Archive for November, 2007

Secure P2P for Pirates

According to a recent Reuters article, the unrepentant pirates of Sweden’s The Pirate Bay are working on developing their own peer-to-peer networking system.  It turns out that this is a relatively fascinating security problem, even though in this case it’s the criminals needing the security, vs. the law-abiding companies trying to break it — a […]

anonymity, dmca, legal, piracy, privacy, trusted client

Do Not Track Lists: Good Luck With That

The New York Times reports that people will be able to sign up for “do-not-track” lists to prevent online advertisers from monitoring their activities.  It is not clear from the article if they’re expecting a government solution, along the lines of the National Do Not Call Registry for telemarketers, or merely solutions from ISPs and […]

anonymity, legal, privacy

The War on the Unexpected

Bruce Schneier has a good post today called “The War on the Unexpected,” about the unintended results of asking the general population to report anything suspicious.  Even discounting deliberate malfeasance (reporting the neighbor you don’t like as “suspicious”), people find a lot of things suspicious, and the gatekeepers have no motivation to apply intelligent filtering […]

risk, society, terrorism

Stripping for CAPTCHAs

Spammers want email accounts. Free email services like Yahoo! Mail, GMail, and Windows Live Hotmail want to give people free email accounts, but they don’t want to help spammers. Thus, they try to make sure that it is easy for one person to sign up for an email account, but hard for a spam system […]

attacks, spam