* Posts by sev.monster

59 posts • joined 9 Apr 2020

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Infosec bod: I've found zero-day flaws in Tor's bridge relay defenses. Tor Project: Only the zero part is right

sev.monster

Re: The problems continue

China is most certainly at least on the path to becoming a superpower, if they aren't already broadly considered to be one. Their Silk Road project has seen Chinese influence spread across the developing world, especially in Africa. They export techology, food, medicine, and outsourced labor at an incredible rate, and as a result are able to easily exert their politics. So much is state-backed or directly controlled by the state that it would be easy to say without reaching that China is the most powerful government in the world, in terms of its raw assets.

If we are OK with describing nations as superpowers in certain fields rather than as a whole, there are more that could be added to this list.

Disclaimer: I do not supporr the PRC.

sev.monster

Re: The problems continue

That's incredibly myopic of you.

Who was behind that stunning Twitter hack? State spies? Probably this Florida kid, say US prosecutors

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Happy

Re: "The Twitter VIP hack undermines public confidence in those information platforms."

Well, yes, if the stupid person lived after doing their stupid thing, they probably tried to sue the company for it. I'm sure there's some correlation.

sev.monster

Re: I'm gonna go out on a limb here....

Very rarely is docm actually successful nowadays, it's usually "encrypted/protected documents/PDFs" that ask you to sign in. Likely for the ol' Twit they probably sent out fake account alerts that sent to a fake login page.

sev.monster

Re: "The Twitter VIP hack undermines public confidence in those information platforms."

The only reason warning labels exist on consumer products is because people were stupid enough to do exactly what it now says not to, no matter how obvious, common sense, or self-evident.

Raytheon techie who took home radar secrets gets 18 months in the clink in surprise time fraud probe twist

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: Did he not

I'll forgive you for the incantation of Poe's Law, if you overlook my incorrect usage of the blpckquote tag.

sev.monster

Re: Did he not

<blpckquote>It looks like he wanted to follow good security practice.</blockquote>

HAVING A HARD TIME BELIEVING THAT ONE CHIEF

sev.monster

Re: Maybe

You're giving the guy googling "how 2 wipe hard driv" a lot of credit here.

sev.monster
Childcatcher

Re: Approximately ten

I'd hate to see what the back of your coat is covered in.

Are you sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin. Hang on, the PDP 11/70 has dropped offline

sev.monster
Mushroom

Seeing as how we have Hanlon in our extinguishing system, and it's so old and ancient I don't even know to what capacity it works, I very much keep all limbs inside the ride when entering or exiting the server room...

Australia sues Google over data collection practices that merged DoubleClick data to create single user profiles

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Black Helicopters

Re: I would love to see my real google profile

Here you go mate

sev.monster

Re: I wonder how much Google earns per search user?

This reads like amanfromMars is your lawyer.

It's a Meow-nixed system, I know this: Purr-fect storm of 3,000+ insecure databases – and a data-wiping bot

sev.monster

Re: From Wikipedia.....

It's comedy night at the the Blue Note... The first act is almosy ready to begin.

A man walks on stage.

"Yup, the sky is blue too!" he says.

Silence.

The man leaves the stage and continues to mop the floor.

The first act walks on stage.

sev.monster

Re: Just the beginning

Mom and Pop barely know how to log on to Facebook, you think they know what a dang ol' "UPDATE" is?

Mom clicks the "turn on" button and it just works, anything more is an angry call to [scam] tech support demanding it be fixed right now.

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Mushroom

Re: The "Meow" bot??

Alexa, EXEC sp_msforeachtable @command1 = "DROP TABLE ?"

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Unhappy

Re: Er ...

This post makes me want to vomit from all the cat puns...

...

Oh, it was a hairball. Crisis avoided.

Shocked I am. Shocked to find that underground bank-card-trading forums are full of liars, cheats, small-time grifters

sev.monster
Boffin

Re: And there's another

Looks like Java or C#.

sev.monster
Joke

Re: Colour of surprise

Hanlon's Razor. You needed this, buddy.

IBM CEO and Indian prime minister talk about yoga … and unspecified further investment

sev.monster
Megaphone

Re: Why a self-reliance policy...

Foreign? Ah sir let me tell you this why you are wrong. Let me introduce you sir to my colleague Balakumar to explain...

