Hack The Planet

Because if you don't, who will?

Friday, April 30, 2010

Thwarting identity theives

There has been some discussion today around simple ways to thwart identity theives, specifically in regards to your verification questions. Bruce Schneier mentions how Ally Bank wants its customers to make up their questions and answers. Slugsite brought an interesting idea to the table by just making up things for your answers to the static questions.

I think both are good ideas. We need a way to better identify who someone really is, especially when it comes to online banking.

posted by holliday at 1:13 pm  

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Social Paralysis

Bruce Schneier posted about Frank Furedi’s essay on Worst Case Thinking. The big take away is that fear is a powerful human emotion and is easily used to develop powerful images of what we imagine could go wrong, not what actually will go wrong.

posted by holliday at 9:57 am  

Monday, April 19, 2010

We are already slaves to technology

A Russian/Chinese border crossing was closed down stranding almost 2,000 Russians because the automated system had been compromised by a virus. When 2,000 people have to spend a night unable to cross a border because there is no back up to the automated system then we have already become slaves to our technology.

My first clue that we were slaves though came when I heard someone years ago say “I couldn’t live without my phone.” The revolution happened, we just were too busy staring at the flashing pictures on our internet devices to notice.

posted by holliday at 1:00 pm  

Friday, April 16, 2010

They are getting younger and younger

A third-grader has been accused of hacking into his school system and changing passwords and other information. Luckily the police are not pressing charges here and are leaving it in the school districts hands. My only hope is they see this as an opportunity to educate and promote the boys talents instead of punishing him. Most the time when kids do these things it is because they are really smart, and really bored.

posted by holliday at 12:35 pm  

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