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If your medical data, credit card number, Social Security number, personal email, or other information were stolen, would you even know about it? After ten years handling incident response and forensics, I’ve been repeatedly shocked at the number of times that organizations sweep data breaches under the rug. When upper management is notified of a […]

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Governments store and gather a *lot* of private information about everyday citizens, in order to provide you with services such as health, transportation, safety, education, taxation, and much more. How much of this will be handed over to private IT companies such as Google in the rush to the “cloud”? What will happen to it […]

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Recently I saw an ad which read: “Over 60% of the U.S. state governments have gone Google.” Does this mean that we’ve now handed the majority of our state governments’ operational data to a single privately-controlled company which has well-publicized partnerships with other governments such as China? To find out more, I contacted Google’s press […]

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Here’s a real copy of an American citizen’s DHS Travel Record retrieved from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol’s Automated Targeting System (ATS). This was obtained through a FOIA/Privacy Act request and sent in by an anonymous reader (thanks!) The document reveals that the DHS is storing the reader’s: Credit card number and expiration (really) […]

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Here’s where you can download my “scary” DEFCON presentation: Reverse of the United States Great SealNovus Ordo Seclorum“A New Order of the Ages” “Death of Anonymous Travel”DEFCON 2009 – PDF MD5sum: c772681c37c9ad5d210c19c12eb43095 Thanks to everyone who sent in comments, suggestions, and encouragement. (Special thanks to the EFF lawyers for reviewing this beforehand– you guys rock!) […]

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Bobby Dominguez wrote in to report on how the DHS is automatically collecting full travel itineraries, including hotel reservations, from electronic booking systems. He writes: “I recently requested my “file” from the Dept of Homeland Security – Customs. It was interesting to see that they not only knew every flight I took, but also all […]

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TSA in Japan

TSA works to create “international harmonization of security” (I did not make that up). Snapped this photo last week in Japan’s Kansai International Airport.

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7/15 – Updated with more details, and a shiny new photo. The Bush Turnpike in Texas no longer accepts cash as of July 1, 2009. Based on the federal Coinage Act of 1965, I believe this is illegal. The Coinage Act (31 U.S.C. 5103) states: “United States coins and currency (including Federal reserve notes and […]

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Walking into the doctor’s office, I was surprised to see a new sign in front of the receptionist, which read: “Red Flag Identity Theft Rule We are now required by law to ask for a Photo ID at the time of each visit. Please have your Photo ID ready for the receptionist to scan.” As […]

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On May 15, the first phase of TSA’s Secure Flight program took effect after years of development. By the end of the year, when you book a flight, the airline will send your name (as specified on your government-issued ID), birthdate, gender, and itinerary to TSA’s centralized Secure Flight system, where you will be checked […]

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This week, IBM ran a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal, which advertised that: New York’s “Real Time Crime Center can quickly query millions of pieces of information to uncover previously unknown data relationships and points of connection.” In Poland “personal and vehicle IDs can be instantly checked in an EU-wide database.” In Chicago: […]

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The National Drug Intelligence Center has developed software called (ahem) “HashKeeper” “as its principal tool to expedite the analysis of electronic media.” Hahahaha….. Apparently, “HashKeeper is available free of charge.” Contact the National Drug Intelligence Center for more information. National Drug Intelligence Center c/o Mr. Steve Gironda Telephone: 814-532-4987 E-mail: ndic.domex.request@usdoj.gov Hat tip to John […]

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