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Feed Schneier: I'm Writing a Book on Security (schneier.com)

I'm writing a book on security in the highly connected Internet-of-Things World. Tentative title: Click Here to Kill Everything Peril and Promise in a Hyper-connected World There are two underlying metaphors in the book. The first is what I have called the World-Sized Web, which is that combination of mobile, cloud, persistence, personalization, agents, cyber-physical systems, and the Internet of...

Feed Schneier: Documenting the Chilling Effects of NSA Surveillance (schneier.com)

In Data and Golliath, I talk about the self-censorship that comes along with broad surveillance. This interesting research documents this phenomenon in Wikipedia: "Chilling Effects: Online Surveillance and Wikipedia Use," by Jon Penney, Berkeley Technology Law Journal, 2016. Abstract: This article discusses the results of the first empirical study providing evidence of regulatory "chilling effects" of Wikipedia users associated with...

Feed Schneier: Amazon Unlimited Fraud (schneier.com)

Amazon Unlimited is a all-you-can-read service. You pay one price and can read anything that's in the program. Amazon pays authors out of a fixed pool, on the basis of how many people read their books. More interestingly, it pays by the page. An author make more money if someone reads his book through to page 200 than if they...

Feed Schneier: People Trust Robots, Even When They Don't Inspire Trust (schneier.com)

Interesting research: In the study, sponsored in part by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the researchers recruited a group of 42 volunteers, most of them college students, and asked them to follow a brightly colored robot that had the words "Emergency Guide Robot" on its side. The robot led the study subjects to a conference room, where...

Feed Schneier: Graffiti by Drone (schneier.com)

Drones can graffiti walls that no person can reach. (Note that wired.com blocks ad blockers. My trick is to copy the page and then paste it into my text editor.)...

Feed Schneier: BlackBerry's Global Encryption Key (schneier.com)

Last week there was a big news story about the Blackberry encryption. The news was that all BlackBerry devices share a global encryption key, and that the Canadian RCMP has a copy of it. Stupid design, certainly, but it's not news. As The Register points out, this has been repeatedly reported on since 2010. And note that this only holds...

Feed Schneier: Cheating in Bicycle Races with Tiny Hidden Motors (schneier.com)

If doping weren't enough, cyclists are cheating in races by hiding tiny motors in their bicycles. There are many detection techniques: For its report, Stade 2 positioned a thermal imaging camera along the route of the Strade Bianche, an Italian professional men's race in March held mostly on unpaved roads and featuring many steep climbs. The rear hub of one...

Feed Schneier: How Hacking Team Got Hacked (schneier.com)

The hacker who hacked Hacking Team posted a lengthy description of how he broke into the company and stole everything. Two articles. ETA: This post originally had a pastebin.com link to the original post, but it seems to have been taken down....

Feed Schneier: Helen Nissenbaum on Regulating Data Collection and Use (schneier.com)

NYU Helen Nissenbaum gave an excellent lecture at Brown University last month, where she rebutted those who think that we should not regulate data collection, only data use: something she calls "big data exceptionalism." Basically, this is the idea that collecting the "haystack" isn't the problem; it what is done with it that is. (I discuss this same topic in...

Feed Schneier: Details about Juniper's Firewall Backdoor (schneier.com)

Last year, we learned about a backdoor in Juniper firewalls, one that seems to have been added into the code base. There's now some good research: "A Systematic Analysis of the Juniper Dual EC Incident," by Stephen Checkoway, Shaanan Cohney, Christina Garman, Matthew Green, Nadia Heninger, Jacob Maskiewicz, Eric Rescorla, Hovav Shacham, and Ralf-Philipp Weinmann: Abstract: In December 2015, Juniper...

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