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The Actuator - August 28th

Level 17

At VMworld this week in San Francisco and enjoying the cooler weather. After three straight years in Las Vegas, it's a nice change. The truth is, this event could be held anywhere, because the #vCommunity is filled with good people who are fun to be around.

As always, here are some links I hope you find interesting. Enjoy!

Major breach found in biometrics system used by banks, UK police and defence firms

"As a precaution, please reset your fingerprints and face, thank you."

California law targets biohacking and DIY CRISPR kits

Not sure we need laws against this or not; after all, we don't have laws against do-it-yourself-dentistry. But we certainly could use some education regarding the use of biohacking and your overall health.

Apple warns its credit card doesn't like leather or denim or other cards

Any other company would be laughed out of existence. With Apple, we just laugh, and then pay thousands of dollars for items we don't need.

VMware is bringing VMs and containers together, taking advantage of Heptio acquisition

One of the many announcements this week, as VMware is looking to help customers manage the sprawl created by containers and Kubernetes.

The surprisingly great idea in Bernie Sanders’s Green New Deal: electric school buses

This is a good idea, which is why it won't happen.

Hackers are actively trying to steal passwords from two widely used VPNs

Please, please, please patch your systems. Stop making excuses. You can provide security AND meet your business SLAs. Is it hard? Yeah. Impossible? Nope.

Company that was laughed offstage sues Black Hat

Well, now I'm laughing, too. You can't expect to get on stage in front of a deeply technical audience, use a bunch of made-up words and marketing-speak, and be taken seriously.

This is my fifth consecutive VMworld, and back in the same city as the first. Lots of memories for me and my journey with the #vCommunity

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34 Comments
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Biometrics breach: how stupid do you have to be to develop a system stores usernames, passwords, and biometric data without encrypting it? Especially if the database is going to be accessible over the internet?

Stealing VPN passwords: one day people are going to learn that it is important to keep software up to date. But even after people learn this, management will not provide the resources necessary to keep everything up to date.

Level 14

Thanks for the articles!  The Crown Sterling article reminds me of the Silicon Valley show! 

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The surprisingly great idea in Bernie Sanders’s Green New Deal: electric school buses

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16 Trillion Dollars / 24 Million kids.

> 600,000 per child just to get to/from school. So is the proposal to have 1 bus per child ?

Level 12

A security breach at a security company!?!

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"The bill would authorize up to $1 billion in spending to help districts replace their diesel school buses with electric ones" so that's like $41.67 per child (if my math is correct). The 16 Trillion was for the entire Green New Deal.

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Nice article

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This is my fifth consecutive VMworld, and back in the same city as the first. Lots of memories for me and my journey with the #vCommunity -

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Electric buses...neat idea and likely good for urban schools.

Rural schools have longer routes and then when buses are used for school activities (football games, band competitions, soccer games,etc)

Our local high school (rural here in Texas) can have pretty significant drive times for some games (hours each way).

Of course the part about the Federal government paying for it may sound good for some....but at what cost to the taxpayer ?

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Major breach found in biometrics system used by banks, UK police and defence firms - hmm another one

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California law targets biohacking and DIY CRISPR kits - not a law but maybe regulations stating up-to what limit can it be extended to

Level 12

It wasn't a breach! It was an incredible feat of carelessness that stored unencrypted data in publicly available databases!

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Apple warns its credit card doesn't like leather or denim or other cards - Cool

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VMware is bringing VMs and containers together, taking advantage of Heptio acquisition - hope it goes well for them

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The surprisingly great idea in Bernie Sanders’s Green New Deal: electric school buses - wow, blue idea for betterment of the society nice

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Hackers are actively trying to steal passwords from two widely used VPNs

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Company that was laughed offstage sues Black Hat - hmm

Level 11

Thanks for the articles.

Level 12

Many great articles again!

I've always been against biometrics for the simple reason that they convert your personal information into digital information, and once digitized, it can be copied or stolen or  manipulated or deleted. 

There's no changing your fingerprints or retinas.

Natural Gas buses have replaced the stinky and loud public transportation in my city.  We can see again and breath again on the streets.  Electric probably isn't yet a perfect fit here due to the heavy cold season we experience.  But I'll take anything that gets folks where they need to go, reliably, and if it doesn't cause lung cancer or other health risks.

I'm pretty sure we DO need laws against bio-hacking & DIY CRISPR implementations.  I didn't miss all the "B" movies (or worse) from the '50's and '60's.

Just ask Jeff Goldblum.

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It might only be a movie, but does that mean genetic manipulation can't go awry?

And . . . I would want an incompatible Apple Credit card, with all its associated problems and vulnerabilities, because . . .   Why?

"HEPTIO", "HADOOP", . . .   What's next?  The Hully-Gully?

I'd buy into Bernie's idea.  I'd even pay for my neighbor kids' share.  It's the path to a better future.

Which, as was mentioned, is why it won't come to fruition.

It might be smarter to take your chances insulting a favored government official or a highly visible and litigious organization or popular religion than to mess with the folks who appreciate and support Black Hat.

Using insecure VPN's, old code, inappropriate passwords, poor password saves, drinking polluted water, eating rotten food, sharing needles, and tugging on Super Man's cape . . .

They're all poor ideas.  Just don't do it.

Level 13

As always, thanks for a bunch of great links. 

Level 14

We've just completed an external audit for ISO 27001 so our external security consultant is still on site.  He had some very interesting comments about the biometric breach.  I can't repeat them on here but he wasn't all that surprised.

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Make them sign away any rights to medical care first then allow them to do whatever they want to themselves.  Problem should mostly die away.

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I don't believe it.  Apple bring out something that no one really needs and isn't fit for purpose.

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VMWare buying up the world.  I'm not sure this is even a problem.  I don't know anyone who uses both technologies.

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Surely some buses could be replaced in the short term and, when the electric battery tech improves, the longer routes can be looked at later.  Now we just have to find some way of producing all the extra electricity it will require.  If only there was some way of generating it from fossil fuel.

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Who would have thought.  What will they get up to next.

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It does seem to be a little ill-advised. 

About the Author
Thomas LaRock is a Head Geek at SolarWinds and a Microsoft® Certified Master, SQL Server® MVP, VMware® vExpert, and a Microsoft Certified Trainer. He has over 20 years experience in the IT industry in roles including programmer, developer, analyst, and database administrator.