Security issues that caught our eye | 3rd week of September

While I normally search for stories that aren’t in the center of the spotlight, as a former student of the UC system, I’m very happy to see the issue of campus sexual assault being taken more seriously. However, despite current enthusiasm over the issue, effective, culture-changing policies remain some way off. Others are reporting efforts to begin this education at high schools.

State-owned, police-operated license plate scanners open up all the core questions concerning privacy and police techniques in an era of high-tech surveillance. Who should have access to the data captured by the cameras? Should data be compiled (or be readily compilable) on people who are not currently under investigation? How long should data be stored? How are these issues transformed by private ownership of cameras?

Home Depot’s data breach hits 56 million cards. Two things stand out to me. First, that customers are growing accustomed to data breaches of this type. Second, and more importantly, that the hackers used a custom-built software for this raid, proving that companies can’t rely on protective measures which simply scan for and recognize existing forms of malware.

This is one example of how security can’t be an off-the-rack service.

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