* Posts by tjbutt

6 publicly visible posts • joined 4 Jun 2019

'Member Ke3chang? They're still at it, you know. Euro diplomats targeted by 'China-based' hacker crew


Re: It would be useful

The press release of the security firm who did the heavy lifting in this case.

I appreciate ESET's efforts in investigation, and find their analyses helpful. They are not, of course, the only people doing this, but did publish a useful report, for free, in this case.

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


Re: Meanwhile, in Australia ...

I'm still unsure if they'll ever get that to work, or have attempted to yet.

Unfortunately it's another example of security overreach here.

While we were raging about Putin's meddling and Kremlin hackers, Five Eyes were pwning Yandex, Russia's Google


Re: The Grand Game

OK, so individuals within the Five Eyes (say USA, for instance) probably hack less than some other countries. I don't think they generally indulge in large scale industrial espionage (unlike PRC almost certainly does), for instance.

The USA very likely deployed Stuxnet. Russia very likely attacked the Ukranian power system twice in a few months. There have very likely been similar cyber-physical attacks mounted by both sides in the past 20 years or so - Stuxnet was just the first well known one.

Without having access to the sort of information that is well classified, informed speculation on other comparisons, eg who hacks the most, is almost impossible.

And the five eyes is still the five eyes.


The Grand Game

Of course Five Eyes complains about hacking, and of course they hack. It's not hypocritical, it's just part of the business.

Both activities are intended to gain an advantage in some way.

It's plausible that the Five Eyes hack less, compared to many other countries, but that's it.

Strewth: Hackers slurp 19 years of Oz student data in uni's second breach within a year


That would be Brian Schmidt, Nobel prize for physics.

I'm pretty sure he was making the point that the entire university, including himself, was affected.

I read the breach announcements, thought they were well done. A little empathy is good to see.

I also have some empathy for the task of protecting a large university, inherently full of BYOD, from a determined attack. Virtually impossible.

That large collection of 'toxic data' is troubling, though.

Dissed Bash boshed: Apple makes fancy zsh default in forthcoming macOS 'Catalina' 10.15


The shell wars.

Of the other shells referenced, nearly all predate bash.

It's nearly always been a matter of taste, plus where you fell 8n the csh/bsh divide that is 30 years old now.

I really like bash, for its predictable and widely used syntax, but also for features command line editing.

Never liked zsh, but that was a while ago.

I can understand and sympathise with Apple's motivation, though.