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(Yahoo)   Russia is strongly denying reports that it put put trojan horses in the thumb drives and phone chargers that were in a gift bags given to the G20 Summit delegates. In other news, Russia so totally did   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 142
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2013-10-30 01:18:57 PM
BS. Only the NSA spies on anyone.
 
2013-10-30 01:38:16 PM
However, this is undoubtedly nothing but an attempt to shift the [public] focus from issues that truly exist in relations between European capitals and Washington to unsubstantiated, non-existent issues" Mr. Peskov told the official RIA-Novosti agency.

He then added.. "We'd also appreciate it if Chancellor Merkel would stop taking selfies.... just sayin'"
 
2013-10-30 01:38:34 PM
The new US embassy building in Moscow was almost abandoned back in 1985 when the US found the walls were just loaded with bugs.  It took 15 years to dig them all out.
 
2013-10-30 01:38:48 PM
That tactic is SO 2005...
 
2013-10-30 01:41:22 PM

xanadian: That tactic is SO 2005...



I mean Seriously.  The Phone charger MIGHT have flown, but bundled with a thumb drive?  Who the fark even USES thumb drives anymore, and who would trust one just GIVEN to them, in Russia no less
 
2013-10-30 01:48:46 PM
Clever. Would the charger put something on the phone or just have a bug in it?
 
2013-10-30 01:54:21 PM

xanadian: That tactic is SO 2005...


This. I don't have access to government info above the sensitive non-critical level and we've been told for years that we should not to put a thumbdrive that didn't come from our own IT in any networked PC.
 
2013-10-30 01:54:50 PM
This is why you turn Autoplay off.
 
2013-10-30 01:59:29 PM

kbronsito: xanadian: That tactic is SO 2005...

This. I don't have access to government info above the sensitive non-critical level and we've been told for years that we should not to put a thumbdrive that didn't come from our own IT in any networked PC.


Same with my company.  I deal with alot of sensitive customer business data.  If we use a non-work-issued drive, it must be scanned and encrypted using the company's setup.
 
2013-10-30 02:00:19 PM

xanadian: That tactic is SO 2005...


And while that is true, poor data practices are timeless.  Cast a wide enough net you'll catch some farkup.
 
2013-10-30 02:12:13 PM

Diogenes: xanadian: That tactic is SO 2005...

And while that is true, poor data practices are timeless.  Cast a wide enough net you'll catch some farkup.


there is no patch for stupidity.
 
2013-10-30 02:22:21 PM
Next thing you tell me is that Russia was able to find an exploit in Internet Explorer 6
 
2013-10-30 02:37:10 PM

Magorn: xanadian: That tactic is SO 2005...


I mean Seriously.  The Phone charger MIGHT have flown, but bundled with a thumb drive?  Who the fark even USES thumb drives anymore, and who would trust one just GIVEN to them, in Russia no less


High level diplomats and politicians who don't know fark-all about computers or the potential for security breaches with things like that.

In other words, precisely the sort of people who would be at the G20 Summit.
 
2013-10-30 02:53:05 PM

Marcus Aurelius: The new US embassy building in Moscow was almost abandoned back in 1985 when the US found the walls were just loaded with bugs.  It took 15 years to dig them all out.


Nah, we just demolished the top 4 floors are re-built them.  One seriously ugly-ass building.
 
2013-10-30 02:53:22 PM
That headline hurt my brain.
 
2013-10-30 02:54:43 PM
"Hey, guys, look!  I got an unsolicited USB drive from some strangers!  I think I'll plug it in right now!"  These are our f*cking world leaders.
 
2013-10-30 02:56:05 PM

Nana's Vibrator: "Hey, guys, look!  I got an unsolicited USB drive from some strangers!  I think I'll plug it in right now!"  These are our f*cking world leaders.


Sad, but the entirety of truth of our world situation has now been revealed by Nana's Vibrator on Fark.
Sad, but true,
 
2013-10-30 02:56:07 PM

kbronsito: xanadian: That tactic is SO 2005...

