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Iranian Hacker Group Created Fake News Organization For Social Engineering

GPLDAN I knew it was fishy... (57 comments)

..when the "hot chicks" were Nancy Pelosi and Rosie O'Donnell.

about 8 months ago

NSA and GCHQ Target "Leaky" Phone Apps To Scoop User Data

GPLDAN Re:Smurftastic! (144 comments)

Mister President, we must not allow a mine shaft gap!

1 year,4 days

NSA and GCHQ Target "Leaky" Phone Apps To Scoop User Data

GPLDAN Smurftastic! (144 comments)

The NSA has all the actual slides from the internal presentation:

From what I gather, TRACKER SMURF module of the WARRIOR PRIDE rootkit for both IOS and Android sort of grabs pin positions of places you search for in Google Maps as well as where you actually ARE. What's interesting is the seeming fascination with sexual orientation and clubs. I guess if there is dirt to be had on an operative or a politician, it might be if they are secretly a wild and crazy guy, or perhaps visiting a mistress in South America instead of being lost on the Appalachian trail.

I know it's fashionable to be angry and all that, but the more of these slides they release, the more you understand how good these guys are at spycraft. It's a solid rootkit base with modules for various device driver interaction, it's pulling back info to be sorted in databases specifically at dossier building on targets, etc etc. It's a well organized program of information gathering, actually.

1 year,4 days

Biometric Database Plans Hidden In Immigration Bill

GPLDAN This just in... (365 comments)

The DHS and TSA will be going to class to say "Papers, please" with a thick Russian accent.

They've also been given Commodore 64 emulators for Linux and a copy of the classic game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QP5X6fcukM

about a year and a half ago

ATMs Compromised, $45M Taken

GPLDAN Re:idiots already have been arrested (196 comments)

I also believe that there are databases that trace bill serial numbers to the ATMs that distributed them. The banks probably had a database of every bill issued to the criminals. Once they surfaced anywhere, they were going to be tracked. Also, nobody in underworld finance would dare launder that heist. Those were toxic bills and probably why they got caught quickly.

about a year and a half ago

USAF Strips 17 Officers of Nuclear Launch Authority

GPLDAN Ozzy? (173 comments)

Is this where we queue the Black Sabbath music?

Generals gathered in their masses.....

about a year and a half ago

Are Contests the Best Way To Find Programmers?

GPLDAN Look at Pwn20wn at CanSec West (260 comments)

Pwn20wn is probably the high bar for programming contests. Charlie Miller can walk in there and drop a 0-day for Chrome on the judges and walk out with a check for $100k. Is this not the market at work? Is browser sandbox security now such an integral part of the internet security landscape that it warrants the need to pay, and pay fruitfully for the knowledge of how these exploits work? A young guy, maybe 18, nobody heard of, with no real internet 'cred' from Eastern Europe, who had no real degree or CS education, walked in with an IE9 exploit that defeated DEP once it broke out. It also worked around address randomization.

Unless that guy shows up and earns his rep that way, what's he going to do? Just start a blog and put the exploit code on it?

I would argue that these programming contests are pure market forces, about as pure an application of the free market as one will see on the world stage.

about a year and a half ago

Radioactive Water Found In Two Reactor Buildings

GPLDAN Sung to the tune of Mirror in the Bathroom... (442 comments)

Water in containment
please don't heat
The door is locked
just you and me.
Can I take you to a temperature
that melts glass sweet
You can watch yourself
while you are eating me.
Water in containment
I just can't stop it,
Every Saturday you see me
furiously mopping.
Find no interest in the
pipes and welds
Just a thousand isotopes
in my own sweet self...
Water in containment
You're the water in containment
You're my water in containment
You're my water in containment...
Water in containment

more than 3 years ago

Univ. of Illinois Goes War-of-the-Worlds On Students

GPLDAN Just a typo (168 comments)

It meant to say "Reactive HOOTERS at State & Main."

It's part of a new network detection system for big, non-artificial breasts detected by a camera system. The roll out is initially for Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, the AI is being perfected by the NCSA guys.

more than 3 years ago

Google Introduces Domain Blocking To Search

GPLDAN Re:What's wrong with Experts Exchange (323 comments)

Experts Exchange is the Charlie Sheen of IT Knowledge websites. Slashdot, on the other hand, is the Jules Verne of IT knowledge. No, I don't understand my analogy either.

more than 3 years ago

William Shatner Wakes Up Crew for Final Discovery Mission

GPLDAN Re:Have you noticed... (185 comments)

I dunno, Charlie Sheen is doing a pretty fucking good job of getting away with it as well...

more than 3 years ago

Study Calls Craigslist 'a Cesspool of Crime'

GPLDAN So Craigslist is Mos Eisley then? (316 comments)

Luke: You know, I think that R2 unit we bought may have been stolen.
Uncle Owen: What makes you think that?
Luke: Well, I stumbled across a recording while I was cleaning him. He says that he belongs to someone named Obi-Wan Kenobi. I thought he might have meant old Ben. Do you know what he's talking about?
Uncle Owen: Just a fucking Craigslist thing, you know how it is.
Luke: I wonder if he's related to Ben.
Uncle Owen: That wizard is just a crazy old internet pervert. Now, tomorrow I want you to take that R2 unit to Anchorhead and have it's memory erased. That'll be the end of it. It belongs to us now.

more than 3 years ago

Army Psy Ops Units Targeted American Senators

GPLDAN Re:Starship Troopers (391 comments)

The Men Who Stare at Goatse.

Ah yes, the Farrely brothers movie...

more than 3 years ago

Driver Sued For Updating Facebook In Fatal Crash

GPLDAN Re:May as well... (365 comments)

The court will garnish her wages for up to 30 years.

more than 3 years ago

How Your Username May Betray You

GPLDAN Johnny Mnemonic says... (308 comments)

Build a username which uses Acrostics or Chunking of the place you are going.

My Yahoo account is GPLDANJCYS, which stands for me + Jesus Christ Yahoo Sucks.

Then, you know exactly who is leaking and linking your information, and how you feel about them to begin with.

more than 3 years ago

Who Unfriended You, and Why

GPLDAN Dear Hosni... (122 comments)

I don't like you any more. In fact, for the last 30 years, I found you kind of intolerable.

The Egyptian People

about 4 years ago

Mail Service Costs Netflix 20x More Than Streaming

GPLDAN War against Netflix (473 comments)

Content providers are at war with Netflix, and Netflix is differentiating Classes of Service depending on hardware used.

How I do I know? Same way you could know if you did the research. I have a Wii, a PS3 and Apple TV. Hook them up to a FastE hub, or a FastE switch that supports SPAN. Attach wireshark on a laptop.

Start the Netflix viewer on each device. Note that they each have different data centers that they reach out to. Always.

Traceroute to these IP addresses. Note that the Apple one in particular is congested at the last hop.

That is why the Netflix service sucks using the ATV2 unit.

So you have Netflix giving different hardware manufacturers different experiences - AND - you have bandwidth providers (mainly cable) trying to kill Netflix outright by rate shaping the traffic.

If I were Netflix, I wouldn't put those DVD burners on Ebay just yet...

about 4 years ago


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