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My cord-cutting story part 3

Roku Box

More of the continuing tale of cord-cutting. I've gone through quite a few iterations so far of the Plex Media Server software and it looks like the behavior of the video recording has stabilized, at least to a large extent.

Wisconsin/Russia Voter Hacking - So what DID happen?

Voting

On Friday Homeland Security notified the Wisconsin Elections Commission that a Russian entity attempted to hack the Wisconsin voter registration system during the 2016 election.

Bruce Schneier's Crypto-Gram Sept. 15, 2017

Bruce Schneier


            CRYPTO-GRAM

        September 15, 2017

         by Bruce Schneier
        CTO, IBM Resilient
       [email protected]
      https://www.schneier.com


A free monthly newsletter providing summaries, analyses, insights, and commentaries on security: computer and otherwise.

For back issues, or to subscribe, visit <https://www.schneier.com/crypto-gram.html>.

You can read this issue on the web at <https://www.schneier.com/crypto-gram/archives/2017/0915.html>. These same essays and news items appear in the "Schneier on Security" blog at <https://www.schneier.com/>, along with a lively and intelligent comment section. An RSS feed is available.


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In this issue:
     On the Equifax Data Breach
     News
     iPhone Changes to Frustrate the Police
     Schneier News
     My LinkedIn Account


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     On the Equifax Data Breach



Last Thursday, Equifax reported a data breach that affects 143 million US customers, about 44% of the population. It's an extremely serious breach; hackers got access to full names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, driver's license numbers -- exactly the sort of information criminals can use to impersonate victims to banks, credit card companies, insurance companies, and other businesses vulnerable to fraud.

Crypto-Gram - Aug. 15, 2017

Bruce Schneier

        CTO, IBM Resilient
       [email protected]
      https://www.schneier.com


A free monthly newsletter providing summaries, analyses, insights, and commentaries on security: computer and otherwise.

For back issues, or to subscribe, visit <https://www.schneier.com/crypto-gram.html>.

You can read this issue on the web at <https://www.schneier.com/crypto-gram/archives/2017/0815.html>. These same essays and news items appear in the "Schneier on Security" blog at <https://www.schneier.com/>, along with a lively and intelligent comment section. An RSS feed is available.


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In this issue:
     Ethereum Hack
     News
     Zero-Day Vulnerabilities against Windows in the NSA Tools
       Released by the Shadow Brokers
     Schneier News
     Measuring Vulnerability Rediscovery

Justice Department demands user information on Trump inauguration protesters

This in from The Hill. The Justice Department is embroiled in a fight with Dreamhost (a West Coast large web hosting provider) over the private information of as many as 1.3 million people who were engaged on a website to plan protests of Trump's inauguration. On the face of it this appears to be a terrible invasion of privacy.  Protesting is not a crime, though it appears the Justice Department is working on that. Note that due to the completely irritating self-playing video you need to click on the title here to actually see the video in all its ad-laden glory.

Note that this suit seeks the IP addresses of everyone who has visited the http://www.disruptj20.org website. This very well may include you if you were interested in the protests at the Trump inauguration. A hearing on this is scheduled for Aug. 18 in Superior Court in Washington DC.

About Daily Stormer and their search for a domain registrar

Update - Aug. 15.  The site has disappeared. Surprisingly they still have a whois record with Google as the registrar, but DNS lookups fail.  They're gone.

UW and WARF awarded $500 million from Apple

WARF foundation was awarded a large settlement recently due to Apple appropriating a WARF patent on speculative instruction execution.  I'll let The Register carry it from here -

Another Massive Cyberattack hits

Reports are coming in of a massive cyberattack happening throughout the Ukraine and other countries. Recent reports indicate that it has spread to England and may well be ready to wander across the ocean to the US.  This is reportedly a new ransomware attack, and appears to be a variant of the previously-known Petya ransomware. Take care.

The Costs Of Taking Broadband The Extra Mile In Wisconsin

As Wisconsin struggles to grow private-sector jobs, there is potential to expand telecommuting work outside urbanized areas of the state by improving broadband connections.

Facebook is abusive - it's time to get a divorce

The Register is one of my favorite IT blogs. In an editorial today they have, I think, nailed PART of the reason I believe we should just start saying no to Facebook - there are others, but the question is, how much of your soul are you willing to let Facebook own?

It seemed innocuous, almost trivial: What are you doing? Who are you seeing? What are your favourite things? Sharing the trivia of life and was fun.

But only because we were yet to understand that everything we entered was recorded by Facebook, all of it analysed, all of it compared against everyone else sharing all of their personal trivialities. Too late we realised that everything we shared was more useful to Facebook than it was to our friends. So while we revelled in the joy of finding new friends, Facebook got the deeper satisfaction of building a complete portrait of an individual, inside and out.

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