This. I don't have access to government info above the sensitive non-critical level and we've been told for years that we should not to put a thumbdrive that didn't come from our own IT in any networked PC.


Where I work it happens from time to time, because the government doesn't want to issue any of the IronKey type thumb drives they want us using, and people still want to use thumb drives.  Of course, the work I do isn't on the "go to an international summit and get gift bags from foreign countries" level either. So there is that.
 
2013-10-30 02:56:07 PM

don't understand: That headline hurt my brain.


images3.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-10-30 02:57:12 PM
What Trojan horses might look like:

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-10-30 02:59:04 PM
It's impossible! That thing was programmed to remove itself from the thumb drive after it runs, so you can't prove it was us!
 
2013-10-30 02:59:44 PM
Do these farks really need gift bags when attending these meetings?
 
2013-10-30 03:00:10 PM
Actually sounded plausible until I read "cited in two Italian newspapers".
 
2013-10-30 03:00:15 PM
So, that's a return-ball, I wonder if there is some fresh revelation coming from the Snowden stuff?
 
2013-10-30 03:01:47 PM
If you're a diplomat and you actually use a thumb drive that another nation gave to you, you deserve whatever is on those thumb drives.
 
2013-10-30 03:02:11 PM
The US just put Trojans in theirs. A more subtle message

/USA! USA! USA!
 
2013-10-30 03:02:22 PM
I hate when my charge cable gets a trojan.
 
2013-10-30 03:02:44 PM

Brick-House: Do these farks really need gift bags when attending these meetings?


I wish they received the gifts the anarchists always try to give them every time they meet.
 
2013-10-30 03:04:10 PM
Nobody trusts USB drives since the Iranian nuclear reactors developed faults.  When our contractors give them out for free they get tossed generally.  Unless we don't care.
 
2013-10-30 03:06:18 PM

Dragonflew: I hate when my charge cable gets a trojan.


Apparently you missed the articles about the hacked Apple chargers.  When you use the same USB cable to provide power and to exchange data, those things can happen.
 
2013-10-30 03:10:12 PM
I went to a conference where they gave out information packets at the door.  Glossy brochures, some manuals, and also a USB thumb drive.  When we'd all been seated, I held up my drive and asked my co-workers "Did everybody get their copy of stuxnet?".

I got a surprising number of dirty looks from others nearby.

/ Oopsie, did I say that out loud?
 
2013-10-30 03:14:05 PM

Marcus Aurelius: The new US embassy building in Moscow was almost abandoned back in 1985 when the US found the walls were just loaded with bugs.  It took 15 years to dig them all out.


So why didn't we have observers on hand watching the constriction process? Seems like a bit of an oversight.
 
2013-10-30 03:15:23 PM

Nana's Vibrator: "Hey, guys, look!  I got an unsolicited USB drive from some strangers!  I think I'll plug it in right now!"  These are our f*cking world leaders.


Which one did that? The one in the article handed it over to his security team for analysis, who then found the trojans. Allegedly.
 
2013-10-30 03:16:09 PM

Mad_Radhu: Marcus Aurelius: The new US embassy building in Moscow was almost abandoned back in 1985 when the US found the walls were just loaded with bugs.  It took 15 years to dig them all out.

So why didn't we have observers on hand watching the constriction process? Seems like a bit of an oversight.


I'm sure we did.

Did we x-ray every farkin' 1x6 wooden beam?  No.
 
2013-10-30 03:16:22 PM
DUH!
 
2013-10-30 03:16:51 PM

FrancoFile: Dragonflew: I hate when my charge cable gets a trojan.

Apparently you missed the articles about the hacked Apple chargers.  When you use the same USB cable to provide power and to exchange data, those things can happen.


Apparently I did miss that!
 
2013-10-30 03:17:03 PM

Nana's Vibrator: "Hey, guys, look!  I got an unsolicited USB drive from some strangers!  I think I'll plug it in right now!"  These are our f*cking world leaders.


With  crappy IT security advisors to boot!  These are our F*cking IT people!
 
