Kenneth F. Belva

Security Tidbits of Interest

Did you know that Al-qaeda uses PGP?

Analysts said that as-Sahab is outfitted with some of the best technology available. Editors and producers use ultralight Sony Vaio laptops and top-end video cameras. Files are protected using PGP, or Pretty Good Privacy, a virtually unbreakable form of encryption software that is also used by intelligence agencies around the world.

I’m always fascinated when something in one field impacts another in a non-obvious way. In this case it’s global warming and national security.

“The conditions exacerbated by the effects of climate change could increase the pool of potential recruits into terrorist activity ,” he said.

The MoD faults the recent information security security lapses on the fact that the value of security not translated to younger generation:

[T]oday’s Facebook generation failed to understand the culture of security which was ingrained during the Cold War.

“These well-developed processes and procedures have not been translated effectively into the information age,” he wrote.

Identity theft the traditional way: raiding the physical mailbox.

Brown says the two women stole the identities of the married couple by asking the postal service to forward the couple’s mail back to their old address in Rego Park, Queens. The DA says they then opened numerous credit card accounts in the couple’s name between January 2008 and June 2008.

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