Twitter Pushes Back On Trump Administration

Ken AshfordCourts/Law, Cybersecurity, Trump & Administration, Wiretapping & SurveillanceLeave a Comment

Twitter filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Customs and Border Protection today. Twitter seeks an injunction barring them from asking for the identity of the person behind @alt_uscis. It’s not clear what legal reason the Trump administration is seeking to identify @alt_uscis.  The @alt_uscis bio states: “Immigration resistance . Team 2.0 1/2 Not … Read More

Obama (Belatedly) Takes Action Against Russian Hackers

Ken AshfordCybersecurity, Election 2016, Russia, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Moments ago, the Obama administration struck back at Russia, imposing sanctions against its intelligence apparatus and expelling 35 diplomats in retaliation for the alleged orchestration of hacking attacks designed to interfere in the presidential election. The sweeping actions outlined by the White House three weeks before the new administration takes office include: Shutting down two compounds, one in in Maryland … Read More

What’s The Panama Papers All About?

Ken AshfordCorporate Greed, Crime, Cybersecurity, WorldLeave a Comment

The leak amounts to 2.6 terabytes of information — perhaps the largest whistleblower leak in history.  Also, it might topple a country or too. So it might be interesting to learn what the Panama Papers leak is all about. It starts with a company called Mossack Fonesca.  That’s a Panamanian law firm that has long been well-known to the global financial … Read More

FBI Quietly Drops Lawsuit Against Apple

Ken AshfordConstitution, Cybersecurity, Wiretapping & SurveillanceLeave a Comment

Remember that thing last month that I wrote about where the FBI wanted to force Apple’s help to break into an iPhone of the San Bernadino terrorist? It was controversial in part because many thought that the FBI didn’t really need Apple’s help. Those people include Richard Clark. The former U.S. counterterrorism official and security adviser to the White House told NPR he … Read More

Apple And The FBI Order

Ken AshfordConstitution, Cybersecurity, Science & Technology, Wiretapping & SurveillanceLeave a Comment

Interesting little development going on in the tech/privacy world and, depending on who you believe, a possible turning point for the better/worse. After the San Bernardino shootings, the FBI seized the iPhone used by shooter Syed Rizwan Farook. The FBI has a warrant to search the phone’s contents, and because it was Farook’s work phone, the FBI also has permission … Read More

Hillary Clinton Apologizes For…. Something

Ken AshfordCybersecurity, Election 2016, Political ScandalsLeave a Comment

ABC News: Hillary Clinton on Tuesday told ABC News’ David Muir that using a personal email account while Secretary of State was a “mistake” and that she is “sorry” for it. “I do think I could have and should have done a better job answering questions earlier. I really didn’t perhaps appreciate the need to do that,” the democratic presidential … Read More

Ashley Madison Claims Its First “Celebrity” Victim

Ken AshfordCybersecurity, Sex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

I’m not going to say who it was, although it is someone already “disgraced”.  And I put “celebrity” in quotes, because this guy is more of a reality show star, than an actual celebrity. There is a certain schadenfreude at this “family values” guy being revealed as someone who cheats on his wife through Ashley Madison, but I think the … Read More

Ashley Madison Hackers Release Names

Ken AshfordCrime, Cybersecurity, Sex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

The Impact Team, the name of the group that hacked the Ashley Madison website (a site owned by Avid Life Media), has released the names, addresses and phone numbers — as well as a four-digit code that could be either partial credit card numbers or just user numbers — of the 37 million users of the cheat-on-your-spouse website. But don’t rush to a website … Read More

On The Ashley Madison Hack

Ken AshfordCrime, Cybersecurity, Sex Scandals, Sex/Morality/Family Values, Social Media & Networking, Wiretapping & SurveillanceLeave a Comment

So, a few days ago, the website Ashley Madison was hacked and its 37 million customers could soon have their data leaked online by a crew calling themselves The Impact Team.  Ashley Madison, for the uninitiated, is a site that lets spouses cheat on their partners — kind of like a for adulterers. The Impact Team has threatened to release a … Read More

Are We Under Cyberattack?

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Cybersecurity, Economy & Jobs & Deficit, Science & Technology1 Comment

Imma just tell this story in Tweets We experienced a network connectivity issue. We are working to resolve and apologize for any inconvenience. — United (@united) 9:43 am – July 8, 2015 Flying United Airlines today? All U.S. flights are currently grounded — Talking Points Memo (@TPM) 10:39 am – July 8, 2015 (1 of 2) We’re experiencing … Read More