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+ - Two thirds of public sector workers keep quiet on major security breaches->

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An anonymous reader writes: A cybersecurity survey conducted by British IT and telecom firm Daisy Group has revealed that almost two thirds of public sector employees would not report a serious data breach that they thought would cause problems in the workplace. The research, which was based on a study involving 2,000 public sector staff, also discovered that many workers held a negligent attitude toward sufficient password protection. It found that respondents were willing to sidestep corporate security policies to ease their work life. The survey showed that 64% of employees in the public sector would keep quiet about major security breaches, and that 5% had disabled password protection features on a laptop, mobile or other mobile devices. 20% confirmed that they do not regularly update their passwords, while a further 8% answered that they used ‘simple’ passwords that could be easily guessed. Daisy Group’s product director of cloud services Graham Harris explained that the survey served to highlight the importance of staff awareness and involvement in effective IT security management.
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+ - Trojanized, Info-Stealing PuTTY Version Lurking Online

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An anonymous reader writes: A malicious version of the popular open source SSH client PuTTY has been spotted and found to have information-stealing capabilities. Compiled from source, this malicious version is apparently capable of stealing the credentials needed to connect to those servers. "Data that is sent through SSH connections may be sensitive and is often considered a gold mine for a malicious actor. Attackers can ultimately use this sensitive information to get the highest level of privileges on a computer or server, (known as 'root' access) which can give them complete control over the targeted system," the researchers explained.

+ - Pirate Bay domains seized by Swedish court->

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An anonymous reader writes: In a decision handed down minutes ago the Stockholm District Court has ordered two key domains owned by The Pirate Bay to be seized. While the ruling means that the site will lose its famous domain, don't expect the site to simply disappear. TPB informs TorrentFreak that they have plenty more domains left in store.
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+ - European Internet Users Urged To Protect Themselves Against Facebook Tracking 1

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An anonymous reader writes: In the wake of the revelations about Facebook's tracking of users who do not own a Facebook account, the Belgian Privacy Commission has issued a set of recommendations for both Facebook, website owners and end users. The recommendations are based on the results of an extensive analysis of Facebook’s revised policies and terms (rolled out on January 30, 2015) conducted by the inter-university research center EMSOC/SPION, which concluded that the company is acting in violation of European law. According to them Facebook places too much burden on its users to protect their privacy, and then doesn't offer simple tools and settings to do so, and sets up some problematic default settings. They also don't provide adequate information for users to make informed choices.

Comment: Limited (Score 1) 143

Note that this method does NOT work with a printed copy of the fingerprint, only the original fingerprint itself. That is because it detects chemicals which are sweated out onto the skin. and when the finger is pressed to the paper, the sweat is pressed onto the paper. The cocaine does NOT change the shape of the swirls; it only adds invisible chemicals to the sweat and ink on the paper.

Almost everything you tthink of as a fingerprint is actually a photographic copy of a fingerprint, and the method does not detect anything from the copy. So police can use it on suspects, but you can't look at Barack Obama's published fingerprint in the New Yrok Times to see what he's been swallowing recently.

Comment: Re:wha? (Score 1) 65

by AndyCanfield (#49646267) Attached to: Top Cyber Attack Vectors For Critical SAP Systems
I'm living in Isan, Thailand (otherwise known as Heaven). You ever see the pretty dancing ladies in the Bangkok gogo bars? Well, I live where they come from. Me and all my (happy) wives. I don't know what TLA's are. I can guess what the "T" stands for, and what the "A" stands for, and there are lots of T and A where I live, but they don't allow words like that on Slashdot.

Comment: NBC? (Score 1) 179

by AndyCanfield (#49643947) Attached to: Is Facebook Keeping You In a Political Bubble?

I think you've got it backwards. When I was growing up, a thousand years ago, there were only three sources of news: NBC, ABC, and CBS. The evening national news television shows were standard and the only available source of news for anybody.

