Tag Archives: opsec

A secret group easily bought the raw ingredients for a dirty bomb – here in America

Not exactly the best thing to read while you’re watching season 5 of 24. Then again, I’ve known about this sort of threat for years. Maybe I should be a “penetration tester” under covert authority for DHS. I know I’d be more effective in pointing out existential threats than some bureaucrats.

Source: A secret group easily bought the raw ingredients for a dirty bomb – here in America | Center for Public Integrity

The Internet of Things Will Turn Large-Scale Hacks into Real World Disasters

More and more, looking at security protocols and evangelizing for practical InfoSec and OpSec habits, I feel like I’m eventually going to turn into Battlestar Galactica’s Commander Bill Adama: “I will not have a networked computer on my ship!” Much of our vulnerability is thanks to Congressional “protections” such as the CFAA and–especially–the DMCA which specifically outlaws security research and penetration testing.

The rise of the Internet of Things threatens to make it much easier to cause real-life damage through cyberattacks.

Source: The Internet of Things Will Turn Large-Scale Hacks into Real World Disasters | Motherboard

The Not-Crazy Person’s Guide to Online Privacy

Suggestions from the basic (tape on the webcam) to the elaborate (carry a bug scanner). All of them fairly practical.

Should you tape over your webcam? We’ve got the answer to this and all your other biggest security questions.

Source: The Not-Crazy Person’s Guide to Online Privacy – Bloomberg

Snowden Designs a Device to Warn if Your iPhone’s Radios Are Snitching

Your smartphone’s radio can be used to spy on you. The exiled NSA leaker teamed up with renowned hardware hacker Bunnie Huang to stop it.

Source: Snowden Designs a Device to Warn if Your iPhone’s Radios Are Snitching | WIRED

Now You Can Hide Your Smart Home on the Darknet

The privacy-focused Tor Project backs a new initiative that lets you use Tor to keep your home’s Internet-of-things devices hidden from hackers.

Source: Now You Can Hide Your Smart Home on the Darknet | WIRED

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