Japan plans massive national tech modernisation program

sev.monster

Re: Hanko stamps

But how will you accept packages without your seal?? - Probably at least one Japanese person

sev.monster
Devil

Re: Fax-geddon

Not all faxes go to heaven.

Report: CIA runs secret cyberwar with little oversight after Trump gave the OK, say US government officials

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Gimp

Do you think Assange got leaky between the legs when he heard the CIA wanted to get in bed with him?

...

Eeeeww.

sev.monster

Re: Well then? Now not such a crazy question, eh? But who and/or what is it for is now outed?

amanfromMars was right all along.

When Facebook says you're not a good 'culture fit', it means you're not White or Asian enough – complaint

sev.monster

Re: Crap Book, Crap Company

Bumbook sounds like something your grandpa would call that magazine you kept under the matress as a kid, while FaceBum is a femdom power move.

sev.monster
Boffin

Re: Not just a race thing

"Culture fit" AND diversity hire ideals are both incredibly easily and often automatically racially and ethnically discriminatory. If discrimination will happen no matter which camp you belong to, let's at least discriminate positively, like "whoever is the best at this job gets the promotion": Screw your race, ethnic background, sex, and any other category, I don't care, just do the job and do it well. And if people are mad there aren't enough of X race at the job, blame the education system and the parents, not the company.

But that's just me.

Trump reveals US cyber-attack on Russian election-misdirection troll farms

sev.monster

Re: A friend in need...

Impossible to do right because it's already in the process and things are falling apart. Nothing to do with whether or not the EU is a positive benefit as I implied in the first paragraph, just that the process of leaving has so far been a long, embarrassing situation.

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Holmes

Re: A friend in need...

The EU has its own myriad of issues, issues that run deep and long—but no matter one's thoughts or ideals on it, it's essentially unquestionable and indefensible that Brexit was and is a big steaming mess that was doomed from the get-go. Would have been better off without it, and instead putting the EU to task and denying their destructive policy changes. Billions wasted on this trite that could have been used in countless other ways—like maybe improving the shoddy security down at the NHS a bit quicker.

The way I see it, politically, the whole world is outwardly and rightly fucked. No matter what choice you make at this point, it'll be the wrong one. Would the UK be better if it were independent of the EU? Sure, if it were done right, but we all know that's impossible at this point.

sev.monster
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Yeh, Trump wasn't in the loop

Only one thing can be said in a situation like this, without bias, without prejudice, with only ceaseless truth:

lmao

USA ends Hong Kong's special treatment, crimping flow of tech to territory

sev.monster

The only reason someone would think that in the mainland is because Chinese media brainwashing is so thorough that there would be no other option. Chinese state-controlled media outlets (which is all of the legal ones) continually smear capitalism and independent thought despite their economy being so thoroughly dependent on the former and arguably the latter. Many Chinese that are lucky enough to not live in an impoverished shithole think that the US is some kind or demon hell-bent on upsurping the power, intellect, and overall greatness of the Chinese people (even though their tech and consumer product sectors so often steals everyone else's content, especially from the US) while those living in the dirty barely-livable conditions that stretch across the rest of the country are told to blame the US for their poor condition.

If you go against any of this ideology, you are slowly withered away until you submit or just outright killed. With that hanging over your head I see no other way for anyone to get by than to submit. The government is allowed to continue doing this because the rest of the civilized world is so reliant on the Chinese for one reason or another. Say what you will about democratic ideals and capitalist economies, but at least the UK isn't so blatant about killing people that don't follow its state-sponsored rhetoric.

The worst part in my world is there are a lot of amazing makers in China that also get me stuck in this paradox, where I can't get the product anywhere else in the world and am forced to support the regime if I want the cool trinkets.

Burn baby burn, infosec inferno: Just 21% of security pros haven't considered quitting their current job

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Megaphone

Re: "The majority (64 per cent) claimed it was being forced to cope with fewer resources"

Security is our #1 priority to blather on endlessly about.

Hong Kong coronavirus quarantine evaders collared by cops with the help of smartphone-tracking tech

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Megaphone

FREE HONG KONG

sev.monster

Re: Not so smart tech

Yeah and then I walk past you and clone your chip without your knowledge. Now I can steal your car and enter your home.

Just memorize the positions of your keys, and store your loyalty barcodes in your phone to reduce bloat.

