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Older than dirt. I got t-shirts older than you, kiddo.


Jun
29
comment Can't brute force password cracking somehow be throttled?
I've run into several web sites where, after a failed attempt, each successive try takes longer and longer. But note that throttling/lockout strategies are not very robust in the face of a bot attack.
Jun
29
comment Why are brute-force password-cracking attacks not automatically detected and thwarted?
Along with everything else, keep in mind that if a baddie has a bot network they can make the attempt through multiple bots, so that no single IP address racks up too many failed attempts.
Apr
30
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Apr
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Apr
15
comment Are there “secure” languages?
At one time Java sort of fit this description, but (beginning roughly with "reflections") it got to be too complex to verify as being "secure" in any non-trivial context.
Apr
7
comment Why did Java (JRE) vulnerabilities peak in 2012-2013?
My impression is that more and more ill-advised functionality is crammed into each successive release.
Dec
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Dec
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Dec
20
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Jul
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revised What is the point of spam like this?
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May
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Apr
3
comment Is there a spam storm?
Thanks for that last bit. It's interesting how the new spam has successfully avoided the filters like that (when previously the IEEE spam filters worked quite well, compared to my wife's service). But, interestingly, after I marked a bunch of these things "Spam" in Thunderbird it started filtering them pretty aggressively.
Apr
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Mar
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Oct
11
comment Odd spam in a forum
(Right now I'm going with the theory that it's Chinese students practicing their English -- perhaps as a game of sorts, to see if they'll be detected.)
Oct
11
comment Odd spam in a forum
@Ramhound -- Yep, but a bot doesn't make stupid spelling errors either.
Oct
10
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