Ashley, Hillary, and the OPM – We are from the government, here to help

Let me start by saying I’m a full on patriot. Flag waving, Anthem signing, lover of America. So before you able me as someone against the government stopping terrorist do on thing- STOP IT. The info security wold is abuzz with the latest breach- Ashley Madison, and I hope that you, dear reader are not on that list. But even before the latest embarrassing disclosure, government officials were calling for backdoors into crypto software. Trying to include a method to “see” into private conversations, and secure networks. And of course, these backdoors will be secure and outside the reach of evil doers. Right…. If any specific entities should be handling security like it is life or death, it is the[…]

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Don’t Bend Over in the Garden, Granny, You Know Them Taters Got “IOS”

Thought a quick throw back to the great southern philosopher Lewis Grizzard would be nice looking at this latest revelation. It would seem that many IOS developers have made a grave error in not upgrading the AFNetwork code to the current level. Because of this some 1500+ IOS apps will easily divulge information – passwords, secure keys, etc. using very basic MITM attacks or proxies. A team of security researchers found the error in some investigations they were conducting. This one is going to create some flurry of developer activity getting it all squared away and tested properly. But why does any of that really matter? Should I be worried? One of the apps that falls to this is the[…]

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A Dozen Ways to Love Your Data

I started putting this article together while sitting in a coffee shop, and in the background “50 Ways to leave your Lover” was playing. While sipping my custom crafted triple shot extra grande vanilla mocha latte skim with no whip and contemplating cyber security conundrums and I came upon the idea of a dozen ways to love your data when you travel. And by data I mean files on your computer, login credentials, and things you don’t really want everyone to have access to. How can you securely use openfree wireless networks when traveling? Can we rely on a public Wi-Fi network when connecting to our bank, other financial site, social media or share our private lives online? The answer[…]

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