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Over 9,000 PCs In Australia Infected By TorrentLocker Ransomware

nosfucious Re:How? (78 comments)

Very true. I was working in our office in Milan when two users PCs were hit.

Email avoided Barracuda mail firewall device, Sophos on two Excahnge servers, Sophos on the endpoint and Outlook junk-email filters. It also came in through our Cisco firewall with an IDS module.

Email appeared to be a legit email from a logistics company in Italy (in Italian). Only three users out of 60 got the email, those that deal with the company. Two users opened the mail and the attachement.

So, one, it avoided a lots of checking. Secondly it worked very fast. It encrypted hard drives and network drives to the tune of 170k files in a few minutes. Thirdly, seems there were a few critical leaks of email databases (corroborated by the IT manager having spoken with her former colleagues and they had a similar problem only a few days before hand). Lastly, it seems that the attack was highly targetted.

Backup procedures are heavilty audited in our company and the Italian IT backup nightly and test restores daily. It took a while to load data from the tapes, but within 24 hours, all network data was restored with only a few files (those created that day) lost. Pc files lost amount to a few inconsequential files, plus lots of personal photos that the users had been warned NOT to store on company IT equipement.


Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

nosfucious Re:Why? (753 comments)

What will happen is that the large denomination notes will just simply not be issued.

Want that $1000 in cash? That will be a lot of 20s or even 10s. This is chump change and of no interest.

Large amounts of $100s make it easy to pay for stuff "of interest" - large amounts of drugs, bribes, high end weapony, keeping wages or other taxable payments of the radar, etc. Smaller notes mean that physical transportation of large amounts of cash becomes more problematic and risky, but not impossible.

Pennies might go, but that will be just coincidence.

Better have a way of getting your 1000 swiss franc and 500 Euro notes ASAP, and hope.

about 5 months ago

New Zealand ISP's anti-geoblocking service makes waves

nosfucious Geo-Location is evil (1 comments)

Geo location and pricing differentials are evil.

Big companies want freedom to move labour and taxes to lowest cost countries. Ok, but then consumers should have the same rights to do the same.

What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

about 5 months ago

I suffer from jet lag ...

nosfucious Re: I dont get Jet Lag (163 comments)

Worst flight ever: red eye LA to Miami nearly killed me. Perth to Melbourne, a similar distance no problem. Probably just the lack of red eye.

I fly lots and the only other one as bad is Europe (Zurich) to Johannesburg. Overnight but same time zone. Got pretty cranky near the end of Dubai Melbourne too (17 hours after a quick 6 jaunt - via Asia is much better)

about 6 months ago

Decommissioning Nuclear Plants Costing Far More Than Expected

nosfucious Recycle (288 comments)

Why don't we use the lawyers to line the containment facility? There is a near limitless supply of lawyers.

Not talking main structure here, just internal, cosmetic purposes.

There has to be a huge cost saving this way.

about 8 months ago

How Ireland Got Apple's $9 Billion Australian Profit

nosfucious Re:Remember Legal != Moral (288 comments)

Small players don't do business multi-national (mostly).

Actually, I think it would be much easier just to change the tax law to ignore related party transactions. So, if one company owned or had a beneficial stake in another, or common board membership, or had a board membership that was majorly composed of staff of the other company, that first company could not claim (1) fees for use of IP, (2) interest, (3) management charges, or (4) other imaginary charges from the second. Any charges for physical goods would have to be declared and the legal onus would be on the supplying party (overseas) to prove the cost of goods is realistic. Open, audit able books, so no hiding tax or bank accounts in tax havens.

If the the transaction is between unrelated companies, then charges are fully deductible.

Businesses are free to trade with whoever they want. But there becomes less of an incentive to implement transfer pricing. You could still do it, but both the buyer and the seller would have to agree to be fully accountable.

Problem solved.

(P.S. Rupert Murdoch owns the media in Oz, so don't expect to find the Herald-Scum or any like publications inciting the masses to rise up over this issue.)

about 9 months ago

UAE Clerics' Fatwa Forbids Muslims From Traveling To Mars

nosfucious Re:"suicide, which all religions frown upon" (363 comments)

I would argue that religion is just a specialised form of cult.

Not really that much difference between the crowd at a rally in NK and one outside the Vatican.

NKs might be there to look good (or avoid disappearing in to a gulag), but how many that turn up to church at 10am on Sunday are also there only because of social pressure (and the fear of an eternity in hell).

Oblig George Carlin http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjVLJKR6g7U

about 10 months ago

EU Parliament Rejects Asylum For Snowden

nosfucious Re:Not united enough (88 comments)

The Swiss have sensibly stayed out of the EU. Hence there might a little problem if they decided to put the capital, in say, Frick, or Frauenfeld, or Fribourg.

Although, (and despite what Germany would like), they are picking and choosing which regulations they would like to cooperate with. There are many bilateral agreements between the Swiss and the Eu.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Do You Do If You're Given a Broken Project?

nosfucious Re:Enjoy your Death March (308 comments)

Success is not defeating the trap, it's getting the cheese.

No cheese, ergo, no success.

