Friday, May 31, 2019

Every cloud has a silver lining

from here

That was a real scam but I have to wonder if maybe some people got it on purpose.

Deny All

found on Sizzle

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Don't forget the pop-up pornadoes

from here

It's kind of weird how the contents of spam emails have changed over the years. I'm sure there's still some adult-themed spam, but it doesn't seem to be nearly as popular anymore.

Do you want a bigger wand?

found on Zachary Totah's blog

Spam is a problem everyone faces, even they are a computer wiz(ard). In fact, even the people who send spam must receive spam too.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Discount Desperados

from here

On the surface it may seem like the concept of criminals specifically targeting Canada is a no-brainer. Why not? It's a country. I has people, and those people have money. The thing is Canada has far fewer people than the United States (by an order of magnitude), and the Canadian dollar is worth significantly less. This means that crooks would have to work harder than those targeting the States in order to make the same amount of money, and the tricks and methods the crooks employ would saturate the victim pool much sooner.

Catching Canadian victims by chance is one thing, but to target them specifically means you're no longer going after the low hanging fruit. You've started to get a little more desperate.

Not all heroes wear capes

found on 9Gag

It seems like it should be a false alarm, but you know what, people say the same thing about keygens getting detected, so who knows.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

When soap and water aren't enough to clean a PC

from here

If there isn't already a partnership of some sort between Purell and an antivirus vendor, someone is missing an incredible opportunity.

Track me if you can

found on Funny Junk

This brings to mind an interesting question. Who's interests take priority - intellectual property maximalists, or EU citizens who have not explicitly consented to having their location data used this way?

Monday, May 27, 2019

Is that a banana in your pocket or are you just happy to shoot me

from here

Well, if someone's going to have the police called on them because they're carrying a banana, at least it happened in Canada where there's a pretty good chance of survival.

Ransomware shirt

product page

This shirt design seems like a pretty clever way to get the idea of ransomware across to ordinary people.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Couldn't happen to a more deserving bunch

from here

Thanks to Brian Krebs for letting us know that poetic justice still exists.

You don't want to see what I'm doing to your water bowl

found on I Can Has Cheezburger Animals

If the dog can get in then the door was probably not latched, which might as well be an invitation to a dog.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Should've stuck to stealing office supplies

from here

It's bad enough stealing from an employer in the private sector, but you'd think someone working for the government would know better.

Face Rekt

found on The Humor Train

There are a number of face recognition systems where this would probably work, but the iPhone X may not be one of them.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

For when they don't make it easy

from here and here

Supposedly you can opt out of the facial recognition just by saying so, but it's not entirely clear to me what part you're opting out of - the scan that compares your face to your biometric template, or the image collection that's used to make the template in the first place.  If it's just the scan you're opting out of then frankly that's not good enough. I don't want my likeness enrolled into a facial recognition system against my will, never mind being verified by it after the fact.

That face when they think they're getting away with it

found on Reddit

That is a cat that really needs to work on its poker face.

Monday, May 20, 2019

The kind of thing an idiot would have on his smart car

from here and here

I know the combination mentioned in the movie is actually 12345, but that just means the unchangeable PIN found in this investigation is actually worse than the kind of thing an idiot would have on his luggage.

A rose by any other name...

found on Imgflip

And that's why I always answer "No" when asked if I want to send usage data or crash reports  or that sort of thing. If I want a vendor to have a piece of information for some reason, I will send it myself.

Friday, May 17, 2019

It definitely is...

from here

It seems like an incredibly stupid trick, but I guess it follows the same logic we've seen before - the people who can tell it's a scam think it's so obvious that there's no need to do anything about it and that leaves the scammer free to exploit the people who don't know it's a scam. 

However, if someone is claiming to be part of some official agency and demanding you pay them with gift cards or else then that is definitely a scam.

