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Mother Arrested After Not Wanting Her Daughter to Get Groped By the TSA

July 13th, 2011 Comments off

 

 

Gizmodo is running an article on the latest TSA nonsense. How long before we demand a bill of rights? Giving this much power to an organization that has time again proved it’s not mature enough to handle it is just dangerous.

Mother Arrested After Not Wanting Her Daughter to Get Groped By the TSA.

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Microsoft – Sticking it to the little guy again. #Security #Apple #Mac

May 13th, 2009 Comments off

msft_logoWell Redmond’s panic over Apple’s increase in market share, both in the USA and overseas seems to be spilling over and clouding its judgement on issues that it needs to be seen as being very cooperative on.   Read more…

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Certs Ain’t What They Used To Be

May 6th, 2009 Comments off

Security is based on trust and vigilance. Two things not so easy to come by in the computer industry. One answer to this that seemed to make a lot of sense at the time was the use of digital certificates (certs). Certs were meant to give the user confidence that the server they thought they were connecting to was indeed the one that they were connected to. It seems that the vigilance part of certs is waning badly. Read more…

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Sophos agrees with McAfee – Social Networks can be a data risk!

April 28th, 2009 Comments off

Computer security vendor Sophos supports McAfee’s position that IT departments need to pay close attention to what their users are doing over social networks.

There is a tangible risk to data security by users casually discussing work-related topics over sites like FaceBook, MySpace, Twitter, etc, etc. Read more…

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BBC botnet investigation turns hacks into hackers • The Register

March 12th, 2009 Comments off

Security is done in that grey area between right and wrong, where the need to protect your secrets is weighed  against the need to be open, honest and accessible.  Unfortunately many computer users have been lulled into a false sense of “security” by the very industry that sprung up out of the virus ridden late 80s to protect them.  This has lead to the belief that just having a security program installed or trusting Microsoft’s bundled safeguards is going to keep you safe.  Without proper diligence even the “cadillac” of security software isn’t going to be enough.

This vulnerability was made all too obvious this week when the BBC decided to step out of that grey area and jump headlong into the darkness.  By taking over an established botnet of 22,000 unsuspecting PCs to run an “experiment” they engaged in exactly the same behavior as the villains they were trying to warn their viewers about. Now their defense is that they did it with the best of intensions, which I’m sure is true.  However, should they expect the same “get out of jail” card to be played had they decided to go steal cars to prove how easy it was?  I don’t think so.

The laws are pretty clear about what constitutes a computer crime in the UK (and elsewhere).  Their final act of “kindness” really is the kicker.  Without the PC owner’s permission, they modified the PC configurations to replace the existing desktop wallpaper with one explaining what they had done and advising the PC’s owner to get better protection.  That’s a clear violation of the UK’s Computer Misuse Act. Was the car door open?  Were the keys in the ignition? Probably.  Doesn’t change the fact that the BBC got in and drove away.

BBC botnet investigation turns hacks into hackers • The Register.

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