October 7, 2013
Now that Facebook’s new policy allows it to tag your face with auto-recognition in photos, you can now protect yourself with T-shirts covered with the presumably distracting features of celebrity impersonators. Glamoflage likely won’t work, especially for those trying not to call attention for themselves from law enforcement – just the opposite! But this product does underscore the fact that we all carry our most obvious personal identifiers literally right under our noses. Comments
July 1, 2013
Robert Samuelson of The Washington Post argues that we would be better off without the Internet.
"Would the loss of e-mail, Facebook or Wikipedia inflict fundamental change? Now imagine life without some earlier breakthroughs: electricity, cars, antibiotics. Life would be radically different. The Internet’s virtues are overstated, its vices understated. It’s a mixed blessing — and the mix may be moving against us."
We cannot agree, but say that Samuelson is right that it is high time to remove critical systems from Internet SCADA controls.
"What’s unclear is how “infrastructure” systems (electricity grids and the like) have been penetrated and, on command, might be compromised. In the mid-1980s, most of these systems were self-contained. They relied on dedicated phone lines and private communications networks. They were hard to infiltrate. Since then, many systems switched to the Internet. “It’s cheaper,” says James Andrew Lewis, an Internet expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The architects of these conversions apparently underestimated the risk of sabotage."
It would be interesting to calculate the cost of lost proprietary data, stolen money, and sabotage against the money saved by operating all our business systems off the Internet.
June 25, 2013
Panelists at the IABC conference address a growing problem: Dealing with an online crisis that crashes stock value and draws unwanted media attention.
Suppose you work for a beauty supply company called Glamour Global Group in Glouster, Mass., a 90-year-old firm known for its Fountain of Youth facial cream.
One morning a blogger reports that your product causes cancer, posting a gruesome picture of a supposedly affected face. The Internet erupts.
How do you respond?
The what-if scenario was laid out by Richard Torrenzano of The Torrenzano Group, a reputation management firm, at the International Association of Business Communicators’ world conference in New York Monday. It was part of his presentation on “digital assassination.”
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June 12, 2013
The Administration let The Washington Post know that it has finally summoned the gumption to use a hacker to disrupt Inspire.
In case you are not up on the latest Jihadist reading, Inspire is the English-language online magazine Al Qaeda produces to inspire individuals to commit acts of mayhem and murder. The Administration finally allowed U.S. intelligence to take it off-line.
The likely cause was the inspiration of Jihadist web sites in prompted the Tsarnev brothers to blow the limbs off of Americans celebrating at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
For years, a somewhat spooky source has told us that the U.S. government was failing to do truly imaginative troll-like tricks – like replacing Inspire with a look-alike magazine that shows the horror and futility of terrorism.
Now we hear that U.S. intelligence has been doing just that, including changing bomb recipes to make them inoperative. Administration CYA spin or CIA fact? Comments
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