What’s interesting about this story is not that the cell phone system can track your location worldwide. That makes sense; the system has to know where you are. What’s interesting about this story is that anyone can do it.
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A 200-pound dead giant squid was found near the coast of Matagorda, Texas.
A device called Cyborg Unplugged can be configured to prevent any Wi-Fi connection: Oliver notes on the product’s website that its so-called “All Out Mode” — which prevents surveillance devices from connecting to any Wi-Fi network in the area — is likely illegal, and he advises against its use. Nevertheless, we can imagine activists slipping these little devices into public areas and wreaking a bit of havoc.
At USENIX Security this year there were two papers studying the security of password managers: David Silver, Suman Jana, and Dan Boneh, ” Password Managers: Attacks and Defenses .” Zhiwei Li, Warren He, Devdatta Akhawe, and Dawn Song, ” The Emperor’s New Password Manager: Security Analysis of Web-based Password Managers .” It’s interesting work, especially because it looks at security problems in something that is supposed to improve security. I’ve long recommended a password manager to solve the very real problem that any password that can be easily remembered is vulnerable to a dictionary attack. The world got a visceral reminder of this earlier this week, when hackers posted iCloud photos from celebrity accounts.