Is North Korea Responsible for the Sony Attack and What Does it All Mean?

Now that Sony Pictures Entertainment has cancelled the release of the movie “The Interview”  (to the chagrin of the Hollywood cognoscenti) the conventional wisdom is that Sony was eye to eye with the enemy, and Sony blinked. Assuming that the attacks on Sony’s infrastructure came from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (an assumption I am not quite…

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Are Fines for HIPAA Breaches Effective?

Anchorage Community Mental Health Services (ACMHS) operates a small chain of  5 mental health clinics in and around the Anchorage, Alaska area.  Like other medical facilities, they use computers for the collection, storage and dissemination of information – including patient information. Typical. Like other facilities of its size it probably had an IT department but may or…

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Cell Phones Not Safe From Police North of the Border

If you are on the south side of the Peace Bridge in Buffalo, New York and are arrested by the Buffalo Police Department, the cops can’t search the contents of your cell phone unless they get a warrant. Their attempt to rely on an exception to the warrant requirements called “search incident to a lawful…

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Sony, Interrupted

It hasn’t been a good few weeks for Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE).  Their networks were taken down, employees threatened, e-mails exposed, salary and personal information disseminated.  Its stars and executives have been portrayed as overpaid petulant jerks. And at least some of its movies have been leaked online – including movies currently in theaters, and some…

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Posner’s Privacy Prognostications – Perpetually Peeved

At a recent computer security and privacy conference here in Washington, Judge Richard Posner made headlines when he announced that privacy was “overrated” and existed mainly for the purposes of protecting criminals. According to published sources, Posner stated: “Much of what passes for the name of privacy is really just trying to conceal the disreputable parts…

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