* Posts by DMcDonnell

39 publicly visible posts • joined 27 Mar 2015

Biden to Putin: Get your ransomware gangs under control and don’t you dare cyber-attack our infrastructure


I don't believe a word you said.

Whenever I hear the USA accuse some other country of doing something nefarious my doubt meter pegs!

Extreme skepticism

Facebook says dump of 533m accounts is old news. But my date of birth, name, etc haven't changed in years, Zuck


They don't know my real info

This is one reason that I have never given real info to the Social Media orgs.

Thousands of taxpayers' personal details potentially exposed online through councils' debt-chasing texts


Public records

The UK is such a strange place.

Here in the USA property records and their attendant

tax bills are considered public records for anyone to see.

Ad blocking made Google throw its toys out of the pram – and now even more control is being taken from us


Re: Nothing wrong with ads ...

I do not use a web browser to watch youtube and I never see any ads. Hint: copy the video URL into VLC media Player


Re: In a past far far away

The 1/2 thick demize of Computer Shooper began when the original Titusville Florida publisher sold the magazine to Ziff-Davis. ZD pretty much destroyed it in less than 15 months.

Google reCAPTCHA service under the microscope: Questions raised over privacy promises, cookie use


Re: Clear cookies -- daily

Self destructing cookies. When I close the tab the cookie is deleted, and of course when I close the browser select cookies are deleted then as well.

Microsoft claims to love open source – this alleged leak of Windows XP code is probably not what it had in mind, tho


China and Russia

Torrenters from China, and Russia are very represented in the swarms. about 5 times as many vs all other countries combined.

I can 'proceed without you', judge tells Julian Assange after courtroom outburst


No fair trial in the US

I will be impossible for Julian to get a fair trial in the US.

If you own one of these 45 Netgear devices, replace it: Kit maker won't patch vulnerable gear despite live proof-of-concept code


Re-branded WGR614 units

The WGR614 (various versions) have been widely re-branded

Comcast is one major ISP supplying them to their customers.

Laws on police facial recognition aren't tough enough, UK data watchdog barrister tells Court of Appeal


Bring in the skating Vicar

Bring in the skating Vicar


Facy dress

Do these judges still dress up in powdered wigs?

Former UK Labour deputy leader wants to know how the NHS's contact-tracing app will ensure user privacy


Turn those cellphones off

Very good reason(s) to just turn your cellphone off when going out in public. There is not one thing that is so vitally important that can not wait. Facebook is vital? Twitter is vital? I don't think so. Save it for when you get home.

Huawei website ████ ██████ security flaws ██████ customer info and biz operations at risk: ███████ patched


Reconsider the relationship

Time for Swascan to reconsider the relationship with Huawei. If you are not free to talk about the vulnerabilities then you just might be part of the problem.

We are shocked to learn oppressive authoritarian surveillance state China injects spyware into foreigners' smartphones


RE: Deep delete.

Be aware that there is the ability to infect the HDD firmware.


UK Home Sec kick-starts US request to extradite ex-WikiLeaker Assange


The Pentagon Papers

When the US Government tried to suppress the publication of the Pentagon papers it didn't go so well. I see no difference in what the New York Times did in the 70's and what Assange did now.


And for the prosecution and possible conviction of Assange to stand the USSC would have to re-visit and overturn their decision, New York Times Co. v. United States.


To members of Pizza Hut's loyalty scheme: You really knead to stop reusing your passwords


No Way!

That can't be a photo of an actual Pizza Hut pizza because Pizza Hut never ever put that much toppings on any of their pizzas.

We ain't afraid of no 'ghost user': Infosec world tells GCHQ to GTFO over privacy-busting proposals


Like a thief in the night

"In his original proposal, Levy had rather optimistically hoped that the discussions could happen "without people being vilified......."

When you behave like a thief in the night then you ARE a villain.

Old-school cruel: Dodgy PDF email attachments enjoying a renaissance



I miss the simplicity of DjVu

Defense against the Darknet, or how to accessorize to defeat video surveillance


Hawaiian shirts

Hawaiian shirts might come back into style.

Bug-hunters punch huge holes in WPA3 standard for Wi-Fi security


At least give users the option to turn the downgrade function off.. Or better yet OFF by default.

Judge! snuffs! Yahoo!'s attempt! to! settle! 2013! megahack! class-action!


Re: Where're all the comments...

Automatic account creation:

Sign up for service from several major ISPs and they automatically create an email account for you and quite often that newly created email accnt is actually hosted on Yahoo owned serves and not at the ISP. AT&T being a prime example. And with this emial address and password that ISP created for you it's possible login and change everything in account management settings for ISP.

