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Comment Abandonware or an escaped experiment? (Score 3, Interesting) 124

With a long history, a very small number of infected machines, and no active exploitation, I'd guess it's something someone was playing with that he's abandoned long ago or which "escaped from the lab" but didn't get far.

One of the hazards of self-propagatng code is that it does so on its own. So if, while under development, it finds a net connection to a set of vulnerable machines, it's out and spreading. Like before the command-and-control is debugged and/or the payload is ready to do its dirty work. (Thus it may be much nastier than the author(s) inteded.)

If it's GOOD at spreading it quickly saturates the vulnerable population and comes to the attention of users and security experts. If it's BAD at spreading its escape might not be noticed by the author at all - or by anyone else for years, if at all.

400 machines and a decade before it's noticed seems about right.

Comment Re:Guess (Score 2) 124

There were some claims in the past made by many people, that Mac's don't get computer virus's.

Which is particularly funny since I was handed decompiled code to a Mac virus (actually a sneakernet worm) back in the original Mac days. (I don't recall if it was before there WERE IBM PCs, let alone clones, or if it was just before PC malware was known.)

For many years, practiclly the beginnng of their deployment, there were worms, viruses, etc. on both. But those for Mac tended to be (relatively) harmless pranks - an animated bug crawling up the screen, animated trains (with sound effects) running across the menu bar and around the room on the apple-talk networked boxen, "bomb" boxes that dodged the mouse when you tried to dismiss them - while those for PCs tended to be damaging to data.

Macs were easy. In order to simplify the user experience the OS looked for (and ran if found) new drivers whenever you inserted a plastic-case floppy. What could POSSIBLY go wrong with that? B-b

Comment Re:Er... (Score 1) 136

LOL, I love me a good slashdot pedant in the morning...

So let me help you out: You focused on the specifics of the post (good for you!) and not the theme, which was: I don't fucking care what the method is, find one that works since a dude with a cricket wasn't, according to you, enough. You chose the most extreme example out of many and ran as fast as you could with it. Does that make you technically correct? Yes it does! Congrats, you are the best kind of correct! Shame you still have a massive underlying problem, which is:

you state "they have it for the purchase, installation and maintenance of the panels". You're either dumber than a gnat and/or lying.

What? That's from the TFS, you jackass. And you still haven't addressed my point: According to you, they're going to install the panels, but there is nothing they can do about roof riders? Why the fuck would they plan the panels and not the method to keep people off? Might as well not plan the panels then. But you have no answer for that.

When I tell you that I have ridden Indian trains & that you clearly have no idea of their conditions you move on to

Man, you are one deranged puppy. We have never disagreed on this point. I got no idea why you thought you needed to use this cudgel four times. Reading is hard, huh?

instead of admitting that you really don't know

ROFL! Yup, reading is hard....

When engaging with others on /. it's often useful to look at their other posts to see whether they're a troll or not. You're a troll

Ah well, at least I'm imaginative. You'd apparently install the panels and throw up your hands when they didn't work cuz they're covered in Indian butt. But fuck actually grappling with the question, much easier to be pedantic little pissant and score your points. Enjoy your dull life.

Comment Re: It's a matter of time... (Score 1) 370

Yes, avoid the disco ball. Great idea, unless the disco ball IS the body of the drone. Those things do not have to be big.

Drones can do surveillance, and do not need to be big. Standard quadcopters could be made very reflective to blind any viewers.

You have to start thinking like an attacker. Is there any way to turn the enemy's weapon against them? Then you try to neutralize that approach.

Comment Re:Why do they care? (Score 1) 285

I think what they're trying to say is that the process of starting an App uses more resources than letting it sit in the background for however long. Which might be true in the lab, but when you're away from a wall socket and down to 10% you'll do whatever you have to do to keep your phone going and worry about the rest later.

Comment Re:Hard to see, except for that thing (Score 1) 33

Whatever you say, Mr. Trump. Are you able to maintain a straight face with that denial?

Hey, if I have to show you the widely reported news of Eric Trump Jr. faceplanting into a pile of manure, why should I take any of your silly assertions based on your word alone? You like to keep whinging about 'show me the money', yet you're too lazy to use a quote tag!

Comment Re:Er... (Score 1) 136

it's a ridiculous argument that you pretend your opponent supports that makes you look good when you knock it down.

Hence how a dude with a cricket bat becomes Blackwater.

As you have no idea of the conditions on indian trains and _I_ and others who have commented do

This is the third time you've brought this up, which I find hilarious since that was never a point of contention between us. Your time would be better served bitching at me about the things we disagree on.

and yours the evasive maneuvering

You'll be able to point out in my posts where I avoid your questions, then.

your lies

Looking forward to you pointing those out as well. I won't hold my breath.

Comment Re:Cripes. (Score 1) 23

Took you two whole posts to get all that out, huh?

Given your preference in believing your fantasies over every one else's reality I wouldn't want you moderating either.

Yeah, I'm totally bummed I can't wade into the sea of right wing ACs this site has become. Woe is me.

Comment Re:Er... (Score 1) 136

What, you think that Blackwater only takes a single contract at a time and employs the entirety of it's personnel on it?

Another strawman! Will he make the trifecta? Can. He. Go. All. The. Way?

my arguments are far fetched strawman.

That's not how it works. That's not how any of this works.

But you still think that your imagination trumps everyone else's reality.

GOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!!!

Comment Re:Hard to see, except for that thing (Score 1) 33

I never even remotely implied that.

And I never said that you did. Try harder old man.

And sorry, you didn't show his 'admission' that he broke any of those laws

ROFLMAO! Didn't know you lived in a cave!

your deflection on 'equivalency' notwithstanding.

Yeah, me making a crack about Bernie's 'stolen' votes not really being an equivalent discussion point to what the Trump admin got up to is a deflection, sure thing.

You can't single people out. Either it's ok, or it's not.

Once again, not something we're arguing about.

Typical response to any disagreement with your narrative.

No, it was a crack based on the fact you can't get Hillary out of your head, like all the idiots at Breitbart. I know you voted for Stein.

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