Steve Riley on Security

Formerly of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Group.

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  • Blog Post: Bugged Canadian coin story is...wait for it...BOGUS!

    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...
  • Blog Post: iPods spread disease?

    Well well. Looks like a few new iPod owners are getting infected when they attach their players to their computers. I'll quote the first paragraph from Apple's web site: We recently discovered that a small number - less than 1% - of the Video iPods available for purchase after September 12, 2006...
  • Blog Post: Must be a slow news day: reporter writes 100% crap

    Imagine my surprise to read that Microsoft is removing NAP from Windows Vista ! Does this guy actually get paid money to write this drivel? The particular folks quoted in the article all have their own agendas, of course. News flash: we aren't dropping NAP. It's in the product now, we're actually...
  • Blog Post: A CEO who should be fired

    So the CEO of an important customer of ours (no, I won't tell you who it is) claims to be, um, "very technical" and therefore keeps his own Windows domain and refuses to be part of the corporate forest. Go ahead, take a moment to express your astonishment; it took me about a full minute to recover my...
  • Blog Post: Throw away your digital picture frames

    Surely time itself has warped and it's suddenly April 1st. Come on, if you read the following, wouldn't you first think it was a hoax, as did I? Virus from China, the gift that keeps on giving An insidious computer virus recently discovered on digital photo frames has been identified as a powerful...
  • Blog Post: New site at the top of my favorites list

    You know, stupid security abounds. I just discovered this site today, and I plan to become a regular visitor -- and probably a contributor, too! I encourage you to explore it and enjoy. Oh, some advice: it probably would be unwise to read an offline archived version of this site on an airplane. :) ...
  • Blog Post: New column - debunking security myths

    There is a lot at stake in security configuration guidance. First, it is easy to understand why people are clamoring for it. Everyone can see the benefit in turning on some setting and blocking an attack. In some environments, doing so is not even an option. A system must be configured in accordance...
  • Blog Post: File under: "You've got to be kidding!"

    Today I upgraded the brain on my i-mate K-JAM. Which, of course, requires a hard reset, meaning that I get to spend a relaxing day re-installing and configuring all my applications. Usually when I do this (too frequently, it seems) I browse around for new and improved software. While perusing www...
  • Blog Post: Mythbusters beat "unbreakable" fingerprint door lock

    My good friend Jamie Sharp sent me this link today. It's amazing: watch how Adam and Jamie easily defeat a fingerprint lock the manufacturer claims has never been broken. As if to snub the claims, they break it three times! Supposedly it monitors pulse, sweat, temperature, and other attributes. First...
  • Blog Post: Cluelessness abounds

    So yesterday I received a rather interesting email. Subject: "INFOSEC Scholarships & Fellowships for PhD or MS + Free CISSP Exam Prep Events." Hm, I didn't know that "information security" suddenly became an all-caps acronym. How come no one asks me first about these things? Anyway, it purports to...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Who is "dodacrazy" and what is a "montize buddy"?

    Check this out: http://blogs.technet.com/steriley/archive/2008/06/25/directly-connect-to-your-corpnet-with-ipsec-and-ipv6.aspx#3122377 Hey Steve you and your montize buddy Scott will soon have your hands full after the federal officers come down on your data scams and as for your educational acts i'm...