Tuesday, October 05

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Daily News Stuff 5 October 2021

The Fifth One Stayed Up Edition

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  • Mark Zuckerberg and the terrible, horrible, no good very bad day.  (Bloomberg)

    All Facebook properties went down for six hours due to a BGP misconfiguration.  When everything goes down at once across a giant cloud provider like that, it's usually BGP.  Once you screw it up, you can lose remote access to the networking gear so you can't fix it, so a five minute solution can be stuck waiting for the right engineer to arrive on site with a serial cable.

    The outage caused Facebook apps to go bananas with DNS requests which caused problems for Twitter, Google, Amazon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon...



    The mee.nu server managed to crash all by itself.  Actually, it's possible that it was related since I don't know why it keeps crashing.  Just not probable.


  • Don't trust SMS-based 2FA.  (Motherboard)

    Syniverse, which handles three quarters of a trillion text messages a year for 300 different mobile networks, was hacked.

    Five years ago.

    They discovered the breach in May and just disclosed this a week ago.

    Everything sent from May 2016 to May 2021 was an open buffet for hackers.


  • New South Wales has a new premier after Gladys B, the least worst of a bad lot, resigned due to an ongoing corruption investigation of her boyfriend or something.  I don't know the details, it's petty stuff compared to what's happening elsewhere.

    I was waiting to see how much worse the new guy would be, and...  Well.

    It's not the most elegant formulation of the concept of negative rights I've ever read, but to have a politician - particularly an Australian one right now - saying this is refreshing.


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1 "Don't trust SMS-based 2FA."
Oh, good grief.  My company's been on a security-paranoia kick for the last year, and I use that to access Outlook from my home PC.  My work PC has no regular AV program on it, but it's got like 3 threat-monitoring apps now.

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