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Schneier: Cell Phone Kill Switches Mandatory in California->

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California passed a kill-switch law, meaning that all cell phones sold in California must have the capability to be remotely turned off. It was sold as an antitheft measure. If the phone company could remotely render a cell phone inoperative, there would be less incentive to steal one. I worry more about the side effects: once the feature is in...
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Schneier: ISIS Threatens US with Terrorism->

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They're openly mocking our profiling. But in several telephone conversations with a Reuters reporter over the past few months, Islamic State fighters had indicated that their leader, Iraqi Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, had several surprises in store for the West. They hinted that attacks on American interests or even U.S. soil were possible through sleeper cells in Europe and the United...
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Schneier: Hacking Traffic Lights->

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New paper: "Green Lights Forever: Analyzing the Security of Traffic Infrastructure," Branden Ghena, William Beyer, Allen Hillaker, Jonathan Pevarnek, and J. Alex Halderman. Abstract: The safety critical nature of traffic infrastructure requires that it be secure against computer-based attacks, but this is not always the case. We investigate a networked traffic signal system currently deployed in the United States and...
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Schneier: People Are Not Very Good at Matching Photographs to People->

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We have an error rate of about 15%: Professor Mike Burton, Sixth Century Chair in Psychology at the University of Aberdeen said: "Psychologists identified around a decade ago that in general people are not very good at matching a person to an image on a security document. "Familiar faces trigger special processes in our brain -- we would recognise a...
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Schneier: Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Boats Illuminate Bangkok from Space->

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Really: To attract the phytoplankton, fishermen suspend green lights from their boats to illuminate the sea. When the squid chase after their dinner, they're drawn closer to the surface, making it easier for fishermen to net them. Squid boats often carry up to 100 of these green lamps, which generate hundreds of kilowatts of electricity--making them visible, it appears, even...
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Schneier: Disguising Exfiltrated Data->

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There's an interesting article on a data exfiltration technique. What was unique about the attackers was how they disguised traffic between the malware and command-and-control servers using Google Developers and the public Domain Name System (DNS) service of Hurricane Electric, based in Fremont, Calif. In both cases, the services were used as a kind of switching station to redirect traffic...
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Schneier: US Air Force is Focusing on Cyber Deception->

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The US Air Force is focusing on cyber deception next year: Background: Deception is a deliberate act to conceal activity on our networks, create uncertainty and confusion against the adversary's efforts to establish situational awareness and to influence and misdirect adversary perceptions and decision processes. Military deception is defined as "those actions executed to deliberately mislead adversary decision makers as...
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