MOD (Masters of Data) PodCast: The Big Security Topics of 2019

February 15, 2019

#bugbounty #privacymatters #govermentshutdown Many thanks to all those who invited me in to crash the MODcast about “Big Security Topics of 2019“. Special shout-out to George who kept calling me David. The conversation has been blowing up my social channels so thought I might as well add some reference here as well. “People have the right to know what others are doing with their data” Government Shutdowns, Bug Bountires, and…

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Do Walls Work?

Strangely enough I’ve been getting this question lately from people who believe I might have an answer. Little do they realize how complicated the answer really is. The short answer is (from a political economy view) that walls will be said to work when someone is trying to get them funded, and will be said … Continue reading Do Walls Work? → Source: http://www.flyingpenguin.com

January 20, 2019
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EV Charging Station Vulnerability

Anyone else read this article about the bug in a Schneider product? At its worst, an attacker can force a plugged-in vehicle to stop charging At its best, an attacker can give away power for free. That’s basically it. A hardcoded password meant the power could be disabled, although really that means it could be … Continue reading EV Charging Station Vulnerability → Source: http://www.flyingpenguin.com

January 14, 2019
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Dust-sized battery-free AI sensor with RF-free wireless

The title of this post is the announcement I just received in a CES invite to assess product security. Well, technically it was a “VIP lounge” invite more than a “please break our product” invite, but I treat them the same if you know what I mean. Perhaps most infamously when I went to CES … Continue reading Dust-sized battery-free AI sensor with RF-free wireless → Source: http://www.flyingpenguin.com

January 7, 2019
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IBM Watson Sued by LA County for Secretly Tracking Users

January 6, 2019

Let’s get one thing out of the way. IBM’s Watson was instrumental to the Nazi Holocaust as he and his direct assistants worked with Adolf Hitler to help ensure genocide ran on IBM equipment. When IBM’s director of worldwide media relations, John Bukovinsky, was asked about the disclosures in 2001 and 2002 of the company’s involvement in facilitating the extermination of millions of Jews, Gypsies and others, he replied, “That…

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Arizona Rush to Adopt Driverless Cars Devolves Into Pedestrian War

Look, I’m not saying I have predicted this exact combat scenario for several years as described in my presentations (and sadly it also was my Kiwicon talk proposal for this year), I’m just openly wondering at this point why Arizona’s rabidly pro-gun legislators didn’t argue driverless cars are protected by Waymo’s 2nd Amendment right to … Continue reading Arizona Rush to Adopt Driverless Cars Devolves Into Pedestrian War → Source:…

December 23, 2018
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Why the US South Needs You to Send More $50 Grant Bills

December 19, 2018

The Washington Post has a well researched and written story about why the US Republican party is defined by their racism. Oh, maybe I should say spoiler alert: …slavery’s enduring legacy is evident not only in statistics on black poverty and education. The institution continues to influence how white Southerners think and feel about race — and how they vote. Slavery still divides the American people That’s right, the GOP…

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Personality May Determine Employee Engagement

December 19, 2018

Interesting insights from the HBR, like emphasizing positive personalities in the workforce can harm leadership feedback loops: If leaders turn employee optimism and resilience into a key hiring criterion, then it becomes much harder to spot and fix leadership or cultural issues using employee feedback signals. And then they double-down on this assessment of overly positive personality and engagement, suggesting unhappy people may be the ones you should prize the…

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Improved Ghillie Suits (IGS)

Personally I wish someone had pushed for the phrase “future update ghillie suits” (FUGS) when they were thinking about “future warfare”. Instead the US Army is talking about Improved Ghillie Suits (IGS) to address the shortcomings of past designs. Notable issues: If you dress like a tree, you may be as flammable as one (several … Continue reading Improved Ghillie Suits (IGS) → Source: http://www.flyingpenguin.com

December 16, 2018
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Nterini – Fatoumata Diawara

In a story that I’m almost certain nobody has read (based on everyone I have asked about it)…hundreds of thousands of letters that were seized by British warships centuries ago, now are getting digitized for analysis by the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities. Somewhere in the U.K. National Archives in London, … Continue reading Nterini – Fatoumata Diawara → Source: http://www.flyingpenguin.com

December 16, 2018
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