Archive for the ‘Meddling’ Category

How can jet disappear? In the ocean, it’s not hard

Monday, March 10th, 2014

How can a jet disappear? Good question. Aircraft flying at altitude just don’t vanish without a trace. If a plane breaks up at altitude it will leave a debris field miles long, easily visible to search and rescue teams. If the plane nosedives into the water then there might not be much visible evidence. However, the seas where MH370 supposedly went down are a shallow 200 feet. This is well within diver depths and wreckage should be easy to locate if not by visuals then certainly by sonar.

The article compares this crash to the Air France 447 crash of 2009 as a way of showing how long it might take to find a crashed plane. This is not an apt comparison as Air France 447 went down in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean in waters up to 15,000 feet deep and far away from shipping lanes (and even flight paths). The MH370 allegedly went down in shallow water near ome of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — In an age when people assume that any bit of information is just a click away, the thought that a jetliner could simply disappear over the ocean for more than two days is staggering. But Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is hardly the first reminder of how big the seas are, and of how agonizing it can be to try to find something lost in them.

It took two years to find the main wreckage of an Air France jet that plunged into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009. Closer to the area between Malaysia and Vietnam where Saturday’s flight vanished, it took a week for debris from an Indonesian jet to be spotted in 2007. Today, the mostly intact fuselage still sits on the bottom of the ocean.

"The world is a big place," said Michael Smart, professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Queensland in Australia. "If it happens to come down in the middle of the ocean and it’s not near a shipping lane or something, who knows how long it could take them to find?"

via How can jet disappear? In the ocean, it's not hard ::

CIA Accused Of Spying On Senate Intelligence Committee Staffers | Techdirt

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Wow. Just wow. CIA spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee that provides oversight for it. Outrageous. I’m amazed that no one at CIA seemed to consider that at the very least this was a Phenomenally Bad Idea.

While at times, it’s appeared that the Senate Intelligence Committee, led by Dianne Feinstein, serves more to prop up the intelligence community than to handle oversight, it has actually clashed quite a bit with the CIA. We’ve discussed a few times how the Committee has been pushing to release a supposedly devastating 6,000 page report about the CIA’s torture program, which cost taxpayers an equally astounding $40 million to produce. However, the CIA has been fighting hard to block the release of the report, arguing that it misrepresents the CIA’s actions.

However, things are getting even more bizarre, as the NY Times is reporting that the CIA is now accused of spying on the Intelligence Committee and its staffers in its attempt to keep that report from being released.

via CIA Accused Of Spying On Senate Intelligence Committee Staffers | Techdirt.

Update: Here’s the McClatchy story.

Lightning strikes twice!

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Just when I thought my luck couldn’t get any better, the same widely respected fake criminal money mule staffing agency sent me ANOTHER dream job. This one is very similar to the last one, only it’s for a first-class specialty household goods company rather than a first-class specialty logistics company.

Oh, golly gee whiz, I can’t believe my good fortune!!!1!!11!

From: TRS Staffing Solutions
Subject: New Job – Up to $78,000 + 0251476655
To: Mark Turner

A first-class specialty household goods company that is well represented in more than 10 countries throughout Europe, is employing a full and part time employees to assist their growing well-capitalized team in the U.S..

Another money mule opportunity!!11!!1

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

I got another too-good-to-be-legal, er true opportunity in my inbox and it’s from TRS Staffing Solutions, a widely respected fake criminal money mule staffing agency. I’m gonna MAKE MONEY FAST!!!1!!

On a related note, sure wish banks would get serious about credit card fraud, don’t you?

From: TRS Staffing Solutions
Subject: The Job 0637542766
To: Mark Turner

A first-class specialty logistics company that is generally represented in more than 10 countries throughout Europe, is employing a full and part time employees to assist their growing client oriented team in USA.

They are employing a hardworking player to fill the open position of Manager of Purchasing.
They offer you a fast-paced work environment, highly competitive base pay and distinguished career.

Banks still issuing insecure credit cards

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

As a follow-up to my last post, I should note that I’ve now got a new card with no more security features than the old one had. There’s no microchip like my credit union’s debit card has. This guarantees it’s only a matter of time before another security breach occurs and cards have to be reissued.

When it comes to credit card security, banks are penny wise and pound foolish. Maybe Bitcoin isn’t so crazy after all?

Chase expired my credit card without warning

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

As MT.Net readers are aware, Target recently suffered a massive security breach when hackers stole millions of credit card records. Banks dutifully responded by issuing new credit cards to their customers.

