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Comment Re:Yikes (Score 3, Informative) 83

And yet Ars Technica claimed in an article that there were indeed ransom demands made to Dyn. That seems to be at odds with Flashpoint's statement.

Given the links between the Mirai DDoS on Brian Krebs, and Dyn's involvement in helping him research that, I wouldn't at all be surprised if it wasn't the same or related groups of cybercriminals responsible for both.

Comment Re:Asking too much` (Score 3, Informative) 67

Sadly, this sort of thing has nothing to do with being a developing nation. It's horrifyingly commonplace, in fact. Brian Krebs posted a list a few weeks ago including some of the products that were vulnerable to the Mirai botnet exploits, and while it includes several Chinese firms' products, it also includes ones by Samsung, Xerox, Panasonic, Toshiba, etc.

Comment The Usual Suspects (Score 4, Interesting) 190

So here we go through the pros and cons of each. This is not to rule any of them out, as I don't think you can at this point, but to lay it all out there.

Hacktivists (Specifically New World Hackers):
Pro - claimed responsibility. Anonymous/offshoots responsible for lots of past DDoS activity.
Cons - Several security firms called BS on the evidence, and cited past history of false claims of responsibility to boost DDoS for hire business. Also the complexity and sophistication make this unlikely.

Pro - probable originators of Mirai botnet, likely responsible for preceding DDoSes of Brian Krebs and OVH.
Con - No stated ransom demands (at least none reported) or other identifiable material benefit. Lacks a direct reason.

North Korea:
Pro - Past history of DDoS and malware attacks. Never claims responsibility. Suffers nothing if the internet goes down.
Cons - Attack only targeted the USA, not perennial NK targets of South Korea or Japan. If this was North Korea, why ignore those two?

Pro - contacts/influence in Russian cybercrime community. Possible interest in interference in US politics.
Con - No real rhyme or reason for doing so now. Widespread (as opposed to targeted) disruptions likely don't have any predictable impact to swaying the election.

Pro - Reports that many of the infected devices were Chinese in origin
Con - China normally steals your business secrets rather than DDoS you. Chinese devices weren't the only ones, too - bad security is everywhere.

US intelligence (NSA et al)
Pro - False flag?
Con - NSA wants to listen in on your data, not shut you off from communicating. Unlikely that there is anyone who supports Wikileaks/Assange/Anonymous/etc that would change their minds over this.

This is by no means a comprehensive list, just off the top of my head.

Comment Re:Microsoft... (Score 1) 292

The Sync system in my 2014 Mustang GT works great, with one exception. About a year in, it stopped playing bluetooth audio from phones. I've tried it with different phones - no luck. Phone calls work perfectly, and the system auto-syncs on startup without issue. The system clearly is communicating, as using the "next track" button works (in that the phone switches to the next track), but no audio at all, nor anything displayed on the Sync screen.

Mostly it's been a minor annoyance in what is otherwise an amazing and fun car - well, aside from the homicidal urges she gets when pedestrians are around, but that's par for the course with a Mustang. ( )

Comment Re:Especially you University workers (Score 3, Informative) 813

In California, you can vote for another primary candidate. They now have a top-2 system, where the two candidates with the most votes from the primary, regardless of party, face off in the general election. California actually has two democrats on the ballot for Senate in November - Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez. This is a relatively new change, that hopefully should help be a moderating influence (at least in theory).

Comment Re:H-1B abuse and Trump (Score 1) 813

So he claims - but when you consider his track record on keeping his promises, it's not promising. No, he hasn't been a politician before, but we can examine his past record in business. How has he dealt with his business partners, and how did he deal with shareholders when he was running a publicly traded company?

The answer is he's pretty much screwed over anyone who ever put their trust in him. He regularly refuses to pay people who he hired to do work for him on contract. When he had a publicly traded company, Trump Hotel and Casino Resorts, he ran it into the ground while thoroughly looting as much as he could from it.

So believe him at your own risk, because if he keeps this promise, it'll be a first.

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