'security' Archive

Why I’m Really Not That Bugged About PRISM

16 June 2013, 5:59 am
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I’ve been thinking about this a lot, and the conclusion I eventually came to really startled me.
TLDR: The more communications data is recorded, the less scrutiny any of it gets.
Disclaimer: I have a longstanding amateur interest in cryptography and cryptanalysis; I’ve read a few books. I’ve never held a security clearance nor worked in intelligence. […]

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why I don’t trust your privacy policy

2 February 2008, 8:12 am
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First there was Flickr. I liked Flickr a lot; it was a very convenient way to share photos with my friends and family. I didn’t know anybody on the Flickr team personally or anything, but it was clearly a small, bright outfit. The vibe of the site made me feel comfortable letting them keep track […]

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Do you like when things are easy?

7 April 2007, 7:15 am
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Most of the email hitting my servers these days falls into one of three categories: “pump-and-dump” investment scam solicitations, phishing attempts, and solicitations for unlawful medications. I was disturbed that what appears to be a legitimate email from Fidelity Investment services tripped “red flags” for dangerous email — it has earmarks of two of those […]

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we interrupt this broadcast for an emergency bulletin

27 March 2007, 8:48 am
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(for those of you who don’t read Slashdot. . .)
If you need anymore evidence that Diebold is pure evil, and that they deserve your eternal scorn and ridicule, but absolutely none of your cash, ever, how about this: They’re bringing a suit against the commonwealth of Massachusetts for awarding a contract to a competitor.
I’m checking my calendar […]

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deli slices of security (even more on blink)

23 January 2006, 2:03 pm
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I was initially critical of Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink for not delivering on its implied promises, but I’ve revised my opinion of it substantially. It’s had a real impact on the way I think about certain types of situations. I still don’t think it provides a foolproof method for applying its principles, but it does offer […]

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