Steve Riley on Security

Formerly of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Group.

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  • Blog Post: The Internet routes around outages -- and censorship, too

    Have you seen this yet? " Grokster ruling begins the good fight " If you haven't, it's worth your time to read -- it's a terrible shibboleth for a U.S. "national firewall." Coursey is promoting the idea that all U.S. Internet access should pass through a firewall that will block file-sharing and gambling...
  • Blog Post: Reading list from “How IT will change in the next 10 years”

    At Windows Connections two weeks ago, during my keynote speech “How IT will change in the next 10 years and why you should care,” I mentioned several books worth reading. Many of you have asked for the list; here it is: The Cathedral and the Bazaar by Eric S. Raymond The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki...
  • Blog Post: The bad guys will use BitLocker, too

    Got an email today from a customer asking about how BitLocker will affect the ability of law enforcement to conduct forensic analysis of a protected hard drive. Specifically, the person was asking about any back doors that law enforcement could use to bypass the encryption. The answer is very simple...
  • Blog Post: America, wake up: stop being "security sheep"

    OK, I need to complain a bit here. Yesterday I went to Best Buy to get a new digital camera. I already knew which one I wanted, so I found a sales guy, pointed to the display unit, and said, "I'd like one of these." "Sure," he replied. He found the keys, unlocked the cabinet, pulled out a box,...
  • Blog Post: Airport security silliness

    So today (Thursday 21 July 2005) I flew from Seattle to Dallas for a customer meeting. Since it's a short one-day affair, I packed my small carry-on size suitcase. In it was a pair of shoes, one pants, one shorts, two shirts, a toiletry bag, and my collection of wall warts (AC adpaters). Seems normal...
  • Blog Post: Blamestorming

    So, let's recap the sequence of events: The Sun-Sentinel newspaper in Fort Lauderdale accidentally republishes a six-year-old news story about the bankruptcy of UAL. It wasn't on the home page, but instead buried somewhere inside the web site. Google's news crawler (an automated thing, remember) finds...
  • Blog Post: The opt-out from hell

    One problem with making your email address available (which I will continue to do, don't worry) is that folks with something to sell assume you're interested in their stuff. To wit, let's consider an email I received today (copied, headers and all, after my griping). Note that if I want to opt out of...
  • Blog Post: Yes, everyone knows you're a dog

    Amazing how long the legs are on the AOL search debacle. Of course, we in the online community often beat such storeis to death, if only because they deserve it! Recently Kim Cameron posted the search history of user 16006693, which flits "from politics, to retirement, to politics, to religion, to...