society

The Blade Itself Incites to Violence

We have a hundred thousand spies now: they have the capability, they have the information. The law will change; maybe not now, maybe not for a decade, but if don’t strangle this right now, it will change. They can do it, so they must: as Homer said, the blade itself incites to violence.

legal, privacy, society, terrorism

BlackHat USA 2012

This year I’ve decided to make a departure from the talk-by-talk trip reports I’ve done in the past. Most of the interesting presentations are already online (the whitepapers and slide decks, at least) and I’ll link to them here, but overall this was a very interesting year in information security and I think the gestalt and the keynotes are more important than the specific exploits demonstrated.

attacks, crypto, industry, networks, privacy, products, society

DefCon 19, Day 1

Having finished with BlackHat, I checked out of the Flamingo and moved to DefCon’s new location this year, the Rio. This was an enormous upgrade from the Riviera, the previous location. For one, the conference center is nearly 50% bigger, and it’s beautiful. Traffic flow was greatly improved, despite record attendance (~12,000, from estimates I’ve […]

industry, physical security, privacy, risk, society, statistics, terrorism

BlackHat USA 2011, Day 2

The second day of BlackHat started out with a keynote by Mudge. I attended this one despite the normally-dull nature of BlackHat keynotes, because while Mudge is a Fed now (he works for DARPA), he has a long history as a contributor to hacker culture and I wanted to hear what he had to say. […]

attacks, crypto, industry, risk, society

The Trouble With Fighting Your Users

Companies like Apple that try to control devices purchased by end-users create their own serious security problems. It turns out that Apple trying to protect itself from you makes you vulnerable to attackers. Apple doesn’t want you to run anything on your phone that they didn’t approve. But of course, customers want to run whatever […]

attacks, industry, risk, society