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Comment: Here's their spam filter (Score 1) 21

by Sean (#46547847) Attached to: After FOIA, Homeland Security Releases Social Media Monitoring Guides

Note - Analysts are to refrain from generating IOI reports that:
1) Include any form of unauthorized PII
2) Include public reaction to DHS programs, policies and procedures unless they are operationally relevant (e.g., long wait times at TSA checkpoints)
3) Focus on individuals' First Amendment-protected activities unless they are operationally relevant (e.g., protest shuts down I-95 - in which case the report should focus on impact to operations and not the subject of the protest)
4) Overview proposed legislation or legal challenges on enacted legislation
5) Have an obvious political bias or agenda
6) Are predictive or futuristic

Comment: Re: Open Source? (Score 1) 156

by Sean (#45976623) Attached to: Phil Zimmerman Launching Secure "Blackphone"

Really? It's not safe if you're using any common software such as Linux, Windows or OS X. Nor is it secure if you're running it on any modern hardware with a CPU from Intel or AMD. And forget about any arm based mobile!

Secure, real time communication is difficult right now.

What do you think you can run that is secure from the likes of the NSA?

Comment: Re: Hackers are the new Rock Stars (Score 4, Interesting) 195

by Sean (#45866143) Attached to: Hacker Barnaby Jack Died of Drug Overdose

Barnaby would routinely party until 5am then deliver the first talk in the morning. And deliver the talk well. His research was good, but then again so was the research of others who weren't nearly as much fun. Conference organizers aren't robots.

His hard partying ways were well known in the security community. Reading all of this conspiratorial talk reminds me how foolish we can be when we talk about people we've never even met.

Does anyone seriously expect a bunch of other well known hackers to admit in public that they routinely binged on drink and hard drugs with Barnaby? Merely to put to rest wild speculation by some randoms who didn't even know him and will likely continue to believe whatever they want to believe?

News

Hacker Barnaby Jack Died of Drug Overdose 195

Posted by Soulskill
from the rest-in-peace dept.
DrDevil writes "Barnaby Jack, the computer security expert who died mysteriously a few days before he was due to give a presentation on hacking pacemakers at last year's Black Hat, died of a drug overdose. The coroner initially withheld the report, which led to much speculation given the timing of his death. Mr. Jack appears to have taken a cocktail of drugs (PDF) and was found dead by his girlfriend. His girlfriend stated that he had used drugs regularly."

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