OpSec

OpSec

American Sues US Government For Allegedly Pressuring Him To Unlock His Phone at Airport

CBP and DHS officers allegedly detained a Los Angeles man of Muslim faith before he boarded a plane for four hours, asking him questions and pressuring him to show them the contents of his phone.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
13 hours ago
Election Security

Voting Machine Manual Instructed Election Officials to Use Weak Passwords

A vendor manual for voting machines used in about ten states shows the vendor instructed customers to use trivial, easy to crack passwords and to re-use the passwords when changing log-in credentials.
Kim Zetter
11.5.18
OpSec

Forensic Linguist Says 'Lodestar' Can't Tell Us Who Burned Trump in New York Times Op-Ed

Guessing the anonymous author of the Trump op-ed in The New York Times based on the use of the word ‘lodestar’ is “entirely useless,” according to a forensic linguist.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
9.6.18
Internet Insecurity

Some Signal Disappearing Messages Are Not Disappearing

Journalists and sources may try to secure their communications not just with encryption, but also with automatically disappearing messages. But Signal has a nasty bug that can retain some messages.
Joseph Cox
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
6.8.18
OPSEC 101

Paul Manafort’s Terrible Encrypted Messaging OPSEC Got Him Additional Charges

Don’t commit crimes. But if you do, don’t back up the evidence of your crimes to Apple or Google’s cloud, where it doesn’t matter that the evidence was originally end-to-end encrypted.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
6.5.18
Mum's The Word

The NSA Just Released 136 Historical Propaganda Posters

In the 1950s and 1960s, the NSA was very worried about employees spilling secrets. Here’s some of the best internal propaganda posters that taught them to keep their mouths shut.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
6.4.18
Internet Insecurity

'Disappearing' Signal Messages Are Stored Indefinitely on Mac Hard Drives

If you use the Signal desktop app, be careful with your notification settings.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
5.9.18
point and click

New Tool Automatically Finds and Hacks Vulnerable Internet-Connected Devices

Hacking just got fully automated for script kiddies.
Joseph Cox
1.31.18
OpSec

Politician Accidentally Doxes His Old Boss By Reading Encrypted Signal Messages in Front of a Bunch of Cameras

All the encryption in the world is not going to help if someone can read over your shoulder.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
1.31.18
encryption

This Custom-Made Jihadi Encryption App Hides Messages in Images

A new program dubbed Muslim Crypt tries to keep extremist communications secure.
Joseph Cox
1.26.18
Internet Insecurity

An Anonymous YouTube Video Has Started a Battle in the Secretive Secure Phone Industry

"Secure phone" companies are fighting with each other after someone posted a video claiming to hack one of the devices.
Joseph Cox
1.24.18
Internet Insecurity

Snowden’s App Probably Can’t Protect You From Targeted State Surveillance

The media overhyped Snowden’s new app, according to security experts, and also made no mention of its origins.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
1.8.18
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