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'I don’t want to see another computer for the rest of my life'... Brit Dark Overlord cyber-extortionist thrown in an American clink for five years

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Re: Hardy surprising...

So he's crying now?

He's not crying because he's going to jail. He's crying because he's going to an AMERICAN jail.

If he was given a choice between Hanoi Hilton and an American jail, he won't hesitate to chose the former.

A NEW inmate, with a cockney accent, in an American jail? Let me just say that he will not last 30 seconds after "lights out" -- and that is just "day one".

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UK ghoul is a paradise.

US prison system is ... I do not know how to describe it other than "watch yourself when you shower".

Cisco bets on real-world events with overseas audiences resuming in late 2021

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When Cisco Live US 2020 was cancelled, those who paid got a choice of an iPad or an iWatch.

Those who paid to attend Cisco Live Melbourne 2020 got an email to say the the convention has been cancelled..

Won't somebody think of the Oracle execs? No pay rises, bonuses, equity awards for top brass until 2022 at earliest

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If Oracle cannot afford to pay the bribe then they need to look for another business.

Coding unit tests is boring. Wouldn't it be cool if an AI could do it for you? That's where Diffblue comes in

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Boring.

Wake me up when AI has come up with a methodology to do away AGILE (and their practitioner).

US cybersecurity agency issues super-rare emergency directive to patch Windows Server flaw ASAP

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Re: How many ?

how many US government servers will still be unpatched at the end of the year

US Government agencies? Shirley not. They know what they are doing and do not need to be told what to do.

El Reg, can I request for an "I told you so" icon, please?

Tencent in talks for 'longterm solution' to WeChat mess as injunction keeps the app alive

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Re: Hopefully Nov 3rd will resolve the problem

"If the Americans show a bit of intelligence" and "vote Trump out of office" should never be used in the same sentence.

It would be like saying "If you do not want to see how bad COVID-19 is then slow down the testing for COVID-19. Problem solved." -- oh, wait.

Feeling bad about your last security audit? Check out what just happened to the US Department of Interior

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Re: @Gene Cash - Nice picture

You mean they will not even wait for someone to record it on camera

Don't be silly. Every street corner already has a several CCTV cameras and the feeds are being analyzed in China.

Let's go space truckin': 1970s probe Voyager 1 is now 14 billion miles from home

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Lest we forget, conceived by an engineer, no less

And without the use of AGILE.

Video encoders using Huawei chips have backdoors and bad bugs – and Chinese giant says it's not to blame

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China-backed telecom firm says won't spy on Philippines

China-backed telecom firm says won't spy on Philippines

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For the nth time: It is NOT a bug -- it is an "undocumented feature".

Bad news for 'cool dads' trying to bond with their teens: China-owned TikTok and WeChat face US download ban by Sunday

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Re: Only a problem if you live in the US

so people in the UK and EU will might still be able to download them

There, FTFY.

The US has a "beef" with China and the American government "encouraged" Allies to go along for the ride (Huawei/ZTE). TikTok and WeChat is not difficult to include in that "list".

Singapore to test compulsory COVID-tracker usage as condition of entry to some venues

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Re: This will enable us to open up safely in the coming weeks and months

The scheme is all about "contact tracing" in an accurate and timely manner.

Infosec big names rally against US voting app maker's bid to outlaw unsanctioned bug hunting via T&Cs

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it will mean companies can decide for themselves

Translation: The company is too busy counting the money rolling in they can't-and-won't fix the vulnerabilities.

Look at it this way, if Donald loses this election, he can use this as a leverage for the recounting of the votes.

What do F5, Citrix, Pulse Secure all have in common? China exploiting their flaws to hack govt, biz – Feds

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'Zerologon' Windows domain admin bypass exploit released

'Zerologon' Windows domain admin bypass exploit released

The Zerologon flaw allows an attacker with a foothold on an internal Windows network to simply send a number of Netlogon messages, filling various fields with zeroes, and changing the Active Directory stored password of a Domain Controller.

Secura has also published a Python script on Github to test if a Domain Controller is vulnerable.

Bad apples: US customs seize OnePlus earbuds thinking they're knock-off AirPods

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Shoot-now-ask-questions-later policy working.

US military takes aim at 2024 for human-versus-AI aircraft dogfights. Have we lost that loving feeling for Top Gun?

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U.S. Marine Corps F-35Bs Are About To Go Aboard A British Carrier And They Might Be There To Stay

The UK government spent so much money building an aircraft carrier that it does not have enough money left to buy planes that they have to resort to "renting" out the space to the Americans.

IBM made ‘top-down’ efforts to fire older workers, says US employment discrimination watchdog

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Re: Standard Modus Operandi for IBM

IBM does not need experiences.

All IBM needs are salespeople who are paid by commission ... oh, wait.

ByteDance rebuffs Microsoft's TikTok purchase proposal

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It's being speculated that "technology partner" means Oracle will host TikTok in its US cloud, but not operate the service.

