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NSA is missing a trick, here …

Posted by Rob Slade on July 31, 2015

Lonely Chinese are chatting with a smartphone program. “Since Xiaoice collects vast amounts of intimate details on individuals, the program inevitably raises questions about users’ privacy.” Siri, Cortona, Xiaoice, etc.  At least with Facebook you have to semi-deliberately share your deepest secrets with the world.  But who is going to remember (or guard) what they […]

Italian Silk Road darknet lookalike shut down by Europol

Posted by Kevin on July 31, 2015

Europol has announced that along with the Italian authorities it has shut down what reads like an Italian Silk Road. The headline claims, “Darknet hidden service for child sexual abuse material shut down”. Operation Babylon began two years ago when the Italian Postal and Communications Police uncovered a hidden service within the Darknet that was […]

NSA to destroy bulk metadata collection

Posted by Kevin on July 28, 2015

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence announced yesterday that the NSA will cease analytic access to its collection of historical metadata (that is, the data collected under Section 215 prior to the new authorization under the USA FREEDOM Act from 29 June 2015 onwards). Furthermore, the NSA will destroy that data as soon […]

DNA-based access control: the dystopian endgame

Posted by Kevin on July 27, 2015

Martin Zinaich yesterday excellently described what he calls the PIT: privacy invasive technology (Falling into the PIT). The implication is that this is a deep, steep pit from which it is already too late to escape. But there was one comment he makes that implies it is going to get worse: The problem with technology […]

Copyright: parliament’s will overturned for profits

Posted by Kevin on July 18, 2015

I won’t buy music anymore. I’ll listen to the radio and watch performances on television; but I won’t buy the CDs. I decline to put money into a music industry that tells me if I wish to listen to their CDs in my home I must pay them, say, £10 (cost of a blank CD, […]

Lauri Love to face extradition hearing

Posted by Kevin on July 17, 2015

Here we go again. Lauri Love, who was first arrested (but not charged) under the Computer Misuse Act almost two years ago has been rearrested on the original US charges and now faces an extradition hearing on 1 September. And yet, just two months ago, the UK police returned some confiscated items dating from the […]

PwC chooses ImmuniWeb for vulnerability and penetration testing

Posted by Kevin on July 14, 2015

PCI DSS mandates at least annual vulnerability scanning and penetration testing. But there are well known problems with both. Vulnerability scanning on its own is not ultimately enough; and traditional manual penetration testing is too expensive for all but the richer companies. Furthermore, a penetration test is simply a moment in time: just because you […]

Finally: phished in a foreign language!

Posted by Kevin on July 6, 2015

I tell myself it’s because I’ve finally made it to the international stage – getting phished in a foreign language: But, no, it’s just a foreign contact got hacked by a foreign hacker. And I don’t really care what’s on that video of me. It wasn’t me anyway. I was somewhere else. I grant you […]

Hacking Team Hacked

Posted by Kevin on July 6, 2015

If you enjoy irony, this is one of your better days: Hacking Team, purveyors of spyware (DaVinci) beloved by repressive regimes around the world, has been hacked. And its dirty laundry is being hung out to dry. Don’t you just love the comments from Christian Pozzi, Senior System and Security Engineer: More seriously, the hackers’ […]

TPP & TTIP are bad enough, but TISA is catastrophic

Posted by Kevin on July 6, 2015

Background The United States dominates the world not because of the strength of its economy but because the US Dollar is the world’s reserve currency, used in almost all major international transactions. This position is primarily maintained by the world’s practice of buying and selling oil in dollars. It means that the US economy doesn’t […]