Hiding in plain sight

In this age of ‘Big Data’ the masters are the ones who hide in plain sight. If you generate billions of media bits that must be parsed by the powers that be, the devil really is in the details. During a stint in a fraud unit I learned that the trick wasn’t to read all […]

Skype security, and privacy

Communications and privacy will always be a concern, any protocol a computer can generate can be broken, the question is how long, and how important. If your ego about your importance in the world is justified by others, then expect them to be listening. You can only slow them down. For the rest of us, […]

Internet Privacy myths

One of the enduring myths of the internet is the one involving privacy. This article on CNN titled U.S. enables Chinese hacking of Google takes umbrage at the notion that everyones email is secret and private. And while this myth might comfort many, the truth is that email was NEVER private. Every email host, every […]

Cork Cliques

One of the first things I had heard about Co. Cork is the Cliquish nature of Cork. Everyone is always saying Cork is a small place, but when you are out in Cork, you are out forever. There are no open doors here, and no friendship extended. If I and my wife were not already […]

Crypto in the personal privacy world

I was recently presented with The Code Book and while leafing through the pages during a moment of boredom I managed to create a simple crypto using the Julius Caesar character substitution method using Sybase T-SQL. And though I’m sure that the resulting encrypted text could be broken with brute force, it would not be […]

Irish Rights gets visibility

Digital Rights Ireland has gained new visibility in this article Digital rights activists take aim at EU data laws And more power to them. It’s about time that the governments of EU remember who they work for, the citizens of the EU. As in the words of V ‘people shouldn’t be afraid of their governments, […]