Tagged: schneier on security

Security Trade-offs of Cloud Backup 0

Security Trade-offs of Cloud Backup

This is a good essay on the security trade-offs with cloud backup: iCloud backups have not eliminated this problem, but they have made it far less common. This is, like almost everything in tech, a trade-off: Your data is far safer from irretrievable loss if it is synced/backed up, regularly, to a cloud-based service. Your data is more at risk of being stolen if it is synced/backed up, regularly, to a cloud-based service.

Security for Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications 0

Security for Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released a report titled ” Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications: Readiness of V2V Technology for Application .” It’s very long, and mostly not interesting to me, but there are security concerns sprinkled throughout: both authentication to ensure that all the communications are accurate and can’t be spoofed, and privacy to ensure that the communications can’t be used to track cars. It’s nice to see this sort of thing thought about in the beginning, when the system is first being designed, and not tacked on at the end.

iOS 8 Security 0

iOS 8 Security

Apple claims that they can no longer unlock iPhones, even if the police show up with a warrant. Of course they still have access to everything in iCloud, but it’s a start.

Fake Cell Phone Towers Across the US 0

Fake Cell Phone Towers Across the US

Earlier this month, there were a bunch of stories about fake cell phone towers discovered around the US These seems to be ISMI catchers, like Harris Corporation’s Stingray , and are used to capture location information and potentially phone calls, text messages, and smart-phone Internet traffic. A couple of days ago, the Washington Post ran a story about fake cell phone towers in politically interesting places around Washington DC