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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 […]

Big Ears, Little Ears: One article, three layers of blown secrecy, and how Edward Snowden proves my point

June 18, 2013 by

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Today’s guest post is from Eric Olson, author of the Digital Water blog and a previous contributor to PLI. Well, I haven’t had much time to write here for quite a while, but the Edward Snowden affair – and more specifically this piece in the Guardian – were such a terrific display of the Digital […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cyber-Criminal OPSEC – a Three-Part Series. Part I: IP Addresses

June 11, 2012 by

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This is Part I of a Three-Part Series on Cyber-criminal Operational Security. Part II is here. Part III is here. Recently, when speaking of a cyber case, I said that if your criminals have got an IQ of 101 or greater, and if they’re not pathologically lazy, they’re going to anonymize their traffic to the […]

EPIC sues DHS over Social Media

December 22, 2011 by

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The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), has filed a lawsuit against the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) over what EPIC states is DHS’ failure to comply with Freedom of Information Act requests by EPIC regarding DHS programs to monitor social media. Say that ten times fast. The lawsuit stems from one of several […]

Finding the Gold Nugget in Suspicious Activity Reports

August 3, 2011 by

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It’s fitting that for our 100th post, Libby Stengel joins us with a contribution on how to better mine and leverage suspicious activity reports. A consultant on the Memex team at SAS, Libby is a former U.S. Army intelligence officer who served in Iraq, where she performed all levels of intelligence including debrief, interrogation, analysis. […]