Friday, May 20, 2022

His special skill is chipping away at your privacy

from here and here (image source)

Of course hes' a little more like-able than his namesake. Probably because he doesn't seem quite as robotic.

The Camouflage Diet (you can't eat what you can't find)

found on Izismile

Even the caption on this picture blends in a bit, so if you missed it, there's a cracker pictured above. See if you can find it (and the caption)

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Pedal protection

from here (image source)

If there WAS supposed to be a bike attached to that then you clearly locked the wrong part.

Not all dogs are good dogs


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A common misconception is that other humans are the only things that count as security threats, but that clearly underestimates the capabilities and motivations of animals.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

How the mighty have fallen

from here and here

This has definitely not been Russia's year. Not only has their misguided invasion gone horribly wrong, now their hacktivists can't even pwn a seemingly easy target like Eurovision. Russia sure has lost a lot of respect on the world stage.

Whatever gets the job done

found on Izismile

You know what they say, if it's stupid and it works then it's not stupid. This may not be barbed wire, but that doesn't mean it won't have the same impact, and from the looks of it I think it probably could.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Let's play "Where's Wallet"

from here and here (image source)

Now, in order to really pull this off, you're going to need to put decoy wallets in some of the the decoy pockets, otherwise pickpockets will just look for the one bulging pocket.

I Saw Your Password pin

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If you need a little extra "flair" for your outfit, this may do the trick and maybe even trigger enough paranoia that people change their passwords

Monday, May 16, 2022

This plan couldn't possibly backfire

from here and here

It's 2022 and apparently the European Union has learned nothing about mandating encryption backdoors

Who's gonna tell him?

found on Izismile

On the one hand, the bear is very clearly not blending in well enough to hide from a predator. On the other hand, his only predator is man, who would be hunting him with a gun, and while the cat and owl may be concealed, the bear has at least partial cover. 

Friday, May 13, 2022

Like a firewall for your store

from here and here (image source)

"But how do you let legitimate traffic through?"

See how much like a firewall it is?

It's probably not actually burglar-proof, though. I'm fairly certain the Koolaid Man could get through. 

Roomba, how could you?

found on Izismile

It's a funny pun, but some of those robot vacuums actually do send data about your home back to the manufacturer. 

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Are there any privacy settings for that?

from here and here

Ever have one of those dreams where you're naked in school? I think being caught attending a parliamentary session from the comfort of the commode beats that hands down, especially since it's not a dream. Unfortunately I don't think there's any way for the software to protect you from making that kind of lapse in judgement.

CAPTCHA Nowadays


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If you feel like CAPTCHAs are getting harder and harder as time wears on, you're not alone, and you're not crazy. They really are getting harder because people keep coming up with ways to defeat them. I'm not sure we've reached the point seen in this video (yet), but it may only be a matter of time.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Are you here for tourism or terrorism?

from here and here

Can you guess where the (presumably) infrequent flyer came from? Why do I presume they're an infrequent flyer? Because you'd have to be to think you could take an explosive on a plane in this day and age.

A gate is only as strong as it's weakest lock

found on Acid Cow

You've heard the saying that a chain is only as strong as it's weakest link? Well as this multi-user access gate demonstrates, something similar can be said of gates and locks. Of course most gates only have 1 lock so you might not even think of it in those cases, but even then it's still true (trivially so in fact).

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

The biggest lie in InfoSec

from here and here (image source)

Virtually no one actually takes your privacy and security seriously, except maybe (hopefully) you. When businesses say this they're lying. A company that actually took your privacy and security seriously wouldn't collect your data in the first place and so wouldn't need to placate you with such hollow platitudes, because there wouldn't be a need to mention it in the first place. 

Crack Hashes Not Skulls shirt

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It feels weird posting a link to a product on Ebay. I'm not sure how long that's going to be around. I'm going to be honest, though - if someone is launching attacks I'd much rather be cracking skulls. Perhaps that's just me.

Monday, May 9, 2022

Where do the crooks sit?

from here and here (image source)

These chibi cop cars are too cute to take seriously. This is like the cop car version of a couple of kids standing on each others shoulders under a rain coat trying to pretend to be an adult. The problem (besides the obvious logistics problem) is that this undermines the respect that we're supposed to have for authority figures.

It's never truly done

found on Reddit

The thing about windows updates is that it's never done. There will always be more to fix.

Friday, May 6, 2022

Keeping honest people honest

from here (image source)

The anti-theft devices applied here are definitely not going to stop a thief of any calibre. It appears that there are instructions for cutting through wire (like the kind used by the anti-theft devices) right on the packaging of these pliers. You could probably swipe one of thees pliers with one hand tied behind your back.

Pick (almost) EVERY Type of Lock


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It's not really every type of lock but it is a lot of them and the information density in this video is very high. I've seen explanations for how to pick standard pin tumbler locks before, but this explains so many more types of locks and I'm surprised how similar some of them are to traditional pin tumbler locks (so much so that you can use the same tools in some cases).

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Close only counts in horseshoes and rolling pins

from here and here (image source)

I've heard that the street finds it's own use for things, but I think it's also good to know how to recognize threats so that you don't risk life and limb rolling dough with a hand grenade. 

To CAPTCHA is human, to modulo divide

found on Reddit

Something tells me in the future we may regret setting that precedent for what our defining criteria is. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

You're gonna need those hotfixes eventually

from here and here

You may think this is fine, but sooner or later you're gonna get burned.

That's when you need a VPN

found on Imgur

VPNs are supposed to protect your traffic from prying eyes, but since most sites are encrypted these days your traffic is generally already protected without a VPN. That doesn't mean you should let your guard down when faced with the creepiest free WiFi.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Finally a good use case for IoT

from here and here

Fortune really has not shone on the Russians lately. Maybe they can repurpose those Russian hackers of theirs to break the protection on these bricked tractors and harvesters they stole

Rug Pull rug

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I was trying to think of a use case for this rug celebrating cryptocurrency scams and then it hit me - you use it to decorate your office or cubical in case you happen to work with a crypto bro who's always trying to convert you. It will either offer an opportunity to educate them or it will keep them away.

Monday, May 2, 2022

Watch out for skid marks on the Internet of Shit

from here and here

Thanks to Rob Rosenberger for using the term "cyber commando" and prompting me to wonder about alternate interpretations. If you're wondering whether smart underwear are real - they are, and it's the most sophisticated technology you've ever pressed against your taint. It does raise some interesting privacy questions, though, especially since it has privileged access to your privates.

Future Facebook employee

found on Izismile

I suppose it's possible this person might also have a bright future as someone's FBI agent.