Saturday, November 12, 2016

US Elections 2016

I refrained from reacting too soon after the results of the elections.  The US people have spoken and given all power to the Republican party.  This is an internal issue so why am I writing this stuff as an EU citizen?

As father of two daughters, I am deeply concerned about the environment and absolutely convinced we have to act now to preserve what we still have for the sake of our children.

Donald Trump doesn't believe in human caused climate change and one of his incentives is to stimulate fossil fuel and withdraw from the Paris agreement. Yet 2011–2015 was the hottest five year period ever recorded.  

I hope US citizens realize this is a global problem. We need the second largest emitter of greenhouse gasses to stay on board.

Donald Trump has said that he is "totally flexible on very, very many issues", so it's on you, US citizen  to convince you president this problem should be addressed immediately.


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Veeam upgrade to 9

I have been putting this forward for a very long time. Unnecessary:  the upgrade went flawlessly. Kudos to Veeam to make something as complex as this very easy for the end user. Too bad I couldn't celebrate this at Tomorrowland, hopelessly sold out.

I'm really curious how the new transport mode via direct NFS will affect backup times.
Update:  still uses the virtual appliance ...

Next big thingie probably will be the new Linux backup.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Spear phishing and whaling

Spear phishing is an attempt to target a specific organisation with phishing.

Ordinary phishing is bulk-spread and usually quite easily recognized as a phishing attempt, it's obviously aimed at the "more naïve" internet user ...

Spear phishers on the other hand e.g. will trick employees to install trojans by pretending they are from the ICT department.

Whaling is a more specific type of spear phishing, where members of the upper management are targeted.  The attacker spends some time on social media to find out more about his victim (colleagues, business partners, ...) to make the phishing attempt more convincing.

It's probably a good idea (as Linkedin already suggests) to only add known persons to your contacts/friends/...

Spear phishing success rates are quite high but often aren't publicly disclosed for obvious reasons.

SSH backdoor in older versions of FortiOS

This backdoor (or rather a "management authentication issue" as Fortinet calls it)  was discovered.
As the issue was patched in July 2014,  a decent maintained Fortinet firewall should be OK.