29 May 2019

How WannaCry is still launching 3,500 successful attacks per hour

WannaCry one of the most damaging cyberattack of 2017—continues effectively unabated, with at least 3,500 successful attacks per hour, globally, according to research published by security firm Armis on Wednesday. The research estimates that 145,000 devices worldwide continue to be infected, noting that "a single WannaCry infected device can be used by hackers to breach your entire network."

The primary reason WannaCry persists is an abundance of unpatched Windows versions across healthcare, manufacturing, and retail sectors - typically finding a "large number of older or unmanaged devices which are difficult to patch due to operational complexities," Ben Seri, research vice president at Armis, wrote in a blog post. The number of active Windows 7 (and older) installations across those sectors exceeds 60%, compared to less than 30% among technology companies, the research found.

23 May 2019

The Motorcycle - a dream that many will not understand

I bought a BIKE for a personal dream.
One day when I am very old and when I can not walk anymore, it will be in my garage as a trophy of my memories.
I met people who taught me something and have the same spirit and I met others that I'm glad I forgot.
I got wet,
I felt cold,
And I felt warm,
I was afraid,
I fell,
And I stand up,
I even hurt myself,
But also, I laughed out loud inside the helmet.
I spoke a thousand times with myself.
I sang and shouted with joy like a madman,
And yes ... sometimes I cried.
I have seen wonderful places and lived unforgettable experiences.
I often made curves that even Rossi and Stoner would be proud of; other times I made curves full of terror.
I stopped a thousand times to see a landscape.
I spoke with perfect strangers, and I forgot people I see every day.
I went out with my demons inside and returned home with an absolute peace in my heart.
I always thought how dangerous it is, knowing that the meaning of courage is to advance even feeling fear.
Every time I go up to my machine I think about how wonderful it is.
I stopped talking to those who do not understand, (they just do not understand) and I learned through gestures to communicate with other riders.
I spent money that I did not have, giving up many things, but all these things are not worth even a moment about my BIKE
It is not a means of transport or a piece of iron with wheels, it is the lost part of my soul and my spirit.
And when someone says to me: "You have to sell the BIKE and you have to be a more serious person", ... I do not answer. I just swing my head and smile.
Walk off to my Bike. ..... only a person who loves them understands it.

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22 May 2019

TalkTalk data breach customer details found online

TalkTalk failed to inform 4,545 customers their personal information, including bank account details, were stolen as part of the 2015 data breach.

Viewers contacted BBC Watchdog Live about concerns that their details had been breached by TalkTalk. But the company had told them that their details were not compromised.

"The customer data referred to by BBC Watchdog relates to the historical October 2015 data breach. It is not a new incident," the firm said.

The BBC consumer show investigated and found the personal details of approximately 4,500 customers available online after a Google search.

The details included full names, addresses, email addresses, dates of birth, TalkTalk customer numbers, mobile numbers and bank details for thousands of customers.

The information is likely to have been online since the breach, without the knowledge of the people affected.

Watch the new video from Portsmouth Street Pastors

Here is the new video from Portsmouth Street Pastors. In it you will see an example of what we do, & hear some of the reasons why we do what we do.

Street pastors are trained volunteers from local churches who care about their community.
They patrol in teams of men and women, usually from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. on a Friday and Saturday night, to care for, listen to and help people who are out on the streets.

Windows 10 May 2019 Update (1903) - is available for download now!

Microsoft has begun the rollout of the next major feature update to Windows 10, the May 2019 Update. The upgrade, also known as version 1903, offers a variety of new features and tweaks aimed at home users and businesses.

Key additions include a simplified Start menu layout, a streamlined search option, the virtual assistant Cortana being spun off from Search, and new sign-in options for Windows Hello. Meanwhile, Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education users get a simple way to test programs in an isolated virtual environment using Windows Sandbox.

14 May 2019

Honda CB750: The world's first superbike turns 50

Fifty years ago, British bikers got their first look of the machine that would change motorcycling forever. On April 5, 1969 at the Metropole Hotel, venue for the Brighton Motorcycle show, two pre-production examples of the all-new Honda CB750 were displayed for the very first time.

As the first mass-production motorcycle with not just four cylinders but also a disc brake and electric starter, the CB750 set the new standard for sophistication. It was, in fact, the first ‘superbike’. A new word had entered our lexicon.

WhatsApp discovers 'targeted' surveillance attack

Hackers were able to remotely install surveillance software on phones and other devices using a major vulnerability in messaging app WhatsApp, it has been confirmed.

WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, said the attack targeted a "select number" of users and was orchestrated by "an advanced cyber-actor".

A fix was rolled out on Friday. On Monday, WhatsApp urged all of its 1.5 billion users to update their apps as an added precaution.

WhatsApp is a great application for fast secure communication (USUALLY!) - but do make sure that you are running the latest version!

Holly the Crosstourer is in for a major service. Look what I have as a 2 day loaner!

