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Submission + - Student warns police of comms vulnerabilities. Gets suspended sentence. (podcrto.si)

An anonymous reader writes: Dejan Orning, Slovene student of Faculty for criminal justice and security, warned Slovenian police department of vulnerabilities in their, supposedly secure, communication system TETRA in 2013. He discovered that the system, which was supposed to provide encrypted communication, was incorrectly configured. As a result lots of communication could be intercepted with a 25$ piece of equipment and some software. To make matters worse, the system is not used just by the police, but also by military, military police, IRS, department of corrections and a few other governmental institutions which rely on secure communications.
After waiting for more than two years for a reaction, from police or Ministry of Interior and getting in touch with security researchers at the prestigious institute Jozef Stefan, he eventually decided to go public with his story.

Police used evasive tactics after that. Denying his allegations (even though he submitted proof). They also claimed that none of the communication that wasn't encrypted was "problematic" in security sense. The police and Ministry of interior then launched internal investigation, which then confirmed Orning's findings and revealed internal communications problems between the departments. Finally Orning has been subject to a house search by the police, during which his computers and equipment that he used to listen in on the system were seized. Police also found a "counterfeit police badge" during the investigation. All along Orning was offering his help with securing the system.

On may 11th Orning received a prison sentence of 15 months suspended for duration of three years, provided that he doesn't repeat any of the offenses for which he was found guilty (illegal access of the communications system). He can appeal this judgement.
(Link to the story is in Slovene language)

Comment Re:Keen to hear? (Score 1) 187

Your idea of using the government to take over for the worst parenting is awesome.

I'm not sure where you're picking up that part of the argument. The parent is simply saying that if the laws are there for something to be controlled, then the government is pretty much required to be the one making sure that they are enforced. Otherwise the law is simply so many words, without any meaning.
Who would be driving at the speed limit, if there were no police to punish you if you exceed it?

Nobody is saying that government is the one solely responsible. You as the parent have full responsibility to explain to your kid what is and is not OK. But kids will be kids and will try to get around some restrictions (who doesn't want to see boobs?). All that is being said here is that whoever is offering something, that is supposed to be regulated should put some effort into not making it available to persons that must not have access to it.
Or are you also saying that the store clerk should simply sell a liter of vodka to a 12 year old kid, because she's satisfied when he says he's over age?

Parent is also saying that solution to this problem (online age checking) is most likely not practical or desirable. But feel free to overlook that part of his argument.

Comment Re:Keen to hear? (Score 1) 187

So, how about instead of advocating something expensive, intrusive and ineffective.

I'm not sure that's the point. And I'm not saying at all that this proposed scheme is practical or that I agree with it in any particular way. But I think it's not completely unreasonable to say, that whoever is offering a controlled substance, should bear some burden of making sure that they are not allowing that substance to get into the wrong hands, without some due diligence of checking.

I, as a parent will do my job. But whoever sells their wares also should do theirs.

Comment Re:Keen to hear? (Score 1) 187

You mean in the same way like government is now ensuring that underage kids cannot buy alcohol, tobacco and printed porn?

The thing is, that the law is already in place: consumption of pornographic materials is against the law for underage kids. It is being enforced and controlled in "legacy" environments. Why should such rules not exist in online form? The law should apply everywhere equally.

That being said, I do foresee lots of practical problems with such enforcement. But that is another discussion, I suppose.

Comment Re:Keen to hear? (Score 1) 187

If it's happening in your home, you're responsible.

Are you?

If you got a hold of a pornographic magazine and hid it under your bed, when you were a kid, who was responsible? The person who sold it to you or your parents? Magazine was at their house, after all.

Is it not responsibility of a porn site, to make sure that they only serve customers who are not illegally consuming their service? After all, access to this content is possible from anywhere, not just from "your home".

Comment Re:Complaints go down for more than one reason (Score 1) 202

Speaking from firsthand experience, I know for a fact that police routinely lie in their reports.

When I was younger I was couple of times part of the police "procedure". Long story short, they would essentially harass kids who were out, having a something to drink (not illegally). After they finished their thing and filed their reports I was, among others, called to a local court, dealing in misdemeanors where I had to defend against doing things that never happened.

I don't care if the police simply made a mistake, or (in my opinion more likely) straight-out lied. The fact was, that I did absolutely nothing wrong and someone in position of power put me in a position where I was blamed for the things that they made up.

Thankfully there was no physical abuse happening, but I would be really glad if there was an independent, incorruptible witness to the whole event.

Comment Re: I'm 8 hours in (Score 1) 367

It wasn't clear that power armour can jump from buildings without taking damage.

That would be because you didn't read the power armor help text box that automatically appears when you put it on

Exactly. This is something that the game is quite explicit about. To be honest, I was still a bit wary of doing it, but it is my fault for not trusting the instructions.

