Thursday, October 31, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
if you think just any bit of plastic looks like a 3D printed gun, then you might be a security idiot(inspiration)
by kurt wismer in security idiot
thanks to my boss for sharing this ted talk with me. this is one of the few things i've seen that draws the connection between privacy and autonomy and freedom. privacy is the means by which we achieve freedom and it is what we have to give up to get things for free. so the choice we are often asked to make these days is between free things or freedom.
Monday, October 28, 2013
|from here (source image)|
part of thinking like an attacker means dreaming up some truly crazy stuff, trying to find something that defenders never anticipated. i think craziness deserves to be right up there alongside stupidity on the short list of things in this universe that are infinite.
Friday, October 25, 2013
|link to tweet|
i don't know if it's really catchy, but i hope it catches on because the number of sources talking about fingerprint readers like they offer security is too damn high. so i'll echo this sentiment as a catch phrase and i encourage others to do the same - and by all means, check out dustin's link where he lays out the argument against using fingerprints, or really any biometric, as an authentictor.
by kurt wismer in catch phrase
Thursday, October 24, 2013
i've argued before that stopping the NSA from spying on their own citizens won't stop them from spying on everyone else, but i suppose the only way they can stop spying on their own citizens is to stop blanket surveillance and go back to more selective approaches that, even outside the US, most of us will not be targeted by. so by all means, reform the NSA, please.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
|from here (source image)|
inspired by this tweet by mikko hypponen. you might even say i ripped him off entirely, but i actually think this modified text works better for the demotivational poster format than his original statement did (try it yourself and see what you think).
Friday, October 18, 2013
|from here (source image)|
an unfortunate reality of life is that we don't have infinite resources. we can try to protect call the things, but we'll never succeed and if we're not careful we may wind up protecting things of lesser importance while more important things are left exposed and vulnerable.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Monday, October 14, 2013
Friday, October 11, 2013
Thursday, October 10, 2013
trying to keep data out of the NSA's hands when it's sitting on a hard drive is a straightforward enough task, but when the data is moving from one system to another over the internet? without encryption, the data can be easily read while in transit, and the NSA is tapping cables for just that purpose.
(inspired by this tweet by christopher soghoian)
seems like even cartoon squirrels hate having their privacy invaded by nosey people. foamy the squirrel doesn't mention the nosiest people of all (spies) but everything he says about nosey people goes double for NSA people - leave me (and other people) alone.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
|found on allthingsd|
although the character here seems to have no discipline whatsoever, even a much more disciplined individual would likely find it difficult to cut off all the NSA's access to their data because it would mean giving up virtually all methods of connecting with people with the exception of face-to-face conversations.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
schneier makes his thoughts known on a number of security related topics, many of which he has no credentials in (and perhaps no talent for). but cryptography is his specialty, so when he talks about it you should probably listen.
Monday, October 7, 2013
|from here (source article)|
you know that video of the school play where the curtains come down and that one kid finds himself on the wrong side? this kid just did that for the security theatre at airports. if the TSA can't even stop a 9 year old, how are we to believe they can stop terrorists?
|found in an article by Violet Blue about the Silk Road takedown|
excellent. as i have maintained for years, people really do want to laugh at the bad guys, so when those bad guys do stupid things that's just more for us to laugh at. this isn't the only lolthreat made with ross ulbricht's picture so go check out the article and click through some of the links because there are a few more at least.
Friday, October 4, 2013
|found on cheezburger.com|
launching counter-attacks may seem appealing, but even in the above animated gif, what does it get the squid/octopus in the end? not back safely in the water, that's for sure.
and it's questionable whether most hack-back would even be this successful.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
|from here (source image prior to major manipulation)|
no one is going to report bugs with such a ridiculous incentive. they might as well be handing out monopoly money.
when i read on graham cluley's blog that yahoo was offering bug bounties that were barely more than funny money, i just KNEW i had to mock them. my first thought was drink tickets.
then i considered a coupon
but then i actually visited the store and found a coupon graphic right there, so with some lame gimp skills i made this. think i can get this on a t-shirt? probably not with the logo/company name
i also considered actual funny money, but from what i could see, that would have taken too long (though the final one took a bit too)