My phone died on the drive in. Completely and utterly. Won’t boot at all. Quick search, seems there is little hope of reviving.
Karl Bode at Techdirt has a good corollary to the article I shared earlier today about the hajime worm. The motivations are arguably similar between that worm and these PDoS malwares. The approach in the latter case is much more drastic, to so badly damage the targeted devices so as to remove them from the Internet.
A bad idea comes back around, this time applied to the Internet of Things. The notion of a bit of self propagating code that defends instead of attacks is arguably as old as the Internet. It is never a good idea given the huge space of unintended consequences from unpredictable interactions with existing software to simple bugs exposing affected devices even more so than untouched ones. It is always better for devices owners to be aware of updates to their devices, ideally through a known and trusted mechanism.
This is an episode of The Command Line Podcast.
I share some thoughts on why it is remains important to be engaged as a digital citizen.
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That fingerprint systems are rarely as secure as advertised is no secret in the security world. Worse, if your device is vulnerable to this approach, you cannot exactly revoke your fingerprints and get new ones.
15.4K lines of code later, this new dev tool is done. Enough for now, anyway. Not sure why I needed to write it so badly, just did.
TFW your mad cackling at getting your code working invites trying to explain something that loses in the translation to non-coders.
Spent a large part of the day coding. A new dev tool for the day job. In Rust, building skills with it specifically for web apps.
I submit that this trend of revealing private online activity through second and third order effects, like fingerprinting network packet headers as described in this research, is why we still need to push for better privacy norms and regulations. There is never likely to be a perfect privacy solution, we’ll always need some reasonable expectations and legal protections as well.
I guess I enjoy being in the tech minority: a Linux user in a Mac/Windows world, a Firefox user in a Chrome/Edge world. Detractors often cite Firefox as being a memory hog. Nice to see Mozilla taking that seriously although projects like Electrolysis and Servo which aim to thoroughly modernize the aging browser will do far more to address that complaint in the long run. In the short term being able to tweak the browser in this way isn’t a bad stepping stone.