* Posts by Unbelievable!

63 posts • joined 11 Nov 2015


Euro police forces infiltrated encrypted phone biz – and now 'criminal' EncroChat users are being rounded up


Surveillance via small print. Human rights to privacy are gone.

for as long as 'authorities' have the power to read encrypted or otherwise data transmissions, launch secret satellites for interception reason, issue nsa letters compelling service providers to obey and reveal etc... thats if they obey the law. truth is, if they want badly enough, one worker can be expendable.. just re-employed elsewhere//

ask yourself, why does any company require so much information when registering for a service? Surely that would put customers off?

The answer is to consider that you're actually registering onto a spy program.

If youtube can store and serve so, so very much video hi res content, easily. how much storage space and speed capaility do you think text based data would require?

Is HONK nothing sacred HONK? It's 2019 and an evil save file can pwn much-loved HONK Untitled Goose Game


Honk you very much for another informative article. :)

thanks for injecting some humour in the article. :)

I'm bereft of suitable comment (arguably not for the first time!) but cheers and thanks for the warning.

Remember, remember, it's now called November: Windows 10 19H2 update has a name


Re: 19H2?

"Sounds like a variance of the H5N1 Flu virus to me.."

a virus... pretty much. unwanted and undesirable effects for sure!


Each update brings another "telemetry collection" vector...

.. and i for one am sick of it.

I realise that the product is "LICENSED", but the abilty to do anything on a system level (for example prventing the collection of data) is becoming more and more restricted and infuriating, and we allow thenm to do this!

MS are a flipping business, not in any way authoritive. Any other business treating customers this way would be picking pitchforks out of their jacksies for years to copme. MS ARE NOT the law. we dont have to go along with it if we spoke up and get the product changed to the USERS wants. I'm certain that almost all users dont want their activity and data transmitted anywhere. however innocent. It's wrong.

.Trying stopping or altering or disabling a service that ends in an underscore and some random characters.

.Even some scheduled tasks are not allowed to be stopped.

So to stop an offending, unecessary service that is purely for data collection, you have to log in in safe mode, and HOPE your get the rights and then hope more that the next update doesn't undo it all again.

Unless you mess with registry permissions, and that's even more risky as you may find hardware is no longer found and all kinds knock on effects.

Permissions wise across the system, taking ownership is not enough because the "administrator" is no longer granted the god-level permissions they ought to have. i know not to log in with the admin account as a matter of course, but when i need to, the account just doesn't have the power.

I hate it. I hate it i hate it.

BBC said it'll pull radio streams from TuneIn to slurp more of your data but nobody noticed till Amazon put its foot in it


rant in 3...2.. sod that. bbc decayed badly. in the end most watched was, for me ..

.. "Points of View" but not for long. or maybe footy world cup yonkers ago.. decades?

License is an unecessary expense and grief. Part of license fee is spent onletters "occupier we are starting an investigation". those go straight into the bag to hand them upon visit. The letters are accusatory, and STRONG scare tactics, that are implying the householder of engaging in serious criminal activity.. (didn't we have laws passed that prevent remote selling of this nature?) and infuriating as such. innocent til PROVEN is the law of our land i believe?

i also have testicles.. does that make me a rapist? i have knives in the kitchen, i suppose i am a serial killer then? I even have past "best before" packets of mild chilli con carne mix in the kichen cupboard, yup: cultivating and storing for future distribution, mind expanding narcotics for use via nasal ingestion.. it's criminal the activity they get up to to scare even more money from people. over 75's free tv licence? not any more. prrphh. maddening money grabbing, wasting and shady distribution now. decades ago, it was respectable and people were honoured and pleased to part with exortion because the return was credible. Why does a broadcaster need to know anything (name, age, gender, employed, etc etc) about who watches things? just put an 0800 number at the end of the broadcast ..people that dont like the program will quickly get in touch. that should be it. end of. no more needed.

