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Category Archives: Information Security News

Encryption and the Dark Side

– The saga continues … as it should and will. A front page article appeared in the May 17, 2016 issue of The New York Times, by Paul Mozur and Jane Perlez, with the title “Chinese Panel Quietly Grills Silicon Valley: Apple and Others Face Security Checks.” It describes the retaliation that was…

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…