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Category Archives: Information Security News

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,…

Yik Yak Kiks Back—Privacy vs. Anonymity Revisited

– In 1958, The Coasters sang the song “Yakety Yak,” … listen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xAi80ShG0I  The lyrics are about a domineering parent ordering a kid around, threatening him or her, and saying “Don’t talk back,” when the kid retorts “Yakety Yak.” In the 1950s…

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…