Dec 18 2011
Long night last night. We went to something called a pirate gift party; sort of like a white elephant gift (cheap, person A can take a gift from the table or steal from person B) except most of the gifts were wrapped in tinfoil cleverly disguised to hide their true nature. Two minor variations from a normal white elephant gift is that there is no limit to the number of times gifts can be stolen per turn and no one gets to open the gifts until the last gift is chosen from the table. This led to an interesting ‘defense’ strategy; since there was a gift that was wrapped to look like Thor’s Hammer that my Spawn wanted, they worked together to make sure they kept it at all cost. Basically, when person A stole the hammer from whoever was holding it, that Spawn would steal his brother’s gift, and that Spawn would steal the hammer back. This was a pretty good strategy, until Spawn1 lost concentration at one point and went after a different shiny object. It all ended up good in the end, though another pair challenged the Spawn to a game of endurance to see who wanted the hammer the most. It ended up being a 15 minute round robin of gifts being stolen and restolen that left everyone laughing. Oh, and “Thor’s Hammer” ended up being a cleverly disguised box with chocolate and money in it, with a broom handle that was acting as the handle.
Oh, and very importantly, It’s that time of the year! Security Bloggers Meetup invites have gone out.
Open Tabs 12/18/11:
- California creates special unit to fight computer crimes – It’s about time.
- Silicon Valley execs blast SOPA in open letter – I’m afraid that no matter how much we blast this piece of crud, it’s going to happen. They’ll slip it by us some day, just watch.
- Mandates can’t alter facts – Here’s the letter itself, explaining why SOPA wouldn’t work in the long run
- China-based hacking of 760 companies reflects an undeclared Cyber Cold War – At least they didn’t say ‘APT’.
- China’s cyberwar – More on the situation with China
- French President’s residence ‘busted’ for BitTorrent piracy – I wonder what it would look like if we started looking at our own Congressmen’s IP’s in YouHaveDownloaded.com?
- Researchers: Google gamed browser report that dissed Firefox – NSS Labs is disputing findings in a recent report by Accuvant.