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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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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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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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Last week marked the original official deadline for the Digital Television Transition, after which analog television broadcasts would be terminated. (The official deadline was recently extended to June 12, 2009.) To ease the transition, the US government launched the TV Converter Box Coupon Program, which “allows U.S. households to obtain up to two coupons, each […]

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Pornographic Privacy

I’m down in New York for the Last HOPE Conference, which has been awesome so far. Tonight at dinner, I learned about United States Code, Title 18, Section 2257 for the first time. For others such as myself who were not aware of it, 2257 is part of the Child Protection and Obscenity Enforcement Act […]

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In 1975, during Congressional hearings about the NSA’s capabilities, Senator Frank Church said: “If this government ever became a tyranny, if a dictator ever took charge in this country, the technological capacity that the intelligence community has given the government could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight […]

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