Friday, May 31, 2013

tell me again about this great job opportunity

from here (source page)

really have to hand it to mikko hypponen. he finds some interesting things.

it is backed up, isn't it? ISN'T IT?

found on google image search

if there's one thing that should definitely enhance your calm, it's knowing that the data you just lost can be retrieved from backups.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

short on spare change? charge it!

from here (source image)

does anyone know how that's even supposed to work? is it hooked up to his cell phone or something? is there even a legitimate way that could work without being a bald-faced card skimming operation?

you have the right to stay off facebook

found on failbook

sometimes i think when people are read their miranda rights it should be amended to include
you have the right to stay off facebook. anything you post online can and will be used against you in a court of law.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

don't want to service that printer when it jams

from here (source image)

got to give credit for the joke to ryan russell, but printing guns is such a strange juxtaposition of ideas. i guess you have to always be ready to think outside the box.

online, everyone wants to help you with your genitalia

i wouldn't suggest responding to spam at all, but if you're going to respond to spam, this seems like an entertaining way to do it.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

that's one way to get all the chicks

from here (source image)

somehow i doubt the original trojan horse had body parts sticking out of it. i think the people of troy might have noticed that. they may not have been the brightest, but they weren't bird-brains.

who let the dogs out?

found on i can has cheezburger

this is pretty funny, but normally when dogs steal things they use stealth (do it when no one is looking) rather than intimidation

Monday, May 27, 2013

the doctor can't help you beyond this point

from here (source image one and two)

i wonder if making signs like this more personal and less generic actually makes them work better as a deterrent. it certainly seems to make me think about what they say rather than overlook them.

getting a kick out of the criminally stupid

found on failbook

clearly i'm not the only one who enjoys laughing at bad guys

Friday, May 24, 2013

blending in can be hard to do

from here (source image)

hiding in plain sight is something that really takes a bit of forethought in order to be able to pull it off effectively.

not exactly a blazing intellect

when the cops come around and take away your 2.5 pound joint, threatening to use the law against them might not be the brightest idea.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

carnac the magnificent leaves microsoft

from here (source image)

i don't know what's stranger: that microsoft has given up trying to predict what malware samples are going to be in comparative tests, or the fact that they were ever doing this in the first place.

you can't predict what malware will succeed in the wild or when, so i think most people are expecting anti-malware vendors to do their best to catch it all, not just what anti-malware testers use in their tests.

(do people even remember carnac the magnificent anymore?)

everything can be misused

found on failblog

it's amazing how even the most innocuous things can be used for evil.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

... then they came for our microwave ovens...

from here (source image)

so it's come to this. pressure cookers are now suspicious enough to warrant a visit from the FBI.

i'll bet crockpots are next

found on google image search

yeah, nobody's coming for you butter knife either, but what law abiding american needs a steak knife?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

now there's a handsome devil

from here (source image)

(channeling jack nickelson's portrayal of the joker)
what kind of a world do we live in, where a man who blows up part of boston becomes a teen heart throb?

no, seriously, that's kinda fucked up.

(credit to gal shpantzer for the "handsome devil" remark)

if spammy things happened in real life...

makes you glad spam is only a computer problem, doesn't it?

Monday, May 20, 2013

the most dangerous tattoo in the world

from here (source image one and two)

once upon a time it used to be a big deal that encryption software was controlled as though it were a munition, much like the hoopla that's currently going on about the 3D printable plastic guns.

this isn't the only person to get the RSA encryption algorithm in 3 lines of perl code tattooed on his/her body in protest, but this is the only one i've found with an explanation of what it was as part of the tattoo.

remember, remember, the 11th of september...

original tweet

this is an excellent re-imagining of the famous guy fawkes verse, with the subject being changed to the reaction to the september 11th, 2001 terrorist attack.

Friday, May 17, 2013

do as we say, not as we do

from here (source image)

hard to believe eric schmidt now wants to protect privacy against something that bares such a striking resemblance to one of google's own projects. frankly it seems more likely that he's jealous that google didn't think of it first - drones can go a lot more places than cars can, and you don't have to worry about getting stuck in traffic.

keep calm

found on decodeingress

thanks to martin mckeay for bringing this to my attention. i wonder what other security-related variations of the keep calm meme could be made.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

i can has privacy?

from here (source image)

chivalry may be dead, but privacy isn't going out without a fight. clearly.

