Does this surprise anyone?
Gov't Not Doing Enough To Protect Identities
Nearly two years after an embarrassing flap in which veterans' personal information was put at risk of identity theft, federal agencies are still not doing all they can to prevent further lapses, investigators have found.
Most of the two dozen federal agencies examined by the Government Accountability Office, Congress' investigative arm, had not implemented five federal recommendations aimed at protecting personal information.
Source - KCRA
Tools & Techniques. Prof. Bob Sprague (Univ. of Wyoming) suggested a couple of “defeating encryption” articles for this blog. The first has been getting a lot of notice...
Researchers Find Way to Steal Encrypted Data
By JOHN MARKOFF
SAN FRANCISCO — A group led by a Princeton University computer security researcher has developed a simple method to steal encrypted information stored on computer hard disks.
...but this one will be a lot more interesting to my forensic class. (I'll have to remember NOT to tell the university what we'll be doing to their wall plugs...) Even has the training videos available online!
Transport a live computer without shutting it down.
... We created this product for our Government/Forensic customers - but it has IT uses as well. Need to move a server without powering it down?
... How to circumvent Whole Disk Encryption
The key: Do not allow the encryption to activate. Low level encryption such as Vista's Whole Disk Encryption (WDE) can halt an investigation. Use HotPlug and Mouse Jiggler to prevent encryption technologies from activating. If you can carry away the computer while it's still logged in, you maintain full access to the hard drive.
Interesting viewpoint. One I've been discussing (debating) for years...
AU: Judge on privacy: Computer code trumps the law
Australian High Court Judge Justice Kirby says computer code is more potent than the law--and that legislators are powerless to do anything about it.
Source - C|net
[From the article:
Technology has outpaced the legal system's ability to regulate its use in matters of privacy and fair use rights, said Kirby, speaking Thursday night at an Internet Industry Association (IIA) event.
A different take on the same question? (Is the answer: The music industry has good lobbyists?)
Can Someone Explain Why It Should Be An ISP's Responsibility To Deal With File Sharing?
from the it's-a-simple-question dept
Last week, we noted that there was some draft legislation in the UK making the rounds that would have ISPs ban people found to have participated in unauthorized file sharing. Some people responded by saying that this was just a draft and there was no chance it was going to go anywhere. However, the UK's Culture Secretary Andy Burnham is now saying that the government is quite serious about pushing this legislation through, and that ISPs would be wise to implement such a system voluntarily before the government acts: "Let me make it absolutely clear: this is a change of tone from the Government. It's definitely serious legislative intent." What he doesn't make clear, however, is why it should be the ISPs' responsibility to prop up someone else's business model. What's next? Will they push automakers to fight back against bankrobbers who use getaway cars?
For those poor individuals with only a few terabytes of music...
SXSW 2008 Music Torrent - 764 artists, 3.5 GB
This is an unofficial torrent of the artists that will be featured at the 2008 South by Southwest music festival in Austin, TX. There is one song from every artist, all in one convenient free download!
For my web site students...
CSSTypeset.com - Does the CSS Work For You
Have trouble creating CSS typesets? Well, fret no more because CSSTypeSet is here to save your style sheets from your manhandling paws. This handy new tool is rather simple. You’ve got two screens the first for entering/pasting the text you want to modify; the second is fro viewing your CSS. Below these two screens you’ll find a control panel for changing the style of your text. There are three sliders for spacing letters, words, and lines. You can change the font style and the color using the gradient color wheel. There are also the standard bold, italic and strikethrough options. Once you’ve made all your tweaks, simply copy the CSS from screen number two, and voila, you’re done.