Supreme Court Rules Against the Reasonable Expectation of Privacy

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…

Details

James Clapper Revealed as Apparent Head of Anonymous

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…

Details

Why We Have Breach Notification All Wrong

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…

Details

Your Facebook Profile Can Get You Banned from the Mall

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,…

Details

Five Myths About the Hillary Email “Scandal”

There has been a lot of information – and misinformation – floating around the Interwebs about the fact that Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State, exclusively used a personal email address linked to a “homebrew” server. Partisans on both sides have spread much of this misinformation.  Based on what we now know (and the situation can…

Details

Hillary, Email and the Problems With Policy

Some years ago, I was sitting in a whirlpool at a health club and I noticed a printed sign above the whirlpool that noted, “Do Not Clip Toenails in the Whirlpool.” Gross.  My first reaction was, “why exactly was that sign necessary?”  My second reaction was, “hmm.. so if that is prohibited, by implication, what…

Details