There’s an intriguing faux “Chinese curse” stemming from Colonial British times. It goes like this: “May you live in interesting times.” The seemingly innocuous curse is often associated with the desire for disorder or law enforcement to be visited on its victim. And if you’re a vendor, or customer, of The Silk Road, boy, your times just got a lot more interesting.
When Twitter announced its two-factor authentications system — a security system which requires users to enter both their password and a passcode — in May there was a collective sigh of relief from press Twitter accounts everywhere. But there was one problem: it used a cumbersome SMS-based method, drastically slowing down the process of sending an 140-character message on the go.
The summer of 2013 is turning out to be a rough one for the NSA and other government security entities: highly classified cybersecurity programs made their way into the public sphere after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked the information to the British newspaper, The Guardian. Further, at a congressional inquiry, the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, said the NSA and the federal government wasn’t collecting information on U.S. citizens. That claim turned out to be false, thanks further revelations made by Snowden.
One of the most secretive spook agencies in the world, the National Security Agency (NSA), has been doing a poor job of late. The agency has been thrust under the public’s eye after former NSA agent Edward Snowden, currently on the lam in Hong Kong, leaked a series of spy programs which trawl massive collections of digital communications for analysis.
As Stephen King wrote in Firestarter,“No one likes to see a government folder with his name on it.” Good news, now that most agencies have at least gone partially paperless, you won’t see a physical folder with your name, but that doesn’t mean that in the bowels of the NSA there isn’t digital data with your name and information on it. That seems to be the gist of all of the headlines over the past few days. The US and UK governments have been collecting data on us for several years and yes it is disturbing.
While most 3D printers are still too expensive for home use, there are a variety of online options for ordering 3D printed objects and for finding the equivalent of 3D blueprints for a variety of objects. One of those objects happens to be a plastic gun called the “Liberator”. That printed gun was recently successfully fired without the plastic body breaking.
Either it’s right on time or two hacks too late. Twitter is reportedly testing its two-factor authentication system before releasing it — incrementally according to Wired — to users.
If you incorrectly enter a password, is it because you mistakenly typed it wrong, or because you are trying to hack an account? Apple reckons it can tell the difference.