The World is Collapsing into Two Countries—Green and Red

I hope you get angry while you read this. There are many ways to describe what’s causing the tension and turmoil in the United States and elsewhere. We can say the middle class is going away, or that automation is taking over, or that white people are upset about changing demographics. All those are probably true, but I think the clearest way to describe things is to imagine the world…

June 24, 2019

Machine Learning Doesn’t Introduce Unfairness: It Reveals It

Many people have a concern about the use of machine learning in the credit rating and overall FinTech space. The concern is that any service that provides key human services—such as being able to own a home—should be free of bias in its filtering process. And of course I agree. I define bias here as ‘unreasoned judgements based on personal preferences or experiences’. The problem is that machine learning improves…

June 19, 2019

Lupus Liberalism Will Lead to a Trump Win in 2020

I’m starting to wonder if many of those on the extreme left are secretly working for the right. I say this because if I were a right-wing political strategist there is one approach that I’d be advocating to get Trump re-elected: basically, trigger the left against itself so that it self-destructs. I’m in cybersecurity, so I have a habit of thinking of the worst that an opponent can do. First,…

June 15, 2019

Unsupervised Learning: No. 181

Unsupervised Learning is my weekly show that provides collection, summarization, and analysis in the realms of Security, Technology, and Humans. It’s Content Curation as a Service… I spend between five and twenty hours a week consuming articles, books, and podcasts—so you don’t have to—and each episode is either a curated summary of what I’ve found in the past week, or a standalone essay that hopefully gives you something to think…

June 11, 2019

The Holy Trinity of Air Travel Convenience

How Global Entry, CLEAR, and Priority Pass can significantly improve the life of frequent travelers By Daniel Miessler in Business Created/Updated: June 5, 2019 If you’re a US Citizen who flies a decent amount, there are three things you should absolutely do. 1. The Trusted Traveler Program (Global Entry) With Global Entry, you get the ability to bypass the customs line when coming into the United States. Instead, you move…

June 6, 2019

An Ngrok Tutorial and Primer

This works because Ngrok is calling outbound, and meeting its other side on the internet. Ngrok is an application that gives you external (internet) access to your private systems that are hidden behind NAT or a firewall. It’s basically a super slick TCP tunnel that provides an address that anyone can get to, and then links the other side to something that’s normally inaccessible. Just because hackers use something doesn’t…

June 6, 2019

Unsupervised Learning: No. 180 (Member Edition)

I spend 5-20 hours a week devouring books, RSS feeds, podcasts, and articles about what’s happening—and what’s coming—in security and technology. Then every Sunday I send the best of what I find to around 25,000 subscribers. “Your newsletter has become my most important source of news. It is the only newsletter I will NOT delete until I have perused it to the very end”. ~ Frank Hall Green

June 4, 2019

The Intellectual Dark Web (IDW) is a Clear Case of Dark Forest Theory

A sci-fi trilogy called The Three Body Problem included a powerful concept called Dark Forest Theory, which basically says it’s a bad idea for people who don’t know about their surroundings to make noise that might attract attention. Or, taken as a game theory strategy, it’s better to destroy other civilizations before they get the chance to destroy you. Steven Hawking also disliked the idea of screaming out to potential…

June 3, 2019

Responding to Rob Graham’s “Your Threat Model is Wrong” Post

I’m a huge fan of Rob Graham and all he’s done for InfoSec. I also enjoy the fact that he seldom avoids a tussle. If he disagrees with you, you’re likely to hear about it. I probably agree with him on 85% of topics, so when he did a post recently, called Your Threat Model is Wrong, I was surprised I disagreed with so much of it. He basically took…

May 31, 2019

Thinking of Deepfakes as Malicious Advertising

With global leaders the implications are potentially severe Someone released a video recently that seemed to show Nancy Pelosi slurring and mangling her speech. The video spread virally in right-leaning circles, but it soon turned out to be fake. I commented on this in my most recent newsletter, saying: What this shows us is that it’s not the machine learning that makes Deepfakes dangerous; it’s the willingness of a massive…

May 29, 2019