Friday, March 29, 2019

At least the water is already brown

from here (image source)

Bad things can happen when you don't pay attention to what's going on around you.

That's amazing, I've got the same combination on my luggage

found on the MindPoint Group blog

That is one of the first passwords someone would try when trying to get into your phone (or luggage). You can do better that that.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

You'd think public awareness would be bad for business

from here

If you're helping authoritarian governments spy on dissidents for later assassination, you'd think remaining unknown to the public at large would be better than going on 60 Minutes. Apparently not everyone agrees.

But the spam came back the very next day

found on Imgflip

Like the cat that came back, spam appears to be impossible to get rid of and it will drive you mad if you let it.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

And disable your antivirus to get rid of those pesky alerts

from here and here

There's always someone waiting to give that kind of advice. I knew a guy who stayed on Windows 98 because all the new malware was targeted at the more recent versions of the OS. But just because ASUS' servers were used to distribute malware doesn't mean you magically stop needing to keep your system up to date.

It's always coming

found on Make A Meme

Even when it gets here there's another one coming. It never ends.

Monday, March 25, 2019

It's not a matter of "if" but "when"

from here

Data Minimization: If you don't keep data you don't need, then that data can't be leaked when your security is breached


How to lock yourself into the doghouse


Watch on YouTube

I think the Lock Picking Lawyer learned some valuable lessons from this, but I also think he missed one. Ice cream melts, so there's an incentive to bypass this access control quickly, which is not compatible with a beginner taking the time necessary to learn how to pick that combination lock.


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