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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


May 22, 2019  9:15 AM

Vibrator Data is Protected Content, Judge Rules

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
privacy, Security

In case you’re curious, stored data about the intensity with which you like to use a vibrator has now been ruled to be communications “content.” It’s true. It was ruled on by a judge and everything. Most...


May 14, 2019  9:20 AM

The Strange Case of Seattle University’s ‘Lost’ Laptop

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
privacy, Security

There’s been another case of Companies Behaving Badly with customer data: In this particular case, Seattle University's "lost" laptop. “On March 28, 2019, Seattle University was informed by an employee that an unencrypted university-issued laptop was lost while the employee was commuting on...


April 30, 2019  10:56 PM

Mass Media Discovers Google Location Database

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Database, privacy, Security

Privacy advocates are getting up in arms about law enforcement asking Google for location data, and something might actually get done about it – but perhaps not the best thing. Basically, law enforcement people investigating a crime ask Google for location data of cellphones near the crime,...


April 26, 2019  8:36 AM

Remember the USB That Sets Computers on Fire? Somebody Used One. 66 Times.

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Security

Longtime readers may remember a piece from 2015 about a USB drive that could hypothetically set a computer, or whatever else it was plugged into, on fire. At the very...


April 22, 2019  9:00 AM

Virginia Court Throws Out License Plate Readers Data Collection

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

As you may recall, police departments and other organizations have been loading up on automated license plate readers that help them track automobile locations,...


April 16, 2019  9:09 AM

Dear Secret Service: Don’t Poke USB Sticks in Things

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
government, Security

The Secret Service is scrambling to prove that its agents are, too, competent and know better than to poke USB sticks in things. As you probably know, a...


March 24, 2019  5:07 PM

Fun Hacking Salvaged Data Storage

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

Every few years, someone hits the papers—or, in this day and age, the Internet – by going out to eBay or Craigslist, buying a bunch of old computers, and checking out what data is still available on them. This year, it was Josh Frantz, a senior security consultant for Rapid7, a security...


February 27, 2019  6:50 PM

Watch Out, Storage — State Legislatures are in Session

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

For the states that don’t have year-around legislatures, this is typically the time of year when their legislatures are in session. And that makes it silly season, when legislators propose laws that sound good to them without thinking through all the ramifications. Interestingly, a number of...


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