Comment Re:16GB (Score 1) 190

By that logic there should be just one model out there and that's that. At the end of the day, Nexus phones are supposed to be devices mainly targeted at developers as testbed, reference devices. So why would you need more than a few GB of storage capacity anyway?

On the other hand, I was simply pointing out to the OP that the option which he was suggesting, doesn't exist and he should consider alternatives.

Comment Re:16GB (Score 1) 190

You're right, but the case that you're describing is slightly different.

In your scenario you got rid of the things that you acquired, not the things you created. It's much more of a struggle, when you have to get rid of some of your text messages, photos and/or videos that you took and so forth.
And phones (at least in my opinion) are most of the time used to store the data that we create, rather than the data that we acquire. One exception being the apps, of course. Music and video content, that I consume on my phone is mostly streamed. There is some downloaded content but, like you said, that's not a problem when you have to get rid of it.

Now, I do agree that backups are crucial. And if you've backed stuff up, you should kind of let go and not need the local capacity anymore. But have you ever seen people showing you photos of their kids on their phone? Those are often a few years old. And no, it's also usually not a selection :-)

Comment Re:16GB (Score 1) 190

Why wouldn't it?
People like having large capacities for storage. I know a lot of people who start fidgeting very nervously, when they' re forced to delete anything from their devices.

For me, 64GB hits the sweetspot. Although with 4K recording capabilities that would also be on the low end, if I were more into recording video, than I am.

Comment Re:16GB (Score 1) 190

Only problem is, that there is no 64GB model. At lest not for the 5X. There are 16 and 32GB models and then there are 64 and 128GB Nexus 6P models.

So you either get a small phone with small storage capacity or a large phone with large storage capacity. No small phone with large storage capacity is available here.

Comment Re:Amazon App tablets let you app apps! (Score 2) 200

I understand your use case. For me however, e-reader (also Kindle paperwhite) is a clear win on any trip that I take.
If you fly for anything longer than 4 hours apiece then any sort of tablet will be useless, since I won't be able to rely on the battery to get me through the trip. One of the reasons, ironically, will be because it will be a tablet. I will inevitably want to fire up a game a sometime and that will drain the battery.
Also, if you go on a vacation and don't want to be bothered with a need to charge it as well as being able to read on the beach, then e-reader is a clean winner again.

If I had to use it like you do, though, then tablet would be a better option for me as well.

Comment Re:I always assumed they were (Score 1) 220

That is not the case.

I once checked in luggage in Munich, Germany. In the (locked Samsonite) luggage I had a scuba diving flashlight. When I reached my destination, the flashlight was missing and there was a note saying that it will wait for me in Munich upon my return.

I was angry as hell at that time, since a lot of dives required use of a flashlight. But I was also angry, that this happened completely without any interaction with me. Someone could have gotten on the PA system and located me to sort this out.

And I also think that this should be possible in the US as well.
1. If the bag was checked in somewhere then it's reasonably safe at the destination airport as well.
2. If there is an issue during check-in, call me and let's solve that issue.

I do not want people to open my luggage when I'm not present. How can then the question "Did someone put something in your luggage?" be answered?

Comment Re:That's nice (Score 1) 320

If you don't do what their religion believes, they feel obligated to kill you. I know a women from Iran who doesn't drink alcohol for religious reasons.

You seem to be stepping on your own argument. First you say that muslims want to kill you if you don't do what their religion believes and in the very next sentence you say that a muslim woman has no problems if people around her don't do what her religion believes. What is it then?
And just to make myself clear: your statement that muslims want to kill you if you don't support their beliefs is absolutely wrong. They will be quite happy to talk to you and debate the reasons for why their religion dictates certain things. And, if they go out of the Gulf area some of them will actually go and have a (alcoholic) drink with you. I've been with more than a single muslim who drank heavy liquor quite liberally but at the same time still held most of his or her other religious beliefs quite dear.

Oh, a peddler in the Bazaar will drop that comment liberally . . . but it is my experience that older folks in the Turkish IT community use it very conservatively.

Ahh... Here is the catch. You're differentiating between one type of Turks and another type of Turks now? You didn't do that before, did you? The thing is, before you were wrong! Not all the Turks are the same. You're quite right that the same thing spoken by one person will ot have the same meaning as when spoken by someone else.
You know why? Because no nation, or religion or any group is ever homogeneous There are always differences. And saying that all muslims are homicidal, violent terorists is as wrong as saying that all european women sunbathe topless.

And as for muslim leaders denouncing terorist attacks: that happens pretty much every time in Europe, after some such outrage happens. Even more, there are joint events where muslim, catholic, jewish and orthodox leaders come together and decry those acts together, while at the same time urge young people of all religions ("christian" youths are also the ones who "convert" to ISIS teachings, by the way) not to fall for the propaganda that brainwashes them from ISIS.

You should really try and check a wider range of news sources. I understand that mainstream media only shows sensationalist type of news and that type is rarely positive. But the fact that you don't see it doesn't mean that it's not there.

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