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…

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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…

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(Dave asked in a comment.) Yes, disabling Javascript is a win. Here’s an IE issue, and here’s one for Mozilla. Now, using Javascript, when its on, to reduce the number of clicks a user needs to make is a fine thing. I’m in favor of it. (Although I often find myself in misselect hell, when…

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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…

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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…

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“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…

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So it seems that two members of Congress have now been added to “watch lists.” “[Representative John] Lewis contacted the Department of Transportation, the Department of Homeland Security and executives at various airlines in a so-far fruitless effort to get his name off the list, said spokeswoman Brenda Jones.” It seems that this sort of…

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