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Ongoing Attacks Target Defense, Aerospace Industries

maotx Well known (77 comments)

DSS are already our cyber detectives and can bring a great deal of wealth into what to expect with these types of attacks.

This is their report from last year on what kind of defense contractors are being targeted and why. (PDF Warning 2011-unclassified-trends.) Social engineering has generally always been the weakest link in a good secure system, but can still be deterred with strict security policies. It's not really a matter of if you'll get infected, but a matter of when. I've heard of incidents where companies have been infected for months without realization before the FBI stepped in to stop the further transmission of gigabytes of sensitive information.

If you think you or your company has been infected by foreign or domestic threats, go ahead and contact your local FBI office. They'll work with you in a cooperative investigation and guide you to prevent a similar incident from reoccurring. Despite what the movies show, the FBI does not come in and just take control of your network. You're still in charge and nothing happens without your consent.

more than 2 years ago

Hackers Bringing Telnet Back

maotx Re:who still uses telnet? (238 comments)

I do whenever I need my Star Wars Fix. Just telnet to

more than 3 years ago

Would-Be Akamai Spy Busted By Feds

maotx Re:for those who wonder what the hell akamai might (171 comments)

More specifically, Akamai is a content distribution company that serves as a local mirror for it's customers and their customer's clients. You'll see them everywhere from streaming video at Yahoo! to deploying Windows Updates with Microsoft. You would be surprised with how much content is delivered to your computer from their servers.

more than 3 years ago

Take This GUI and Shove It

maotx Exchange 2007 and Powershell (617 comments)

That's one thing Microsoft did right with Exchange 2007. They built it entirely around their new powershell CLI and then built a GUI for it. The GUI is limited in compared to what you can do with the CLI, but you can get most things done. The CLI becomes extremely handy for batch jobs and exporting statistics to csv files. I'd say it's really up there with BASH in terms of scripting, data manipulation, and integration (not just Exchange but WMI, SQL, etc.)

They tried to do similar with Windows 2008 and their Core feature, but they still have to load a GUI to present a prompt...

more than 3 years ago

Software (and Appropriate Input Device) For a Toddler?

maotx Re:Please reconsider (417 comments)

As a father of five, I can testify that as long as you don't abuse it, computers are just as healthy and stimulating as a block of legos. My two year old spends most of his time with cars, blocks, and books; but he enjoys getting on the computer as well. We password protect it so he can only get on with our permission, but he has his own account configured with links to youtube videos of planes and bugs, toddler friendly websites, and games such as Minesweeper and Portal. We fully supervise when he is on the computer and limit how much time he can be on it, but overall it's quite beneficial. He no longer has a paranoia of bugs and he's improved quite a bit with identifying different types of colors and shapes. We credit his ability to recite his ABCs to his Vtech and the games we play with him, but the reinforcement from the computer certainly helps.

Regardless, no matter how a child is raised, it is mostly important to be involved with their day to day actions. Watching them soak up information and apply it is a huge testament to how incredible they are, which is also why it's important to remain involved and direct them.

about 4 years ago

Software (and Appropriate Input Device) For a Toddler?

maotx Re:Normal (417 comments)

But it still doesn't hurt to install you're favorite flavor of Edubuntu so you don't have to worry about keeping them breaking anything important. Sure they're old enough to use the adult version under close supervision, but with this they have more options to explore without risking damage.

about 4 years ago

Linux Wall Warts Small On Size, Big On Possibilities

maotx Re:HomePlug / Power line ethernet (316 comments)

Luckily I can afford to blow ~$100.

I eagerly anticipate a PayPal transaction. Thank you.

more than 4 years ago

Geek Squad Sends Cease-and-Desist Letter To God Squad

maotx Re:Trademark (357 comments)

Found out a little bit more. Unless you're going to confuse God Squad for Geek Squad, this doesn't appear to have a leg to stand on.
From 1114. Remedies; infringement; innocent infringement by printers and publishers emphasis mine

  • (1) Any person who shall, without the consent of the registrant—
    (a) use in commerce any reproduction, counterfeit, copy, or colorable imitation of a registered mark in connection with the sale, offering for sale, distribution, or advertising of any goods or services on or in connection with which such use is likely to cause confusion, or to cause mistake, or to deceive; or
    (b) reproduce, counterfeit, copy, or colorably imitate a registered mark and apply such reproduction, counterfeit, copy, or colorable imitation to labels, signs, prints, packages, wrappers, receptacles or advertisements intended to be used in commerce upon or in connection with the sale, offering for sale, distribution, or advertising of goods or services on or in connection with which such use is likely to cause confusion, or to cause mistake, or to deceive,

Then again, IANAL

more than 4 years ago

Geek Squad Sends Cease-and-Desist Letter To God Squad

maotx Trademark (357 comments)

If the priest was performing services similar to Best Buy's I could see this being valid, but considering the context is a completely different field, wouldn't this just be thrown out? Or am I confusing trademark with something else?

more than 4 years ago

DoE Posts Raw Data From Oil Spill, Coast Guard Asks For Tech Help

maotx Re:Speaking of the BP gulf spill (138 comments)

The problem with Florida isn't BP, but more likely ships illegally dumping.

