Yet Another Subverse Video. This one from yesterday.
There’s a somewhat tepid lead-in story about NSA not fully purging phone records as the law demanded. It looks to me more like error in a few cases than deliberate malfeasance. I don’t get excited about the notion of people being less than perfect beings.
Much more interesting is the story of a CISCO contractor being fired for pointing out the “hackable” nature of video surveillance gear CISCO was selling. If I understand the story correctly, he was fired / laid off after pointing it out TO CISCO. Gee, tell your employer what to fix, get let go?
Then there’s a story of a lot of Chinese “hackable” gear still on the Approved COTS Buy list being bought by US Military and Contractors. You would think they would know to just say “Look on the label, if it says Made In China, it is a risk.” (Though frankly, given the PRISM program goals and how participants like CISCO and Microsoft and Intel have had persistent “flaws” that allowed “hacking” I have to wonder if USA made gear is any less “buggered”…)
And, just why in the world would you EVER put an IdiOT IOT hardware kit in a jet fighter? It just screams stoopid. How hard is it to say “Never connect to the internet any device you do not want hacked.”
Subverse looks like it will have some tech and hacker news, so that’s a good point. Here’s the video. 12:34 in length:
I found the story, near the end, of using giant surveillance balloons over the USA (by the military) and a surveillance plane maker using it to track traffic to / from shopping centers so as to allow stores to better target where their customers were coming from; even more creepy.
I really really don’t need places where I shop tracking my driving patterns and finding out where I live, work, and what other stores I visit. I guess I’ll need to lay out a map of known parking structures and long underground traverses where you can “lose the drone”… Maybe starting and stopping each shopping trip at the local Police Department would be interesting. Just sit in their parking lot for, oh, 20 minutes at each end of the trip.
Sigh. Privacy – it used to be a thing…