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+ - Brian Krebs gets "SWATted"->

Submitted by RedLeg
RedLeg (22564) writes "ArsTechnica reports that Brian Krebs, of KrebsOnSecurity.com, formerly of the Washington Post, recently got SWATted. For those not familiar with the term, SWATting is the practice of spoofing a call to emergency responders (911 in the US) to induce an overwhelming and potentially devastating response from law enforcement and/or other first responders to the home or residence of the victim. Brian's first person account of the incident and what he believes to be related events are chronicled here.

Krebs has been prominent in the takedown of several cyber-criminal groups in the past, and has been subject to retaliation. I guess this time he poked the wrong bear."

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Android

+ - Samsung Lock Screen Bug Allows Full Access->

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wbav
wbav writes "So as Sean McMillan notes, there is a bug in Samsung's lock screen for Android. This flaw allows access to the entire device without any security. It affects products like the Galaxy S3 and the Note 2 using Jellybean.

While Lookout claims to have a fix, this submitter found it was possible to bypass that fix easily as well.

This looks especially bad since these devices are part of Samsung's SAFE program."

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Comment: Burning Some Karma (Score 1) 1059

by wbav (#42514693) Attached to: Congressman Introduces Bill To Ban Minting of Trillion-Dollar Coin
Walden is an out of touch moron.

The day after the mall shooting in Oregon, he sent out a general e-mail saying how he prevented the UN from grabbing control of the Internet.

We've already spent the money, the debit ceiling just is a debate on if we pay it back. No wonder the credit rating was down graded. God this pisses me off so much.

Comment: Re:Why even have the terminal illness requirement? (Score 1) 439

by wbav (#41859703) Attached to: Massachusetts May Soon Change How the Nation Dies
I have a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that if someone no longer has a desire to live (part of our nature, instinct if you will) that they can still be considered healthy. Maybe there is a case I can't imagine, but as you might be able to tell I work in the realm of reality instead of theory. If such a case exists (and I always leave open that possibility, I'm not infallible) then you do have a valid point.

Comment: Re:Good For Them (Score 1) 439

by wbav (#41859589) Attached to: Massachusetts May Soon Change How the Nation Dies
My point was as an Oregon resident there's no need for something like that.

If my father says he wants to die quickly and painlessly, that's his choice. If he wants every possible medical procedure done that might extend his life even a second longer that's his choice as well. I do not, nor should I, have a say in what happens.


A side note, most people don't have basements in a climate that is this wet. Also stairs are difficult to navigate using a powered wheel chair.

Comment: Re:Why even have the terminal illness requirement? (Score 1) 439

by wbav (#41859431) Attached to: Massachusetts May Soon Change How the Nation Dies
I've had a friend commit suicide (presumably depressed but not diagnosed) and I have a father with ALS.

There is no logically good reason someone healthy and happy would commit suicide. I do wish someone had taken responsibility for my friend before he jumped in front of a train. And no that isn't the responsibility of the state government. It is the responsibility of every citizen.

Comment: Re:Alternate View on the Subject (Score 1) 439

by wbav (#41859241) Attached to: Massachusetts May Soon Change How the Nation Dies
Ben,

While I won't say I know how you feel, I will say I've been that family member who caught themselves sighing. It is a terrible thing on both sides. I don't believe my father has brought this up, nor has his doctors. We live in Oregon so this is an option for him if he wants it. He's already signed an advanced directive and let me and my mother know his wishes as to care. (Car accident for example.)

Does the possibility for abuse exist? Yes. It is limited in every way imaginable, but it still might happen. Similarly an advanced directive can be open to such abuse. That said, I much prefer these to be rights people can exercise at their discretion.

Comment: Re:Hippocratic Oath (Score 1) 439

by wbav (#41858745) Attached to: Massachusetts May Soon Change How the Nation Dies
Actually it is the other way around. Which is more harmful, dying peacefully in one's sleep or spend six months in a hospital bed with 24/7 care as the muscles in your chest degrade from ALS to the point that you can no longer breathe? In these cases death is assured, it is the amount of pain inflicted that we're talking about now.

Comment: Re:Psssh, Hippocratic oath! (Score 1) 439

by wbav (#41858555) Attached to: Massachusetts May Soon Change How the Nation Dies
As with most people here, you apparently don't have personal experience. The doctor doesn't have to tell a person with a terminal debilitating disease that they are a drain on love ones while have little or no quality of life. It is obvious. When you have to have someone else wipe your ass and all you can do is watch TV, what kind of life is that?

Comment: Re:Psssh, Hippocratic oath! (Score 2) 439

by wbav (#41858375) Attached to: Massachusetts May Soon Change How the Nation Dies
Give me one good reason my father should have to "drown" slowly as his diaphragm gives out due to ALS, feeling the pain of his lungs screaming for air even when his muscles can't respond. The patient has to give notice in writing, which is traceable. Usually the family is involved. It is not a surprise. Quit with the conspiracy theories there's a time and place for them, but this isn't it.

Either you're an evil, sadistic human or stupid. Take your pick.

Comment: Good For Them (Score 3, Insightful) 439

by wbav (#41857813) Attached to: Massachusetts May Soon Change How the Nation Dies
I've got karma to burn, and this thing is personal to me.

I take offense to the start of the summary. It is called death with dignity for a reason. There are people out there with very terrible diseases they didn't ask for. For example ALS that robs the victim of the use of their muscles. Over time the diaphragm goes out, and if pneumonia doesn't get the poor soul they eventual die from lack of oxygen, much like drowning. The sick and twisted part is while the person can feel the pain they can't even express their discomfort. My father has ALS. I may have it some day. I live in Oregon and I'm proud that this law gives me and my father a chance to end things on our own terms without saddling our loved ones with even more medical bills.

To this point my father hasn't asked for this; however, when the time comes he can. There's no reason we shouldn't allow that. It is far less dangerous than eating a bullet and gives family time to prepare. Fuck the submitter. It is about dignity.

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