Friday, August 17, 2018

Are you feeling lucky, cypherpunk?

from here

They didn't, of course (the cops invent charges, not technologies), but crooks who underestimated the trace-ability of  bitcoins have gone to jail all the same.

'I didn't click anything this time'

found on Reddit

To be honest, I think kids are getting into computers so early these days that by 12 I wouldn't be surprised if they already knew better than to fall for this.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

We can't all be network administrators

from here

It's bad enough trying to keep your computer updated and secured. Can you imagine doing the same thing for your TV, refrigerator, toaster, kettle, light bulbs, vacuum cleaner, and personal assistant? Most people just want to be able to plug a thing in and have it work, they don't want to have to manage their home network in order to use those devices safely and most probably don't have the know-how to do it anyway.

When authorities warn the public of the need to do something the public is ill-equipped to do, they might as well be talking to a wall. The suggestion is not going to result in better outcomes.

Well, you're not wrong

found on Imgur

If anything happens to that sign, they will definitely know about it.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

That's one way to stick it to the crooks

from here

What this incident illustrates is that technology can eventually become so old and unfamiliar that it becomes capable of thwarting attacks. It may not be more secure against attack but it's safer against attack simply because the pool of people who are able to successfully carry out the attack has become smaller.

I bet "who wants icecream?" would have worked

found on

People keep talking about eliminating passwords or the death of passwords but they never seem to anticipate the breadth of applications using passwords. It's not just websites, passwords are all over the place because they simple to implement, simple to understand, and simple to use.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Wait a minute...

from here

I don't know what's worse, that this is the quality of phishing scam that Russian hackers use against American political candidates, or that it works.

It's only a matter of time

found on Funny Memes

Honestly, if school officials are already getting bent out of shape when a kid eats a pop tart into the shape of a gun, it can't be too much longer before they get spooked by clouds.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Where did that word go?

from here

I've seen examples of this over and over again. Stories about pharming that somehow avoid ever using the term pharming. It's as if people don't even know the word exists.

Hey Troy, I got you something

found on Funny Junk

I think we all know what happened next.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Or maybe just don't sell to cops

from here

When you live in a world where people are excluded from the police force for being too intelligent, maybe you shouldn't rely on them to use technology intelligently.

Protection comes in all shapes and sizes

found on Reddit

Whether your protecting yourself against an intelligent adversary, or just the heat, the underlying concepts are frequently the same. In this case a barrier it's a barrier between the hands and the steering wheel.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Someone better be patching my ISP

from here

Listen, I know mistakes happen sometimes, but 5 backdoors in 5 months? That stretches the limits of credulity just a bit.

That's a steal

found on The Art of Trolling

Sounds like someone got a lot more than just a 5 finger discount.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

What a thoughtful way to reduce the attacker's workload

from here

So not only does the plaintext password completely eliminate any security offered by storing the MD5 hash (and there isn't much there), it actually provides attackers with a tool that could be used to help crack passwords from other sites. No need to try and figure out what that MD5 hash value corresponds to - if it appears in the database detailed at Have I Been Pwned then you can just look it up.

That'll teach you not to invade a woman's privacy

found on Whisper

I'm sure TSA has seen worse, now that I think about it, and I fully expect that some of them have been deeply scarred by the experience - which is one of the costs of violating people's privacy.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

And the winner is Votey McVoteface

from here

There are so many things wrong with this story, not the least of which entrusting democracy to a company named Voatz. I can't imagine how anyone could remain under the delusion that mobile devices are secure enough for voting. It's questionable if they're even secure enough for making online purchases, never mind deciding who the next leader will be.

"Security" Questions

found on Fail Blog

Somehow I don't think these questions are going to do enough to protect this particular user.

Monday, August 6, 2018

New privacy settings in 3... 2... 1...

from here

Asking for financial details seems profoundly tone-deaf on Facebook's part. I hope no banks are dumb enough to trust the poster-child of privacy violations with our account details.

Don't call us, we'll call you

found on Imgur

Like this person, I too hate being asked for my cell phone number all the time, especially since I don't have a cell phone.

It sort of reminds me of a particular male stereotype where a guy goes around collecting phone numbers from as many people (generally women) as he can. I wonder if such a person had a part in the genesis of this pattern among service providers.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Bring out your dead, your antivirus, your SMS 2 factor authentication

from here

Nothing is perfect, and having an imperfect thing can still be an improvement over having nothing at all. Maybe it fails under certain circumstances, but doesn't mean there aren't other circumstances where it's useful.

No one wants to hear holier than thou security pundits spewing mindless negativity about something that does actually work a good deal of the time. It's unhelpful and annoying.

Privacy: You're gonna have to try harder than that

found on Meme Center

If you've ever tried this then I'm sorry but you probably messed it up like this guy and let everyone see that not only were you looking at smut you were also embarrassed to let others know you were looking at smut.

Maybe wait until you're in private before you look at pictures of people's privates.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

How are we still here?

from here

Learning that the nuclear launch codes were 00000000 was scary but you could maybe trick yourself into believing it was a one-off, and aberration that has thankfully been rectified.

But learning that the password for a certain model of voting machines was abcde makes it clear that there's a larger pattern at play and it makes you wonder how many other critical things have bad passwords still to this day.

They said it would make things better

found on

Maybe for earlier versions of Windows the updates made things better but in my experience that just ain't so for Windows 10.