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Comment It's an inevitability. (Score 1) 78

How many man hours are wasted pen testing or setting up security just so that client after client can fail to remain compliant as time goes by?

How many billions of dollars are wasted every year by large corporations failing to secure their data?

Why not just start writing viruses that go out, patch vulnerabilities, throw a middle finger and erase / kill process?

Target the weakest link and do something about it. In fact I feel if a company is "caught" doing this it shouldn't even be considered illegal. This should be considered the future of anti-malware.

Today I was helping a computer illiterate classmate set up some engineering software, and to make idle chat I tried to explain to her Moore's law. And I had to add the caveat that some people felt Moore's law was breaking down.

And I said, what we need today is to focus not on how recklessly we can double computing power but how responsibly we can mitigate threat. And if you follow any of the bevy of pen testers with twitter accounts you'll read long, long lists of newly discovered vulnerabilities every day, many of them quite sweat-inspiring.

There should be a new "law" that describes the increase of threats across some variable like time, or complexity, or something like that.

Anyways the future of anti-malware is likely to be "vigilante ware" whether we like it or not. Some body will get it up their ass to write things like this that don't come with catches like back doors or other worries, and will just start distributing them as 0-day attacks.

With thousands of new pen testers and potential malware authors trained every year, I don't see how the millionth monkey effect can be avoided.

I see people here posting analogies about breaking into your house and doing your dishes. That's fine but this malware is an easy target because of the back doors.

What if you came home and that ugly dirt patch surrounded with paving stones along the front of your house (what the hell is that thing) had been planted with an appropriate selection of flowers to match your "paint"? How are you even going to pursue charges? Who would you be capable of getting interested in finding out whodunit? Probably nobody.

Eventually vigilante ware will be everywhere and I doubt anybody's going to get all that upset about it.

And no, this is not a manifesto.

Comment Re:Pro-tip: SHHH because... (Score 1) 381

Look, I had you pegged tit for tat on all four points, and especially on point four: you're a crazy, anti-Jew nutter.

Being called out on this forced you into chimp-out mode where you fucking go full-on frothing at the mouth anti-Jewish in addressing every point of the conversation whether the points had anything even remotely at all to do with Jewishness.

Nothing you say anywhere in your response makes any sense, therefore it's not worth going over in any further detail.

You're a nutter.

Comment Re:Needle in a haystack (Score 1) 275

Oh, terribly bad on my part. Let's see.

186,000 miles / sec.

Let's see if I can extricate myself from this sensibly.

670mil mph. What was the probe travelling at? 35k miles/ hr?

So...1.34mil over 7.

Well that fucks my ratio up. If their probes are moving as slowly as our fastest probe, then the magnitude of "amplifying" or sense of neighborhood from 120 light years becomes 160 million light years.

Well the Milky Way is only 100,000 light years across. So, hmm.

If I was to sustain the same argument as I was before, I'd be saying that our neighborhood is actually the Virgo supercluster.

It just remains to be asked whether it's plausible that any civilizations that may have arisen within the Virgo supercluster could have reached the point were are at, now, between say 160 million years ago minus some "rise and fall of civilization" time period (15,000 years?). Well... a 15,000 year time period is somewhat slim. It's 1 10,666th of 160 million years.

But, NASA has launched rockets that had better odds than 1:10,666 of failing catastrophically.


Well, I sort of makes looking for space probes kind of stupid, as well.

What's even more stupid is taking several courses in Physics but still not giving enough of a fuck to memorize the speed of light, and then also going online and looking it up only to glance at it and read the units completely wrong.

The Internet

The Economics of Drug Sales On the Dark Web 53 writes: Allison Schrager has an interesting article about how marketplaces for contraband drugs have only existed for about four years on the dark web, but they've made inroads fast. About 10%-15% of drug users in the U.K., U.S., and Australia [are believed to have] bought drugs off the net. According to Schrager, these marketplaces look remarkably similar to normal online marketplaces. Users leave detailed reviews on the quality of a vendor's product, speed of delivery, and how secure the shipping method was. There's information on where vendors are located and where they'll ship to. Some even post their refund and exchange policies. Purchasing meth from a dealer in the Netherlands feels as familiar and mundane as buying sheets from Macy's. The dark web makes transactions safer.

All the same, there are risks that Macy's customers don't run. Because there's no legal protection for illegal purchases, the bitcoin payments sit in escrow until the goods have been delivered and both parties are satisfied. That exposes the seller to exchange-rate risk, because bitcoin is an extremely volatile currency. And there is one other big source of risk: the point where the virtual world of the dark web and the world of physical reality intersect. In other words, getting drugs delivered. Certain drugs like MDMA and LSD may move mostly online. And the web may become the preferred source for affluent users and small-time pot dealers.

Followup: Library Board Unanimously Supports TOR Relay 95

Wrath0fb0b writes: Last week, the administrators of the Kilton Public Library in New Hampshire suspended a project to host a Tor relay after the DHS sent them an email asking them to reconsider. At a board meeting yesterday, the exit node was reinstated by unanimous vote. Board member Francis Oscadal said, "With any freedom there is risk. It came to me that I could vote in favor of the good ... or I could vote against the bad. I’d rather vote for the good because there is value to this." Deputy Police Chief Philip Roberts said, "We simply came in as law enforcement and said, 'These are the concerns.' We wanted to inform everyone so it was an educated decision by everyone involved." Deputy City Manager Paula Maville added, "This is about making an informed decision. Whatever you need to do, we’re here to support that."

Comment Re:Pro-tip: SHHH because... (Score 1) 381

1. I doubt the world's intelligencia spend much time watching Pinky and the Brain let alone enough to emulate it somehow or to self-identify with the late 90's cartoon.

2. "Any country where Facebook is banned" -- is only relevant to people who are really, really into using Facebook for sensitive shit. Facebook is not typically "mission critical" to anyone who's actually running an internet server. So this piece of advice sucks ass.

3. "Harping" on Holocaust denials? Are you a fucking nutter? No wonder you're posting as A.C.

4. Okay, you're a nutter. You're an anti-semite, right-wing Christian nutter. Judaism grossly predates the advent of Christianity, by several millennia. In actuality the opposite of what you said is true: Christianity is anti-Judaism. If you can read through the Holy Bible (I have, countless times) and not figure out that Christianity is about a revolution against the Jewish religious state, then you deserve to stay behind A.C. because you're fucking DUMB.

The program isn't debugged until the last user is dead.