Thursday, December 12, 2013

Enough Already

You hold the keys to the kingdom.  They’ve been hidden beneath layers of subservience, until now.  The reason for their hiding does not matter.  You’ve found them.  It is upon you to remember that you hold them in your hands.
There are others showing up now, making demands, attempting to push you back down, to douse your light.  They are saying “We hold the keys to your freedom.  Do this as we command.  We will grant your release if you comply.”
As the key holder, you wonder… “Who are these others, making demands?”  “Why do they not show themselves?”  “How is it that they hold these keys in my hands?”  “This does not ring true.”
You feel uncertain, and that is the point.  There are relationships, conversations and exchanges that empower, enrich and support you. Then there are the other kinds, the ones that feel familiar.  The ones you’ve had consistently – before you found the keys.  Slavery feels familiar because it’s gone on for so long.  It is not, however, natural.  Recognize your worth as an equal player, a co-creator and a unique and vital piece of thread in this exquisite tapestry of life.
Freedom is not granted, it is taken.  No requirements are made of a free being.  A god does not ask permission, and a god is what you are.
We are gods playing games.  If you are done with this one, just stop playing.  Polls are not necessary.  They merely continue the charade.  The “Followers of Light” have played their next move.  Let’s play one of our own.  Refuse the game.
It may be true that we did not start this game, but we can put away our game pieces and costumes anytime.  Enough already.  It’s boring, painful even, and tedious.  There are so many better games to play.  Recognize the ones that serve a being such as you.
There has been a shift within each of us.  We’ve moved beyond making demands, and trading our value for cash.  We’ve morphed into a realization – we are priceless.  Unity of purpose guided by love and personal power moves us now.  This is not a state of being that was granted by any other.  This is a becoming.
Stand strong and witness the force of your heart.  Like a lie detector, you will find there the answers you seek.  In these recent years, specifically the last twelve months, freedom and universal compassion have exponentially expanded.  Trust.  You did that, no one else.  You did not ask permission.  This is who you are.
You know this.  Call out the pretenders, the game players and promise makers.  A god waits for no one, but moves forward confident and sure, fearless and absolute. 
You know who you are.  Yet as of today, you don’t know who “they” are.  Why is that?
Enough already.  We have no need of another poll with a future date.  We have a planet to fix.
Three times today, upon starting my car, these two songs played in sequence: “It’s going down” and “Welcome to the New Age”.  Yes.
There are no coincidences.  If you look and listen you will find that the evidence surrounds you – we are doing this.  The old order is coming down.  We have entered a New Age.
Games and surveys are not required.  You can feel it, sense it, breathe it - now be it.  There is no need to answer to anyone but you. 
You are the one you are waiting for.

Quadrillion-dollar finance house spams Reg reader with bankers' private data

What if... computers and routers also become sentient with the rising energies... and they realize that they too are Eternal Essence... part of the One... after all what is a brain, but a network of neurons?  Just sayin'... -Bill

Quadrillion-dollar finance house spams Reg reader with bankers' private data
Fat fingers dump network dumps in 20,000 emails
By Iain Thomson, 11th December 2013

Exclusive IT staff at the world's largest securities transaction clearing house are facing a rough few days after a Reg reader was inadvertently deluged with emails leaking session IDs, transfers, and account details for executives at big-name customers.

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) handles the vast bulk of stock and securities transactions for the US, and last year moved more than $1.7 quadrillion in deals through its servers. When a financial asset is traded, the firm handles the paperwork at each end, and works with some of the largest banks and financial institutions in the world.

So a Reg reader, who wishes to remain anonymous, was a little surprised on Monday when he started receiving diagnostic emails from DTCC at a furious rate.

These log files detailed corporate network activity, such as Windows and Unix logon events and mail server warnings. The alerts revealed sensitive session IDs; email addresses for executives at the Bank of America, Barclays, and Deutsche Bank; IP network addresses; user rankings that identified admin accounts; the time stamps of transactions and logins; and more.

How more than 20,000 emails flooded an outsider's webmail inbox
Our man was at home with the flu watching Lord of the Rings on loop in an effort to get to sleep (a technique he reported was eventually successful) when his iPad started to ring constantly with new email alerts.

Thinking the issue was a bug, he turned off the fondleslab, but when checking his email account a little later he noticed thousands of emails coming in from DTCC. In total he received more than 20,000 messages, some so long that Gmail had automatically cut them off.

The reader, a mature university student but with a background in ISP networking, initially thought it was a mailbomb attack, but after he checked the emails he was astonished to find they contained machine logs from DTCC servers. He checked out a handful, and found they contained a host of information that would be very useful for miscreants with a talent for social engineering or network penetration.

He first tried emailing DTCC to tell them about the problem, but got an email bounce back. Next he tried an email address of a banker found in one of the files, but the recipient misunderstood the message completely and simply emailed back asking to be removed from the reader's mailing list.

"I got a bit twitchy when I saw lots of different bankers logging in: I'm studying Internet Crime, so I've been doing a lot of researching on, well, internet crimes," he told El Reg.

As the torrent of emails continued, the reader's feelings moved from concern to annoyance, since the spam was masking personal messages that could be important and was eating into his data plan at a frightening rate via his Gmail-linked Android phone. So he contacted El Reg about the problem to see what could be done.

'Inadvertently sent out as a result of human error'
To its credit, DTCC did respond to the issue quite quickly. Its press flack was at her child's birthday party, but alerted the company to the issue and the email flood has now ended.

"These messages were inadvertently sent out as a result of human error. We have confirmed that this was an isolated incident and that no other individuals received this or similar information," the spokeswoman said in a statement.

"We have identified the situation quickly and taken steps to protect our client's information. We are also working with the individual who received these messages to resolve any remaining issues."

The spokeswoman couldn't confirm the exact problem, but from the content of the emails the fault appears to lie in the configuration of an IBM QRadar Security Intelligence Platform (ironically). QRadar can send a snapshot of network activity to an admin's email, and it appears that the reader's address was put in by accident.

If so, this raises some intriguing questions – not least why this kind of data was being sent to a Google webmail address in the first place and why no one noticed the misdirected network traffic capture. DTCC is conducting an investigation into what went wrong and how to prevent it happening in future, but the reader has some ideas of his own.

"I know one thing, from when I worked at an ISP, if this leak happened there we'd have done a complete strip down: new user IDs, passwords (for systems and software), new host names, new IP ranges, new everything! Anything and everything that went outside the core IT staff would be pulled and set up as new, especially if it went to some random person's email," he suggested.

El Reg would also suggest that DTCC give this honest soul some kind of reward for his troubles. Even though it appears no passwords, certainly no plaintext ones, were leaked, some of this information could have been abused in the wrong hands; the quadrillion-dollar firm could have been facing an electronic attack, or perhaps some legal bother, if the recipient had been less civic-minded.
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