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6 Months of Security Links #2011

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I’m a regular curator of daily links, and like to give overviews of my collection of curated links and posts. This is partly as there are some good sources and articles in here and as I am working on a research project which I started based on a number of books I read.

I’m sure you’ll find something interesting in the items below – there are some gems in the list – and I dare to hazard the guess you might learn something you wanted to know. 🙂

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

July 15, 2011 at 4:10 pm

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Waiting for China Syndrome… #risk

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I am a little twisted, which you probably already know, when a catastrophe occurs I can’t help looking at the news footage, waiting for it to get better and secretly expecting it to spiral out of control. Perhaps it’s the televisation of disasters and catastrophes which has triggered this, or my attune sense of risk.

I remember watching the footage of the invasion of Iraq with Bernard Shaw in a hotel in the center, fascinated by the bombs and explosions coming from the sky, and the tracer fire coming from the ground. Secretly expecting that the hotel that they were broadcasting from would get hit. The same with 9/11 expecting that the situation would get worse just before the Twin Towers collapsed. The market catastrophes in 2000 and 2007.

The light at the end of the tunnel is an oncoming train.
Wall Street proverb

The recent earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan causing the nuclear power plant to explode. In my head I just expected it to get worse, China Syndrome worse. I’m certainly not against nuclear power, as my party affiliations might suggest, I believe that the risk can be handled. I just don’t believe that people can handle the risk and accept the incidental risk that can’t be contained. And there is a certain amount of risk acceptance having the mission critical, single point of failure generators of a nuclear power plant run on diesel rather than using the power generated by the plant.

If we examine the Sony PSN hack and clearly see that risk avoidance protocols that PCI-DSS has in place were plainly ignored. The game companies – Nintendo and Sega – that followed who saw the hat-trick failure of Sony and ignored the warnings.

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

June 25, 2011 at 7:15 am

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A catalog of this year’s risky articles #2010

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Programming Hands

Risk is something which can be difficult to evaluate for the average person, there is a lot of work which goes in to learning not to do the two things that people usually do when they are confronted with risk:

  1. Ignore
  2. Overreact

It looks like every man and his dog needs to have a Facebook page, even banks…

It has been almost 1.5 weeks since Google’s FeedBurner removed the Frie…

Some days ago I tweeted to Prosper, a personal loan marketplace, whether they…

I don’t really think most people get “it” when it comes to …

Just noticed that Google Translate translates the name of the Dutch social ne…

I find a 400 plus page manual of office policies and job descriptions for eac…

In the last two days I’ve not been posting so much, and focussing on up…

I started playing with Google Scribe and wanted to see if patterns emerged so…

I have my Google account set up with English as the preferred language, my br…

For the last 2 years LinkedIn has been running a bad poor IT management depar…

When I just started I too had trouble with getting all the items I required t…

On August 11th 2007 I exceeded my GMail quota, I blogged about it here. At th…

Brian Szymanski send a reply to me concerning another bank implementing SMS b…

I don’t understand why url expansion after url shortening is such an is…

I just read an article Web Coupons Know Lots About You, and They Tell in the …

This morning/night China’s networks were sending rerouting messages to …

The lack of trained and experienced computer security people working in small…

Last week I saw an episode of a popular Dutch Ombudsman program Kassa, they r…

After seeing a program about a lifecoach trying to find the time to get his p…

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China acquires more than China… #hacks

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

April 9, 2010 at 3:50 am

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Trends in Local News Searching #seo

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I was reading an article in the International Herald Tribune which stated that the search in foreign countries, such as China or India, of foreign news sources, European or American, for news about the home country is high. Citizens of a country like to know what the foreign press is saying about their home country.

new york times india 
new york times china 
Google Trends for New York Times for India and China

Google Trends for New York Times for India and China

When looking at the statistics you can see that the search for India is obviously most performed in India, with second and third place locations being the United Arab Emirates and Singapore. For China the same can be seen, Hong Kong SAR is the number one searcher for China and the second and third place are taken by Singapore and Malaysia.

For me knowing how people search is as important as what they search for. Trends is a powerful tool to do this, and local knowledge is just as important. Whether you are targeting specific regions or want global reach. These search trends also show that some of the targeting also affects foreign nationals overseas.

So how can you use this information?

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

April 4, 2009 at 9:29 am

National Day (国庆节)

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

October 1, 2008 at 7:28 am

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Chinese Army Day (建军节)

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First day of the month and already a holiday, it’s Armed Forces Day in the People’s Republic of China. On this day they celebrate the founding of the People’s Liberation Army.

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

August 1, 2008 at 8:30 am

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