I was watching The Verge summary of The Selfish Ledger, Google X’s thought experiment on what your personal data could do in the future. I started to think about Flatland. Flatland is a book by Edwin A Abbott about dimensions. In the book, A Square lives in a 2D world, with other 2D shapes, and … More Flatter Data
Ransomware is a very aggressive attack. Whilst many espionage operations are about sneaking in and copying data without your knowledge, ransomware hits you over the head with a hammer to let you know you’ve lost your data. It’s not theft, it’s extortion. The big pro is that at least you know you’ve been breached, and … More How much data can you lose before you’re in trouble?
I was fortunate enough to attend an event at The Data Lab in Edinburgh today on the new General Data Protection Regulation, coming to the EU and the UK. There were 4 talks from a variety of angles, but for me the key takeaways were that the primary thrust of the regulation is about prevention … More Primer : A tech view of GDPR
If you’re not paying, you’re the product. But you’re not. In security, we talk about 2-factor authentication, where 2 factor is 2 out of 3 : who you are, what do you know, and what do you have. Who you are is the product, a subset of a target market for advertising, or a data … More Privacy is not your only currency
I was reading IOT: Code of Ethics for Software Developers and Engineers – Secret Microsoft Communications – Site Home – MSDN Blogs today and it got me thinking about the Botnet of Things, but more importantly, about ethics in Professional Development, as covered in the DunDDD open discussions. The MSDN blog covers an ethical scenario … More Enforcing ethics
In the light of more data breaches, especially highly personal data of the form held by a certain affair website, I wanted to revisit the 4th Rule of network security. If you don’t trust encryption, you store as little as possible which implies YAGNI for data storage. There’s a few other benefits you get as … More Personal Identity in a digital world
The Internet of Things is the new hotness. It’s the source of Big Data, it’s the future of clothing and wearables and retail and your kitchen. It’s going to be everywhere. Says the hype. Smart watches. Smart fridges. Smart cars. Smart cities. Part of my is excited, there’s a lot of possibilities, especially once you … More Botnet of things
Or can it be bartered? If you were given the choice between giving up cpu time, giving up privacy, or giving up money, to reimburse a developer for their time, which would you choose? If you don’t feed us, do we not starve? RT @ppinternational: uTorrent client is stealing your CPU cycles to mine #bitcoin … More Is your CPU time there to be stolen?
Thanks to everyone who came to my DunDDD talk. Lots of interesting questions, although I’m not a lawyer so couldn’t answer them all. If you want the slides, with references in the notes, you’ll find them here. All the images are creative commons, and you can use the sides yourself under CC by Attribution. Link … More #dunddd Analyse This : The dangers of big data