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(The New York Times)   It's a quiet morning on a Wyoming residential street. The birds are chirping, the squirrels are scampering about, and a large portion of China's 500 million Internet users are being routed to one house   (bits.blogs.nytimes.com) divider line 65
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2014-01-22 04:49:33 PM  
CIA shell corp
 
2014-01-22 04:51:39 PM  
I'm pretty sure that guy is a 21st century Bond villain, but no one can figure out exactly what the hell he is doing.
 
2014-01-22 04:51:45 PM  
Dammit Dick Cheney, leave China alone.
 
2014-01-22 04:52:20 PM  

USCLaw2010: CIA shell corp


No, I'm going to go with organized crime, because:

That address - which was home to some 2,000 companies on paper - was the subject of a lengthy 2011 Reuters investigation that found that among the entities registered to the address were a shell company controlled by a jailed former Ukraine prime minister; the owner of a company charged with helping online poker operators evade an Internet gambling ban; and one entity that was banned from government contracts after selling counterfeit truck parts to the Pentagon.
 
2014-01-22 04:52:50 PM  
i296.photobucket.com
 
2014-01-22 04:55:22 PM  

wxboy: USCLaw2010: CIA shell corp

No, I'm going to go with organized crime, because:

That address - which was home to some 2,000 companies on paper - was the subject of a lengthy 2011 Reuters investigation that found that among the entities registered to the address were a shell company controlled by a jailed former Ukraine prime minister; the owner of a company charged with helping online poker operators evade an Internet gambling ban; and one entity that was banned from government contracts after selling counterfeit truck parts to the Pentagon.


If by "organized crime" you mean Freedom Loving Patriotic companies owned by Real Americans doing their Godly duty to avoid paying taxes to the Satan worshipping pinko red commie socialist marxist nazi Kenya usurper than you are right!
 
2014-01-22 04:55:26 PM  
napsterization.org
 
2014-01-22 04:58:39 PM  
Gerald Pitts, the owner of Wyoming Corporate Services, said that he could not disclose any details about Sophidea without "due process."

Well, sounds legit to me.  Nothing to see here
 
2014-01-22 04:59:59 PM  
Something is rotten in the State of Wyoming.
 
2014-01-22 05:04:16 PM  

wxboy: USCLaw2010: CIA shell corp

No, I'm going to go with organized crime,


www.casualpixels.com
 
2014-01-22 05:05:20 PM  
The company makes software that, amoung other things, could allow one to dodge the "Great Firewall" or hide their web activity from people such as the Chinese government.

IE, the Chinese government tried to block the website but ended up routing everything to it instead.  Whoopsie.
 
2014-01-22 05:06:52 PM  
Sheesh, 10 seconds of research reveals Sophidea provides anonymous proxy services. You know, the kind of thing someone in China might want to use to get past the Great Firewall.

I wonder what character you have to mistype in the Great Firewall's configuration to say "route all traffic to" instead of "block all traffic routed to"?
 
2014-01-22 05:08:22 PM  
"One of our former employees took responsibility for the error, shortly before being run over by 47 garbage transport vehicles"

- China
 
2014-01-22 05:10:03 PM  
"Honey, did you do something to the router?"

"No, I haven't touched it"

"Are you sure you haven't done anything to it? Anything at all?"

"I'm positive. Why?"

"Because it's glowing and there's smoke coming out of it"
 
2014-01-22 05:10:52 PM  

Geotpf: The company makes software that, amoung other things, could allow one to dodge the "Great Firewall" or hide their web activity from people such as the Chinese government.

IE, the Chinese government tried to block the website but ended up routing everything to it instead.  Whoopsie.


They provide the service, they don't make the software. Looks like the software they are using is nginx
 
2014-01-22 05:14:07 PM  

NoLongerAnonymous: Geotpf: The company makes software that, amoung other things, could allow one to dodge the "Great Firewall" or hide their web activity from people such as the Chinese government.

