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Submission + - SPAM: cold war cyber attacks

I Spy writes: 'The "counter-hacking unit" is fighting a cyber cold war against computer-based espionage, largely coming from China and Russia ..

MI5 believe many of the hackers are state-sponsored spies trying to steal intelligence and industrial secrets ..

In March researchers uncovered an electronic spy ring called GhostNet based in China, which searches computers for information, taps into emails and turns on web cameras and microphones ...

This is of course BS, as no one in their right mind would keep 'secrets' on a computer directly connected to the Internet. Especially not a Windows 'computer'.

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Submission + - In Search of the Mythical 'Bandwidth Hog' (

eldavojohn writes: Benoit Felten, an analyst in Paris, has heard enough of the elusive creature known as the bandwidth hog. Like its cousin the Boogie Monster, the 'bandwidth hog' is a tale that ISPs tell their frightened users to keep them in check or to cut off whoever they want to cut off from service. And Felton's calling them out because he's certain they don't exist. What's actually happening is the ISPs are selecting the top 5% and revoking service from them even if they aren't statistical outliers. Which means that they are targeting 'heavy users' simply for being 'heavy users.' Felton has thrown down the gauntlet asking for a standardized data set from any telco that he can do statistical analysis on that will allow him to find any evidence of a single outlier ruining the experience for everyone else. Unlikely any telco will take him up on that offer but his point still stands.

Pound for pound, the amoeba is the most vicious animal on earth.