Steve Riley on Security

Formerly of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Group.

Bugged Canadian coin story is...wait for it...BOGUS!

Bugged Canadian coin story is...wait for it...BOGUS!

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Surely you've heard, too many times by now, about the radio transmitters "discovered" in some Canadian coins. From the moment I first read about it, the steamy stench of pasture patties loomed large in the air. I watched in amazement as the story grew and the apparent credibility so many "journalists" ascribed to it! Well, the United States Defense Security Service now admits that the statement is "unsubstantiated following an investigation into the matter."

My variation on the rule is this: if something is too stupid to be true, it absolutely is. And, of course, there's a corollary: media attention to silliness is inversely proporational to factuality.

  • Talking about Homeland Security ... NSA Reviewing Windows Vista ... Mmmm ... Good Idea or food for Paranoid Geeks about Backdoors in Microsoft Products ?

    I heard Microsoft did not give source code this time, so external tests from NSA seems good when concerned in High Security areas.

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