New German Hacking Law

There has been much written about the new German hacker-tool law, which went into effect earlier this month. Dark Reading has the most interesting speculation: Many security people say the law is so flawed and so broad and that no one can really comply with it. “In essence, the way the laws are phrased now, there is no way to ever comply… even as a non-security company,” says researcher Halvar Flake, a.k.a. Thomas Dullien, CEO and head of research at Sabre Security. “If I walked into a store n[…]

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Stupidest Terrorist Overreaction Yet?

What? Are the police taking stupid pills? Two people who sprinkled flour in a parking lot to mark a trail for their offbeat running club inadvertently caused a bioterrorism scare and now face a felony charge. The competition is fierce, but I think this is a winner. What bothers me most about the news coverage is that there isn’t even a suggestion that the authorities’ response might have been out of line. Mayoral spokeswoman Jessica Mayorga said the city plans to seek restitution from the Salcho[…]

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Skype Linux Reads Password and Firefox Profile

mrcgran writes “Users of Skype for Linux have just found out that it reads the files /etc/passwd, firefox profile, plugins, addons, etc, and many other unnecessary files in /etc. This fact was originally discovered by using AppArmor, but others have confirmed this fact using strace on versions 1.4.0.94 and 1.4.0.99. What is going on? This probably shows how important it is to use AppArmor in any closed-source application in Linux to restrict any undue access to your files.” Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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GEZ regelt die Sprache

Die GEZ ist offenbar fest entschlossen, sich lächerlich zu machen. Sie mahnt akademie.de ab, weil die Informationsseite angeblich falsche bzw. nicht existente Begriffe verwendet. So beanstandet die GEZ, dass bei akademie.de von GEZ-Gebühren statt beamtendeutsch korrekt von gesetzlichen Rundfunkgebühren die Rede ist. Außerdem soll akademie.de zum Beispiel nicht mehr von GEZ-Fahndern sprechen dürfen. Nein, diese müssen nach Auffassung der GEZ als “Beauftragtendienst der öffentlich rechtlichen Rund[…]

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Perceptions of Risk

Another article about risk perception, and why we worry about the wrong things: Newsrooms are full of English majors who acknowledge that they are not good at math, but still rush to make confident pronouncements about a global-warming “crisis” and the coming of bird flu. Bird flu was called the No. 1 threat to the world. But bird flu has killed no one in America, while regular flu — the boring kind — kills tens of thousands. New York City internist Marc Siegel says that after the media hype, […]

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