Sunday Funnies – Zero Dark Friday

As reported here, the Political Correctness Police have turned their gaze in the direction of InfoTech and CyberSec, replacing terms like Black List and White List with racially neutral terms such as Deny List and Allow List, and White Hat Hackers and Black Hat Hackers with Authorized Hackers and Unauthorized Hackers.  How long before Retail feels the heat for Black Friday?  My proposed replacement is in the title.  And here are some gift ideas for the hard to shop for:  ...

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Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.


Trump Campaign Site Hacked – What We Know & Lessons Learned

This entry was posted on October 27, 2020 by Mark Maunder

On October 27, 2020 at approximately 4:50pm Mountain Time, Donald Trump’s campaign website, www.donaldjtrump.com, was defaced. The attackers left a message claiming they had compromising information on President Trump. The ...

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When Encryption Is A Crime Only Criminals Will Have Encryption

As we enter the silly season of another Presidential Election, and possibly because of a psychological condition that I am calling COVID Mania*, the government is once again making boneheaded moves to introduce and pass legislation that would allow the federal government and law enforcement agencies easier access to encrypted messages from criminal sources.  This issue comes up every five to ten years.  It seems that agencies such as the ...

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Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.


September Special Events

September is a busy time for me, there are a wedding anniversary, and three birthdays in my family in the first week.  Then there are a panoply of other special events.  At least they are special enough to be recognized in this weblog.  Here they are.  Please celebrate responsibly.  Or not.  But have some fun, we all ...

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Debunking the “Three Number New Cases” Meme

There is a meme going around that is amazing and suspicious.  Basically, if you open Google and search on ANY 3 digit number plus the words “new cases” (246 new cases, for example) Google will always be able to find a search result. I’ve seen this on Facebook, and tried it out myself, and it appears to work every time.  This is a little weird.  Now I’ve searched YouTube for this and similar videos.  This one is 5 minutes 18 ...

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Libertarian Party Comes Out In Support of BitCoin

This is reprinted from an email I received from the Libertarian Party on Monday August 24th.

Cryptocurrency has been on an historic run in recent days, reaching heights not seen in years and positioning itself as a hedge against economic uncertainty to rival more traditional safe harbors like gold and silver. As central banks continue printing off ream after ream of fiat currency, ...

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Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.


Happy Independence Day

This is the day we celebrate our liberation from the King of England and the British Empire.  The United States was founded through civil disobedience and even warfare against a government that some considered oppressive and unfair.  Consider this: if the British crown had won, the “founding fathers” would have been considered terrorists, and hanged.  Your terrorists ...

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