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Not the conclusion I expected: "The point should no longer be that we want the right to use the web anonymously to remain. We should rather fight to get this right back, because at some point somewhere along the way we lost it and nobody noticed." This post is the more explicit version of my thread here yesterday.

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"How To Get Started on Mastodon and Leave Twitter Behind" by Max Eddy

Pinafore got a shout-out in PCMag! Maybe I should offer a plastic-wrapped Pinafore CD-ROM in their next issue

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i'm not even saying "ugh security is hard" i'm saying the attack surface for ssh has been understood for Quite Awhile and we should have decent defaults to make it SAFE to use. Which means:

1. Deny root login
2. Deny password authentication
3. Require public-key authentication
4. Close off any deprecated key exchange methods
5. Auto-ban brute force attempts

That's like. A minimum best effort. Really.


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: New backdoor malware hits Slack and Github platforms

“The attackers also appear to be professionals, based on their way of handling their attack. They only use public third party services, and therefore did not need to register any domains or anything else that could leave a trail. The few email addresses we found during the investigation were also using trash email systems, giving the attackers a clean footprint” researchers added.

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So, now that someone has found a better version of SPECTRE and Meltdown that you can execute from Javascript, what are we going to do? Source:

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Governments should not use face surveillance tools. Rather, they must confront how damaging this surveillance technology is to the people they have a duty to protect.

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I need input on this suggested #Keybase integration in Mastodon. I have provided a summary of what I know here:


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Just published on - writeup on Reducing Security Risks with Centralized Logging

In today's episode of 'hey I will also add a test for this bugfix' I discovered that parted's test suite wasn't running the built version of partprobe. Which explains why the new test I added was failing with fix in place.

Took longer to track that down than to write the fix and the test.

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Don't have enough money for a GPU Hashcracker?
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Guess every 8 character (Upper, Lower, Number, Symbol) password** in 3 hours, 10 minutes!

Not bad for $25 an hour.
* p3.16xlarge 8x Tesla V100 GPU Instance
** NTLM (Windows) Hash

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A reminder that if you want to support a small business making the best #keyboards in existence, a group of Lexmark employees once bought the buckling-spring #keyboard manufacturing rights from IBM and the factory where they were made and formed this company, who will sell you a brand new one

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OnionShare 2 adds anonymous dropboxes, supports new Tor addresses, and is translated into a dozen new languages

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~=8 Character Passwords Are Dead=~

New benchmark from the Hashcat Team shows a 2080Ti GPU passing 100 Billion password guesses per second (NTLM hash).

This means that the entire keyspace, or every possible combination of:
- Upper
- Lower
- Number
- Symbol

...of an 8 character password can be guessed in:

~2.5 hours

(8x 2080Ti GPUs against NTLM Windows hash)

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So, now I have to try to remember to move any popups too... I hope my password manager handles this...

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Some Congressional Democrats have suggested turning to surveillance technology to monitor the border instead of a physical barrier. But trading a physical wall for a digital surveillance wall that violates our civil rights is not an option. #sotu

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