Ole McDonald is gonna loose his proverbial manure marbles when he hears this news.

`tis MS or go jump (ship).

Be very afraid! British Army might scrap battle tanks for keyboard warriors – report

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U.S. Marine Corps F-35Bs Are About To Go Aboard A British Carrier And They Might Be There To Stay

U.S. Marine Corps F-35Bs Are About To Go Aboard A British Carrier And They Might Be There To Stay

The UK government spent so much money building an aircraft carrier but does not have enough money left to buy planes that they have to resort to "renting" out the space to the Americans.

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Re: A battle tank is still cheaper than going to battle

An A-10, Apache or equivalent can reach any potential battlefield in Europe in one day from the UK.

So does a flight of Harrier jets ... oh, wait.

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A battle tank is still cheaper than going to battle

Just want to remind the British Parliament about the 1981 Defense White Paper and the aftermath.

History repeating itself.

Don't pay the ransom, mate. Don't even fix a price, say Australia's cyber security bods

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If your business really is that incompetently run that you don't have any backups, then you have no choice but to the pay the ransom and hope. If you do have backups, even if that takes a little longer, you should definitely use those rather than pay the ransom

Australia's Toll Holding got hacked. Twice. In two months.

If I was to believe the murmurs from the industry, Toll Holdings was downsizing and outsourcing their IT to India started from January 2020.

The CIO parted with Toll Holdings not long after the second ransomware incident.

Cops called to Singapore golf club after 'wrongdoers' use scripts to book popular timeslots

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Re: Why would that help?

then people will still want to game the system to get them and sell them for a profit

Good point, however, this is easier said than done. Unlike ordinary "people" who buy (and scalp) cheap concert tickets - Singaporean membership to golf clubs are not easy to get. It is not difficult for SICC to check credentials of the golfers claiming their slots.

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Singapore is a tiny country.

Like owning a private vehicle or a free-standing house, golf memberships are only for the rich.

My response would be to auction the premium slots. You want the 7am slot? That'll be SG$500k, thanks.

China makes treatment of its 5G vendors an issue to rank with climate change or disarmament

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Re: Uh-huh. Sure. Pull the other leg ...

are now producing excellent products that include locally generated IP

I agree. I've never came across of report(s) of compromised network made by Huawei.

Seriously, I can't wait for paying customers to fly around COMAC C919.

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Re: Uh-huh. Sure. Pull the other leg ...

Have a beer.

What the heck, here, have another.

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Uh-huh. Sure. Pull the other leg ...

"China wants ... respect for intellectual property"

Cool story, bro.

Drone firm DJI promises 'local data mode' to fend off US government's mooted ban

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Re: DJI dominates the drone market

"If the US wanted to compete we'd have a long way to go to catch up."

I disagree.

The Americans can really complete with Chinese made products against "American products equally made in China". Same goes with 5G kit with American brands but made exclusively in China.

It's just a question of greed (and a dash of pride).

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If DJI would just sell their business to an American company like, say, Microsoft, then the ban would be lifted.

I'm just sayin'.

China proposes ‘Global Initiative on Data Security’ forbidding stuff it and Huawei are accused of doing already

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I think we all got the message wrong: The Chinese government is saying the most secure network are the ones by Huawei.

Just sayin'.

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"Oppose using ICT activities to impair other States' critical infrastructure or steal important data"

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA, *choke!*, HAHAHAHAHA ... oh, wait. You're serious???

UK Home Office seeks suppliers: £25m up for grabs to build database to keep track of crimelords' ill-gotten gains

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Re: I can do that!

"Whoa there. Access? I think two worksheets in Excel will suffice."

You forgot the bit about hosting it in an open AWS bucket.

What price security? Well, for the US ban on Huawei/ZTE kit it's around $1.8bn, and you're going to pay most of it

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Re: Evidence? Anywhere?

Chinese carriers are "encouraged" by their government to use Chinese-made equipment. But this is done "quietly".

The difference with the American policy is broadcasting this across the world and "encouraging" American allies to follow the edict "or else".

It does not help that the American-branded equipment are all made in China, where labor is very cheap, but cost double the price (or more), less feature and less "user friendly".

Mate, it's the '90s. You don't need to be reachable every minute of every hour. Your operating system can't cope

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Servers, no matter what size, shape or form factors they come in, must always "reside" in a secure room or a DC. Unfortunately for me, there are just times when this is not possible or you can't say "no". A JFDI (Just F*ckin' Do It) kind-a thing.

So we have this PC that became a "server" and needs to be connected to the network at all times. And it sat on an empty cubicle. Alone.

One day, during lunch time, I heard a "bing" from the NMS. The server is down. Geez.

I soon discovered that someone has disconnected the server from the network and replaced it with a VoIP phone.

While we were waiting for the dreaded angry calls from the servers "owners", I quickly called that phone extension and the conversation went like this:

ME: Where is the server?

(NOTE: No "pleasantries". I went straight for the kill. Some interrupted my lunch and that made my blood boil.)

