Opponents of Australia’s controversial Access Card received an early Christmas present earlier this month when the incoming Rudd Labor Government finally axed the controversial ID program. Had it been implemented, the Access Card program would have required Australians to present the smart card anytime they dealt with certain federal departments, including Medicare, Centrelink, the Child…Read More Australia dumps National ID
My co-workers in SWI have a new blog up, “Security Vulnerability Research & Defense.” They’re planning to…well, I’ll let them speak for themselves: …share more in-depth technical information about vulnerabilities serviced by MSRC security updates and ways you can protect your organization from security vulnerabilities… The two posts below are examples of the type of…Read More "Security Vulnerability Research & Defense"
On December 19th, Denebola, the student run newspaper of Newton South High School, broke the news that video cameras had been secretly installed in their school. Not only were students and parents not notified of the cameras but apparently neither were any of the teachers. From the student article: According to Salzer, only he, Superintendent…Read More Emergent Privacy Reporting
Orin Kerr has a fascinating tidbit at Volokh, “Encryption, the Fifth Ammendment, and Aaron Burr:” Following my posts last week on encryption and the Fifth Amendment, a few readers asked about how courts have dealt with such issues before. As far as I know, there is only one other judicial decision specifically addressing the Fifth…Read More Aaron Burr and Compulsory Key Disclosure
A surgeon who allegedly took a photo of a patient’s penis during an operation at a US hospital is no longer working there, it has been announced. Dr Adam Hansen, of Arizona’s Mayo Clinic Hospital, is accused of taking the snap while conducting gallbladder surgery earlier in December. (BBC, “US ‘penis photo doctor’ loses job.”)…Read More Merry Christmas, Dr. Hansen!
Not much naughtier than other retailers: I’d say yes to coal for most of the major retailers for dropping the ball on security. Bigger chunks of coal need to go to state legislators and the U.S. House and Senate for failing to pass any laws protecting consumer data (although Minnesota got quite close). But to…Read More Evan Schuman: TJX gets the BB gun
“Anger as NHS patient records lost” “Patient data loss affects 168,000” “Post Office sends wrong details” “Discs ‘worth £1.5bn’ to criminals” “£20,000 reward offered for discs“* “More firms ‘admit disc failings’” * Readers are invited to comment on the contrast. Thanks to Ant, Cat and Steven Murdoch for links. Image: Teton dam, Wikipedia.Read More Anarchy in the UK
A pint of the black stuff a day may work as well as an aspirin to prevent heart clots that raise the risk of heart attacks. Drinking lager does not yield the same benefits, experts from University of Wisconsin told a conference in the US. … The researchers told a meeting of the American Heart…Read More Guinness is Good For You, but don’t tell anyone
Here at Emergent Chaos, we’re big fans of large objects hitting other large objects at high speed. Which is why it’s important to tell you that 2007-WD5 is a 50 meter asteroid that’s set to pass within 48,000 kilometers of Mars next month. “We estimate such impacts occur on Mars every thousand years or so,”…Read More "There’s supposed to be a Mars-shattering Ka-boom!"
It becomes a tree pub. See “Fancy a pint in the world’s only bar that’s INSIDE a tree?” in the Daily Mail for more. Thanks, C!Read More What happens when a tree house grows up?