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Comment Re:shocked, shocked i say! (Score 1) 130

Just to be sure: were you or someone in your home perhaps watching foreign films on the web before this happened?

No, and I'm the only person who runs any kind of Linux in the house. It was clearly too people speaking conversationally, coming through loud and clear on my PC speakers, with background home noises. I wish I had recorded some of the conversation before shutting it down, but I freaked out.

Comment Re:So what I get from TFA... (Score 1) 130

There is no way that this malware is going to be in usr or opt without having a root priv install so and it cannot access or modify etc unless you installed it as root.

People routinely install stuff with sudo, so if it's a trojan it was probably installed as root. Furthermore, privilege escalation bugs are quite common. I just did a search for: linux privilege escalation bug, and the top hit was a news item less than a day old:


Tens of millions of Linux PCs and servers and 66% of all Android devices are impacted by a vulnerability in the Linux kernel that allows privilege escalation from local to root via a use-after-free attack, according to the research team at Perception Point.

Although no exploits for the bug have been seen in the wild yet, the vulnerability is far-reaching. According to Yevgeny Pats, co-founder and CEO of Perception Point, the bug affects all Linux kernels from release 3.8 and later, both 32-bit and 64-bit, operating on desktop, server, mobile, and embedded devices.

The vulnerability, CVE-2016-0728, is a reference leak in the keyrings facility, where security data like encryption keys and authentication keys are stored.

Comment Re:shocked, shocked i say! (Score 5, Interesting) 130

Personal experience is that the applications shipped by the distro to do these tasks crash a lot, hang the desktop, fight with pulseaudio or require extensive configuration (hello ~/.alsasoundrc and 2005!)

About a month ago my Debian desktop was compromised, and I figured this out because the desktop was hung. In an attempt to recover the hang, I tried to restart Gnome Shell... and I started getting audio in a foreign language of people speaking. I freaked out, shutdown my computer, and reinstalled.

I'm generally careful about not installing fishy stuff, and I saved a copy of the hard drive after I shut it down, so if somebody wants to help see what it was I'd be willing to work with them.

Comment Re:Dear SJW morons (Score 1) 781

The suite of arguments characterized as 'SJW' is quite wide, and a lot of them do have serious merit - for example, the 'damsel in distress' is overused in computer games.

And Hollywood too. Do you know why? Because the audiences like and respond to tropes, and there's only so many new ideas under the sun.

The problem with the SJW crowd is that they use overwhelmingly poor arguments, ridiculous arguments, and do so in a most obnoxious manner.

Like the person who most famously complained about damsels in distress is in video games is... a damsel in distress in real life. That's her schtick.

Comment Re:They Never thought he had a bomb... (Score 1) 361

Like Dawkins? Too bad he backpedaled after the inevitable media backlash:

But Richard Dawkins, the evolutionary biologist and noted writer, scholar and contrarian, found something in Ahmed's story to take issue with -- the use of the word "invention" to describe Mohamed's work. Dawkins went so far as to suggest that describing his clock as such was "fraud" and a "hoax."

    Disassembling & reassembling is great. But you shouldn't then claim it was your "invention". http://t.co/bBcaWoJpbd

        -- Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) September 20, 2015

        If the reassembled components did something more than the original clock, that's creative. If not, it looks like hoax http://t.co/bBcaWoJpbd

        -- Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) September 20, 2015

Dawkins faced intense backlash for his remarks and repeatedly noted that he believes the teen's arrest was wrong.

        Yes, I completely agree with that. He should most certainly NOT have been arrested, handcuffed etc. https://t.co/B2yvE00Db9

        -- Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) September 20, 2015

        I'm not putting down the child. I'm putting down myself & the rest of us for being fooled. And the police for arresting him for nothing.

        -- Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) September 20, 2015

He later apologized and retweeted the President's White House invitation.

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