Saturday, October 30, 2010

“It's for the children!” How else can they be trained to be submissive little sheep?

School Buses Tracking Kids With Fingerprint and Card Scanners

October 29, 2010 by Dissent

Caleb Johnson writes:

To ensure that kids don’t get off at the wrong stops, some school districts have started using fingerprint and card scanners to track students who ride school buses. The Desert Sands Unified School District, located just north of San Diego, began testing a Biometric Observation Security System (BOSS) on its buses earlier this month, according to USA Today. Students simply touch their fingers to a tiny screen when they get on and off the bus; if a child tries to get off at the wrong stop, BOSS sounds an alarm to notify the driver. About 30 school districts across the country, including ones in Missouri and Illinois, have begun using a similar system called Zpass. Instead of a fingerprint, the system uses an electronic card that’s tethered to a child’s backpack. [Forget your backpack and you can't “get poor Charlie of the MTA!” Bob]

I guess no one can go home with a friend any more without sirens and alarms going off, huh?

This is creepy/spooky. A high resolution photo of the World Series, that allows you to tag anyone with their Facebook profile. Think of it as a sample “facial recognition” application. (and why is the Second Baseman holding his glove that way?)

MLB’s TagOramic Lets You Stare Into The Face Of Each And Every Fan At The World Series

Were you lucky enough to attend one of the MLB playoff games this month? Then you’ll want to check out TagOramic, a nifty feature on that was built to celebrate the Fall Classic. Over the course of the playoffs, MLB has taken some absolutely massive panoramic photos of each stadium — and they’ve taken them at high enough resolution that you can zoom in and see each and every fan.

The site has also integrated support for Facebook Connect, so even if you didn’t get to attend one of the playoff games, you can sign in and see if any of your friends have been tagged in the photo. It sounds silly, but it’s surprisingly fun to see a shot of your friend mid-hot dog, surrounded by a sea of other fans.

We have the technology, so we can do anything we want with it...

Brazilians will be forced to use RFID chips and GPS trackers in their cars

October 29, 2010 by Dissent

Brazil‘s government, behind the facade of open democracy, continues to advance its way as one of the most autoritarian police states in the world.

Brazilian population will be forced very soon to have in their cars identification chips (RFID), besides GPS locators and blockers.

According to several news , the brazilian government hurries to show until november of 2010 the GPS tracker that will be legally required to be in all new cars from February of 2011.

Read more on New World Order in Brazil.

Isn't that a bit over broad? Is there an alternative to providing an IP address (at minimum) to you ISP?

Utah statute requiring sex offenders to register Internet identifiers violates neither First nor Fourth Amendments nor ex post facto clause

October 29, 2010 by Dissent


A Utah statute that required that sex offenders register their Internet identifiers with the state violates neither the First nor the Fourth Amendment. As to the Fourth Amendment, there is no high privacy interest in the identifiers that a person uses on the Internet because it is voluntarily provided to third parties. It also does not violate the ex post facto clause. Doe v. Shurtleff, 2010 U.S. App. LEXIS 21988 (10th Cir. October 26, 2010).*

(Related Isn't it?)

Police Blotter: Husband accused of tapping wife's PC

Larry Bagley was sued in June by his wife Rhea Bagley, who accused him of surreptitiously placing audio recording devices in their house as well as a software keystroke logger. The Bagleys are in the process of divorcing.

The complaint in this civil case says that during the divorce proceedings, the husband revealed the existence of the surveillance tech and acknowledged that the "software recorded screenshots of activity on this computer." The husband replied in court documents that "in all conversations, the defendants' children were present and defendant was able to consent to recordation by way of vicarious consent."

U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal ruled on October 18 in favor of the husband, saying that the court was required to follow a Fifth Circuit decision saying that the federal wiretap law known as Title III does not apply to marital relationships.

In the current Texas case, the judge's opinion was relatively narrow. Because there are other plaintiffs in the case (besides the wife) alleging that the surveillance was illegal, the case will continue. Their lawsuit also accuses Larry Bagley of violations of Texas' wiretap law, a claim that Rosenthal allowed to proceed.

I wonder if some candidate for a PhD in psychology would like to study this. We (the Security community) have been pointing to user ambivalence for years. Now there are plenty of tools available to quantify that ambivalence and perhaps identify how hard we need to slap someone to wake them up...

Herding Firesheep In NYC — Do Users Care?

Posted by timothy on Friday October 29, @07:14PM

"Following the Firesheep uproar, I spent some time telling people who don't read Slashdot about the vulnerability that open WiFi networks create in what seemed like the most effective way possible: by sidejacking their accounts and sending them messages about how it happened. The results were surprising — would users really rather leave their accounts open to intruders rather than stay off Facebook at Starbucks? The link recounts the experience, and also lists some rough numbers of how many accounts could be compromised at a popular NY Starbucks location."

(Related) I wonder if the White House offers free WiFi?

White House Press Secretary Fields ‘First Question’ From Twitter

(Related) Useful security article...

5 Ways Your Facebook Log-In Password Can Get Stolen

You need to be responsible for the security of your account.

Mahendra offered some awesome tips for safeguarding your Facebook security, and Tim offered some useful privacy tips when you choose to use Facebook Places. Today, I’d to enlighten you with a few more tools in your arsenal against Facebook account hijackers with 5 ways that those hackers commonly obtain Facebook passwords.

So few signs of intelligent life in the universe... or in Congress.

Annual US Intelligence Bill Tops $80 Billion

Posted by Soulskill on Friday October 29, @01:35PM

"The LA Times reports that the US government has disclosed its annual intel budget for the first time in more than a decade: $80.1 billion on intelligence gathering, representing about 12% of the nation's $664-billion defense budget. The government revealed the total intelligence budget twice before, in 1997 and 1998, in response to a lawsuit. It was $26.6 billion and $26.7 billion, respectively, meaning the budget has tripled in 12 years. 'It is clear that the overall spending on intelligence has blossomed to an unacceptable level in the past decade,' says Dianne Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee. Dana Priest reported that more than 1,200 government agencies or offices and almost 2,000 outside contractors are involved in counter-terrorism activities, producing about 50,000 intelligence reports each year, far more than the government can effectively digest. The US is running so many secret programs that James R. Clapper Jr., director of national intelligence, said during his confirmation hearings that 'only one entity in the entire universe' knows what they're all doing, and 'that's God.'"

For my website students - Create Presentations & Embed Them

True to its name, this website will let you create a booklet (IE a small presentation) in an easy way, and have it embedded on your site or blog for all to see. These booklets can include not only text and images [and video Bob] but also HTML content, and they will be useful in just any context in which specific information has to be transmitted.

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