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Comment: Not PDFs? (Score 3, Insightful) 318

by gumbo (#30773716) Attached to: IE 0-Day Flaw Used In Chinese Attack

I've heard that PDFs were used, and that's the one that sounds the most logical. Whenever I've seen attacks against my network from the Chinese, it's always been in the form of malicious spear-phished PDFs.

Whatever they actually used against Google, there's not one easy solution. You can't just say that they should have used Firefox, because then the attackers would have exploited some random Firefox add-on that some people were using. I'm sure Google employees use every browser out there throughout the company. Keeping Acrobat Reader fully patched and keeping your users alert and well-trained would probably stop a lot of it, but not all.

Comment: Re:Truecrypt (Score 1) 252

by gumbo (#30659798) Attached to: Encryption Cracked On NIST-Certified Flash Drives

Unfortunately, if you work in the federal government, you need that FIPS 140-2 compliance. While I'd love to use Truecrypt all over the place instead of commercial software that I don't really trust, it's not really an option.

Now, for personal use, absolutely. But I'd have to assume that people already just use Truecrypt for personal use (assuming you're the kind of person who reads Slashdot, at least...)

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. -- Arthur C. Clarke