From SOPA to Megaupload (What a week!): Let the legal system decide

The Megaupload takedown and arrests and subsequent wave of retaliatory Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks that have followed raises a some interesting points in the wake of the apparently temporary shelving of the copyright infringement piracy legislation SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) earlier in the week....

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EMV – a security standard coming soon (?) to a credit card near you

In my last post , “U.S. clings to insecure magnetic stripe cards — what’s the attraction?” I talked about a security standard for credit and debit cards that is used virtually everywhere in the world except the United States. This standard, called EMV, uses a smart chip embedded in the plastic card or token to securely...

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Money for nothin': Play dumb, join the online fraud network

I've been offered extra work  ̶  as a money mule. A chance to get the household budget in line and our retirement plans back on track after paying the balance on our new roof. Maybe the difference between my daughter going to her first college choice and a state school. There it was, sitting in my Inbox, an opportunity...

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Top-down cyber defense is an upside-down approach

Wired’s Danger Room has reported (http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/01/nsa-cant-defend/) that General Keith Alexander is throwing in the towel. In an address to the FBI-sponsored International Conference on Cyber Security he is quoted: “15,000 enclaves: You can’t see ‘em all. You cannot defend them all,”...

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Compromise next for SOPA? Why not just let it just die?

The Obama Administration’s statement opposing SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) is a little like Denver Bronco exec John Elway’s pronouncement that Tim Tebow would be the team’s starting quarterback going into training camp. In other words, “We’ll put this thing aside until we can do better.” Well, no. I...

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