Jeb Bush Defends NSA

jeb-bush-550Back on Sept 18 we criticized presidential candidate Jeb Bush, FBI Director James Comey, and other politicians for complaining that encryption was making it too hard to fight the “evil doers” and suggesting that some sort of “master key” or “backdoor” was needed by law enforcement and intelligence services to do their jobs.  We of course disagreed.

Around the same time that ...

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Privacy – Big IT vs. US Government

scalesHere are a couple of recent stories where a large information technology companies refused to turn over information to the government.

The first involves Apple, which was given a wiretap order to turn over certain communications between two alleged drug dealers on the iMessage platform.  Apple wasn’t so much refusing to comply as pointing out that this messaging service is encrypted end to end, ...

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Presidential Candidates Against Encryption

encryptionBack in August, presidential candidate Jeb Bush came out against encryption.  Makes it too hard for law enforcement to figure out what the “evildoers” are up to, he says.  I agree that encryption makes it impossible to figure out what the Wall Street executives who are funding every presidential campaign, by the way, are inventing now to ruin the American economy again and take a third trip into looting the 401K and IRA ...

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9/11 – Not Forgotten

9-11Today is the 14th anniversary of a day that I will never forget.  I was driving home from dropping my son off at school, and listening to the radio when they started reporting that a plane had flown into the World Trade Center.  I made it home in time to see the second plane crash into the second tower on television.  Still gives me chills as I write this.

Coincidentally, two French ...

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John McAfee for President?

JohnMcAfeeSeems like everybody wants to run for President this year.  Now John McAfee has entered the race.  Yes the same McAfee that founded the McAfee security software company.  Not saying he is my candidate, but this statement of his sums up exactly what is wrong with the NSA spying on everybody in order to save us for terrorists.

“I’m ...

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No More Secrets

Hacker movies are one of my favorite genres, and have been for a long time.  Go figure.  One of my favorites from the “olden days” is the 1992 movie “Sneakers.”  In this movie Robert Redford and his merry band of cybersecurity testers are tasked with the recovery of a mysterious “black box” which basically can solve for any type of encryption that was in use at that time.  At one point in the movie the blind hacker discovers ...

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Snowden – Two Years Later

Edward-Snowden-FOPF-2014It has been two years since Edward Snowden revealed to the world the programs behind the largest mass surveillance programs ever mounted by a government against its own citizens.  The fact that it was taking place here, in the land of the free and home of the brave was a sad day for the constitutional republic knows as the United States.

Since ...

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Alert: OPM Hack May Be Worst Ever

The recent break of the Office of Personnel Managment has been all over the news, but we haven’t written about it because we like to focus on issues our clients are facing that they can actually do something about. But if you currently have or ever received a government security clearance, this issue affects you.  This is going to prove to be one of the most serious identity theft operations of all time.  The information acquired by the attackers was impressive ...

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Post-Snowden Paranoia Causes Changes in Communication

“Just because you’re paranoid, it doesn’t mean they are not out to get you.”

Since Edward Snowden’s revelations about the domestic surveillance activities of the NSA and other US and foreign government agencies, it turns out that many people have changed their online and telephone communication behavior.  accord to a recent post on Sophos:

“Out of those surveyed who are at least somewhat aware of the NSA’s surveillance programs (30% of adults), 34% have taken at least one step to ...

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St Paul cop maces, beats deaf man

 
Doug Bahl is my son’s ASL instructor at St Paul Technical College, and a well known deaf activist.  The young police officer had only a year with the department.  There seem to be radically different stories from each side, and Internal Affairs is investigating.
 
I tend to support law enforcement, and my brother in law is a Sherriff’s Deputy.  But this seems like the cop was just a little ...
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