Holly the Honda Crosstourer is in for a major service at Crescent Honda in SouthamptonI had a fabulous journey to drop her off this morning! Sunny but cool, warm tarmac & tyres, happy days!

The kind chaps at Crescent have loaned my one of my favourite bikes while mine is in the shop: a CB1000R+. What's the "+" then? A few bits of bling (meh), and far more importantly: an Akrapovic zorst & up & down quickshifter! This is a truly great bike: well designed & built, powerful, fast, fun & nimble. A really rewarding ride, but being naked keeps one sensible(ish) ;0).

A fab ride to Loomies, then home, on this glorious day. 
It's good to be alive: thanks Lord!

13 May 2019

Met Police officer who knocked a suspect off a moped is cleared of wrongdoing

Police Constable Edwin Sutton has been found to have not breached the standard of professional behaviour when he ended a moped chase with a ‘tactical contact’. PC Sutton was called before a gross misconduct hearing at the Independent Office for Police Conduct after the incident on May 21, 2017.

It was alleged that Sutton had breached the police standards of behaviour for the use of force when he manoeuvred his vehicle into the path of a moped being driven by a 17 year old male suspect. However the hearing on May 8, chaired by Catherine Elliot, found this was not the case.

After reviewing the evidence, the panel found that the manoeuvre executed by Sutton was for a legitimate policing purpose and that he had few, if any, alternatives for ending the pursuit quickly and safely.

Sajid Javid has spoken out in defence of the Met’s methods, and said: "Risk-assessed tactical contact is exactly what we need. Criminals are not above the law."

Windows Hello FIDO2 certification gets you closer to password-less computing

With the FIDO2 certification of Windows Hello, Microsoft is putting the 800 million people who use Windows 10 one step closer to a world without passwords.

No one likes passwords (except hackers). People don’t like passwords because we have to remember them. As a result, we often create passwords that are easy to guess—which makes them the first target for hackers trying to access your computer or network at work.

Since 2015, Microsoft has been building a path to a secure and passwordless world with Windows Hello, enabling Windows 10 users everywhere to sign in to their devices using biometrics or a PIN and leave the world of passwords behind. Continuing this momentum, Microsoft announced in November of 2018 the ability to use Windows Hello or a FIDO2 security key to securely sign in to your Microsoft account on the web, without a password!

Today, the FIDO Alliance announced that, with the upcoming release of Windows 10, version 1903, Windows Hello is a FIDO2 Certified authenticator. FIDO2 enables developers to leverage standards-based protocols and devices to provide users easy authentication to online services—in both mobile and desktop environments. Microsoft is a leading member of the FIDO Alliance and is working closely with alliance members to enable passwordless login for websites supporting FIDO2 authentication. Collectively, these standards enable users to more easily and securely login to online services with FIDO2-compliant security keys and Windows Hello.

11 May 2019

11th May is World Fair Trade Day - let's vote with our wallets!

More and more of us are expressing our values through our everyday shopping. We increasingly demand more information about what goes into our food and other purchases, where they come from and how they are made.

Brands are responding with a bewildering range of labels and claims from organic to vegan, from ‘sustainably sourced’ to ‘cruelty free’, on everything from ice cream to hand cream. 

World Fair Trade Day is a good time to look at which ethical and sustainability considerations are most important for consumers. What do shoppers want to know? Are they influenced by companies’ sustainability claims, or do they need to see that brands are actually ‘walking the talk’? And as consumers ourselves, do our choices really make a difference?

Click HERE to find out more about Fair Trade - and how you could make a real difference to impoverished food producers around the world.

07 May 2019

Windows 10 May 2019 Update: Everything you need to know

Development of Windows 10 is a continuous process—while previous versions of Windows received service packs or point releases that served primarily as rollups of Windows Update security patches, Windows 10 receives feature updates on an approximately six month cadence. These updates bring significant user-facing changes, as well as changes to enterprise features.

Windows 10 version 1903 (also called 19H1) was made available to the Release Preview ring of the Windows Insider Program on April 8, 2019, and was added to the MSDN download catalog on April 18, 2019. General availability for consumers is expected in May 2019, though a firm release date has not been announced. Here's what you need to know.

60 years of the 59 motorcycle club - celebrated at St Paul's Cathedral!

On Saturday 4th May 2019 we had a fantastic day celebrating 60 years of the 59 Club

It began with a meetup & rideout from All Saints Church Hanworth to St Paul's Cathedral. We had Blood Bikers as outriders keeping us shepherded & protected from the sometimes crazy London traffic!

At the Cathedral, we had a Service of Thanksgiving for the club & a Blessing of the bikes after. 

We finished off the day with a Ride to the Ace Cafe London tor a warming cup of coffee!

Here is a video of some of the bikes arriving @ St Paul's. Look who pops up approx 1min 30secs into the video! Also here are my photos from this wonderful day.