BBC is more than UK news (it mostly sub contract production to 3rd party producers, hat trick etc.. who also want profit!) and has a great many commercial operations, which are entangled financially difficult to separate. example: . DVD of a program bought from BBC worldwide was conceived and produced etc with taxpayer money. i mean license payer money. then sold at profit, funds of which are ingested back to the Worldwide distribution arm. Another: bbc magazines like top gear, these don't feed themselves. they include exclusive (fee payer financed) content. but cost the reader twice if they have purchased a license.

BBC should just get ad's or a card only viewing subscription. OR even, do a SKY and pay subscription AND get ad's for that subscription.

Personally, i dont want or need BBC.

Sorry for the fucking rant.

Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise, politicians will philander... And US voting machines will be physically insecure


Mary Schmich - Pulitzer winner, inspired the ♫sunscreen song♫

And thanks to her. Amazing wisdom, perfectly worded and so , so true.

Baz Luhrmann put it to music. but Mary deserves a lot of the credit.

01-June 1997

https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/chi-schmich-sunscreen-column-column.html (you'll need a vpn if in europe, or set opera vpn to americas)

Remember that security probe that ended with a sheriff cuffing the pen testers? The contract is now public so you can decide who screwed up


Re: IF, and I stress the IF ...

i think thats too harsh. they did a job. they got caught as well.

it's affirmation that the protection in place works. they deserve an apology. imho, of course


it's a test of law more than penetration

clearly, the contracted pentest-testers did their work.

the arresting officer has issue with the authority that authorised the pentesting.

thats between the police and the law makers to decide.

the duo are vindicated. i wouldn't be surprised if they sued for loss of earnings and defamation of charater!

Flying priests crop-dust Russian citizens with holy water to make them stop boozing and bonking


nothing is wrong. or right. just perceived

I do like Russia and the things they are reported for due to some extreme weirdness by western standards.. But one thing is certain. They don't f^%k about too much.

"Red tape" is not so much a bureaucratic thing in Russia. It is what what you get forced wear around your important bits for being an A$$.

From pen-test to penitentiary: Infosec duo cuffed after physically breaking into courthouse during IT security assessment


This is going to set ground in law courts. Expect stringent licensing.

This is a break-in and entry. That they got caught is an aside and not worthy right now.

There will be entities at gov level pushing for even more grasp and control on any cybersec/pentest etc.

There will be tenuous, vague correlations drawn, en-masse and deliberately to make not only another taxable income via businesses, but an especially strongly regulated "activity documentation declaration" where commercial security entities will be required to divulge not only activity, but clients hiringtheir sevices and tools and techniques and a whole load of skills that the 3/4 character agencies assimilate. The bonus is the commercial or private sec outfit will be charged (tax wise) to basically give the gov training.

In the end, it (specialised licensing) will happen in 4 years or less, i say.

For heaven's sake: Japan boffins fail to release paper planes in space after rice wine added to rocket fuel


dick speed

Another great article with just the right amount of humour and excellent use of vernauclar and words i need to go and look up the meaning to.

Dick Speed. sorry man. you'll no doubt get me back. (oo-err!) Soon. Probably too soon. lol

Hack a small airplane? Yes, we CAN (bus) – once we physically break into one, get at its wiring, plug in evil kit...


Re: Threat model

Fair comment. I agree mostly. But, 'unlikey' doesn't mean 'disregardable'.

There's nothing not worth trying in a hackers mindset. Therefore anything vulnerable needs to be secured.

Who'd have thought 80 million could have been swiped via a bad router in a bank?

1 rule: Don't underestimate the enemy, he may have garnered inside knowledge.

One fairly simple example implementation of this exploit would be targeting a millionaire that just laid of a number of staff.

Dutch cheesed off at Microsoft, call for Rexit from Office Online, Mobile apps over Redmond data slurping


Telemetry.. it's not's not even needed. Why is it allowed?

Telemetry .. ha. There's no need for telemetry. Whats wrong with "report an issue" button, or just "feedback and suggestions?"

MS is just a business. Greengrocers, petstores, clothing outlets, etcetc.. are equally businessess. They don't refuse to let you buy a product unless you submit to EVERYTHING about YOU and EVERYTHING you do.