Person: I disconnected it ...

ME: (Interrupting) Plug it back in. Now.

(NOTE: By this time, I had two colleagues stop whatever they were doing and eavesdropping my call.)

Person: I need the connect my phone. I am moving to this cubicle.

ME: Plug the server back in.

Person: Excuse me, do you know who you are talking to?

ME: (Trying to calm down.) I don't care. In the next ten minutes, a group of angry people, led by the person sitting in that corner office, will be calling to find out why their precious little server has stopped working. How about I tell to come and see you?

I let that sink in for a bit before ending the conversation with "Last warning: Plug that server back in." and terminated the call.

Two colleagues were standing next to me, arms across their chest and eyes wide open, "Did you just threaten someone?".

Before I could answer, the NMS chimed and we saw the notification of the server disappear. The server is back online.

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Got a call one weekend and the conversation went like this:

Caller: My name is <BLAH> and I'm the section head of <WHO CARES> team. Our computers are down and YOU need to fix this ASAP. I've got a report to run.

Sure enough, I had no access to that site ... wait. Something's not right.

Me: What site are you again?

Caller: <BLAH> site. Are you fixing this or should I escalate this to YOUR MANAGER?

I have heard of that site before. Checked my emails ... yup. There it is.

Me: Is there power to the site?

Caller: Uhhhh ... No. They are doing power maintenance downstairs.

Wait for it ... wait for it.

Caller: Oh. <CLICK!>

Cisco mostly silent on when and what it knew about malicious WebEx wipeout

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Cisco's mantra has-and-will-always-be "do what we say and not do what we do".

China lashes India’s app ban, calls for return to ‘win-win cooperation’

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"Which is where things get interesting, because Chinese diplomats recently warned Australia that its calls for the World Health Organisation to probe the origins of the novel coronavirus could see Chinese consumers lose interest in Australian products."

It is called "coercive diplomacy" (aka "or-else diplomacy").

There's gall – and then there's the security director who stole and resold 41 government-owned networking switches

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admitted to taking 41 Cisco 3850 networking switches and selling them off to third parties

Something is not right here, guv. These 3850 are garbage. He was saving the county countless troubleshooting years for a rubbish kit.

Chinese prof sent down for 18 months for stealing semiconductor secrets, trying to patent them to cover tracks

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"I would like to know more about why everything took so long"

Fear of retaliation.

'A guy in a jetpack' seen flying at 3,000ft within few hundred yards of passenger jet landing at LA airport

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A guy pig in a jetpack

There, FTFY.

China trolls Trump with tech export rules changes that could imperil TikTok sale

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Donald is still getting is "cut", right?

</sarcasm>

Engineer admits he wiped 456 Cisco WebEx VMs from AWS after leaving the biz, derailed 16,000 Teams accounts

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how is it he was ABLE to access CISCO's VM's after leaving

That is Cisco for you: Do what we say and not do what we do.

To Cisco: How many of your corporate sites are running SD-WAN?

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He accessed Cisco's AWS five months after quitting Cisco.

I'm just sayin'.

So... just 'Good' then? KFC pulls Finger Lickin' slogan while pandemic rumbles on

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Pull my finger ...

A bridge too far: Passengers on Sydney's new ferries would get 'their heads knocked off' on upper deck, say politicos

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Re: They could

Or flood the bilges and lower the boat

The idea will go down well.

TikTok takes to the courts to challenge US ban

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Made-in-China social network TikTok has decided to challenge the Trump administration’s looming ban on its service by taking the matter to the USA’s courts.

A foreign-owned company suing the US Government ... Good luck with that. I know how (badly) it will end.

Utes gotta be kidding me... University of Utah handed $457K to ransomware creeps

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The backup regime was so slack, the administration was dead in the water without decryption.

I am not surprised at this at all. US-based schools and universities are easy target. Not only are the majority of the IT systems running on antiquated equipment with unpatched OS, they probably have trouble keeping talent on-board due to lack of fundings.

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The way I see it, the school has no choice but to pay up.

If any of those pilfered files hit the internet, the school will be paying more from litigation.

On the other side of the world, ASIC sues financial services company for repeated hacks. (And take note the company is an affiliate to an Australian bank.)

In those two cases, a computer was infected with ransomware that rendered the files on it inaccessible, and a network being hacked by remote access resulting in a data breach affecting 226 client groups.

The unknown hacker obtained access via an FFG staff account, and spent more than 155 hours logged into the file server that contained senstive financial information and client identification documents.

KPMG's forensic analysis also found crypto miner malware on the file server, as well as a virtual private network being set up, a peer-to-peer file sharing application, hacking tools and brute-force password cracking software.

I'll let y'all read this article. It's them "what else can go wrong" moment.

Trucking hell: Kid leaves dad in monster debt after buying oversized vehicle on eBay

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Turn on 2FA in PayPal

Couldn't agree more.

2FA is not a "hindrance" -- 2FA is to "back you up" for situations like this.

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