* Posts by tmz

25 posts • joined 11 Jun 2017

Accused hacker Lauri Love loses legal bid to reclaim seized IT gear


Re: HDD forensics

I don't doubt that any of what you posit could be true.

But my question remains - why does it appear that the NCA do not have the appropriate level of skills available to them to handle this case? If they are screwing this one up then how many others go the same way?


Re: Cloning fail

Not if the firmware may have been tampered with.


HDD forensics

Modern HDDs contain a portion of their firmware stored on the platters. This is loaded into the HDDs controller processor/memory at startup to complete the firmware image. If any of this 'soft' firmware has been changed by the owner, in order to defeat the disk being simply bit-copied, then there is pretty much zero chance of reading the data without resorting to 'clean room' HDD recovery-style operations (removing individual platters to a donor HDD, for example). This operation alone could call in to question the forensic veracity of the resultant data extracted before decryption comes in to the picture. I would expect that the NCA have access to expertise to handle all this, even if not quite routine. I wonder why they have failed?

London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found


Re: Another theory

So a drone attack would then inconvenience twice as many pax.

Raspberry Pi fans up in arms as Mathematica disappears from Raspbian downloads


Re: Idle thought, at what point does fedex's bandwidth beat your ISPs?

Ah, you've just reminded me that I used to take the train from Bristol to Reading once a month with a RL01 5 MB DEC hard disk in a suitcase to sync sourcecode across our offices.

RIP Paul Allen: Microsoft cofounder billionaire dies at 65 after facing third bout with cancer


Re: Say what you will

They have not been visited by the ghost of Christmases yet to come. They will be on the list, though.

Microsoft yanks the document-destroying Windows 10 October 2018 Update


Checks calendar ...

It's 2018.

How does anyone put up with this **** anymore?

Decoding the Chinese Super Micro super spy-chip super-scandal: What do we know – and who is telling the truth?


Re: What about Quality Control

From the Bloomberg report:

"A U.S. official says the government’s probe is still examining whether spies were planted inside Supermicro or other American companies to aid the attack."

QC at Supermicro (or its documentation) would be the number one target for this, I would have thought.


What am I missing here?

"A third thing to consider is this: if true, a lot of effort went into this surveillance operation. It's not the sort of thing that would be added to any Super Micro server shipping to any old company – it would be highly targeted to minimize its discovery. If you've bought Super Micro kit, it's very unlikely it has a spy chip in it, we reckon, if the report is correct. Other than Apple and Amazon, the other 30 or so organizations that used allegedly compromised Super Micro boxes included a major bank and government contractors."

How is the contractor/attacker in any way in control of which MBs get sent to which customers. Surely that is entirely in the hands of Super Micro? Are these particular compromised MBs only available to certain customers? If so, how?

What's Big and Blue – and makes its veteran staff sue? Yep, it's IBM


Re: Slowly spiralling into oblivion like Unisys

Bringing Rodime back to life must have been a big gamble.

Microsoft: We busted Russian Fancy Bear disinfo websites


This is the MS justification

Microsoft has been trying to gain control of the sites for two years. In court documents, its lawyers filed a complaint on Aug. 13, 2016, alleging violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to harm Microsoft and its customers.

The complaint alleges that two unknown individuals led the effort "to direct attacks against targeted networks, to infect computing devices connected to those networks that permit Defendants to compromise the security and conduct reconnaissance of and move latterly through those networks, and to locate and exfiltrate sensitive information."

They also accuse the individuals of accessing the computers and networks of Microsoft customers, intercepting communications via Microsoft's Windows operating system, making unauthorized use of Microsoft trademarks, "trespassing" on the computer networks of Microsoft and its customers, intentionally interfering with Microsoft contracts and profiting unjustly from their unauthorized use and access.


Cryptography is the Bombe: Britain's Enigma-cracker on display in new home



Germany invaded Poland in 1939 not 1938.

US border cops told not to search seized devices just for the hell of it

Big Brother

Re: Works for me

I find your comments highly suspicious.

Hand over your phone.


The matter revolves around whether a warrant was needed to carry out a forensically detailed search of the defendant's phone. His lawyers tried to argue that a warrant was needed for such a detailed search thereby redering the evidence found on his phone inadmissable in court in the absense of such.

The Appeals Court found that 'reasonable suspicion' was enough of a hurdle to allow a forensic search of anyones phone. No warrant needed. In this case the presence of illegal firearms found in his suitcases (and his record of two previous attempts at smuggling firearms out of the US) had provided sufficient grounds for that 'reasonable suspicion'.

But the Court also found that for the average traveller, where no 'reasonable suspicion' exists, a forensic scan of their phone is not allowed as a matter of simple routine.

There was some additional detailed arguments over whether the phone, transported some miles from the airport for an examination that took several weeks, was still under the rules that apply at the 'border'. The Court found against the defendant in this part as well.

Facebook puts 1.5bn users on a boat from Ireland to California


Re: $1.6bn

About 3 days.

A million UK homes still get crappy broadband speeds, groans Ofcom


No ...

don't use random numbers. Use just 0s and 1s.

Open-source defenders turn on each other in 'bizarre' trademark fight sparked by GPL fall out


Re: 'GPL - proudly, brashly, forcefully illiberal license'

Try this - http://www.gnu.org/licenses/license-list.html

IBM offloads Notes and Domino to India's HCL Technologies


Re: As a Notes consultant

I was just making sure they were using clean needles.


As a Notes consultant

there sound like there are plenty of AC commentators here that I have worked with over the years.

Notes could do some things well and lots of other things not well at all. You just had to select the right project.

But, at the end of the day, it did at least allow me to pay my mortgage off 10 years early.

Brit spooks 'kept oversight bodies in the dark' over data sharing


Re: What?

Yes, "taken" was a typo for "rather" (now fixed) - which makes a little more sense, but I still have no idea what "deals" this is talking about. Is that a typo for "details"?



" which renders the deals a gauge of likelihood taker than a description of data."

Can anyone translate that in to English for me?

Uber Cali goes ballistic, calls online ads bogus: These million-dollar banners are something quite atrocious


Re: Ah, the choices, the choices..

The lawyers win, which is OK as they have Porsches to insure and yachts to be anti-fouled just like the rest of us.

Surfacegate: Microsoft execs 'misled Nadella', claims report


My son is on his 3rd Surface Pro, following returns for 2 machines that simply became unusable after just a few months.

I bought a USB connected keyboard for him to use after he had destroyed the supplied one out of shear frustration at trying to get it to work.

The solution for all this pain is simple though - never buy MS hardware.

Our day with Larry Page: Embedded with one of the world's richest men


Google implant

Page has had one of the latest Google implants, it's not working all together correctly just yet. A few minor bugs to iron out, it will be fine in 50-60 years time.

DIY self-driving cars are closer than they appear (and we're not talking about in the mirror)


As usual SF has got there first.



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