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Going Geek info / Dixons Carphone data breach
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 13 June, 2018 @ 12:45:31 »
Dixons Carphone reveals data breach affecting 5.9 million customers

Dixons Carphone has revealed a major breach of data involving unauthorised access to 5.9 million customers cards and 1.2 million personal records.

The consumer electronics retailer said it was investigating an attempt to compromise the cards in a processing system at Currys PC World and Dixons Travel, but said there was no evidence of fraud as a result of the incident.

In a second breach, personal data such as name, address or email addresses, have been accessed. Again, Dixons said there was no evidence that it had resulted in fraud.

Of the 5.9 million cards that were accessed illegally, 5.8 million were chip and pin protected, and no pin codes, card verification values (CVV) or authentication data were accessed, meaning purchases could not be made.

However, about 105,000 payment cards from outside the EU and without chip and pin protection were accessed. The retailer said it had notified the banks concerned and they had not detected any fraudulent purchases on customer accounts.
Going Geek info / Re: Reset your router
« Last Post by TonyD on Wednesday, 13 June, 2018 @ 09:06:21 »
It's not made very clear, but if you had already changed the Admin password from it's default setting there's no need to reset your router.
Going Geek info / Re: Mac attack
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 13 June, 2018 @ 02:13:09 »
15-year-old Mac security flaw left millions of Apple customers vulnerable to hackers

Apple customers have been warned that they may have been exposed to hackers “hiding in plain sight” on their Mac devices after a 15-year-old vulnerability was discovered by a cyber security researcher.

The exploit could allow a hacker to install malicious software on devices like MacBooks to access personal, financial and sensitive insider information by fooling security products into thinking it is safe.

This would enable hackers to circumvent antivirus protection by pretending to be Apple, using a technique called “code signing” and sit on the device for years without the owner knowing.

According to the The Register,

The trick is quite subtle and relies on a number of preconditions – so exploitation would be difficult in practice. Okta has no evidence of the flaw ever being abused, which isn't to say it's a non-issue, only that it's not exactly a gaping hole.

Okta, the people who discovered it, seem to see things a little differently:

By exploiting this vulnerability, threat actors can trick even the most security-savvy people and bypass a core security function that most end users don’t know or think about as they go about their digital activities. And, with the proliferation of apps for the workplace and personal use in everybody’s daily lives, bad actors can easily abuse this vulnerability.
Greek News / North Macedonia
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 13 June, 2018 @ 01:57:27 »
Macedonia and Greece: Deal after 27-year row over a name

Greece has reached a deal on the name of its northern neighbour, which called itself Macedonia at the break-up of the former Yugoslavia.

After 27 years of talks - and many protests - they have settled on the name Republic of North Macedonia, or Severna Makedonija in Macedonian.

Under the deal, the country known at the United Nations as Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (Fyrom) will be named Severna Makedonija, or Republic of North Macedonia.

Its language will be Macedonian and its people known as Macedonians (citizens of the Republic of North Macedonia).

Will the name fly?

The aim is to get Macedonia's parliament to back an agreement before EU leaders meet for a summit on 28 June. Greece will then send a letter to the EU withdrawing its objection to accession talks and a letter to Nato too.

That will be followed by a Macedonian referendum in September or October.

If Macedonian voters back the deal, their government will then have to change the constitution, a key Greek demand.

The deal will finally have to be ratified by the Greek parliament.

That may not be straightforward. Greeks are generally opposed to any name that includes Macedonia and some political parties are unlikely to back this.
Going Geek info / Re: Reset your router
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 13 June, 2018 @ 01:51:52 »
Check your router – list of routers affected by VPNFilter just got bigger

... this has now been expanded to include at least another 56 from Asus, D-Link, Huawei, Ubiquiti, UPVEL, and ZTE.
Greek History & Culture / Re: Ancient Greek 'Hi Tech'
« Last Post by Maik on Tuesday, 12 June, 2018 @ 14:17:35 »
Quite amazing, ancient Greek inventions include the world's first known coin operated automatic vending machine, automatic doors and a rotational steam engine. And quite a bit more ancient Greek technology at
UK & World News / Re: UK weather warning
« Last Post by U4ea on Monday, 11 June, 2018 @ 14:09:54 »
Of else here come the hosepipe bans
UK & World News / Re: UK weather warning
« Last Post by TonyKath on Monday, 11 June, 2018 @ 13:55:26 »
"Caution"? It really means that most likely we'll have a long cold summer with continuous rain p*ssing down.

UK & World News / Re: UK weather warning
« Last Post by Maik on Monday, 11 June, 2018 @ 11:27:28 »
UK weather: forecasters predict long hot summer
Following hottest May on record, Britons will bask in above-average temperatures for next few months

With the country still basking in the glow of the warmest and sunniest May on record, the Met Office anticipates that the fine weather will last throughout June, July and August.

There will be a slight “blip” of more changeable, rainier conditions over the next week to 10 days, before a return to the clear skies and barbecue weather which the country has been enjoying of late, a spokesman for the national weather service said.

The Met Office press officer Charles Powell said the forecaster’s three-month outlook was based on a range of information, including sea surface temperatures, and stressed that it should be treated with caution.

UK & World News / Cleethorpes 'quake
« Last Post by Maik on Sunday, 10 June, 2018 @ 10:39:41 »
Magnitude   ML 3.9
Date time   2018-06-09 22:14:24.2 UTC
Location   53.60 N ; 0.02 W
Depth   2 km
Distances   232 km N of City of London, United Kingdom / pop: 7,557,000 / local time: 23:14:24.2 2018-06-09
26 km SE of Hull, United Kingdom / pop: 303,000 / local time: 23:14:24.2 2018-06-09
4 km N of Cleethorpes, United Kingdom / pop: 32,100 / local time: 23:14:24.2 2018-06-09

Earthquake near Hull and Grimsby 'felt 100km away'

A 3.9-magnitude earthquake centred in north-east Lincolnshire has reportedly been felt up to 60 miles (100km) away.

The British Geological Survey said it happened at 23:14 BST on Saturday with the epicentre in Grimsby at a depth of 11 miles.

It was felt mainly in Lincolnshire, and Hull, the BGS added.

It comes nearly a decade after the 5.2-magnitude earthquake in Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, which was felt widely across England and Wales.

The largest earthquake in the UK this year took place in Cwmllynfell in south Wales on 17 February and registered a magnitude of 4.6.
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