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The Rise of Personal Data Exfiltration

You may have heard that LG is collecting usage data, as well as more information, from its SmartTVs, even if you opt-out. They promise to issue a firmware update to fix it, but most consumers will never apply it as it requires a manual configuration to update and a wired Ethernet connection. In other words, […]

Crowdsourced, Commercialized Surveillance

The Tile is an object you can put on things in order to find them using your phone. This is useful. But if your phone isn’t close enough to the object, what then? Well, you mark that item as lost and then everyone’s phone (with the app) will look for your missing item too. Think […]

The Age of Self-Surveillance

  If you see something, say something. Most of us are familiar with that little message, but I think we got it backwards. It’s focused on being the observer, not the observed; so inefficient. After all, we are all observing ourselves all the time. What if, instead, we went with “if you think something, share […]

BYOD: Bring Your Old Dilemmas

Yay for lists! Here’s a list of four security issues around BYOD besides malware that you should worry about. Let me summarize: 1. Lost and Stolen Phones 2. Insecure Communications 3. Leaving the Walled Garden (uh, this is malware) 4. Vulnerable Development Frameworks Ignoring the fact for the moment that issue number 3 (jailbroken phones […]

Could PRISM Improve Enterprise Security Response?

While we’re all up in arms about the unwarranted data collection that the NSA has been performing, and the potential issues around privacy and legality of the PRISM program, one intrepid reportert stopped to ask the question of how much this is costing the US Taxpayers. “The program was expected to cost $278 million in […]

The Cloud is Local

  Facebook has a cloud problem. Or maybe the cloud has a Facebook problem. The issue is that the ubiquity of a cloud-based service conflicts with the locality of law. This picture is of the Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information Johannes Caspar, and he’s astonished about the most recent changes in the Facebook […]

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Is PRISM Ultimately Good for Privacy?

It seems like common sense to think of privacy and transparency as opposing forces. One seeks to expose, while the other seeks to hide. The reality, however, is a little more complex. There are two revelations in the history of cryptography that shed light on the value of transparency to privacy. Public-Key Cryptography is the real […]

Understanding Intent and Control – When Defaults Attack

Article “A Japanese ministry is conducting an internal investigation after a Google Groups account used for international treaty negotiations was left on its default, publicly viewable settings.” It’s tempting to say that Google should change the defaults to be more secure. Security professionals understand the default-deny stance really well, but there are other perspectives to […]