Despite the best made plans and intentions, no security system is perfect.
A massive recent security lapse means that (again!), the government’s continuing plans to implement ID Cards should be seriously examined.
Not only have their own credentials at data security been demonstrated by themselves to be wholly inadequate (I’m thinking of the DVLA, MOD, CSA data losses as prime examples) but now, companies at the forefront of security, the gatekeepers to all our computers, have been shown to be equally inept.
The Kaspersky (and later, BitDefender) websites have been hacked. All data tables containing personal information have been exposed.
The hackers made their work known here and here. The second, Portuguese attack, was against a reseller, not the main site – but even so?
Kaspersky, on the other hand, is a very major player in the anti-malware software league. They consistently come top or thereabouts in various anti-virus and security tests by both magazines and online testers.
And this, is my point.
If a firm at the top of their game, who do virtually nothing else but live and breathe computer security – if they get it wrong, what hope is there for ID Cards and the databases supporting them?
I had two interesting calls yesterday from foreign gentlemen. Their basic call went thus: “Hello, is that Mr Rees?” Hmm I replied. “Hi, I’m Simon from LHR. Someone, either you or someone from your address has made an insurance claim from your address recently…” “Who exactly are you?” I said. He then repeated the first...
Home Secretary wacky baccy Smith is deemed to be so by no other than the former Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Sir Ken Macdonald. He continues today in the same vein as his earlier attack when he was still DPP with a paragraph that is memorable and I suspect, may ring down through the ages. ...
start -> run -> type ‘notepad’ (without quotes) and hit Enter on the keyboard
Paste Into Notepad:
Now paste the copied text into Notepad
Now Save the File:
Call the file a handy name like “StopAutoRun” but make sure it has a ‘reg’ extension!
So your file should be called something like StopAutoRun.reg
Now Run The Reg File You’ve Just Made:
Double-click the file – your registry will pick up the change and the handy autorun feature will be disabled!
Of course, you may be used to using this “handy feature”. If you want to keep it, don’t do any of the above but be very, very, very careful about any USB stick you insert into your computer, any CD you insert or play, any video you watch on DVD, and any network you map or connect to…
What About if I’m Already Infected?
How to Clear and Eliminate Conficker or Downadup?
Connect to the internet with a “good”, clean computer. You may need to borrow one or visit a friend’s house..
This is a new kind of virus that attaches itself to the master boot record of your OS, it then steals your online banking info. The link gives you more info and program to check and remove it, if your infected http://www.sophos.com/products/free-tools/sophos-anti-rootkit.html have a good one paul...
Hi Paul Ableton’s running now in user mode as I explained below! You did send the right one, it just didn’t carry across registration between Admin mode and user mode. I used the registry cleaner before I did anything to get rid of the old installations I had. I’ve installed a few things and they...
In an amazingly co-incidental follow up to my earlier post, Not all Pirates Win, but Most Do!, on the very same day news was just being released that some Royal Navy ships had their NavyStar (N*) computers compromised by a virus originating from “the former eastern bloc”.
Also, it now turns out that the Windows flaw which was patched last October and to which I referred in the earlier post when there were 3 million infections, has now led to about 9 million PCs being hacked by the worm variously called Conficker, Downadup, or Kido. This posting makes this clear:
Well I think its about that time. Fresh install on the Laptop now that I’ve maxed out the drive and installed and uninstalled about 10,000 pieces of software, drivers and what-not. A few questions before I continue though. What I’m gonna try and do is set it up just for music making (well maybe a...
Hey man, hope all is cool. Hows the new studio going? Thought this could benefit others, so Ill post here. Am about to build myself a computer based on these.. http://www.autdirect.co.uk/acatalog/copy_of_Intel_Core_2_Duo.html http://www.dv247.com/configure/8 http://www.sub.co.uk/index.php?sec=proddetails&pcode=PACK00000001116 Im going to try and source the parts as I dont want to spend more than £350. Wondered what your thoughts were....
Two news items this week display the different fortunes of different sorts of pirate.
First we have a Pirate ‘washes ashore with cash’ from Monday when the Somali pirates en route home from collecting their ransom for the Sirius Star super-tanker capsized. Most swam ashore without the loot, one kept the loot and drowned – his family now have $150,000 drying on washing lines…
Second, we have the statistics produced by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) who have said that the music Pirates win music download battle. This is something that I’ve mentioned several times in these pages i.e. the issue of copyright theft, usually with reference to Crawling Chaos. However, it extends far, far beyond this.
Initially, (and still is), it was a case of everyone wanting (and being able to get) something for nothing. This has effectively made all music totally disposable as it’s seen to be value-less. This is confirmed by the IFPI estimate that 95% of music is un-paid-for (copied) nowadays. Bizarrely, when the word “pirate” is bandied around it is usually applied to Joe Public. In reality though, Joe Public is increasingly made to pay for these “free” downloads of cracked music and software by various social engineering means…. e.g. for anyone that’s checked or used these places, it’s becoming common for users;
to be “registered” (whatever that means)
to pay a premium for “pro” download speeds (whatever that means)
to pay to maintain the “service” – “to our customers”… ditto above …
to “check out our partners” – which invariably lead to shadier and dodgier places
I’m sure many people have seen this stuff – and all to get “free” music or games. So the real pirates are increasingly big business – the type of big business that doesn’t pay taxes and the type that usually asks you to pay for protection. The type that trancends national boundaries and will do anything to extort money from everyone. Moving with the times, they’ve now bought up the script kiddies who’ve grown up, to control the computer botnets, corrupt software and infect everyone with trojans, worms, keyloggers and other malware to siphon off cash from anyone. A wonderful delivery method is through software (or music) that people will willingly download…. Today’s latest is that 3 million have been hit by a windows worm!
So the pirates are the big mafia types, in no way different to the cut-throats of old.
As with everything in life, there is no such thing as a free lunch, and someone will have to pay somehow at some point. And like the Somali pirates found out, sometimes the costs are pretty high. For music, it’s performers and the public, the old model has changed, just don’t expect everything to be always present, ready to consume, in future. Sustainability is a term usually applied to “the environment” but equally, it applies to everything in life, including music production and choice. It applies to having sustained easy access to a PC and the internet. Even these simple acts are becoming more fraught with technical and political obstacles being raised to counter the “terrorist threat”.
All these things, while being different in their effect or original intention, are all connected to the whole “computer thing” because that is the delivery method. Like the air, we all have to breathe it. If you want to access the internet, you access it via a technology not a device, because the same underlying technology is behind all devices from mobile phones to internet banking servers.
In an interesting twist to the news today, both the UK military, the US military, the Russian military and the Ukrainian military have shown themselves to be totally useless! The UK have had RAF personnel files stolen from a high security base in Gloucestershire! Personnel records stolen from MoD In the current climate, this is...
I’ve put an original “Gygno” on the Crawling Chaos site here. The track is almost complete apart from the fact that Paul’s voice and singing weren’t right. So I did it, and it was about then that Paul stopped singing with Crawling Chaos. I’ve pulled it from an old test cassette tape. There are quite...
The DWP have lost in the courts again after a tribunal today ruled that the Atos run Work Capability Assessment (WCA) disadvantages people with mental health problems. This follows a string of legal decisions ruling against the DWP as they … Continue reading → […]