A few months ago I did some research on hard disk S.M.A.R.T data. For those not in the loop, it stands for Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology, and is basically a mechanism modern hard disks use to track their health. Read more »
I just posted the followup to my introduction on VBS Classes – you can find it in the programming section. Read more ».
Last week in England Lord West (Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Security and Counter-terrorism) indicated that the UK has the ability to launch cyber-attacks. Though his interview was very thin on facts and details, he made some interesting comments that GCHQ (The British Government’s communications and information systems arm in Cheltenham, UK) have former “naughty boys” in its employ, and that:
“It would be silly to say that we don’t have any capability to do offensive work from Cheltenham, and I don’t think I should say any more than that”
Interesting indeed, but I’d liked him to at least tell me something about what the government could do that the average hacker could not. Do they have more resources than the average bot net for example? Read more…
For those who were included in the January 2007 94 million record loss of credit card numbers from TJX (Still the highest loss by number of records ever reported), You may be interested to know that they have agreed a settlement with the 41 various states on the fine. Around $5.5 million of the settlement was for data and consumer protection, and $1.75 million to reimburse the states costs of the investigation.
Another typical notification of data loss by an educational establishment. In summary, the personal details of around 45,000 current and former students and staff were lost when the laptop containing them was stolen.
Cornell have been very open with the facts of the matter, their site talks about what they have, and will do about it, and the help they are offering people affected. They also mentioned that their policy is that such data should be either encrypted, or in a secure location. Two things they admit this particular member of staff violated. Read more…
To encrypt, or not to encrypt: that is the question.
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of user nonacceptance,
Or to take arms against a sea of exploits,
And by opposing end them? To encrypt: to authenticate;
No more; and by authenticate to say we end Read more…
Today I received yet another of those annoying “We may have lost your personal information…” letters from my bank. No information on how it happened, or what they are doing to stop it happening again. It’s almost as though this was an inevitable and repeatable condition of doing business….
Yet again I’m going to get another bank card, yet again I’m going to have to change the numbers in my Blockbuster, Amazon, etc. accounts, and (again) I have yet another free 12 month subscription to “Identity Theft Monitoring.”
Great news indeed, but I suspect many readers of this blog have also been through this a few times as well.