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Schneier: Firechat->

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Firechat is a secure wireless peer-to-peer chat app: Firechat is theoretically resistant to the kind of centralized surveillance that the Chinese government (as well as western states, especially the US and the UK) is infamous for. Phones connect directly to one another, establish encrypted connections, and transact without sending messages to servers where they can be sniffed and possibly decoded....
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Schneier: NSA Patents Available for License->

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There's a new article on NSA's Technology Transfer Program, a 1990s-era program to license NSA patents to private industry. I was pretty dismissive about the offerings in the article, but I didn't find anything interesting in the catalog. Does anyone see something I missed? My guess is that the good stuff remains classified, and isn't "transferred" to anyone. Slashdot thread....
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Schneier: Security Trade-offs of Cloud Backup->

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This is a good essay on the security trade-offs with cloud backup: iCloud backups have not eliminated this problem, but they have made it far less common. This is, like almost everything in tech, a trade-off: Your data is far safer from irretrievable loss if it is synced/backed up, regularly, to a cloud-based service. Your data is more at risk...
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Schneier: Nasty Vulnerability found in Bash->

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It's a big and nasty one. Invariably we're going to see articles pointing at this and at Heartbleed and claim a trend in vulnerabilities in open-source software. If anyone has any actual data other than two instances and the natural human tendency to generalize, I'd like to see it....
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Schneier: Security for Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications->

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released a report titled "Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications: Readiness of V2V Technology for Application." It's very long, and mostly not interesting to me, but there are security concerns sprinkled throughout: both authentication to ensure that all the communications are accurate and can't be spoofed, and privacy to ensure that the communications can't be used...
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Schneier: Fake Cell Phone Towers Across the US->

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Earlier this month, there were a bunch of stories about fake cell phone towers discovered around the US These seems to be ISMI catchers, like Harris Corporation's Stingray, and are used to capture location information and potentially phone calls, text messages, and smart-phone Internet traffic. A couple of days ago, the Washington Post ran a story about fake cell phone...
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