Telemetry is plain simple spying. It's not needed. Whereever the data is stored doesn't matter. The results of the analysis will be transmitted to where ever they like, and the data itself can remain in-situ.

We're all bogged down so much in the tiny detail that the bigger picture is slipping by. WHY does anything or anyone need so much information without users being able to stop or prevent it?

Turning it off and on again IN SPAAACE! ISS animal-tracker kit needs oldest trick in the book



SPAAACE! < Where have you been? missed you

Like using the latest version of Microsoft Office? Love Offline Files? Not for long!


I'm sick of ms last 5 years.

All they do is domineer lately. Apple did it all along which is why i was happy to cosy up and stay with MS, take the training and earn certifications.

Now, In some ways, dare i say it, i wish the fucking internet never existed.

Now Chinese-made drones rubbing US govt up the Huawei: 'Strong concerns' DJI kit threat to national security


Re: Start offering evidence

Your statement might be valid on a consumer forum, but I'd like to think that here we can come up with a few more options

Happy to have your help: I have a Motorola 73 motorised camera. it's impossible to use unless the communications go through their servers. I've picked apart the mobile app, i spent days on it alone. I also spent 3 days delving into the device itself. the best you can get is a mere 240p constant stream of jpg images, very, very slowly.

So.. help me out. how do i untether it and make it my OWN controllable camera?

Giga-hurts radio: Terrorists build Wi-Fi bombs to dodge cops' cellphone jammers


Credit to commenters. A worthy and educating read, again

Ive no interest in bombs but the subject of remote activation vs jammer dodging intrigued me. So i read all the comments.

regardless of the details of specific comments, i just find this place to be engaging. filled with wise and insightful commenters, some off base types, some questions, some answers, some humour and .. well, a professional, non back-biting bunch. who needs mods, or(J)gifs etc.

Cheers. Thanks for making Reg comments section what is.

AI has automated everything including this headline curly bracket semicolon


TOO REAL - YouTube Link broken Mr Dabbs

The link at the end of the article is broken. it just reads "Unavailable" when the play icon is clicked.

Windows Defender ATP is dead. Long live Microsoft Defender ATP


Yes Yes. But how do you turn it off?

Protection is one thing, it's about 30 levels deeper down into things that Professionals, PrivSec and generally advanced users need. I'm tired of MS scraping data 100%, for the 30% that dont know what they are doing. The 'ATP' BuckShot That MS spin should only target home user licenses. I'm so almost too angry to remember all the other shit they've screwed us over that i was angry about ... oohhh. DRIP FEED ?? i get it now.

50 years ago: NASA blasts off the first humans to experience a lunar close encounter



..without 'Spaaace' ? Doesn't seem right to me.

Nice article tho Vultures. Thanks :)

£10k offer to leave firm ASAP is not blackmail, Capita told by judge


I had something similar. It's really not a nice experience

aside from the cash. which is hard work to get even when all is going well, after 8 years i was given a choice "leave or be sacked" choice the morning that i had returned from two weeks annual leave. No notice at all.

There become questions about references and also considerabe difficulty getting a new job. It devastated me. 8 years and not even a thank you. It shattered my confidence. In retrospect the whole thing in the run up was the company trying to force me to leave to avoid redundancy costs etc. It really screwed me up. I was senior tech support. Now i'm a jobless wreck of a person. i feel for anyone that has been through this.

Chinese Super Micro 'spy chip' story gets even more strange as everyone doubles down


Re: It seems to me that...

i agree. the onus is upon the accuser.

I'm not questioning them (accuser). we all know that there's a lot of high level secrecy in any business. And if they can consolidate ... well... how would we know.

Todays news, tomorrows "chip wrapper" (you can have that tag line The Register. ;) )


Sooo.. to 'PARSE' this story to real terms..

..is that the news outlets are untrustworthy.

We knew this. We go fact checking, against...uh...other news media. no wait.!!!

