11 Harsh Realities About The World Of Harry Potter

Glad I’m not the only person who’s thought this:

11 Harsh Realities About The World Of Harry PotterWe’re blowing the lid off this totalitarian regime! Once you peel back the layers of child-like wonder, it kind of sucks to be a wizard.

via 11 Harsh Realities About The World Of Harry Potter.

APT Defender : “The APT causes many tears. We are their Kleenex.” #cyber #this #somuchthis

Via Spaf:

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Wanna bet that CESG was using Man-in-the-Middle SSL with a fake cert/CA?

Certificate pinning and Convergence, now – or mandate VPNs. I don’t believe that Google’s Certificate Transparency addresses this narrow, one-off, state-sanctioned threat – am I wrong?

Foreign politicians and officials who took part in two G20 summit meetings in London in 2009 had their computers monitored and their phone calls intercepted on the instructions of their British government hosts, according to documents seen by the Guardian. Some delegates were tricked into using internet cafes which had been set up by British intelligence agencies to read their email traffic.

The revelation comes as Britain prepares to host another summit on Monday – for the G8 nations, all of whom attended the 2009 meetings which were the object of the systematic spying. It is likely to lead to some tension among visiting delegates who will want the prime minister to explain whether they were targets in 2009 and whether the exercise is to be repeated this week.

The disclosure raises new questions about the boundaries of surveillance by GCHQ and its American sister organisation, the National Security Agency, whose access to phone records and internet data has been defended as necessary in the fight against terrorism and serious crime. The G20 spying appears to have been organised for the more mundane purpose of securing an advantage in meetings. Named targets include long-standing allies such as South Africa and Turkey.

Continues at GCHQ intercepted foreign politicians’ communications at G20 summits | UK news | The Guardian.

Is it “Identity Theft” when people simply lie?

To my home address:



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Seems to be a new PDF (malware?) spam doing the rounds: “Gmail Verification Alerts”

I just received a PDF – “Gmail Verification Letter.pdf” – with an MD5 of dfa4f3d5e56d8700400dd919d40b44f4  and which GMail passed to me without flagging as spam.

Of course I’m not going to open it – at least not yet – and because it comes from Miami medical school rather than the ostensible “Gmail Team”, I am pretty sure it’s low-grade spam.

Just wondering if anyone else has it?


Mark Zuckerberg “Likes” Something That’s Awesome: Baby Foxes # FB Foxes make Gawker headlines

Somebody assign me a task for the ‘Love’ button…

These outrageously adorable baby foxes were born on the grounds of Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park. They like to hang out in the Zen Garden. And they’re the stars of a Facebook page called “FB Foxes.” Do you like them?

Of course you like them. They are baby foxes. Facebook needs a “Love” button. Mark Zuckerberg was an early fan of the page, which now has more than 8,000 followers.

via Mark Zuckerberg “Likes” Something That’s Awesome: Baby Foxes.

This story confuses me; are Google soon to to drop XMPP (and/or GTalk) entirely?

…if – IF – so, then it will be very very bad for the future of private communication:

Talk, for example, was built to help enterprise users communicate better, Singhal says. “The notion of creating something that’s social and that’s always available wasn’t the same charter as we set out with when we created Talk.” With Hangouts, Singhal says Google had to make the difficult decision to drop the very “open” XMPP standard that it helped pioneer.

via Exclusive: Inside Hangouts, Google’s big fix for its messaging mess | The Verge.

Hackers prepare for first “national holiday” in their honor – Boing Boing

Hackers often encounter public uncertainty at their craft’s virtue. With the forthcoming National Day of Civic Hacking, however, their celebration of creativity, collaboration and technical innovation sees its first “national holiday.”Groups leading the June 1-2 event include Random Hacks of Kindness, Code for America and the investment firm Innovation Endeavors. They’re working with government agencies such as the U.S. Census Bureau, NASA and the U.S. Dept. of Labor to host activities which invite everyone to join the “civic hacker” community.The weekend’s events will include block parties, meetups and hackathons, where participants will gather to prototype solutions to community-specific problems. “Challenges” will be identified, and made available to the public shortly before the event in each town, with invitations issued to so-called citizen hackers.

via Hackers prepare for first “national holiday” in their honor – Boing Boing.

The Daily Beast as seen by Ghostery

Install Ghostery on Chrome or Firefox; this page is particularly impressive:

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…aaaaaand I’m back.

Been a bit quiet here, recently.  Back now.  Normal-ish service to be resumed over the next few weeks.