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Category Archives: Cybercrime

Are We Secure? And Other Ridiculous Questions

– I would expect that practically every infosec professional has been asked at one time or another “Are we secure?” by non-technical senior executives. Technical executives know better than to ask the question. But what is an appropriate answer? If you say “Yes” you have assumed all…

Encryption and the Emperor’s New Clothes

– Everyone appears to be gobsmacked when it comes to encryption … techies, IT folks, infosec professionals, legislators, regulators and the public at large. After all, encryption algorithms have been developed by the brightest of mathematicians and computer scientists. But, apart from a few…

Has the White House Been Caught Cybersecurity NAP-ping?

– President Obama announced his “new” CNAP (Cybersecurity National Action Plan) to only moderate fanfare (certainly not nearly as much as the subject deserves), which included a lengthy Opinion piece, “Protecting U.S. Innovation From Cyberthreats,” in The Wall Street Journal of February 9,…

David Chaum Fights the Crypto War

– David Chaum is a crypto pioneer. According to Andy Greenberg’s January 6, 2016 Wired posting “The Father of Online Anonymity Has a Plan to End the Crypto War,” available at http://www.wired.com/2016/01/david-chaum-father-of-online-anonymity-plan-to-end-the-crypto-wars/?mbid=nl_1616 , Chaum…

It’s the Culture … and Dead Canaries

– It appears that Volkswagen’s internal auditors “… found no evidence to suggest that members of the executive board or supervisory board were involved in the diesel fraud …” according to an article “VW Says ‘Culture’ Flaw Led To Crisis” by William Boston, Hendrik Varnholt…