Hackaday posts pictures in “defcon day 2 – don’t use the atm.” I don’t trust the ATMs at any Defcon haunt anymore, and was surprised to see a fellow I respect stick his ATM card into the machine at Hamburger Mary’s. I do wonder if any of the well-dressed guys using the ATMs were adding…Read More The Alexis Park ATMS are Perfectly Safe
Kudos to McCarran International Airport (Las Vegas) for having free wifi. And congrats to my fellow Defcon attendees for stealing the cookie that authenticates me to this blog off that wireless net. Tech Policy points to Bill West at Counterterror blog, in “Liberty & Security vs. Terror – an American Perspective.” Its worth reading in…Read More Long Bits of Stuck in McCarran International Airport
I’m at Black Hat and Defcon through Sunday, and blogging will be light, and slightly error-prone.Read More At Black Hat
In comments, Izar asks why we feel that having policemen check up on us is an affront to our liberty. He also asks that we call him a “serf of the totalitarian state machine,” so I shall. I suppose I might feel differently if, regularly, people around me were being murdered by terrorists. But the…Read More Why Not Accept Random Searches?
My friend and colleague Scott Blake is looking for smart people: I have openings for 5 information security analysts. Level of seniority is negotiable, but I prefer senior-level folks. I’m looking for the following specialties: security awareness training/communications, secure application development, risk assessment, network architecture, and security policy development. I also have an opening for…Read More Job Openings
A few weeks ago, it came out that the MTA wasn’t spending their security budget: In December 2002, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced it had completed a lengthy assessment of potential threats to the city’s transportation infrastructure, from subway lines to major bridges. The authority, which had begun the study in the weeks after the…Read More Are Police the Best Response?
Michael Geist has the scoop at “Telus Blocks Subscriber Access to Union Website.” Short version: Telus and their union are fighting. Telus has chosen to prevent their customers from reaching “Voices for Change, the union website. I urge Telus customers to call and customer support and ask what’s up. Repeatedly. Voices for change also suggests…Read More Canadian Telco Telus Blocks access to Union Website, How to Access
David Cowan tells a sad story about his experience with unauthorized data collection and use in “Freshman Week.” Speaking of unauthorized data collection and use, Jonathan Krim reports that “License-Screening Measure Could Benefit Data Brokers:” Jason King, spokesman for the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, said commercial data brokers are notorious for refusing to…Read More Risks of Data Collection and Use
In “Behind-the-Scenes Battle on Tracking Data Mining,” the New York Times reports that the Department of Justice really does care about privacy, and really doesn’t want those nosy Congressional committees poking about how the government operates. So, why should they care? Are they hiding something? Of course, this being a New York Times article, there’s…Read More If You Have Nothing to Hide…
It’s going to be 105 (or so) in Las Vegas for Blackhat, and, as always, a little hotter for Defcon. Tickets for the DC702 Summit/EFF Benefit are for sale online through Monday. As a smaller, private event, I expect the AC will work. So you should be there, instead of say, lolling about by the…Read More 105°. But It's a Dry Heat