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Been on the Internet since before there was an Internet. Remember UUCP, news feeds, and Gopher?


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comment What are the insecure Protocols in terms of PCI DSS
+1 for FTP et.al. If you're using a plaintext service with an insecure, hackable client to access your e-commerce website, you've already lost the battle.
Oct
25
comment How can I use Windows 10 unattended, without getting keylogged and sending everything to Microsoft?
Not necessarily. For example in Internet Explorer, if they want debug dumps back, they'll also want to know the website that caused the issue so they can tell for example if it's a javascript engine issue, a css render, etc. I've already been through this many beta tests ago with Internet Explorer. They're trying to find why it breaks, they need enough information to figure that out. They don't really care what you're viewing, but what breaks their browser is another issue altogether. And they're not interested in login credentials either.
Oct
25
comment How can I use Windows 10 unattended, without getting keylogged and sending everything to Microsoft?
Don't run beta test software if you don't want to participate in making it workable. Else figure out the mothership links and block them in your hosts file.
Oct
25
comment Google Chrome browser warning for goo.gl
Because at this time, it is highly probable that shortened links are malicious. Until these link shortening services start scanning their own product and eliminating malware links proactively, the problem will only get worse.
Oct
25
comment Is bit.ly a malware distributor?
bit.ly is just a good link obfusticator and so therefore like most sites that do link shortening, their service is a magnet for malware distributors that want to disguise links to their infection engines and email phishing schemes that need something to hide behind.
Oct
25
comment Why don't major browsers currently support TLS above version 1.0?
Comment relevant to a point in time.
Oct
24
comment What should be the approach for bypassing the payment for an ebook selling website?
Asking for thiefware? Or trying to prevent thievery?
Oct
18
comment TrueCrypt Data Recovery
Snapshot the hard drive in case the "allergic" tools manage to make the files unrecoverable.
Oct
11
comment PHP sprintf vulnerability?
@Gerifield - Yep, given that perl and php which is related to it are based on a subset of C conventions, there is an issue of inheritance.
Oct
11
comment PHP sprintf vulnerability?
If you include unfiltered user content as the input, you're enabling XSS. Taint has to be removed.
Oct
8
comment How do I encrypt the source and destination IP address, along with various parts of an email?
Encrypting TCP/IP addresses, heh, how's transport supposed to work? Black felt marker to redact after printing out with headers included, put in sealed envelope and send by registered mail.
Sep
30
comment Passwords in plaintext?
You've basically compromised your own device. Yes, you can see the login credentials, this is what happens when you decrypt SSL traffic. A packet sniff of what went over the wire would show encrypted traffic.
Sep
30
comment htaccess hacked
All FTP logins send login credentials as plaintext. Use SCP/SFTP instead. And as the article notes, don't store login credentials in the client, it's just waiting to be scraped.
Sep
28
comment Is it noticeable when you take a copy of a website?
For those who actively fight scraping, usually, it just gets you a sand trap ban where you get molasses response or an outright IP ban that may be temporary or permanent. In the old days of email scraping, some website owners would send you to a honeytrap that spewed garbage. And yep, it's all logged...
Sep
27
comment Is replacing bash with another shell a prudent step?
planet should be plane. Basically all the planes coming back had not been hit in the fuel tanks, engine nacelles, bomb bay, aft near the empennage controls, or cockpit area. Statistical shadow shows vulnerability, eh? It was the opposite of what could be visibly measured.
Sep
27
comment Someone keeps using my email address. What to do?
Who did you tick off? Pretty common tactic... and nothing you can do about it. At least they didn't sign up enough trial subscriptions and free catalogs to need a mail truck to deliver the payload.
Sep
27
comment How to decode this exploit scanner?
Remember looking at an early ecommerce software package written for webservers that didn't have php installed. Kind of gave me the willies at the time that it would install php where it could be publicly accessible. Violates security on so many levels.
Sep
23
comment Why is security through obscurity not a good option for encryption?
To quote Schneier's observation: Anyone, from the most clueless amateur to the best cryptographer, can create an algorithm that he himself can't break. Often security by obscurity falls under this because with increasing use, things get noticed. And the underlying message traffic doesn't withstand statistical analysis, so it ends up being soul salve that bitterly proves to be useless.
Sep
14
comment Tiny USB sticks
Expecting a USB stick to be "too small for a virus" is a pretty far reach. A virus to steal your stuff will be pretty insignificant in size. This security ploy needs a rethink, I'm thinking.
Sep
7
comment How can I prevent my E-mail address from being used as the sender for fraudulent/scam messages?
Also, check Facebook for people who work at your company. You'll be surprised to find 20-50 Nigerians have a secret branch office there with all sorts of amazing work credentials. FB doesn't give a coprolite about this either. "The Internets" were never created to have factual integrity in mind.