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Comment: Editing? (Score 4, Insightful) 98

by bigjocker (#46212593) Attached to: Sophisticated Spy Tool 'The Mask' Rages Undetected For 7 Years

This is ridiculous. What kind of editor publishes a note so badly written? You should at least read summaries out loud to see if you would look like an idiot. That would have certainly worked in this case. At least add a preview button for summaries like you do for comments for pete's sake.

Hoy many errors can you spot?

"Kim Zetter of Wired's Threat Level reports that Kaspersky Labs discovered a Spanish-language spyware application that employs "uses techniques and code that surpass any nation-state spyware previously spotted in the wild." The malware, dubbed "The Mask" by Kaspersky's researchers, targeted targeted government agencies, diplomatic offices, embassies, companies in the oil, gas and energy industries, and research organizations and activists had been loose on the Internet since at least 2007, before it was shut down last month. It infected its targets via a malicious website that contained exploits — among which were the Adobe Flash player vulnerability CVE-2012-0773 — that affected both Windows and Linux machines. Users were directed to the site via spearphishing emails."

Comment: Re:Wait.... (Score 1) 450

by bigjocker (#43292437) Attached to: Largest DDoS In History Reaches 300 Billion Bits Per Second

It's more complicated than that. They are not creating direct connections to the target, that would be too easy to prevent as you only had to block certain IP addresses. They are creating bogus requests to millions of misconfigured DNS servers around the world, making those servers respond to the victim's address. You would have to block millions of IP addresses to prevent something like this, and even if you managed to do that in your firewall the amount of traffic would most certainly bring down your ISP.

Comment: Re:Nothing on Facebook is private (Score 2) 593

by bigjocker (#41062911) Attached to: Ex-Marine Detained For Facebook Posts Deemed "Terrorist in Nature"

That's beside the point. Here you have a trained killer threatening to severe heads with an axe. I don't know if it's a crime per se, but it's something the government would be held liable if they don't investigate. The truth is that there are a lot of nutjobs, but when you have trained person threatening to use such training to attack the government it would be irresponsible not to act.

Facebook is forced by law to monitor and report on such activities. This is non news.

Comment: 100% of the congress approved this law ... (Score 2) 828

by bigjocker (#40189463) Attached to: Venezuela Bans the Commercial Sale of Firearms and Ammunition

... including Chavez supporters and ALL THE OPOSITION. In fact, this is the ONLY issue, after 13 years, where both sides agree completely.

(sorry, posted as anonymous by mistake. this is not redundant)

It's very easy to have an opinion when you live in a first world country. But when you have experienced the level of violence on the streets (regardless of your support or not for the regime), this measure is like a (small) breath of air.

Our situation is very different than in other countries. In all my life I've seen, while walking on the street, 4 people get killed by gunshots. All of them robberies. How many people can claim to have witnessed that much crime while simply walking on the street? And the first one was when I was 10 years old ... long before Chavez.

Violence runs on the blood of the people here. It's a really sad state of affairs. You can be shot for not letting a car pass, or just looking at the wrong woman on the street.

I'm not saying that this is a perfect solution, or that this will solve all of our problems. This will not solve the deep problems that cause people to kill each other like nothing happened. But for once EVERYONE is at least trying, regardless of political views. And I really hope they succeed.

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I haven't posted a journal here in almost three years, because I couldn't find the button to start a new entry. ...yeah, it turns out that it's at the bottom of the page.

So... hi, Slashdot. I used to be really active here, but now I mostly lurk and read. I've missed you.

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