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Comment Re:So much for Apple's "better design" (Score 1) 222

Yes, the common root of these failures is the same - it is mechanical stress.

Although Nvidia's (customers) problem was somewhat different - NV decided to save few pennies on BGAs by telling their foundry not to bother putting stress relieving layers on their wafers. Great writeup is here

BGAs in general are fine. Overtime, mechanical stress will kill anything not properly designed for it.

Comment Good luck with investigation! (Score 4, Interesting) 110

It was 3 years ago. Importance of this detail is this: in pre-Snowden era NSA did not have access logs or other internal audit tools. Those were considered risk to security of operations.
My speculation is that this is why the data dump is so old - to maximally complicate forensic team's job.

Comment Good luck, NSA! (Score 1) 272

An important thing to note about NSA operations - they intentionally do not keep access logs. They do not allow for auditing tools or any other such nonsense. Claiming that such infrastructure will endanger security of operations. Now, they will try to figure out what/who/where. Good thing they know when: 3 years ago.

Comment ADD? (Score 4, Insightful) 133

Slashdot is getting ADD.

Go, read entire series of Snowden's twits on the subject. The whole point is: this disclosure is a warning shot. Imagine if the rest of the files will reveal targets, personally identifiable info on perpetrators, provable attribution etc. God forbid malware targets are in NATO countries or some such. This thing might explode into a serious international scandal.

Russians are mentioned simply because they might have better motives for pulling this off (with some tit-for-tat hacking going on right now). But that's beside the point.

Comment They's right, probably (Score 5, Insightful) 90

In most places 5G (in currently envisioned form) will not happen at all due to economics of it. Outside of Japan and such we simply do not have population density to justify putting a cell unit at every lamp post (because signal is short range and does not go through walls very well).

So maybe New York and such, but that's probably it...

Comment Firmware? (Score 3, Interesting) 59

Couple years back I've revived a dead flash drive. I was following instructions I found on YouTube. The whole experience was disconcertingly painless - it was way too easy to reflash the drive with new, manufacturer supplied firmware.

So, may be the reason Symantec/Kaspersky didn't find the method used to jump the airgap is that the penetration code was in a flashdrive's firmware.
Scenario: Internet facing machine got breached by one of gazillion methods. Perpetrators sit there, collect login credentials. Then, one day, someone inserts a flashdrive. Firmware is replaced by attack code that makes the drive represent itself as a keyboard. Flash drive then inserted into an airgapped system...
Other scenarios: Given how much resources attacker has (attacks are waaay too, ahem, tailored), they might have done a postal intercept (NSA style) or even breached the flashdrive manufacturer.

There might be traces of reflashing left. Or it might be that the initial overwrite was destructive and that the poisoned flash drive was declared dead (after being plugged into a couple of other airgapped machines, just to be sure).
So it might be a good idea for Kaspersky to rummage through dead thumbdrives drawer.

Comment Salesmanship (Score 4, Interesting) 343

Those planes were designed for low cross section at frequencies used by American AA systems. Remember, during last Winter Olympics, there were photos of Russians deploying their antiaircraft systems? And there was a weird, seemingly ancient rickety thing? That, my friends, is a modern long wavelength radar. That thing sees "stealth" planes just fine.

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