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Regin Malware In EU Attack Linked To US and British Intelligence Agencies

lippydude Most sophisticated malware? (129 comments)

Will this sophisticated malware work on anything other than Microsoft Windows:

"Symantec Security Response has not obtained the Regin dropper at the time of writing. Symantec believes that once the dropper is executed on the target’s computer, it will install and execute Stage 1. It’s likely that Stage 0 is responsible for setting up various extended attributes and/or registry keys and values that hold encoded versions of stages 2, 3, and potentially stages 4 and onwards". link

2 days ago
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Highly Advanced Backdoor Trojan Cased High-Profile Targets For Years

lippydude Re:Highly advanced computer worm? (141 comments)

@benjymouse: "Any particular reason you chose to call it a worm, despite that it was described as a trojan in the summary as well as in TFA?"

"Backdoor Regin .. bears some resemblance to .. the computer worm and trojan that was programmed to disrupt Iran's nuclear program"

2 days ago
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Highly Advanced Backdoor Trojan Cased High-Profile Targets For Years

lippydude Highly advanced computer worm? (141 comments)

This 'highly advanced' computer worm will only work on Microsoft Windows:

"Symantec Security Response has not obtained the Regin dropper at the time of writing. Symantec believes that once the dropper is executed on the target’s computer, it will install and execute Stage 1. It’s likely that Stage 0 is responsible for setting up various extended attributes and/or registry keys and values that hold encoded versions of stages 2, 3, and potentially stages 4 and onwards". ref

3 days ago
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Top NSA Official Raised Alarm About Metadata Program In 2009

lippydude NSA concerned over domestic surveillance program? (110 comments)

"Dissenters within the National Security Agency .. warned in 2009 that the program to secretly collect American phone records wasn't providing enough intelligence to justify the backlash it would cause .. after an internal debate that has not been previously reported, NSA leaders, White House officials and key lawmakers opted to continue the collection and storage of American calling records" ..

Retrospective ass covering by the management at NSA. What were the names of these top NSA officials. What was the nature of these concerns. How has it come to light at this time?

5 days ago
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Critical XSS Flaws Patched In WordPress and Popular Plug-In

lippydude Attackers take control of websites? (40 comments)

"New security updates released for the WordPress .. fix cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to take control of websites ."

Embedded javascript in a comment box could trigger exploits on Microsoft Internet Explorer running on Microsoft Windows desktops.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?

lippydude Kinda soured on Linux .. (267 comments)

"So for a variety of reasons (some related to recent events, some ongoing for a while) I've kinda soured on Linux and have been looking at giving BSD a shot on the desktop.. What's the most painless way to transition to BSD for this constellation of uses, and which variety of BSD would you suggest?"

It would be informative if you shared with us the reasons for your disenchantment with 'Linux', and what improvement BSD on the desktop would be?

"There's been many bold comments on slashdot about moving away from Linux, so I suspect I'm not the only one asking these questions"

This wouldn't be a wind-up by any chance?

about a week ago
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A Brilliant Mind: SUSE's Kernel Guru Speaks

lippydude Ubuntu quite buggy distro? (61 comments)

@jones_supa: "Ubuntu 6.06 was my favorite. These days it's quite buggy distro. For example, on most laptops the brightness adjustment in Unity desktop goes in multiple steps as the backlight event has multiple listeners. Why don't they take care of such a simple and obvious thing?"

Deciding from the inability of Unity to set the brightness on laptops, that Ubuntu as a whole is a buggy distro, is sure one huge leap. Did you try any of the online solutions for your backlight problem. Did you post to any of the forums. If so what was the response?

about a week ago
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The Software Big Oil's PR Firm Uses To "Convert Average Citizens"

lippydude Re:newspeak 'astroturf' (106 comments)

"So now convincing people of your point of view is astroturfing? Nice try.

No, using false front organizations to promote fake grassroutes movements, then accusing the other fella of doing same - now that is astroturfing!
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'Due to technical difficulties inherent in the Internet .. Computer viruses or other destructive programs may also be inadvertently downloaded from the web site.'

about a week ago
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The Software Big Oil's PR Firm Uses To "Convert Average Citizens"

lippydude Re:...and Greenpeace... (106 comments)

@cirby: "...and Greenpeace... Does the same."

Do you any evidence from verifiable third party sources for that?

about a week ago
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Chrome 39 Launches With 64-bit Version For Mac OS X and New Developer Features

lippydude Re:Chrome not so great either (66 comments)

@AC: "I finally gave up on Chrome on Windows 7 64 bit. Flash ran terrible and stuttered all the time"

Chrome works fine here on Ubuntu 64 bit.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows

lippydude Vulnerability in Microsoft Windows Kerberos .. (178 comments)

This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Windows Kerberos KDC that could allow an attacker to elevate unprivileged domain user account privileges to those of the domain administrator account"

How did they manage to write a security component, that of itself opens up the Operating System to exploition? I mean, and after all, this isn't the defective Apple OS or open source ...

about two weeks ago
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State Department Joins NOAA, USPS In Club of Hacked Federal Agencies

lippydude Being on the USAs current shitlist? (54 comments)

What's the correlation between being on the current State Department shitlist and getting accused of 'hacking'?

about two weeks ago
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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

lippydude The disadvantages to buying an Apple system? (327 comments)

"One of the disadvantages to buying an Apple system is that it generally means less upgrade flexibility than a system from a traditional PC OEM".

