2005

Ann Harrison reports: The government dropped all charges against Deborah Davis yesterday for failing to show her ID on a Denver public bus. Officials claim that passengers still have to show ID to transit through the Denver Federal Center, but said there were no clear signs to inform them of this requirement. Davis’ lawyers are…

Read More Deborah Davis Charges Dropped, Rally to Proceed

According to documents (pdf) obtained by EPIC under the Freedom of Information Act, a government report found significant problems with new hi-tech passports. Tests conducted last year revealed that “contactless” RFID passports impede the inspection process. At a meeting of a Privacy Advisory Committee today in Washington, EPIC urged (pdf) the Department of Homeland Security…

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In “OpenSolaris, Pluggable Crypt, and the SunMD5 Password Hash Algorithm,” Alec Muffett writes: Several years ago now, Darren Moffat, Casper Dik and I started swapping e-mail about how pathetic it was to still be using the traditional 8-character-password unix crypt() routine in Solaris, and how we could architect something to be much better. You’d have…

Read More Muffett on Passwords

American Banker(12/7/2005) reports [warning: paywall] on the tight-lipped reaction of Sam’s Club, MasterCard, and Visa to a recent data breach involving credit and debit card mag stripe data from Sam’s Club gas stations. The affected cards seem to have been primarily from two issuers, and hundreds of actual frauds have already occurred. Nobody is talking…

Read More Sam's Club, CC #'s and more?, they're not saying

Bruce Schneier demonstrates the truth of the old saying in a must-read blog entry. In a nutshell, Nature published an article written by a physicist with little or no background in cryptography, claiming to have devised a mechanism foroptically transmitting encrypted messages using a “chaotic carrier”. Bruce trains his skeptical and expert eye on the…

Read More A little knowledge is a dangerous thing

[Important update below] Nearly 30,000 airline passengers discovered in the past year that they were mistakenly placed on federal “terrorist” watch lists, a transportation security official said Tuesday. Jim Kennedy, director of the Transportation Security Administration’s redress office, revealed the errors at a quarterly meeting convened here by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Data…

Read More Tens of Thousands Mistakenly on Watchlists

Tom Ptacek’s blog is full of smart people introducing themselves, and their new company, Matasano. They’re talking about the new mix, which is to be consultants while you build your startup and look for funding. I hope that Window, Dave, and Jeremy all get the blogging bug. Heck, I hope Dino does too, because with…

Read More Hey, Look, It's Matasano!

Russian security agents have arrested a group of policemen and civilians suspected of forging Kremlin passes. The items seized included identity cards guaranteeing entry to President Vladimir Putin’s offices, the FSB security service said. … According to security officials, some of the items were being sold at a car market in the south of Moscow,…

Read More Economics of Fake ID (Kremlin Edition)

Democracies do not fare well with military dictators, nor when entrusted to overpowering and internally focused armies. Armies are trained, quite rightly, to kill and ask questions later. Police forces are trained to exercise discretion, sustain the rule of law, respect human rights, understand the freedoms we have embodied neatly in a Bill of Rights…

Read More Fighting Terror: Police, not Armies