Archive for March 2018

Privilege Level 15

Fri, Mar 30, 2018

Cisco, the company who always has one more backdoor hidden in their products, just brought you a new one. Oh, but wait, “This is no backdoor” they say. It is an undocumented user account with privilege level 15 that has a default username and password ^^

AMD Confirms CPU Bugs

Sat, Mar 24, 2018

AMD has confirmed the existence of recently disclosed bugs MasterKey, Fallout, RyzenFall, and Chimera. They promise to deliver patches soon, however in order to exploit these bugs you already need administrative access beforehand. Compared to Meltdown and Spectre this is not as bad. They are still security flaws though.

Brian Acton, one of the co-founders of WhatsApp who is no longer with the company, has a recommendation for the masses and told them on Twitter to delete facebook.

He is actually a big fan of Signal now and donated 50 million to the start of the Signal foundation.

You heard the man! And while you’re at it install Signal … it’s like WhatsApp but properly secure and cool.

Update: Elon Musk apparently listened, no SpaceX and Tesla on Facebook anymore ^^

The encrypted messaging service Telegram has been compromised by the Russian legal system. Telegram has lost a court ruling and is now forced to hand over encryption keys. The FSB argued in court that this does not constitute a violation of privacy because they keys themselves are not considered private information and they are only allowed to actually use those keys for snooping purposes if they have a court order.

Yeah… right…

Another reason to use Signal instead. It’s open source and can not be taken to court that way.

Telegram wants to appeal the decision but Russia’s legal system being what it is, I guess that case is already decided.

Remember the 50 million batches of private user data Facebook gave lost to Cambridge Analytica, the data analysis company?

Well, looks like they also like to use other methods as an undercover investigation by Channel 4 found out. Things like bribing politicians or using sex workers to entrap them were among the glorious deeds the executives from Cambridge Analytica boasted about.

So keep on using Facebook and browsing the web while you are logged in. I am sure your private and personal life will be put to good use.

Skynet: 1 - Humans: 0

Mon, Mar 19, 2018

Congratulations! You are the first human to be killed by a self-driving Uber car. I mean, you were just crossing the street and now you’re dead but hey, a record’s a record.

I still can not believe they actually allow these piles of junk on public roads. Will be interesting to see who gets the blame. Poor woman though :/

Update: The police chief involved in the investigation has stated that Uber is not to blame because it happened during low-light conditions in the evening and

it’s very clear it would have been difficult to avoid this collision in any kind of mode (autonomous or human-driven) based on how she came from the shadows right into the roadway

Came from the shadows? Those self-driving cars use, among other sensors, a combination of LIDAR and RADAR (Here’s a nice overview). Both systems do not give a shit about low-light conditions or shadows. That is exactly what they are made for!

Two words: BULL-SHIT!

Oh, and another statement from the police chief:

I won’t rule out the potential to file charges against the (backup driver) in the Uber vehicle

There’s nothing like the good old pawn sacrifice.

Update (again): There is a video that has been released by the police, showing the external and internal cameras up to the point of the crash.

While the safety driver apparently looks down and not on the road, the exterior view clearly shows a slow walking woman coming from the left of the lane. So she was out in the open on the tarmac. Essentially at the same position as an oncoming vehicle, right before she stepped on the lane the car was driving on.
If your RADAR and LIDAR systems can not pick that up then you should look for a different job. And once again: Neither RADAR nor LIDAR give a shit whether it is dark or not! They do not operate in the visible spectrum of light.

Working for the tech giants is not just fun and games it seems. From the industry that has brought you the thought police at Google we now present Mark Zuckerberg’s secret police. An excellent article by the Guardian on what happens to your personal liberties if you consider working there. From constant monitoring of even your personal commmunications, over personal searches of your belongings, up to tracking your location 24/7. The Stasi would have been proud!

Remember how Facebook “failed to protect” the data of 30 million users back in 2017?

Turns out the whole thing is a bit more dramatic. Apparently Facebook essentially gave the private data of 50 million users to a “researcher” who told them he needed it for “research purposes”. So Facebook is like “Sure, go for it.” without properly checking anything. Turns out the “researcher” then gave the data to the data analylzing company Cambridge Analytica which used the private data of those 50 million profiles to analyze and predict voter behaviour for the election campaign of Trump.

Facebook claims that it is not their fault because they got scammed by the researcher. What a shitty excuse for failing to protect data entrusted to them. If your bank tells you “We’re sorry that your account is empty, but some guy came by and told us that you said he could have all your cash. So we gave it to him. How could we have known? We are not to blame! We got scammed!”

And people still ask me why I am not on Facebook…. you guys need to fucking wake up. Ever wondered why Facebook is free and you don’t have to pay anything? Want to guess how they pay for all their employees, data centers, and office buildings?

If you are not the customer, you are the product!

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