The Week that Was – 2013.04.01

I was on vacation last week so the news this week is a bit stale, but there are still some good items in here.  For instance:

A federal judge found National Security Letters (NSL) unconstitutional.  [7]  It appears the numbers of NSLs have been decreasing over the years, but violations of the Constitution are never good even in small quantities.

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Russell Thomas published some interesting work regarding Indicators of Impact, which are helpful in a risk analysis scenario.  [14]  I’m looking forward to seeing some case studies around his work.

The Skype Transparency Report is also interesting and worth a read.  [19]

I’m light on commentary this week but I’ll step it up next week.  Let me know if you have any questions via the Comments section.

Link Dump

[1]  D. Axe, “After the Aircraft Carrier: 3 Alternatives to the Navy’s Vulnerable Flattops | Danger Room,” Danger Room, 20-Mar-2013. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 20-Mar-2013].

[2]  J. Somaini, “Before you take the plunge…,” SC Magazine, 01-Mar-2013. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 19-Mar-2013].

[3]  K. Jackson-Higgins, “Decoy ICS/SCADA Water Utility Networks Hit By Attacks,” Dark Reading, 18-Mar-2013. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 19-Mar-2013].

[4]  A. Schaub, “Describing Policy,” SCHAUBA SEC, 21-Mar-2013. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 21-Mar-2013].

[5]  E. Chickowski, “Does Your Security Data Mesh With Risk Metrics?,” Dark Reading, 19-Mar-2013. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 19-Mar-2013].

[6]  J. Leyden, “Experts finger disk-wiping badness used in S Korea megahack,” The Register, 22-Mar-2013. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 22-Mar-2013].

[7]  “Federal Judge Finds National Security Letters Unconstitutional, Bans Them | Threat Level |,” Threat Level. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 16-Mar-2013].

[8]  C. Farivar, “Finally, Feds say cops’ access to your e-mail shouldn’t be time-dependent,” Ars Technica, 19-Mar-2013. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 20-Mar-2013].

[9]  S. Nichols, “Florida confirms cyber attack on voting systems,”, 19-Mar-2013. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 19-Mar-2013].

[10]  C. Brook, “GAO: Flaws in IRS Network Could Put Taxpayer Information in Jeopardy,” ThreatPost, 18-Mar-2013. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 19-Mar-2013].

[11]  E. Chickowski, “Genesco Lawsuit Could Shake PCI Compliance Regime To Its Core,” Dark Reading, 21-Mar-2013. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 22-Mar-2013].

[12]  R. Chirgwin, “Google adds validation to DNSSEC,” The Register, 20-Mar-2013. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 20-Mar-2013].

[13]  M. Rothman, “Incite 3/20/2013: Falling down,” Securosis, 20-Mar-2013. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 21-Mar-2013].

[14]  R. Thomas, “Indicators of Impact — Ground Truth for Breach Impact Estimation « The New School of Information Security,” The New School of Information Security, 18-Mar-2013. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 19-Mar-2013].

[15]  “Internet fears over press regulation,” BBC, 19-Mar-2013. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 20-Mar-2013].

[16]  “IRS Has Improved Controls but Needs to Resolve Weaknesses,” Mar-2013. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 19-Mar-2013].

[17]  D. McCullagh, “Justice Department bends on (some) e-mail privacy fixes,” CNET, 18-Mar-2013. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 19-Mar-2013].

[18]  K. Zetter, “Logic Bomb Set Off South Korea Cyberattack,” Threat Level, 21-Mar-2013. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 22-Mar-2013].

[19]  J. Dohnert, “Microsoft releases Skype transparency report under pressure from privacy groups,”, 21-Mar-2013. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 22-Mar-2013].

[20]  M. Cohen, “Nate Silver on the N.C.A.A. Bracket,” FiveThirtyEight. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 20-Mar-2013].

[21]  M. Rothman, “New Job Diligence,” Securosis, 19-Mar-2013. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 19-Mar-2013].

[22]  M. Rothman, “Preparation Yields Results,” Securosis, 17-Mar-2103. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 19-Mar-2013].

[23]  S. Sharwood, “Researchers find cloud storage apps leave files on smartphones,” The Register, 19-Mar-2013. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 19-Mar-2013].

[24]  “South Korean Banks and Broadcasting Organizations Suffer Major Damage from Cyber Attack,” Symantec Connect Community, 21-Mar-2013. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 22-Mar-2013].

[25]B. Schneier, “Text Message Retention Policies,” Schneier on Security, 21-Mar-2013. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 22-Mar-2013].

[26]D. Reisinger, “U.S. government to fight for warrantless GPS tracking,” CNET, 19-Mar-2013. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 20-Mar-2013].

[27]D. Reisinger, “What 420,000 insecure devices reveal about Web security,” CNET, 18-Mar-2013. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 19-Mar-2013].


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