November’s coming to a close, so it’s time for my roundup of posts published this month. As always, I divided them by category and included short summaries so you’ll know if you want to click on the headline to read the full story in each link posted.
If you celebrate, I hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving, surrounded by family and friends and maybe even got offline for a little bit. I’ll be back early next month to celebrate my freelance-versary, as well as the annual year-in-review posts and a list of the most popular posts of the year. Phoenix freelancers may be interested in Freelance Spark on December 2nd, where we’ll discuss cultivating successful client relationships in person.
For now, here’s a roundup of 13 posts I wrote for November for WIRED, Forbes, Dice, the Performance Menu, and Sherdog.
Privacy and Security
- Security News This Week: 9 out of 10 Websites Leak Your Data to Third Parties (WIRED) This column also discusses the Pentagon outsourcing coding to Russia, Iran hacking Obama administration officials, data retention proposals (and over a decade of MI5 spying that came to light) in the UK, Mozilla’s new tracking prevention tool, ProtonMail getting hit with DDoS attacks and its ill-fated ransom payment, and ad blocking circumvention tool PageFair’s malware.
- Security News This Week: Someone’s Cutting Fiber Optic Cables in the Bay Area (WIRED) I also wrote about how Yik Yak isn’t really anonymous and therefore is not a “safe space” for making racist threats, Europe’s coordinated raids against an Iranian cyberspy group called Rocket Kitten, Vizio’s SmartTVs selling viewing data to advertisers, Comcast resetting passwords, the fact that the nation’s biggest wiretap program might be illegal, and how military officials are lagging behind in updating their Android phones.
- Security News This Week: The Manhattan DA Wants Backdoors for Smartphones (WIRED) This column also includes information on how the NSA found ways to continue email surveillance after “ending” it, Bangladesh blocking messaging services, Anonymous and GhostSec battling ISIS (sort of), the potential of ransomware hitting medical devices, malware found on Starwoods’ payment system, a vuln found pre-loaded on police body cameras, Blackberry being totally cool with government encryption backdoors, and more.
- Cars Are Still Vulnerable To Hacking, But Thanks To I Am The Cavalry, Some Progress Has Been Made (Forbes) We look at the grassroot organizations’ five-star automotive cyber safety program and where auto manufacturers are at.
- 3 Ways To Ramp Up Your Family’s Online Security This Thanksgiving (Forbes) We talk 2FA for Amazon, Yubikeys for Gmail, and installing Signal, of course.
- This Is What France’s New Surveillance Laws Look Like (Forbes) A quick summary of changes, as discussed by Access.
- How To Be A Good Online Citizen in the Wake of a Tragedy (Forbes) What to do and what not to do after a tragedy in Paris, or the many like it.
- PlayStation Network Encryption? It’s Not That Good (Forbes) A quick summary of research done by network security researcher Ethan Heilman.
Hacking in Pop Culture
- CSI: Cyber Somehow Didn’t Get Car Hacking Totally Wrong (WIRED) Scarily, reality is worse than fiction in this instance. Here’s what the show got right…
- Nice Try, Quantico, But That’s Not How Hacking Works (WIRED) Here’s what the show got wrong. (Hint: everything.)
- Staring Down a Non-Compete Clause (Dice) Why you should think twice before signing a contract with this stipulation….
Health & Wellness
- A Primer On Herbalism Part 3: Wherein We Talk About Specific Plants (Performance Menu, paywalled) The third and last installment of my series on herbal medicine.
- Beating the Odds: UFC 193 (Sherdog) I wrote about Holly Holm and Ronda Rousey, and the other upsets that took place on November 15.