Krypt3ia

(Greek: κρυπτεία / krupteía, from κρυπτός / kruptós, “hidden, secret things”)

Archive for August 2nd, 2007

Skynet.. Wherefore art thou?

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SWORDS? I think of them more like the T-1 series without the fancy duds

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2007/08/02 at 20:52

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Good Times…

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Well, things are still interesting with the side work. It seems now to be becoming a cottage industry for me. Since delivering a report and data on the suspected cyber stalker cum embezzler, the clients took the data to their lawyers.

Once the lawyers looked over it all, they immediately said;

“So, does this guy do this for a living? Is he available?”

Heh.

So, word of mouth is getting around and I may have a bit of extra work in the future. Time to look into that forensics certification class again. In other news, the suspect is now evidently making hang up calls to the clients GF. She is home alone and just called me on it. It seems that perhaps my text on AIM to the suspect yesterday;

“How is inmate XXXXXXXX doing these days? Must suck to be in XXXXXX facility!”

I think I hit a nerve. She also has to show up tomorrow at a DOL hearing on her unemployment claim. It should be all the more interesting as she was suddenly using a different name on the forms with the same SSN.. A name that matched none of her previous aliases.

Tomorrow should be fun… Well, all this and I am going to see an early showing of “The Bourne Ultimatum” I will post a review later.
CoB

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2007/08/02 at 20:18

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The Weird Psychology of Security

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Yes, Bruce has a point here. Security “Theater” does have a place, but the more you peel the onion on the lack of real effort by the government, the more scared you should be. We are being sold a bill of goods by the use of the circus..err…theater, and NIE’s and the media…etc.

Its interesting that I have been reading on this very same paradigm of fight or flight responses in people and their inability to correctly deduce “real” threats from perceived ones… I still think Bruce is a bit of a dick…But, he has a point.

By Brad Stone
This morning, the renowned security author and entrepreneur Bruce Schneier gave a fascinating talk here at the annual Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas. Bruce is the guy I think about every time I go through airport security and am forced to surrender a nail clipper or take off my shoes. For years he has railed against what he calls “security theater,” measures that have no apparent benefit but supposedly make us all feel safer.

But lately, as Bruce told the Black Hat attendees who jammed into a Caesar’s Palace conference room, he has studied psychological security — the cognitive science of how our brains perceive risks and safety. And he has found not only that security is fundamental to being alive, but that our brains react to risk in some deeply ingrained and illogical ways.

He discussed several surprising and counterintuitive pieces of research that measure how humans deal with risk. In one survey, subjects were divided into two groups. The first group was given a choice between a guaranteed gift of $500, and a 50 percent chance of receiving a gift of $1,000. The second group could choose between a sure loss of $500 and a 50 percent chance of losing $1,000.

The two trade-offs are very similar, right? Well, in the first group, 84 percent chose the sure $500; in the group faced with the loss, 70 percent gambled on losing $1,000.

Here’s another study he discussed. Subjects were shown a spinning roulette wheel with numbers from 0 to 100. After the spin, they were asked a question they didn’t know the answer to, such as how many African countries are in the United Nations. Even though the spin of the wheel was random and the subjects knew it, the higher the number the roulette wheel landed on, the higher their answer to the question. Psychologists call this the “anchor effect” and say that people get fixated on random data.

So what’s the implication for national security, or for computer security? Mr. Schneier’s message: It’s foolish to ask us to be rational about risks. And sometimes “security theater” – like the stuff we see at the airport – can actually have a purpose when there’s a need to reassure people that they really are safe. But such displays can still be harmful when there are no solid security measures to back them up.

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2007/08/02 at 20:05

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Mansfield Training School
“Stack”

Canon EOS 350D
18-55mm
ISO 200
F8.0
Hoya R72

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2007/08/02 at 19:14

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Mansfield Training Center
“Gathering”

Canon EOS 350D
ISO 200
F8.0
25 Seconds
Hoya R-72

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2007/08/02 at 14:32

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Mansfield Training Center
“Gathering”

Canon EOS 350D
ISO 200
F8.0
25 Seconds
Hoya R-72

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2007/08/02 at 14:32

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Mansfield Training Center
“Gathering”

Canon EOS 350D
ISO 200
F8.0
25 Seconds
Hoya R-72

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2007/08/02 at 14:32

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