Anonymous, Surfaces, and Gaps

The 1980s Marine Corps doctrine of Maneuver Warfare (MW) heavily focused on the concept of “surfaces and gaps.” Marines, which largely defined themselves with frontal tactical and operational attacks against fortified sites in World War II maritime campaigns, would aim to move through existing weaknesses in the enemy’s line in future campaigns rather than creating […]

General Alexander's Vision, the New DARPA Director, and More

Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news: Kim Dotcom and his Megaupload associates offered the Federal Bureau of Investigation to fly to the United States without an extradition hearing in New Zealand in return for a fair trial garuntee and funds for lawyers and living expenses unfrozen. More here. The Government Accountability Office says the […]

Homeland Security's Einstein Gets Smarter, FTC Files Charges Over Peeping Laptops, and More

Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news: The Federal Trade Commission has charged several  rent-to-own companies and a software maker over rental computers that illegally used spyware that took “pictures of children, individuals not fully clothed, and couples engaged in sexual activities.” More here. United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice stated that social media has been an […]

eBay Botches Data Breach Notification

Another data breach is making headlines, as eBay.com has revealed that the passwords for its accounts were recently compromised. The peculiar thing about this breach, however, is the way eBay communicated – and did not communicate – the breach to its users. If you visited eBay.com on the morning of May 22nd, a banner would […]

FTC Report: Promoting Transparency among Data Brokers

The current wave of digitalization begets the trend of datafication – monitoring, quantifying, and recording an enormous variety of human activity and interaction. Now more than ever, businesses seek to possess and implement big data for everything from identity verification to successful marketing; data brokers, or companies that collect information on consumers and resell that […]

Net Threats: Deteriorating Trust in Governments and Corporations

Reflecting the increasing attention paid to information security by many Americans, Pew Research recently conducted a large study, “Net Threats”, to identify important trends among technology experts’ opinions and predictions regarding the future of digital security. The study targeted thousands of Internet experts to measure their thoughts and concerns about the future of the Internet. […]