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Fighting Spam and Web Site Spoofing Attacks: Lessons Learned from the Traffic Light

An interesting timeline involving the colors red, yellow and green: August 5th, 1914 - the first electric traffic light is installed in Cleveland, OH. driven by the chaos at intersections in cities caused bythe explosion in the number of automobiles on the roads. The system was based on the convention used on railroad signals where … Continue reading Fighting Spam and Web Site Spoofing Attacks: Lessons Learned from the Traffic Light


Twelve Word Tuesday: The World is Flat, But Market Discontinuities Can Still Drive Cybercrime Targets

Stolen EU Credit Card Data Worth Five Times Stolen US Card Data Source: Washington Post article here. Continue reading Twelve Word Tuesday: The World is Flat, But Market Discontinuities Can Still Drive Cybercrime Targets


Imaginary Numbers: Useful for Solving Quadratic Equations - Not So Much for Security Problems

Reuters reports today that CSIS will today release a study, funded by Intel/Mcafee, that says: "A $1 trillion estimate of the global cost of hacking cited by President Barack Obamaand other top officials is a gross exaggeration, according to a new study commissioned by the company responsible for the earlier approximation. A preliminary report … Continue reading Imaginary Numbers: Useful for Solving Quadratic Equations - Not So Much for Security Problems


Twelve Word Tuesday: Separated by 15 years and $2B, Cisco Buys Wheelgroup First, Then Sourcefire

Infrastructure vendors always buy good security products, never successfully build their own. Continue reading Twelve Word Tuesday: Separated by 15 years and $2B, Cisco Buys Wheelgroup First, Then Sourcefire


If You Don't Let Advertisers Track Your Every Click, the Terrorist Win

Gregg Keiser has a piece in Computerworld on the CEO of the Interactive Advertising Bureau CEO lambasting Firefox for making third party cookie blocking a default setting in Firefox. What caught my eye in the IAB post was: "Like the piracy of music and movies online, ad blocking appears to be a victimless endeavor, but … Continue reading If You Don't Let Advertisers Track Your Every Click, the Terrorist Win