Go read some Machiavelli.

about 10 months ago

Office Space: TV Documentary Looks At the Dreadful Open Office

nosfucious Re:I like the open plan (314 comments)

We have talked about this at length. No marriage, no rings, no kids. I keep my motorbikes, she keeps her cars. She doesn't like my apartment, I don't like hers.

about a year ago

Office Space: TV Documentary Looks At the Dreadful Open Office

nosfucious Re:I like the open plan (314 comments)

I'm in an open office. 10 people, in a space that is comfortable for 6, at the most. At the end of the day, I just want some quiet time. Fortunately, I have achieved the mythical /. status and have a girlfriend. Very, very fortunately she doesn't live with me, but continues to maintain her own apartment 100km away. So, most of the time, I can wind down after a day.

Boss does let me work from home if I've project specific stuff that must be done and I'm up to my limit in distractions.

What I really need is a test lab area, that hurts me more than the open plan office.

You can blow up stuff outside the office or play some classic Diecide on 11 and I can work. But the constant bable of voices just pisses me off.

about a year ago

NVIDIA Updates SHIELD With Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, Console Mode, New Titles

nosfucious Re:Damn ... (57 comments)

Nor was it the 'driods I was looking for.

about a year ago

I've done my current job in X time zones ...

nosfucious It depends ... (167 comments)

It depends upon how you define it.

Work, my office, near the coffee machine, right now: 1. Same as everybody.

Colleagues conversed with today in different time zones: (Counting in head) 1,2,3 ... 4. 4 times zone. But, if you count that the problem actually occured somewhere in the east of Russia, then that is a lot more. Our Indian developement center ... screwing up their passwords in an effort to not actually do any useful work ... add another couple.

Waiting for West coast of US and our colleagues there to really get going. That makes ... um ... more.

And if you also count being I.T. support for mum and dad, then by the time Melbourne is awake (around midnight here) then .... we've done a lap around the planet.

Yup, sleep when I'm dead. (Please be soon).

about a year ago

Deutsche Telekom Moves Email Traffic In-Country In Wake of PRISM

nosfucious Re:This makes sense (180 comments)

Dell, et al, does not have thousands in stock. Dell, and I imagine all other manufacturers, has at most, a few days worth of stock.

That isn't thousands. That's way to much inventory.

For a major manufacturer like Dell, suppliers often set up nearby stocking warehouses. Only single truck or a few small trucks work the route (could be a even forklift worth at a time).

Inventory requires space and management. Space is money. Management is money. All money that could be profits. The hoy grail here is just having enough stock on hand to fullfil the next shifts worth of builds. Not a single one more.

Off topic: This is why the big players get a great deal on real-estate and buildings in industrial parks. Because they bring in other tennants that will be there at nearly any price, just to be working with the key tennants.

about a year ago

MIT Students Release Code To 3D-Print High Security Keys

nosfucious Re:Low-tech solution (207 comments)

Already been done: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_d1ZgzmSok

If you only want to get in or out, then no door/lock combination can stop you. It's just a question of force.

Doing it without detection. or detection sufficiently later, is another question however.

about a year ago

UK ISP Filter Will Censor More Than Porn

nosfucious Re:Esoteric material? (329 comments)

"You can calculate the worth of a man by the number of his enemies, and the importance of a work of art by the harm that is spoken of it."

"Give me six lines written by the most honorable of men, and I will find an excuse in them to hang him"

I think it's very easy to make this all unworkable. Every and any website, publication, speech or media appearance of a supporter of net cencorship should be analysed to death. Any remote measure that would fall under the terms of the ban should be reported. Make sure the supporters of this ban are the first to feel its bite.

Most religious sites are easy game. Not one of the backers of this legislation will be pure as the driven snow and there has to be a reason for them to be banned. Then it is so easy to show inconsistencies and favouritism that the whole lot will be abolished because the responsible minister will look like an idiot.

I give it less that 12 months from the day of implementation until its fall.

about a year ago

Nine Traits of the Veteran Network Admin

nosfucious Re: Will read later (142 comments)

These "traits of" or "habits of" articles are the modern equivalent of horoscopes. Lots of feel good stuff, but not much actual advice. I can agree and disagree with every point to some extent.

Nice article that generates a lot of page views. For real advice get 1 or more O'Reilly books, or better yet, find a competent admin and become his/her apprentice.

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft Slashes Prices On Surface

nosfucious Re:They are in such demand (330 comments)

Observation from the trenches. Tablets popularity is two-fold: (1) instant on, and (2) consumption.

Instant on, is just to satisfy a need NOW. I want to look up google, tube8, /., or whatever. NOW. The PC boots too slow: not just windows, but inevitable bloat (A-V, every applicaiton loading a launch utility).

90% of all PC use (outside of the office) is about consumption. Entertainment, web, simple email and basic word processing/calculation use. Most office use is simple docs, perhaps a green screen ap (unix, midrange, etc), plus MS-Office use.

99% of non-tech users don't know propriety lock in from swiss cheese.

about a year and a half ago



Oracle finally release Java MSI file.

nosfucious nosfucious writes  |  about three weeks ago

nosfucious (157958) writes "Oracle Corporation, one of the largest software companies and leading supplier of database and enterprise software quietly started shipping a MSI version of their Java Runtime (https://www.java.com/en/download/help/msi_install.xml). Java is the worlds leading software security vulnerability and keeping up with the frequent patches of nearly a job in itself. Added to this is the very corporate (read: Window on a large scale) unfriendly EXE packaging of the Java RTE. Sysadmins around the world should be rejoicing. However, nothing from Oracle is free. MSI versions of Java are only available to those with Java SE Advanced (and other similar products). Given that urgency and frequency of Java updates, what can be done to force Oracle release MSI versions publicly (and thereby reduce impact of their own bugs and improve Sysadmin sanity)."


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