Friday, August 12, 2022

Home surveillance can be ruff

found on The Funny Beaver

I think every dog owner has experienced this. If they see you with food they are going to watch you like a hawk. Kiss your privacy goodbye until they see you finish it.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

That's not suspicious at all

from here and here

It's always a good idea to be suspicious of any strange behaviour on your computer. It might be innocuous (like Windows Update slowing everything down from behind the scenes) but it might also be a sign that your computer has been compromised. The only way to find out is to investigate further, but that won't happen if you don't at least have some suspicion about it.

DEFCON 17: Making Fun of Your Malware

Watch on YouTube

Want to see attackers fail? This old DEFCON presentation demonstrates some of the technical and operational failures by malware authors and operators. Also, this gives a little taste of DEFCON for the people who can't attend this year.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Surveillance with a smile

from here and here

So both Tim Hortons and the RCMP have been spying on people. I'm starting to wonder about my home and native land. Is everything spying on me? Are even those damn geese spying on me? 

I suppose technically neither Tim Hortons nor the Royal Canadian Malware Purveyors are actually spying on me because I don't have a mobile phone for them to attack (and people question my decision to forgo cell phone ownership).

Attacks need to be kept up to date too

found on Izismile

I think the youth of today know better than to get into a strange van for some free candy. Funny pictures, on the other hand, might not trigger the same suspicion since it wasn't explicitly drilled into anyone's head.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

A 2nd VPN?

from here and here

And if you use a 2nd VPN, what hides your browsing from that? A 3rd VPN? Eventually you're going to have to trust someone with your browsing traffic. Maybe instead of using a VPN you could just switch to an ISP you trust.

You Clicked That Link Didn't You shirt

Product Page

Consider this apparel the next time you have to travel to a user's desk to deal with a malware alert. You can start the conversation by just pointing at your torso.

Monday, August 8, 2022

Turning your relationship into a rocky road in 3...2...1...

from here (image source)

The only reason you'd want to lock up your ice cream is if someone you live with, someone who shares physical access to your freezer, was eating it and you didn't want them to. This isn't going to stop them. It's only going to upset them and that's not good when you're living with them. I would think twice before employing this technique if I were you. 

So much for good fences making good neighbours

found on Funny Junk

Privacy is, unfortunately, something that can be pretty easily violated simply by disregarding social norms. In this case, however,  there are all kinds of possible solutions (a taller fence, a paintball, a high powered laser pointer, a well aimed/focused solar cooker, etc.)

Friday, August 5, 2022

No ransom for you!

from here and here

True story. It wasn't even my job, but when you're one of the few people able to help it kinda becomes your responsibility. I did try to get my employer to donate to the maintainer of the service that identified which decryptor to use, but I never thought to ask for a raise or bonus for myself. Apparently some people think that was a missed opportunity.