Author: Chandler

The Guardian has reported the first official incident of misuse of full-body scanner information The police have issued a warning for harassment against an airport worker after he allegedly took a photo of a female colleague as she went through a full-body scanner at Heathrow airport. The incident, which occurred at terminal 5 on 10…

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Schneier points me to lightbluetouchpaper, who note a paper analyzing the potential strength of name-based account security questions, even ignoring research-based attacks, and the findings are good: Analysing our data for security, though, shows that essentially all human-generated names provide poor resistance to guessing. For an attacker looking to make three guesses per personal knowledge…

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In his ongoing role of “person who finds things that I will find interesting,” Adam recently sent me a link to a paper titled “THE HUMAN FACTORS ANALYSIS AND CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM–HFACS,” which discusses the role of people in aviation accidents.  From the abstract: Human error has been implicated in 70 to 80% of all civil…

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Metrics seem to be yet another way in which Angry Bear noticed that the V-22 Osprey program has hidden from its failure to deliver on its promises: Generally, mission capability runs 20% higher than availability, but availability is hidden on new stuff, while shouted about on older stuff, because there would be severe embarrassment if you…

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This is probably considered to be “old news” by many, but I’m high-latency in my news at the moment. Much was made of the fact that the US Military’s enemies are now eavesdropping on the video feeds from US Drones on the battlefield using cheaply available commercial technology.  But it’s OK, because according to the…

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America’s Finest News Source teaches an excellent lesson on how to spin data: Labor Dept: Available Labor Rate Increases To 10.2% WASHINGTON—In what is being touted by the Labor Department as extremely positive news, the nation’s available labor rate has reached double digits for the first time in 26 years, bringing the total number of…

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