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Comment: PCs are the problem (Score 5, Insightful) 111

by ArchieBunker (#47858963) Attached to: Home Depot Confirms Breach of Its Payment Systems

Remember when cash registers used to be glorified calculators? Now they are cheap PCs running poorly configured operating systems. You have tons of attack vectors open from USB ports to unneeded services. That and credit card companies are too fucking cheap to switch to chip and pin. The only reason the rest of world switched was because the companies were forced to. Not in the good old USA.

Comment: Too much bullshit (Score 3, Interesting) 140

by ArchieBunker (#47604513) Attached to: Least Secure Cars Revealed At Black Hat

I bought a 99 Volvo S80 and it has the fancy auto dimming rear view mirror. The car was used so of course expensive mirror no longer dims. You can't even swap out a junked mirror because of the address bullshit. You have to keep the circuitry from your mirror and swap only the mirror itself. Otherwise you need the dealer software to reprogram the main computer.

"Though a program be but three lines long, someday it will have to be maintained." -- The Tao of Programming

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