Little Brother Episode 93 2022-07-16

988 as bew phone number for national suicide prevention and mental health hotline goes live. Bridges into NYC no longer accept cash. NIST releases its first post-quantum cryptography standards. Rolling codes on remote car locks are sometimes not so rolling. Pluton prevents Linux loads on Lenovo Z13 and Z16.

What, exactly, happened with AT&T in 1991?

Fail of the week: ERCOT. Pwn of the week: PFC.

Roger, Roger!

Little Brother Episode 92 2022-07-09

Cellular data and search history used in abortion convictions. UK wants end-user devices to scan for child porn. New York wants social media accounts from prospective gun owners. California gun owner data breech bigger than thought. Using the washrooms to breach a data center. L3 Harris in talks to acquire NSO Group.

There’s not enough competition in telecoms.

Fail of the week: Rogers Communications. Tips for dealing with chaos and the breakdown of the systems we rely on. Pwn of the week: Mariott.

Privacy matters.

Little Brother Episode 91 2022-07-02

Chat Control is as bad as it sounded. Killnet seeks revenge on Lithuania. FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr wants TikTok to go away. Hacktivist group SiegeSec attacks anti-abortion states.

More about Dobbs, more about protecting privacy.

Opsec tips: don’t trust random strangers, and don’t let your SMS messages appear on your lockscreen.

Pwn of the week: California AG’s office. Fail of the week: Tesla

…and yes, Fongaboo did get is phone back.

Uh oh, he's mad!

Little Brother Episode 90 2022-06-25

Cloudflare goes down, taking Down Detector with it. Mega’s encryption can be bypassed. Germany has tough questions for the EU about protecting the children. Microsoft detects Russian cyber-psyops. DOJ detects Russian botnet and takes it out.

Ring doorbells’ audio capability considered harmful. Non-abortion implications of Roe overturn. Opsec for traveling under the radar and for attending protests.

Pwn of the week: Beanstalk Farms. Fails of the week: the Japanese city of Amagasaki, and the government of India.


Little Brother Episode 89 2022-06-18

K9 merges with Thunderbird. Internet Explorer retires. Tesla insecurity. Jewel v. NSA has reached its end. China abuses its COVID app. Michigan introduces digital license plates for some reason. Ray Ban creates a new sousveillance tool.

Pwn of the week: Kaiser Permanente

Fail of the week: Lenovo

Don't get lost!

Little Brother Episode 88 2022-06-11

Privacy preserving data and analytics. Follina used by state actors. EU requires portable devices to charge with USB-C connectors. Apple M1 processor security can be beaten by abusing speculative execution. Ukrainian IT sector still working thanks to remote work. Axon wants to produce a taser-armed drone, and loses three quarters of its ethics board for it.

GPS Jamming and what to do about it.

Pwn of the week: Mandiant . . . maybe?

Fail of the week: The Mayflower sails for Plymouth, lands in Halifax, eh!

Right To Repair

Little Brother Episode 87 2022-06-04

Microsoft knows if you’re leaving your employer. New South Wales digital driver’s licenses easily forged. Tim Horton’s app knows too much about you. Google asked to collect less data so as not to tip off abortion foes. Follina bug in MS Office lets you run code remotely even with macros disabled.

Pwns of the week: Chicago Central Schools, DEA, the entire government of Costa Rica.

New York passes a Right to Repair bill after California fails to do so. Hear the thoughts of the Albany 2600 group

Dramatic reading: The Conscience of a Hacker by +++The Mentor+++


Little Brother will resume next week.

Owing to the holiday and personal obligations, there will be no episode this week. Little Brother will resume next week with Episode 87 publishing on Saturday, 3 May 2022. See you all next week.

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Little Brother Episode 86 2022-05-21

Fuel theft by hacking the pump in Dallas. Smart card readers that bring malware along for the ride. Bank of Zambia trolls their would-be attackers. DOJ easing up on CFAA prosecutions.

Why I hate signature pads, plus this podcast reaches a milepost.

Pwn of the week: Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY). Fail of the week: Apple.

Third Party Pwnage

Little Brother Episode 85 2022-05-14

Clearview AI now blocked in Illinois. AirBNB chief wants to do away with offices. Ransomware attacks down. Mechanical keyboards are little snitches.

Pwns of the week: Lincoln college, RuTube, Russian TV media

Fails of the week: Javascript foreach module, F5 Big IP

Opsec tip of the week: Avoid falling victim to the third party doctrine with TOR, ProtonMail, Signal Private Messenger