487 posts • joined 16 Jan 2013
Weak punishment but I expected nothing else.
I mean it's not like he's stolen lots of money or slagged off the judiciary on twitter!
Are you ****ing me?
.As well as paying the fine, VTech agreed to apply privacy and security requirements so that it complied with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the FTC Act
How nice of them, so here again we have an example of a fine being required to get people to AGREE to comply with something they are meant to legally comply with. Clearly our sanctions regime isn't enough, time to consider holding executive directors personally responsible for the actions of the company they manage.
Money isn't always the solution, assigning responsibility to senior management and making them lawfully responsible might be.
Re: Not sure going straight up is safer.
PPE should always be warn.
Hardhat, safety glasses, hi-vis vest at a minimum, I would think.
I doubt it'd be able to take off with all that on it to be honest.
As I've said before we should start ICO related fines at the maximum and look for reasons to lower it, don't find any? Fine at the maximum amount.
Right now we gradually put a few quid onto the fine and start at zero, resulting in us never giving the maximum EVER and a majority being a pittance.
They should have to prove the controls they had in place before, contracts, safeguards, training etc. Then they can show how quickly they reported the incident to both the ICO and those affected, then lastly what they've done since reporting. If all of those are dire they get hit with the maximum.
It's the wrong mentality if you ask me, START at £500,000 and then reduce it to show where good practice was used, where speedy remediation was put into effect, where they notified ICO and those affected quickly.
Don't start at £0 and count up, that's the wrong way. If companies aren't fast at notifying people, don't bother to do anything quickly and didn't in the past then they should always be hit with the maximum.
Re: "blocking ... between 1 and 50 sites a year"
Looking at the action the government is taking I feel like I can say with some certainty that they haven't got a bloody clue what they are doing and this is entirely to grab headlines and allow them to say at their party conference that they are "thinking of the children"
Sadly that last line is probably a little too close to the bone for many of the older party members..
Re: Broken OS
Apple have become far too focused on the iPhone, everything else is falling by the side of the road in varying states of disrepair. The focus is off their PC offerings, has been for years and they are coasting, knowing that some will continue to buy whatever nonsense they release. I say that as someone who was repairing PowerPC logic boards back in the 90s and who hasn't owned a Mac laptop or desktop for over 20 years now but still have plenty of hands on experience of repairing friend's ones.
The iPhone is the cash cow these days.
Re: Smile, it's Tate & Lyle
It's still a negotiation, it can still happen.
Personally I agree, although I hope we're at least able to have some input into it even if it's not voting rights.
I hope they keep going
right into GDPR territory.
I moved to Apple for the SE, long time Android user but the android alternatives back at the time were very limited in number due to the trend of phones getting bigger.
I'm intending to return to Android in a year or so but the iPhone SE has been superb for me personally, just a shame it runs IOS.
Re: Fake views
Not just a google problem but companies in general who do business in the USA. Data protection laws are far more open to interpretation over there than the EU/UK. Which is why it's important we don't pay the slightest bit of attention to what they say on this.
Re: Why oh why
Search for a USP, which unfortunately for apple means innovating, something they have never been that great at. Samsung and co though.. well they love having a go with random stuff and typically make a better job of it.
This was an unwanted addition and Apple know it, but they can't possibly admit it.
OK did anyone proof read this?
Norfolk and Suffolk constabularies had a joint budget of £20,000 for the 2013-16 period, but they also doubled the number of officers trained in data extraction in the last year: from 25 in 2015 to 109 in 2016.
^^ I'm not sure that's "doubling" Reg.
Needs government lead
Local councils, NHS trusts etc don't have the clout to push developers to make linux clients. We've tried and failed to leave MS time and time again but when national systems don't support linux, you're ******
Re: Illegal use of NHS is negligible.
What do you do with people out of area who aren't on the hospital books but have been referred to them from other hospitals because they don't have the facilities locally to treat them? This is incredibly common and one of the reasons the NHS has national systems.
You're idea looks great on paper right up until you actually know something about how the NHS works. There are centres of excellence around the country who specialise in specific types of treatment. You'll even see patients referred cross-border if there's a need into NHS Scotland and NHS Wales.
