* Posts by xyz123

90 posts • joined 20 Jul 2015


McDonald's email blunder broadcasts database creds to comedy competition winners


I found a security bug (a biggy) with virgin money's android app.

They told me to post the bug ONTO THEIR PUBLIC TWITTER FEED so they could deal with it.

i said no.

They said ok send it to <generic customer service email box>

I said no.

They said they don't have a security/programming team that can be contacted.

So the bug remains unfixed and stupidly exploitable.

Fatal Attraction: Lovely collection, really, but it does not belong anywhere near magnetic storage media


Magnets have a "field shape". the massively powerful magnet inside the drive is shaped in such a way that its field lines don't intersect the head or the platter. thus doesn't damage the drive.

A fridge magnet can however magnetize the outside of the HDD case, which in turn passes its field lines THROUGH the platter (and through the coil as the head passes nearby).

Not sufficient to destroy the platter, but can flip a few critical bits.

Hong Kong's central bank sees seven big issues to solve before a central bank digital currency can fly


Issue 8 - Xi uses the bank as his personal slush fund, forcing them to cover up missing billions or basically have their internal organs removed.

We have some sad news about Facebook. It has returned to the internet after six-hour mega outage


Facebook knows in the 4hrs or so after a major whistleblower story, 10s of millions of people will drop Facebook like a hot potato and never look back.

Then the story becomes less urgent and the risk recedes. So they calculated that a full-on service outage would lose less users than leaving it running.

A deliberate calculated act. It'd be interesting if they re-run this story if facebook etc will have further "outages"

personally I'd run the story twice a day every day for a week to see how angry Zuckerbeg gets.

Zoom Five9 deal goes kaboom after shareholders say 'nope'


Does ANYONE at all still use Zoom now we know all conversations, audio and video go directly to Bejing for storage and later perusal?

We know there are thousands of paid-for accounts blocked because users began (outside China remember) discussing tiannamen square, and this set off the speech recognition system, which prompted a member of the CCP that controls Zoom accounts to perma-ban them immediately mid-call.

Since we know all this, and Zoom basically bare-faced lied to everyone at first saying "no-one was banned" then slowly admitting to it over a period of time but desperately trying to convince the world it was "for the greater good, trust us".....why would anyone use the service at all?

Texas cops sue Tesla claiming 'systematic fraud' in Autopilot after Model X ploughed into two parked police cars


They're going to ask for signed, dated medical records of treatment that came to several million dollars.

The lawyers are gonna fake signatures which Tesla will check, and the hospital will throw them under the bus.

They can then sue the bus company.....

Macmillan best-biscuit list unexpectedly promotes breakfast cereal to treat status


Re: Great marketing - I hope some profits go to the charity

I don't think baked beans go well with tea OR coffee. Really hard to dip them in one by one without burning your fingers.

Forget that Loon's balloon burst, we just fired 700TB of laser broadband between two cities, says Alphabet


This is Google.

Given the speed of light, each bit of data will have taken a billionth of a second or so to cross the distance.

I'm still betting they could emit the first bit of data and cancel the project before it hit the destination.

UK.gov is launching an anti-Facebook encryption push. Don't think of the children: Think of the nuances and edge cases instead


All of this is the governments own fault for abusing public trust for so many decades. Now people don't believe any of the "think of the children" narratives true or not.

The UK government lets bin men (seriously) have full warrantless access to your government records due to RIPA. Thousands of people get sexually stalked by council workers checking through their data every day. The government illegally sells data for the NHS, councils, banks etc whenever they can (and individuals such as the Chancellor personally pocket the profits as "wages" for work done)

Loyalty has been destroyed, trust is gone. No wonder the public is in favor of hiding their data.

Only 'natural persons' can be recognized as patent inventors, not AI systems, US judge rules


This guy basically has a script that tries to patent AAAAA then AAAAB then AAAAC etc. every combination of letters, valid or not.

Thats not AI, not even a 3yr old would be fooled.

I'd say AI can patent stuff when it can rock up to the Patent office, hand in the papers and describe in clear language (not just reading from a document) what the patent entails and what it does.

Norwegian student tracks Bluetooth headset wearers by wardriving around Oslo on a bicycle


US Naval Divison: Mac address randomization isn't worth doing. Yes we're talking to you, the woman on the bike with the red helmet that just ordered a large mocha from starbucks!

