Arm and a Leg – and Eyeball – IRS/SSA Mandate Biometric Authentication

The IRS, the Social Security Administration and other government agencies had a problem when dealing with the public. Scammers — often organized criminal groups or even state sponsors — impersonate genuine beneficiaries of entitlement programs (e.g. unemployment insurance, tax refunds or tax credits, social security retirement or disability benefits) and claim these benefits to themselves.…

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AR vs VR – A Meta World Fight

A battle is brewing for your heart and soul — and your eyes.  In one corner is Augmented Reality — AR. In the other, Virtual Reality – VR. My money is on AR, but I have been wrong before (see predictions on crypto). Let’s understand the difference in hardware, software and philosophy between AR and…

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Top 10 Security Challenges for 2022

Traditionally, this time of year one either looks back at the previous year, or looks forward to the year ahead. While there have been great advances over the years with respect to informations security tools, technologies, training and awareness, significant challenges  remain. What follows is my estimation of the top information security challenges for 2022.…

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November 2, 1988 – A Day of Infamy for the Internet

​ Forty-three years ago, on November 2, 1988, the Internet lost its innocence.  Now, in reality, the Internet was never truly “innocent,” and, let’s face it, in 1988, it wasn’t even really the Internet. It was the ARPANet, or DARPANet, or MILNet… a loose confederation of large institutions like banks, government agencies and academics connected…

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Why the Supreme Court’s Van Buren Case Really Matters

​ On June 3, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion holding that a Georgia police officer could not be prosecuted under the federal computer crime law for accessing a criminal database accessible only “for law enforcement purposes” and then selling data that he received from that database. The Court did not say that the…

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