It's a knee jerk reaction to bad press, much like Disney and the LA times etc.
Just shows how amateur the company management are!
Re: haters gonna hate
without AMD, NVidia would chuck out even less optimised cards/drivers each year. They need the competition to keep them pushing as lethargically as they are.
If AMD folded, you'd have one major supplier of gaming cards and the tech would barely move in the next 10 years except to make them cheaper to manufacture (without passing on the savings).
at least you can see the lines
Waitrose near my work has spaces with lines, but the lines are basically different colour monoblock which changes to the same colour as the rest when it rains. So being in the UK this means for the next 9 months or so it'll be a demolition derby in there, happens every year.
Re: Lies, damn lies and BT excuses
The guy who built it was on the radio this morning. Apparently he gets <700Kb download but companies are busy running a fibre cable down the middle of the village but not allowing anyone to tap into it.
I'm sure many of us have been in this situation, makes you wonder if the rural broadband millions companies have been getting for years are just being used to run the big cables through rural settings to urban centres with zero benefit to those who's roads are dug up along the way.
You mean the company who deployed it to the location and which conventiently goes bust shortly before the clean up is due to start?
If we're using technology like this companies should pay a levy for clean up etc which is then refunded with interest IF the money isn't used to clean up their mess once the site closes.
Re: Time to
You'd end up jailing innocent people.
We need out financial regulators to have tie-in powers with the police to enable seizing of company assets/e-mail servers and accounts quickly, then using that along with paperwork to identify the guilty parties. Not simply jailing people because of their post within a company.
In every company there are good and bad people, we need to ensure the good ones remain to change company culture.
Re: yes, it's very nice but...
Throughout history mankind has applied technology in unexpected ways, advancements don't always have an immediate and obvious application.
Look at the guy who created suction pads or the chap who created the process for moulding shapes from synthetic rubber. Voila! the suction dildo.
A masterpiece of engineering.
Really odd article
Spends longer talking about the better banks than RBS which shows up as pretty poor.
I'm reading it as "our own product was shite so we went with the cheapest alternative."
Re: SSDs aren't useful for gaming
As an avid gamer I'd say it's dependent on the game. Games which stream in content to RAM as you play such as Star Citizen will benefit from this as it generates smoother gameplay. Those which typically front load like Fallout 4, GTA V etc won't.
It's more complicated than yes/no though as much of this is dependent on how much RAM the computer has, less RAM, you'll likely benefit more from an SSD than otherwise.
Re: embrace... extend... bloat?
Because he/she is incorrect, this is still a text being used, just in a different way.
Re: What companies forget...
We're far more likely to know our rights though and hold employers to the wording in our contracts.
Then again we're also far more likely to know about all the legacy cr*p the company refuses to replace due to costs..
Re: If you have issues with the Telly Tax...
I watch on demand only, the only reason I don't mind the TV tax is that I really like Radio 2 and 4 and listen to both daily.
Citrix patches Netscaler hole, ARM TrustZone twisted, Android Dirty COW exploited – and more security fails
"With Unmetered Mitigation, we’re breaking the industry’s practice of surge pricing when someone comes under attack. It was an easy decision for us because it’s the right thing to do."
In other words, they are big enough now to offer it when competition may be unable to and they've milked the metered mitigation cow to death.
Re: Victim of what?
Were? How recent was this?
Absolutely attacks can be minimised, but that goes back to my initial point about how ICT can deal with it when it happens. I could lock down my own infrastructure far tighter than I have but that requires approval to do it and will require some money to be spent, money that many councils etc don't have to spare.
Re: Victim of what?
Any organisation can be hit by ransomware, it's how quickly and effectively they deal with it that shows the underlying skills and understanding their own IT department have of the tech they are using IMHO.
For this to drag on for weeks makes me think they're reliant on outsourced support in some way either for infrastructure or backups.
Openoffice > LibreOffice.
Re: Some questions
I would love to know if they've got ISO 27001/2, Cyber Essentials Plus, PCCDSI etc.
