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October 22, 2019  9:35 AM

Nuclear Missiles No Longer Controlled by 8-inch Floppy Disks

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Security

As you may recall, back in 2014 the Air Force came under some derision when it was revealed that they still used 8-inch floppy disks to control...

September 29, 2019  12:06 AM

Baltimore Ransomware Attack Still Causing Problems

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
government, Security

While a number of cities have been hit by ransomware in the past year, few have been hit as hard as Baltimore – but as time goes on, it‘s starting to sound like the city has no one to blame but itself. It


September 8, 2019  9:11 PM

Government Wants User Download Data from Apple, Google

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

We’ve written more than once about government efforts – in the name of fighting crime, of course – to track down everyone in a particular area where the crime was committed. But there’s a new wrinkle. The Department of Justice and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Department are...


August 31, 2019  10:59 PM

Concern Arises About Alexa-based Mental Health Checker

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
privacy, Security, Storage

Over the past few years, there have been a number of incidents regarding law enforcement and attorneys wanting access to recordings made by smart devices such as the Amazon...

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August 24, 2019  11:41 PM

‘Adversarial Fashion’ Helps Confuse Automated License Plate Readers

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
privacy, Security

In the book Fail-Safe, which is a really scary 1960 book about nuclear war, six planes accidentally get sent to the USSR with atomic bombs in them. Except the sixth plane doesn’t have nuclear bombs; it carries a bunch of reflective material that it releases as the planes approach the USSR, which...


August 18, 2019  9:47 PM

Hacked Biometric Database Could Cause Problems

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Biometrics, privacy, Security

About a year ago, it was discovered that a DNA database was hacked. At least, sort of. It was just email addresses of the users of the DNA database, not any of the DNA itself. And everyone heaved a huge sigh of relief at that, because


July 26, 2019  8:23 PM

Federal Government Trying to Mandate Encryption Back Doors Again

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

Here we go again. Federal governments are talking about encryption back doors. Oh, excuse me. The latest term of art is “exceptional access,” which actually makes it sound sort of cool. But it’s a back door just...


July 13, 2019  7:22 PM

Concern Rises About ICE Facial Recognition Use

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

In 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) facial recognition database was big and broken, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Now, it’s not...


June 13, 2019  9:38 AM

Hofeller Storage Case Fascinating Study in How Not to Protect Data

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
privacy, Security, Storage

If you saw it on tv you’d probably chide it for being a cliché: A guy who spends his whole life passing information on in phone calls so he doesn’t have anything written down in email or paper dies, and has all sorts of incriminating stuff on his un-password-protected, unencrypted computer...


May 31, 2019  10:28 PM

Another Judge Rules Against Compelled Biometric Cellphone Unlocks

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
privacy, Security

A second judge has ruled that having to use biometrics, such as a fingerprint or your face, to unlock your cellphone when you’ve been accused of a crime is a violation of the person’s Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination. That’s after a


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