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IP Bill, Brexit and Trump create perfect storm of autocracy

Posted by Kevin on November 22, 2016

Writing in the New Scientist today, Ray Corrigan (a senior lecturer in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics faculty at the Open University) describes the perfect storm for loss of liberty in the UK. It is the confluence of the IP Bill (“the most pervasive and invasive mass surveillance legislation in history”); the election of […]

Brexit sorted

Posted by Kevin on November 21, 2016

This Brexit thing worries a lot of people. Take Angela Merkel. You see, the German economy works best when there’s a strong UK economy. Well, no. Forget the UK. When there’s a strong England economy. Actually, no. Forget England. When there’s a strong London economy. In fact, no. Forget London. When the City is doing […]

Pompeo: Trump’s new head of the CIA

Posted by Kevin on November 20, 2016

I published this article about Michael Richard Pompeo on an earlier blog on 8 March 2014. This is the man that Donald Trump has chosen to head up the CIA. On Monday this week Christopher Soghoian will hold a virtual conversation with Edward Snowden during SXSW 2014. Not everybody is pleased. Congressman Michael Richard Pompeo […]

Living the Nightmare

Posted by Kevin on November 20, 2016

This is the stuff of nightmares. It is a nightmare set in a shadowy world of total government surveillance, where government can spy on anyone pretty much unhindered (IP Bill), and where citizens’ personal data can be given by government to pretty much anyone (Digital Economy Bill). In this shadowy world there is a government […]

NHS Trusts and the threat from ransomware

Posted by Kevin on November 19, 2016

Healthcare has become a major target for extortionists for two primary reasons: firstly, patients rather than profits are the priority with less being spent on IT and security than by outright commercial firms; and secondly, there is huge pressure to get systems back up and running when health and potentially lives are at stake. These […]

Free and open internet

Posted by Kevin on November 18, 2016

I think I’ve slipped into a parallel universe where contradictions prove themselves. How else do you understand the NCSC, part of GCHQ, one of the Five Eyes, making this tweet: This was the very day that the IP Bill effectively became law. It was passed without amendment by the House of Lords meaning that there […]

Secondary legislation and the role of the House of Lords

Posted by Kevin on November 17, 2016

Secondary legislation is an abomination. It allows the government – usually just the relevant Secretary of State – to alter, amend and expand an existing law without any reference to Parliament. It is described as a necessary means for ensuring laws remain relevant and pertinent to our fast-moving society. In reality, it is simply a […]

Liars and Reliarbility

Posted by Kevin on November 16, 2016

It is becoming my wont. Rob Slade is providing an excellent series on the weaknesses of modern infosec journalists. I must riposte. The subject is lies and reliability. You see, the problem with ‘liar, liar, pants on fire’ is that unless you see it for yourself, you can never be certain whether the pants are […]

Infosec reporters

Posted by Kevin on November 12, 2016

Robert has thrown down the gauntlet (What reporters should know about infosec); and against my better judgement I feel compelled to respond. It’s not that I disagree with him, but I feel a view from the other side is required. What are reporters? A reporter reports the news. He (to include she from hereon) does […]

Kaspersky calls out Microsoft

Posted by Kevin on November 11, 2016

Readers will know that there are many unhappy Windows 10 contributors on this site. We know we are not alone – but most of us who complain are mere users with voices that don’t carry to Redmond. Now for, as far as I know the first time, an industry leader has publicly said the same […]