The BBC reports on changes in Nigeria that are meant to help fight 419 fraud: Virtually anyone with an email account will be familiar with this crime, which involves sending emails or faxes to potential victims around the world, sucking them into a highly attractive but utterly false financial deal. Back in Nigeria, the rewards … Continue reading Nigerian ISPs now liable for 419ers
It always bothered me that the 419 scams in Nigeria seem to be linked to people who say that they are just playing the game of open markets. In other words, attackers ask why they should be blamed if they simply prey on others’ greed. A new story appeared last Thursday in the Guardian that … Continue reading The 419 Attack
I’ve written before here about the sorry state of the Russian Navy. Today we have yet another example in the sinking of a dirty 1970s “Slava-class” bathtub built in 1983. …a huge morale and propaganda boost for the Ukrainians not only because the Moskva is the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet, but also because … Continue reading “Symbol of Russian Naval Power” Moskva Catches Fire and Sinks
The COVIDtests.gov site has launched ahead of schedule and right at the top it has a “Here’s how you know” link to explain why you should trust this “official website“: Does it seem safe? While they make a couple sound points, there’s more to it. Do you also trust that a .gov was developed using … Continue reading Can You Trust COVIDtests.gov?
The gap (from empiricists like Austrian philosopher Karl Popper) described in a fun philosophy article about Hegel is exactly why big data security is failing so badly (the book I’ve been writing for a decade). His philosophy was seen as the epitome of a grand metaphysical system purporting to lay out a priori the fundamental … Continue reading Does Hegel’s Philosophy Crack the Big Data Security Nut?