1. US government using credit history pulls without court authorisation.

    17 January 2007

    I don't really see how this is much of a surprise: The Pentagon and CIA have been pulling the credit records of US citizens without telling them.. Frankly, this is SOP these days. Anyone with $30us to spend can buy the credit history of anyone in this country without even a second glance. It's mostly legal to do so because information brokering companies are in the business of selling information, with the understanding (usuall enforced by a click-through agreement) that the information will not be abused. It has been a reasonably common practice for at least the past ten years …

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  2. Ronin assists UK police?

    17 January 2007

    On the other side of the pond, a group of UK police officers were dry-gulched by a group of thugs armed with improvised weapons while answering a breaking and entering call.. and were saved by an unknown person carrying a katana. No, seriously. The guy with the sword took down one criminal with a (technically) nonlethal strike to the arm; two others fled and are still at large; a third was arrested later. The guy with the sword is still on the loose.

    There is no word yet if he was accompanied by a teenage girl on a skateboard.

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  3. Test archive post.

    16 January 2007

    The sixth volume of the information security webzine Uninformed is now out.

    I've been using my Grandtec flexible silicon rubber keyboard for about two days now, and I'm not entirely sure that I like it. Because it's flexible, one would expect a lack of tactice and audible feedback from the unit, but one would not expect the sheer difficulty of getting characters to register when touch-typing normally. The layout of the keyboard is a little weird (there are four shift keys on the fifth row, in the first, second, thirteenth, and fifteenth positions) but there are no 'real' HOME, END …

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