Thursday, April 27, 2017

They often seem more interested in dirty bums than dirty bombs

from here

Considering how invasive the TSA can be in their searches, I hope they have to deal with the occasional brown fountain.

Even hackers screw up when it comes to security

found on iFunny

On the one hand it could be argued that if even the experts (like the hackers themselves) can't do this stuff right then maybe we shouldn't feel so bad when we mess it up ourselves.

On the other hand, it could also be argued that being a famous hacker is a little bit like being a famous smuggler.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

They might even be opposites

from here (source image)

Since this is supposed to be Russia, perhaps something got lost in translation.

If only it were that easy

found on Meme Center

I don't mean to belittle this act of disobedient privacy protection, that's actually pretty great, but hacking isn't just adding an S to the URL.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

I thought they were supposed to be smart

from here

Do you think the cybercriminal underworld will learn it's lesson from the longest ever US hacking sentence? My guess would be "no".

From the mouths of babes

found on eBaum's World

We all deserve a little privacy at times, and don't let anyone tell you different.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Don't pick up 'chocolate' off the ground either

from here

Good advice all around - don't pick up 'chocolate' or USB drives. Some things are just better left where you found them.

Lion loves children and parents love barrier

Watch on YouTube

Thank goodness for good barriers. Without them, this scene would be a lot less funny.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Seamus O'Drop Table Users can test that hypothesis

from here

You have to think SQL injection is something the Irish are more sensitive to than the average developer, considering their names.

Your privacy isn't going to protect itself

found on Memebase

You need to take an active role in protecting your privacy, not just expect other people to do it for you.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Like Java and JavaScript all over again

from here

Much like Java and JavaScript, Tor is to torrent what car is to carrot.

Not even Woody is safe from the TSA

found on The Meta Picture

I'm not even getting your job from a pizza box explains this level of stupidity. It's clearly a toy and far too small for anyone to consider a serious threat.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

'Special' Security

from here

The embarrassing (for McAfee) screenshot was originally tweeted by Trumpton Labour, but it has since been deleted, so I have no working link for the original image.

How to deter literate burglars

found on Imgur

Obviously this security system operates primarily on deterrence. It's like a "Beware of Dog" sign but with a lot more words, which makes me wonder if perhaps it's missing it's target audience.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

I don't think that's what "anti" is supposed to mean

from here

I'm not sure Cylance understands that anti-malware is supposed to be against malware. They talk about integrity but apparently not about principles.

Uncanny Camouflage

found on GIPHY

I don't know about you but if I were actually there and someone appeared to just walk out of a vending machine like that I think it would creep me out.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Maybe he should listen to dubstep instead

from here

See Blowfish if you don't get it.

Private Snafu vs. Spies

Watch on YouTube

Loose lips sink ships as the saying goes. That being said, who knew they were using cartoons to teach OpSec to the military back in the old days? That's amazing to me.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Thank Judas for chocolate eggs

from here

The resurrection wouldn't have happened without the crucifixion, which in turn wouldn't have happened without Judas.

Now the argument could be made that the eggs have more to do with a pagan goddess named Ä’ostre, but most people don't remember or were never taught anything about pagan gods and goddesses, so without the Jesus connection it's probable Easter would have been lost to history like so many other things.

Hidden eggs and hidden dangers

found on Demotivational Posters

You don't generally hear about kids needing face guards for Easter egg hunts but you do hear about some kids not playing well with others so this outcome is not all that hard to imagine in the grand scheme of things.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Maybe you shouldn't be surprised when they act like villains

from here

Is there really a big difference here? You know the saying "Power corrupts"? Well, what do you think that means for the people in power?

Transparent Luggage

product available on Crumpler

Who needs baggage x-rays when you've got luggage like this. Hope you don't mind people seeing your underwear (and any other unmentionables you might happen to pack). Probably it'll help avoid accidentally packing the family pet too.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

When your defenses come pre-fuzzed

from here (source image)

Of course, the most obvious way the armoured kitten will protect your electronics is by curling up on the warm parts like the power adapter, thereby spreading it's armour over them.

Admit it - you wish more protection came pre-fuzzed now, don't you.

They're not fighting, they're training captive bees to survive in the wild

found on Gagomatic

Truthfully it never occurred to me that fencing uniforms and bee keeper uniforms look similar but I suppose with both of them requiring protection against getting stabbed in the face I guess there are comparisons that can be drawn.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Now I can safely reply to the prince of Nigeria

from here

You know who impresses me? The people who take these calls and then have fun at the scammer's expense. Every single time I get a call like this I find it either too exasperating or too infuriating to try that kind of gag.

What winning the cyberwar against humans looks like

found on ThrillBlender

Squirrels take out more electrical infrastructure than hackers do, and we still dress them up and give them tiny little medals.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Halt and catch fire

from here (source image)

While it can certainly be said that humans have (arguably) mastered fire, I feel comfortable declaring that we have not mastered the Internet. Check out the product page and tell me you don't see ways to interrupt or give false data that could ultimately lead to a fire.

Thanks to Sam Knutson for tweeting the source image.

TSA Screener

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I'm not sure if this is a parody of an existing song or an original work, but it highlights some of the worst things about the TSA in the form of a catchy tune.

Friday, April 7, 2017

We'll call it "extra secure"

from here (source image)

If I'm not mistaken, I believe that's fitness equipment on the other side of that turnstile, so it makes you wonder: is the turnstile mean to keep people out or keep people in.