Now people have the World Wide Web which connects them to others all over the world. You can follow friends in Norway and India and Hong Kong. Yes, you can restrict it somewhat. But the global connectivity will leak through.

My American ex-wife still lives in the same house we owned when I left, and hasn't talked to me in twenty years. My Thai ex-wife now lives in another country but we are Facebook Friends.

At one point during the Vietnam war, French reporters learned that the US was bombing the dikes in North Vietnam. The reporters had been there and seen it. But the reports were hear-say to the American people; stories published elsewhere and reports leaked to the US news media. Today you yourself, in Chicago, can read the French newspapers and get the stories first hand. You can be Facebook friends with the guy you went to high school with who now lives in Paris. And thanks to Google Translate, even language is not as much of a barrier as it used to be.

There used to be an American consciousness, and a German consiosness, and a Chinese consiousness.When one went wacko, we had World War Two or the Korean War There is now a growing being, a Global consiousness. It's neurons are the cables of the Internet. This is CNN, and BBC, and Al-Jazeera, and even Facebook. This is good.

Comment: Re:Embassi in Laos (Score 1) 509

by AndyCanfield (#49643073) Attached to: What To Say When the Police Tell You To Stop Filming Them

"How far past the foundation?" I was standing in the middle of thie highway that has run for 25 years between Vientiane and the bridge, passing in front of where the new Embassy was built.

It was just one increment in the continuing saga of American government arrogance. The previous example was FATCA, in which the U.S. is trying to regulate the behavior of non-US banks. My Thai bank now refuses to open any new account for any US citizen because of FATCA, and I don't blame them. My existing account was grandfathered in; their computer doesn't know that I am a US citizen.

AFAIK no other country in the world attempts to regulate it's citizen's behavior when they are outside the country. I live in Thailand. While here I am obediant to Thai law, same as my friends who are Germans and Swedes and French. I feel no obligation to obey US laws. I haven't set foot in the USA for twenty years.

I have four living Thai children. Uncle Sam only knows about one of them. I figure they're better off without US passports.

Americans are not aware of this crap. The NSA is accused of "logging the metadata" of your phone calls. The NSA admits to RECORDING the content of every phone call I make. But Americans don't care. Today Uncle Sam thinks he owns the me; tomorrow he will think he owns you. Well, he doesn't own me, yesterday or today or tomorrow..

Comment: Embassi in Laos (Score 4, Informative) 509

by AndyCanfield (#49637315) Attached to: What To Say When the Police Tell You To Stop Filming Them

I tried to use my tablet to take a picture of the new American Embassy building outside Vientiane, Laos. I was told by the guards that this is prohibited. I went out to the street and took a picture from a public road on Lao territory, but they again told me to delete the picture. I figure they had no right to prohibit the picture, but I deleted it anyway. Then they had the paradox that they were insisting that I delete the picture, but they could not touch my tablet and I could not delete the picture because it was already gone.

So two days later, while I was in a taxi driving from downtown Vientiane to the Thai bridge, I pulled out my tablet and shot a video as we went past the new Embassy building. As soon as I got home I posted the video on my web site at
So far the idiots in the U.S. State Department haven't contacted me. Is it an act of treason for you to look at it? Ask your lawyer.

Comment: Re:Liberty (Score 1) 1097

by AndyCanfield (#49616933) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

There are people you dislike lining the side of the road. You, and your friends, are standing on the other side of the road. There is a line of police down the middle of the highway, with their guns pointing away from you, protecting you. No problem, you feel safe and secure. Except that, someday, those policemen will turn and point their guns towards you.

I've seen it happen. Every defender you hire is a potential enemy. Every threat to others is a threat to you. Every bodyguard is a potential killer. As long as the Supreme Court agrees with your lawyer, you can laugh at the losers, but the day the gavel stikes you, your laywers will hide and your ass is grass.

It is better to not have enemies; to incite hatred and defy the world is foolish.

How come financial advisors never seem to be as wealthy as they claim they'll make you?