Shostack + Friends Blog Archive


Small Bits: Airport Security, Tax Web Bugs

  • Stupid Security covers an AP story:

    Security at U.S. airports is no better under federal control than it was before the Sept. 11 attacks, a key House member says two government reports will conclude.

    None of us here [at Stupidsecurity] are surprised. The real fun begins with the second paragraph:

    “A lot of people will be shocked at the billions of dollars we’ve spent and the results they’re going to see, which confirm previous examinations of the Soviet-style screening system we’ve put in place,” Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., told The Associated Press on Friday.

  • AFSCME 3357-HOF reports:

    While trying to discover if I was going to have to pay a penalty because Turbotax notified me too late that my income tax return was rejected, I discovered wat appears to be a massive privacy breach that might (or might not) be Turbotax related. While searching for information regarding penalties for rejected returns, I found that hundreds of complete rejected tax returns, including names, addresses, social security numbers, the whole 9 yards, are completely accessable on the web