October 16, 2016
1201, apollo, Business, Copyfight, drm, Games, happy mutants, Post, shadow warrior 2, Uncategorized, war on general purpose computing
The developers behind the hotly anticipated Shadow Warrior 2 have gone on record explaining why they didn’t add DRM to their new title: they themselves hate DRM, and understand that DRM disproportionately inconveniences legit customers, not pirates who play cracked versions without DRM.
A frequent battle-cry of the copyright maximalist is that “you can’t compete with free.” It’s true that enticing people to …
October 12, 2016
1201, botnets, botwars, ddos, eschatology, infosec, internet of shit, IoT, malware, mirai, Post, Security, Uncategorized, war on general purpose computers
Mirai, the clumsily written Internet of Things virus that harnessed so many devices in an attack on journalist Brian Krebs that it overloaded Akamai, has now spread to devices in either 164 or 177 countries — that is, pretty much everywhere with reliable electricity and internet access.
Imperva, a company that provides protection to websites against Distributed Denial of Service …
October 5, 2016
1201, apollo, botnets, computer science, ddos, internet of shit, IoT, malware, Post, rickrolls, Uncategorized, war on general purpose computers
Following the release of the sourcecode for the Mirai botnet, which was used to harness DVRs, surveillance cameras and other Internet of Things things into one of the most powerful denial-of-service attacks the internet has ever seen, analysts have gone over its sourcecode and found that the devastatingly effective malware was strictly amateur-hour, a stark commentary on the even worse security in the …
Rapid7 security researcher Jay Radcliffe (previously) has Type I diabetes, and has taken a personal interest in rooting out vulnerabilities in the networked, wireless-equipped blood-sugar monitors and insulin-pumps marketed to people with diabetes, repeatedly discovering potentially lethal defects in these devices.
Recently, Radcliffe revealed that Johnson & Johnson’s 2008 Animas Onetouch Ping insulin pump did not encrypt communications between it and its remote …
October 4, 2016
1201, apollo, Business, Copyfight, eff, hp, petitions, Post, pray i don't alter it further, Uncategorized, war on general purpose computers
Only three days after EFF’s open letter to HP over the company’s deployment of a stealth “security update” that caused its printers to reject third-party cartridges, the company issued an apology promising to let customers optionally install another update to unbreak their printers.
That’s good for starters, but it’s a long way from making up for one of the most egregious abuses of …
October 3, 2016
1201, apollo, bush v gore, dumpster fires, elections, infosec, Post, scotus, Security, Uncategorized, verified voting, voting machines, war on general purpose computers
It’s been thirteen years since we started writing here about the shenanigans of the electronic voting machine industry, who were given a gift when, after the contested 2000 elections, Congress and the Supreme Court signaled that elections officials had to go and buy new machines.
Over the past decade-plus, it’s only gotten worse. There was that time that Diebold sent thousands of …
October 2, 2016
1201, apollo, Business, competition, Copyfight, dmca, google, internet of shit, IoT, Nest, Post, surveillance, Uncategorized, Video
A closed-door unveiling of the forthcoming Google Home smart speaker platform included the nakedly anticompetitive news that vendors whose products support Amazon’s Echo will be blocked from integrating with Google’s own, rival platform.
These platforms are typically designed to allow their vendors to invoke Section 1201 of the DMCA, which makes it a felony to change their configurations in unauthorized ways, meaning …
The internet is reeling under the onslaught of unprecedented denial-of-service attacks, the sort we normally associate with powerful adversaries like international criminal syndicates and major governments, but these attacks are commanded by penny-ante crooks who are able to harness millions of low-powered, insecure Internet of Things devices like smart lightbulbs to do their bidding.
Symantec reports on the rising trend in …
September 30, 2016
1201, apollo, Copyfight, eff, happy mutants, infosec, Post, Security, Uncategorized, war on general purpose computers
In July, the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Dr Matthew Green, a Johns Hopkins Information Security Institute Assistant Professor of Computer Science; now the US government has asked a court to dismiss Dr Green’s claims. A brief from EFF explains what’s at stake here: the right of security experts to tell us which computers are vulnerable to attack, and …
September 22, 2016
1201, apollo, Copyfight, drm, eff, eme, infosec, Netflix, Post, Security, Uncategorized, W3C, war on general purpose computers
The World Wide Web Consortium has embarked upon an ill-advised project to standardize Digital Rights Management (DRM) for video at the behest of companies like Netflix; in so doing, they are, for the first time, making a standard whose implementations will be covered under anti-circumvention laws like Section 1201 of the DMCA, which makes it a potential felony to reveal defects in products without the …