Tag Archives: InfoSec

Do You Own Your Own Fingerprints?

With the proliferation of biometric security infiltrating every aspect of our lives over the next few years, it’s only a matter of time before the locks are broken. Oh, wait…they already are. We have already given up our privacy, our metadata, and–in many cases–our thought processes. Are we going to let corporations control our bodies now, too?

For now, an Illinois statute is the strongest check on corporate use of biometric data such as fingerprints and facial profiles.

Source: Do You Own Your Own Fingerprints? – Bloomberg

Moral economy and software development: software without politics is recipe for totalitarianism

We are already seeing this with software companies showing up at arms trade shows. Weaponized software marketed not for governments to wage cyber warfare against their adversaries, but to track and control their own citizens more efficiently. Orwell warned us about this 70 years ago. Did we listen?

Moral economy and software development: software without politics is recipe for totalitarianism

Source: Moral economy and software development: software without politics is recipe for totalitarianism / Boing Boing

Maybe Wall Street Has the Solution to Stopping Cyber Attacks

Interesting concept, to be sure. Beats the hell outta simplistic “economic sanctions” that are nearly laughable in scope.

How do you convince countries not to use cyber warfare? Hit them in the wallets.

Source: Maybe Wall Street Has the Solution to Stopping Cyber Attacks | WIRED

This ‘Demonically Clever’ Backdoor Hides In a Tiny Slice of a Computer Chip

It looks as though chips made overseas might now be a security issue. Well, chips made anywhere can be a potential security issue, but why not use this as an argument to bring high-tech manufacturing jobs back to the US?

Researchers have built a proof-of-concept processor that uses secretly stored electrical charge to trigger an ultra-stealthy backdoor.

Source: This ‘Demonically Clever’ Backdoor Hides In a Tiny Slice of a Computer Chip | WIRED

Researchers Crack Microsoft and Google’s Shortened URLs to Spy on People

Remember folks, an address is only as secure as the location it describes! Always lock your doors when the wolf is out there!

They were even able to identify a young woman who’d sought Google Maps directions to a Planned Parenthood clinic.

Source: Researchers Crack Microsoft and Google’s Shortened URLs to Spy on People | WIRED

The Senate’s Draft Encryption Bill Is ‘Ludicrous, Dangerous, Technically Illiterate’

Meanwhile, this just came out of Diane Feinstein’s well of stupidity.

In fact, the Burr-Feinstein bill is so bad for privacy that it may be good for privacy in the long run, say experts.

Source: The Senate’s Draft Encryption Bill Is ‘Ludicrous, Dangerous, Technically Illiterate’

Amazon Quietly Removes Encryption Support from its Gadgets

“Hey Alexa, could you record all my conversations and transmit them, unencrypted, to anyone who asks for them?”

As Apple fights for encryption, Amazon disables it.

Source: Amazon Quietly Removes Encryption Support from its Gadgets | Motherboard