State Secrets

I previously wrote about the government’s use of things like Dirt Box and Stingray – technologies that allow the government to surreptitiously intercept either the contents of communications, or the data about those communications (including cell phone locations) without the hassle and bother of actually having to ask the phone company for copies of their…

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Top 10 Tips for Credit Card Customers For Black Friday

It’s almost Black Friday, followed by Cyber Monday.  The day’s consumers whip out their credit and debit cards (or just their credit and debit card numbers) and buy buy buy. But in light of the massive hacks and data breaches around this time last year, and the more sophisticated attacks we are seeing now, what should the…

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California Revenge Porn Law: A Start

In the wake of the iCloud hack of the pictures of the (very attractive) nude celebrities, it was announced that lawyers had contacted Apple threatening to sue.  ‘Cause that’s what lawyers do.’  They sue.  Or they threaten to sue. But for what? In the case of Apple, the lawsuit would likely be for unfair and deceptive…

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Day of Cyber Infamy

NOAA WEATHER STATION – THE AZORES – NIGHT SUPERIMPOSE: NOAA WEATHER STATION – THE AZORES A HARBIN Z-9 military helicopter hovers silently above the antenna clad nondescript building as a team of soldiers in head to toe black rappel to the rooftop.  Though they wear masks, their eyes reveal them as members of the Chinese…

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Day of Cyber Infamy

NOAA WEATHER STATION – THE AZORES – NIGHT SUPERIMPOSE: NOAA WEATHER STATION – THE AZORES A HARBIN Z-9 military helicopter hovers silently above the antenna clad nondescript building as a team of soldiers in head to toe black rappel to the rooftop.  Though they wear masks, their eyes reveal them as members of the Chinese…

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I’m Sorry, Siri, I’m Afraid I Can’t Do That

Alexa is listening to your every word.  So is Siri.  And Cortana.  And Google.  Or the HAL 9000 computer. Just say the magic words and the devices from Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Google will obey your commands, give you help with your homework, do math and complete your Christmas shopping (particularly Alexa). Alexa is a…

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