It amounts to 'Yes you may have your freedom to report truths, however, by that very rule, we cannot control the sea of contradictory reports which will whitewash and drown your less popular and more damaging report, so that it will be only known by few.'

Canadian security boss ain't afraid of no Huawei, sees no reason for ban


Re: I know why they're so confident...

updoot. just because this place needs some sense of humour and i appreciate your effort despite knowing it'll probably go down badly. Good for you. and thanks.

The last phablet? 6.4in Samsung Galaxy Note 9 leaves you $1k lighter, needs 'water cooling'


I don't mind Samsung. Def better than Apple, but...Greediness and willing sheep.

how the hell have the prices of these devices managed to creep up so much? Can we not all agree to have less tech and better prices and less google built-in spywa.. i mean crud?

(Apple fanbois.. you just go ahead. We won't judge you. Honestly!)

Seriously. I like technical growth and advancement, but make it more affordable before unleashing it.

Greediness and willing sheep.

Another German state plans switch back from Linux to Windows

Big Brother

RE Sorry, Enterprise Architect for a global Fortune 200 company of companies here:


Some of you really don't want Windows 10's April 2018 update on your rigs


Re: Why so traumatic?

"MS, on the other hand, takes control away from the PC owner and installs whatever they like on "their" PC "

i have to agree with that. MS is moving to Apple tactics. But mostly thanks to the 3/4 letter agencies scraping data and wanting access to EVEYBODIES computers (excepting the politicians making the rules of course ;) ).

in light of that, Linux will also be prone to the same stuff that the top dog O/S are currently should it become the most popular.

my only thought is "it's like car insurance: all computers are required, they all suck some way or another. It's the "users preference" which way they want to be rogered. (with or without lube, sir?)

Civil rights warriors get green light to challenge UK mass surveillance


Re: @JimmiPage -- vindictive, corrupt, spiteful people in positions of authority

@ Someone else

"Something about sauce, a goose and a gander...."


Put down your coffee and admire the sheer amount of data Windows 10 Creators Update will slurp from your PC


Why do they not give us a option to opt out altogether?

I'm afraid to say that i agree with earlier posts. MS is one of the front facing developers of "snooping software", but switch to another O/S or technology and the government agencies will soon, or have already got complying with "their" wants as well. Anything that collects data.. from loyalty card at the supermarket to debit card purchases to sat nav trip recording and everything in between and beyond.

So pissed off with it all. I see no real answer than to live 'off the grid', and who realistically is going to do that?

After London attack, UK gov lays into Facebook, Google for not killing extremist terror pages


Censorship can kiss my grits.

I'm coming to the stage of thinking where I have realised that nothing is possible without some kind of distant, overpaid, fuckwit in a pretencious job approving it or monitoring it.

What happened to the natural order of things? Why do the masses have to lose their privacy ?

It strikes me as obvious that the government(s) slurping of data hasn't helped anything other than monitor the masses of innocents. Why are governments putting 3rd parties in the firing line when the government(s) have equally ability to do perform monitoring and execution. Hell why do they need all our data if they want social media to do the sorting?

i could continue on this rant.. the whole situation it makes me livid. You never see relaxing of laws..

"yes, now we have something better to firm out grip on getting peoples data from social media. We are turning every data holding organisation into government employees.. and haha little people.. you're paying for it, thrice."

1.37bn records from somewhere to leak on Monday


a bit more detailed article


Google agrees to break pirates' domination over music searches


what is more..

The folks making such rules are nowhere near the 'real' peoples age or ability. they get advised by a sudden donation of "money" group they dont really care about. I'll bet they don't even know how to open cmd prompt (or Terminal), let alone knowledge of torrents or vpns.. and these f***ers are making laws!?

Forgot your GitHub password? Facebook cooks up spec to reset logins via social network


ermm. a question.

I may not have understood the concept properly, but doesn't this just mean that if one account is compromised, it would be even easier to compromise the victoms other accounts?

