Rebecca MacKinnon has a post on Microsoft’s removal of a blog, run by Michael Anti from their MSN Spaces blog site. (“Why Microsoft censorship in China matters to everybody.”) I’m finding the justifications and responses (both official and unofficial) to be fascinating and ultimately confusing. Matt Marshall at SiliconBeat has “Microsoft and Bokee mired in…Read More Microsoft, China, and Cultural Imperialism
I’d like to remind everyone that Emergent Chaos now has three people posting, not just Adam. I see comments and links that assume I’m writing everything here, which is a little demeaning to Chris and Arthur. Also, I’d like to remind people that I maintain del.icio.us bookmarks of things I find interesting, but don’t have…Read More Two Quick Notes
The New York Times reports on the completion of the first phase of the treat-visitors-like-criminals US-Visit system. The article is informative, and tells us: The fingerprint check at the borders has turned up just 970 hits of visa violators or criminal suspects. The total rises to about 15,000 with inclusion of the cases identified overseas…Read More The Machinery of Repression
If you haven’t read about Farris Hassan and his trip, take a minute to do so. He flew to Iraq to learn what was going on. I’d like to start by congratulating the teachers at Pine Crest School. How often, today, are teachers so inspiring? The goal of school should be to develop both a…Read More Thoughts on Farris Hassan, the 'Iraq Teenager'
Today I received a great add for a newish security company, Devicewall. They are yet another company providing a solution for prevention of intellectual property theft. They sent me a stack of humorous stickers saying things like: “This Computer is Protected by BRSD Technology. Big Red Sticker of Doom technology leverages our natural fear of…Read More Security Stickers
Illicit, by Mosés Naím is a tragic book. It is considered, insightful, wide-ranging, deep, and so close to amazing. Had Naím gone just a little further, it could have been brilliant, and the tragedy is that he didn’t. Perhaps I should back up, and explain. Naím is the editor of Foreign Policy. He has written…Read More Illicit
Stories like this one make me scratch my head and wonder, what is a breach? What should this category cover? Why do I blog these things? Why are we here? Why are you here? And what are those clowns doing over there? However, since we sent you this CD, we have become aware of a…Read More H&R Block, Unknown # of SSNs, Mailing Labels
One that I missed. The executive summary is that somebody, somehow, got into the machine that prints W-2s for the university. The University sent out an undated disclosure letter which was very sparsely detailed — “one of the worst” seen by Beth Givens of privacyrights.org, who’s seen plenty of ’em. Story is at the San…Read More University of San Diego, 7800 people, W-2 information, "hackers"
The Des Moines Register reports on a December, 2005 breach at Iowa State: [3,000 ISU employees’] personal data might have been viewed by hackers who infiltrated two computers earlier this month. One held about 2,500 encrypted credit card numbers of athletic department donors. The second computer contained Social Security numbers for more than 3,000 ISU…Read More Iowa State (again!), 3000 SSNs+2500 encrypted CC#s, "hacker"
..may just have been found! The Associated Press reports that Fashion model Beverly Peele was arrested on identity theft charges for allegedly buying around $10,000 worth of housewares, appliances and furniture by using credit card numbers without permission, authorities said Friday. […] The complaint filed against the 30-year-old alleges she charged furniture, a refrigerator, a…Read More Identity Theft Poster Girl