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Data security experts…Ohio won’t be calling (any moment)

I wish I could say I am shocked and bewildered that the recent data theft out of the State of Ohio was more than 15 times worse than Ted Strickland & Co. made it out to be when the physical drive (?) was stolen out of an employee’s car, but alas I cannot. I wish I had a more sarcastic way to put it too, but Carlo over at Techdirt did a pretty good job of that. Meanwhile, I’ve recently heard that sarcasm is symptomatic of passive-aggressive behaviour, and since an old girlfriend once told me I was the only man she ever dated that wasn’t “PA,” I’m going to respect her opinion and refrain from sarcasm from this day forward.

Ok, maybe not…

It’s not as though Ohio didn’t see this coming – it’s been going on in the Buckeye state for some time. Then again, does anyone in bureaucracies ever know what is actually going on? If they did, would they even care? Or are they just so attuned to stretching the truth that they just don’t know how to shut up, even in the face of stone cold evidence waiting to rear it’s ugly head?

No matter. When the “powers that be” come out with statements like this:

“He’s actually in line with our conclusions that it would be very difficult for someone without special knowledge and understanding to actually access that piece of information.”

…you know someone is speaking for someone else right before they get handed their pink slip. “Very difficult?” “Special knowledge?” The spokesperson is either completely insane or oblivious to the fact that there are third world countries full of brilliant mathemeticians, since cast into the shadows of unemployment and looking feverishly for work on internet message boards.

The same types of folks create stuff like this:
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Add this:
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And wind up with this:
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And that’s for a few hundred bucks, based on some handwritten notes a moron like me scratches on the back of an envelope over three Blue Moon drafts, and faxes over to him at his office at the local community college. I use such strokes of amatuerism to create graphs on a very stupid, highly unsuccessful website I built for a few thousand bucks more.

If I can rally such idiots to produce algorithms at a price equal to a steak dinner in New York proper, for something I will never see a return on my investment for, you can be assured that there is someone out there that can crack the encryption on a device left in the back of a government clerk’s car that contains social security and bank account numbers on a million people, just for throwing in a bottle of 1999 Chateau Pichon Lalande.

UPDATE: None of this matters anymore – a scapegoat has been caught, tried, and hung. That’s how it works.

Ohio University sued over multiple break-ins

Ohio University has struggled as of late with hackers. Actually, struggle isn’t doing the problem justice. The institution has been hacked time and time….uh…..again. And after they ignored warnings over faulty security to boot.

Now they are being sued. Class action status is being pursued, with ongoing credit monitoring and damages for identity theft losses being the bounty.

As John Burns, OU’s legal affairs director noted on the lawsuit:

“We’ll review it and we’ll defend it.”

How do you defend five hacks, and a possible class action lawsuit seeking reasonable assistance with potential problems caused solely by your negligence? Or better, why do you defend against it?

The lack of accountability, as well as the arrogance, in institutions, is astonishing.

Nobody listens to the White House

After the Veterans Administration wrote the script for downplaying risk, when tens of millions of data records were stolen out of an employee’s home, the Bush Administration issued an edict – encrypt all data on government laptops.

Good idea, but nobody’s listening. Wonder what the TSA’s “100,000” number will grow to?

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The Friday Afternoon (better weather and fishing) Roundup

It is a good fifteen degrees cooler at higher altitude, and I have no trout in my bathtub. Hence, you get the rest of today’s security oriented events sans my asinine commentary:

Spyware finds religion, or the other way around;

World Cup streakers hit your inbox;

AT&T decides you have no identity;

College students say to hell with loan rates – we’ve got bigger problems;

Ohio University shot the messenger before flurry of hacks; and

Phishers reel in your cell phone.

Have a great weekend!

That makes five break-ins at OU

Ohio University just chalked up its fourth and fifth hacks, and..

“..they’ve taken drastic steps to tighten up their firewalls within their computer systems that will help prevent breaches.”

After the previous hassles, the only “drastic steps” I can think of are shutting all the servers down, one after the other.

Or maybe officials there are still thinking it is just some silly students trying to change their grades.

Thrice bitten on data theft, but how shy?

Hackers have bitten Ohio University for the third time in less than a month. Add this 60,000 medical record heist to the 200,000 records stolen from the alumni association and you might have a pretty big hole in that institution’s systems. Oops, I forgot – 300,000 records were stolen from the research arm a few weeks prior. “Might” doesn’t cut it anymore.

Another college, another hack

The more data, the more interest – someday the university systems will get it. Until then, Ohio University alumni get something to worry about.

If it looks like a duck..

You know the rest. If you are sitting on a gravy train, why spoil it? When folks start cutting corners, screwing their customers, and setting up accounts in the Caymans, you should cut and run from business dealings with them. Financial fraud is usually a pretty good sign there are underlying problems with the system. Case in point, REFCO.

Now the housing market may seem fantastic to some, on shaky ground to others. To Jeff Matthews, its a House of Paaaaaaain. I’ll reserve my comments on which way its headed, as I have probably said enough already.

But I have to wonder why brokers in a market full of opportunity are committing frauds.

Berkeley laptop recovered, but data all gone

Some months ago, a laptop containing a ton of personal data on students was stolen from an office at UC Berkelely. At the time, I had to wonder what all that sensitive data was doing on a laptop to begin with, but hell, I am just a dummy anyway.

Now, that laptop has been recovered, although it seems the hard drive has been overwritten with a new operating system, and may have passed through several hands before it was finally tracked down. Of course, the data is gone, and forensics specialists admit there is little they can do to determine whether the data was ever accessed.
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