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Comment: Why is the industry still using pseudo-randoms? (Score 4, Insightful) 183

by MrKevvy (#44575645) Attached to: Google Admits Bitcoin Thieves Exploited Android Crypto PRNG Flaw

True random numbers are as simple as a reversed Zener diode connected to an A/D converter... quantum tunneling across the diode creates truly random signal, equivalent to thermal noise.

So why isn't every CPU nowadays equipped with this, so that the RND function is done in hardware?

Comment: The same Huawei the U.S. calls a security threat.. (Score 4, Informative) 148

by MrKevvy (#44390581) Attached to: Chinese Firm Huawei In Control of UK Net Filters

... as they are basically a ministry of the Chinese government.

U.S. lawmakers seek to block China Huawei, ZTE U.S. inroads

"Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, at a press conference to release the report, said companies that had used Huawei equipment had reported "numerous allegations" of unexpected behavior, including routers supposedly sending large data packs to China late at night."

Comment: Microsoft Security Essentials (Score 3, Insightful) 294

by MrKevvy (#44295721) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Light-Footprint Antivirus For Windows XP?

Yes, I know... it failed certification. But often what is used in certification is proof-of-concept or old and very rare samples that may not be "in the wild". It deliberately doesn't detect them to have a lighter footprint and be easier on resources. I use it on 1 GHz machines with 512MB of RAM with no noticeable slowdown. It doesn't miss the stuff that you're actually going to be at risk of getting infected with, in my experience.

You didn't state the OS you were asking about, but IIRC Avast is Windows-only. MSE may fit your requirements.

Comment: Re:sigh (Score 5, Informative) 620

by MrKevvy (#42535029) Attached to: Man Charged With HIPAA Violations For Video Taping Police

SCOTUS doesn't need to make a ruling upholding a constitutional right, as the constitution already does.

The Justice Department affirmed this strongly when they sent a letter to the Baltimore PD which asserted that it is a first amendment right to record, and a violation of the fourth and fourteenth amendments to access and/or destroy such recordings without due process and/or a warrant.

This made national headlines and so it's assured every police department in the U.S. is well aware of this.

The victim should be contacting the DOJ and ACLU in short order.

Comment: Re:unsecured wifi? (Score 1) 248

by MrKevvy (#41493939) Attached to: Nebraska Sheriff Wardriving, Sending Letters About Unsecured Wi-Fi

Only if you use a weak password. There's no known attacks against WPA other than dictionary and brute-force which will work on anything. It allows a 63-character password, so for all practical purposes a 63-character WPA password of random mixed-case letters, numbers and punctuation is unbreakable (currently.)

WEP, of course, is cryptographically weak and crackable


+ - Facebook Wants You To Snitch On Your Friends->

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An anonymous reader writes "Facebook’s ongoing war on pseudonyms is well-documented. The company wants everyone to use their real name on the social network, and ideally this would be their only identity on the Internet. Menlo Park often bans users that use fake names (most are spammers, but many are just using pseudonyms), but it recently went further than that: the company is now asking you to snitch on your friends if they are not using their real name."
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+ - Facebook wants YOU to grass-up friends not using their real name->

Submitted by Qedward
Qedward (2499046) writes "Freedom to go under a pseudonym is, miraculously, one freedom to survive the security lock-down of the previous decade. Now Facebook wants to change this.

James Firth shows Facebook is clamping down on pseudonyms, with an interesting screenshot of being asked whether a friend is using their real name."

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+ - Romney Girl Video Shutdown by Universal->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Universal Music Group submitted a cease and desist letter to pull down the "Romney Girl" video. They claim a violation of their intellectual property rights on the 90ies song "Barbie Girl" by Aqua. The producers of Romney Girl (Agenda Project Action Fund) refer to the fair use exception. They have blocked access to the video temporarily. It will be seen if it will appear somewhere else on the internet and if it will become even more popular by the Streisand effect (660000 clicks on youtube")."
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