Quick Thought – FaceApp as Russian Scare

Quick Thought – FaceApp as Russian Scare

The recent flap about the FaceApp “old age” filter is somewhat instructive. As soon as it started going viral, there were scary media reports about how the company was stealing all of your photos, and storing them, and possibly “owning your face”. Really? Here the thing about every one of the articles that I saw….

Linked: ‘My job application was withdrawn by someone pretending to be me’
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Linked: ‘My job application was withdrawn by someone pretending to be me’

As Bruce Schneier said when linking to this, this is pretty low-tech, but it does highlight a scary misuse of data: “Mr Fearn said the talent assistant told him they were confused because he had apparently emailed them to withdraw his application on Wednesday. “They forwarded the email, which was sent from an account using…

Learn to Code, Unless You’re in Prison
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Learn to Code, Unless You’re in Prison

Apparently, while we are busy telling anyone and everyone who’s job is at risk due to technology to “learn to code”, if you’re in prison in certain states looking to make a better life for yourself after you get out, too bad: According to public records obtained by the Salem Reporter, the Oregon Department of Corrections has banned…

Cellebrite and Law Enforcement Expect Us to Trust Them, Yet Their Tools Are on eBay?

Cellebrite and Law Enforcement Expect Us to Trust Them, Yet Their Tools Are on eBay?

I’ve already talked on and on about how various governments expect to be able to require backdoors into encrypted data, including mobile devices. When it’s pointed out that any backdoor will eventually be used by hackers, the usual response from law enforcement is to “trust us” because they have some magic ability to prevent hackers…

Marriott Hack Shows The Risk of Our Surveillance Society
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Marriott Hack Shows The Risk of Our Surveillance Society

Mashable asked the question that many of you may have had when you learned one of the more recently reported details of the Marriott/Starwood hack. “Why do hotels collect and store passports?” The answer they came up with turned out to be something that some of us started talking about a few years ago, but…

Oh Yeah That Other Risk For Firms from #ILTACON18 Day Two
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Oh Yeah That Other Risk For Firms from #ILTACON18 Day Two

Yesterday, I wrote about the risks facing law firms from all around that came to mind as I sat through some of the sessions. Tuesday morning, I listened to Keith Lockhart from AccessData talk about responding to data breaches, and then watched 15-year old Marcus Weinberger do some basic hacking. Oh yeah, there’s also that…