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


You're all wrong

The gov agencies want to know/record who (which internal IP) was logged on, lan side, at all times. Which was why win 10 was pushed harder and faster. Time was against them to do it properly. The shell /interface were done first with the providence that "updates" would continue to open up. M$ screwed up windows update deployment this time. I mean again.I am astrounded nobody actually came up with that conclusion yet.

I'm going on break. will leave you lot to it.

Investigatory Powers Act signed into UK law by Queen


Re: Against British Law

just to say i love you. I couldn't agree more with your comments. i personally would question why individuals privacy is stored and shared.. yet the legislators are private from inspection.

i truely cannot believe this sh*t has gone through completely untouched (well.. not significantly). The fact its been happening for years .. nobody bats an eyelid.

but.. if it's been happening for years... why are such events as 7/7 etc.. not stopped.

Surely the gov "spies" need to target the bad sites? not their visitors every personal detail??

its a huge open door of the nanny state psych. and gone unchallenged. In the years of poll tax, we overthrew and changed the law with displays of public dissatisfaction. why are we not doing that now??

i'm sickened.


R3 four flew: What's driving banks to flee blockchain consortium?


Why is this under Security?

Surely it should be under business?

Visa cries foul over Euro regulator's stronger authentication demands


Getting a bit sick of this type of thing actually..

Not the crime, but the crazy regulations. Once again the sheeple with no intelligence, fall back onto some other sheeple that happen to be in power, to help them stop making dumb mistakes.

I'm tired of that.

The idiots that need that kind of protection need to be allowed to screw up and learn from it, at least it's only money to the numbnuts. Who have plenty usually.

It's not like Health and Safety ludicrousness (which is useful in that it saves idiots lives).

No. i think the chumps should be more cautious. Else they are justifying the need for unecessary regulations costing us all money and problems.

sorry for the rant. I understand when the down votes happen. dont feel bad.

Security bods find Android phoning home. Home being China


Re: I just tried "Show pictures of me Percy"

i dont understand? can you explain please?

Reg meets 'Lokihardt', quite possibly the world's best hacker


To quote Pratchett "million to one shots always pay off"

Anywhere is never the same as anywhere else. Mix into that availability, skillsets and budget... you'd never cover the expanse or expense. Real world is the ONLY way to beta test. Take a look at M$ then look at MS *SP1 uptake necessity.. even perfect labs don't come close to real world.

Microsoft flips Google the bird after Windows kernel bug blurt


Just about getting sick of Google

Tax evading, internet owning, rule makers of their own accord. Let us not forget they too have many bugs in their products.

Sorry if that gains down votes.

WikiLeaks uploads 300+ pieces of malware among email dumps


jeez. the word you're looking for is "integrity"

anything reported that has been altered does not have integrity. wikileaks would be pretty shit if it didn't have integrity. it HAS to be complete. yes. fair warning should be given.. something like:

"what you are about to receive may not be entirely safe. scan scan scan and then double scan. the contents are sourced from real life situations and that includes secuirty risks and other threats in the wild"

sorry for lack of grammar.

Hacker shows Reg how one leaked home address can lead to ruin


Re: It's happened to me twice

how do we know this is you?

Is Windows 10 ignoring sysadmins' network QoS settings?


Re: M$ Apologists

Sounds like you didn't get a chance to work with the wonderful Windows 98! (or ME)

You'd really drop your chips in awe of those peices of..work.



In my experience, (both domain and domestic) installations of win10 (pro and home) always begun with a few weeks of utter slowness of the O/S. I dont know whether we just 'get used to it' or it actually gets faster after week 4? am i alone on the "gets faster thing"? We were forced into win 10 as we were told to

I have a win 7 and a fresh win 10. The win 7 is a dual core, 4gb 8 yr old piece of crud from zoostorm . and the spanking new water cooled win10 16gb amd 9590 black (wish i got a skylake.. but maybe it's win 10..grr). with practically nothing on it. win 7 thrashes win 10 in just about every aspect of interaction.

