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Comment: Re:In 20 years (Score 1) 38

You can tell that story along with the one of the internet where you were allowed to just connect anything you want and not need a federal license (which surprisingly every insecure fucking toaster can get but it takes a written test and handing over any and all information about you if you want to use anything that allows some kind of interaction).

Comment: Re:please open apis and standards (Score 1) 38

Open APIs? What's next, interoperability? Compatibility?

We're talking about Sony here. The company that brought you not only their own memory cards (memory sticks) for their appliances which are incompatible with anything but even their own audio codec in ATRAC, again for their own appliances, incompatible with anything else in the world.

What are you dreaming of at night?

Comment: Re:If a guy dons a mask and goes on a punching spr (Score 1) 209

by Opportunist (#48675049) Attached to: Why Lizard Squad Took Down PSN and Xbox Live On Christmas Day

And that's the reason I don't engage in such activities. It usually backfires. People's reaction is not to blame the companies for shot security, they start crying for stricter laws (as if that accomplished dick). People are stupid, and I will not fix that. I had to accept that a long time ago.

Plus, companies being insecure is good for my business, so I really have no reason at all anymore to get worked up over it.

Comment: Re:yeah, because it's really important, (Score 1) 209

by Opportunist (#48675035) Attached to: Why Lizard Squad Took Down PSN and Xbox Live On Christmas Day

Let's give them the benefit of doubt and say they chose networks that are of no strategic significance. What do you think would have gone down if they targeted, say, VISA or MC during the holidays?

At least that's what I'd do. I sure as hell don't want every three letter agency on my ass just for proving a point. And it's doubtful that they will send the marines after you for kicking off some gaming platforms. Might be different if you shut down a key payment system during the most busy time of the year.

Comment: For that, you'd have to do a different attack (Score 4, Insightful) 209

by Opportunist (#48675027) Attached to: Why Lizard Squad Took Down PSN and Xbox Live On Christmas Day

All a DoS does is prove one thing: That you can field more bandwidth than your target. Unless of course it's one where you exploit the weakness of a target system (e.g. by shutting down a service deliberately using an exploit). Else, a DoS proves little.

If a DoS exposes any kind of security issue, then a global one: That there are techniques that allow you to use little bandwidth on your end to cause the other end to drown in traffic. There are a few documented ways how you could pull this off, the most trivial one would be to spoof the IP address of your target system with some server that sends back a ton of info for a tiny request. E.g, DNS. Such an attack doesn't prove that the target system is vulnerable, it proves that the DNS protocol itself is beyond repair (and yes, it is, and there are secure replacements but ... you know, it's the internet... it works, changing stuff costs money, so...).

So what does the attack prove? Well, I wish I could say it proves without a doubt that MS and Sony have a security that matches the opaqueness of an erotic dancer's dress and should up their security (well, they do, and they should, but this attack doesn't prove that). It proves that we use technology that makes such an attack not only possible but actually trivial. And that EVERY company on the net is susceptible to something like that because unlimited bandwidth does not exist.

Comment: Re:I'm not surprised they don't want to defect (Score 2) 151

Sorry if the truth hurts, but that's how the shit flies. Sure, some do it out of patriotism and with enough "the enemy is everywhere and trying to kill YOUR CHILDREN" propaganda anyone can be very patriotic until they find out that at the other side there's just exactly the same ordinary guy trying to live his life and getting by somehow. Few and far between are the hyped up supersoldiers who'll die gladly for land and fame. Usually you have a bunch of people who just want to make another day go by.

It's not the ordinary guy that "hates" you. Far from it, usually they don't give a shit about you. It's just like it is over here: The real assholes are up at the top. Kill them and the world is a better place.

Comment: Re:Dem haxxorz dey be haxxin. (Score 4, Insightful) 151

In a country where the internet is about as commonplace as for us having your own rocket launch system in the backyard? Please. How do you hit NKor via internet? Take down their online payment system? Hack their official pages so their citizens would get to see defaced pics of li'l Kim?

How?

I can see that as an offensive force, but defense? Please.

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