I can’t help but wonder how many bits have died to hold disclaimers like this one: This message is intended only for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged, confidential and exempt from disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient you are…Read More If I Screw Up, It’s Your Fault!
Well, here we are, on a list of top influencers in information security, and we’ve barely said welcome to any new readers! Welcome! If you’re just showing up, we’d like to influence you to understand that identification rarely solves security problems by itself. I posted “You Don’t Need to See His Identification,” using a famous…Read More "You Don’t Need to See His Identification"
Adam (or perhaps EC?) is one of the top 59 infosec influencers, sayeth itsecurity.com Cool. 18. Adam Shostack http://www.emergentchaos.com/ Emergent Chaos is a group blog on security, privacy, liberty and economics – a self-declared “Emergent Chaos jazz combo of the blogosphere. ” While the EC bloggers tend to drift off topic with political posts, they…Read More We're number 18, but we try harder…
Shimrit sends in this Shanghai Daily story, “Matchmaking site works to cut down deception:” A LEADING Chinese matchmaking Website is to check the age, marital status and other personal details of prospective cyber daters against an official database to prevent deception. Beginning today, Baihe.com will screen its eight million online daters against an ID authentication…Read More Dating & Background Checks in China
A University of Washington researchers Kris Erickson and Philip Howard have an interesting new paper out, “A Case of Mistaken Identity? News Accounts of Hacker and Organizational Responsibility for Compromised Digital Records, 1980–2006.” This is a great survey of the dramatic explosion in reports of breaches. A couple of great quotes: One important outcome of…Read More Reports on Reporting, Compliance
At first blush, it seems that an emergency bill in Texas that exempts clerks from state and Federal law about data breaches is a bad thing. However, with closer reading, it looks more like a correction for that pesky old law of unintended consequences. On 23 Feb, the Texas Attorney General ruled that disclosing Social…Read More Mommas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be County Clerks
Via a Stitch in Haste, we learn about more members of the ‘sweep it under the rug’ club: David Oliver Burleson, 49, an anesthesiologist whose license was suspended for two years in October 2005 … acknowledged to the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners that he inappropriately touched women whom he had sedated before surgery. The…Read More Ignorance is Strength
…terrorism suspects from atypical backgrounds are becoming increasingly common in Western Europe. With new plots surfacing every month, police across Europe are arresting significant numbers of women, teenagers, white-skinned suspects and people baptized as Christians — groups that in the past were considered among the least likely to embrace Islamic radicalism. The demographics of those…Read More "Terrorists Proving Harder to Profile"
My friend Shimrit saw Cluechick’s post on the dating (“Emerging Dating Paranoia“) and wanted to add a bit herself. She works for the UK’s biggest online dating provider. She has a new book coming out, and a blog at “Everyone’s Guide to Online Dating.” She writes: With all the current craziness surrounding online dating background…Read More Dating and Background Checks in the UK
Anybody who objects to their personal details going on the new “Big Brother” ID cards database will be banned from having a passport. James Hall, the official in charge of the supposedly-voluntary scheme, said the Government would allow people to opt out – but in return they must “forgo the ability” to have a travel…Read More "Voluntary" ID Cards