Archive for October, 2005

The DRM Endlösung

Monday, October 31st, 2005

Let me present a solution for the Digital Rights Management problem that both the music and movie industries could support and that gives consumers great advantages at the same time. All it needs is the implantation of a crypto chip on the auditory nerve very soon after birth; a minor inconvenience compared to the advantages […]

My Keyrings and Your Color Printers, a match made in heaven

Wednesday, October 19th, 2005

Bruce Schneier pointed to a sneaky feature present in some color printers, like in Xerox DocuColor series. They print a code on every page, allowing the authorities to track when the document was printed and with which printer. A little while ago, I ordered some keyrings with my company name engraved on them, to give […]

Human Interrupt Handling

Monday, October 17th, 2005

Joel (On Software) got me into this thread of thinking. He interrupted me, while I was doing something else (I forgot) and instead of picking up what I was doing, I started writing today’s blog. And it may even get finished unless something else distracts me and I don’t return to this one. Or get […]

Brunettes, DNS, and Choice Poisoning Attacks

Saturday, October 15th, 2005

Listening to a science program on the radio about a psychology experiment, shortly to be published in Science, I was struck by the similarity between the result of that experiment and DNS poisoning. It seems humans work in detached asynchrononous fashion, just as the DNS protocol, which certainly would help in the scalability department. Not […]

Scratchwords no better than passwords

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

Banks use several systems to let their customers log into their internet banking sites. The worst (security wise) by far are the password based systems, very common in the US. Much better are (were!) the one-time password systems, based on scratch cards or electronic tokens, fairly common in Europe. However, the latest phishing expedition launched […]