Sunday, March 27, 2016

From the “We gotta do something!” department. “What? The terrorists didn't use encrypted phones? They used burner phones huh? Okay, lets make up some laws to cover that – because that will stop them from using phones!
New bill targets prepaid ‘burner’ phones with ID requirement
Burner phones are still as easily accessible as ever — you just head to your nearest convenience or big-box store, pick up a cheap prepaid phone and a phone card, and like magic you have a completely useable phone sans any identification records. It's a great thing if you're in a bind and in need of a last-minute phone, but not so great if you're law enforcement trying to hunt down potential criminals.
A newly proposed bill sponsored by Rep. Jackie Speier of California, if it passes, will require purchasers to show ID when buying a prepaid phone or similar mobile device, as well as when purchasing a SIM card. Under the law, retailers would be required to get a buyer's personal information, including name, address and Social Security number. Essentially, buying a prepaid phone would become as burdensome as signing up for a new mobile contract.

No doubt this will become an “insider trading” defense.
Linn Foster Freedman of Robinson & Cole writes:
The FBI has issued a Private Industry Notification to law firms indicating that a cyber crime insider trading ring is targeting “international law firm information used to facilitate business ventures.” According to the FBI “[T]he scheme involves a hacker compromising the law firm’s computer networks and monitoring them for material, non-public information... This information, gained prior to a public announcement, is then used by a criminal with international stock market expertise to strategically place bids and generate a monetary profit.”
Read more on Robinson & Cole Data Privacy & Security Insider.

We have been talking about this (not just DNA) for years.
From the is-anyone-really-shocked-by-this dept.
Paul Elias reports:
Investigators are broadening their DNA searches beyond government databases and demanding genetic information from companies that do ancestry research for customers.
Two major companies that research family lineage for fees around $200 say that over the last two years, they have received law enforcement demands for genetic information stored in their DNA databases. and competitor 23andme report a total of five requests from law agencies for the genetic material of six individuals in their growing databases of hundreds of thousands.
Read more on ABC.

(Related) See?
Growing personal impact of large-scale government and corporate data collection
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Mar 26, 2016
Via Fast CoExit – Your Data Footprint Is Affecting Your Life In Ways You Can’t Even Imagine – Job decisions, college admissions, health care decisions: All are now being fundamentally altered by your big data, and you might not even know. “…Predictions about you (and millions of other strangers) are starting to deeply shape your life. Your career, your love life, major decisions about your health and well-being, and even if you end up in jail, are now being governed in no small part by the digital bread crumbs you’ve left behind—many of which you don’t even know you’ve dropped in the first place.”

It never occurred to me that this was a “Black thing.”
Black caucus treads carefully into Apple-FBI fight
… “In the context of white supremacy and police violence, Black people need encryption,” tweeted Malkia Cyril, director of the Center for Media Justice. The racial justice group that signed on to a letter defending Apple sent to Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym, who is overseeing the case.

Interesting. How are the hackers getting past the firewall? I can see them using “network connected printer and fax machines” to print the flyers, but I don't see how they could “distribute” them.
ABC reports that remote print capabilities have enabled hackers to print and distribute anti-semitic flyers:
DePaul University is searching for the hacker behind a white supremacist, anti-Semitic flyer that appeared on campus.
The university president says someone hacked into several printers and the flyer printed simultaneously. Officials say the source was not a DePaul account.
Read more on ABC.
DePaul wasn’t the only university hit this way, it seems. Yesterday, CBS reported the rash of anti-semitic flyers also affected Princeton University; Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island; the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Millions More Drones Will Be Flying Above Your Head by 2020
The number of drones circulating overhead is expected to triple in the next four years, according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s aerospace forecast for 2016 to 2036. The FAA estimates hobbyist and commercial drones in the U.S. will increase from 2.5 million to 7 million by 2020.
Recreational drones alone are expected to hit 4.3 million by 2020

We're looking for a few easily implemented Apps for student projects. Perhaps we could break this into simple steps and program it? Free, public key Apps?
The Dream Of Usable Email Encryption Is Still A Work In Progress
Tech-savvy people have had a way to send secure email since the mid 1990s, when legendary cryptographer Phil Zimmermann created the encryption software known as Pretty Good Privacy, or PGP.
But despite more than 20 years of existence, PGP, as well as its free replacement GPG, has never been mainstream. That’s because it’s a relatively hard-to-use tool for the few who would bother to use the command line, clunky email clients’ extensions, and bootstrapped software.
… Both Google and Yahoo are working on an implementation of the open source standard OpenPGP that works entirely within the browser. The two projects are a work in progress, so some details might change, but the idea is to create a browser extension that will deal with all the pains of using PGP, making it as easy as possible to use, and allowing users to send emails that nobody—including Google and Yahoo—can read, other than the sender and the recipient.

Snapchat users now spend 25 to 30 minutes every day on the app, and it's trying to attract the TV money because of it
Snapchat's photos and videos are famous for disappearing after a few seconds, but its users are spending as much as a half-hour every day playing with its app.
… Snapchat is telling potential advertisers that its worldwide daily active users, which at last count stood at more than 100 million, now spend an average of 25-30 minutes a day on Snapchat, a source with knowledge of the pitch told Business Insider.
Of those using it every day, 60% are also creating new content, whether it's a photo or chatting friends, so it's not just people passively watching, Snapchat is telling advertisers.

Pretend you built the Internet and know all its secrets.
10 Internet Easter Eggs to Hunt for This Sunday (Infographic)

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