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Heartbleed password change message Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Hannah (Apr 12)
I'm waiting for a flood of "change your password" phishing scams, and I'm
surprised that I've seen relatively little so far. But warning people about this would
be a good thing to emphasize.

I have received what appears to be a legitimate warning from Pinterest, which
includes a link to change the password. I guess Pinterest has not been listening to
all of our "don't include password change links in...

Heartbleed password reset recommendations by site Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Hannah (Apr 11)
http://happyplace.someecards.com/30541/the-heartbleed-bug-which-sites-you-
should-change-your-passwords-for-and-how-to-panic

(I particularly liked LinkeDin ...)

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rslade () vcn bc ca slade () victoria tc ca rslade () computercrime org
The object-oriented model makes it easy to build up programs by
accretion. What this often means, in practise, is that it
provides a...

xkcd explains Heartbleed Rich Kulawiec (Apr 11)
This might be the best explanation I've seen yet:

https://xkcd.com/1354/

-R

Dictionary of Information Security - part 2 Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Hannah (Apr 10)
You may want to be just a wee bit careful about checking out the book file: the
domain name is registered in Russia:

Registrant Name:John Bookza
Registrant Organization:bookza
Registrant Street: Tipanova 29-405
Registrant City:Saint-Petersburg
Registrant State/Province:Saint-Petersburg
Registrant Postal Code:453300
Registrant Country:RU
Registrant Phone:+7.9500212458
Registrant Email:bookosmail1 () gmail com

====================== (quote...

The Dictionary of Information Security Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Hannah (Apr 10)
Because they wouldn't update it, a couple of years ago I got the copyright to the
Dictionary of Information Security.

I have a bunch of notes, and a verison with at least 30% more material in it, but I
haven't yet gotten around to finishing the update.

However, in the meantime, somebody seems to have posted the original version
on the Web. I'm really not sure what the legal status is, but I hold the copyright,
and I...

Crime in Canda Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Hannah (Apr 04)
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/stolen-tractor-halted-in-low-speed-
chase-in-rural-alberta/article17821873

or

http://t.co/kSDIzkRRIx

Jewels, snow, tractors, snowmobiles, and even a Rhino.

(Meanwhile, in Georgia, they passed a law saying everyone could carry guns
everywhere, and nobody could check on who is allowed to.)

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rslade () vcn bc ca slade () victoria...

Supervolcano eruption imminent! Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Hannah (Apr 03)
http://www.politicalears.com/blog/yellowstone-animals-fleeing-park-supervolcano-
eruption-imminent

Run for your lives!

(This message brought to you by the Chicken Little Institute for Geologic Studies)

(I figured it might have been a leftover April Fools posting, but it doesn't appear
so.)

(However, if Yellowstone *does* erupt, I warned you guys!)

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rslade () vcn bc ca...

Too Long; Don't Read Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Hannah (Apr 03)
Just comment on this without knowing what it's about:

http://www.lamebook.com/nprs-epic-april-fools-day-prank/nprs-epic-april-fools-
day-prank/

(Most people do anyway ...)

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rslade () vcn bc ca slade () victoria tc ca rslade () computercrime org
I just wanna talk to you about a word we don't hear much anymore.
Sacrifice. It's not what I would call a...

Re: Has anyone had this day: Paul Ferguson (Apr 03)
I have been in that meeting many, many times. :-)

- ferg

Has anyone had this day: Ben April (Apr 03)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKorP55Aqvg

Re: Fallout from leak prosecution prompts Microsoft promise to stop snooping Rich Kulawiec (Mar 31)
On Sat, Mar 29, 2014 at 09:07:38PM -0400, Jeffrey Walton quoted:

a) See Ferg's comments.

b) Note that this leaves the door wide open to comb through users' email
for other reasons.

c) Even if they said "we promise not to comb through users' email period
full stop no qualifiers ever honest really for sure this time" there's
no possible way that they can make good on that promise.

Why? Surely nobody here thinks...

Clean reviews preceded Target's data breach, and others Jeffrey Walton (Mar 31)
[Oddly, Trustwave denies being an outsource for Target:
https://www.trustwave.com/Trustwave-Announcement/].

http://www.startribune.com/business/252963011.html

Trustwave Holdings gave Target Corp. the green light on payment card
security last September, just weeks before malware installed on the
retailer’s networks began sucking up customer information in a mega
data heist.

It’s a rough position for a company that built its brand reputation...

Re: Fallout from leak prosecution prompts Microsoft promise to stop snooping Paul Ferguson (Mar 30)
Too little, too late.

If they hadn't been caught publicly violating this journalist's
privacy, would they have been so (public) quick to change their "tactics"?

Also: "If you are not paying for a product, you *are* the product."

Free webmail is simply a stellar example of this maxim.

- ferg

Fallout from leak prosecution prompts Microsoft promise to stop snooping Jeffrey Walton (Mar 30)
http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Fallout-from-leak-prosecution-prompts-Microsoft-5358047.php

A former Microsoft Corp. worker accused of leaking Windows 8 to a
blogger appears poised to cut a plea deal as Microsoft swears off the
investigative techniques it used to catch him.

As first reported here, federal prosecutors in Seattle claim software
architect Alex Kibkalo stole Microsoft trade secrets while working for
the company....

Trust and intelligence Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Hannah (Mar 28)
http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0091786
(or https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2014/03/smarter_people_.html )

In other news, Rob Ford, Stephen Harper, Vladimir Putin, and Das Furby
apparently don't trust anyone ...

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rslade () vcn bc ca slade () victoria tc ca rslade () computercrime org
Being a geek is all about your own...

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