What not to wear to the airport

found on Oddity Mall

It appears that this was at one point in time an actual product you could buy. Maybe you still can somewhere, but the product page Oddity Mall was pointing to seems to no longer exist - probably for good reason, because a shirt like that can get you shot.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

No, YOU'RE pronouncing it wrong

from here

The thing about naming something using emojis is that there's no established way to actually say the name, which is kind of important if you want to talk about it. (Who talks anymore? Haven't you heard of texting?)

The site https://thrangrycat.com/ (because vulnerabilities require custom domains now) suggests Thrangrycat as a way to enunciate the name represented by three angry cat emojis (😾😾😾), but Three Tard rolls off the tongue better (and the angry cat emoji looks suspiciously like Grumpy Cat aka Tardar Sauce)

My Little Spy: Surveillance Is Magic

found on Memebase

How early are we training kids to accept being spied on?

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Operating System of the Living Dead

from here

Now, I'm not saying they shouldn't have released a patch for XP. If they think XP needs a patch then by all means patch away. All I'm saying is they should pick a position - either the OS is dead or it isn't. Don't pretend you don't support it if you're going to continue releasing patches for it.

Mean Hints

found on Failblog

If there can be mean tweets, why not mean password hints?

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Who updates the updates?

from here

Crashing ankle monitors seems like a worst case scenario for the people trying to keep criminals in line. It's the kind of thing that might make people rethink the wisdom of applying updates at all.

The password is weak? You're weak!

found on Reddit

Yahoo criticizing the password security of others is just a bit hypocritical, all things considered. I mean, maybe it would be worth it to choose an even stronger password (though that looks plenty strong to me) if it was going to be used on a site that didn't leak the account details (including passwords) for billions of users.

Monday, May 13, 2019

I think I'll hold it a little longer

from here (image source)

Better hope you only have to do your business next to skinny people.

We need to secure our border too

found on Canada Memes

Friday, May 10, 2019

Stuffed phish

from here

I don't know if it's a good idea, but it sure sounds like it would be satisfying.

Anything you post can and will be used against you in a court of law

found on Bad Chix

On the one hand it seems like the whole Miranda Warning needs to be updated to account for our modern era, but on the other hand it might stop otherwise dumb criminals from giving themselves away.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Dirty deeds on a clean PC

from here

It's not hard to find advice about only going to trustworthy news sites or trustworthy download sites, etc, but people seem a little bit skittish about applying the same logic to porn sites. I wonder why that is. Either the principle is sound and holds for all kinds of sites, porn included, or the principle is hogwash and porn sites are the proof of that.

Life without privacy is ruff

found on Dump A Day

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Forget Linux, this is the year of Facebook on the desktop

from here

With Facebook's plans to escape the browser (and the sandbox it represents), I expect to see them find new and worse ways to abuse the greater privilege they'll have with a native desktop app.

The question we should all be asking is, how long until the Facebook rootkit?

For every measure there is a countermeasure

found on The Meta Picture

And since countermeasures have a tendency to escalate, I imagine some people would counter this countermeasure with fire.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

I sure hope we got better at attribution

from here

I wonder if the people dropping bombs even remember the pirate printers.

Wears Waldo

found on Meme Base

Some hiding spots are better than others, but that one takes the biscuit. I never imagined there was such an adult version of Where's Waldo. Maybe I should have known better.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Getting crushed by Facebook

from here and here

I can't imagine using Facebook to keep your secret crush a secret. There is a very high chance of them screwing it up. They have a long history of not being able to keep private things private.

Handcuff shim earrings

product page

I guess this is for when you want to look stylish while escaping from the authorities.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

The more you know...

from here

Just an interesting bit of history for a fairly ubiquitous idiom. I never even thought to ask about the meaning of "read between the lines" until I stumbled across this piece of information

Maybe if they were as stringent then as they are now...

found on The Meta Picture


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

It's good to know how serious he is about privacy

from here and here

I'm not sure how Zuckerberg came to the conclusion that privacy was a laughing matter, but at least he's showing his true colours.

There's more to security than keys and locks

found on Imgur

All defenses fail, from time to time, which is why we generally employ multiple layers of defenses. When one layer fails there are others to pick up the slack.

Being in a safe environment is itself a defensive layer.