The Rittenhouse Trial

I think the public and the media are conflating two things here: Should it be legal to walk around in public (especially during civil unrest) with an AR-15?, and Was Rittenhouse defending himself when he killed those people? It was clear to me from watching the video of the shootings…

News & Analysis | No. 307

SECURITY NEWS An official FBI email server was hacked and used to send a fake threat email. The email had multiple spelling mistakes and was obviously fake upon significant inspection, but the problem is that the email passed SPF and DKIM checks, meaning it was sent from actual and actual…

Degrees and Credentials in InfoSec

If you’re on InfoSec Twitter you’ve probably seen the recent iteration of the neverending debate around degrees, certs, and InfoSec. Basically, one side argues that you need college to be taken seriously in security, and the other side says nuh-uh! and proceed to give lots of examples of people without…

News & Analysis | No. 305

SECURITY NEWS The US has banned China Telecom over national security concerns. The fear is that they could use their infrastructure to access, store, disrupt, and/or misroute US communications. They must discontinue their services in the US within 60 days. More US Intelligence agencies released a report on the origins of…

Thoughts on Facebook Meta

Facebook changed its name to Meta—which happens to mean “dead” in Hebrew. The change also morphs the big-tech acronym from FAANG to MANGA. So that’s fun. As with most big ideas, half the internet thinks Meta is Jesus, and half the internet thinks it’s the Zune. This also applies to…

News & Analysis | No. 303

SECURITY NEWS CIA Director William Burns says the agency is creating a new China Mission Center to counter to the overall threat from Beijing. “CMC will further strengthen our collective work on the most important geopolitical threat we face in the 21st century, an increasingly adversarial Chinese government.” More CISA has…
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