[Nolug] Fwd: CRYPTO-GRAM, March 15, 2011

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From: Bruce Schneier <schneier@schneier.com>
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                  CRYPTO-GRAM

                 March 15, 2011

               by Bruce Schneier
       Chief Security Technology Officer, BT
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In this issue:
      Anonymous vs. HBGary
      News
      Schneier News
      NIST Defines New Versions of SHA-512

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      Anonymous vs. HBGary

One of the effects of writing a book is that I don't have the time to
devote to other writing. So while I've been wanting to write about
Anonymous vs. HBGary, I don't think I will have time. Here's an
excellent series of posts on the topic from ArsTechnica.

In cyberspace, the balance of power is on the side of the attacker.
Attacking a network is *much* easier than defending a network. That may
change eventually -- there might someday be the cyberspace equivalent of
trench warfare, where the defender has the natural advantage -- but not
anytime soon.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/02/anonymous-to-security-firm-wo
rking-with-fbi-youve-angered-the-hive.ars or http://tinyurl.com/5t35y7m
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/02/how-one-security-firm-tracked
-anonymousand-paid-a-heavy-price.ars or http://tinyurl.com/6xhleht
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/02/virtually-face-to-face-when-a
aron-barr-met-anonymous.ars or http://tinyurl.com/4n8rohh
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/02/the-ridiculous-plan-to-attack
-wikileaks.ars or http://tinyurl.com/4nv4jat
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/02/anonymous-speaks-the-inside-s
tory-of-the-hbgary-hack.ars or http://tinyurl.com/6579grz
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/02/black-ops-how-hbgary-wrote-ba
ckdoors-and-rootkits-for-the-government.ars or http://tinyurl.com/6fw4s5u

This is a really good piece by Paul Roberts on Anonymous vs. HBGary: not
the tactics or the politics, but what HBGary demonstrates about the IT
security industry.
http://threatpost.com/en_us/blogs/rsa-2011-winning-war-losing-our-soul-022211
or http://tinyurl.com/48tgfee

Stephen Colbert on HBGary:
http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/375428/february-24-201
1/corporate-hacker-tries-to-take-down-wikileaks or http://tinyurl.com/46gaa9d
http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/375429/february-24-201
1/corporate-hacker-tries-to-take-down-wikileaks---glenn-greenwald or
 http://tinyurl.com/4p4zp3l

Another article:
http://www.h-online.com/security/features/Anonymous-makes-a-laughing-stock-of
-HBGary-1198176.html or http://tinyurl.com/63fekyp

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      News

Interesting article from Wired: "How a Remote Town in Romania Has Become
Cybercrime Central."
http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/01/ff_hackerville_romania/all/1

Recently declassified: "Historical Study: The National Security Agency
Scientific Advisory Board 19521963."
http://www.governmentattic.org/4docs/NSA-SAB52-63_1965.pdf

A physical biometric wallet: $825.
http://www.dunhill.com/en-us/shoponline/leather/wallets/biometric-wallet-qgk0
169 or http://tinyurl.com/4f2f345
http://www.thetechherald.com/article.php/201105/6754/Dunhill-biometric-wallet
-provides-protection-for-the-rich or http://tinyurl.com/4n8v53e
I don't think I understand the threat model. If your wallet is stolen,
you're going to replace all your ID cards and credit cards and you're
not going to get your cash back -- whether it's a normal wallet or this
wallet. I suppose this wallet makes it less likely that someone will
use your stolen credit cards quickly, before you cancel them. But
you're not going to be liable for costs incurred during that delay in
any case.

