Friday, March 22, 2019

So much for "Move fast and break things"

from here

I keep thinking there's nothing Facebook can do that surprises me anymore, but Facebook keeps proving me wrong.

It's surprisingly effective

found on Meme Generator

I suppose if you're going to trick people into downloading something they wouldn't want, dressing it up like something everyone needs is bound to work pretty well.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

What's next, the Caesar cipher?

from here

Cisco may discourage it's use, but for a cipher that was broken in 1863 it's hard to understand why it would be in modern equipment, or even legacy equipment at all. At some point backwards compatibility just becomes plain backwards.

Thanks to Liam O for tweeting about this ridiculous state of affairs.

Still not quite private enough

found on Reddit

No matter how much computer technology you use to keep your browsing private, playing with your privates in a public space is not private and will be seen.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Now how will we protect our brainwaves?

from here

Thanks to Rob Rosenberger for making me think about tin-foil hats in connection with Norsk Hydro's ransomware incident.

You reap what you sow, kitty

found on I Can Has Cheezburger

No doubt this cat invades your privacy while you're on the pot, so I see nothing wrong with returning the favour.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Just think of the database as ReadReady

from here

Collecting the BreedReady status of millions of women seems pretty darn creepy, but who knows, maybe there is a legitimate reason for it (and the programmer just picked a really creepy column name - seems difficult to escape some level of creepiness).

Didn't see that coming

found on Meme Base

I hope she's just sitting on the barrier. Either that or she used to be a magician's assistant before a horrible workplace accident, because I'm pretty sure we don't actually have camouflage that good yet.

Monday, March 18, 2019

MySpace must have a lot more free space now

from here

I can't imagine many people are going to give MySpace another chance after they lost more than a decade of data. Their job was to keep the data their users uploaded safe and available and they failed in a rather spectacular way. If you thought MySpace was dead before...

I know what you're providing and it ain't managed security

found on Imgur

If you're thinking of selling managed security as a service, you better be able to provide your own employees with security services (like facilities for sharing documents securely) before you try offering them to others. Otherwise you're just providing bullshit with a fancy name. According to the Imgur post, not every provider sees it that way.

Friday, March 15, 2019

When the lucre isn't filthy enough

from here

Don't take a byte out of it

found on Img Flip

The answer is yes, of course. Apple computers can have computer worms in them.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

We'll update you on further updates

from here

Though understandable, there's still a certain irony about needing to update an updater.

There's an app for that

found on Quick Meme

This right here is one of the reasons some people call antivirus apps viruses. I remember a time when there were dedicated removal tools for certain viruses (and some other malware). When antivirus software becomes just as difficult to remove from your system as malware, it does not inspire confidence.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Because millions of existing examples aren't enough to learn from

from here

I don't know why people think making new educational malware makes any sense with the profoundly large amount of malware already out there, but they're out there.

Purrr-fect security

found on I Can Has Cheezburger

Just because there's no perfect security doesn't mean there can't be purrr-fect security. Imagine something like Geek Squad but for malware and they bring cats with them.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Do they ever?

from here (source article)

For some reason, whenever I hear about a "smart" technology, I always seem to find myself thinking "that doesn't sound very smart to me".

Banging the red drum of privacy

found on Me.me

Mark Zuckerberg as an ax murderer of our privacy seems particularly on brand for him.

Friday, March 8, 2019

The more things change, the more they stay the same

from here

There's literally over a decade of broken privacy promises, so I can't imagine why their newest one should be considered any differently.

This is what we're all supposed to be doing?

found on Reddit

I mean, it makes sense, but... it also makes me wonder if there isn't a better way.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

I've got my eye on you

from here (image source)

I do not approve of this image. Not just because it's kinda nightmare fuel, but also because turning surveillance tools into art helps to further normalize surveillance, which does not help the fight for privacy at all.

Pretty sure the password is food

found on The Humor Train

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

I be they "take your privacy and security seriously" too

from here

If you follow many InfoSec pros on Twitter you've probably heard of at least one example of this recently, but I gather it's not an isolated incident so I'll refrain from singling a single entity out when many are to blame.

