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Schneier: Survey of Americans' Privacy Habits Post-Snowden->

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Pew Research has a new survey on Americans' privacy habits in a post-Snowden world. The 87% of those who had heard at least something about the programs were asked follow-up questions about their own behaviors and privacy strategies: 34% of those who are aware of the surveillance programs (30% of all adults) have taken at least one step to hide...
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Schneier: Australia Outlaws Warrant Canaries->

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In the US, certain types of warrants can come with gag orders preventing the recipient from disclosing the existence of warrant to anyone else. A warrant canary is basically a legal hack of that prohibition. Instead of saying "I just received a warrant with a gag order," the potential recipient keeps repeating "I have not received any warrants." If the...
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Schneier: Brute-Forcing iPhone PINs->

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This is a clever attack, using a black box that attaches to the iPhone via USB: As you know, an iPhone keeps a count of how many wrong PINs have been entered, in case you have turned on the Erase Data option on the Settings | Touch ID & Passcode screen. That's a highly-recommended option, because it wipes your device...
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Schneier: New Zealand's XKEYSCORE Use->

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The Intercept and the New Zealand Herald have reported that New Zealand spied on communications about the World Trade Organization director-general candidates. I'm not sure why this is news; it seems like a perfectly reasonable national intelligence target. More interesting to me is that the Intercept published the XKEYSCORE rules. It's interesting to see how primitive the keyword targeting is,...
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Schneier: Reforming the FISA Court->

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The Brennan Center has a long report on what's wrong with the FISA Court and how to fix it. At the time of its creation, many lawmakers saw constitutional problems in a court that operated in total secrecy and outside the normal "adversarial" process.... But the majority of Congress was reassured by similarities between FISA Court proceedings and the hearings...
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Schneier: BIOS Hacking->

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We've learned a lot about the NSA's abilities to hack a computer's BIOS so that the hack survives reinstalling the OS. Now we have a research presentation about it. From Wired: The BIOS boots a computer and helps load the operating system. By infecting this core software, which operates below antivirus and other security products and therefore is not usually...
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Schneier: New Paper on Digital Intelligence->

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David Omand -- GCHQ director from 1996-1997, and the UK's security and intelligence coordinator from 2000-2005 -- has just published a new paper: "Understanding Digital Intelligence and the Norms That Might Govern It." Executive Summary: This paper describes the nature of digital intelligence and provides context for the material published as a result of the actions of National Security Agency...
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Schneier: Cisco Shipping Equipment to Fake Addresses to Foil NSA Interception->

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Last May, we learned that the NSA intercepts equipment being shipped around the world and installs eavesdropping implants. There were photos of NSA employees opening up a Cisco box. Cisco's CEO John Chambers personally complained to President Obama about this practice, which is not exactly a selling point for Cisco equipment abroad. Der Spiegel published the more complete document, along...
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Schneier: More Data and Goliath News->

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Right now, the book is #6 on the New York Times best-seller list in hardcover nonfiction, and #13 in combined print and e-book nonfiction. This is the March 22 list, and covers sales from the first week of March. The March 29 list -- covering sales from the second week of March -- is not yet on the Internet. On...
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Schneier: Understanding the Organizational Failures of Terrorist Organizations->

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New research: Max Abrahms and Philip B.K. Potter, "Explaining Terrorism: Leadership Deficits and Militant Group Tactics," International Organizations. Abstract: Certain types of militant groups -- those suffering from leadership deficits -- are more likely to attack civilians. Their leadership deficits exacerbate the principal-agent problem between leaders and foot soldiers, who have stronger incentives to harm civilians. We establish the validity...
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