Monday, January 21, 2019

Smart devices will rat you out

from here

Apparently some crooks are more health conscious than they are OpSec conscious. Fitness gadgets are notorious for being glorified tracking devices. I don't want to tell criminals how to do their jobs (I don't want to make it harder for the cops to catch them) but this hitman with a GPS watch should be an object lesson.

So ... we should all wear masks?

found on The Happy Hooded Hacker

I don't know about you but when I see "How to..." followed by a picture, I generally think it's a depiction of what we're supposed to do - an example to follow. I suppose masking ourselves in a somewhat less literal sense can be useful at preventing identity theft, but I think the only thing an actual mask is going to stop is facial recognition (and you might want a mask that covers a bit more than that).

Friday, January 18, 2019

Detection isn't always enough

from here (image source)

Sometimes detecting the intrusion is the easy part. Sometimes it doesn't help correct the situation at all. That's what people in an Alaskan hospital discovered when a moose wandered inside.

Kinda makes you wonder about intrusion detection systems, doesn't it.

It's a trap!

found on I Can Has Cheezburger

Someone almost got their feet shredded, by the looks of it.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Beware the scales of justice

from here (image source)

A guard dog is one thing. I think this might scare off more crooks, though.

Maybe you should look a gift horse in the mouth

found on Izismile

The people of Troy could have used some of that insight, Tyler.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Update Insanity: Rebooting multiple times and expecting different results

from here

You have to wonder what Microsoft expects from subsequent reboots that it doesn't get from the first one.

Maybe we should have gotten a working cat instead of a working group

found on I Can Has Cheezburger

For all the good the working group did, the worm is still prevalent in the wild 10 years later. Maybe the cat can do what the working group couldn't.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

How to tell when a cyber-criminal has OCD

from here

It's weird when someone returns part of the money they stole, but when that makes the remainder a nice round number, I can't help but think they cared more about the look of the number than they did the actual money.

It's certainly not going to reduce the sentence when they get caught.

Attribution is hard

found on Funny Junk

Just because a particular narrative for what you think happened sounds plausible, doesn't mean that's what actually happened.

Monday, January 14, 2019

And it's even designed for when things 'go dark'

from here (source article)

Ring, ring, ring, ring, ring, ring, ring, surveillance phone.

I'm sure it's just a coincidence that an object commonly criticized for being a tracking device you can make calls on (aka a cell phone) has mirrored the Intelligence Community on a number of points, including the fact that we wouldn't even know about it right now if it hadn't been for a leak. Talk about going the extra mile.... for a coincidence.

If you're lonely and you know it, take the call

found on Imgur

What's sad is that some people will take the call anyway because of exactly that reason.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Pay no attention to the abandoned building they're taking you to

from here

Trading situational awareness for entertainment in an environment you inherently can't trust is a terrible idea.

Lock pick earrings

product page

For the gal who doesn't quite have everything yet. It's a great design. Aside from the appearance, with a tension wrench on each one you won't have to take anything apart to use them.

Too bad I can't accessorize like that.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Facebook, meet percussive privacy

from here

The Facebook app is undeleteable you say? I can fix that with a simple hammer.

Trolling the TSA

found on the Art of Trolling

"Look out! He's got a 'weapon' and it's fully 'loaded'."

It may be satire, but if there's anyone who deserves to be made uncomfortable like that it's the TSA.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Plaintext isn't any kind of data protection I ever heard of

from here

Hundreds of millions of passport numbers breached, and it turns out they were not encrypted. At some point we really have to start considering these monumental lapses a form of negligence that businesses and other organizations can be held accountable for.

You can ask but that doesn't mean you get

found on Izismile

The first step in remaining anonymous is not telling your name to people who don't appear to understand what anonymous means.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Revenge of the Nerds: Swirlie Edition

from here (source article)

The more engaging a smart device is, the more valuable the data that can be mined from it. I can only suppose the folks at Kohler were so focused on mining the shit out of your shitter and plumbing the depths of your doodie that it never occurred to them that being immersed in a toilet might not seem as enjoyable as they intended.

Camouflage can't protect you from everything

found on Funny Junk

Camouflage certainly won't protect you if you hold up a big target inviting people to attack you.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Cutting off your nose to spite your face

from here

If you value security, you need to pay the people who carry out security work. If they don't get paid, they eventually stop working, just as hundreds of TSA personnel are transitioning towards. Virtually no one can afford to work unpaid long term.

A good disguise makes the infiltration go quackly

found on Imgur

And a bad disguise is pure quackery.

Would the ducks buy it? They are bird brains, after all.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Pay no attention to the malware behind the curtain

from here

It seems like Apple hasn't yet grown out of that old habit of pretending their users have nothing to worry about. They're taking action to mitigate threats without informing anyone and in the process leaving the people their efforts can't reach out in the cold.

What kind of dope would fall for ... oh

found on Meme Base

What kind of dope would fall for it? Maybe the kind that's high as fuck right now.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Have you ever been so unaware of your surroundings...

from here

Dumb criminals are always worth a chuckle or two.

Nothing is completely secure

found on Izismile

Maybe they could do better, but their primary focus (in theory) is on protecting passengers, not passengers' property. You have to focus on something, you can't protect everything. If they split their efforts to protect property then when something happens to passengers (and it will) the question would be why those resources were squandered on protecting 'things' instead of people.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

What's good for the goose is when the feds take a gander

from here and here

There's a certain irony in the government trying to maintain the secrecy of their efforts to get into our secrets. We don't yet know what legal arguments the Department of Justice used to try and get into Facebook Messenger's encrypted messages, but hopefully the ACLU will get the details unsealed.

Or at least no one you know

found on Izismile

Well, it is essentially asking you to pretend no one is watching, so I guess this is a test of your imagination

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy "I don't know if this is really your birthday" day

from here

You either tell sites the truth and hope attackers are clever enough to think you're lying, or you tell sites a lie and hope your friends are clever enough to remember the truth.

Virus check now, spell check later

found on Meme Base

What's really demotivating is that if you can spot the spelling errors then you probably think it's too ridiculous to bother reporting it, but if you can't spot them then you probably think it's legit.

And it's probably designed that way.