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44 - Obama blames 'human and systemic failures' in Detroit incident
Topic: Security 6:24 pm EST, Dec 29, 2009

It seems, that while Obama has many skills, that understanding intelligence data is not one of them.

Obama makes public blanket statements regarding intelligence data, and doesn't know how to actually prepare an intelligence summary. He's never held a job in his "career", yet, he can stand and make wide, sweeping statements about how a terrorist who is willing to die for his cause, snuck explosives on board an aircraft.

If Obama thinks that blaming someone is going to make the problem go away, he's a bigger fool than anyone has pointed out to date.

How can you make it harder to sneak explosives on board an aircraft? Well, you could simply ban carry on luggage, and X-Ray everything. If you wanted to make air travel SAFER... but that's not the goal...

The general public isn't stupid, nor are the terrorists. If you want to die for your cause, you could simply ingest C4 (it is malleable), with a radio detonator. How is that going to be stopped? Full body X-Ray? It's only a matter of time before someone does exactly that.

Sorry, keeping everyone unarmed on board simply makes them sheep to the slaughter. Give everyone a Louisville Slugger or a stickball bat. If we lose a few aircraft, so be it... however, the terrorist are going to have to content with an aircraft full of angry bat wielding passengers who don't want to go see "Allah" and get their 26 virgins... (see Air marshal weapon details made public -

Anything else that is "accomplished" by this "preliminary review of airline security measures to be delivered to him by Thursday" is more taxpayer monies wasted on ineffective security measures that delay and aggravate the current travelling public.

However, the saddest part, is that I'm sure there are going to be some new "security measures" that strip away more of our constitutional freedoms... not that it is anything new...

44 - Obama blames 'human and systemic failures' in Detroit incident

Air marshal weapon details made public -
Topic: Security 4:20 pm EST, Dec 28, 2009

Well then...

How long do we have to continue to suffer under the fools that call themselves our protectors?

DHS and TSA are foolishly thinking that they are "protecting" us, however, it was shown that the security foolishness that they call Airline Safety was recently overcome, by a man wearing explosives in his underwear.

Now that we all know that the Air Marshals are using the Sig Sauer, and the fact that you can be provided weapons ON-BOARD, by the flight crew (I was given a full can of soda, unopened, on my last 12 flights), I can travel with my pen, a pencil, CD/DVDs (can be snapped in half for a quick slicing/puncture weapon), and various other things that I can legally put in my carry on... It's time to realize that the TSA is simply a gross waste of taxpayer money.

I agree with a fellow traveller on my last flight, who said that everyone should be issued baseball bats as they board. That will settle any inflight issues. (Stick ball bats for children under 12yrs old)

Instead of spending the taxpayer $$ on xraying your carry on, let anyone take anything onboard. I really don't care. If you try to blow up my airplane, I can guarantee that if we had baseball bats, you'd better be quick, because the entire airplane is going to get their licks in, if you fail to kill us... as well, you're still not going to get what you are aiming for... publicity... of course, only if the media were to cooperate... (that's the larger problem today.)

That's my 2cents, YMMV.


Air marshal weapon details made public -

Information Warfare: Congress Hacked Again
Topic: Security 3:53 pm EST, Jan  5, 2009

This article is a "few days" old, but worthwhile just the same. As well, the comments are humorous, and oddly resonant.

Information Warfare: Congress Hacked Again

“Dysfunctional” InfoSec worker, seeking balanced employment instead of burnout | dc0de's notes...
Topic: Security 1:13 pm EDT, Sep 28, 2008

Here I am, on the hunt again. I can’t help but think of the poster available on, that says, “Dysfunction - The only consistant feature of all of your dissatisfying relationships is you”.

I have been looking for the wrong types of companies to work for. I realize that now. I will no longer work for “start up” or privately funded, emerging technology companies.

“Dysfunctional” InfoSec worker, seeking balanced employment instead of burnout | dc0de's notes...

