1. How to Encrypt in Less Than an Hour [Link]

    December 06, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Quincy Larson has a pretty reasonable approach to encrypting your data:

    And when I use the terms “private” or “secure”, I mean reasonably so. The reality is that — as long as humans are involved — no system will ever be 100% private or 100% secure.

    His list is short and pretty ...

  2. San Francisco Rail System Hacker Hacked [Link]

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

    I know many people that are fascinated by the hack of San Francisco's MUNI. I'm far more fascinated by the white-hat battles against the hacker, which may have resulted in breaching the miscreant's email accounts. From Brian Krebs:

    On Monday, KrebsOnSecurity was contacted by a security researcher ...

  3. Mirai Botnet Pushes Many Germans Offline [Link]

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

    Brian Krebs continues to follow the analysis of the biggest Botnet attacks the world has ever seen.

    Tell me this doesn't sound like a William Gibson plot writing itself:

    “This is an interesting development because a lot of the response to Mirai lately has been to find a Mirai ...

  4. Akamai on the Krebs DDoS Attack [Link]

    November 25, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Akamai was the DDoS protection service used by security researcher Brian Krebs. At least until last September when they couldn’t offer pro-bono protection under the weight of new massive attacks.

    Their latest report details the specific attack on Krebs.

    As detailed here in several previous posts, KrebsOnSecurity.com was ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...