(oh get EVERYTHING by the way. best windows search tool for windows by a mile. it's made by void tools in case googling EVERYTHING takes you a while..;-) )

I might be paranoid, but it occured to me that once ms have slurped pretty much everything it can find about you, the thing speeds up. i guess it's keeping up with on a regular basis with the user data it sends to the NSA. I was think of dumping 20gb of hi res nasa pics on the machine and just see if those few photos took the general speed and net speed of things back down for a few days. Obviously sourcing them and retrieving them using a workstation.

sorry if i've encouraged a down vote. Just wanted to share my two cents

Hate Windows 10? Microsoft's given you 'Insider' powers anyway


Re: Great

hell to pay if you remove "store" or "skype" or any of that shite. it's pretty much Format C: after that. and dont think of storing your files on a diff partition while you 'format'. It even makes that tricky saying it's all one big partition to them in my horible experience. but that maybe cause i was early build in fairness.


If they insist on bloat.. (which i dont mind actually)..

They just need to add the the darn useful things back.

. If i click start, i want to type the first letter of the programs name and be shown those that match. (that are applications and not so much system files unless i tick "include system files" tickbox)

. I NEED to have control my operating system. YES > the updates policy. (for home users)

.The search has to be quick. AND useful https://www.voidtools.com/ do a masterpiece in this. Why has MS been so shoddy in it?

.One click OPT OUT of anything that spills my info /data elsewhere. Offer "opt in" option

.Built in Ad blocker option.

.Remote Desktop to HOME Edition machines on same subnet. without having to hack it.

.BE NICE and ethical again. Think of the user. make them happy. business is important, but not without customers.

.. so much more. you guys got this already anyway.

Advice please. https shows IT support website?


Re: Advice please. https shows IT support website?

Things are looking mighty fishy with VM. the issue is resolved, but guess what? since this post, my ability to access imgur.com is blocked somewhere!

I can use a proxy or my mobile phone to see recent (a couple of hours old) stuff on imgur.com and also the original image i put up that i posted here. But none of several computers in any browser can connect via VM router/hub can. the hub itself has no blocking or domains or ips or anything i have set up. there is no other firewall or filter. Imgur is up and running fine.

NSLOOKUP resolves to:

C:\Users\Name>nslookup imgur.com

Server: cache1.service.virginmedia.net


Non-authoritative answer:

Name: imgur.com


when i use the VM modems own tracert it gives:

<option value="2" />traceroute to (, 255 hops max, 92 byte packets

<option value="3" />

<option value="4" />01 * * *

<option value="5" />02 10 ms 10 ms, 10 ms

<option value="6" />03 10 ms 10 ms, 10 ms

( brhm-bb-1c-ae4-0.network.virginmedia.net [])

<option value="7" />04 *

<option value="8" selected />Traceroute FAILED.

I had to view the source to because it wont it me copy from the hub interface. I inserted the dns for the last successful hop for clarity.

Seems VM are a bit twitchy about something... ?


Re: Advice please. https shows IT support website?

198.168... might well be owned by gwynedd. but 192.168? why is the rerouting from 192 to 198. happening on local subnet? it has to be dns issue ( is the dns specified by VM) this doesn't happen when i use googles 8's for dns. I'd be interested if anybody else with VM can give this a test please? Thanks for the replies btw: Jake and Solmyr ibn Wali Barad. I think that answers it. But would a large ISP be stupid enough to leave it open to allow upstream registration? The potential is .. immense!


Re: Advice please. https shows IT support website?

Pooched dns i have concluded. .i didn't happen when it tried Googles public dns.

VM tell customers to use Virgin media quickly changed it when i mentioned it on their forums this morning. http://community.virginmedia.com/t5/Networking-and-wireless/Dns-problem-Dns-poisoning-Or-just-normal-to-see-this-on-https/m-p/3107332/highlight/false#M102125

No explanation or anything! but the page view count grew quickly. then i checked again and it (the wrong site) was gone.

Begs the question how much of our traffic when through others servers due to buggered DNS entries i wonder? they have had others complain of poisoned dns before on those forums..



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