Thanks everyone as always for your kind words, they're what makes this worth doing
Great job on this weeks news. I liked the 'Security-on-a-Stick' to Protect Consumers and Banks. But what banks support it?
I've read that most major banks support dongle technology for their corporate customers, but I'm not aware of any that supply the technology to private account holders.
Could somebody briefly explain what "Fourth Amendment Search" means? I have a feeling that this could actually be one of the more important newsletter items.
For the long winded version, see the wiki article
. (tomos and f0d man read in) The short version is that the fourth amendment requires that officers of the law present probable cause and obtain a search warrant for any form of search they wish to undertake. Since the digital age has come upon us with legislation lagging so far behind it, it has been for the judge to decide what constitutes "search" of a digital medium. Until now, taking a hash of a file on someone's PC was not considered a "search" as per the fourth amendment, and thus required there to be no probable cause in order to do so. Until now, the authorities have used (read: abused) this loophole in order to "search" a suspects files by hashing any suspicious files, and comparing the hash to that of content known to them (in this case, kiddy porn pics) and hoping for a match, thus avoiding the requirement of a warrant and probable cause.
Indeed this is quite the important article.
small bug: clicking on the links now serves no purpose.
Hehe, thanks mouse man
(assuming I took that comment the right way)