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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 […]

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, […]

Cyber-Criminal OPSEC – a Three-Part Series. Part III: TTTP

June 15, 2012 by

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In Part I of this three-part series, we discussed the most basic of attribution methods, IP address analysis. In Part II, we talked about computer environmentals, and how it’s possible to build a device fingerprint based on what the user presents when they show up to a web server and ask for something and how […]

Analysis: 70 Law Enforcement Sites Attacked

August 1, 2011 by

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While there is lots of news reporting about the attacks against a server hosting the websites and files of more than 70 US law enforcement agencies over this past weekend, in lieu of saying, “we told you so,” we thought we would look at some of what happened to provide a learning experience from it. […]

TSA Groping: In Texas, It’s Official Oppression

May 17, 2011 by

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The headline in The Sun – Texas becomes first state to ban ‘intrusive’ TSA security pat downs – was premature, but the Texas house has passed House Bill 1937, which makes pat-downs by TSA officers at airport check-points a crime. The bill, sponsored by Representative David Simpson (R, District 7) seeks to expand the definition […]