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Banning Feds From DefCon Is Self Defeating. Here’s Why.

July 11, 2013 by

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If you’re not familiar with DefCon, the hacker confab that has been meeting in Vegas for more than 20 years, you’re not paying attention to hacking. DefCon (and the accompanying conferences like BlackHat and BSides) makes Vegas the nerdiest place in the universe during July. You don’t want to use an ATM, connect to a […]

How We Learn What We Know, to Chart What We Know

April 29, 2013 by

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I spent an enjoyable 20 minutes today speaking with Hilary Sargent, an OSINT rock-star who had to ask me what OSINT was. That’s not to say that she didn’t know – I’m sure she did. But when I told her that it was Open Source INTelligence, and further explained the difference, say, between that and […]

Boston Bombing Investigation: Intel Failure? No. Bad Expectation-Setting? Oh, yeah.

April 24, 2013 by

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This is a long post. As either Blaise Pascal, Mark Twain, Voltaire or my Uncle Sid said, I didn’t have time to make a shorter post. It ran today in CSO Magazine and will run in other outlets this week (though this version here has some footnotes). In a hurry? Here’s a summary: My conclusion is […]

Onity Hotel-Room Lock-Hacking Triviality Becomes an Issue In Texas

November 28, 2012 by

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Last July at the Black Hat conference, security researcher Cody Brocious gave a well-attended and much-discussed presentation in which he responsibly, totally reasonably and helpfully demonstrated the complete fail that is the Onity hotel door lock system. Now, I have skin in this game – I stay in hotels. A lot. So much so that, […]

The City That Became … [How Much] Safer?

November 12, 2012 by

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I just picked up a copy of the most racy book available to crime analysts this month, The Crime Numbers Game: Management by Manipulation (Advances in Police Theory and Practice) by John A. Eterno and Eli B. Silverman. Eterno was a NYPD officer who rose through the ranks and retired a captain; he and Silverman, […]

II: Reports You Need To Read Now

October 24, 2012 by

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Three reports you should be aware of – and not just because Dave and I are so busy with warrant work that we’ve had no time to do anything except point to the analysis of others – are covered in this report, and all are worth reading. The first big report, which we were in […]

Federal Court: Location Tracking via Cell-Phone Pinging is Kosher

August 15, 2012 by

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The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled that police may track the signals eminating from wireless devices, such as cell phones, owned by a person. In United States v Skinner, the court found that a drug dealer whose position was being tracked by the DEA as he and his son […]