Before we dig into this week’s security news, we diverge (slightly) to talk about Emergency- This Book Will Save Your Life and disaster planning. I (Rich) read the book last week and found it to be a ton of fun; it’s the story of a journalist who slowly descends into the rabbit hole of the survivalist community. Well written, with plenty of good advice and stories. It’s not really a survival guide, more of a personal story and lessons learned.
I had a bit of a shock as I realized that most of my disaster plans aren’t relevant anymore as my life status has changed. I used to be single, in Colorado, and part of the response infrastructure (which means access to a ton of resources). Now I’m married, with a child and pets. I can’t really run off with a backpack and play hero if something bad hits.
We also delve into some IT related disaster planning, so this isn’t a complete non-sequiter.
- Chinese researchers figure out how to take down the West coast power grid by hitting a smaller provider. Oh joy. At least they disclosed it.
- Some idiot logs into Facebook while robbing a house. This is now my favorite dumb-criminal move of the year. Oh wait, did I forget to mention he left himself logged in after he left?
- Some site claims to hack any Facebook account for $100. Or to pretend to hack it for $100. You get to guess which one it is.
- Court rules that just because you did something your employer didn’t like with authorized access to a computer, it isn’t a computer crime. Well done.
- Researchers come up with an idea for a new home security markup language. Good intentions, not sure it will matter.
- RSnake on Star Trek and security. If you read one post this year, it should be this one.
- Tonight’s music: Me and by Wife by Root Doctor