September 2006

In “SecureWorks Backs Out of Macbook Demo,” Brian Krebs writes: David Maynor, the SecureWorks researcher who was set to demonstrate how wireless driver flaws could be used to compromise an Apple Mac laptop, suddenly has been yanked from the ranks of Toorcon presenters. At around 12:50 p.m. PT, SecureWorks issued the following press release: “SecureWorks…

Read More Extra! Extra! Read Nothing About It! (Latest on Apple V. Maynor)

Social Security Administration officials believe computerization of files has contributed to their security. In the manual era, the applicant’s record was an individual ledger sheet. Thus if a person could get to the file drawer and then the ledger, he could check any record. Although entry to the files area was restricted by guards who…

Read More Computers Will Make Our Lives More Private

Stupid bills before legislatures seem to be a target rich environment which is to say, its hard to even say where to start. So allow me to offer a suggestion: California’s SB768 will slow RFID stupidity. Take a look at EFF’s fact sheet, and then, if you’re in California, call your local Governator, and tell…

Read More Which Stupidity to Stop?

 Most readers of these words are probably familiar with at least one of the lists of data breaches commonly referenced in the media and in specialized blogs.  Among these are Attrition.org’s Dataloss, and Privacyrights.org’s Breach Chronology.  The ID Theft Center also maintains a list (available, it seems, only as a PDF), and various academic researchers…

Read More Breach Datasource Design Criteria

“Everybody personally and professionally that I know who is afraid to fly gets their hands on Xanax,” said Jeanne Scala, a psychotherapist in Roxbury, N.J., adding that she has seen an increase in patients and friends talking about taking medication for flying jitters. “They’ll do anything to take the edge off the anxiety of sitting…

Read More Well, At Least TSA Isn’t Driving People to Drink