Category Archives: Security

Amazon Sidewalk

There’s a world of difference between thinking “wouldn’t it be a great idea if …” and then actually doing it. And walking on a beach between Houlgate and Villers-sur-Mer in Normandy 10 years ago, suffering from loss of mobile connection, … Continue reading

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Smart appliances

I work in IT but I am not an IT enthusiast; my smart TV isn’t connected to my network, my media center runs on a Linux and no voice assistants are present. My printer doesn’t need to connect to the … Continue reading

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Corporate espionage

Given the recent major hacking incident using zero-day exploits against Exchange servers, most likely originating in China, this chart detailing China’s new Five Year Plan should be interesting: So, if you are working at a company that works on anything … Continue reading

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Christopher Krebs is a smart man

Also, he is apparently a man of integrity so he got fired by the current American President who is neither of these things. Krebs was Director of Cybersecurity in USA, until he declared that there had been no widespread voter … Continue reading

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Smart phone usage predicting personality

I mentioned the Big Five personality traits before; research into personality traits (and “sub-traits”) and smart phone usage appear to show that some traits are correlated to usage: Weather app use predicts conscientiousness Wake-up time predicts ambition Nighttime phone ringing … Continue reading

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TLS 1.3 and ESNI appear to be working

As China has decided to block all HTTPS traffic using TLS 1.3 and ESNI for encryption, I think it is safe to assume that that encryption is pretty good and the Chinese government doesn’t have an easy and fast way … Continue reading

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Huawei and national security

Things take time – I wrote about this in 2012, 2013 in passing and 2019 – and now the United Kingdom have decided to stop Huawei from supplying much more of their 5G network; and by 2027 the parts from … Continue reading

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The other side of the conspiracy

From Marcus Hutchins comes this: Imagine what a plot twist it’d be if it turned out Bill Gates wasn’t trying to inject people with tracking chips, and actually the tracking chip was in the social media app those people were … Continue reading

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Hutchins’ story

There are many reasons to follow Marcus Hutchins’ posts if you are interesting in computer security, but his story is something else. He was recently able to finally talk about it publicly, and chose to do so in a series … Continue reading

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And she got to be an MBE

I was on a deep dive in Wikipedia and ended up reading about Mavis Batey, who was one of the leading codebreakers at Bletchley Park during WWII, credited with breaking the Italian naval messages leading to the Battle of Matapan … Continue reading

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