Lenovo pops up tips on its tablets. And by tips, Lenovo means: Unacceptable ads


Re: Alldocube iPlay40, or Chuwi Hipad Plus

But they will have government mandated spyware and malware preinstalled that hides itself


Re: DeJa Vu

Few years back, Alcatel planned to offer cheaper phone systems to businesses which would force you to LISTEN to adverts via the speaker every now and again.....they fortunately backed down!


Re: A fast one

Chinese Crackdowns are always 100% - didn't pay enough secret bribes to a particular government stooge.

They have no honor nor honesty when cash is involved.


Re: Burn it to the ground

You know Lenovo since they got sold to a chinese government controlled shell company ships their PCs with malware in the UEFI? so erasing windows doesn't get rid of it. The malware simply reinstalls certain background apps whenever windows is booted, if it detects them missing.


First point: Always remember Lenovo is owned by the chinese government and controlled with an iron fist.

This "tips" app may be doing a lot more shady crap than just pushing adverts.

Secondly, you need to report this to the ASA to start with. Pushing adverts WITHOUT clearing marking them as such is a major violation of UK advertising law.

Lenovo despite "not doing any harm" will have violated these laws many many tens or hundreds of thousands of times. And each advert carries large fines.

Lets make "tips" so unprofitable that Lenovo gives it up.

Also remember to post this stuff to Reddit, anywhere that sells lenovo equipment etc. If not, this practice 100% will expand to their range of PCs (which come already equipped with enough malware to download whatever they want).

IBM sued again by its own sales staff: IT giant accused of going back on commission payments promise


Why doesn't an IBM rival simply poach its top salespeople (all of them) and cripple IBM.

IBM is like old yeller anyway, and needs to be t̶a̶k̶e̶n̶ ̶o̶u̶t̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶b̶a̶c̶k̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶w̶o̶o̶d̶ ̶s̶h̶e̶d̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶s̶h̶o̶t̶ Sent to live on a lovely farm.

Fix five days of server failure with this one weird trick


The bank that likes to say yes, but says no because it has a masochistic streak and likes to feel dirty

Think you can solve the UK's electric vehicle charging point puzzle? The Ordnance Survey wants to hear about it


I notice they aren't PAYING anything for the ideas. But they WILL charge for the data once created. So basically employee of the month goes to Ordance Survey head honcho instead of the person that solved the problem!

Oh the humanity: McDonald's out of milkshakes across Great Britain


Re: Border Bureaucracy?

Plus a full lorry makes it easier to hide the rolled up carpet with the dead hooker inside.


And I beheld a 6th Angel who did lift up his container and tip it, and Lo! no Milkshake did pour out upon the world, and this was the sixth sign of the Apocalypse.

Cop drone crashes into flight instructor's airplane


Re: it would be fantastic ...

80 tons yes TONS of heroin "lost" from various police evidence lockups.

Hundreds of police with cars/houses they couldn't possibly afford on their salary......

Refusal of internal investigators to audit a SINGLE police officer for this......

Because the bad cops know where the skeletons are buried. Literally and metaphorically.

British teachers' pensions set to be released from Capita's grasp after nearly 30 years


Re: British teachers' pensions set to be released from Capita's grasp after nearly 30 years

Because Capita is being audited for "financial irregularities" with regards to the entire pension fund.

Taking bets on what % of it they've stolen and hidden away......and how many low-level employees they'll try to scapegoat.

A man spent a year in jail on a murder charge that hinged on disputed AI evidence. Now the case has been dropped


Re: So basically, no matter what we're all guilty and all screwed!

They're trying to sell the company. multiple convictions = more valuable company.

basically lie, edit .wav files and metadata etc. Tweak the AI until it agrees its a gunshot. sell company. profit.

pure evil.


ShotSpotter should have to pay this guy at least $10 million for basically editing a .wav file and claiming it was a gunshot.

ShotSpotter is trying to sell their company and hoped convictions would increase the value. I wonder just how many other cases are called into question regarding ShotSpotter's attempt to basically IPO by putting innocent people in prison for decades?

More Boots on Moon delays: NASA stops work on SpaceX human landing system as Blue Origin lawsuit rolls on


Re: Blue Origin is just a theoretical capability

At this point, Boeing have to have labels saying "pointy bit towards sky" otherwise they'll invent a machine to visit the Mole People.


