1. Ads Surreptitiously Using Sound to Communicate Across Devices

    November 14, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Once again, Bruce Schneier freaks me out:

    The ultrasonic pitches are embedded into TV commercials or are played when a user encounters an ad displayed in a computer browser. While the sound can't be heard by the human ear, nearby tablets and smartphones can detect it. When they do ...

  2. Self-Propagating Smart Light Bulb Worm

    November 10, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Bruce Schneier links to an terrifying new research paper:

    In particular, we developed and verified such an infection using the popular Philips Hue smart lamps as a platform. The worm spreads by jumping directly from one lamp to its neighbors, using only their built-in ZigBee wireless connectivity and their physical ...

  3. Amazon Introduces Family Photos

    October 18, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Amazon introduced several new photo features for Prime members. The first big one is a new family sharing option. This looks to be a really convenient way for family members to share the unlimited Amazon Drive storage and also keep shared albums.

    Family Vault

    The semantic search looks great. Similar to Apple ...

  4. The Democratization of Censorship [Link]

    September 26, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    For those unaware, one of the highest profile security researchers and bloggers was hit with the largest DDoS attack in history. It was so massive that it impacted Akamai and they removed support for his website, which is a dramatic accomplishment that may portend an unwelcome future for the internet ...

  5. Migrating 12 Years of GMail to FastMail [Link]

    August 09, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    From Charl Botha:

    Fast forward to July 15, 2016 (there’s that lab journal again…) when, after receiving an email from Google asking me to indicate how exactly I would like them to use my data to customise adverts around the web, and after thinking for a bit about what ...

  6. OmniFocus Update Adds End to End Encryption [Link]

    August 01, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    From the OmniFocus blog:

    But, with our latest updates today (OmniFocus 2.6 for Mac and OmniFocus 2.15 for iOS), your data will be completely encrypted before it leaves your device so that it’s encrypted on the server itself.

    This is a major improvement for me. I've ...

  7. Super-rich Discover Risks Of Instagram Snaps [Link]

    June 28, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    David Batty at The Guardian has an interesting piece about using social media to bust rich deadbeats:

    Hall, a former lawyer turned corporate investigator, said most investigations were more complex, and involved using social media to map a target’s family and business networks. For example, they might use the ...

  8. What is Differential Privacy [Link]

    June 15, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    From the amazing Cryptography Engineering summary:

    A much more promising approach is not to collect the raw data at all. This approach was recently pioneered by Google to collect usage statistics in their Chrome browser. The system, called RAPPOR, is based on an implementation of the 50-year old randomized response ...

  9. Clipboard Poisoning [Link]

    June 07, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    From Malwarebytes

    Not so fast. Enter Dylan Ayrey, who discovered a way to use JavaScript to inject malicious commands into a copied shell script. On his proof-of-concept webpage, copying the following innocuous shell command and pasting it into the Terminal results in something completely different

    Browsers ruin everything.

  10. Critique The Day One Crypto Before It Happens

    May 30, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    The developers of Day One are making a bold move. A recent blog post outlines their current plans for end to end encryption but also puts outs a plea to critique the designs. I used Day One for all of my text journaling. It was one of my favorite apps ...