it is that those people who made it out alive are now safe. The negative is that those countries that killed or threw out their Jews are basket cases and will remain so for a long, long time.

Many more Palestinians have been killed by the Jordanians, Syrians and Lebanese than have been killed by Israelis. But the world only gets worried about the Palestinians when Jews can be purported to be at blame.

If you really believe "While they do onto others the equivalent of what they are very actively trying to prevent happen to themselves." is actually the case, you have no idea what is actually happening, and should really educate yourself.

Most of the mid-east was "granted" to the various governments in the region from the remains of the Ottoman Empire. Syria expanded its "grant" at will by effectively taking over Lebanon. Iran in turn has moved in by effectively taking over control of Syria. Jordan expanded its "grant" by invading Judea and Samaria between 1948 and 1967. Likewise, Egypt expanded it's "grant" by invading Gaza. Oddly enough, the PLO charter didn't call for a Palestinian homeland in Jordanian controlled Judea and Samaria, or in Gaza, but instead only lays claim to the land controlled by Israel.

I'm sorry to break it to you, but the actual facts don't support your positions, so it's a good job you don't expect anyone to be "obligated to respect or honor them in any way at all".

James12345

Re: I'm learning

Yes, it really does seem that many have a problem with Jews who don't agree, and cooperate, with the people who think they have a god given right to kill as many Jews as possible.

McDonald's AI drive-thru bot accused of breaking biometrics privacy law

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Re: Success Rate

The clue was "Wendy's" - not something you get in the UK at the moment.

Linus Torvalds tells kernel list poster to 'SHUT THE HELL UP' for saying COVID-19 vaccines create 'new humanoid race'

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Happy

Re: A new human race indeed

I've just had my second dose, so I've been upgraded to 6G.

Google's diversity strat lead who said Jews have 'insatiable appetite for war' is no longer diversity strat lead

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Re: Out of context

I think you might be getting confused with "the idea that any criticism of Israeli government policies is automatically anti-Semitic" and "the idea that any criticism of Israeli government policies" that are different to the criticisms levelled at other governments on the same issue "is automatically anti-Semitic".

If you apply unique standards to Israel, you are probably anti-Semitic.

(And let's not go near your suggestion that some secret cabal is controlling world events...)

Brit authorities could legally do an FBI and scrub malware from compromised boxen without your knowledge

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Re: Next step

"the logical next step" - no, it is not.

James12345

You seem to be mistaken in the belief that only Microsoft write code with vulnerabilities.

Please grow up, or are you actually a 5 year old?

James12345
Facepalm

If the system has been compromised, do you not think the agencies, if they wanted to plant evidence, can get in to anyway?

If they want to screw you over, they don't need to wait until somebody else hacks you first.

James12345
Black Helicopters

Take the situation when someone sees a house burning down and calls the fire brigade. When they arrive and confirm the house is on fire, do they have to ask permission from the owner (how do they even know who the owner is, or verify the identity of the person claiming to be the owner?), or get a court order to put the fire out?

What if the fire starts to endanger surrounding houses, but again those owners are not there to give permission to fight the fire when it spreads to their property? Even if the other house owners are present and give permission to the fire brigade to fight the fire, why do the fire brigade have to wait until the surrounding property is actually damaged before dealing with the threat posed?

Why is a compromised computer system different to a burning house if it poses danger to people other than the owner of the system/house?

Is it fair to prevent the fire brigade from doing anything at all, just because one of them may come back later and see what can be stolen from the house now the front door has burnt away, but there are bits of the house unaffected by the fire?

I'm sure there are rules that are meant to stop firefighters from stealing property, but what if a rogue firefighter steals something. Is the best way of dealing with that to prevent any action being taken by all firefighters? What is the rogue firefighter started the fire in the first place and hoped the firebrigade wouldn't be called out, as it makes his dodgy activity a little harder to cover up?

UK watchdog blesses Virgin Media and O2's union, says there's no risk of market distortion or competition loss

James12345

"four main carriers (O2, Virgin, Three, and Vodafone)" - think that should be "O2, EE/BT/OpenReach, Three, and Vodafone".

Regarding backhaul, EE/BT/OpenReach and Vodafone (from the Cable and Wireless acquisition) are already in the position to exploit the price hikes that are feared from o2/VM. It seems a bit ridiculous to be worried about anybody other than EE/BT/OpenReach doing this, given the scale of BT position in the UK compared to the other operators.

Cloud Direct stung for £80k in constructive dismissal lawsuit after director's 'insincere' evidence to tribunal

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IT Angle

"it is a shame that it happened in a case involving an IT company" - this is a story about Sales, not really IT. And of course a salesperson will willing submit a document full of bs - that is a fundamental operating procedure. They were simply too stupid to realise that being in court was different from being in a meeting - you can admit anything in a meeting, but as that is only verbal, it's only what gets written down that counts as the "truth".

Palo Alto Networks drops $156m to absorb DevSecOps firm Bridgecrew

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Some deliberate Trekkie bating there? "nor a Star Wars character"

LastPass to limit fans of free password manager to one device type only – computer or mobile – from next month

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Re: Rebulid?

