I believe that if you are a low- to mid-skilled intruder physically located in the United States, you will eventually be caught. The days when hardly anyone cared about prosecuting digital crime are ending. The FBI has 13 Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIPS) units with plans to open more. The Computer Crime and Intellectual…

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his changed recently — spyware ‘toolbars’ started to appear for Firefox as well. It was quite a surprise to see a dialog pop up when accessing an otherwise normal-looking (though advertising-heavy) page, using my Linux desktop, prompting me to install some ‘toolbar’ .xpi file! Firefox 1.0PR now includes code to deal with this. Here’s how…

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Do current security plans depend on no guns getting onto the planes? I hope not. Covert government tests last November showed that screeners were still missing some knives, guns and explosives carried through airport checkpoints, and the reasons involve equipment, training, procedures and management, according to a report by the inspector general of the Homeland…

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So Verisign has teamed up with I-safe to issue “USB tokens” to children. The ZDnet story states that it “will allow children to encrypt e-mail, to access kid-safe sites and to purchase items that require a digital signature, said George Schu [A Verisign VP].” To me that sounds a lot like an X.509 certificate, which…

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“BRANSON, Mo. – A Branson man has put a face to the anonymous references people often make to “they” by changing his name to just that: “They.” Not only is he making a statement about his name, but he’s messing with the entire English language,” friend Craig Erickson said. How can you argue with messing…

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This – the damage done to individual psyche – and not just to the physical infrastructure and institutions of the country, is what we have to always keep in mind when assessing the progress of reconstruction and democratisation in places like Iraq. If things aren’t moving ahead as fast as expected, if cooperation is lacking…

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Virginia Postrel writes about flying without ID: Coming home today from New York, I was a little more prepared. I still didn’t have “government-issued i.d.,” but at least I knew I was headed for trouble. I got to JFK several hours early. The young security guard wasn’t sure what to do with me and asked…

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Happy Emancipation Proclamation Day! On Sept 22, 1862, President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation: “…all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; Now, like many government proclamations, there was more…

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