Author: Jeff Nathan

Herding sheep

Last week I came across an eWeek article describing a new laptop locator that promises to help companies avoid costly disclosures in the event a laptop is lost. And, let’s face it, a lot of laptops are lost or stolen, including government and military. This […]

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The Sky Might Be Falling

Not too long ago, I read a product review of crosscut shredders in a popular financial magazine. Under the guise of promoting personal security to prevent identity theft, a reviewer put a handful of shredders through a set of tests. One of the tests was […]

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A Double Dose of eBay Fraud

Back in November 2005, Bruce Schneier wrote about a Western Union-related fraud. This week, I was exposed to some of the techniques used by eBay sub-geniuses and their use of Western Union. I deal primarily in buying and selling rare and hard-to-find comics on eBay, […]

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The Scent of Hardware EULAs Backfiring

In our shrill world of paranoia where vendors clench their general counsel’s arm tight enough to powder walnuts, it’s not surprising that End User Licensing Agreements (EULAs) continue to grow in absurdity. With the continued prevalence of free OS’, hardware vendors are undoubtedly under increased […]

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Advisory Ambiguity

In the course of notifying the public, some vendors’ vulnerability advisories have been less informative than others. Whereas a significant number of vendors have come to realize the value of some form of disclosure over time, others continually fail to provide actionable information. This entry […]

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SETEC Astronomy

In the film “The Manhattan Project,” a high school student builds a small nuclear weapon to bring attention to a covert nuclear weapons research lab located near his suburban home. The ending of the film is a tense standoff between the high school student, the […]

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Inflammatory Accusations

I recently wandered into Ann Arbor’s (and the first ever) Borders Books & Music store where I came upon a magazine titled “Skeptical Inquirer – The Magazine for Science and Reason.” At the bottom of the magazine cover, I read the text “Published by the […]

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Jumping Through Hoops^H^H^H^H^Hrings

People of Earth, I send to you greetings from CanSecWest. After several years of performing in rock bands, my hearing is slightly damaged and I suffer from a reasonably annoying case of tinnitus. Sadly, I have difficulty understanding many non-native English speakers at security conferences, […]

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