Jim Jeffries on US airport security

The rest of the world tends to look askance at the way that we here in the US handle airport security.  Many of the measures we take are pure “security theatre,” reacting to the last terrorist scheme (exploding shoes, bombs in underwear) that we happened to catch.  Checking electronics seems to be a good idea, although the lithium ion batteries in non terrorist devices seem to be more likely to bring a plane down than a booby trapped phone or laptop.   Even this, though, may be giving us a false sense of security as terrorists are working to better hide explosives in electronics.

Here’s a pretty funny take on all of this from Australian comedian Jim Jeffries.  Warning: it is very sweary, so don’t watch if that kind of thing offends you.

Now, I’m not saying that we should do away with the TSA or many of the security checks it performs.  One look at their Instagram account of things taken away from people at security checkpoints is enough proof of that.

What is needed is a more people focused type of security – looking for patterns in ticket purchases, travel, and behavior before and during travel to spot people with bad intentions rather than the specific weapons they use – they have all the time in the world to come up with new and better ways to evade the technical security measures, but like in information security, the real detection gold is to be found in human behavior.

Jim Jeffries on US airport security

the world’s first hacker movie?

I just watched Hot Millions, a 1968 film which just might be the world’s first hacker film… with Peter Ustinov as the hacker.  As a computer security professional, I can state that this is a completely factual and realistic portrayal of the challenges we face every day – including blowing the lid off of the critical blue lights which protect computers from embezzlers and other evil doers (other than the cleaning lady).  A must view for all security pros and those that love them.

http://i.cdn.turner.com/v5cache/TCM/cvp/container/mediaroom_embed.swf?context=embed&videoId=16682

the world’s first hacker movie?

authentication via butt-prints?

Tasty snack... or identity theft tool??

From the “you can’t make this stuff up” file…

Cars of the future may use the driver’s rear end as identity protection, through a system developed at Japan’s Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology. A report surfaced earlier this month that researchers there developed a system that can recognize a person by the backside when the person takes a seat. The system performs a precise measurement of the person’s posterior, its contours and the way the person applies pressure on the seat. The developers say that in lab tests, the system was able to recognize people with 98 percent accuracy.  

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authentication via butt-prints?

Der Fuhrer on Cloud Computing Security

Here’s a cute (if somewhat tasteless) video of Hitler learning about Cloud Computing Security in the bunker.  This gem comes from security industry iconoclast Marcus Ranum

On a side note, this scene from the (excellent and disturbing) movie Downfall, has been total Internet gold (warning – some salty language within)…

Hitler responds to the iPad

Hitler gets deleted from Facebook

Hitler’s Nightly Build Fails

There are a million of em…

Der Fuhrer on Cloud Computing Security