Google Glass Security Implications

submitted by Arik (@arikb)

stupid criminals

there are few things i enjoy as much as laughing at bad guys.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

if you reduce your security...

if you reduce your security to the point where you easily get pwned, you might be a security idiot

(inspiration by a company that really shouldn't be inspiring this sort of thing)

privacy in public toilets

found on thechive

the next time you find yourself wondering if privacy matters, imagine being one of the people these folks are waiting for.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

these are the people we trust to protect us?

from here (source image)

i don't know who these cops are trying to catch, but i'm pretty sure they're barking up the wrong tree.

Monday, May 13, 2013

just try not to think about where that tongue has been

from here

yes, some people actually choose a browser other than internet explorer for security reasons.

your password is incorrect

found on loljam

i wonder how long before "incorrect" becomes the first password people guess.

Friday, May 10, 2013

it's only a flash wound

from here (source image)

oh well, when all else fails to express how much some parts of "cyber" security seem like a witch hunt, there's always monty python.

door lock or password?

found on the meta picture

this won't work on all locks, of course. some (most?) lock by turning in one direction and unlock by turning in the other direction, so if you turn them all in the same direction you're either locking them all or unlocking them all. still, if/when it does work, it turns door lock security into password security.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

how to get an ipad

from here

ah net noobs, keeping spammers in business since the advent of spam. if you wants an ipad, you gots to pay. there ain't no such thing as a free lunch, especially on the internet.

click that and it's your innocence that will go away

found on know your meme

first day on the internet, kid? because there aren't too many other excuses for being this naive.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

go ahead and click it

from here

just in case you don't know, following malicious advice mallard's advice is probably not a good idea

this is always a trick question

original tweet
the more things you have installed, the more targets for exploitation there are - that's true even for security software so the real question is whether it does more good than harm. that is not easy to know when it comes to something whose true successes are silent.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

you wouldn't download a virus

from here (source image one, two, three)

probably not the best way to find what you really want online.

your browsing past can come back to haunt you

Cyanide and Happiness, a daily webcomic
Cyanide & Happiness @

it seems to me if we can have such a thing as security awareness then we ought to be able to talk about privacy awareness too. being aware of how your actions or inactions affect your privacy and your ability to exercise some measure control over social outcomes in your life seems like it could be pretty important.

Monday, May 6, 2013

is "legitimate work at home" an oxymoron?

from here

honestly, the concept of "work at home" just seems too good to be true so i generally assume they're all scams of some sort or another.

do you think a denial of service attack is a weapon?

the thing i like about the idea channel is that, whether you agree or disagree with what is said, a lot of thought clearly goes into the videos and a lot of thought is provoked as a result. in this case i wouldn't call an attack (of any kind) itself a weapon, but i would certainly say that an attack could be carried out using a weapon. obviously this is just a semantic/linguistic point.

no doubt in the subsequent video where he examines the feedback from this one someone will bring up the "digital sit-in" interpretation of DDoS attacks.

Friday, May 3, 2013

you are the weakest link

from here (source tweet)

security is only as strong as the weakest link, as the old saying goes, and in this case the weakest link appears to be the physical network link

hey TSA, let me play you the song of my people

found on boing boing

well, this is certainly a clever way to draw attention to the fact that the TSA is now accepting public comments about their pornoscanners. not sure those comments will go anywhere other than the trash, but still a good effort.

(update: well, surprisingly, this managed to get stuck in my head. enjoy the ear-worm and don't forget to pass it on)

Thursday, May 2, 2013

alright, fork it over

from here (source tweet)

thanks to andrei zmievski for tweeting about this example of airport security theatre.

bypassing defenses by going over de-gate

found on failblog

sometimes it seems like the authorities go above and beyond the call of necessity or reason. proper application of authority calls for mindfulness not mindlessness.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

all your cycles are belong to us?

from here

based on a reddit thread that brian krebs tweeted about it seems someone's been quite naughty and hopefully will get spanked in a court of law.

the golden rule of privacy

found on the art of trolling

there's nothing that says we have to respect each other's privacy, but we still (usually) do so. we show people that respect because we hope they will reciprocate in kind and respect our privacy.