July 2005

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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