It's all academic.

Little Brother Episode 130 2023-05-27

Kentucky schools to us AI for weapon detection. CBP uses AI to root through travelers’ social media. Facebook faces record fine. Google sued for privacy violations. CDA section 230 survives court challenge. Montana bans TikTok and gets sued for it. Social media influencer does good. Virginia joins Utah in requiring age verification for porn sites. Stock market gets rattled by AI-generated image. AM radios may be required equipment in cars. Some Android set-top boxes come pre-infected with malware.

Printers suck. Satphones for Senators. If you have i-Record, delete it now.

Pwn of the week: USDOT, also some news about a malware that demands charity. Fail of the week: a professor at Texas A&M

Starships were meant to fly

Little Brother Episode 129 2023-05-13

Google introduces Pass Keys. Uber charges more if you need a charge. Eight new top level domains.

Albany 2600 voice their opinions about the fall of Twitter. Touch screens in cars may be going away. Actually, Starship did blow up stuff on the ground. Your phone is still a snitch.

Pwns: T-Mobile (again), Yellow Pages Canada, SUNY Polytech, Optimeyes. Fails: Twitter, MBTA, Google.


Episode 129 will publish on 2023-05-12

I’m taking a two-week hiatus. Little Brother will return to the airwaves – er – Internets on May 12th. Stay safe and be well.


Little Brother Episode 128 2023-04-22

PSA: You might be eligible for a slice of a Facebook settlement. Apply here for yours.

The EARN-IT act is back. CEO of a breached psychiatric provider jailed. Montana bans TikTok. Utah requires age verification, parental consent and parental access for social media. Netflix DVD service wrapping soon. International calling rates go up in Canada.

Georgia Army National Guard uses geofencing for recruitment. Twitter still playing with media tags. Twitter now charging exorbitantly for API access. Old phone scam has a new twist.

Pwn of the week: American Bar Association. Fails of the week: Florida Emergency Alert System, autonomous cars in San Francisco.


Little Brother Episode 127 2023-04-15

Colorado passes agricultural right-to-repair bill. Suffolk county figured out what happened. Youtube-DL site ordered taken down by German court.

Focus: Twitter and public meda, NYPD gets some new kit, using AI for evil.

Voices of Albany 2600: ChatGPT and other AI.

Opsec: Juice Jacking.

Pwns of the week: Law Firm Of Heidell, Pittoni, Murphy And Bach, Yum! Brands.

Fails of the week: Chat GPT, University of Malta.

They did the thing!

Little Brother Episode 126 2023-04-08

Apple AirTag used to track a stolen truck. ChatGPT is a pretty good mimic. It’s also a pretty good Doctor. It is not, however, to be trusted. Twitter tags NPR as “state-affiliated media” while not tagging actual US state-affiliated media. FSU bans TikTok on campus. UK ICO fines TikTok for mishandling info of children under 13. Cisco destroys $23 million in equipment when leaving Russian market.

Voices of Albany 2600: TikTok and the RESTRICT act. Don’t “buy” streaming media. Pwns of the week: MSI, Western Digital. Fails of the week: Tesla, Clearview AI.


Little Brother Episode 125 2023-04-01

Sex toy maker fined for vulnerability. No, the Pope did not wear a white puffer jacket. Tech leaders want to pause AI development. Italy bans ChatGPT. Biden adminstration bans commercial spyware, but encourages making printed circuit boards here. Russian whistleblower lays out Russian cyberwar capability. Dallas police robot kills suspect. FTC makes it easier to kill your subscriptions

Senate takes a stab at banning TikTok, produces awful bill to do it. Watch out for Trojans.

Pwns of the week: Twitter, ChatGPT. Fail of the week: Starbucks.

Pseudonymously yours,

Little Brother Episode 124 2023-03-25

Internet shutdown in Punjab. Russian officials told to ditch their iPhones. Twitter can’t tell you how many times they’ve answered national security letters, but they would like to. New law in Utah restricts minors’ access to social media. Knightscope K5 robots on guard duty at Lowe’s in Philadelphia.

Internet Archive loses copyright case. Women’s Health apps are too nosy and talkative.

Pwns of the week: Ferrari, Meta, General Bytes. Fails of the week: Google, Apple, Github.

Pennsylvania six five oh oh oh

Little Brother Episode 123 2023-03-18

Another mental telehealth provider is sharing data with social media. T-Mobile is poised to buy Mint Mobile. Tesla sued over right to repair. Amazon sued over biometrics.

Heads-up: dangerous bug on several phones from Samsung, Vivo and Google that can be pwnt with a phone call.

Focus: Pennsylvania 6-5000

Opsec: Protecting yourself from a bank collapse

Fail of the week: Tesla

The Kids Are Alright

Little Brother Episode 122 2023-03-11

Meta produced key evidence in abortion case. Malware installs itself in UEFI firmware. DuckDuckGo now has an AI chatbot interface. What’sApp joins Signal in promising to leave the UK. Silicon Valley Bank collapses.

If the kids aren’t alright, that’s your fault. New version of an old scam using deepfake voices.

Pwns of the week: Acer, DC Health Link. Fail of the week: Twitter.