Even more, I'd love to know which auditor signed those off.
Re: The date seems very optimistic
You can easily buy expertise in these areas, it's not as if he personally needs to read up on it.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I cannot talk about Microsoft..
However I would like to say how beautiful this building is, I mean those victorian WINDOWS are stunning, absolutely trustworthy and secure, absolutely those Windows are TEN out of TEN.
Re: On de fence
From a typical users perspective they are very different statements, even if you change them to be as soft as possible most users would react with horror at the second one.
Will occasionally show adverts
Will occasionally show adverts based on the sh!t you've been up to bra!
We've convenient payment systems many other countries haven't adopted to the same scale, tap to pay, chip and pin are fairly rare in the US.
I don't need to keep my card charged up for it to work either unlike a phone.
Re: Brute force RDP access?
Unlikely, they are behind PSN/N3 unless they have an external address for some reason.
Dial it back a bit
"not having completed the 10 steps"..
That doesn't mean they wouldn't comply with them if they did. Does national infrastructure need to comply with every standard and recommendation going even when that would literally be impossible as many contracted each other in minor or major ways?
Re: Blinkered politicians...
You need to look at this from the SNPs perspective. Rural farmers are far more likely to vote tory or lib dem than SNP. Stir it up against the current evil-tory government is a good thing for the SNP.
It's win-win because if the tories got ahead and tell BT to do it the SNP can say the tories are making a monopoly on the poor disadvantaged farmers, whilst themselves doing nothing to help.
Even with Rizen you'll see better performance in games but it particularly shines when streaming or recording too. Having more cores just generally keeps things a lot smoother.
The problem I increasingly have with Intel isn't core, it's locking down functionality on boards artificially behind paywalls purely to market them as different models. That's why my next CPU will be AMD, right now I've got an i7-6700K which is no slouch for video processing but there's little reason to head back to Intel and pay the premium.
Something just fundamentally doesn't add up about the story.
However as we don't know where the problem is, either with Marcus or the authorities I'm minded to side with him, innocent until proven guilty and the narrative we're getting from the authorities doesn't make a huge amount of sense for anyone in the infosec world.
It's almost as if they are simply squeezing him for info for other cases, put pressure on him, prevent him leaving the country and see if he'll squeal on any contacts he has.
Re: Same impression here
"Which turns out to be not much of an impediment. In practically every application which offers both a point and click as well as a keyboard input (like AutoCAD, for example),"
Ex-draughtsman here, worked on DOS versions of AutoCAD all the way to Windows 95! Keyboard input was the way to go, mouse in right hand, left hand mashing various keys to manipulate what I was drawing at the time.
Yes there were GUIs especially in 95, but they were almost always slower unless buttons linked to macros we'd setup for snapping at pre-set distances etc. At all other times typing singular keys was quicker as the mouse pointer could remain on target.
Re: Jump! Jump! Jump!
"Some people twice that age don't seem to be able to manage it"
Because they have never had to take responsibility for their actions doesn't mean they are incapable of doing so and shouldn't be held to a reasonable standard for young adults/adults.
EU standard is 230v plus or minus 20v, with mainland Europe being 220 plus or minus 10v and the UK sitting at 240 plus or minus 10v. The EU standard is written so that it just gives the range used in such a way that any electronics kit sold to an EU customer should be safe anywhere in Europe
^^ UK voltage has been 230V plus or minus 10% for years.
Re: Be Paranoid
I waited 2 years to grab a domain I'd been wanting for longer than that. When it changed ownership and wasn't being used I thought it was just a matter of time.
If you want to keep them, renew them. If you spend too much time shopping around someone like me may well have been waiting.
Some new top level management with "sir" and "Dame" as titles picking up a pay cheque?
Re: Two wrongs...
Even if you blame the person in prison, the family and friends visiting don't deserve to be treated with such a lack of respect and empathy.
What about this?
"All your data is protected and backed up in our military grade encrypted UK based data centres"
Are they actually owned by the company? Otherwise this simply isn't true. More likely this would be appropriate: "All your data is protected and backed up in the military grade encrypted UK based data centres which we rent rack space in."