Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Maybe this one time CSI Cyber isn't completely full of it AND DHS screws the pooch again EINSTEIN is apparently useless - what I am reading 2/2/2016

Tom's Hardware - As you know I watch CSI Cyber ever week. Mainly so I have an excuse to get mad and yell at the TV, and usually it deserves it, but this week I saw a lot of people ridiculing the show for its "airborne computer virus" plot line.  Essentially malware is being passed from unsecured wireless access points to other unsecured wireless access points and then on to cell phones.  But wait you say I know I heard something like this at one time - Well Yes you did, in this article.  Now I am not going to try and defend CSI Cyber on the  technical accuracy or plausibility of their stories, and I definitely am not going to try and defend them on on casting, acting, etc. but in this one specific instance they did not just pull something completely out of there ass.  They took a reported vulnerability and carried it to a somewhat logical (although probably unlikely) conclusion, and they even got the disease analogy right.  


Despite having spent $1.2bn in 2014 and $5.7bn in total, however, the system still only monitors certain types of network packets – and that does not include web traffic or cloud services.
How bad is it in reality? The GAO tested the system by trying to exploit 489 known vulnerabilities in Adobe Acrobat, Flash, Internet Explorer, Java and Microsoft Office. Of them, just 29, or six per cent, were picked up by the scanners and stopped – allowing the rest to reach potentially vulnerable devices. So, six per cent coverage of known security holes for $6bn. Money well spent.

Remember all that business class stuff about core competencies.  Apparently DHS doesn't. Isn't it time we did away with DHS and returned the child agencies to their original homes and some adult (or at least adolescent supervision). 

With the global economy looking increasingly fragile, Japan is now taking a more aggressive step by cutting interest rates below zero on Friday.
The policy — which means banks are essentially paying for the privilege of parking their money — represents a last resort for a country that has struggled through a quarter-century of weak growth. In theory, negative rates will push banks to lend more to companies, which would then spend and hire.

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