TG Daily - High school student faces 38 years in prison for hacking grades
Topic: Security 11:50 pm EDT, Jun 21, 2008

Here is the list of charges against Khan

34 felony counts of altering public record
11 felony counts of stealing and secreting public records
7 felony counts of illegal computer access and fraud
6 felony counts of burglary
4 felony counts of identity theft
3 felony counts of altering book of records
2 felony counts of receiving stolen property
1 felony count of conspiracy
1 felony count of attempting altering of a public record

Khan was caught after he requested an official school transcript for a university he was applying for.

Note that he wasn't caught by any software, intrusion detection or prevention, any technical controls whatsoever.

I thought that School systems were supposed to have better system control by now...

TG Daily - High school student faces 38 years in prison for hacking grades

IPhones present Wi-Fi risk to businesses | InfoWorld | News | 2008-06-13 | By Carrie-Ann Skinner, PC Advisor
Topic: Security 3:10 pm EDT, Jun 16, 2008

IPhones present Wi-Fi risk to businesses
Expert warns that as the use of Wi-Fi and Web 2.0 applications increases, so will the security threat to businesses

NO WAY! An Apple product that isn't the utmost in security? (expect a slander suite soon!)

IPhones present Wi-Fi risk to businesses | InfoWorld | News | 2008-06-13 | By Carrie-Ann Skinner, PC Advisor

Atomic -
Topic: Security 4:57 pm EST, Jan 27, 2008

Forty years after France's sale of "peaceful" nuclear technology to Saddam Hussein, the atomic twinkle in the Élysée's eyes is again on the Middle East. France has offered civilian nuclear cooperation to Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Jordan and Morocco.

More french stupidity at work, while chasing money in the middle east. When will everyone simply understand how difficult it is to determine how much uranium is enriched and stored once a nuclear plant goes on-line?

Nuclear power is dangerous, not from it's ability to create electricity, but the underlying ability to create devastation to one's neighbors, and destroy the global environment. Every country's nuclear power programs need to be closely monitored, to prevent any covert weaponization.

I think that the key to providing developing countries with nuclear power needs to be accomplished with a method of openness. There also needs to be real punishment for those who do not keep their nuclear program open, and/or are found to be enriching uranium for other purposes.

Atomic -

FAA: Boeing's New 787 May Be Vulnerable to Hacker Attack
Topic: Security 1:12 pm EST, Jan  6, 2008

Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner passenger jet may have a serious security vulnerability in its onboard computer networks that could allow passengers to access the plane's control systems, according to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.

The computer network in the Dreamliner's passenger compartment, designed to give passengers in-flight internet access, is connected to the plane's control, navigation and communication systems, an FAA report reveals.

How f*#king stupid can people be?

How about we put the controls for all of the nuclear power plants on the Internet? Oh, wait, we've already done that!

grrrr, just makes me want to give up.

FAA: Boeing's New 787 May Be Vulnerable to Hacker Attack

OpenDNS | Providing A Safer And Faster Internet
Topic: Security 1:00 pm EST, Dec  5, 2007

OpenDNS protects more than a million people a day across hundreds of thousands of schools, businesses and homes as they navigate the Internet. We block phishing sites and give you the power to block adult sites, proxies and individual domains.

If you're wanting to control where your children go, this isn't a "fix-all" solution, however, OpenDNS does fix url typos, help reduce the internet phishing sites that come into your home network and generally work very quickly and efficiently.

Best of all, it's free. I've been an OpenDNS member for over a year, and love it. It's worth a look.

I say so. :)

OpenDNS | Providing A Safer And Faster Internet

Sony USB Fingerprint Readers Caught in Rootkitlike Action
Topic: Security 10:51 pm EDT, Aug 31, 2007

This rootkitlike behavior is "closely related to the Sony BMG case," Hypponen said. "First of all, it is another case where rootkitlike cloaking is ill-advisedly used in commercial software. Also, the [devices] we ordered are products of the same company—Sony Corporation."

Sony is at it again... this time striking Fingerprint Readers... lovely.

Sony USB Fingerprint Readers Caught in Rootkitlike Action

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