Great plan, but it doesn't really work in the real world, unless you are only using one device.

Or don't mind password reuse......

European Commission redacts AstraZeneca vaccine contract – but forgets to wipe the bookmarks tab

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Pint

Re: Can you provide some evidence for this or any of your other assertions please?

Your responses suggest you are yet again looking in the mirror while you are typing your replies.

While you are there, perhaps a bit of self-love as you watch yourself will soothe your soul. Give it a go and see if you feel better. You don't need to share any of the details, I'll be able to tell from your next reply if it worked or not.

I mentioned Jeza just the once before you repeatedly brought him and SEO up, but somehow I'm the one who is obsessed! Back to you looking in the mirror and commenting about the things you see there.

BTW, well done with the air filters/fan line - let me buy you a beer. GCHQ may be in touch with you soon. From one of your favourite reference sources, these are the actual air filters you are looking for https://www.urbandictionary.com/author.php?author=leahcim99 ;-*

Anyway, salam to you, and as they say around here, Shabbat shalom.

James12345
WTF?

Re: Can you provide some evidence for this or any of your other assertions please?

I'm at a loss to work out your obsession with SEO? Up to this point, you are the one that has mentioned Jeza/Jezza the most. Perhaps you are doing it for SEO purposes.

I'll leave you to workout how far through the results these comments show up when you Google jeremy corbyn antisemitism. I very much doubt that people will be bothered to wade that far through the jeremy corbyn antisemitism results to see a comment on a story about a pdf screw up in a Covid vaccine argument. (Yes, I know other search systems exist.)

Jeza was used as an example of someone who has a high profile and while claiming to be an antiracist, his actions are antisemitic. Despite his and his supporters repeated claims that he is against all forms of racism, has many Jewish friends, doesn't have an antisemitic bone in his body, etc, etc, it is amazing how he seems unable to stop blaming Jews and Israelis for the worlds evils.

I'm sure this sounds familiar to you. Perhaps you'll call me a goy again. You might even mention that you've been looking in the mirror, yet again. Perhaps you'll repeatedly mention B'Tselem, whose baseless apartheid smears against Israel demonstrate that they are a bunch of nutters and not a human rights organisation. Finally, this is where I throw in some numbers in square parentheses - [20] [23] [1] [20] - and a link or two - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antisemitism_in_the_Arab_world - https://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/761C1063530766A7052566A2005B74D1

FWIW: When I Google antisemitism as the only search term instead of jeremy corbyn antisemitism, the Labour Party make it on to Page 1, but Jeza doesn't get his own mention until Page 5. YMMV of course.

James12345

"Seem that in your conflation of Jewish people with Israeli citizen, you are being antisemitic"

It was already clear you don't understand/wilfully ignore the IHRA definition, but thanks for explicitly demonstrating it.

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WTF?

Re: Palestinians have asked you for vaccines

You seem to like looking in the mirror a lot.

James12345

Re: Palestinians have asked you for vaccines

"Perhaps you should find a single mention of the contract"

Given the story you are commenting on is a story about "the contract", it is fairly revealing that you point out you are not commenting about "the contract".

This is a comment thread for a story about the European Commission, its contract with AstraZeneca and a technology snafu.

You want to turn this in to a Jew hate fest - don't be surprised when someone calls out your antisemitism.

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Paris Hilton

Re: Palestinians have asked you for vaccines

All forms of racism are unacceptable. There are a lot of people who consider themselves antiracist but at the same time don't have a problem with singling Jews out for special treatment. Call it "virtue signalling" if you want.

While you consider the IHRA definition is sloppy, it is needed as it is helpful to remind people how antisemitism works, especially when the people being antisemitic don't feel they are being antisemitic.

You might like to look at the working examples given by the IHRA to help illustrate antisemitism at work.

This article and the associated public comments, are about a technology blunder committed by the European Commission while dealing with a commercial spat between the Commission and AstraZeneca. The spat appears to be in part fuelled by the Commission's disdain for post-Brexit Britain.

Following one commentator's brief mention of the large data set being gathered by Israel about the vaccination programme it is running, another commentator has launched in accusations of crimes against humanity by Israel, for which there is no evidence.

Perhaps that second commentator is trying to draw a parallel between the contents of the Commissions contract with AZ not appearing to back up the Commissions claims and the misreported claims that Israel is committing crimes against humanity in Gaza and Judea and Samaria?

Or perhaps that second commentator feels that all the wrongdoing Israel is accused of can be explained by wilful manipulation of facts and data or outright lying, either by themselves or by quoting sources that use the same tactics.

Who knows. But I'm sure that second commentator abhors all forms of racism, has lots of Jewish friends and lots of people call him/her the least antisemitic person they know.

Paris - because she didn't understand antisemitism either.

James12345

Re: Palestinians have asked you for vaccines

sed gawk, given you claim to be a Semite expert, what are your views on the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism?

