October 01, 2015

A fun week in the exciting work of cyber-security

Well, it's National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  No, really.  Stop laughing.  (link)
  • I just got new credit cards with computer chips in them, which make them totally secure, unless, you know, the bad guys know how to factor a prime number.  (link)
  • When Citrix's head of security goes to Black Hat and DEFCON he prints out his schedule on a piece of paper so he doesn't have to turn on his cell phone.  But by all means enable Private Browsing! (link)
  • Confronted by John McCain this week, a CIA guy could barely contain his laughter when asked about the Chinese raid on the Federal employee database.  "We, too, practice cyber espionage. We're not bad at it," he said, his pinky finger creeping ever closer to the corner of his lip.  (link)
  • Also this week, the FBI said this week that politics will not intefere with their investigation of Hillary Clinton's e-mail. (link)

Any system can be broken into.  All major powers do it to one another, as do terror groups and the mob.  It's like watching a big gasoline fight next to a dumpster fire.  Apparently someone thinks they're going to win, but it's hard to see how it's going to work out well for anybody.

Now where did I leave that Palm Pilot?


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