Linked: A fake, AI-generated blog reached the top of Hacker News

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I’ve been at this blog for almost 19 years. Are you sure it’s still me writing these posts? Did I disappear and just leave it on autopilot to write posts for me long after I’m gone?

Are you sure you would know if I did?

Not everything is as it appears. We could all use a lot more skepticism, especially on topics we are already biased to believe.… Read More

Linked: Cybersecurity: These two basic flaws make it easy for hackers to break into your systems

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The results speak for themselves. “The report, based on anonymised data from real organisations that have had their networks tested, said that for 71% of companies, there’s at least one obvious weakness that could provide malicious outsiders with entry into … Read More

Twitter Hackers Were Smart, But Hardly Genius

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Smart enough to get in, not smart enough to cover their tracks when getting paid. That doesn’t seem so smart. Which goes to show, that security around Twitter could have been a lot better, and people who work there maybe should have been a little less careless. That doesn’t bode well for the rest of us when even a big tech company can’t get this right. How many of us have people on staff who might fall for this kind of phone-based attack?

What should we think of the complicated, super-smart hackers who also manage to be so easily identifiable? Should we accept that the hardest thing about any conspiracy, and this goes for all the conspiracy theories out there, is making sure one person doesn’t do something stupid and give it all away? That. actually, is nearly impossible, and is the one thing that makes most theories unbelievable to me. This hack proves to be a perfect example.… Read More

Shut Up and Encrypt

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While watching the Alex Winter film about the Panama Papers, this quote stood out to me given all of the talk about the “dangers” of encryption.
While working with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in the early days of investigating the data leaked from Mossack Fonseca law firm, the importance of not letting anyone know that the data had leaked, or that it was all being investigated, they lived with this slogan:

“Shut Up and Encrypt”… Read More

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