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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

"The FBI also pledged to do whatever it takes to combat Russian cyberattacks."

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ZDNet today (read the article here) talked about Russian hackers going after home routers with man-in-the-middle attacks. Sure gives me that "lovin' feeling" that the FBI pledges to do whatever it takes. Morons! Don't hold your breath.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

My Movie Script Now Circulating Around Hollywood: The Last Will & Testament of Intergalactic Felon Harley Davidson . . . and His Dog

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In a flight of imagination, I demonstrated how The Perfect Virus could not only make it possible for someone to NEVER AGAIN complete a cell phone conversation, but that it could completely thwart an alien invasion. In case you know someone in the movie business, you might want to bring this to their attention. My sci-fi TV PILOT script is circulating on: InkTip-dot-com (the link is here). The title:

The Last Will & Testament of Intergalactic Felon Harley Davidson . . . and His Dog.

Entertainment for both black hats and white hats. Comments appreciated.

Dems Still Trying to Cripple the U.S. Software Industry By Demanding Back Doors

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Check out yesterday's U.K.Register story (read it here) about Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and her attempt (again) to mandate software back doors in U.S. software. I can't begin to articulate all the reasons to kill this very bad idea. One hint: the 2016 Democrat F.I.S.A. shenanigans.  Complete this sentence: "I wouldn't trust the feds with …"

Friday, March 23, 2018

Georgia (Ransomware) On My Mind

Yesterday's UK Register (read the story here) reports the city of Atlanta's IT gear got "thoroughly pwned by ransomware."
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So, how's it working out, trusting the FBI geniuses to bail you? Too bad you can't turn licensed and bonded cyber privateers loose to rain hell upon the bad guys. Don't hold your breath on the FBI. It's the same FBI that then-director Mueller ran when he almost single-handedly destroyed Silicon Valley's software exports (see my story here). Yeah, stupidity rolls downhill.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Calling All BLACK HATS to Comment on The Science Teacher Who Fed a Live Puppy to a Snapping Turtle

Robert Crosland, Preston Junior High School Science Teacher
Reportedly fed a live and conscious puppy to a snapping turtle in front of students.

At first, I thought this was fake news. A retired U.S. Navy Captain (and my neighbor) told me about a Preston, Idaho science teacher who fed a live (and conscious) puppy to a snapping turtle in front of his students. My friend the captain said he actually cried when he heard the report. I get a lot of stories that are "fake news" and decided to follow up on this. For the several hundred thousand of you who periodically check into this site, I sadly report this is a true story. Here is the CBS news story, but you can Google further to satisfy yourselves as to its accuracy (see story here).

Even further infuriating is the fact that thousands of people have signed a petition in support of this teacher, saying in effect, "Awh, this was just the cycle of life." It is reported that the dying puppies cries could be heard all over the school.

Without lapsing into the profanity raging through my mind, let me suggest that Robert Crosland needs to experience that same "cycle of life."As do the citizens of the city of Preston, Idaho who signed that petition supporting this monster. I wonder if his wife's name is Eva Braun Crosman?

IMHO, there are very few righteous hacks. Retribution against Crosland, his school, and the wonderful people of Preston who support him, might be justified. Your thoughts?

More Fun With A MIcrosoft Windows Scammer at 844-661-5443

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Some "displacement activity" thanks to yet another telephone scammer. Want to have some fun?

Call 844-661-5443 and waste some of their time. 

Below is the incoming call and my short conversation.

Spoiler alert:  Don't listen to this video if you have an aversion to the crook 
lapsing into profanity.

Otherwise, enjoy!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Hear My Fun With an IRS Phone Scammer

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I got a call from the above number, and decided to have some fun with the "IRS" who said they'd have local cops come to arrest me. Yeah, right. So I called the number. It didn't take long for the guy on the other end of the line to lapse into profanity. So don't listen to this if you are offended at some trailer trash-talk. 

Hey, the more people who call this number, the better. Given that you can google the number and see how many people have posted, it's clear that the authorities have neither the interest nor the capability to rain on this parade. Too bad we don't have a Whack The Scammers law. 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Hijacking Alexa…With a Song

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I've had just a mild paranoia about someone using Alexa to eavesdrop on my conversations at home. Only mild, though, as I can't think of anything in my conversations with either my wife or my dog (yep, I talk to my dog) that I'd be particularly nervous about anyone hearing. But inaudible commands embedded in music might cause me incredible grief (see the UK Register article here).

Not only could my Alexa device make unwanted purchases from Amazon—who cares whether or not I get free shipping on a walk-in bathtub?—but I'd hate to see my bank account drained just because somebody hijacks an Oldies But Goodies music commercial and puts secret commands into the soundtrack.

So, ah, Dear Amazon, Google, Samsung and Apple: You might want to put frequency filters in your voice-recognition devices. Thank you very much.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Why Lenovo is on the Government Crap List: Another Supply Chain Hack

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Check out the U. K. Register's story about Lenovo's "craptastic fingerprint scanner" if you want to see the result of supply chain hacking (read it here). For what it's worth, it also demonstrates again that the Windows OS is the most-hacked software on the planet. Selah.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Laptop: Don't Leave Your Hotel Room Without It

The Intel and AMD chip flaws are just one example of how seriously we all should pay attention to our computer or device purchase and their manufacturers' supply chain. Add to that the recent flaw in Intel's Active Management Technology (AMT) where just typing a Control-P during the boot process and using the password "admin" to gain instant root access, and we have a new mantra:  "Don't leave your hotel room without your laptop." See the UK Register story here.

Why not leave your laptop unattended? Simple: A hotel maid looking to supplement her income can have malware installed on your computer within 60 seconds.

So you're wondering why the government doesn't deal with Lenovo computers any more? Or why Huwei is on the blacklist? Answer: SUPPLY CHAIN.

Of course, I just swallowed hard and purchased a screaming new iMacPro with a 27-inch Retina display. It shipped from (gulp) China. Just shows there are some risks I'm willing to take for a spectacular product.

Taman Shud.