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 …
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 …
August 17, 2016
1201, apollo, Audio, drm, eff, eme, infosec, mp3s, podcasts, Post, Security, spoken word, Uncategorized, W3C, war on general purpose computing
I’m keynoting the O’Reilly Security Conference in New York in Oct/Nov, so I stopped by the O’Reilly Security Podcast (MP3) to explain EFF’s Apollo 1201 project, which aims to kill all the DRM in the world within a decade.
A couple things changed in the last decade. The first is that the kinds of technologies that have access controls for copyrighted works …
August 8, 2016
corruption, eff, infosec, Kazakhstan, lawful interception, media theory, phishing, Post, Security, transparency, Uncategorized
At Defcon, researchers from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, First Look Media and Amnesty International, revealed their findings on a major phishing attack through which the government of Kazakhstan was able to hack opposition journalists and arrange for an opposition politician’s extradition from exile in Italy to Kazakhstan.
Irina Petrushova and Alexander Petrushov, publishers of the independent newspaper Respublika, had exposed programs of kidnapping …
August 5, 2016
1201, apollo, Business, Copyfight, drm, eff, ftc, Post, Uncategorized, war on general purpose computing
Today, the EFF and a coalition of organizations and individuals asked the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to explore fair labeling rules that would require retailers to warn you when the products you buy come locked down by DRM (“Digital Rights Management” or “Digital Restrictions Management”).
These digital locks train your computerized devices to disobey you when you ask them to do …