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September 19, 2017  11:33 AM

Forget Your Password, Go to Jail

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Encryption, privacy, Security

Remember the guy who got put in jail for contempt for forgetting his hard disk drive encryption passwords? He’s still in there, and doesn’t have any prospects for getting...

August 16, 2017  11:36 PM

Dreamhost Fights DoJ Inauguration Warrants — All 1.3 Million

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
government, privacy, Security

As you may recall, in February we covered the question of how many search warrants the government could legally expect to serve on Facebook at once, given that the company...


July 31, 2017  9:03 PM

E-Discovery Data Breach is a Lesson for All of Us

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
E-discovery, Security

Be careful with e-discovery: You might discover something you didn’t intend. That’s what one attorney recently learned when collecting data for a legal case. “The 1.4 gigabytes of files that Wells Fargo’s lawyer sent included copious spreadsheets with customers’ names and Social...


July 31, 2017  6:38 PM

IBM Mainframe Encryption Apparently Okay

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Apple, Encryption, Google, government, IBM, privacy, Security

When Apple and Google released cellphones with encryption being the default, law enforcement had kittens, with dire warnings about terrorism and child...


July 22, 2017  10:22 AM

Supremes to Decide Cellphone Location Data Case

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
privacy, Security, smartphone

The laws governing search and seizure of data on a person’s cellphone continue to evolve – and next fall, they’re likely to evolve some more, as a critical case goes to the Supreme Court. At the heart of the case is the distinction between content and metadata. Let’s...


July 13, 2017  9:06 PM

Beware! USB Web Key In the Mail

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Security, Storage, USB

You’ve heard about phishing. Now we’ve got one with actual bait: a mailed USB card called a web key. As one techie describes it, “Here is the prototype for the next big wave of security breaches.” According to TJ Gamble, founder and CEO of ecommerce company jamerson.com, Blue...


June 30, 2017  8:48 AM

Microsoft-DoJ Case Headed to the Supremes

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
government, Microsoft, privacy, Security

Experts who have been saying for a while now that the Microsoft-Department of Justice case would eventually end up before the Supreme Court are finally being proven right: the DoJ requested earlier this month that the Court handle the case. As you may recall, the case,


June 19, 2017  12:04 PM

Pence AOL Email Costs State $100K

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Email, government, privacy, Security

Here’s another reason why politicians shouldn’t use private email accounts to conduct official business: It can cost your state $100,000. This is reportedly what the state of Indiana is spending...


May 25, 2017  11:15 PM

Reporters Say Trump is Deleting Data

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Data, government, Security

As you may recall, no sooner was Donald Trump elected President than people began saving copies of government data that they feared he might delete, such as years of data about the...


May 13, 2017  11:40 PM

Another Judge Rules on Smartphone Encryption

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Encryption, Security, smartphone

Courts are still trying to decide if law enforcement can make you unlock your smartphone, with some ruling one way and some ruling the other. In the most recent case, they ruled that you have to. And, for once, it wasn’t a case involving


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