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Category Archives: Security in Popular Culture

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…

Juiced Beetle Not a Bug – Intentional Malware

– An editorial column in the September 24, 2015 Wall Street Journal had the title “The VW Emission Bug.” The “defeat-device” software, which Volkswagen confirmed that they had installed in some of their diesel cars, certainly wasn’t a bug, as my October 5, 2015 BlogInfoSec column “When…

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…

InfoSec R.I.P.

– I recently had an experience that helped to confirm my skepticism about the accuracy of information on the Internet. I happened to be surfing the Web to find out what an internationally-known InfoSec colleague has been up to lately. Imagine my shock when his Wikipedia page indicated that he had…

Privacy-Changing Technologies

– Year-end was a time for reflection and prediction in the technology arena. In the Personal Journal section of the December 31, 2014 issue of The Wall Street Journal, Geoffrey A. Fowler and Joanna Stern anticipated which will be the game-changing personal technologies of the upcoming year in their…