authentication – Former Boyfriend has hijacked my computer systems, software programs and/or network communications

How do I recover from a calculated near unbelievable cyber hijacking?

It started with my Verizon phone two weeks after a break up. The phone began linking and syncing apps, contacts just everything to his various (textnow app) phone numbers, as well as his mobile number, tablet, cloud accounts and aol.com account. It was like someone had admin rights. Well,sure enough after 3 months of ransomware,iframe configs,02Auth,V2,cloned Chrome OS system, (cromini), Enterprise enrolled not managed Chromebook, cloned sim cards, network hacks, malicious java script code in crosh, numerous email accounts added to Admin accounts GSuite, android and Workspace, installed apks, apis? Code writing apps, device info apps, compromised passwords etc. I have no access to emails to decline invites to Google Home, Nest, Verizon Family Link and others. He is now using my identity and devices to elicit cyber sex with people online. Files are saved to my phone along with no media files etc. He had access to devices and passwords. I had no idea he was capable of this. I just thought he was a narcissist and a dirty old man. I don’t if I’m in danger of being implemented in some online crime. I have no control and the authorities in my small town believe I’m delusional. I found a mobi drive filled with code for redirects, cloned demo samsung everything..but he moved the info before I could download anything. I have some session logs, screenshots and more. Also, I have reported to FBI, Justice Dpt and others.

At this point I have the phones and computer still. Hoping someone would inspect them. No one believes this is possible. I swear it is and it’s happening to me.

Is there any way to get this under control?

permissions – After installing Ubuntu 21.04, programs can’t write to NAS

I’ve had a couple of programs copying or moving files from my Ubuntu PC to my NAS – FreeFileSync for backups and a custom Python script for maintaining my media library. Since upgrading to 21.04 both have reported errors:

  • FreeFileSync reports errors on files it tries to sync in the form of:

    "Cannot write modification time of "/mnt/backup/Google Drive/DocumentsBackup/temp.a086.ffs_tmp". Error Code 1: Operation not permitted (futimens)"

  • The Python script outputs an error which prevents the move from completing (the file appears to be copied but without the modified time, which seems suspicious given the above error):

    "error: (Errno 1) Operation not permitted"

  • If I copy files manually, there appears to be no error but the modification time is also not retained which suggests the same underlying issue, just without an error dialog.

If I run the Python script using sudo it successfully completes with no errors, which makes it smell like a permissions handling change in 21.04?

The shares are mounted using the following /etc/stab/, working prior to the upgrade:

//192.168.7.32/video /mnt/videos cifs username=guest,password=<...>,uid=1000,iocharset=utf8,vers=1.0 0 0
//192.168.7.32/homes/Backup2015 /mnt/backup cifs username=guest,password=<...>,uid=1000,iocharset=utf8,vers=1.0 0 0

I’ve tried adding gid=1000,forceuid,forcegid to the above definitions in case it improved matters with no luck.

asp.net – Colleague wants web apps to behave like Windows desktop programs

I have been creating new ASP.Net web apps for my workplace intranet (it is a closed system, not accessible to customers) and also re-creating some existing Windows programs as web applications. One colleague always suggests that things work more like a Windows desktop program – things that would take extensive effort with JavaScript for example (of which I have only a small amount of experience) to implement, and which only the requestor is likely to notice. Our primary internal tools are all moving to a browser-based, externally mandated production system now, and so I have been following those standards.

This colleague always asks, “could there be an Hourglass?” for anything that is not instantaneous. Also, “could there be a piece of JavaScript that explains that it is searching?” or whatever the scenario is. I had previously done this for some particularly long-running pages. That is more effort than our in-house system needs. Another issue arose over how to update data. The suggestion was to have a button to switch to Edit mode, then save the data if the user navigates away or closes the page. But the web server doesn’t know that you have closed the browser window or navigated away. (Yes, it could be done with JavaScript, but is not necessary.) Another request is for a message to appear on the page to say “Click Update to save your changes” as soon as any alteration is made to the data on the screen.

My approach when using ASP.Net for pages that simply edit a single row in a table (not insert or delete) is to have the DetailsView or FormView launch in Edit mode, with the standard link buttons labelled Update and Cancel at the bottom. If the user closes or navigates away, no data change happens – which seems very intuitive to me (and requires no code). The suggested way feels a bit like leaving the car in Drive when you stop and having it roll away when you get out of it.

