Media links December 9, 2014

In honor of knocking out yet another final project for this semester I present some media links. I've got two finals down and one to go. This last one might be the most fun one of them all, since it's a sound project.

Dear Podcasters - Chris Brogan

Dear podcaster: I’m really glad that you were kind enough to invite me to be a guest on your show. It means a lot that you think my ideas will be of value to the community you serve. I really want to share a few things with you before we get started.

Star Wars: X-Wing Special Edition - gog

I remember playing this game for hours. If someone is looking for a Christmas gift idea for me, this would be a pretty good one.

This Artist's Images Integrate Code From Malware Like Stuxnet and Flame - Andy Greenberg - WIRED

Hoff creates his malware-glitched works, which have all already been sold, by dropping digital paintings into a hex editor that converts it to text. Then he intersperses randomly chosen chunks of code from malware files, and reconstitutes the data as an image file. The code corrupts the image in unexpected ways, adding chromatic streaks, blotches, and static. In two of the images, Hoff used code from the NSA-created software Stuxnet, built to destroy centrifuges at Iranian nuclear facilities. The other 14 images use code from Flame, which Hoff calls by its alternate name Skywiper, an older NSA-created spyware program.

InfoSec privacy links October 23, 2014

How to restore privacy - fix macosx

It appears that Apple's Spotlight app, which helps search for various items, on Max OS X Yosemite devices sends your search data to Apple. This website will show you how to disable the features that send this information. I went ahead and disabled everything, because I don't use Spotlight. For more information click here. To open Spotlight, simply swipe down on the home screen.

Bahraini Activists Hacked by Their Government Go After UK Spyware Maker - Kim Zetter - WIRED

Not long after the phantom Facebook messages, Ali discovered spyware on his computer—a powerful government surveillance tool called FinFisher made by the UK firm Gamma International. Human rights groups and technologists have long criticized Gamma International and the Italian firm Hacking Team for selling surveillance technology to repressive regimes, who use the tools to target political dissidents and human rights activists. Both companies say they sell their surveillance software only to law enforcement and intelligence agencies but that they won’t sell their software to every government. Gamma has, in fact, denied selling its tool to Bahrain, which has a long history of imprisoning and torturing political dissidents and human rights activists.

More Crypto Wars II - Bruce Schneier - Schneier on Security

I'm not sure why he believes he can have a technological means of access that somehow only works for people of the correct morality with the proper legal documents, but he seems to believe that's possible. As Jeffrey Vagle and Matt Blaze point out, there's no technical difference between Comey's "front door" and a "back door."