"We've done a number of tarballs from Florida, Key West, Miami and so forth, none of which so far have matched the Deepwater Horizon," Gronlund said. "The tarballs that have been found on the beach in Florida are fuel oil."

more than 4 years ago

Open Source Alternative To Google Earth?

maotx Re:Licensing? Severs? (190 comments)

I'm trying to find out what exactly Google Earth is actually useful for???

I mean, Google Maps, sure I use that all the time to find where something is, directions how to get to it...on my iPhone, it even shows traffic loads.

I click Google is neat how it zooms down to where I'm at from outer space..but after that...what?

As others have pointed out, it has a real value in the GIS community. Not so much for the actual work and planning, but for distributing our planned work in a format that's easily viewable.

Real life example, we're currently searching off of Brazil for Flight 447 and, while we use professional tools for the actual planning and searching, we also have our scan lines, the debris field, and the last known location all exported out into a set of layers that's easily opened in a KMZ file. For a quick look at what's going on, it's perfect.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Says Upgrade To IE8, Even Though It's Vulnerable

maotx Re:Not fixing it in IE6... (279 comments)

We were in a similar situation when we wanted to migrate away from IE6. We have several client sites that we must use that are IE6 only and were not compatible with IE8's backwards compatibility.

The solution we came up with was to deploy Firefox throughout the company with IETab already installed with a list of rules to load incompatible pages into an Internet Explorer tab within Firefox. This is completely transparent to our users and the majority of web browsing is done with Firefox.

more than 4 years ago

Slashdot Turns 100,000

maotx Roland Piquepaille (443 comments)

I'm surprised that there hasn't been a mention of rpiquepa

Or does one not live on after death?

more than 4 years ago

Slashdot Turns 100,000

maotx Re:Age and quality. (443 comments)

100,000th story, what's the comment count at? 30408632?

more than 4 years ago

Which Game Series Would You Reboot?

maotx Terminal Velocity (1120 comments)

Anyone else remember this game? Came out same time as Descent, but I found it to be quite more enjoyable.

more than 5 years ago

Linux On Netbooks — a Complicated Story

maotx Re:People are willing. (833 comments)

Its not that "the need for the users to have a friend that they can goto with their questions", but rather Linux users need more friends. Lets admit it, we don't have many that we've met in person.

Maybe, but it's not like there are not plenty of oppurtunities to utilize.

more than 5 years ago



CCP to Discontinue EVE Online Support for Linux

maotx maotx writes  |  more than 5 years ago

maotx writes "CCP's recent support for EVE Online in Linux is now set to be discontinued this March. Released last November along with the Mac OS X client, it has failed to share the expected continual growth as seen with Mac client. Feedback on the EVE Online forums, which includes the e-mail in which CCP announced this decision, suggest that the client was not preferred for Linux users as it did not support the Premium graphics client and did not run as well as the win32 client under Wine. For those who wish to stop playing EVE Online, CCP is offering a refund towards unused game time. Select quote from the e-mail: "The feedback and commitment we obtained from players like you helped both CCP and Transgaming with our attempts to improve on the quality and stability of the client. Many of us in CCP use Linux and are convinced of its merits as an operating system. ""

911 "SWATting" Hacker Sentenced

maotx maotx writes  |  more than 6 years ago

maotx writes "Randal T. Ellis, the 19 year old previously arrested for "SWATting" a Lake Forest, California couple, has now been sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay $14,765 in restitution. Investigations revealed that Ellis had made at least five prank 911 calls throughout the country, including to his home town Mukilteo, Washington in which he claimed he had shot his family with an AK-47 and threatened to shoot any officers who came to the falsely reported address. Ellis' plot was completed by using a service provider on the Internet. "It didn't take a lot of technical hacking skills," said Sgt. Mike McHenry. "All it required was knowledge of certain services that he used for the wrong purpose. I hope this deters other people emulating Mr. Ellis. I would hope they think twice before engaging in cyber terrorism.""
Link to Original Source

DC Housing Authority Prints SS Numbers

maotx maotx writes  |  more than 6 years ago

maotx writes "Many DC residents are fuming tonight after the DC Housing Authority admits it printed their social security numbers on this month's newsletter. Now, more than 10,000 people are at risk of identity theft."

0day in PDF files can compromise Windows

maotx maotx writes  |  more than 6 years ago

maotx writes "A newly discovered exploit within PDFs allows hackers to compromise machines running Windows. The exploit is officially confirmed by Adobe's team and is not limited to just Adobe's software. PDF application Foxit is vulnerable as well, although the user is required to interact with the document in order to launch the exploit. Other viewers may share this vulnerability. The PDF exploit may be executed by directly opening the PDF or viewing it within an embedded webpage. Video of the exploit is available here. Vista users are not affected."

maotx maotx writes  |  more than 7 years ago

maotx writes "Microsoft's recently released Zune player apparently is not compatible with Microsoft's Windows Vista, set to be released November 30th for business users. On a side note, in regards to the Zune's anticipated wireless features, Ballmer was quoted "I want to squirt you a picture of my kids. You want to squirt me back a video of your vacation. That's [an] experience.""


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