Are my colleague’s suggestions reasonable, or do they reflect a lack of experience with web applications? To me, these suggestions are not just inappropriate to the browser app situation, they are actually harmful. It would add lots of needless and error-prone development for me. How can I approach this? My manager has not heard these one to one discussions and likely has no opinion, but I will bring it up when possible.

shutdown – Warn when other workspace session is open or when programs still running (20.04)

When pressing the “Power Off” button in Ubuntu 20, is there a way to prevent the system from shutting down when any programs (especially in other workspaces) are still open? Or to at least provide a warning that let’s one abort the shutdown process? I frequently experience unwanted forced program terminations and would like to prevent this in the future. I would prefer not to run a shell script when shutting down the computer. Just pressing the regular “Power Off” button should be sufficient.

The question was asked before here for Ubuntu 18. The answer does not seem to address my issues properly because I would like to have a simple solution that just works on pressing the “Power Off” button (as opposed to running any scripts). This answer on Stackoverflow proposes running a script all the time in the background that handles any shutdown. I’m also not a big fan of this one as I believe there may be a more “native” and simpler feature in Ubuntu.

windows 10 – Other programs are saying my USB drive is full but not really, folders automatically corrupted, etc

I have a 1TB USB that I got about a month ago. It was working fine for 2 weeks until folders, when made, started getting corrupted automatically. All the other folders are fine except recently made ones.

Also, after the 2 weeks programs started saying the drive was full even though it had a lot more data left. (around 982GB?) The drive is formatted as exFAT, fyi.

Why has this happened? I think I need to restart the drive (Clears the drive, then resets it me thinks) but I don’t know how. Any help?

(Info on the USB: It was bought from Amazon for around 10 – 15$. It doesn’t have a case but it also hasn’t been dropped, broken/deleted any files, etc. This USB should work like a charm but it doesn’t.)

Edit: Currently copying files from the USB to C:/

security – What are the risks of installing programs as standard user on Windows 10

For a non local-admin standard user on Windows Pro 10, if the %appdata% and %documents% (maybe some others) are already disabled by group policy to run any programs, is it safe to allow this user to be able to install some program without admin access? what are the potential risks for it in a corporate environment?

algorithms – A beginner’s question on programs that can search and calculate in very large sets

I am not in the computer science field and was looking for some guidance on books/papers/programs that allow me to learn how to design algorithms for problems that involve very large number of calculations and search in very large datasets. Texts that have advanced mathematics is not an issue. I am just looking for some specific resources that help me understand how people in computer science perform seemingly vast operations such as in complicated video games, Google like search etc. I have access to a computer cluster and am fairly familiar with C++, Matlab and Python.

Thanks.

bash – Why do user programs talk to the Shell instead of directly to the Kernel?

I’ve been reasearching the differences of Bash, Terminal and Shell recently. One of the things that I discovered is that the Shell, can not only be a way for the user to give commands to the Kernel, but also for the programs to give commands to it, shown by this very good image representing what Shell does.

My question is why is this necessary? Aren’t user programs (like the Terminal for example) just a bunch of processes which could then be handled directly by the Kernel? Why is the Shell in the middle of this?

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windows – I keep getting data errors when installing various common programs

This is going to be more of a read than the title implies. My PC has had Windows 10 on it for many years. Only in the last year or two have I started to have truly unexplainable breakdowns. In addition to frequent crashes and freezes, files started to become corrupted and applications would break and no longer launch.

Things got weird when reinstalling these programs would fail due to a variation on a generic error, and I was never able to research anything concrete. Things like “read of file error.” Or “Check installation media and get a new one from the publisher”, stuff like that.

Today I bought Mass Effect Legendary and when to install Origin, same problem. I download the Origin installer multiple times, onto multiple drives. It always fails when extracting.

I can’t take it anymore, so I reinstalled Windows using a copy freshly acquired from Microsoft, burned to USB on a different computer. I am still getting these issues when installing 7zip, nVidia drivers, and again, Origin. Steam and Chome installed fine, but I’m guessing this has to do with how they are packaged. I have attached screenshots of these failures.

7zip installer failed
nvidia driver installer failed
Origin installer failed

I have reinstalled windows onto 3 different drives so far, this is a constant occurrence. I have made sure my router and computer firewall settings are minimal. I’m starting to consider some crazy explanations, like the CPU has “gone bad,” or there is a literal ghost who’s messing with my computers.