What does Savoir-Faire the French-Canadian Mouse have to do with hardware that 'cannot be tampered with'? Quite a bit, as a matter of fact. What follows is a tale of extreme arrogance exhibited by a hardware manufacturer, and the nearly overwhelming Savoir-Faire displayed by a fifteen year old child in possession of a blisteringly precise and keen intellect. Enjoy.
Dan Goodin, writing (as is his wont) at Ars Technica, regales us with his illustrious prose that tells the tale of hardware hubris, this time in the guise of a cryptocurrency wallet device and the CEO of the company that created the dingus, add in a feisty 15 year-old security researcher that will not give up and you'll get Today's (I don't mind saying) MustRead!
'On Tuesday, a 15-year-old from the UK proved these claims wrong. In a post published to his personal blog, Saleem Rashid demonstrated proof-of-concept code that had allowed him to backdoor the Ledger Nano S, a $100 hardware wallet that company marketers have said has sold by the millions. The stealth backdoor Rashid developed is a minuscule 300-bytes long...' - via Dan Goodin, writing at Ars Technica
(Savoir-Faire is a Francophone noun-phrase describing adaptability and adroitness (the notion of rightness), essentially, having the innate knowledge of behavior, situationally. - as paraphrased from Wkipedia. Savoir-Faire is also the name of a brilliant (and insightful) mouse from Klondike Cat cartoons of Tennessee Tuxedo fame). There, I have reminded you of two things you probably already new. You are now equipped to carry-on - quite smartly indeed - with your day.
Quite likely, the single most significant data security educational series of blog posts this year - via the Imperva Cyber Security Blog,written by Elad Erez and Luda Lazar - now in Part 3 of the series (Part 1 and Part 2 are highly recommended as well). Rather than put my spin on what Elad and Luda have presented on the Imperva blog, I'll let their brilliant speak tell the tale! Today's highly important Must Reads.
via Graham Cluley, writing at Graham Cluley.com comes an outstanding piece targeting the naughty boys and girls at Cambridge Analytica and (owned by both parent company Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL - a private company officed at London, UK and the Family of Robert Mercer, an American hedge fund manager with offices domiciled in Washington DC, London, UK and New York, NY) detailing the move to ban the organizations utilization of Facebook, Inc. (NYSE: FB) data.
All this because of a measely 50 Million Facebook User records still held by Cambridge Analytica. As the data is really yours, perhaps you should know, eh? Of course, as stewards of your user data, Facebook, Inc. is truly responsible for any misuse thereof, right?
'Hot on the heels of banning the Britain First group from its network, Facebook has announced it has suspended political data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, and its parent company Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL).' - via Graham Cluley, writing at Graham Cluley.com
And then there's this...
Pending Evidence to the Contrary, the end of Planet WHOIS is slated for 2018/05/25 ostensibly due to nonsensical GPDR legislation, crafted by those Braniacs in Brussels. Better find that copy of Doug Adam's mantra to mankind - The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, your towel, and perhaps some stout as it shall be a bumptious ride when traveling with Arthur Dent, Esq. ICANN attempted with amusing futility to fix things rightup, but failed to acquire consensus on WHOIS usage in the Wacky Age of EU Mandated Privacy. Via the outstanding reportage of Kieren McCarthy writing at El Reg. Discombobulated? You and me both, Pal!