Because memory works so much better under pressure

found on TheChive

I know that locking the account after too many wrong attempts makes good sense from a security standpoint, but I also know from experience how tense things become when you're on your last try and you start typing it extra slow so that you don't hit any of the wrong keys.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Awww, did your malicious site get taken down?

from here

It wasn't me. I haven't done anything recently. I know nothing.


found on Vitamin-Ha

As tough as a turtle shell may be, that helmet probably offers even more protection.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

So much for "educational purposes"

from here

It seems to me that if you're going to argue that teaching malware creation inherently teaches how to defend against malware, then you should probably be able to defend against something as simple as ransomware, especially since the defense is equally simple - maintain backups.

What could possibly go wrong while shopping there?

found on Izismile

They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. I suspect the road to jail is often paved with bad life decisions.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Just between you and me, privates are private

from here

Of all the things to collect usage data from, sex toys should absolutely not be on the list.

Beware of guard toad

found on Evil Milk

It may not stop people, but I bet it gives bugs a real tongue-lashing.

Monday, April 3, 2017

For Security!

from here

You can't tell me you haven't gone through this at least once. I think every windows user (and probably users of other systems too) have had to deal with the disruption of intrusive updates. It's a shame there doesn't appear to be a better way.

The Media Show: How do hackers find my passwords?

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For those times when you want to help someone understand password attacks without getting caught up in technical jargon.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Hard to call it research if that's all there is to it

from here

Ultimately the research will involve making new malware, but if that's all it took then there wouldn't really be anything new to learn from that. The fact that there is more to the research into bypassing AV proves that AV isn't as trivial as it's frequently made out to be.

On the Internet no one knows you're a cat

found on I Can Has Cheezburger

When hacker kitty finally gets in, expect to see shipments of gourmet cat food from Amazon.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Senseless security is wearing thin

from here (source image)

Thin fences making thin neighbours really doesn't make any more or less sense than good fences making good neighbours. A fence shouldn't change the neighbour, it just prevents movement or access, and it's debatable whether the one pictured above would even qualify.

Windows firewall merchandise

found on CafePress

I'm not sure but I think someone just took a captioned photo that would be funny in it's own right and had CafePress print it on t-shirts and other apparel so that you can wear the joke around town. That's not a half bad idea. Maybe I should try it.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Ever wonder what the opposite of camouflage is?

from here (source image)

The only way people don't see you coming in this is if they're blinded by the colour scheme.

I guess we'll both go blind

found on

Maybe the spooks would be better off if their window into our private lives went dark. Better that kind of blindness than the other.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Protect your nudes with elliptic perv cryptography

from here

Thanks to @mzbat for sharing one of the bat-shit-craziest things I've ever heard of coming from a teacher's mouth.This is what kids are learning these days? I think we found the FBI's golden key, and it's a long-term psy-ops campaign.

Never underestimate your adversary

found on Dump A Day

I've said it before and I'll say it again:
Never underestimate your adversary
I'll be honest, though. I probably would have underestimated them. I would not have thought those little rodents would have that kind of problem solving ability. Perhaps I just don't know rodents very well.

Monday, March 27, 2017

How to catch monsters and win cases

from here

I'm not sure how techniques can logically become more secret over time, but logic isn't necessarily the government's strong suit, so of course they'd use techniques that later became classified.

Sometimes the best defense is to get the f^*% out of there

Watch on YouTube

The hawk may be a king in the skies, but in a pine tree it's clearly at a disadvantage relative to the squirrel, and the squirrel capitalizes on that in order to escape.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Vendors keep trying to take away our weird machines

from here

If you only look at vulnerabilities as bugs to be eliminated, you might never look deeper and learn about the concept of weird machines. Not that that justifies the existence of vulnerabilities, mind you, but sometimes advancement requires us to look at things with new eyes rather than just following the same mental shortcuts we built up in the past over and over again.

Dude, where's my car?

found on Ebaum's World

In reality, I suspect this paint job is actually a theft deterrent, because nobody want a car that ugly.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

What blows up more, batteries or bombs?

from here

It's almost as if the people who decided any electronics bigger than a phone have to go into checked luggage were trying to create air disasters. That or they've magically never heard of exploding batteries, even though there was a news story recently about a woman's face getting burned by a battery in her headphones exploding.

Whatever the justification, this is a disaster waiting to happen - a time bomb, if you will.

The House Chore Games

found on Imgur

This mom must be dealing with a clever kid if she has to devise a countermeasure for replay attacks.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Don't tempt fate, or the Internet

from here

I kind of feel sorry for the site operator featured in this Ars article. He was clearly out of his depth. Now when you load the page there's nothing there. I suppose that's more secure, but it's not very useful.

How to get a 'free' printer

tweeted by Blake Messick

Supposedly this is just a prank, which I hope means that any ill-gotten gains were eventually returned to their rightful owners with an explanation, otherwise I think this might qualify as some sort of fraud.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Free WiFi and banking - What could go wrong?

from here (source image one and two)

Thanks to KetchupandBeer for tweeting the photo of a rather disconcerting billboard. That appears to be an actual hotspot stuck to the billboard where literally anyone could tamper with it (because why not find a way to make free WiFi even more risky). I wouldn't connect to that if you paid me.