Interesting story about a con man who conned the U.S. government, and
how the government is trying to hide its dealings with him.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/20/us/politics/20data.html

Susan Landau's testimony before the House Judiciary Committee,
Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security on government
eavesdropping.
http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/hear_02172011.html

The testimony of Valerie Caproni, General Counsel of the FBI, on the
same topic.
http://www.fbi.gov/news/testimony/going-dark-lawful-electronic-surveillance-i
n-the-face-of-new-technologies or http://tinyurl.com/46l49am

Good article about the terrorist non-threat from Reason:
http://reason.com/archives/2011/02/15/what-islamist-terrorist-threat

"Reliably Erasing Data From Flash-Based Solid State Drives," by Michael
Wei, Laura M. Grupp, Frederick E. Spada, and Steven Swanson.
http://www.usenix.org/events/fast11/tech/full_papers/Wei.pdf
News article:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/02/21/flash_drive_erasing_peril/
Video of talk:
http://www.usenix.org/multimedia/fast11wei

NIST has finally published its rationale for selecting the five SHA-3
finalists.
http://csrc.nist.gov/groups/ST/hash/sha-3/Round2/documents/Round2_Report_NIST
IR_7764.pdf or http://tinyurl.com/4zte3e2

Pickpocketing as a trade is dying out in America, because there's no one
to train newer pickpockets in the craft.
http://www.slate.com/id/2286010/pagenum/all/

Interesting research in using animals to detect substances. Basically,
sniffer dogs respond to unconscious cues from their handlers, and
generate false alarms because of them. It makes sense, as dogs are so
attuned to humans. I'll bet bomb-sniffing bees don't make the same
mistakes.
http://www.economist.com/blogs/babbage/2011/02/animal_behaviour
Full paper:
http://www.springerlink.com/content/j477277481125291/fulltext.pdf
Bomb-sniffing bees:
http://www.livescience.com/4605-bees-trained-bomb-sniffers.html

"American Cryptography During the Cold War 1945-1989; Book IV:
Cryptologic Rebirth 1981-1989." Document was first declassified in
2009. Here are some newly declassified pages.
http://www.governmentattic.org/4docs/NSA_AmerCryptColdWarBk4_1999.pdf
http://www.governmentattic.org/4docs/oNSAAmerCryptColdWarBk4_1999.pdf

Criminals are stealing cars by calling tow trucks. It's a clever hack,
but an old problem: the authentication in these sorts of normal
operations isn't good enough to prevent abuse.
http://www.wsmv.com/news/26878155/detail.html

A programmer installed malware into the Whack-a-Mole arcade game as a
form of job security. It didn't work.
http://www.wftv.com/news/26986709/detail.html

Wired.com has a good three-part story on full-body scanners.
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/02/scanners-part1/
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/03/scanners-part2/
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/03/scanners-part3/

Another attempt to sort out scanner claims:
http://www.okianwarrior.com/MathView/BackscatterSafety/

Using language patterns to identify anonymous email. It only works when
there's a limited number of potential authors.
http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2011/03/using_language.html

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      Schneier News

I'm speaking at Black Hat Europe in Barcelona on March 17.
http://www.blackhat.com/html/bh-eu-11/bh-eu-11-home.html

I'm speaking at the Oracle Chief Security Officer Summit in New York
City on March 30.
http://www.oracle.com/us/dm/65212-wwmk09121721mpp414-se-281577.html

This three-part video interview with me was conducted at the RSA
Conference last month.
http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/news/article/0,289142,sid14_gci1528091,0
0.html or http://tinyurl.com/4q9vt45
http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/news/article/0,289142,sid14_gci1528245,0
0.html or http://tinyurl.com/4dezbsk
http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/news/article/0,289142,sid14_gci1528160,0
0.html or http://tinyurl.com/4bawfzq

I was interviewed on chomp.fm.
http://chomp.fm/008/

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      NIST Defines New Versions of SHA-512

NIST has just defined two new versions of SHA-512. They're SHA-512/224
and SHA-512/256: 224- and 256-bit truncations of SHA-512 with a new IV.
  They've done this because SHA-512 is faster than SHA-256 on 64-bit
CPUs, so these new SHA variants will be faster.

This is a good thing, and exactly what we did in the design of Skein.
We defined different outputs for the same state size, because it makes
sense to decouple the internal workings of the hash function from the
output size.

http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/drafts/fips180-4/FRN_Draft-FIPS180-4.pdf
or http://tinyurl.com/47fta7g
http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/PubsDrafts.html#fips-180-4

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