DDoS attack on Finnish automated buildings disabled heating controls / Boing Boing

When the heat goes out during Finnish winter, it’s a matter of life and death, so when two automated buildings controlled by Valtia systems suffered DDoS attacks that shut off the heat, Finns were understandably alarmed about the new threat.

This is precisely why security must be a legally mandated default in consumer electronics, especially when the failure of said product can put life or limb in danger.

Source: DDoS attack on Finnish automated buildings disabled heating controls / Boing Boing

The Tor Social Contract | The Tor Blog

The Tor Social Contract | The Tor Blog

A Typical Day in a Blockchain-Enabled World Circa 2030

A Typical Day in a Blockchain-Enabled World Circa 2030

Imagine what we call “national security” as, at heart, a proselytizing warrior religion. It has its holy orders. It has its sacred texts (classified). It has its dogma and its warrior priests. It has its sanctified promised land, known as “the homeland.” It has its seminaries, which we call think tanks. It is a monotheistic faith in that it broaches no alternatives to itself. It is Manichaean in its view of the world. As with so many religions, its god is an eye in the sky, an all-seeing Being who knows your secrets.

Why Our Debate About Surveillance Doesn’t Go Far Enough | Mother Jones

This is startlingly apropos of the second Suzerain novel.  Little teaser there, should you be interested.