Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Like picking on your schoolyard crush

from here

I know it sounds absurd, but think about what happened after they caught Sabu, or the Mirai botnet creators. It kinda makes me think the reason they're dragging Marcus through the courts is because they desperately want someone with his capabilities working for them.

Thankfully times have changed

found on imgflip

I don't think I've ever had spam from a can; but from what I hear I'm not sure which kind of spam is worse, the electronic or supposedly edible variety.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Or will we need even larger units?

from here

Honestly, I'm actually surprised that security vulnerabilities could be enough to get Google to shut down their social network. In spite of their old motto, I expected them to be as bad as Facebook and just keep marching along regardless of the consequences to users. I guess there's still a few shreds of that "Don't be evil" ethos left. Too bad they don't direct that energy at YouTube.

'Tis the season to protect your privacy in your secret santa posts

found on Imgur

From what I can gather, that trend where people post pictures of their bank and credit cards online has branched out into other items with sensitive information on them.

Monday, December 10, 2018

The look in their eyes says it all

from here (image source)

I've heard of cats and dogs wanting to join their humans in the washroom, but apparently that extends even to our avian friends.

The keyboard shortcut for privacy

found on Meme Base

There's copy, there's paste, there's even undo. Why shouldn't we have a shortcut for privacy too? We probably don't think of Alt-Tab being such a shortcut, but for all intents and purposes it kinda is.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Authorities and criminals rejoice

from here

Australia has apparently decided that catching a handful of terrorists is worth sacrificing the privacy and security of all it's citizens. It's impossible to build a backdoor that only good guys can use, because the computer can't tell who the good guys are.

And because Australia is part of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance, it's not unreasonable to think similar legislation in Canada, the US, the UK, and New Zealand may now be a foregone conclusion.

You're gonna wish you stayed under

posted on Instagram by DankMemesGang

It's amazing how equating it with money can make people care about cryptography (or at least a handful of cryptographic techniques). Of course with the overall trend being not quite as positive these days, maybe fewer will care about it now. I know at least one colleague who recently dismantled his mining rig and sold off the video cards.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Maybe the ransomware help desk can help with that

from here (image source)

I would be super impressed if someone actually convinced ransomware crooks to accept these Chuck E Cheese tokens.

Sad-veillance

found on Acid Cow

That poor little pup seemingly waits all day for its human's return. Like the saddest episode of Futurama.

On the plus side, at least there's a second set of eyes on the door.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Filter? I don't even know her

from here

No explanation, just a lame pun about bayesian spam filtering that popped into my head.

They're sneaking ads into everything these days, part 2

found on Imgur, tweeted by Ryan Russell

It seems spammers keep finding new ways of reaching you. A couple days ago it was through your home surveillance system and now it's through your printer. What will they think of next?

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Maybe we should just change our entire identities

from here

This could be for any breach, but right now there are dueling breaches of Marriott and Quora and I'm starting to wonder if breaches are accelerating.

How much can it really hold?

found on Imgur

The NSA's data centers can hold a lot, and it may not be possible to overload their capacity, but wouldn't you like to try accepting that challenge anyway?

Monday, December 3, 2018

Getting nabbed while napping

from here

What I find most amazing about this story of sleeping burglar is that if you Google it you'll find out that it's actually happened quite a few times. People need to take more naps and less valuables.

They're sneaking ads into everything these days

found on Piximus

It's certainly a novel approach. Can you imagine what happens when those front door surveillance cameras become ubiquitous? I could see this method of advertising (or at least a derivative of it) catching on.