Missing or Wanted

Little Brother Episode 143 2024-02-10

Knightscope robot retires from patrolling the subway. NSA admits buying data from brokers. A new search engine appears.

We don’t need to network our toothbrushes. Funimation to shut down, separating people from the media they “bought.”

Laws that will totally work: FCC outlaws AI voices, Canadian Parliament proposes to outlaw Flipper Zero and similar devices.

Voices of 2600: Phil interviews me for a change, thoughts on cell phone privacy.

Pwn: Mercedez-Benz.

Fail: WJLX

Sense of irony

Little Brother Episode 142 2024-01-27

Tesla features unlocked! Amazon to require warrants for Ring doorbell footage. The FBI is using Rekognition face-recognition technology. New botnet attacks Linux servers. The Mother of All Data Breaches. FTC bans sale of medical location data. Facebook users tracked by thousands of orgs . . . each! Google goes to battle against geofence warrants.

Pwns: Orange España; cybersec law firm Oreck, Herrington and Sutcliffe, and a follow up on one of the many T-Mobile breaches.

Fail: Microsoft Teams


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Programming note

Episode 142 is being postponed.

Due to a family emergency, Episode 142 will be postponed until the next regularly scheduled slot, 2024-01-27.

My apologies, but this was entirely unavoidable.


Little Brother Episode 141 2023-12-23

Google faces antitrust concerns. Epic wins against Google for Play Store fees. Push notifications sorta-protected by new corporate policies. Police using drones to patrol malls. Rite Aid can’t use facial recognition for five years. Tesla tracks you . . . duh! Chevy Tahoe for one dollar.

Vendor lock-in on the railroads. Yes, they are listening to you. Wikipedia article about the Ship of Theseus is a perfect example of a Ship of Theseus.

Voices of 2600: Encrypted police radios.

Opsec: Signal is struggling, but at least you don’t have to tell the police your password.

Pwns: Xfinity, First American. Fail: Michael Cohen’s lawyer.

Failing a genetic test

Little Brother Episode 140 2023-12-09

Another way your phone is a snitch. Meta sues for the right to monetize your kids.

Alerts: Vulnerabilities and attacks on Bluetooth, UEFI and ESXi.

Pwns: Municipal Water Authority of Aliquippa, Idaho National Laboratory, 23andMe.

Voices of 2600: Genetic testing

Perplexed with Plex default behavior. Sony Playstation owners discover that “bought” doesn’t mean what they think it means.

Fail: Don’t moon your Android device until you’re 18.

A metric fuckton

Little Brother Episode 139 2023-11-25

Google comes down on ad blocking. Apple adds RCS to iOS. ETSI promises to open the TETRA specifications. ChatGPT might be able to unredact. High drama at OpenAI. Presidents Biden and Xi talk about AI.

Alerts: Reptar, SSH key theft, Internet appliances getting pwnt and botted.

Pwns: Kivu Security Tracker, NYC Bar Association, Meridian Link. Fail: UK BioBank.

Time to think about it.

Little Brother Episode 138 2023-11-11

Is Tutanota a front? Senators want to curtail FISA. The Director of the National Counterterrorism Center does not. Virginia game wardens are out of control. China requires IPv6 support on domestically-sold network kit.

Voices of 2600: 3D printers and background checks. Pwns of the week: US Radiology, Okta redux. Fails of the week: EU bill that hobbles browser encryption; US bill that allows for secret laws.


Little Brother Episode 137 2023-10-28

Using hexadecimal to obfuscate IPv4 addresses. CURL has two CVEs. WordPress covert RAT plugin masquerades as caching goody. Universal Music Group sues AI proprietor.

Proposed law in New York State would require a background check for . . . 3D printers.

Pwns: Casio, Okta. Fail: US Environmental Protection Agency.

Well, duh!

Little Brother Episode 136 2023-10-14

Fake photos of politicians and billboards. Meta trains its AI on your posts on their platforms. Norway fines Meta. ACLU is worried about school surveillance. New York is, too. Sound Thinking buys Geolitica, but neither one of them works. MGM receives an insurance payout. Netflix mails its last DVD.

Net neutrality is back. ATSC 3 loses a supporter.

Pwns of the week: Canonical, Ltd.; 23 and Me; Johnson Controls

Fail of the week: New York State’s AMBER alerts

Flying Tasers!

Little Brother Episode 135 2023-09-23

Apple warns Russian journalists that their phones may be compromised. Axon loses its ethics board over flying tasers. Linux backdoor discovered. Elon thinks you should pay for Twitter . . . er . . . X.

Pwns: T-Mobile, MGM Grand. Opsec: California law lets you block data brokers with one stop. Fail: Square.