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Contacting Creta Marine Hotel (Iberostar)

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I sent an email to Iberostar Hotels about the issues that I expereicned using their internet kisosk at the Creta Marine Hotel.

 


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Bletchley Park : Security and Secrecy zone update

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I emailed Bletchley Park following my visit, and advised of some issues i had found when visiting the Security and secrecy exhibition.

I received the following the following email this morning.


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Chrome update message in the wild at bletchley park

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 The error message moans that chrome needs to be updated

Creta marine : Internet Access Kiosk

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So – I bit the bullet and decided that I would invest some money in some internet access.  I stumped up the 2 Euros to access the machine – and I started thinking about how you make such a machine secure and usable.


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Message from the Brig

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Well I’m writing this from the Titanium Bunker brig.  Conditions here are terrible wonderful, and I couldn’t be happier.  There’s practically no signal an opportunity for me to relax in wonderful surroundings and they only have strawberry Ice cream, and that’s like my 3rd favourite ice cream have a wonderful menu for me to try.  The security bods geniuses weren’t too happy that I was able to defeat the access control systems using a paperclip and some duct tape have been wonderful in working with me to see the error of my choices, and to further improve the access security controls.

Anyway I’ll write some more if I get chance, but I worry that my communications will be censored by the security team and I have no concerns that my communications are in anyway monitored of censored.

 

 

Busted – Update

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Titanium Bunker Incident Report Form

Oh I’ve got you Mike… Bang to rights!

I filled in the paperwork today to record the recent security ‘incident’.  I’m not a vindictive man however, and I therefore I don’t intend to apply for the death penalty. 😉

BUSTED!

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so I was reading about last weekends sci fi weekender over  on the daily post  panel1   about halfway down the article there was a slideshow about the weekend. so I clicked it. After all I love a Cosplayer

panel2looking at image 3 there struck me as something not quite right….

panel3…Lets zoom in a bit shall we?

panel4OMG! it’s Mike, Rachel and the future Mr & Mrs Byrne! and mike said he was at a .net conference!

It’s obvious mike went AWOL from the bunker. Don’t worry TitaniumBunker security has been informed.

 

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Losing cultural sources

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In previous articles I mentioned the possibility that we could end up losing assets placed on the internet, where we are reliant on a 3rd party maintaining them – here is a practical example of an asset that hasn’t even lasted 5 years.

This is an article on Stack Overflow about copying projects within a VS2010 post build event., and was asked in 2012.  The content was originally hosted on Imgur, but has now been replaced.  Consider that the content that content on Imgur could now be no longer safe for work, and I think this highlights the issues that we can have in relying on a third party to store our content.

Wrong Graphic in Question

Wrong Graphic in Question

error messages in the wild : Sainsburys Kidderminster 5/5/14

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Everyday Security

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I been meaning to write this post for a while, but things are a little busy. How busy you ask? How about so busy that there is a little quiz on the latest episode of Hoo on Who where listeners are invited to finish the following sentence

“Dave Hingley is so busy…”

Still never mind.

Another reason this article has taken it’s time being published is that I had some question about whether or not I should actually be writing this. The story is a little about security and I was concerned with other people’s privacy. I ran it past Mike and the general consensus was that all the information was freely available in the public domain. So, here goes.

Here’s a fun story about a couple of delightful tykes who manage to sell their parents home in 6 days without using Estate agents, covered by the pinnacle of journalistic excellence – Yahoo

The original news article is here, but to cut a long story short, Yahoo took a picture of the posters the 2 children put up to sell their home:

Adorable Kids Selling their home

What a cute poster – awww!

Note they blurred out the house number . Very laudable.  And understandable. You don’t want to be swamped with members of the public taking photos or hassling these young kids right?
But what about these adorable kids in question? well here’s the picture that yahoo put up in the same story :
The Kids and Their poster

The Kids and Their poster

Yeah. seems kind of pointless blurring the address now doesn’t it? BECAUSE IT’S WRITTEN IN THE ARTICLE OR BY READING THE PICTURE OF THE POSTER THAT HAS CLEARLY NOT BEEN BLURRED. 
Thanks to the paranoia inducing @__freakyclown__‘s oggcamp talk about exif and digital image forensics data The images don’t look like they have any geotagging data in them.

The new buyers wish to remain anonymous, but how hard would it be to find out the name of the occupants, knowing the address?

Well, it seems that it’s entirely possible to trace the owners using tax records or even in this modern age, outsource this data gathering to an external website like findermonkey. and how much would this cost? Depends.  If the new owners where previous bad tenants, then Findermonkey claim to be able to find previous tenants for £65 – and using the information from yahoo would make it a lot easier wouldn’t it?

In the meantime, here’s some more information on the house in question, and here’s a google street view of it.

Looking at the information. it does raise an interesting question. If we assume that the house sale went through with no problems. there should be some kind of record on the Zoopla page right? wrong. Because is appears that Zoopla and other services get their data from estate agents.  as there was no estate agent involved in the sale, then there is no record of the sale.

However there is no way of knowing if the move went well, unless Yahoo decide to do a follow-up story. But think about this for a second. The property was sold without the need of an Estate agent. It was sold at the asking price without an estate agent, the price looks like it was derived from the last sale price , which would have been provided by an estate agent.

The assumption therefore,  is that any estate agent valuing a property in French weir avenue, for example, would look up the property on Zoopla, see what it was sold for and how long ago, and makes up a figure using that data.

How accurate can that model be? When there can be gaps introduced into records of individual house prices? If all that Estate agents are doing is making up a figure, based on previous data, and putting an advert in the paper – why should we kow-tow their expertise? if Estate Agents are such experts in property, why has there been a history of property bubbles and not a stable maintainable market?

At this point Mike got involved. from the information in the article he was able to obtain copies of the title plan and register details from the land regstry for the princely sum of £6 you can find them here and here. This does raise questions about how complex process of conveyancing actually is. I appreciate that buying a house is a lengthy process and as such you will want the protection that comes with a legal professional dealing with your claim. but maybe there is a saving to be made by performing theses types of searches yourself?

Looking at the Land registry Documents, The Penny’s still seem to be the registered owners. It is possible that records might take time to update, but the original story was published on Yahoo on the 5th February 2014, Mike obtained the documents from the Land registry on the 27th March 2014.

At this point. It occurs to me that the Zoopla Sales data  could be gathered from Land registry Register details. as it details the location, current owner and cost of the property and the reason that  Zoopla aren’t currently showing the property has sold, is because:

  • the sale actually hasn’t finalised yet
  • the sale has gone through but the records have not been refreshed either by the Land registry, which I doubt or by Zoopla , which I think would be more likely as its is presumably periodically  polling/scraping the Land registry website for the information
  • The sale has fallen through.

In any case this story had me consider the relevancy of Estate Agents, The ease of obtaining copies of important documents with freely available information and how hard or easy it would be to track someone down with just a few basic bits of information.

And just think, if Yahoo had been consistent with blurring the address of the property in question, I wouldn’t have bothered to do all this digging.

 

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