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Category Archives: Information Security News

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…

Security vs. Safety vs. Privacy vs. Anonymity

– The recent horrific terrorist attacks in Paris have brought to the fore the ongoing discussion about privacy versus national security and personal safety. An article on the front page of the November 18, 2015 Wall Street Journal by Siobhan Hughes, “Attacks To Fuel Spying Debate,” discusses the…

When is a Glitch Not a Glitch?

– … When it’s not a “minor malfunction” or “a minor problem that causes a temporary setback.” (per Webster’s dictionary). There was nothing minor about the four hours of downtime of an air traffic control system that caused a “major” disruption of military and civilian air…

Software Security Recall for Jeeps

– Author’s Note: This is a follow-up to my July 27, 2015 BlogInfoSec column “Jeep Hacked, Manufacturer ‘Dismayed.’” Fiat Chrysler’s recall of vehicles for security-related, versus safety-related, vulnerabilities is a very big deal and may pave the way for an entirely new approach to…

Jeep Hacked, Manufacturer “Dismayed”

– Dismayed? Is that as much emotion that Fiat Chrysler can muster when informed that their vehicles can be hacked remotely and many of the vehicle-control systems can be taken over by researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, including those systems that handle steering and braking (okay, right…