I was surprised to get new credit cards in the mail recently as we’ve not seen any fraud with our account. Kelly mentioned a friend’s replacement cards coming with a warning that her friend’s old card would expire in 30 days. We both groaned at the thought of updating all of the automatic payments that are linked to our old card. It would take great effort to track them down and update them.

“Well, we don’t seem to have any expiration on our old card,” I said after thoroughly reading the letter that came with our replacement cards. It seemed we had some time to shift our accounts over after all.

We used our old cards every day since then until today when the card stopped working. I called up Chase, the issuer of our card, to figure out what was up. After wading through a voicemail menu that is maddeningly frustrating, a rep named David Norris came on the line.

“The old account number you had is no longer a valid card, sir,” he answered.

Why Apple’s Recent Security Flaw Is So Scary

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

I can’t say for sure whether the National Security Agency had anything to do with this Apple security flaw but it is certainly something the NSA could readily exploit. All the Agency needed to do is control a router between its target and the target’s destination and it would have clear view of the supposedly encrypted traffic.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: America no longer has a monopoly on world-class cryptographers (if it ever did). By encouraging these types of flaws, our government leaves us vulnerable to attacks from foreign nations. Instead, our cryptographers should be working to make American software as secure as it can be.

I hope Apple will track down the developer responsible for this colossal blunder and fire him or her on the spot.

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, and it’s what helps ensure that communication between your browser and your favorite websites’ servers remains private and secure. TLS, or Transport Layer Security, is a more recent protocol that does essentially the same. In brief, SSL/TLS is a cryptographic key that lets a browser and a server know they are who they say they are, a secret digital handshake that keeps your financial information safe when you make an Amazon payment or log into

This all happens in the background; your only direct interaction with SSL/TLS is when you notice the lock icon in your search bar has clamped shut. That means you’ve got a direct, private, secure line.

The Apple bug in question—which, again, has been patched in iOS but not yet in OS X, though Apple tells Reuters that fix is coming "very soon"—means that Safari or one of these other affected applications can’t actually know for sure if the servers it’s talking to are who they say they are. Which leaves you and everything you transmit over the web vulnerable to a Man in the Middle attack.

via Why Apple's Recent Security Flaw Is So Scary.

More money mule opportunities!

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Found another GREAT money mule opportunity, courtesy of my posted resume on CareerBuilder. This one’s great because I can use an alias of %1% %2%. What’s more, I’m GREAT at following “witten instructions!”

I just have one question: when are American banks going to get serious about credit card fraud?

Dear %1% %2%,

Are you tired of interviewing and ready to start working?
An excellent vacancy is open now!

Our company has found your Curriculum Vitae in a jobseeker’s database. It seems that you are a strong applicant for a vacancy of a “Check Assist Manager”.

General requirements include following:

- High School diploma or GED equivalent;
- US residency.
- Ability to work on your own and promptness in operations.
- Age: at least 21;
- Computer with internet access and e-mail address;
- 1-2 hours of free time per day for performing your duties business hours;
Hunger for Success is a MUST! Ideal candidate is attentive to details and self-motivated, has customer service mindset, a positive attitude, excellent verbal and written skills, ability to use PC and Internet and the ability to work independently.

Receiving stolen goods for fun and profit

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Got this in my inbox yesterday. If I don’t find a legitimate job soon at least I can always become a money mule.

From: Rashad Prince
To: (me)
Subject: Great job opportunity for Mark Turner

Hello Mark Turner,
a successful organization is seeking people who are wishing to join our company and grow professionally daily.

We are pleased to make you the following job offer. The vacancy I am offering is that of Check Assist Manager. I have decided to contact you after reviewing your resume online. It appears that you have met our job requirements for successful job, and would be a right applicant to extend you an offer for our vacancy.

How To Stop Facebook From Tracking You – Business Insider

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Facebook’s cookies track you across the web. Here’s advice on how to curb Facebook’s appetite for your information.

Most people don’t realize that Facebook can continue to monitor their internet activity, even if they are no longer logged into the site.Using "Facebook Connect," and other social plug-ins, Facebook is able to set up a cookie on any site that has a "Like" or "share" button, giving Facebook access to a startling amount of user information. Technically, the purpose of these plug-ins is to authenticate users, but it still has the ability to collect personal information such as the IP address of your computer, browsing data, outside login information, phone numbers, etc.

via How To Stop Facebook From Tracking You – Business Insider.