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FAIL

Re: Palestinians have asked you for vaccines

B’Tselem is not a leading human rights organisation, it is a bunch of nutters.

Both Oslo and Geneva are clear about who is responsible, and Israel is going beyond its responsibilities regarding vaccines.

"tries to get Israel to shed the trauma of it's founding, and become a liberal democracy where all the citizens of all it's territories are equal in law" - All Israeli citizens are equal in law, including the 20% non-Jewish citizens.

Like Jeza, you just can't see your particular blind spot.

James12345
Mushroom

Re: And the EU still can't understand why the UK left.

Maybe 48 out 100 adults want to return, but remember that of the adults who expressed an opinion, 52 out of 100 chose to leave.

However, don't let me stop you pretending that everybody wanted to stay and now wants to go back if that makes you feel better.

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WTF?

Re: And the EU still can't understand why the UK left.

Given that the Chinese knew what was being worked in the Wuhan lab when the sh*t hit the fan, lets not give them too much credit for "helping" us out.

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Facepalm

Re: the South African, the Spanish, the Denmark, the Brazilian, the Nigerian, etc. strains

Ken, The list was there to highlight that mutations occur all over the place, in response to LogicGate's ridiculous attempt to blame mutations on BoJo.

But it is important to not forget that it's all just variations of the Wuhan flu. ;o)

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Thumb Up

Re: And the EU still can't understand why the UK left.

I think it will take about 4 more years until we are even on the bad looser/bad winner front.

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Black Helicopters

Re: And the EU still can't understand why the UK left.

Can't wait to hear how BoJo is also responsible for the South African, the Spanish, the Denmark, the Brazilian, the Nigerian, the Kenyan, and the Malaysian strains.

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Facepalm

And the EU still can't understand why the UK left.

The title says it all really.

3...2...1... and here come the Remoaners

PS - Will the ICO be able to fine the EU for this data breach?

Countless emails wrongly blocked as spam after Cisco's SpamCop failed to renew domain name at the weekend

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Joke

Exhbitionism

"If a user was banned for exhbitionism, someone who knows their email address or social media accounts could threaten to expose them."

I suspect that the banned user will be the one doing the exposing.

Freezing in Newcastle? You're not alone: For one lonesome creature, the world stopped on 31 Dec 2020

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Coat

The CASHUsbD sounds handy. Maybe that is where you are meant to plug the magic money tree into.

United States Congress stormed by violent followers of defeated president, Biden win confirmation halted

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The 25th may well be used

Imagine if Biden actually lives long enough to be inaugurated, would it be a surprise if VP Kamala Harris uses the 25th to replace him soon after?

Atlantic City auctions off chance to hit Big Red Button and make grotesque Trump Plaza casino go boom

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Patch Tuesday brings bug fixes for OpenSSL, IBM, SAP, Kubernetes, Adobe, and Red Hat. And Microsoft, of course

James12345
Facepalm

Given the number of products Microsoft provide, I think 100 a month is probably just scratching the surface. Every complicated software product has many programming flaws. Kick Microsoft if you want, but you'll be better off understanding FOSS is no better and your preferred vendor will be just as bad.

Salesforce's Dreamforce shindig hits new levels of nauseating online as... Oh god. Is that James Corden?

James12345

He did the Palo Alto Networks annual jamboree a few weeks ago. Got to admire him - he makes a lot of money despite being an unfunny cu*t.

UK govt advert encouraging re-skilling for cyber jobs implodes spectacularly

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Re: Yeah

Perhaps that is exactly what we need. Or is it men only in Dogshit world?

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WTF?

Twats

Faux-outrage bollocks.

UK govt reboots A Level exam results after computer-driven fiasco: Now teacher-predicted grades will be used after all

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Happy

Re: We don't need no education

"You seem to have a lot of resentment in you. And that's something you need to sort out for yourself. I've pointed out the irrational nature of your comments. That's all anyone can do."

Thank you, Dr Psychobabble, your efforts to help sort me out are greatly appreciated.

Let's check the irrationality:

James12345: "State schools overestimate (predicted grades) by one or two grades."

Terry6: "We need to scotch that one. The grades submitted for the exam substitute were far more carefully applied, checked and moderated by schools than normal ones. They weren't just the usual teacher assessment."

James12345: "So is your argument that teachers know they can usually get away doing a shit job, but this time made a bit of an effort?"

Terry6: "teacher assessments don't and can't take into account the differences between working in a classroom and sitting in an exam room."

James12345: "if the teacher doesn't actually bother to understand how the kids they teach react to exam conditions, they will just base predictions on the level of work the kids produce in the classroom - that might well be why they are generally poor at predicting actual results."

Terry6: "In what way could teachers modify their assessments of the kids to replicate the negative effects of exam conditions?"

Oh, I don't know, maybe the most irrational way would be to compare how they do in school exams vs how they do in class?

As I'm just a resentful, irrational conspiracy theorist, who had (or maybe gave) a bad education, please keep dishing out the "insults" when you can't put forward any proper counterpoints.

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