Do please explain the logic in Apple not making it's own hardware working the best with it's own software and why there is nowhere on the planet where we can buy a 'traditional PC OEM' without Microsoft Windows being unwanted and included and why slashdot doesn't deem this as total vendor lockin.

about two weeks ago
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Open Source Self-Healing Software For Virtual Machines

lippydude Insert malware and Linux in the same sentence .. (50 comments)

Viruses and Malware are not a problem on Linux platforms as unlike the wintel platform, their is a clear differentiation between opening and running a file. As in the Linux desktop is virtually immune from the click-and-run type of malware that is rampant on the windows platform . How can 'computer scientists' even write a paper on malware without once mentioning Microsoft Windows !!!

about two weeks ago
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Visual Studio 2015 Supports CLANG and Android (Emulator Included)

lippydude Visual Studio product licenses .. (192 comments)

"Visual Studio products are offered through a variety of retail and volume licensing sales channels. Except for direct purchases through MSDN Subscriptions or Microsoft Store, licence purchases are made through a software reseller." ref

about two weeks ago
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Former Police Officer Indicted For Teaching How To Pass a Polygraph Test

lippydude Polygraph machines don't work .. (328 comments)

There is no scientific evidence that Polygraph machines actually work, all they do is give the examiner a pretext for accusing you of lying. Your safest action is to refuse to do the polygraph test. You do still have the right not to self incriminate.

about two weeks ago
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US Gov't Issues Alert About iOS "Masque Attack" Threat

lippydude A total non article .. (98 comments)

"In order for the attack to succeed, a user must install an untrusted app, such as one delivered through a phishing link."

What is the point about this 'security alert'. If anyone installs an app from some malicious third-party site then of course they are going to get exploited. This is nothing more than social engineering, nothing to see here, moving on. What is this even doing as an article on slashdot?

about two weeks ago
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European Parliament Considers Sharing Passenger Information By Default

lippydude Reasonable measures in fight against terrorism? (58 comments)

'Director of Europol Rob Wainwright contends that PNR constitutes “reasonable measures” in the fight against terrorism'

and how soon after will such data be used to compile a no-fly list, to be used to harass anyone who criticizes the state security apparatus.

'The U.S. government is blacklisting people as terrorism suspects based on secret standards and secret evidence. People on government watchlists are questioned, harassed, detained, and even barred indefinitely from flying — and the government denies them any meaningful way to correct errors and clear their names' ref

about two weeks ago

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Microsofts Android patents ..

lippydude lippydude writes  |  about 4 months ago

lippydude (3635849) writes "'73 patents that are said to be "standard-essential patents," or SEPs, implemented in smartphones generally, followed by 127 patents that Microsoft says are implemented in Android' ..

'The patent lists are strategically significant, because Microsoft has managed to build a huge patent-licensing business by taxing Android phones without revealing what kind of legal leverage they really have over those phones' ..."

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Android is rubbish says techno journalist ..

lippydude lippydude writes  |  about 4 months ago

lippydude (3635849) writes "BBC Business Matters July 17 2014

Audio from 17:43: "Apple is a lot simpler than Android and all of the Google platforms. There are so many — there are multiple types of devices using Android, where as there are only a handful that use Apple. So if you're in tech support and look after devices that are using your, that are in your office at any one time., it's a lot simpler to use Apple than to use a multiplicity of Android devices [..] right now my Nexus 7 isn't working , which is another reason why IBM did the right thing by going with Apple, as opposed to with Google, because a lot of the time their stuff just doesn't work, whereas Apple seems to work a lot better, so I may have to steal my wife's iPad the next time." Paddy Hirsch of Marketplace"
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Microsoft insecurity ..

lippydude lippydude writes  |  about 5 months ago

lippydude (3635849) writes "Vulnerability in Microsoft Malware Protection Engine Could Allow Denial of Service Published: June 17, 2014

Microsoft is releasing this security advisory to inform customers that an update to the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine addresses a security vulnerability that was reported to Microsoft. The vulnerability could allow denial of service if the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine scans a specially crafted file.

An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could prevent the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine from monitoring affected systems until the specially crafted file is manually removed and the service is restarted."

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GCHQ's Middle Eastern Internet spying base ..

lippydude lippydude writes  |  about 6 months ago

lippydude (3635849) writes "Above-top-secret details of Britain’s covert surveillance programme — including the location of a clandestine British base tapping undersea cables in the Middle East .. located at Seeb, on the northern coast of Oman, where it taps in to various undersea cables passing through the Strait of Hormuz into the Persian/Arabian Gulf ..."
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The site's security certificate has expired ..

lippydude lippydude writes  |  about 6 months ago

lippydude (3635849) writes ""You attempted to reach slashdot.org, but the server presented an expired certificate" ..

Dear slashdot, your certificate has expired ..

Dear Chrome, the word should be "sites", as 'site's' is a contraction of "site is" .."

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