Tag Archives: security

US gov budget crisis could end Data.gov transparency project; act now

From the Sunlight Foundation: “Data.gov, USASpending.gov, the IT Dashboard and other federal data transparency and government accountability programs are facing a massive budget cut, despite only being a tiny fraction of the national budget. Help save the data and make sure that Congress doesn’t leave the American people in the dark.” (via Kevin Werbach)

NASA cybersecurity report: ISS, Hubble, Shuttle vulnerable when hackers penetrated NASA network

The office of NASA’s Inspector General released a report this week titled “Inadequate Security Practices Expose Key NASA Network to Cyberattack,” which details pretty much what it says on the tin: the International Space Station, the Hubble telescope, the space shuttle, and other key assets were made vulnerable back in 2009 when hackers penetrated the… Read More »

Not so much cellphones as tracking devices: a surveilled day in the life of German politician Malte Spitz

“Green party politician Malte Spitz sued to have German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom hand over six months of his phone data that he then made available to ZEIT ONLINE. We combined this geolocation data with information relating to his life as a politician, such as Twitter feeds, blog entries and websites, all of which is… Read More »

Libya: Woman struggles to tell foreign journalists of kidnapping, rape by Qaddafi militia

“A Libyan woman burst into the hotel housing the foreign press in Tripoli Saturday morning and fought off security forces as she told journalists that she had been raped and beaten by members of the Qaddafi militia. After nearly an hour, she was dragged away from the hotel screaming.” (New York Times) Her name is… Read More »

Days after global nuke experts declare Fukushima Serious Business, Japan raises disaster level to 5

Japan’s nuclear safety agency (NISA) today raised the level of the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant from level 4 (local consequences) to level 5 (wider consequences, same level as Three Mile Island), on the 7-point scale* created by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). NISA’s assessment was declared retroactive to Tuesday. More on the… Read More »

Saudi Arabia sends counterrevolutionary goons to Bahrain

Saudi Arabia will split its security forces, lately much occupied with suppressing protest at home, and will send them to Bahrain to help put down the popular uprising there. Witnesses said security forces surrounded the protesters’ tent compound, shooting tear gas and rubber bullets at the activists in the largest effort to clear the square… Read More »

Self-pwning cars: the future of automotive rooting

Security researches at UCSD and UWash have been looking at advanced ways of making mischief with computerized automotive systems, from messing with Bluetooth to inserting malware into the diagnostic tools. The most baroque and interesting attack they’ve demonstrated, though, uses a malformed MP3 that exploits a bug in the sound system (I’m assuming some sort… Read More »

Wired Threat Level takes on the naked body scanners

In Wired’s Threat Level blog, a three-part series on the technology and politics surrounding those “nude body scanners” introduced to a number of American airports last year. “Court Likely to Uphold Constitutionality of ‘Nude’ Airport Scanners,” and “‘Nude’ Airport Scanners: Are They Safe?,” and “Airport ‘Nude’ Body Scanners: Are They Effective?.”