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There are 30 posts tagged: "security"

Tracking Martians
24 November 2021
US defence officials are to launch an investigation of UFO activity in restricted areas, and mitigate any associated threats. (more…)
Privacy is very important to F*c*book
19 November 2021
F*c*book has admonished the LAPD for breaching its T&C, by establishing fake profiles to surveil users suspected of criminal activity. (more…)
Spy way
20 October 2021
An investigation as to why a middle-class, suburban US couple turned to spying against their country, revealed that Mrs Diana Toebbe has purple hair. Not that this was the cause of their spying, I hasten to add. (more…)
A Windows on the future
5 October 2021
Tomorrow sees the rollout of Windows 11, as a free upgrade, to the great unwashed. That's those of us who're too apathetic, or wrapped up in having a real life, to have installed the previews. (more…)
Grand research
30 September 2021
Researchers at Birmingham and Surrey Universities have discovered a security flaw in the combination of Apple Pay and Visa, which could allow thieves to remotely access a Visa account through an unlocked iPhone. Neither Samsung Pay nor Mastercard were susceptible. (more…)
23 September 2021
Lithuania's National Cyber Security Centre has reported security flaws and built-in censorship tools, in 5G mobiles from Chinese manufacturers. As a consequence, the country's Defence Ministry has recommended that its citizens not purchase new Chinese smartphones, and replace their current ones as soon as feasible. (more…)
Suspiciously-crafted email
15 September 2021
I received the following message, with the subject Letzte Warnung vor der endgültigen Schließung Ihres Domänennamens, from a sender pretending to be my web host provider. It may surprise you to know that their payment system had detected a problem with my payment card, and they advised me to use the link that they had thoughtfully provided. How kind is that? Some people are just too good for this world. (more…)
Tinfoil communications
22 August 2021
Writing for BBC Worklife, Mark Johanson asks whether your work messages are as private as you think. This seems like a strange question to ask, to be honest. (more…)
Idiots 0 : 1 Taliban
16 August 2021
Following the removal of allied forces from Afghanistan, the Taliban curiously reneged on their promise not to be naughty, and have rapidly captured most of the country, including the capital, Kabul. Twenty years of sacrifice, for nothing. I suppose Grandpa Joe now wishes that he'd asked for a pretty pinky promise with a bow on top. (more…)
Secret password
20 May 2021
I finally got access to the LAN and Roomz. Except, not quite. Of course, the password for Roomz is not synchronised with the company's SSO, because that would make things too easy. Roomz requires a password to be set separately, with its own specific requirements. (more…)
Secure paws-words
9 April 2021
According to a survey by the UK's National Cyber Security Centre, millions of Britons use their pet's name as their online password. (shock) (more…)
Curfew quarrel
25 March 2021
Following the abduction of Sarah Everard in south London, police officers working on the case in the area advised women not to go out alone and to be careful; which doesn't seem too unreasonable, since the perpetrator was still at large at the time. But Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb's response in the House of Lords upset a number of people, and was widely ridiculed: (more…)
Tinfoil OS
6 October 2020
censiCLICK discusses two computer operating systems favoured by Edward Snowden, bête noir of the US National Security Agency. I had heard of neither Tails—which doesn't even need to be installed on a computer—nor Qubes OS before, so at least I can consider myself to be more knowledgeable. (more…)
Ice one, Mrs LPL!
22 September 2020
The Lock-Picking Lawyer picks locks. He may also do lawyering stuff in his off-time, dunno. (more…)
Gone phishing
11 August 2020
We are constantly reminded about the dangers of social engineering security breaches, such as phishing attacks. So, you'd think that a responsible financial institution would be sensitive to the advice that we're given, which includes being wary of emails purporting to be from one institution, but coming from a different domain. (more…)
The land of the free?
9 August 2013
Further fallout from the Edward Snowden affair is that the US-based email service that he allegedly used to send encrypted messages has closed down. (more…)
Mars attacks!
21 June 2013
In 2009, the UK Ministry of Defence closed its UFO desk because, according to newly released files, it served no defence purpose and was taking staff away from more valuable defence-related activities. (more…)
The rise of Skynet
27 November 2012
Prof. Bonkers and his colleagues at Cambridge's Centre for the Study of Existential Risk are to investigate whether technology could destroy human civilisation. He cautions against dismissing a potential rise of robots which, while not necessarily malevolent, may have interests that don't include those of humans. (more…)
5 November 2012
According to a report by the BBC on Chinese activists' hacking of the Coca-Cola Company's network: Companies are encouraged. Which is encouraging. (more…)
PS3 hacked. Again.
25 October 2012
Sony's PS3 has been hacked/cracked. Again. Is anyone keeping track? (more…)
Mancunians are very naughty people
17 September 2012
It appears that Manchester is the UK capital of illegal downloading. And the UK as a whole is second in the world after the United States of Amerika. (more…)
Canned meat product: spiced and served with a chapati
23 April 2012
According to a report from Sophos, India is now the most prolific country for spam: India has become the top spam-spewing nation on the planet, rapidly passing the US. Except that the report ranks nations by the amount of junk mail routed through computers in each country. (more…)
Wot you lookin' at?
27 January 2012
Those sons of fun at the USAsian FBI plan to develop—or, rather, have developed for them—a handy-dandy tool that will sniff its way through social networks and suck up all the terrorist plots. Certain keywords that are only used by bad people plotting naughtiness can be added. These will trigger the hairs on the backs of their necks, and bring their righteous wrath down on the sorry arses of Osama and his like-minded friends. (more…)
SPAM: new serving suggestion
11 November 2011
That nice Mr/Mrs Chumbla in Nigeria has offered me, and I suspect all of you, their money for FREE. (more…)
Not so anonymous
27 January 2011
Ahh, yes, Anonymous, that eclectic band of spineless ne'er-do-wells selfless heroes righting wrongs on t'internet. (more…)
Not to be outdone, FF gets its own government health warning
23 March 2010
And now those loveable, laff-a-minute Germans are advising against the use of Firefox. Herr u. Frau Smug, who dumped IE to avoid the ballyhoo over Billy's Bastard Browser™, have simply opened up their pooters to rape'n'pillage through security flaws identified in FF3.6, which was itself released to fix earlier vulnerabilities. (more…)
IE gets another government health warning
18 January 2010
They seek 'em hereThey seek 'em thereThose Frenchies seek 'em ev'rywhereMalware and trojansCause Windows® to pauseThrough Int'net Exploder's security flaws (more…)
IE gets its very own government health warning
18 January 2010
The German government have issued a warning—presumably to Germans—not to use Internet Exploder in the wake of some Chinese people doing something naughty to Google. M$ are working on fixes to versions 6-8 to rectify the security flaw, hopefully without introducing a new and more exciting one. Presumably users of the venerable version 5 can go screw themselves. (more…)
Security checkpoints
10 November 2004
Okay, not so much security checkpoints because they more often than not play an important role. The problem is with the cockheads who know they have to show their security pass but, instead of having it ready, dick around looking in pockets, bags, and glove boxes. Coming in to work today, I got stuck behind two cars where the driver had to hunt for their pass. I mean, that fucking checkpoint has been there for years, what the hell were they expecting? (more…)
The 'deathstar' strikes again
28 September 2004
Wahey! My third deathstar—IBM Deskstar 75GXP—died a couple of days ago. It was also the system disk to my main computer, so all of my email went down the toilet. Luckily I'd backed up a few weeks earlier, so most is okay. (more…)