via Swati Khandelwal - writing at The Hacker News - comes this news confection, detailing the apparent incompetence of the State of Oklahoma Department of Securities (ODS) protective security personnel in safeguarding critical investigatory data.
I can think of a couple of rules when storing investigative data ostensibly owned by sister agencies (other than 'DO NOT DO IT'): Chain of Custody and Access Control...
"The unsecured storage server, discovered by Greg Pollock, a researcher with cybersecurity firm UpGuard, also contained decades worth of confidential case files from the Oklahoma Securities Commission and many sensitive FBI investigations—all wide open and accessible to anyone without any password." - via Swati Khandelwal - writing at The Hacker News
Another tremendous security post via Catalin Cimpanu writing for ZDNet's Zero Day; in which, the good Mr. Cimpanu tells the tale of the thirty-six year-old flaw in SCP - the Secure Copy Protocol. This time, rearing it's apparently flawed noggin through coded flaws in SCP (the 'secure' version of RCP - the Remote Copy Protocol). The flaws, in their essential form, permit malign SCP servers free-reign on the host system. Just astonishing this has existed since the last quarter of the twentieth century...
"The vulnerabilities have been discovered by Harry Sintonen, a security researcher with Finnish cyber-security firm F-Secure, who's been working since August last year to have them fixed and patched in the major apps that support the SCP protocol." via Catalin Cimpanu at ZDNet's Zero Day
John Dillon writing at Vermont Public Radio, brings forth the true story of Cory Chase, a State of Vermont Telecommunications Infrastructure Specialist and his quest to accurately detail mobile telephony signal coverage in his stunningly beautiful State (easily one of the most beautiful States in this Union of ours). This superbly written screed also includes a link to Mr. Chase's interactive arcGIS map and his excruciatingly detailed Mobile Wireless 2018 Report. Enjoy. H/T
"The state challenged the carriers' maps following a rigorous procedure for data collection outlined by the FCC. That’s what had Chase driving around with the six cell phones, each capable of sophisticated download speed tests every 20 seconds. The result was 187,506 download speed test results at locations about 360 meters apart along all of the major roads in the state." - via John Dillon writing at Vermont Public Radio