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Feed Schneier: The Public/Private Surveillance Partnership (schneier.com)

Imagine the government passed a law requiring all citizens to carry a tracking device. Such a law would immediately be found unconstitutional. Yet we all carry mobile phones. If the National Security Agency required us to notify it whenever we made a new friend, the nation would rebel. Yet we notify Facebook. If the Federal Bureau of Investigation demanded copies...

Feed Schneier: XKeyscore (schneier.com)

The Guardian discusses a new secret NSA program: XKeyscore. It's the desktop system that allows NSA agents to spy on anyone over the Internet in real time. It searches existing NSA databases -- presumably including PRISM -- and can create fingerprints to search for all future data collections from systems like TRAFFIC THIEF. This seems to be what Edward Snowden...

Feed Schneier: Cryptography Engineering Book Review (schneier.com)

Good review of the strengths and weaknesses of Cryptography Engineering and Applied Cryptography. Best -- at least to me -- is the list of things missing, which we'll have to address if we do another edition....

Feed Schneier: False Positives and Ubiquitous Surveillance (schneier.com)

Searching on Google for a pressure cooker and backpacks got one family investigated by the police. More stories and comments. This seems not to be the NSA eavesdropping on everyone's Internet traffic, as was first assumed. It was one of those "see something say something" amateur tips: Suffolk County Criminal Intelligence Detectives received a tip from a Bay Shore based...

Feed Schneier: Scientists Banned from Revealing Details of Car-Security Hack (schneier.com)

The UK has banned researchers from revealing details of security vulnerabilities in car locks. In 2008, Phillips brought a similar suit against researchers who broke the Mifare chip. That time, they lost. This time, Volkswagen sued and won. This is bad news for security researchers. (Remember back in 2001 when security researcher Ed Felten sued the RIAA in the US...

Feed Schneier: Brian Krebs Harassed (schneier.com)

This is what happens when you're a security writer and you piss off the wrong people: they conspire to have heroin mailed to you, and then to tip off the police. And that's after they've called in a fake hostage situation....

Feed Schneier: Neighborhood Security: Feeling vs. Reality (schneier.com)

Research on why some neighborhoods feel safer: Salesses and collaborators Katja Schechtner and César A. Hidalgo built an online comparison tool using Google Street View images to identify these often unseen triggers of our perception of place. Have enough people compare paired images of streets in New York or Boston, for instance, for the scenes that look more "safe" or...

Feed Schneier: Really Clever Bank Card Fraud (schneier.com)

This is a really clever social engineering attack against a bank-card holder: It all started, according to the police, on the Saturday night where one of this gang will have watched me take money from the cash point. That's the details of my last transaction taken care of. Sinister enough, the thought of being spied on while you're trying to...

Feed Schneier: Obama's Continuing War Against Leakers (schneier.com)

The Obama Administration has a comprehensive "insider threat" program to detect leakers from within government. This is pre-Snowden. Not surprisingly, the combination of profiling and "see something, say something" is unlikely to work. In an initiative aimed at rooting out future leakers and other security violators, President Barack Obama has ordered federal employees to report suspicious actions of their colleagues...

Feed Schneier: Secret Information Is More Trusted (schneier.com)

This is an interesting, if slightly disturbing, result: In one experiment, we had subjects read two government policy papers from 1995, one from the State Department and the other from the National Security Council, concerning United States intervention to stop the sale of fighter jets between foreign countries. The documents, both of which were real papers released through the Freedom...

Feed Schneier: Details on NSA/FBI Eavesdropping (schneier.com)

We're starting to see Internet companies talk about the mechanics of how the US government spies on their users. Here, a Utah ISP owner describes his experiences with NSA eavesdropping: We had to facilitate them to set up a duplicate port to tap in to monitor that customer's traffic. It was a 2U (two-unit) PC that we ran a mirrored...

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