IE, the Chinese government tried to block the website but ended up routing everything to it instead.  Whoopsie.

They provide the service, they don't make the software. Looks like the software they are using is nginx


Whatever.  In any case, it's not the CIA or organized crime.
 
2014-01-22 05:14:30 PM  
OK....so its not reallycalled "The Great Firewall", right?
 
2014-01-22 05:20:47 PM  
I'll let you Farkers off the hook for not knowing what a registered agent is, but The New York Times really should know better. (Short enlightenment: If you do business in a state, you have to name a registered agent in that state upon whom legal papers can be served. The registered agent's address is thus considered your corporation's legal address. You can designate an officer of your company at your own address if you want, but most corporations above the mom and pop level leave it to the pros. Corporation Service Company and CT Corporation are big dogs in this game, but there are smaller players like the one mentioned in this article who may be cheaper or, ahem, less fussy about who they take as clients.)
 
2014-01-22 05:21:21 PM  

23FPB23: OK....so its not reallycalled "The Great Firewall", right?


Well the Chinese aren't really known for their originality.
 
2014-01-22 05:21:52 PM  

23FPB23: OK....so its not reallycalled "The Great Firewall", right?


 I don't speak Chinese, so I don't know for sure. :)

Everyone *I* know calls it that, but somehow I don't think the Chinese government has that much of a self-deprecating sense of humor. I could be wrong.
 
2014-01-22 05:23:30 PM  
Knock, knock, knock...

Honey, China's at the door and they say they'd like to have a word with you...

i.telegraph.co.uk

He says, he's not home!
 
2014-01-22 05:24:12 PM  

DubtodaIll: 23FPB23: OK....so its not reallycalled "The Great Firewall", right?

Well the Chinese aren't really known for their originality.


NoLongerAnonymous: 23FPB23: OK....so its not reallycalled "The Great Firewall", right?

 I don't speak Chinese, so I don't know for sure. :)

Everyone *I* know calls it that, but somehow I don't think the Chinese government has that much of a self-deprecating sense of humor. I could be wrong.


southparkstudios.mtvnimages.com
 
2014-01-22 05:28:39 PM  
Heads will roll!
 
2014-01-22 05:29:24 PM  
media-2.web.britannica.com
 
2014-01-22 05:29:47 PM  
LOL, that is in my town. I have been past it a hundred times. Nothing to see there (quite the understatement).
 
2014-01-22 05:30:45 PM  
Maybe I should go by it and take a picture.
 
2014-01-22 05:32:54 PM  

Crass and Jaded Mother Farker: Knock, knock, knock...

Honey, China's at the door and they say they'd like to have a word with you...

[i.telegraph.co.uk image 620x388]

He says, he's not home!


I'm torn between preferring that or goatse for the splash page.
 
2014-01-22 05:36:22 PM  

NoLongerAnonymous: Sheesh, 10 seconds of research reveals Sophidea provides anonymous proxy services. You know, the kind of thing someone in China might want to use to get past the Great Firewall.

I wonder what character you have to mistype in the Great Firewall's configuration to say "route all traffic to" instead of "block all traffic routed to"?


Get the syntax wrong in a single line in a massive ACL that you then distribute across a series of high traffic edge devices and you'd be amazed at the excitement that follows.
 
2014-01-22 05:40:46 PM  
I'm not saying it was Dick Cheney

But it was Dick Cheney
 
2014-01-22 05:42:04 PM  

rick42: I'll let you Farkers off the hook for not knowing what a registered agent is, but The New York Times really should know better. (Short enlightenment: If you do business in a state, you have to name a registered agent in that state upon whom legal papers can be served. The registered agent's address is thus considered your corporation's legal address. You can designate an officer of your company at your own address if you want, but most corporations above the mom and pop level leave it to the pros. Corporation Service Company and CT Corporation are big dogs in this game, but there are smaller players like the one mentioned in this article who may be cheaper or, ahem, less fussy about who they take as clients.)