I have enough keys for about 20 doors and I can easily pick whichever I need in the dark. Oh the things school never teaches you.

sev.monster

Re: Not so smart tech

Agent 47? You have a mission.

Barclays Bank appeared to be using the Wayback Machine as a 'CDN' for some Javascript

sev.monster
Devil

Re: I'm smarter...

I heard that if you yell (I'm talking spit-flying-from-mouth) at your RAM, it becomes rather forgetful... Jostling it around works too.

sev.monster
Paris Hilton

Re: I'm smarter...

Wow, that's four times the encryption! How many years does it take to reverse that with a machine if you don't know the secret??

The state of OpenPGP key servers: Kristian, can you renew my certificate? A month later: Kristian? Ten days later: Too late, it’s expired

sev.monster
IT Angle

It's education, and we're run by a crusty mummy board of directors. There is no bargaining. Our CIO is doing what he can/thinks is best but he's a little dim, as per standard. Another problem with your idea is our go-live time is also our development time, and our devleopment time is also our planning time.

It's not that hard of a job and I get a lot of leeway, there's just always work to be done. By the time it all comes crashing down (and it will) I'll be able to pat myself on the back—knowing I did a good job—with my resume substantially fatter.

I think the CIO is finally realizing how incredible the situation is when one of the contractors asked how we should implement something and my response was "we can't because we are implementing it before the dependency project it relies on." Or when asked about two major features of a product we purchased he was told we will need to purchase two other very expensive products to slot in to carry out that functionality. Can't make this stuff up.

sev.monster
Flame

Re: If you get tired of doing something that others depend on, then you have *one* obligation

Not if my ego has anything to say about it.

...What? I and my ego were hit by a bus? I'm in a super coma?? My house and server rack burnt down because I didn't do my nightly maintenance/rituals??? Everyone hates me????

sev.monster
Happy

I am the 1, will not get a raise, and will not get a junior or coworker.

We are implementing ~10 big new cloudy systems over the next few months

They are supposed to all talk to eachother.

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

sev.monster
Gimp

Re: Bob

Have you not seen the video? I tell you man, some people just ain't right.

sev.monster
Gimp

Re: How about the Big Softie?

That's why they went with Big Red.

Here's a headline we never thought we'd write 20 years ago: Microsoft readies antivirus for Linux, Android

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Paris Hilton

Re: The Gap

Any relation to Hooba stank?

sev.monster
Holmes

Re: Too Bad that

Poettering worked at Red Hat when he and Sievers started the systemd project, and Fedora and then RHEL were the first to adopt it, with Fedora enabling it by default. Debian would not select it as the default in 8/jesse until years later, and not without much discussion and controversy that continues to this day.

Red Hat have been the only ones to adopt systemd without some kind of massive internal controversy (that we know of).

sev.monster

Re: cool

Ones in my cluster <u>that I do not administrate</u> have Chrome, CCleaner, Nanite, ...

Emphasis required else I would rightfully have to shoot myself.

After huffing and puffing for years, US senators unveil law to blow the encryption house down with police backdoors

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Gimp

Re: Please find the monolith

Praise be to the great Wish Granter. Hail the Monolit. Иди ко мне.

...Oh, wrong one.

'Beyond stupid': Linus Torvalds trashes 5.8 Linux kernel patch over opt-in Intel CPU bug mitigation

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Windows

Re: git broke English

In the deep wood of the US, hucking can mean carrying, usually over the shoulder. By deep wood I mean this usage is chiefly yeehaw. See also ruck.

There is a lack of a down-home dumb-as-rocks countryboy icon so I chose the closest approximation.

sev.monster

Re: Real Fix

I don't really feel the scope of the two situations are close enough for that to make sense.

Ex-barrister reckons he has a privacy-preserving solution to Britain's smut ban plans

sev.monster

Re: Waste of time

Jesus how depressingly accurate.

Step on it, I've got the police on my hack: Anon swipes, leaks online 269GB of crime intel docs from cops, Feds

sev.monster
Alien

Re: Slow News Day?

Just go meet up with amanfromMars.

Australian PM says nation under serious state-run 'cyber attack' – Microsoft, Citrix, Telerik UI bugs 'exploited'

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Paris Hilton

Re: The New Norm.... Get Used to it being that Way and a Novel Way for Doing All Things Different

I would watch an amanfrommars movie. When's it coming to my theatre?

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