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Comment Re:Beat them to the punch (Score 1) 280

I was a customer of their's last year before I moved. They were the only true broadband provider in the rural area I was living in. So moving to a "better" provider was practically impossible. Back then they were already running their service in fear of what their providers or the government would do to them (IMO). They were automatically blocking several ports (port 22 among others) because they are used for spam and hacking. I find it a shame really when ISPs are more afraid of their customers than they are afraid of threats from the outside.

Comment They want full school account access. (Score 1) 204

From their Terms and Conditions:

Access to School Account. By providing Ultrinsic with your username and password for your online school account, you authorize Ultrinsic to access the account and to view and record any information in your account.

There's a lot they can potentially access beyond a simple transcript and course schedule. At least at my school, computer lab logins, library account, tuition and fees, financial aid, even purchasing a parking permit is all done through the same UN/PW pair.

Comment Re:So? (Score 1) 425

I encountered a problem related to this recently. Back in Februrary I purchased tickets to see a special screening of Weird Al's movie "UHF". Between the time I purchased the tickets and the time I picked them up at WillCall, my bank had canceled the card I used and issued a due one due to a possible security breach. The conditions of being able to pick up my ticket was to have the credit card that I used for the purchase; that was no longer possible. (I also didn't realize there was this condition and failed to save the old CC to use as proof).

Thankfully the girl at WillCall didn't ask to see my CC and I got my tickets. But there are little things like this that could prove troublesome.

Comment Re:And? (Score 1) 263

Would text messages be equivalent to e-mails? Government agencies are required to retain copies of all e-mails, IIRC. If texts are equivalent to e-mails then they would need to be saved. It may be easier for the phone provider to archive the texts than for the government agency to intercept them to archive them.

Comment Tinfoil hat time? (Score 1) 174

Was it really a NASA balloon? What about the bodies witnesses claimed to see around the crash site? Those were just anthropomorphic dummies, eh? Video of the crash you say? Well, they have video of Apollo landing on the moon too and that didn't happen! *Wonders how long until someone says this in a non-joking manner*

Comment Re:Not unintentional (Score 3, Interesting) 171

Sounds a lot like "Stealthy IP Prefix Hijacking". Advertise a BGP route that will be accepted by some people to attract their traffic. Do it correctly, it may be less noticeable than a full prefix hijacking (though it was obviously noticed in this case). You can also attempt to moderate the amount of traffic you receive so that you don't DOS yourself with the incoming flow and you can analyze the traffic easier. BGP is a pretty insecure protocol and depends a lot upon the upstream providers filtering announcements properly.

Comment Re:Lack of knowledge (Score 1) 277

Get a grip, and learn. I suggest going back to school. Just my opinion though.

Ah, but here lies the problem. Schools are no longer teaching COBOL. They are teaching Windows and Linux, C++ and JAVA, and distributed/clustered computing. They, apparently, could care less about COBOL and mainframes.

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