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bio website itsalwaysmyproblem.com
location United Kingdom
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Started working with IBM mainframe computers in the 1980s, moved on to Unix and Vax minicomputers before getting moved on to the traditional LAN servers we all know and 'love' today.

Former Microsoft MVP for Virtualisation, Windows Server & Security about 8 years.

Currently deputy department manager and "senior sysadmin" for a college in England, designing and providing server and infrastructure for an IT team that looks after several thousand users in a mixed environment.


Dec
14
comment Can a neighbour who installed my router access it?
I can only agree with this: If you (@kenny) don't trust the person who sets up your router then factory reset and set it up yourself. Of course, you still have to deal with the limitations of your own knowledge, but at least it won't be malicious.
Sep
6
comment How do I deal with a compromised server?
disconnecting that PC may not be in your best interests until you understand the extent, I'd agree with this actually, though my reply was written for people who, if they have to ask for the sort of help my answer offered, probably aren't equipped to make this decision themselves, because as you know, the choice you're suggesting has to balance what the victim knows about the current situation vs. an unknown future.
Mar
28
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Mar
28
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Mar
28
revised Would it be possible to overload a large part of the internet, and if so then how?
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Mar
28
comment Would it be possible to overload a large part of the internet, and if so then how?
I've learnt to never say never, but I've certainly not heard of it. Internet traffic is routed after all, and a route implies the traffic is directed. There have been worms that scan portions of the internet looking for vulnerable hosts to attack, and in some ways these are undirected (and the traffic generated disruptive), but I would suggest that this is still 'directed'; the author knows what platforms they're targetting even if they don't know where all the specific machines using that platform are.
Mar
28
comment Would it be possible to overload a large part of the internet, and if so then how?
@DennisKaarsemaker I'm not so sure. While I don't doubt they performed a useful service here, I've not seen any properly independant verification of that claim.
Mar
28
answered Would it be possible to overload a large part of the internet, and if so then how?
Feb
3
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Nov
21
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Jan
11
comment Access to a router's GUI
Even with attacks that are still possible without access to the router this is still a problem as it greatly reduced the "cost" of performing such an attack.
Jan
6
comment If I suspect my server is compromised then should I disconnect it immediately or not? From Power or Network?
I think it depends on local knowledge (as well as a whole other list of variables, of course). I'd say that if someone has to ask what to do then they probably need to either follow simple steps or hire a consultant. Ideally they've made that last decision before an intrusion occurs so they don't start whatever action they've chosen by making a horrible mistake.
Jan
6
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