And this is what I learned today. Thanks.
 
2014-01-22 05:42:43 PM  
The plot thickens. What is IN the software in Wyoming ?


bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com
 
2014-01-22 05:46:26 PM  
ITT: Nobody but rick42 knows the difference between "corporate headquarters" and "registered agent".

In other words, there's a whole shiatload of private companies out there who have to register an agent for the purpose of receiving service. They hire me to be the man in the middle. "Oh hi, dude serving papers, I'll accept service on behalf of XYZ, LLC" Then I turn around, looks up the real address for XYZ LLC in my filing cabinet, and send it off. Cool, just justified my $235 that I charged when I let you use my storefront as a mail drop for legal process.

A professional "registered agent" has very little relationship to any business using its service. It's just another layer of obfuscation/convenience for any privately held company.
 
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2014-01-22 05:56:14 PM  
A simple Google search reveals that Sophidea Inc.'s previous headquarters on Thomes Avenue was not a corporate headquarters, but a 1,700-square-foot brick house with a manicured lawn.

That address - which was home to some 2,000 companies on paper - was the subject of a lengthy 2011 Reuters investigation that found that among the entities registered to the address were a shell company controlled by a jailed former Ukraine prime minister; the owner of a company charged with helping online poker operators evade an Internet gambling ban; and one entity that was banned from government contracts after selling counterfeit truck parts to the Pentagon.


Sounds like John McAfee's house
 
2014-01-22 06:07:43 PM  

wxboy: USCLaw2010: CIA shell corp

No, I'm going to go with organized crime


The state needs their cash to launder the tourist money.
 
2014-01-22 06:12:54 PM  
Looks like the world's population of Huawei routers have had their secret programming triggered.
 
2014-01-22 06:29:13 PM  
As  someone who's business's website and email has been under a DDOS all day today, I can honestly say I feel sorry for these guys.

/why yes...I AM looking for a new web/email provider
 
2014-01-22 06:30:27 PM  

Stone Meadow: As  someone who's business's website and email  provider has been under a DDOS all day today, I can honestly say I feel sorry for these guys.

/why yes...I AM looking for a new web/email provider


FTFM
 
2014-01-22 06:40:38 PM  

moike: NoLongerAnonymous: Sheesh, 10 seconds of research reveals Sophidea provides anonymous proxy services. You know, the kind of thing someone in China might want to use to get past the Great Firewall.

I wonder what character you have to mistype in the Great Firewall's configuration to say "route all traffic to" instead of "block all traffic routed to"?

Get the syntax wrong in a single line in a massive ACL that you then distribute across a series of high traffic edge devices and you'd be amazed at the excitement that follows.


Sounds like you have done that before.

So have I.

I call that "experience".
 
2014-01-22 06:50:09 PM  

desertfool: moike: NoLongerAnonymous: Sheesh, 10 seconds of research reveals Sophidea provides anonymous proxy services. You know, the kind of thing someone in China might want to use to get past the Great Firewall.

I wonder what character you have to mistype in the Great Firewall's configuration to say "route all traffic to" instead of "block all traffic routed to"?

Get the syntax wrong in a single line in a massive ACL that you then distribute across a series of high traffic edge devices and you'd be amazed at the excitement that follows.

Sounds like you have done that before.

So have I.

I call that "experience".


"Did I skip a line?" Hmmm... Hmmm... "Looks right to me..." Hmmm.... [hours pass] ... "F*ck I'm an idiot!" [30 second fix]... "Now I need beer... or 4"
 
2014-01-22 07:01:05 PM  
Subby, is that a headline or your pitch to FOX for a new reality show?
 
2014-01-22 07:09:46 PM  

desertfool: moike: NoLongerAnonymous: Sheesh, 10 seconds of research reveals Sophidea provides anonymous proxy services. You know, the kind of thing someone in China might want to use to get past the Great Firewall.

I wonder what character you have to mistype in the Great Firewall's configuration to say "route all traffic to" instead of "block all traffic routed to"?

