Archive for April, 2007

Incidents of Terrorism

Today being the 30th of April, the NCTC have published their long-awaited annual “report in incidents of terrorism” on their website, albeit quietly and without much fanfare.
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Published in: Geekiness, General, Security | on April 30th, 2007 | No Comments »

Greylisting Email

Greylisting has been around for a while as an anti-spam technique. It’s fairly simple, and it’s advocates praise it, but I’ve always been a little turned off by it, for two reasons. First, it necessarily slows down email delivery, which I don’t much care for, and second, the control over just when how long it takes your email to get delivered to you is left to third parties; you have no say over just when a “real” email will actually get delivered to you.
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Published in: Geekiness, General | on April 29th, 2007 | No Comments »

Chilling Effects

John Young at Cryptome today announced that he has received two weeks’ notice from his hosting provider, Verio/NTT. A website like Cryptome generates a fair number of complaints, some of them reasonable (and reasoned), others less so, so it’s not too surprising. What is unusual is that Cryptome is being provided no meaningful reason for the termination of service, only “violation of [their] Acceptable Use Policy.”
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Published in: Geekiness, General | on April 28th, 2007 | No Comments »

A New MANPADS Analysis

I’m neither an economist, nor a security and defense expert by any means, but an interesting new paper (644KB PDF) presented last month at a DHS conference presents some interesting analysis of the cost-effectiveness of installing MANPAD (MAN-Portable Air Defenses) countermeasures and defenses on civil aircraft. The “conclusions” are heavily-qualified, but suggest it’s not of as much benefit as some would like you to believe.

Published in: Geekiness, General, Security | on April 27th, 2007 | No Comments »

Meth in the UK

Shocking “news” from “authorities” in England – ne’er-do-wells can manufacture methamphetamine from decongestants.
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Published in: General | on April 25th, 2007 | No Comments »