Real life spam solutions

found on Pleated Jeans

I wish we could do something like this to online spammers.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Who could have possibly seen that coming?

from here

After the umpteenth privacy controversy, why are we still using Facebook? Oh, right, they automate emotional labour.

Password rules are stupid

found on Imgur

The caption that the original poster on Imgur used was spot on. They really are stupid.

Monday, March 4, 2019

So who controls access to those backdoors again?

from here

I don't know whether to hate on Australia for setting a bad legislative precedent, or love them for setting themselves up as the canary in the coal mine. I guess time will tell if getting breached will teach them the error in their ways.

Spy Kitty is going to exfiltrate your data

found on Funny Junk

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Braking News

from here

Coinhive is old, old news. Coinhive's imminent closure is actual news, and if any cybercriminal is late enough to the party to just start using their service now then their efforts will soon result in a broken criminal enterprise.

So you think your fence will keep people out


Watch on YouTube

If this is the kind of fence your security depends on, I'm afraid this slender pen-tester has some bad news for you.

I wonder if this is the kind of fence trump will wind up erecting at the Mexico border.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

As many bits as it can take from you

from here


Because computers don't know the difference

found on Short Woman

Maybe you've heard that phrase before, maybe not, but it's a good phrase to repeat whenever anyone says they want a backdoor that only they can use.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Shockingly insecure

from here

Millions of people, who presumably have little or no choice about which utility company they use, have their security compromised by poor password security on the vendor's side. It's a data breach waiting to happen

How to blend in at a hotel

found on The Meta Picture

If you ever want to go unnoticed in a hotel hallway, just follow this woman's example

Monday, February 25, 2019

Being fitted with Internet of Shit overshoes

from here

Will the ridiculous penetration of computers into everyday things never cease? And will the inevitable fails never cease to amuse me? I don't think the world will be beating a path to Nike's doors anytime soon (at least not wearing these sneakers they won't)

Privacy should be serious business

found on Meme Generator

I actually think this is genius. Someone needs to hire Mr. T to be a privacy advocate. One exception, though - he's got to get a new key and hide it so that people can't make reproductions of it based on photographs.

Friday, February 22, 2019

It's not just the walls that have ears anymore

from here

Google may be in hot water, but they're hardly the only ones putting mics in things.

Seems Legit

found on Chuck's Fun blog

Very much like the concept of a wolf in sheep's clothing.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

It's not creepy if it's encrypted, right?

from here and here

When someone points out your creepy, privacy-invading hypocrisy and you literally laugh it off, you are well on your way to becoming a movie villain.

Filter Frustration

found on Meme.XYZ

I know this feeling all too well, and I imagine many other people do too.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

To be on the cutting edge of security

from here

Just because changing your fingerprints is something only a drug trafficker or other criminal would do today doesn't mean it won't become mainstream in the future.

We "care" about security

found on Imgur

Does it ever seem like the people who claim to care about security only seem to care enough to throw money at the problem but not enough to actually change their behaviour?

Monday, February 18, 2019

Your first clue

from here

I dunno about you, but if I were doing "intelligence" work, I like to think I would have recognized a few more red flags than these ex-NSA folks.

I do not agree to the terms and conditions...

found on Meme Base

I mean, even if you ignore the possibility of malware being served to your browser, you'd still have to put up with ads. How many sites are really worth putting up with ads?

Friday, February 15, 2019

Sometimes smart things are dumb

from here and here

The entire concept just begs for someone to say "what could possibly go wrong", but it turns out what could go wrong already has and little is being done to fix it.

I don't feel so good

found on Meme.XYZ

The most powerful being on the Internet wants to connect us all.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy creepy Valentines Day

from here

So as you might have guessed, there's all kinds of shenanigans you can get up to if you steal someone's phone number. Mobile phones are frequently used for authentication now so there's all sorts of accounts you'd be able to access and transactions you'd be able to authorize. Brian Krebs wrote last year about some ways you can help to protect yourself from this sort of thing.