Mark Rasch

Cyber Law Editor

Security Current


Stagefright and Security Fright

Posted on: 29 Jul 2015

A new vulnerability in the Android OS points out not only problems with hardware and software generally, but with our bug bounty and patch management system for mass-market consumer products – you know, exactly the kinds of products that most need a patch management program. The fact that the critical vulnerability was discovered and reported…

Needles in Haystacks — Federal Appeals Court rules NSA “Dragnet” Program Illegal

Posted on: 07 May 2015

On May 7, 2015 the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York issued a major ruling on the legality of the NSA’s controversial program to gather information about tens of millions of telecom users in order to search for “relevant” records relating to terrorism, espionage and foreign relations. In the lawsuit ACLU v.…

It Ain’t Your Data

Posted on: 06 May 2015

Your bank records.  Your medical records.  Your bills.  Your phone records.  Your college grades.  What do all these things have in common?  None of them are YOURS. The United States Court of Appeals in Atlanta reinforced this concept when it allowed the government to get access to what is called “historical cell site data” without…

The IoT and The End of the Ownership Society

Posted on: 29 Apr 2015

When I was a kid, I owned a rather substantial record collection.  It included The Who, Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, and other groups popular in the late ’60’s early 70’s.  I owned books including my father’s Funk & Wagnall’s encyclopedias, and games including Risk and Strat-o-Matic.  Increasingly, these will be seen as remnants of a…

Dixie Announces Secure Communications Device

Posted on: 01 Apr 2015

Editor’s Note.  Please note that this article was published on the first day of the fourth month of the year.  Treat accordingly. With competition heating up for secure communications providers, including Hushmail, Wickr, SilentMail, Signal and others, the Dixie corporation announced its own foray into the crowded field. The Fort James Company, which owns the…

Privacy is Dead, San Mateo County Coroner Declares

Posted on: 31 Mar 2015

Editor’s Note.  Please note that this article was published on the first day of the fourth month of the year.  Treat accordingly. San Mateo California coroner Larry L. Ison ruled on Thursday that Privacy was officially dead.  Privacy, which had last been seen in public more than three years ago, had been under almost constant…

Supreme Court Rules Against the Reasonable Expectation of Privacy

Posted on: 31 Mar 2015

Editor’s Note.  Please note that this article was published on the first day of the fourth month of the year.  Treat accordingly. In a decision that was widely expected, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the government in the case,  John Ashcroft v. Just About Everyone Else. At issue was the plaintiff’s…

James Clapper Revealed as Apparent Head of Anonymous

Posted on: 31 Mar 2015

Editor’s Note.  Please note that this article was published on the first day of the fourth month of the year.  Treat accordingly. Security Current has learned that retired General James Robert Clapper, Jr. is a founding member and apparently the current leader of the hacker group Anonymous.  “Dad’s interest in telling truth to power goes…

Why We Have Breach Notification All Wrong

Posted on: 24 Mar 2015

The recent $10 million settlement of the Target data breach demonstrates why we have data breach notification all wrong. We use data breach notification as a means to punish companies that have suffered a data breach.  We treat companies like Target, Home Depot, Anthem and Premera as criminals and tortfeasors; we demand that they pay…

Your Facebook Profile Can Get You Banned from the Mall

Posted on: 19 Mar 2015

Think of Paul Blart, Mall Cop going undercover and online. In Bloomington, Minnesota is a small city dedicated to capitalism.  It’s the Mall of America, with more than 500 stores and 2.5 million square feet of retail space. It has a Nickelodeon themed theme park; an underwater adventures aquarium, a wedding chapel, a flight simulator,…