Thursday, December 12, 2019

Better living through power tools

from here

Unfortunately it appears that the KeyWe smart lock has software vulnerabilities that can be exploited by an attacker. Even more unfortunate is the fact that the software (firmware really) can't be updated, so the mistake that makes them vulnerable can't be fixed or patched. One may argue that the only way to deal with the problem is to remove them and replace them with a traditional lock, but if they already accept a traditional key it seems like a well placed hole through some computer chips could eliminate the avenues of attack the vulnerability opens up.

Toxic Cyberpunk Hacker button

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I'm going to be honest, I never would have thought to search for such a thing. Maybe others would have but the only reason I came up with the search terms to find this is because I rolled some dice.

That's not to say I think this is a bad design, I don't. I think it's an under appreciated concept and it definitely deserves to be seen.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The Not-So-Safe-Mode

from here (source article)

It kind of violates ones expectations when Safe Mode isn't safe, and it makes one start to wonder why AV doesn't run in that mode when malware clearly does. That doesn't sound safe at all. Not even a little bit.

When hunting bugs is more useful than hunting mice

found on Weird Facts

That pair of cats definitely earned their keep that day. I wonder how the Russians felt about their plans being foiled by felines.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Why not both?

from here

The news that Avast (the anti-virus software brought to you by International Talk Like A Pirate Day) is selling the browsing data it collects to 3rd parties is definitely more than a little disappointing. One could imagine that they're trying to take out the competition; in which case one might accuse them of anti-competitive behaviour, but who wants healthy competition in that industry? It's certainly fair to say this represents a significant conflict of interest and a profound ethical lapse, however it remains to be seen if other members of the AV industry will hold them accountable since they've got such a terrible track record of doing that in the past.

Garfield's Cyber Safety Adventures: Privacy

Watch on YouTube

Better watch out for cheese_cat12 and others like him. You never know what their true intentions are.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Burnt arm in 3...2...1...

from here (image source)

Skillet grease can be quite painful. I've seen some clever solutions that problem, but this is not one of them. The part of her in the most danger of getting burned is also the part with no protection at all.

Now that's a weird threat model

found on eBaum's World

I don't know what happened in there in the past that the establishment wants to avoid repeating, but it seems like it must be one heck of a story.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Wasting those scammers' time is just an added bonus

from here

I wonder if this would demoralize catfishers. I tend to think I would be demoralized if I discovered myself in that position.

Ain't nobody got time for your social engineering

found on Reddit

We all know what's up when some alluring stranger messages us online, and we all lead busy lives, so the bots should cut out the pretense and just get down to business.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Mass Surveillance: The Home Game

from here and here (image source)

I like to imagine this is what people who flunk out of spy school do in their spare time - try to capture the glory of what could have been.

Your Password Was Too Short t-shirt

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That's an interesting threat. If you don't fix your terrible password, I'll do it for you. This shirt will make people think you already did, and so give a sense of urgency.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

So much for confidentiality

from here (image source)

People inadvertently reveal sensitive information all the time, just because they aren't thinking about what they're doing. Maybe it's shouting their banking information into a phone on a noisy bus or maybe it relieving stress with the door wide open. The point is you might want to be a little more thoughtful and a little more careful, just in case.

They're called sea LIONS for a reason

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I've often heard it said that people are terrible judges of risk, but really, show some respect for wild animals and keep your distance. They are not cuddly pets.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

So they can do better crimes

from here

Not only does cryptocurrency seem like the last thing ordinary North Koreans would need or could use, but to so openly flaunt authorities when you know what you're doing is illegal? It's almost like someone wanted to get caught.

Anything can be a weapon

found on Imgur

The comparison to Florida man is both apt (because it sounds so ridiculous) but also a little unfair because the choice of weapon apparently worked, and as the saying goes if it sounds stupid but it works then it's not stupid.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Beyond private browsing

from here

Using a VPN can obscure where you're browsing from, while private browsing or incognito mode can make it more difficult to gather profiling information on you from cookies. Using them together would be even better, whether it's from browsing privates or protecting your privacy in other activities.

They hog more than just the ground

found on Izismile

If you've got apples, you better add this guy to your threat model if you want to protect them.