A message from John Gilmore - crypto expert. Posted to the Cryptography mailing list.
This is strange and scary.
Former New Kid on The Block Jordan Knight will release two new singles on December 2, 2002. The songs are available only through his www.JordanKnight.com site. The new interactive website will featuring music videos, original stories from Jordan, step by step dance instruction, fan club, chats with Jordan, contests and games as well as the opportunity to play an online game against Jordan. The site also includes my favorite the JORDAN TRACKER: Jordan Knight Positioning System - a world map on the homepage includes a blinking dot on Jordan's exact location.
Building a bureaucracy
Takes time. All the redtape and hoops...
Bush administration officials acknowledged today that the Department of Homeland Security would need years to organize itself fully and that the logistics involved in merging 22 agencies and nearly 170,000 government workers into a giant new bureaucracy could threaten to divert the department from its central mission of safeguarding the American public from terrorist attacks.
The Wall Street Journal has an interesting story on an FBI watch list which took on a life of its own. Definitely worth a look if you can find a copy - very relevant considering the recent talk of massive government-corporate database sharing.
LAS VEGAS -- When a patron at the New York-New York casino plugged his frequent-player card into a slot machine one day this summer, something strange happened: An alert warned the casino's surveillance officials that an associate of a suspected terrorist might be on the grounds.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A special, secretive appeals court on Monday said the U.S. government has the right to use expanded powers to wiretap terrorism suspects under a law adopted by Congress after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
News.com reports on the Department of Homeland Security. Good editorial piece.
Washington's centralization of computer security could improve federal agencies' practices--and create a near-irresistible temptation to start telling American businesses what to do. "We right now don't feel that the bill threatens industry," Rodger says. "That said, we're definitely more watchful and definitely more vigilant because we're looking at a government that has taken more power upon itself."
More info on the Pentagon cracker.
Usenet posts show Gary McKinnon was a bit of a phone phreak, knew where to buy lock picks, and had an early interest in defense computers. A former employer says he was bored at work.
Discovering war driving
Funny article about a guy who stumbles onto the world of war driving and wireless security.
So how bad is it out there? I've picked up more than one police station, doctor's office, and business that not only leave their networks unencrypted, but also open for anyone to join. You might not be upset that your porn surfing is being broadcast to the whole network, but what if your medical information was being radiated out to the whole block when Dr. Jones looks at your files? I work in the Health Care industry when I'm not slaving at Rush, and I know how much time we spend worrying about protecting patient data. Careless stuff like this undermines even the more careful employee. What about the police networks? If they are this lax with security, could you waltz into their internal network from the parking lot? Maybe. Then what kind of damage could you do?
Is anything funnier than a politician discussing technology? Lamar Smith on CSEA:
Earlier this year, Smith said: "Until we secure our cyberinfrastructure, a few keystrokes and an Internet connection is all one needs to disable the economy and endanger lives. A mouse can be just as dangerous as a bullet or a bomb." Smith heads a subcommittee on crime, which held hearings that drew endorsements of CSEA from a top Justice Department official and executives from Microsoft and WorldCom.
Gotta love it. I appreciate their efforts, but why such drama?