Mark Rasch

Cyber Law Editor

Security Current


Privacy with a Side of (Ray) Rice

Posted on: 08 Sep 2014

Much has been said today about the Ray Rice affair.  For those not paying attention, the former NFL player and former Baltimore Ravens running back not only hit his then fiancée (now wife) so hard that he knocked her unconscious, but the videotape unveiled today shows exactly what happened. Although the Atlantic City police department…

Data Breaches: Someone Else’s Problem

Posted on: 08 Sep 2014

INT. SECURE VAULT — NIGHT An impenetrable vault.  Walls 3 feet thick.  Smoke reveals laser motion sensors and heat sensors.  A biometric iris scanner restricts access.  Television monitors show every angle of the room.  Dozens of heavily armed GUARDS await the alarm that will spring them into action.  Our HERO has to break in.  His…

iWatch Out

Posted on: 07 Sep 2014

Sometimes a technology comes out that is so radical, so new, so innovative that it transforms society, disrupts business processes, and creates new industries in ways we can hardly have imagined. Tuesday, September 9, 2014, with the announcement of the new Apple iPhone and iWatch will not be one of those days. Or will it?…

A Few Quick (Legal) Lessons From The iCloud Nude (Very Attractive) Celebrity Hack

Posted on: 03 Sep 2014

So a bunch of (very attractive) female celebrities’ iCloud accounts were reportedly hacked, and naked pictures of these (very attractive) celebrities were stolen from their accounts. The hackers then either apparently sold pictures of these (very attractive) celebrities, or merely posted pictures of these (very attractive) celebrities online.  A bunch of social, security, and ultimately…

New iPhone and Other “Health” Apps May Have Security and Regulatory Issues

Posted on: 29 Aug 2014

Doctor, Doctor, Give Me the News! At a recent CISO conference in New York, the conference sponsor gave all of the attendees (yes, all of the attendees) a Fitbit device that measures their physical activity. [Disclaimer here:  the sponsor was securitycurrent – pretty cool.] The device is worn on the wrist and measures the exertion…

“Bad Theater” – Is Security Just a Perception Game

Posted on: 22 Aug 2014

I recently read an article in Wired about problems with a particular airport security body scanner. Apparently, semi-clever attackers can conceal guns, knives and explosives in a way that makes them virtually undetected by the now-discussed Rapiscan detector previously deployed at thousands of airports, and currently deployed at courthouses and other places near you. That…

Google is Turning Your Emails Over to the Feds

Posted on: 08 Aug 2014

How would you feel if your email provider were routinely reading your e-mails, looking for illegal content, and then turning over the contents of your e-mail to law enforcement agencies anywhere in the world? Well, guess what. They are. Right now, though only to a somewhat limited extent, but enough so that the U.S. government…

Facebook’s New Privacy Policy on Messenger Service Exceedingly Broad

Posted on: 03 Aug 2014

In Monty Python’s “The Meaning of Life” John Cleese and Eric Idle show up at Terry Gilliam’s house to remove his liver as part of an organ donation program. When Gilliam objects noting “I’m still using it” the interlopers pull out his liver donation card, which permits the extraction.  When Gilliam protests that the card notes…

Privacy is NOT Binary

Posted on: 11 Jul 2014

Earlier today I walked into my local library.  A sign on the door proudly announced that there were video cameras in use for the patron’s protection. I have a problem with that. Actually, I don’t have a problem with video cameras for patron’s protection.  So if someone is assaulted, robbed, or worse I want there to be…

The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming!!

Posted on: 08 Jul 2014

Imagine the son of a Member of Congress sitting on the beach in the Caribbean, when strange looking men in suits approach him. And not bathing suits. The men, officials of the FSB – Russian intelligence and law enforcement, grab the kid, put him in a car, then a boat, then a plane and ferry him…