Passing through Portland’s PDX Airport, I was struck by this ad for SeaPort Airlines: Things are pretty bad for TSA when right after “faster travel,” a company lists “No TSA” as its second value proposition. (Bottom left corner.) It’s actually sort of impressive how much hate and resentment the TSA has built in the few…Read More TSA’s Brand
Mary Dudziak posted the testimony of Fannie Lou Hamer before the credentials committee of the 1964 Democratic convention. It’s worth reading in full: Mr. Chairman, and to the Credentials Committee, my name is Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer, and I live at 626 East Lafayette Street, Ruleville, Mississippi, Sunflower County, the home of Senator James O.…Read More 44 Years
RFC 1918 is a best-current-practicies RFC that describes network address ranges that we all agree we won’t use globally. They get used for private networks, NAT ranges and so on. There are three ranges: 10.0.0.0 to 10.255.255.255 172.16.0.0 to 172.31.255.255 192.168.0.0 to 192.168.255.255 They are thus the Internet equivalent of the American phone system not…Read More The Hazards of Not Using RFC 1918
There are a couple of blog posts that I’ve read lately that link together for me, and I’m still working through the reasons why. I’d love your feedback or thoughts. A blogger by the name of Lhooqtius ov Borg has a long screed on why he doesn’t like the “Social Futilities.” Tyler Cowan has a…Read More Lessons for security from "Social Networks"
Wonderful graffiti art by Mau Mau at the Cans Festival II. Photo taken by Alan Bee.Read More Fear Makes the Wolf Look Bigger
Aero News Network has a fascinating story, “ANN Special Report: TSA Memo Suggests That Agency ‘Encourages’ Damaging Behavior.” It covers how a TSA goon climbed up a plane using equipment marked “not a handhold,” damaging it and putting the flying public at risk. It continues: While this may be terrifying on a number of levels,…Read More TSA Breaks Planes (and a link to infosec)
Alan Shimel got hacked, and he’s blogging about it, in posts like “I’m back.” It sounds like an awful experience, and I want to use it to look at authentication and certificates. None of this is intended to attack Alan in any way: it could happen to any of us. One of the themes of…Read More Authenticating Alan Shimel is Certifiably Hard
A voting system used in 34 states contains a critical programming error that can cause votes to be dropped while being electronically transferred from memory cards to a central tallying point, the manufacturer acknowledges. The problem was identified after complaints from Ohio elections officials following the March primary there, but the logic error that is…Read More Diebold/Premier vote dropping
GetAFreelancer.com has a job for you if you need some high-paid work — write a remote keylogger. Here are the project requirements: We need a keylogger that can be installed remotely. Description: The main purpose is that the user A can send an email with a program to install (example: a game or a funny…Read More Write Keyloggers Professionally!
I find it interesting that security people and foodies are strongly correlated. Or at least are strongly correlated among the ones I know. Very Good Taste has a list of things called The Omnivore’s Hundred, a list of things worth trying, modulo this and that. You mark things you have tried, and mark things you…Read More The Omnivore's Hundred