Archive for January, 2008

How to Get a Job in Information Security

Don Parker at SecurityFocus has an article called Skills for the Future about how to get a job in information security. He outlines one path, and while I don’t deny it’s a good one, and probably the most common, it’s not the only way, either. There are quite a few different areas of specialization within […]


Semi-Electronic Bank Robbery

The AP has a story about an electronic bank robbery foiled when a bank employee pulled the plug on the robbers’ network connection.  Apparently the robbers had gained physical access to the employee’s workstation at some point, and installed “advanced technical equipment” underneath the desk to remotely control the computer. I would guess that the […]

attacks, networks, physical security

…Or Maybe They Do

On further investigation, it turns out that there is a reason for the DRM protection on Qtrax downloads… it’s just not to prevent piracy. When a Qtrax-downloaded file is played, the WMA licensing notifies Qtrax of the act — so that they can divvy up advertising revenue from the site based on what people are […]

piracy, trusted client

Record Companies Still Don’t Understand DRM

So, there’s been a lot of news about Qtrax, a new music download service approved by the major record labels. It sounds like a good thing for consumers — a Songbird-based browser lets you select pretty much any song imaginable, including the entire catalog of songs available from iTunes, and download it freely and legally. […]

attacks, legal, piracy, products, trusted client

IP Addresses: Personally Identifiable Information?

Peter Scharr, Germany’s Commissioner of Data Protection and head of the European Union’s privacy working group, has stated that information identified only by IP address must be considered personally identifiable information. As the AP article points out, this could have rather serious implications for search engines and many other electronic businesses, and RSnake is concerned […]

anonymity, legal, networks, privacy