Why U.S. Abandoned Allies in Syria

I’ve been asked repeatedly how it can be that everyone outside the White House disagrees with abandoning U.S. allies in Syria, and yet the White House is proceeding with an abrupt cut-and-run away. What is in it for them? It’s a fair question. Given everyone across the political spectrum thinks quitting is a bad idea, including those apolitical who think most about national security, what possibly could motivate such an…

October 13, 2019
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California Posts CCPA Proposed Regulations

October 11, 2019

The California Attorney General (AG) Xavier Bacerra has posted Proposed Regulations to implement the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA). Bacerra also has posted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Action (NOPA) and an Initial Statement of Reasons (ISOR). The proposed regulations set out guard rails for use of consumer personal information: (3) A business shall not use a consumer’s personal information for any purpose other than those disclosed in…

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EU Court: Holocaust Denial is not Protected Speech

October 11, 2019

General Eisenhower wisely and famously wrote to General Marshal in 1945 that we need to protect the future by carefully documenting the past: I made the [Buchenwald concentration camp in Thuringia, Germany] visit deliberately, in order to be in position to give first-hand evidence of these things if ever, in the future, there develops a tendency to charge these allegations merely to “propaganda.” Presidential archive copy of a letter from…

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When Can You Trust Cloud Providers?

Our first book detailed the infrastructure risks in cloud environments. It gave basic instructions for how to make it safe to build a cloud. However, I realized right away that a second book would be necessary as I saw operations going awry. People offering “services” in cloud environments were doing so unethically. That’s why since 2013 I’ve been working on tangible, actionable solutions to problems in cloud environments like the…

October 9, 2019
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Study Details Racism in LAPD Traffic Stops

October 9, 2019

Data in a new LA Times report (and posted to github) reveals that despite whites being found with contraband more often, blacks and latinos are stopped far more often to be searched. …a black person in a vehicle was more than four times as likely to be searched by police as a white person, and a Latino was three times as likely. Yet whites were found with drugs, weapons or…

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US Administration Fights to Protect Human Trafficking and Disinformation Platforms

The U.S. already has a reputation for its lax approach to infrastructure regulation that “encouraged the spread of disinformation and supported a powerful forum for harassment and bullying”. Current occupants of the White House are taking that even further. American infrastructure is said to be getting legal protections against accountability pushed on foreign trade deals, known as adding in Section 230. Last year, Congress overwhelmingly approved a bill making it…

October 8, 2019
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Cloud Engineer Charged With Stealing User Data

The US Department of Justice has posted details of a 34 year old man who is said to have worked at Yahoo for 10 years and abused his role. In pleading guilty, Ruiz, a former Yahoo software engineer, admitted to using his access through his work at the company to hack into about 6,000 Yahoo accounts. Ruiz cracked user passwords, and accessed internal Yahoo systems to compromise the Yahoo accounts….

October 8, 2019
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Drone Wars in Syria

October 7, 2019

Russian gas-engine model plane (Orlan-10 drone) downed in Syria with its big red parachute AINonline offers numbers on drones in battles over Syria. Russia has recorded 23,000 flights of their own and claims 118 opposition drones shot-down, with the vast majority this year. The following section on “gaps in electronic warfare shield” was particularly interesting as it emphasizes Russia’s current dependence (pun not intended) on primitive jamming systems and kinetic…

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Google Calculator is Watching You

Go to the Google store and look at their calculator carefully. Under permissions for a calculator Google lists: view network connections full network access prevent device from sleeping read Google service configuration measure app storage space Unfortunately you can’t filter all the apps by permission to rule out calculators that demand full network access, let alone other strange things (some require access to both local storage and removable storage). Calculators…

October 6, 2019
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