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November 11, 2019

I was eating lunch with the chief of security at a social network a few years ago. As we sat in his company’s sunny courtyard, young employees passed by us, plates loaded with free food.

“You realize some of these people work for foreign governments,” I remarked. The CI...

October 15, 2019

SIM Swapping is in the news again, reminding us the US has let this madness continue while other countries took strong steps to stop it. The latest headlines involve celebrity Twitter accounts getting hacked (including Jessica Alba and even the CEO of Twitter himself)...

July 21, 2019

FaceApp is enjoying another viral moment fueled by celebrity selfies, while sparking dire warnings from security and privacy experts. Now politicians in Congress are calling for an investigation and the DNC ordered Democratic staffers to delete the app from their phone...

June 25, 2019

Along with the rest of the USA Freedom Act, the Call Detail Records (CDR) program is set to expire on 12/15/2019. This is the infamous NSA program that gathered hundreds of millions of American citizens’ phone call metadata records. A commission formed after 9/11, the ...

March 26, 2019

After a whistle blower leaked the news to journalist Brian Krebs, who announced it on his blog, Facebook officially admitted that it has stored hundreds of millions of user passwords without encryption for the past seven years.

Coming a couple weeks after Mark Zuckerber...

February 18, 2019

Smelling blood, American adversaries began circling like sharks during the 35-day partial government shutdown.

January 8, 2019

NIST’s Random Bit Beacon is a Game Changer

The US government just unveiled a machine that can generate truly random 1s and 0s. They plan to offer it as a public Internet service. This is big news because so many of our data security defenses rely on randomness, and it's...

November 13, 2018

A senior official in the Treasury Department’s financial crimes unit (FinCEN) was just arrested for leaking thousands of Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) to a journalist. The SARs covered financial transactions of Trump campaign officials and others, as well as funds...

October 9, 2018

Chinese cyber exploits are back in the news with a bombshell story claiming China planted tiny “spy chips” inside Made in China servers now in major data centers of Amazon, Apple, and others. Amazon and Apple vigorously deny knowing about spy chips on their servers, ev...

July 30, 2018

The ACLU conducted a controversial experiment last week with Amazon’s popular face matching software Rekognition. They ran photos of every member of Congress against a database of criminal mugshots. Twenty-eight members of Congress matched as potential criminals, many...

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