Tuesday, August 28, 2012

How could they not do this? If you have the ability to disrupt an enemy's ability to wage war you are morally required to use that ability. (Kill treasure not people)
Degrade, Disrupt, Deceive’: U.S. Talks Openly About Hacking Foes
There was a time, not all that long ago, when the U.S. military wouldn’t even whisper about its plans to hack into opponents’ networks. Now America’s armed forces can’t stop talking about it.
The latest example comes from the U.S. Air Force, which last week announced its interest in methods “to destroy, deny, degrade, disrupt, deceive, corrupt, or usurp the adversaries [sic] ability to use the cyberspace domain for his advantage.” But that’s only one item in a long list of “Cyberspace Warfare Operations Capabilities” that the Air Force would like to possess. The service, in its request for proposals, also asked for the “ability to control cyberspace effects at specified times and places,” as well as the “denial of service on cyberspace resources, current/future operating systems, and network devices.”

My God! Someone is reading my Blog! (Or maybe they are fans of Treasure of the Sierra Madre too)
We Don’t Need No Stinking Warrant: The Disturbing, Unchecked Rise of the Administrative Subpoena
… Meet the administrative subpoena (.pdf): With a federal official’s signature, banks, hospitals, bookstores, telecommunications companies and even utilities and internet service providers — virtually all businesses — are required to hand over sensitive data on individuals or corporations, as long as a government agent declares the information is relevant to an investigation. Via a wide range of laws, Congress has authorized the government to bypass the Fourth Amendment — the constitutional guard against unreasonable searches and seizures that requires a probable-cause warrant signed by a judge.
In fact, there are roughly 335 federal statutes on the books (.pdf) passed by Congress giving dozens upon dozens of federal agencies the power of the administrative subpoena, according to interviews and government reports. (.pdf)

Surveil yourself! If the average citizen can do this, what can a government do?
Wireless Sensor Tags Help You Keep Track of Your Stuff
Stuff goes missing. Maybe you misplaced something, or maybe one of the uninvited guests at your last shindig is “borrowing” it. Regardless, now you need it, and you can’t find it. But what if you could tag your possessions and keep tabs on them, like a researcher tracking so many wildebeests in the Serengeti?
You can, to a degree. CAO Gadget’s descriptively named Wireless Sensor Tags monitor movement, angle and temperature and send alerts to your iOS or Android device when things go awry — something moving that shouldn’t be (indicating theft or maybe an impending mauling by a puppy); the inside of an ice chest getting too warm, or the door to your liquor cabinet opening when only the kids are at home.
You set the parameters of what sort of notifications you want and how sensitive you want the system to be via app or web client. And while the two-inch-square circuit boards wrapped in an elastic theromplastic elastomer aren’t pretty, the system works.
The $15 tags ($12 if you purchase three or more at once) contain a 3-D digital magnetic sensor that tracks angle and motion, plus a temperature sensors. The tags include red a LED and an alarm that can be remotely triggered — perfect for finding misplaced stuff.

Somehow, this doesn't ring true...
"UK police are sad that despite having the most comprehensive driver surveillance system of any developed country, there are still gaps in their coverage. From the article: 'The cameras automatically record plate/time/location information and send it to a central data store, which has complete nationwide records for 6 years.' Also interesting is that an unspecified 'particular driving style' can be used to evade detection by the cameras. It appears, however, that criminals are well aware of the cameras and take other routes. Big Brother technology, coming soon to a country near you!"

Do they really need Twitter evidence to prove “conspiracy to occupy?”
Twitter Appeals Ruling in Battle Over Occupy Wall Street Protester’s Information
August 27, 2012 by Dissent
Aden Fine of the ACLU writes:
Twitter just filed its brief appealing a June decision by a New York criminal court judge requiring the company to give the Manhattan District Attorney detailed information on the communications of Twitter user Malcolm Harris, an Occupy Wall Street protester charged with disorderly conduct in connection with a march on the Brooklyn Bridge.
As we did before, the ACLU will file a friend-of-the-court brief in support of Twitter. You can find Twitter’s brief from today here; the ACLU’s brief will be available here later today. Last week, Harris filed his own appeal as well.
Read more from the ACLU and a big thumbs up to both Twitter and the ACLU for their forceful advocacy to get the courts to recognize that we have standing to challenge subpoenas to providers about our communications.
Of course, if Congress got off its dysfunctional ass and updated ECPA as it should have done and needs to do, some of this might not be necessary. [In an election year, Congress is all talk and no potentially controversial actions Bob]

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of Apps? Clueful does!
After Removal By Apple, Privacy App Clueful Returns Via The Web
… Today, Clueful has relaunched … but not on iOS. Instead, it’s now a website where users can search for different apps and get basic facts like which ones are accessing your location, tracking your in-app usage, and reading your address book.

Add a Class Action suit to the governments concern about the facial recognition database and Facebook may need to hire more lawyers.
German consumer protection group threatens lawsuit if Facebook doesn’t stop sharing users’ info with apps without express consent
August 27, 2012 by Dissent
Associated Press reports:
A consumer protection group [in] Germany has sent Facebook a ‘cease and desist’ letter that claims the social-networking website breaches German privacy law.
The Federation of German Consumer Organizations says Facebook has one week to stop automatically giving third party applications information about its users without their explicit consent.
The group said in a statement Monday that if Facebook fails to comply by Sept. 4 it will sue the California company.
Read more on The News Tribune
Getting sued by a consumer protection group isn’t great, but it doesn’t sound as serious as if the government itself goes after them.
Or is that next?

Will amazon be seen as targeting Walmart or the remaining mom & pop stores? How the spin is controlled might make this interesting...
With Prime Service, Amazon Is Set to Crush Offline Retail
“Free” two-day shipping. Streaming video. An e-book lending library. All for $79 per year. Spelled out like that, Amazon Prime sounds like a weird ad hoc chimera of a product. Why those three things? And why that price?
Though the value proposition may come across as clunky, plenty of people are apparently sold. Amazon said Monday that it now ships more items via Prime’s two-day shipping than its free “Super Saver Shipping,” which gets you slower shipping but for no charge when you order at least $25 of stuff.

My Website class uses Notepad++ sometimes...

For my students, even though my mustache is older than most of them...

For the Ethical Hacker toolkit

Free is good, useful is better, good and useful is best. Tools for geeks.
Do you own a website or a blog? If so, do you have any idea how many visitors you get each day? And even if you’ve installed a counter and you’ve figured out how to gauge your traffic, do you have any idea where your visitors are coming from, what browsers most of them use, what search engines they use, or which of your pages is the most popular?
These are the things that Google Analytics can do for you.
… Google Analytics is not at all that complicated once you start digging into how it is organized, and where to find the information you’re looking for.

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