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Nothing, of course. But we all have to be scared to the death about the evil Russia (same as about China, BTW) and support increasing the defense budget, allocated for new cyberwarfare. In order to get more money warmongers're spread next BS, we pay more taxes. Business as usual... -- Keep it simple, it'll become complex by itself...
Gets me wondering, is there nothing to fear in Sochi or everything to fear everywhere? I mean really? Hook up a mac and watch it get owned in minutes? Are they full of crap or is our hardware that vulnerable?
Hook up a mac and watch it get owned in minutes? Are they full of crap or is our hardware that vulnerable?
I can't address a mac directly but honeypots by definition are machines that are configured to allow (UN-authorized remote) access. As rfnut pointed out earlier it's no surprise that a honeypot was hacked. That's what is supposed to happen. Is NBC full of crap? What they did was solid investigation - how they presented it was 100% BS, IMO.
Where is the "control" for comparison to know whether or not this is specific to SOCHI? Or would same "test" in major US metro area hosting an international event on the scale of the Olympics yield pretty much the same results? My guess is such a "control" "test" would yield pretty similar results.
Fear mongering. But then again, "Only the Paranoid Survive".
The second link shows that they didn't get hacked, they deliberately installed malware on the phone and computers. They went to a website on the phone and downloaded a malware infected apk, opened an email attachment on the PC and on the Mac went to a website that asked to install an "antivirus program" which they went ahead and did.
That's what keeps this forum a vibrant community. A healthy mix of 'noobs & experts' & everything else in-between being able to quickly come to conclusions that other 'security spaces' wouldn't see even it hit them on the head.
Well that certainly lets the air out of NBC's hype balloon... -- The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money. -- A. de Tocqueville
At least those getting it over the air or internet aren't paying for the "news."
On another note: If it was a honeypot, they sure go out of their way to make it look like it wasn't. Instead of a honeypot computer, they open a brand new Mac. Instead of a honeypot phone they play it off as if it's a regular phone. Which again begs the question: Is everyone, everywhere getting owned like they show happening in Sochi? I'm not aware of any way geography plays a part in hardware vulnerability.
The question should be "why" is NBC shooting a venue they paid $750M USD for broadcast rights to in the foot? The answer might be within the question.
Maybe they are venting frustrations at not having mints on their pillows every morning and all the other luxury perks (lightbulbs, doorknobs, private toilets) that they are used to while covering foreign events.
Well that certainly lets the air out of NBC's hype balloon...
And then some - one wonders if they'll issue a retraction ? Brian Williams must be red-faced. The execs at NBC must be in full damage mode as the US TV Networks are becoming known for hurried reporting - namely CNN.