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Message 1351290 - Posted: 27 Mar 2013, 22:04:26 UTC

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/03/27/egypt-naval-forces-capture-3-scuba-divers-trying-to-sabotage-undersea-internet/

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Message 1351469 - Posted: 28 Mar 2013, 12:33:16 UTC

Makes we wonder if maybe N.Korea is behind this to disrupt communication.
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Message 1351475 - Posted: 28 Mar 2013, 12:56:36 UTC

I would be pretty much sure that they have a hand in it somewhere, probably indirectly.


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Message 1351628 - Posted: 28 Mar 2013, 21:01:39 UTC

Biggest attack to date.....

Global Internet slows due to biggest attack in history

....how soon before they really hit it hard?
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Message 1351633 - Posted: 28 Mar 2013, 21:23:28 UTC

It's when not if ...

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Message 1351637 - Posted: 28 Mar 2013, 21:54:30 UTC - in response to Message 1351633.

It's when not if ...



??? What left field did that come from? I just said how soon, that doesn't sound like an "if" to me.
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Message 1351648 - Posted: 28 Mar 2013, 23:09:42 UTC

How long before some crime syndicate gets the idea to militarize and give a little demonstration say opening the flood gates of a dam and then demands the crown jewels not to do it in thousands of systems.

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Message 1351650 - Posted: 28 Mar 2013, 23:22:43 UTC - in response to Message 1351648.

Naw, that's impossible isn't it....

...I mean, the backbone of the Internet is Linux after all & that's unhackable.
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Message 1351674 - Posted: 29 Mar 2013, 1:45:02 UTC - in response to Message 1351650.
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Naw, that's impossible isn't it....

...I mean, the backbone of the Internet is Linux after all & that's unhackable.

So... The internet stays up unperturbed to keep the channels open to the vulnerable SCADA end points to be held open to ransom...

The USA can have all the vague 'laws' it likes about not somehow 'hacking'/'cracking' whatever online systems. If the windows are left wide open, there's always some mischievous imp that will oblige...


Abandon your cracked windows for something somewhat more reliable?...

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Message 1351754 - Posted: 29 Mar 2013, 11:26:16 UTC

...I mean, the backbone of the Internet is Linux after all & that's unhackable.

I'm sure that I read a report somewhere that said most of the servers and routers forming each countries internet backbone were old kit, creaking at the seams with 21C traffic, without hacking on top of it. I predict that within the next 3-5 years that the whole WWW/Internet will just collapse for one reason or another, probably much sooner.

Internet data traffic is huge, but you ain't seen nothing yet. Yesterday, Cisco released its annual forecast of Internet traffic trends for the next several years, and predicted that total data traffic will rise from 20.2 exabytes per month in 2010 to 80.5 exabytes per month in 2015.

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At the present moment it "appears" that in Europe alone, Africa, 1/3 of Italy, Poland, Spain, and 1/3 of Sweden have problems. Even the UK Core1 link is down. The uptime for that region is only 64%, even the USA has only 70% uptime.

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Message 1351896 - Posted: 29 Mar 2013, 18:49:38 UTC

http://americablog.com/2013/03/spamhaus-accuses-cyberbunker-of-massive-cyberattack.html Cyberbunker appears to be part of the problem
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Message 1354420 - Posted: 7 Apr 2013, 16:01:27 UTC

http://www.instawallet.org/
http://www.infoworld.com/t/data-security/cyber-criminals-look-cash-in-bitcoins-soaring-value-215923
Funny how that is. Isn't Bitcoin built on FLOSS?

Sure don't ever remember anything like this on this proprietary system https://www.paypal.com/home

Security has to be designed in by professionals in security, not your average drive by contributor to a FLOSS project.

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Message 1354460 - Posted: 7 Apr 2013, 18:22:56 UTC - in response to Message 1354420.

http://www.instawallet.org/
http://www.infoworld.com/t/data-security/cyber-criminals-look-cash-in-bitcoins-soaring-value-215923
Funny how that is. Isn't Bitcoin built on FLOSS?

Sure don't ever remember anything like this on this proprietary system https://www.paypal.com/home

Security has to be designed in by professionals in security, not your average drive by contributor to a FLOSS project.

I guess we will see how good FLOSS is at keeping the bad guys out of what they set their sights on wont we?
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Message 1356551 - Posted: 13 Apr 2013, 12:13:31 UTC - in response to Message 1354460.

Security has to be designed in by professionals in security, not your average drive by contributor to a FLOSS project.

I guess we will see how good FLOSS is at keeping the bad guys out of what they set their sights on wont we?

Which is where the open peer review works so well. And for anything of interest/importance, you can bet there is lots of peer review.

Meanwhile, how do you know that there isn't some "less than average capability" hidden behind whatever proprietary software? Especially so when there is that very deliberate secrecy there to hide everything and everything is run down to the cheapest costs...


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Message 1356552 - Posted: 13 Apr 2013, 12:18:20 UTC

Just one of the latest "ouches" to watch out for:


Microsoft withdraws patch after botched security update

... Windows 7 users installing the update saw error messages on rebooting, with a recommendation to run chkdsk.

Others reported the infamous blue screen of death or a recommendation to boot from the system disk. ...



This sort of thing has happened before... Where entire businesses lose all their desktop IT for the sake of that one unexpected 'update'...

'Automatic' updates: Damned if you do, damned if you don't... Any system that minimizes the need for any updates has got to be better than the present risk of crash and burn each month...


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Message 1356559 - Posted: 13 Apr 2013, 12:45:22 UTC

I just said no to it, go away, I'll reboot as and when it suits me, and I won't do a disk scan on re-boot either. I know MS too well. Been around for a while :-)

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Message 1357874 - Posted: 17 Apr 2013, 20:21:48 UTC

Can you trust I.T workers in "secure" industries?

German Tax Office raids

"A total of five German states clubbed together to buy the CD for €4 million from an anonymous informant."

Hope tax was paid on that!
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Message 1359854 - Posted: 22 Apr 2013, 14:38:07 UTC
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There is a rather interesting mix of people and companies 'for' and 'against' this "snoopers charter without bounds" legislation:


Cispa bill on cyber security passed by the US House

The US House of Representatives has passed the controversial Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act.

Cispa is designed to help combat cyberthreats by making it easier for law enforcers to get at web data.

This is the second time Cispa has been passed by the House. Senators threw out the first draft, saying it did not do enough to protect privacy.

Cispa could fail again in the Senate after threats from President Obama to veto it over privacy concerns. ...




All for your own good? Really?!

All in the land of the free?


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Message 1359863 - Posted: 22 Apr 2013, 15:11:46 UTC

I was wondering how much longer medical records would take till they showd up in the cloud
who thought that 1 up. "the cloud"

1984 here we come
he wasn't that far rong with the time 2013
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Message 1359872 - Posted: 22 Apr 2013, 15:27:17 UTC - in response to Message 1359854.

& with everything being centralised here in the UK, what makes you think we're any freer?
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