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UK could block WhatsApp & iMessage because they're too secure.

David Cameron could block WhatsApp and Snapchat if he wins the next election, as part of his plans for new surveillance powers announced in the wake of the shootings in Paris.

The Prime Minister said today that he would stop the use of methods of communication that cannot be read by the security services even if they have a warrant. But that could include popular chat and social apps that encrypt their data, such as WhatsApp.

Well, that's not good.


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On the subject of account security

While we're on the subject of account security, it's scary how one compromised Amazon account could lead to someone's Mac being wiped remotely.

Hopefully this can't happen these days.

By wiping my MacBook and deleting my Google account, they now not only had the ability to control my account, but were able to prevent me from regaining access. And crazily, in ways that I don’t and never will understand, those deletions were just collateral damage. My MacBook data — including those irreplaceable pictures of my family, of my child’s first year and relatives who have now passed from this life — weren’t the target. Nor were the eight years of messages in my Gmail account. The target was always Twitter. My MacBook data was torched simply to prevent me from getting back in.

Backups, backups, backups.


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The perils of two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication is a great way of keeping your stuff safe. Except when it's too safe.

When I headed to the account recovery service, dubbed iForgot, I discovered that there was no way back in without my recovery key. That’s when it hit me; I had no idea where my recovery key was or if I’d ever even put the piece of paper in a safe place. I’ve moved since I set up two-factor on iCloud.

If ever there was an advert for keeping stuff like recovery keys in something like 1Password, this is it.

Do it. Do it now.


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Synology's response to Synolocker

The folks at Synology have been emailing people about the recent hacking that's been going on.

Basically, it's an old hole that was plugged last year.

This is why you should update stuff!


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See real-time DDoS attacks on a fancy map

For some unknown and possibly perverse reason I've always been fascinated by DDoS attacks. I don't pretend to actually understand the ins and outs of them, but the idea at least has always piqued my interest.

With that in mind, it's probably no surprise that I've just spent longer than I care to mention sat looking at this map. It's a live, or at least close to live visualisation of ongoing DDoS attacks around the world. Sources, destinations, throughput. Everything.


And it's colourful, too.

Digital Attack Map

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