March 2008

Black Hat USA News: We’re very proud to announce a new feature for paid Black Hat attendees starting with the USA show in August – delegate access to our CFP system! Paid delegates can now log into our CFP database, read and review our proposed presentations and share their ratings and comments with Black Hat.…

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Dan Solove has put his two current books, “The Future of Reputation” and “The Digital Person” online for free. I’ve felt bad in not reviewing The Future of Reputation, because I really enjoyed it, and have been trying to figure out what to say. Solove does a great job of surveying reputation in its many…

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The Washington Times reports, “Outsourced passports netting govt. profits, risking national security.” It is the first of a three-parter. Interesting comments: The United States has outsourced the manufacturing of its electronic passports to overseas companies — including one in Thailand that was victimized by Chinese espionage — raising concerns that cost savings are being put…

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The New Scientist reports in, “Have peacock tails lost their sexual allure?” A controversial study has found no evidence for the traditional view – practically enshrined in evolutionary lore – that peahens choose their partners depending on the quality of the peacocks’ tails. Obviously, traditionalists have many things to say about the quality of the…

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Thanks to infosec expert (and Indiana resident) Chris Soghoian, and a receptive state legislator who listened to an informed constituent, Indiana now has a much improved breach notification law , closing a loophole we discussed previously. We’ve written about expert involvement in crafting improved state laws before, most recently here. BTW, the loophole Indiana has…

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I’ve noticed that every time there’s a new message from Osama bin Laden, the press very carefully calls into question its authenticity. For example, CNN’s article “Purported bin Laden message: Iraq is ‘perfect base’” opens: Al-Jazeera broadcast on Thursday an audiotape on which a voice identified as Osama bin Laden declares “Iraq is the perfect…

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