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NBA Blues

LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling is in a lot of hot water over remarks he made to his ex-girlfriend, V. Stiviano  (aka  María Vanessa Perez, aka Monica Gallegos, aka Maria Monica Perez Gallegos, aka Maria Valdez), which Stiviano apparently recorded and intends to use as leverage in connection with a multimillion dollar lawsuit filed by…

Sharing is Caring

In pre-school, we were taught (well, before it was considered the mark of creeping socialism) that sharing was good.  Share your toys.  Share snacks.  Why we even shared colds, flu’s and viruses.  That’s how much we cared.  But when it came to sharing information about information security vulnerabilities, incidents, threats and solutions, companies (well, their lawyers) frequently…

Dodging the Bullet

When the point of sale terminals at Target were hacked last December, issuing banks (the banks that issued credit cards to consumers) were on the hook for millions of dollars it cost to reissue these credit cards to their customers and potentially for the cost of fraudulent charges on these stolen cards. So they went…

Valuing Privacy

What’s your privacy worth? That’s not a theoretical or hypothetical question.  Give me a dollar value.  If someone were to read your bank statement, view your medical record, know your driving history, or even details of your sex life, how much – in a dollar figure – would you be harmed or damaged? C’mon.  Give…

Faking Forensics

You have mail.  Maybe.  And that’s the problem. We admit electronic evidence into court and rely upon it in our day-to-day transactions all the time.  But can we really and truly authenticate it?  The answer is almost.  Which means actually, no.  But it’s good enough for government work.  Which is to say, not really good…

Through the Looking Glass

In Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking Glass” Humpty Dumpty tells Alice [the one of Alice in Wonderland], “When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.” Alice replies, “The question is, whether you can make words mean so many different things” to which Humpty replies,…