Archive for the 'Security' Category

Somewhat dumb credit card region lock

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Visa has a neat feature where you can determine in which regions the card can be used. In my case, it’s “internet”, “Sweden”, “Nordic countries”, “Europe”, “North and central America”, “South America”, “Africa”, “Asia”, “Oceania”. You can set these through the credit card app (mine is from Volvo, of course). So I disabled all regions […]

Horrible little law

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Feinstein-Burr senate bill, it’s getting crazier by the day: No, this slippery little act says that when a company or person gets a court order asking for encrypted emails or files to be handed over and decrypted, compliance is the law. How compliance actually happens isn’t specified. They don’t care how user security was broken […]

Being a werewolf

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

Very interesting game with implications for understanding of secure protocols and compromise detection.

Enemy number one

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

The US gov is quickly turning into corporate threat number one: Apple has long suspected that servers it ordered from the traditional supply chain were intercepted during shipping, with additional chips and firmware added to them by unknown third parties in order to make them vulnerable to infiltration, according to a person familiar with the […]


Saturday, March 19th, 2016

Protonmail, a secure mail system, is now up and running for public use. I’ve just opened an account and it looks just like any other webmail to the user. Assuming everything is correctly implemented as they describe, it will ensure your email contents are encrypted end-to-end. It will also make traffic analysis of metadata much […]

John Oliver on the Apple/FBI thing

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

If you for some reason missed John Oliver’s explanation of the Apple vs FBI thing, do watch it now.

The FBI in full Honecker mode

Saturday, March 12th, 2016

Consider this: Obama: cryptographers who don’t believe in magic ponies are “fetishists,” “absolutists” …and even worse, this: Surprise! NSA data will soon routinely be used for domestic policing that has nothing to do with terrorism Let’s consider this for a bit. In particular the “going dark” idea. The idea that cryptography makes the governments of […]

Privacy shield…

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Completely worthless. Same pig, different name. We can’t trust the EU. 5 things you need to know about the EU-US Privacy Shield agreement | Macworld

Finally, a sensible paper leaked

Monday, September 21st, 2015

White House officials have backed away from seeking a legislative fix to deal with the rise of encryption on communication devices, and they are even weighing whether to publicly reject a law requiring firms to be able to unlock their customers’ smartphones and apps under court order. The whole paper, written on a typewriter and […]

The beginning of the end of the DNS

Monday, September 7th, 2015

Or how the insanely stupid anti-piracy lobby will screw us all.  Many of us saw this coming a long while back. Letting the **AA-holes misuse the DNS system for their censoring inevitably leads to the rise of a parallel DNS system. Yes, we already have the darknet for (other) illegal purposes, but this brings the […]