Strikeback! Commission on IP Theft Report Gets All Ronin On China

May 23, 2013


A bipartisan group that studies the effects and impacts of IP theft in the US, The Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property, has released a report outlining their findings on the scope of the issue and making policy recommendations to combat it. The most interesting proposal among several: strikeback to re-capture stolen IP […]

Weapons-Grade Stupid

May 7, 2013


Just a collection of stories from the last month or so related to zero-tolerance and weaponry in schools. We have enough problems with real guns to allow this to be taken so seriously. So, presented for your dining and dancing pleasure, ladies and gentlemen, with limited comment. He’s Got A Gun  … Where? I … […]

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

April 29, 2013


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


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 […]

Silent Circle: Mobile Encrypted Comms Get Mainstream-Easy

February 11, 2013


If you’ve never given thought to the fact that, most of the time, critical non-federal law enforcement operations are conducted by unencrypted cellular and text communications, today might be a good time to start. (A good place to start understanding the wider implications of safe and unsafe smartphone use is here). I spend a great […]

We Don’t Got Your Back. We Got Your Money.

February 4, 2013


“We deal in deception here. What we do not deal with is self-deception.” – The Departed, written by William Monahan, Alan Mak and Felix Chong FADE IN. EXT. DAY. A WHEAT FIELD. BEES AND BUTTERFLIES FLUTTER. WE ZOOM IN ON A WOMAN IN A BUSINESS SUIT, HOLDING A TABLET COMPUTER. WOMAN: I used to worry […]

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

November 28, 2012


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, […]