Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 11:59

PayPal stopped processing payments for MEGA

The report is not overly surprising in general as the service and the US have a rather hostile relationship. The alleged argument however is bordering the absurd.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 05:11

The crown jewel of DMCA take-down notices

Fuckups doesn't quite cut it. What is a proper superlative for epic? Well. Let's call it epically colossal and the price goes to Germany based Total Wipes Music Group for trying to fuck up the internet.
Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 02:48

GCHQ and NSA likely capable of attacking large volumes of cellphone communications

The Intercept came up with a story that should not be surprising. For some reason however we were surprised. And I'm no exception to that.
Friday, February 20, 2015 - 00:28

Pre-installed adware on Lenovo Laptops.

This stunt is absurd bordering surrealism. For some reason beyond me Lenovo decided to pre-load Superfish Visual Discovery. In this form the software qualifies as adware.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 14:53

MongoDBGate. When idiots are tasked way over their heads

Computer science students of the university of Saarland discovered nearly 40.000 unprotected MongoDB installation accessible from public networks.
Monday, February 9, 2015 - 00:32

Using phone numbers as your users' GUID ... very bad idea.

It might seem like a natural resource but it really is just a highway into user management hell.
Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 15:37

BMW ConnectedDrive hacked.

The reasons for security failures are legion and quite a few have one or more major fuck-ups at their root. This one however is a fuck-up of epic proportions in its own league.
Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 04:06

CyanogenMod 12 nightlies hit the shelves with lollipop

I haven't completely tested the build yet but haven't found a major glitch either. Once CM is updated and proper GApps installed the only problems - so far - were Newsstand, Keep and Drive who all required a fresh installation. I had the same problem with a previous upgrade.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 15:58

Wordpress slow queries and transient data in options table

Slow queries are a major pain in the ass and should be avoided by all means necessary if the site in question is under heavy load. It's bad for performance. Very bad.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 19:51

Detekt scans for known commerical spyware like FinFisher and Hacking Team's RCS

Detekt currently detects FinFisher and Hacking Team's Remote Control System. Commercial surveillance spyware used by various governments and other creeps. Development is supported by the EFF and others.