Monthly Archives: March 2008

Censorship as Security: GoDaddy Delists Cop Rating Web Site

ratemycop_2.jpg This is security?
A new web service that lets users rate and comment on the uniformed police officers in their community is scrambling to restore service Tuesday, after hosting company GoDaddy unceremonious pulled-the-plug on the site in the wake of outrage from criticism-leery cops.

GoDaddy Silences Police-Watchdog Site, By Kevin Poulsen, ThreatLevel, March 11, 2008 | 8:42:42 PM

Heaven forbid we should have public oversight of public servants.

This is customer service? Continue reading

New School: New Book by Adam Shostack

51jF+BW+JAL._SS500_.jpg Adam Shostack, whose group blog Emergent Chaos I quote frequently in this blog, has a new book coming out with co-author Andrew Stewart: New School of Information Security.
We think there’s an emerging way of approaching the world, which we call the New School.

We start with a look at some persistent issues like spam and identity theft. From there, we look at why the information security industry hasn’t just fixed them, and some of the data sources which we rely on and how poor they are. We then look at some new source of data, and new ways of interpreting them, and close with some very practical steps that any individual or organization can take to make things better.

The New School of Information Security, Adam Shostack, Emergent Chaos, 10 March 2008

I haven’t read the book yet, since it’s not published yet, but if it’s like the material he posts in his blog, it’s a good thing.

One of his commenters doesn’t get it: Continue reading