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The Internet of Compromised Things

Slashdot - Sun, 09/08/2015 - 9:25am
An anonymous reader writes: Jeff Atwood has a post about a security threat that's becoming more prevalent every day: spreading malware through a compromised router. "Router malware is the ultimate man-in-the-middle attack. For all meaningful traffic sent through a compromised router that isn't HTTPS encrypted, it is 100% game over." He links to a thorough technical analysis of how even HTTPS encrypted traffic can be subverted. Atwood provides a list of suggestions for keeping your router safe that probably won't be any surprise to people reading this site, and he further recommends only browsing on an unknown router if encryption is available. What I'm curious about are the long-term implications — is there a way forward to re-establish trust in our router infrastructure? What can the open source community do to speed this along?

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Germans in ‘brains off, just follow orders' hospital data centre gaff

El Reg - Sun, 09/08/2015 - 9:00am
Wow, Mainwaring was right, they are ‘unthinking automatons’

On-Call  Welcome again to On-Call, our regular reader-contributed weekender in which we recount tales of the weird and wonderful things you've been asked to do at anti-social times in decidedly out-of-the-way places.…

Perhaps middle-aged blokes SHOULDN'T try 34-hour-long road trips

El Reg - Sun, 09/08/2015 - 7:00am
Not if it's just to dodge some taxes, anyway ...

Worstall @ the Weekend  As the result of a so far successful, but probably not worth it, piece of tax avoidance I can tell you three things. First, something that should be blindingly obvious: middle-aged men can't do long road trips with quite the ease that their younger selves could.…

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