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

Bruce Schneier

            CRYPTO-GRAM         September 15, 2017          by Bruce Schneier         CTO, IBM Resilient              A free monthly newsletter providing summaries, analyses, insi

Crypto-Gram - Aug. 15, 2017

Bruce Schneier

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

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.

RIP Microsoft Vista

As of yesterday, Microsoft Vista is no longer supported.  In any way. At all. So if you're running Vista on something it is well past time to upgrade. Vista was always pretty much a bad idea - I know I ran it for a while on one of my desktop computers.  It was  at the time the only Windows machine in the home office, and I felt I needed it to recreate client problems in Windows. And there were problems galore.

My cord-cutting story part 2

So, a while back I wrote a little about our attempt to cut the cord on our TV. The ever-increasing price of cable (even on our wonderful telephone co-op service) had been becoming hard to bear, not to mention the fact that the company providing the cable service to the co-op seems to be a tad on the sloppy side.  We have often found our local PBS channel only has one channel of stereo sound, and some other anomalies.

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