Tag Archives: Security

And So It Begins

The lawyers will be happy.

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Everybody Wants Ta Get Inta Da Act

Apologies to Jimmy Durante but everyone, it seems, is waging man-in-the-middle attacks. The latest perpetrator is the provider of in-flight WiFi, Gogo. Google security engineer Adrienne Porter Felt, while on a flight, discovered that Gogo was serving up fake SSL … Continue reading

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Lenovo Denies Security Problems

It's infuriating that Lenovo continues to deny that SuperFish is a security threat. They keep saying that they've stopped installing it but that in any case SuperFish didn't collect or store any private information. Doubtless that's true but it's a … Continue reading

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MITM Coming to a Job Near You

Just in case you think that man-in-the-middle attacks are just for the victims of Lenovo's shenanigans, there's this .@mountain_ghosts Such as this lovely device, which goes by the Orwellian name of an "SSL Visibility Appliance": https://t.co/TEmLfOTZnt — Nick Stenning (@nickstenning) … Continue reading

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Lenovo

You've almost certainly heard about the astoundingly stupid actions on the part of Lenovo. Forget about the security implications for a minute. What this boils down to is that Lenovo sold out their customers for a few pieces of silver … Continue reading

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Help GNUPG

.@facebook and @stripe each vow to donate $50k a year to @gnupg https://t.co/YTwn9zC68X — Julia Angwin (@JuliaAngwin) February 6, 2015 Here's why. If you can chip in a few dollars to keep this absolutely vital project going, please do. Kock's … Continue reading

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Introduction to PGP Video

The good folks over at New York Emacs Meetup have posted their monthly talk. This time, it's George Brocklehurst with a talk entitled A Pretty Good Introduction to Pretty Good Privacy. It's a mostly narrated slide show, although there are … Continue reading

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Rating Secure Messaging Applications

The EFF has published its Secure Messaging Scorecard that rates several messaging applications on several important security axes. Some have all the desired attributes, others have none. Some, like Apple's iMessage have most of the attributes but fail to be … Continue reading

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Genes Best Removed from the Pool

Yikes! Who would do this? No Irreal readers, I'm certain. Worse, all these instructions appear to be aimed at developers who should surely know better. I especially like the ones with sudo. Really, if you enter one of those commands … Continue reading

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PGP Problems

I've often written about the need to encourage wider use of encrypted emails. As everyone knows, the main problem is that existing email encryption solutions are too hard to use: Aunt Millie simply won't deal with the complexities. But what … Continue reading

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