Monday, April 11, 2016
For my Computer Security and Computer Forensics students.
Judge Who Authorized Police Search of Seattle Privacy Activists Wasn’t Told They Operate Tor Network
Ansel Herz writes:
One week after Seattle police searched the home of two well-known privacy activists for child porn and found nothing, critics are questioning why the department failed to include a key piece of information in its application for a warrant—the fact that the activists operated a Tor node out of their apartment, in order to help internet users all over the world surf the web anonymously.
“You knew about the Tor node,” said Eric Rachner, a cybersecurity counsultant and co-founder of Seattle’s Center for Open Policing, addressing the police department on Twitter, “but didn’t mention it in warrant application. Y’all pulled a fast one on the judge… you knew the uploader could have been literally anyone in the world.”
[…]In the aftermath of the search, the question was whether Seattle police had done their technical due diligence: Did they recognize that Bultmann and David were operating a Tor node? If so, did they realize that a tip about child porn coming from that IP address, absent any other evidence, likely meant someone else in another part of the world had uploaded the material and it had been randomly routed through their node?
Read more on The Stranger.
Now a medical tracker. Will insurance companies offer discounts for wearing these like the driving monitors for cars?
A 42-year-old man from New Jersey recently showed up in an emergency ward following a seizure. After looking at the data collected by his Fitbit Charge HR, the doctors decided to reset his heart rate with an electrical cardioversion. It’s the first time in history that a fitness tracker was used in this way.
If you understand billing for services “by the drink,” this is finer grained than billing by the calorie.
Profits from cloud computing ring up billions in micro charges
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Apr 10, 2016
Billing by Millionths of Pennies, Cloud Computing’s Giants Take In Billions by Quentin Hardy – “This economics of tiny things demonstrates the global power of the few companies, including Amazon, Microsoft and Google, that can make fortunes from the small..Amazon Web Services… Andrew R. Jassy, the senior vice president of Amazon Web Services. The per-millionth pricing began last November, in the A.W.S. product Lambda..”
A personal challenge. Can I get all 10 into an email to my students?
Are You a Rude Emailer? If You Use These Words You Might Be