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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

gweihir Re:Sure... (64 comments)

Remember RSA labs that kept the master keys to SecureID on their network? There is nothing simple or easy here and, of course, security costs money and in capitalism you only spend money if there is an expected gain. Unless people high up in management go to prison or the company is fined heavily on such events, nothing is going to change.

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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

gweihir Re:Sony security: strong or weak? (64 comments)

This is the right question to ask! IT security st Sony must have been exceptionally bad. Large flows of data from inside to outside is what is most interesting. Competent attackers will only export the minimal amount of data needed, because data export ("data leakage") is the activity with by fas the highest risk of being detected. That "terabytes" were exported shows that there basically was no working security in place and also that the attackers were not very good at this as they did some very risky things.

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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

gweihir Re:You can stop those type of attacks (64 comments)

All you need is security good enough to keep the attackers out. The trick is to find what level that requires. Asking for "absolute security" just shows that you have no clue how security works.

12 minutes ago
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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

gweihir Re:You can stop those type of attacks (64 comments)

Indeed, it can. You do not need to have absolute security at all (which is what amateurs routinely demand), just enough to demotivate attackers and make them go looking someplace else.

14 minutes ago
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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

gweihir You can at least make it hard for them (64 comments)

For all we know, Sony did invite this attack and opened its doors wide for anybody wanting in. At the very least you can make this hard for the attacker and add a high risk if early detection. Saying "you can't protect yourself" is sending entirely the wrong message.

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Review: The BlackBerry Classic Is One of the Best Phones of 2009

gweihir Re:Crackberry is Back (115 comments)

Why do you care? I have a z10 and it is the best choice for what I want to do with it. But why would you care about that?

10 hours ago
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Critical Git Security Vulnerability Announced

gweihir Re:I blame Microsoft (131 comments)

A symlink different from the file it points to. You are probably confusing it with a hardlink. At least get the basics right before you post something like this.

10 hours ago
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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

gweihir Re:harassment attribution (424 comments)

Well, hopefully these end up in convictions. Faking crimes in order to influence a debate is completely unacceptable and done only by people without any personal honor whatsoever.

10 hours ago
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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

gweihir Re:Ethics? (424 comments)

I disagree. Ignoring the SJW works pretty well. After a while even the dumbest person sees that they are a force of destruction and contribute nothing positive as all.

10 hours ago
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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

gweihir Re:Ethics? (424 comments)

Excellent summary. What it boils down to is that some people were criticized, and they defended themselves by claiming these were attacks on their gender. The reason is plain and simple: They could not credibly defend themselves against the criticism itself, so they used misdirection and made it a gender-issue. Predictably, a lot of people with no clue whatsoever about what was going on then jumped on those criticizing, as apparently criticizing a person of female gender is an attack on them all...

11 hours ago
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Critical Git Security Vulnerability Announced

gweihir Re:I blame Microsoft (131 comments)

Yes. There is only one possible name for addressing a file. For a case-aware, but case insensitive, you get up to 2^n variants for a name n letters long. And you _can_ have the same name with different capitalization in a directory as result of errors.

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Critical Git Security Vulnerability Announced

gweihir Re:I blame Microsoft (131 comments)

MS chose case-aware (you can use case), but case-insensitive. In typical MS fashion, that is the absolute worst possible behavior that still somehow gets the job done. Case unaware, or case sensitive are both fine, but this stupidity cause countless problems.

yesterday
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Grinch Vulnerability Could Put a Hole In Your Linux Stocking

gweihir Re:Grinch is not a flaw - has no CVE!!! (112 comments)

Of course you do. If non-root users could add themselves to groups, a lot more things would break.

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Grinch Vulnerability Could Put a Hole In Your Linux Stocking

gweihir Re:Grinch is not a flaw - has no CVE!!! (112 comments)

It is fascinating what semi-competent morons think they can do a grand announcement of things that have completely misunderstood. Likely somebody like this will next decry sudo as "the next Shellshock vulnerability".

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Australia Moves Toward New Restrictions On Technology Export and Publication

gweihir National Stupidity.... (88 comments)

Abbreviates "NS"....

yesterday
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Startup Magic Leap Hires Sci-Fi Writer Neal Stephenson As Chief Futurist

gweihir Re: A pity (48 comments)

And the moron-fraction makes its expected appearance....

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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

gweihir Re:Land of the free (550 comments)

Yes. But if will be them getting shot at, and, you know, that have training and equipment you do _not_ have.

yesterday
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

gweihir Re:Land of the free (550 comments)

They were lucky...

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