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  • World-class spamming operation River City Media exposes their OWN data with bad backups

    Posted on March 6th, 2017 at 11:41 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Steve Ragan at CSO has the breaking story:

    Faulty Rsync setup exposes River City Media’s entire operation… Nobody would knowingly give their email address to spammers, so they have to be tricked into it. Usually, there is some kind of offer for a ‘free gift’ in exchange for giving up an email address and personal information. The fine print of these offers allows the company to share their address with their ‘partners’ which ends up also being their partner’s partners, and their partner’s partner’s partners, until every spammer on the planet has their address

    Fascinating, well-reported story of 1.37 billion (with a “b”) leaked records.

    Expect to hear reverberations from this for months.

    Thx to @Microfix

  • Western Digital My Cloud customers – turn off Cloud access NOW

    Posted on March 6th, 2017 at 11:26 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    If you have a Western Digital My Cloud network attached storage device, you’re mightily exposed. Jon Fingas at engadget says:

    Exploitee.rs has discovered a number of unpatched security flaws in most My Cloud models that let remote intruders bypass the login, insert their own commands and upload files without permission. In numerous cases, it’s a matter of poorly implemented scripts. Also, every command exectued through the web interface has full access to the operating system — an attacker would have the keys to the kingdom.

    Bottom line: Everybody with Western Digital My Cloud machines should take Barb Bowman’s advice and Turn Off Cloud Access to your WD My Cloud Device NOW

  • Michelangelo virus turns 25 today

    Posted on March 6th, 2017 at 07:49 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    If you were around 25 years ago, you may recall the Michelangelo virus, which was timed to launch on March 6, 1992.

    It turned into a dud, but started an enormous industry.

    Here’s how I described  it in Windows XP Timesaving Techniques for Dummies, Jan. 2005:

    The first really big virus

    The world changed when John McAfee appeared on the Today Show in March, 1992, and told Bryant Gumbel that the Michelangelo virus infected more than a million PCs. One week later, the PC world was supposed to end. All the major wire services ran alarming predictions — millions of dollars were forecast to be lost in the wake of the largest computer virus of all time.

    The Big Day arrived and . . . nothing. A few thousand systems got clobbered, here and there, but Michelangelo turned into a dud of astonishing proportions. McAfee made millions. The wire services fell silent. We all got huckstered. Does history repeat itself in Internet time?

    Now McAfee is… what is he doing nowadays, anyway?

  • The difference between machine learning and AI

    Posted on March 6th, 2017 at 07:12 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Before you get bowled over by the latest and greatest buzzwords, check this out.

    Machine learning and AI enjoy superstar status, yet most people stumble over the basic concepts — let alone obscure algorithms

    Eric Knorr, InfoWorld.