Has there ever been a firmer lock on an award?
The Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas is one of the largest of its kind on the planet, and as such the cachet of its annual awards, the Pwnies, is unrivaled in security circles. That is, of course, assuming you’re didn’t win the Pwnie for Most Epic Fail. Sorry Sony.
This year Sony, who shut down the Playstation Network for a whole month in the spring, was so completely and utterly considered a failure by security folks that there was no doubt the company would win. Even crazed Vegas gamblers couldn’t have bet against Sony’s win: the company’s security report card was so bad this year they were the only nominee.
There is substantial growth in the Cybercrime economy, but I doubt this is move Wall Street. The report is available via email.
The Cost of Cybercrime
The Second Annual Cost of Cybercrime Study, sponsored by ArcSight
… The study found that the median annualized cost of cybercrime for the organizations in the study is $5.9 million per year, with a range of $1.5 million to $36.5 million each year per company. This represents an increase in median cost of 56 percent from the first cyber cost study published last year.
FBI Tech? Designed to give the FBI all the information they could desire, but is it secure? Parents should have information to help find and identify their children, but this will definately become a target for hacker/pedophiles?
Child ID, FBI's first Apple iPhone app, is unveiled
The FBI released its first app for Apple's iPhone on Friday, called Child ID.
… "Using a special tab on the app, you can also quickly and easily e-mail the information to authorities with a few clicks" in case a child goes missing or in other emergencies, the FBI said in announcing the app's release.
… So for those worried about their child's info getting stolen, a passcode lock would be a good call.
The app itself has no password lock-down feature (but that might not be such a bad idea FBI developers).
Only 91 times? Hard to believe...
Warrantless “emergency” surveillance of Internet communications by DOJ up 400%
Chris Soghoian wrote up the data he obtained under Freedom of Information as to how often the Department of Justice obtained customer account communications data from ISPs without a warrant. Chris writes:
According to an official DOJ report, the use of “emergency”, warrantless requests to ISPs for customer communications content has skyrocketed over 400% in a single year.
The 2009 report (pdf), which I recently obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request (it took DOJ 11 months (pdf) to give me the two-page report), reveals that law enforcement agencies within the Department of Justice sought and obtained communications content for 91 accounts. This number is a significant increase over previous years: 17 accounts in 2008 (pdf), 9 accounts in 2007 (pdf), and 17 accounts in 2006 (pdf).
Read more on Slight Paranoia. As Chris explains, these numbers only scratch the surface as they are only from the DOJ and the DOJ is not the most frequent requester.
Everywhere You Look, They’re Looking
Chris’s commentary is especially timely in view of what is going on in the Senate Intel Committee, who have been trying to shut down Senators’ Wyden and Udall’s attempts to get more transparency about how the government is interpreting provisions of the PATRIOT Act and the FISA Amendments Act. The understanding is that our government has come up with some interpretation that they believe allows them to engage in domestic surveillance and/or obtain geolocation data on citizens, even though the public’s understanding of these laws would seemingly prohibit such acquisition. An amendment that would have required the DOJ to estimate how many Americans have been surveilled failed by a vote of 7-8, and Senator Wyden has reportedly put a hold on a the FY2012 Intelligence Authorization Act.
The attempts of our government to keep citizens in the dark about how we are being surveilled and how legislation is being interpreted to permit what Congress never intended is despicable. Why are Senators Wyden and Udall the only two really standing up to call attention to this issue and to do something about it?
Where are your legislators on this? Have you called them to tell them that you want them to take a stand, too?
“We gotta do something!” trumps science. 70% false positives?
"The German government just finished a 10-month test of millimeter-wave body scanners made by L3 Communications. It appears they are not happy with the results. The devices raise false alarms 7 times out of 10, and are confused by layered clothing, boots, zippers, pleats, and even incorrect posture. Australia recently started a trial, and the second person in at the Sydney airport set off the alarm repeatedly due to sweaty armpits."
Might be useful. I could cross reference Student Name, Class, Project, etc.
How to organize all your files using tags
If you've ever had to look for that old letter of recommendation or sample design work from years past, you probably either wished you had an intern or prayed for a miracle. Media sorting has been far beyond other file management in terms of ease of use and quick searching thanks to the power of tags. Now you can use Elyse (for Windows and Mac) to tag your non-media files as well to make searching a snap. Here's how to get started: