Bruce Schneier has written insightfully about Olympic security. They’ve spent $1.5 billion, and today’s marathon race was marred by some idiot leaping into the path of the front-runner, and dragging him into the crowd. Its always tempting, and usually wrong, to say that any failure of security could be prevented. However, this Olympics has seen…Read More Olympic Security
Frank Sanache was one of eight Meswaski code talkers. He served in North Africa, and was captured by the Germans. I’m fairly interested in the history of code talkers, and had missed the Army’s use of them. It turns out that there were codetalkers in the First World War, that German civilains had travelled to…Read More In memory of Frank Sanache
Beatrice Arthur, who apparently enjoys a little politics along with her fame, got irked at the airport police: “She started yelling that it wasn’t hers and said ‘The terrorists put it there,’ ” a fellow passenger said. “She kept yelling about the ‘terrorists, the terrorists, the terrorists.’ ” After the blade was confiscated, Arthur took…Read More Bea Arthur, Terrorist
Over at TaoSecurity, Richard writes about a new report from CERT/CC and the Secret Service, studying “23 incidents carried out by 26 insiders in the banking and finance sector between 1996 and 2002.” I’m very glad that they’re doing this. I think that actually studying how bad guys carry out attacks is critical for defending…Read More About those insiders
The fine folks at handsoffmybag.com have the first set of their tote bags emblazoned with the 4th ammendment, and are shipping! Get yours before they’re outlawed!Read More Hands off my bag!
“The president said he wanted to work together (with McCain) to pursue court action to shut down all the ads and activity by the shadowy … groups,” White House spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters Shadowy? What’s shadowy about free speech? There’s a very bad law in place which restricts your ability to spend your money…Read More Shut down these shadowy groups?
So Microsoft has released XP2 on a CD. I’m not currently running any Windows machines, but I figure hey, this is an important patch, and I should be able to foist it on people. So I go to Microsoft’s Order a CD site. I am curious to see what else the CD might contain. A…Read More XP SP2
Alec Muffet comments on sysadmin resistance to applying patches. As Steve Beattie and a bunch of others of us wrote about the issue is that there’s a tradeoff to be made to find the optimal uptime for a system. Its a tradeoff between a security risk and an operational risk. Organizationally, different teams are often…Read More Patch Management
“The Central Intelligence Agency is committed to protecting your privacy and will collect no personal information about you unless you choose to provide that information to us.” Of course, this just goes to show that “We’re committed to protecting your privacy” has finally made it to the exalted and hard-to-reach level of “Of course I’ll…Read More That exalted state