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Bourne Incrimination - bio identity theft, the next big problem

It was only a matter of time before it became possible to create fake DNA evidence. That time is now.DNA Evidence Can be Fabricated [New York Times]Think it's bad when somebody steals your identity, drains your bank account, and spends thousands of dollars on credit cards they opened with your name on it? This run of the mill identity theft can cost you thousands of dollars, and many years to clean up. It pales in comparison to what will happen if biometric data becomes commonly used as proof of identity. Sometimes also called bio-print (like fingerprint) or bio-identity mechanisms, such things as retina scans and fingerprint scans are already in use, or even common use. DNA scans are likely to become possible several years from now, as the technology to read DNA is evolving rapidly. An entire genome can be sequenced by three people and equipment costing a few hundred thousand dollars, in a very short period of time, several days. When it become possible to read DNA in more or les…

Master Lock Pickers and the Security Mirage

If you ever doubted that the lock on your door was in place to keep out the kids, doubt no more. This fascinating article details one of the world's top lock pickers.The Ultimate Lock Picker Hacks Pentagon, Beats Corporate Security for Fun and ProfitA good friend of mine has been picking locks as a hobby most of his life. This is a skill that can be learned by any bright, patient person.It's a safe bet there are more people around who know how to pick locks than there are people getting paid to rethink the lock and key.

on cyber warfare, China, Kylin

Yes, the Washington Times is not exactly a premier source of security information, but with analysis and reporting like this, who needs enemies? Two fascinating tidbits from this article: China blocks U.S. from cyber warfare.

The first is an absolutely classic Freudian slip:

U.S. offensive cyberwar capabilities have been focused on getting into Chinese government and military computers outfitted with less secure operating systems like those made by Microsoft Corp. (This observation isn't attributed in the article.)

That ought to have you rolling on the floor, laughing, until you realize that these are the very same "less secure operating systems like those made by Microsoft Corp." which the bureaucrats at every level of Federal, State, and local governance in the U.S. have been "standardizing" on. Then your sphincters pucker.

The point of the article is that the Chinese have developed and deployed their own operating system and "hardened" CPU arc…