2006

Daniel Akaka and John Sununu have introduced a bill to repeal title II of the Real ID Act. From the press release: The Identification Security Enhancement Act (S. 4117) replaces REAL ID with language from the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (P.L. 108-458), which took a more measured approach in mandating tougher…

Read More Akaka-Sununu Bill Repeals Key Aspects Of The Real ID Act

In “Stellar Lavarand,” Ben Laurie writes: Some crazy people think they can make a business of this, only using the solar wind, the clouds of Venus, the Northern Lights, Jupiter’s shortwave emissions and other cosmic events as their random source. Just like lavarand, this causes a moment of “oooo, shiny”, rapidly followed by “but why…

Read More I’ll See Your Randomness, And Raise You a Protocol

Topping the list, Vodaphone has been fined $100M (€76M) for failing to protect 106 mobile accounts. “Greek Scandal Sees Vodaphone fined” at the BBC, via Flying Penguin. On this side of the Atlantic, Choicepoint, Experian and Reed-Elsevier are looking to pay $25 million to settle claims that they invaded the privacy of 200 million drivers…

Read More Fines, Settlements in Privacy Invasions

Cryptological in this case meaning those who like thinking about the hidden. Authorized Da Vinci Code Cryptex from The Noble Collection. It’s very nice, made of good, solid brass. It avoids many combination lock issues. I tried some obvious ways you can cheat a letter from such a device and it was well-made enough that…

Read More Gifts for the Cryptological Mind

In Grant Gross’s IDG article, “VA Security Breach Bill Criticized by Cybersecurity Group,” CyberSecurity Industry Alliance General Counsel Liz Gasster is quoted extensively: The Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act, largely focused on veterans’ health-care programs, includes a section on information security requiring the VA to report data breaches of any “sensitive” personal…

Read More Breach Bills, and the Role of Encryption

The BBC reports that “Prozac ‘found in drinking water’” in Britain, and that: In the decade leading up to 2001, the number of prescriptions for antidepressants went up from nine million per year to 24 million per year, says the paper. They point to a Observer story, “Stay calm everyone, there’s Prozac in the drinking…

Read More Have Some Soma, and Don’t Mind The Cameras