Get the syntax wrong in a single line in a massive ACL that you then distribute across a series of high traffic edge devices and you'd be amazed at the excitement that follows.

Sounds like you have done that before.

So have I.

I call that "experience".


i.imgur.com
 
2014-01-22 07:21:19 PM  

phyrkrakr: ITT: Nobody but rick42 knows the difference between "corporate headquarters" and "registered agent".

In other words, there's a whole shiatload of private companies out there who have to register an agent for the purpose of receiving service. They hire me to be the man in the middle. "Oh hi, dude serving papers, I'll accept service on behalf of XYZ, LLC" Then I turn around, looks up the real address for XYZ LLC in my filing cabinet, and send it off. Cool, just justified my $235 that I charged when I let you use my storefront as a mail drop for legal process.

A professional "registered agent" has very little relationship to any business using its service. It's just another layer of obfuscation/convenience for any privately held company.


Why do I get the feeling that Mitt Romney would know all about this too?
 
2014-01-22 07:44:26 PM  

rick42: I'll let you Farkers off the hook for not knowing what a registered agent is


Seriously. I'm an idiot, and even I knew what was going on with "That address - which was home to some 2,000 companies on paper..."
 
2014-01-22 07:44:43 PM  
Comcast seen furiously taking notes
 
2014-01-22 07:50:14 PM  
And on this day, a cablemodem looked at what it's life had become and decided it was best to just give up the ghost and die.
 
2014-01-22 08:03:26 PM  

SBWorks: desertfool: moike: NoLongerAnonymous: Sheesh, 10 seconds of research reveals Sophidea provides anonymous proxy services. You know, the kind of thing someone in China might want to use to get past the Great Firewall.

I wonder what character you have to mistype in the Great Firewall's configuration to say "route all traffic to" instead of "block all traffic routed to"?

Get the syntax wrong in a single line in a massive ACL that you then distribute across a series of high traffic edge devices and you'd be amazed at the excitement that follows.

Sounds like you have done that before.

So have I.

I call that "experience".

"Did I skip a line?" Hmmm... Hmmm... "Looks right to me..." Hmmm.... [hours pass] ... "F*ck I'm an idiot!" [30 second fix]... "Now I need beer... or 4"


...begin CSB... got to spend a weekend troubleshooting the network management package for a very large European corporate client, because DHCP was failing everywhere.  Turns out, they had found a network engineer who didn't know what BootP-relay was, he turned it off on all the routers as a security measure.

Network management and security is complicated shiat.

Cheers.
 
2014-01-22 08:09:14 PM  
Bah. . .you guys are overthinking it.

Someone accidently started sharing "Free Willy" and the Chinese finally got their chance.
 
2014-01-22 08:14:03 PM  

NoLongerAnonymous: Sheesh, 10 seconds of research reveals Sophidea provides anonymous proxy services. You know, the kind of thing someone in China might want to use to get past the Great Firewall.

I wonder what character you have to mistype in the Great Firewall's configuration to say "route all traffic to" instead of "block all traffic routed to"?


That's what they want you to think.

In reality, what you just saw was China test firing its Death Star sized cyber weapon at two targets known to be aiding internal enemies of the state.

This was just a test fire of the aiming infrastructure, of course. The "Great Firewall" is really nothing more than a giant collating device built to capture and aim a flood of attacks and raw white noise of an entire continent of people. These attacks and white noise are going to be generated by an internal army of zombie machines compromised and co-opted by malware built by domestic Chinese security itself.

I've said too much, I have to
 
2014-01-22 08:46:59 PM  

Langston: "Honey, did you do something to the router?"

"No, I haven't touched it"

"Are you sure you haven't done anything to it? Anything at all?"

"I'm positive. Why?"

"Because it's glowing and there's smoke coming out of it"


That's what you get for buying Juniper hardware...

/not really
 
2014-01-22 08:53:19 PM  
Chinese fire drill, anyone?
 
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