Friday, March 23, 2018

The filthiest of lucres

from here

I imagine this cryptocurrency-for-watching-porn system is going to be a bit like those javascript-based bitcoin miners that some sites are starting to use instead of ads. I wonder if people will be more open to those miners in this particular context than they are for the open web in general.

Have you ever gotten so much spam...

found on CommuniCrossings

Have you ever gotten so much spam that your computer became little more than a can full of spam?

If you don't take steps to control the amount of spam you get (by filtering, reporting, etc) then eventually that is what will happen to your computer. Some people are already abandoning email because the spam outnumbers their legitimate messages by such a large margin that email isn't even worth trying to salvage. I can imagine some people doing that with entire computers, especially since some people already do that in the case of malware.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

So much for being sneaky

from here

I take it as a given that governmental malware vendors would prefer the public not know what they're up to. Otherwise they make themselves a target for increased scrutiny and all sorts of retaliation. One wonders, then, why anyone in that field would hire from the pool of past Hacking Team employees.

Mr. Puzzle: A Padlock with 3 Keys but no Keyholes

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This is a rather neat device. Hard to pick and given the size of that shackle it might take longer than a normal lock to cut through with an angle grinder.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The problem with #DeleteFacebook

from here

I don't think I'm giving anyone any new ideas here. Squatting on established names/pseudonyms/etc. is a thing that's been going on for many years, but a movement to abandon Facebook is going to open up a lot of opportunities for fraud all at once.

I get that people are fed up with Facebook, but it's not the size of their user database that makes them money, it's users who are actually actively using the service. If you want to deny them the ability to use your data, there isn't much you can do about the data you've already given them but you can certainly stop giving them anything new by simply not using the service anymore or if you like by disabling (rather than deleting) your account.

I can't reveal all my secrets, but...

found on Quick Meme

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Not sure which is worse

from here

People want to call it a data breach but Facebook is willing to sue to stop it from being reported that way? I mean, do they realize what the alternative is? Maybe it would be better to say someone stole the data than to admit that you gave away far too much data to far too many people and may potentially be in violation of rules set forth by the Federal Trade Commission as a result.