2013-10-30 03:17:05 PM
I still use thumb drives but no way in hell i'd but a strange one ion my laptop, i take them to the public library and reformat that shiat on one of their pcs before i would put it in my own laptop.    I did the same with any new thumb drives i purchased.

seriously if shiat like this gets you hacked it party due to lack of due diligence in protecting your own stuff.
 
2013-10-30 03:17:35 PM

Marcus Aurelius: The new US embassy building in Moscow was almost abandoned back in 1985 when the US found the walls were just loaded with bugs.  It took 15 years to dig them all out.


An even more fun historical footnote to that is that military linguists were "volunteered" to escort the new building materials in convoy from Finland to Moscow.
/Beer is damned expensive in Finland.
 
2013-10-30 03:18:11 PM
Well, it's pretty tame compared to what everyone knows we're doing... so I sure hope we just shut up and sit this one out.
 
2013-10-30 03:18:59 PM

Mad_Radhu: Marcus Aurelius: The new US embassy building in Moscow was almost abandoned back in 1985 when the US found the walls were just loaded with bugs.  It took 15 years to dig them all out.

So why didn't we have observers on hand watching the constriction process? Seems like a bit of an oversight.


Neat article about it
 
2013-10-30 03:23:30 PM

xria: Nana's Vibrator: "Hey, guys, look!  I got an unsolicited USB drive from some strangers!  I think I'll plug it in right now!"  These are our f*cking world leaders.

Which one did that?


The one I'm talking about.  Stop saying stuff!
 
2013-10-30 03:23:44 PM

Marcus Aurelius: The new US embassy building in Moscow was almost abandoned back in 1985 when the US found the walls were just loaded with bugs.  It took 15 years to dig them all out.


I remember seeing a show on History about spying and Russian school children carved a US seal for the ambasador. He hung it in his office and the thing had a bug in it. You would think they would check it out before they hung it on the wall
 
2013-10-30 03:24:15 PM
I'm sure it was all a misunderstanding.  The hosts probably told the organizers that they wanted the goody bags stuffed with the customary Trojans

i90.photobucket.com
 
2013-10-30 03:24:28 PM
Woman to cop:  "I saw my neighbor expose himself and pee."
Cop to woman:  "How did you happen to see that?"
Woman to cop:  "I just stood up on this chair, here in the living room, looked through my binoculars and there he was in his bathroom - I could see right through his window!"

Internet is reducing the world into a small town full of busy bodies with increasingly powerful binoculars.
We humans are wired to always want to know more,  that we seem to always know a lot about too little is a hard wiring fault that is never compensated for, to an adequate enough spec.

/more stories about meat machine `hormone' vectoring of potential intelligence sources, i.e. `honey pots' HUMINT for the infotainment
 
2013-10-30 03:26:35 PM

grimlock1972: I did the same with any new thumb drives i purchased.


Wait, what is on new thumb drives that you are worried about?
 
2013-10-30 03:27:07 PM

grimlock1972: I still use thumb drives but no way in hell i'd but a strange one ion my laptop, i take them to the public library and reformat that shiat on one of their pcs before i would put it in my own laptop.    I did the same with any new thumb drives i purchased.

seriously if shiat like this gets you hacked it party due to lack of due diligence in protecting your own stuff.


Formatting doesn't help if they put in a rom chip with the trojan on it.
 
2013-10-30 03:27:49 PM

Crazy Lee: /more stories about meat machine `hormone' vectoring of potential intelligence sources, i.e. `honey pots' HUMINT for the infotainment


????????????????
 
2013-10-30 03:28:11 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: The US just put Trojans in theirs. A more subtle message

/USA! USA! USA!


Don't you mean "USC! USC! USC!"?
 
2013-10-30 03:28:34 PM

mongbiohazard: it's pretty tame compared to what everyone knows we're doing


What do we do that makes sneaking computer viruses onto others' computers tame?

To me, anything from "buying the info direct from communications providers" and "using all kinds of great tech to spy from afar" are tame compared to putting a virus on my computer.
 
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