Friday, August 12, 2022

Home surveillance can be ruff

found on The Funny Beaver

I think every dog owner has experienced this. If they see you with food they are going to watch you like a hawk. Kiss your privacy goodbye until they see you finish it.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

That's not suspicious at all

from here and here

It's always a good idea to be suspicious of any strange behaviour on your computer. It might be innocuous (like Windows Update slowing everything down from behind the scenes) but it might also be a sign that your computer has been compromised. The only way to find out is to investigate further, but that won't happen if you don't at least have some suspicion about it.

DEFCON 17: Making Fun of Your Malware

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Want to see attackers fail? This old DEFCON presentation demonstrates some of the technical and operational failures by malware authors and operators. Also, this gives a little taste of DEFCON for the people who can't attend this year.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Surveillance with a smile

from here and here

So both Tim Hortons and the RCMP have been spying on people. I'm starting to wonder about my home and native land. Is everything spying on me? Are even those damn geese spying on me? 

I suppose technically neither Tim Hortons nor the Royal Canadian Malware Purveyors are actually spying on me because I don't have a mobile phone for them to attack (and people question my decision to forgo cell phone ownership).

Attacks need to be kept up to date too

found on Izismile

I think the youth of today know better than to get into a strange van for some free candy. Funny pictures, on the other hand, might not trigger the same suspicion since it wasn't explicitly drilled into anyone's head.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

A 2nd VPN?

from here and here

And if you use a 2nd VPN, what hides your browsing from that? A 3rd VPN? Eventually you're going to have to trust someone with your browsing traffic. Maybe instead of using a VPN you could just switch to an ISP you trust.

You Clicked That Link Didn't You shirt

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Consider this apparel the next time you have to travel to a user's desk to deal with a malware alert. You can start the conversation by just pointing at your torso.

Monday, August 8, 2022

Turning your relationship into a rocky road in 3...2...1...

from here (image source)

The only reason you'd want to lock up your ice cream is if someone you live with, someone who shares physical access to your freezer, was eating it and you didn't want them to. This isn't going to stop them. It's only going to upset them and that's not good when you're living with them. I would think twice before employing this technique if I were you. 

So much for good fences making good neighbours

found on Funny Junk

Privacy is, unfortunately, something that can be pretty easily violated simply by disregarding social norms. In this case, however,  there are all kinds of possible solutions (a taller fence, a paintball, a high powered laser pointer, a well aimed/focused solar cooker, etc.)

Friday, August 5, 2022

No ransom for you!

from here and here

True story. It wasn't even my job, but when you're one of the few people able to help it kinda becomes your responsibility. I did try to get my employer to donate to the maintainer of the service that identified which decryptor to use, but I never thought to ask for a raise or bonus for myself. Apparently some people think that was a missed opportunity.  

The cost of protection

found on Funny Junk

Protection often isn't free. You have to consider those costs against the value of what you're trying to protect and the likelihood that it needs protection. Now I'm not trying to say Mr. Whiskers here isn't worth $24k, but that is a lot of money to spend protecting a rodent against a threat it's unlikely to face, or a threat that can be mitigated more easily and cheaply by keeping him in his cage out of harm's way.

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Whatever happened to the useful ones?

from here and here

One the plus side, I do get fewer useless alerts than I used to, but the useless ones still outnumber the useful ones by a wide margin. I don't even remember the last time I got a useful one. These days it's usually Windows telling me the firewall is disabled when it's perfectly fine.

Maybe I don't see useful alerts because the attacks never reach the computer with the firewall software in the first place. Maybe NAT-enabled routers were all most of us ever really needed.

Kid Changes His Grades By Hacking, He Lives To Regret It

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Remember kids, it's better to use your skills for good than for evil. Evil may pay better for a while, but something usually comes along to make it not worth it in the long run.

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Why I let the computer generate my passwords

from here and here

People are really bad at creating strong passwords, so you might as well let the computer do it for you, and let it remember them for you while it's at it.

Hope that's not your only defense

found on Imgur

While that might stop me, I suspect that not only are there plenty of millennials who can drive stick there are also plenty of older people who steal vehicles.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

A naked data grab

from here (source article)

I haven't made a secret about my feelings towards the Internet of Shit, but most of the time those connected objects at least provide the user with some compelling reason to use them. Often they give the user some novel feature or make something more convenient.

This scarf doesn't do any of that. It provides no extra functionality to the wearer beyond what a normal scarf would. You don't get to see the data, only some 3rd parties do. The best case scenario is that maybe someone will pay you to wear it, and you better hope they do because by extracting biometric data out of it they are definitely getting something of value in return.

Warning May Spontaneously Start Talking About Cryptography shirt

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Y'know, there was a time when I was prone to talking about my nerdier interests. I should probably try to be like that again... as soon as it's safe to be around people.

Monday, August 1, 2022

When advertising companies make browsers

from here and here

I mean, when you factor in the fact that Google is an ad company, their desperation to keep tracking people makes sense, but it's still desperation, and each year they drag out the end of tracking further just looks more and more desperate.

All it takes is one bump in the road

found on Reddit

One bump in the road / one password breach and it's all over. 

That's not to say that you couldn't have come up with a secure password when you were 7 years old, but rather if everything is dependent on that one password then it's a single point of failure. A single password breach would expose all of your accounts.