Mozilla security policy cracks down on creepy web trackers, holds supercookies over fire


Re: Expected reaction

User-Agent plugin for Firefox... Make your copy of Firefox look like MS Edge or Google Chrome browser to them websites.


Re: Err didn't Microsoft get slapped down for this?

Self-destructing cookies... There actually are several addons for Firefox that do exactly this.

Delete a cookie when a tab is closed or terminate the browser.

Now you, too, can snoop on mobe users from 3G to 5G with a Raspberry Pi and €1,100 of gizmos


The Acronym Diarrhea is quite strong in the story. It just spews them all over the place.

Now, watch this... Network time protocol bugs sting Juniper operating system


GPS Time Source

If your business really needs a reliable and accurate time source then seriously consider installing a hardware GPS derived time receiver!

SAP bug beatdowns, Apple gets nasty with Mac repairs, Struts woe, and more from infosec


Re: Wonder what Louis Rossmann thinks about Apple's dick move

in the US we have the Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act (enacted 1975).

Recently the US FTC warned 6 companies about their warranty practices/conditions.


Each company used different language, but here are examples of questionable provisions:

The use of [company name] parts is required to keep your . . . manufacturer’s warranties and any extended warranties intact.

This warranty shall not apply if this product . . . is used with products not sold or licensed by [company name].

This warranty does not apply if this product . . . has had the warranty seal on the [product] altered, defaced, or removed.


You know all those movies you bought from Apple? Um, well, think different: You didn't


HDD space

If you don't have at least 6 TB of HDD then you are doing something wrong. There is no good excuse now days about running out of storage space.

Apple will throw forensics cops off the iPhone Lightning port every hour


Instant lockout

Instant lockout:

The 1 hour delay might be Apple's idea of a good default but I would like to see the option of having instant lockout.. When the phone is locked then the ports are locked at the same instant.

Windows Defender will strap pushy scareware to its ass-kicker machine


This new feature just asserted that System Mechanic was a bad piece of software and tried to remove it on 3 Win10 systems here. Glad that I caught it beforehand and told Defender NO/NO/NO.

Blue Cross? Blue crass: Health insurer thought it would be a great idea to mail plans on USB sticks


It's happened before. Should of known better

Seeing that infections have been spread before by just such a USB mailing.. Blue Cross should of known better!

American Dental Association inadvertently mails USB drives infected with malware to its members.


and at


DTMF replay phreaked out the Dallas tornado alarm, say researchers


FCC database

Transmitters would be in the FCC license database. So a simple online database search would do to uncover the frequencies.

Gordon Ramsay's in-laws admit plot to hack sweary celeb chef's biz


Clock cleaning

I have never watched the show.. I might consider it if someone cleaned Gordon's clock.

UK's first Investigatory Powers Commissioner: Lord Justice Fulford


Lord High Justice

Lord Justice Fulford. A LORD of justice.

Does he also wear a powdered wig?

I had to laugh.

Bluetooth-enabled safe lock popped after attackers win PINs


Battery is eventually going to leak and really gum up the works.

Infosec bods: This is a backdoor in Skype for Macs. Microsoft: No.


Re: Mac Security LOL

Sure sounds like a problem with Skype itself. Send Skype server the correct string of characters and get back information you shouldn't be allowed to get. Sent from any OS.

Botched Microsoft update knocks Windows 8, 10 PCs offline – regardless of ISP


Re: What is going on exactly?

It appears to be the DHCP client in Win 10.

Customers with Win 10 and DHCP, as apposed to customers who use manual configuration, have been a headache. It's the ISPs and retailers who are left to pick up the pieces 'cause of Redmond's screw-up. Don't we just love he new update mechanism in Win 10? SPIT, SPUTTER, CURSE! No way in hell!

FBI: Look out – hackers are breaking into US election board systems


Took what?

"The June SQLi attack targeted the Illinois Board of Elections, and was used to swipe the personal data of 200,000 citizens, ..." So the perps got what personal data that wasn't already published by the Illinois Board of Elections? FYI: voter registration rolls in the US are generally a matter of public record and usually include information like name, physical address, date of birth, race, gender, phone number, registration ID number, voters status (if you voted in previous elections), party affiliation.

As an example anyone can purchase a complete copy of Florida's voter registrations roll for a measly $5.00 US.

Crysis creeps: Our ransomware locks network drives and PCs. Bargain


Share and enjoy.

How a hack on Prince Philip's Prestel account led to UK computer law


Wide medals

I had to laugh when I saw the picture with the medals running of the edge of his chest.

Perhaps some day he'll have to turn sideways to get thru a doorway.