Nice to know the richest man on earth (Jeff Bezos) can be so butthurt by being told "No" to something, that he's willing to drag out lawsuits not to win, JUST to prevent NASA from completing its land-on-moon 2024 goal.

Apart from all the worker-abuse and threats, what a snivelly little pathetic man Bezos turned out to be.

World Intellectual Property Office settles dispute with CIO it previously ousted for 'criminal misconduct'


How is WIPO even still a thing?

They were sending electronics and all sorts of goods to North Korea, even to ISIS during sanctions.

They openly and blatantly support Boko Haram with necessary supplies. They violation US sanctions, UN Sanctions etc without a care.

Why they haven't been 100% shut down and listed as a terrorist supporting organization is beyond me.

WhatsApp pulls plug on Taliban helpline, shuts down official-looking accounts


Its time for a full-on investigation of the Whatsapp employees and executives related to this issue.

Some of them will "somehow" have had several million dollars added to their bank accounts from "entities unknown"......

Once again, Facebook champions privacy ... of its algorithms: Independent probe into Instagram shut down


Data collection went OK.

Suddenly all hands to the pumps...get this SHUT DOWN NOW! AND DELETE EVERY BIT OF THEIR DATA!!! screamed Facebook lawyers.

just exactly what were they about to discover? the fact that Facebook openly sells data to china and other dictatorships without de-anonymizing it?

Whatever it was, is was terrible enough that the lawyers were pulled off lots of other ongoing cases to shut this down ASAP and hard.

Apple's iPhone computer vision has the potential to preserve privacy but also break it completely


Apple made a promise not to obey GOVERNMENT requests for data.

Internally they created their own NGO/Shill company and can freely pass data to whichever government pays them. UK and other governments are considering dropping iPhones as government phones can hold passwords and very high security information.

This way the NGO gives data to the government, Apple has "technically" kept its promise, but gives over whatever the government wants.

They also admit internally that child porn is step 1. next will be ALL images, then text documents, emails, logins and passwords, keylogging and office documents etc. Tim Cook calls it "the slow push"...basically introduce "think of the kids" option to get people used to the idea, then secretly and slowly expand the reach.

Fancy joining the SAS's secret hacker squad in Hereford as an electronics engineer for £33k?


Re: No comment

What kind comrade? And will we be visiting cathedrals nearby?


Starliner takes off ... back to the factory and not space


Ever since Boeing murdered hundreds of people by refusing to add safety equipment, so their planes plunged headfirst into the ground, they've been on a roll.

Hey at least THIS time they managed to get the pointy bit of the 1960s tech era rocket pointing towards the big blue space overhead!

Russia: Forget about the Nauka incident. Who punched the hole in the Soyuz, hmm?


Russia. Already on the verge of financial collapse, has to launch Nauka due to various ongoing treaties and contracts.

They cannot afford to say they can't afford it.

Then its a simple matter of sabotaging the ISS "just enough" you have a pretext to abandon the ISS entirely, claiming your cosmonauts aren't safe anymore.

Hey presto! savings! all without admitting how the Russian Economy is on the verge of a fall that will make 1929 look like someone dropped a pound coin down the toilet.

Huawei stole our tech and created a 'backdoor' to spy on Pakistan, claims IT biz


This is EXACTLY the same software system Huawei tried to sell to the UK government. With the same remote-access / full control and data-copying to Bejing.

Thank god the UK government ended their relationship with Huawei, or we'd be having to rip out systems the way the Pakistani government now will.

And There's no way in hell Huawei will refund the money already paid.

Apple responds to critics of CSAM scan plan with FAQs, says it'd block governments subverting its system


Apple's wording is VERY precise.

It says it won't bow to "governments" but if an Non-Government Organizatio asks, they can happily give them FULL 100% access to your iPhone, and the NGO can just stream the data to whoever they want.

think Cambridge Analytica on steroids.

US 'dropped the ball' on security by going it alone claims Huawei US CSO


We know the US dropped the ball, because we remotely activated the camera on the Huawei one, one government employee stupidly brought into the whitehouse.

We saw the ball drop in 1080p@60fps, and were able to report back to our CCP masters within less than 10minutes on the height the ball bounced.

Signed - Huawei CEO.

