Mark Rasch

Cyber Law Editor

Security Current


Apple’s Technical Solution to Surveillance Legal Issues

Posted on: 18 Sep 2014

I recently wrote about the efforts by the U.S. Government to force Microsoft to deliver the contents of a customer’s e-mail located in Dublin, Ireland. The Court in New York ruled that the computer giant had to deliver to the U.S. grand jury the contents of someone else’s e-mails (not Microsoft’s) in a foreign country,…

Comcast (Heart Symbol) Tor

Posted on: 16 Sep 2014

In the past few days, there have been reports that Comcast, the Philadelphia-based Internet giant (and broadcast giant, and content giant, and giant giant) has been monitoring its users’ activities and has been blocking users’ use of TOR privacy enhancing services. The reports have indicated that Comcast considers the use of TOR to be in furtherance…

A Touch of Class (Action) – Models Sue Apple

Posted on: 15 Sep 2014

There is a predictable pattern when it comes to a data breach. First, the company involves touts its “state of the art” security.  Please, come to us — share your most intimate information with us.  We use “state of the art” or globally recognized or some other euphemism for “we do what everyone else does”…

There is No There, There — Microsoft Indicates Won’t Comply with Court Order

Posted on: 15 Sep 2014

When asked about the Internet, Gertrude Stein famously remarked, “there is no there, there.”  Well, maybe it wasn’t about the Internet. On September 7, in a federal court in New York, Microsoft indicated that it was not going to comply with an order from the Court compelling it to produce to the United States government…

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…