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Schneier: Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Jigging->

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Good news from Malaysia: The Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival (TISJF) will be continued and become an annual event as one of the state's main tourism products, said Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said. He said TISJF will become a signature event intended to enhance the branding of Terengganu as a leading tourism destination in the region. "Beside introducing squid...
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Schneier: Metaphors of Surveillance->

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There's a new study looking at the metaphors we use to describe surveillance. Over 62 days between December and February, we combed through 133 articles by 105 different authors and over 60 news outlets. We found that 91 percent of the articles contained metaphors about surveillance. There is rich thematic diversity in the types of metaphors that are used, but...
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Schneier: Overreacting to Risk->

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This is a crazy overreaction: A 19-year-old man was caught on camera urinating in a reservoir that holds Portland's drinking water Wednesday, according to city officials. Now the city must drain 38 million gallons of water from Reservoir 5 at Mount Tabor Park in southeast Portland. I understand the natural human disgust reaction, but do these people actually think that...
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Schneier: Tails->

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Nice article on the Tails stateless operating system. I use it. Initially I would boot my regular computer with Tails on a USB stick, but I went out and bought a remaindered computer from Best Buy for $250 and now use that....
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Schneier: Book Title->

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I previously posted that I am writing a book on security and power. Here are some title suggestions: Permanent Record: The Hidden Battles to Capture Your Data and Control Your World Hunt and Gather: The Hidden Battles to Capture Your Data and Control Your World They Already Know: The Hidden Battles to Capture Your Data and Control Your World We...
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Schneier: Schneier Speaking Schedule: April–May->

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Here's my upcoming speaking schedule for April and May: Stanford Law School on April 15. Brown University in Providence, RI -- two times -- on April 24. The Global Summit for Leaders in Information Technology in Washington, DC, on May 7. The Institute of World Politics on May 8. The University of Zurich on May 21. IT Security Inside in...
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Schneier: Auditing TrueCrypt->

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Recently, Matthew Green has been leading an independent project to audit TrueCrypt. Phase I, a source code audit by iSEC Partners, is complete. Next up is Phase II, formal cryptanalysis. Quick summary: I'm still using it....
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Schneier: More on Heartbleed->

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This is an update to my earlier post. Cloudflare is reporting that its very difficult, if not practically impossible, to steal SSL private keys with this attack. Here's the good news: after extensive testing on our software stack, we have been unable to successfully use Heartbleed on a vulnerable server to retrieve any private key data. Note that is not...
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Schneier: Police Disabling Their own Voice Recorders->

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This is not a surprise: The Los Angeles Police Commission is investigating how half of the recording antennas in the Southeast Division went missing, seemingly as a way to evade new self-monitoring procedures that the Los Angeles Police Department imposed last year. The antennas, which are mounted onto individual patrol cars, receive recorded audio captured from an officer’s belt-worn transmitter....
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Schneier: Heartbleed->

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Heartbleed is a catastrophic bug in OpenSSL: "The Heartbleed bug allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software. This compromises the secret keys used to identify the service providers and to encrypt the traffic, the names and passwords of the users and the actual content. This allows...
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Schneier: "Unbreakable" Encryption Almost Certainly Isn't->

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This headline is provocative: "Human biology inspires 'unbreakable' encryption." The article is similarly nonsensical: Researchers at Lancaster University, UK have taken a hint from the way the human lungs and heart constantly communicate with each other, to devise an innovative, highly flexible encryption algorithm that they claim can't be broken using the traditional methods of cyberattack. Information can be encrypted...
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