Breaking Bad or just a bad breakpoint? That feeling when your predecessor is BASIC


I worked for a fruitbased phone company. Hired to fix some iCloud security issues. Basically employees could easily access ANY MeCloud account and do whatever they wanted with it. Pointed out security flaws in system. Was promptly let go on full pay as my solution would have closed the hole AND logged whoever tried to access cloud accounts internally...managers wanted to be able to look at celebrity nudes, but block employees from same.

Think the whole Jennifer Lawrence thing was external? there's every change it was internal.....

Blizzard president, HR chief exit games giant in wake of sexual harassment uproar


Bobby Kotick is the major "person of interest" with regards to the investigations into sexual assault / HR Malfeasance. He's definitely the one that needs to go.

Hes in a position to accidentally "destroy" evidence, tamper with employee witnesses (threats / bribery) etc. and should NOT be CEO of Activision.

Google promises its days as a cold-eyed API-killer are behind it


It's tuesday.

By Wednesday, Google will have killed off this promise.

Someone high-up at Alphabet has discovered cancelling stuff works for him like all-natural Viagra :(

Dell won't ship energy-hungry PCs to California and five other US states due to power regulations


Another law written by Intel to try to push its frankly god-awful "gaming" XG cards, that are slower than a Geforce 560 released in 2011.

Low power, and incapable of even running Minecraft at minimum settings, XG cards are going to face lawsuits as they're in no way "gaming" components.

With Alphabet's legendary commitment to products, we can't wait to see what its robotics biz Intrinsic achieves


Google AI - now we have a way to cancel products before they've even been thought of, let alone reached the market!

UK artists seek 'luvvie levy' on new gadgets to make up for all the media that consumers access online


OK introduce this tax.

But i want a tax on the radio waves wasted when shitty TV is on. Also a 50% tax payable on theatre costumes that goes to System Admins.


Basically this would only go to multi-millionaires and billionaires that own theatres.

They're the ones pushing for this behind the scenes.

Wouldn't surprise me if Andrew-Lloyd Webber wanted his fingers in this pie.

AWS offers you the opportunity to pay cloud bills before they’ve been issued


Step 1. Pay AWS a bucketload of cash for "future service"

step 2. wait until the following tax year

step 3. cancel said services.

step 4. Money is laundered as "an expense" and can be fed straight into the CEO's pocket

Canadian province's supreme court orders Dell to pay nearly $500,000 to sales rep fired in his twilight years


Dell's processes and internal quality leave a lot to be desired.

I've seen "support" staff tell customers that 1/2 their dell keyboard belongs to Dell, but the right side including the keypad is the responsibility of their ISP!

Seriously - Poor woman was complaining she'd been perma-assigned a moron as her "dell advisor" and wanted to change to someone else.

Brit IT firms wound up by court order after fooling folk into paying for 'support' over fake computer errors


Every single employee director, shareholder and profiteer of this company should be sued into full bankruptcy.

The corporate veil should be piereced. they should all lose their homes, their savings, trust funds and everything they own.

This would send a shockwave through the country showing "if you work for a scammer as a scammer, you WILL also be punished"

Then they'll have a hell of a time recruiting ANYONE to run fake call centers.

FTC approves $61.7m settlement with Amazon for pocketing driver tips


Supposed to last 20 years. Amazon within 48hours went RIGHT back to stealing tips.

This time they've "accidentally" processed tips as the tax they have to pay on the drivers salary.

They pay the tips as the tax, then take the "tax" from the drivers salary and keep it. And report $0.00 tips.

The system is now designed to not affect what are described internally as "money bitches". Those employees likely to check their payslips rigorously over the next few years.

They've basically stuck their fingers up at the government, and have already commited TENS OF THOUSANDS of breaches since the ruling.

at $43k per breach, they already owe hundreds of millions in fines. But that'll take years.

No digital equivalent to the impulse aisle found as online grocery shoppers buy fewer sweet treats than in real life


Amazon's system doesn't tempt you with good stuff. or even anything vaguely related

its all "you bought a lawnmower...people who bought budget £50 lawnmowers, also bought the following: sex toys, bulk sugar packets, plastic childrens toy wedding rings and $3000 3d printers"

EE and Three mobe mast surveyors might 'upload some virus' to London Tube control centre, TfL told judge


Can Three etc sue TFL?

They've publicly stated they believe Three and other networks are a terrorist organization intent on doing damage to critical UK Infrastructure.

They should be made to apologize publicly, I'd say take down 50% of their billboards for the apology for 6months should be sufficient.



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