anonymous___power_to_the_people__by_alleyismine-d64q904It’s been a chilling experience for Sony Pictures, and a little surreal for those observing. It could be one of their movies….

Bruce Schneier has some thoughts. The hacking incident has shocked many, although any of us in information security may not be particularly surprised.

After many years in information security I am continually disappointed by the lack of focus there is in securing an organisations information assets. This includes intellectual property (IP), and anything information that needs to be protected in generating IP. The focus on being ‘compliant’ and finding ways to get that tick-box without really being really serious about doing what is right, is worrying. I wrote a post in April this year that dives into this subject.

Of course if an organisation is not serious about protecting its IP, how can you expect it to protect your personal information, as employees, customers and partners? The lack of measures taken to secure employee personal information brings home the fact that when it comes to securing our personal data, and anything we generate, i.e. digital footprint, it is up to us all individually to take control. It seems that we can’t trust anyone else…

But how is this possible? Well take a look at Lequinox, they have turned the identity paradigm upside-down. See if you can get your head around this way of thinking? They are empowering the individual, each one of us is to take control over what belongs to us.  You control (and legally own) your digital identity and your digital footprint, and every identity in the world controls their own identity.  It is the Lequinox technology with its cryptographic black box of magic that makes this possible. If you understand this, you will see that in the future, potentially it is you that is in control…

The DDOS attacks, impacted the availability of the websites of train operators SJ, as well as those of south Swedish public transit operator Skånetrafiken, Region Skåne, and Sweden’s alcohol retail monopoly Systembolaget.

A group of 16 year olds have claimed responsibility, but this is not yet confirmed. No reason yet apparent on why this was done. Perhaps a disgruntled customer? More in English here.

If you have any updates, opinions on whats behind this, please post, I am very interested!

Really sad when any person dies so young, only 35 years old, and Barnaby Jack was really making a difference. He hacked into devices, e.g. medical devices, that administer insulin and medical devices in general. He proved that he could hack in a administer lethal does to the barer. He forced medical companies to rethink their design!

Very sad. This year has lost first Steve Jobs, and Apple is still reeling from this loss, and now, last friday Barnaby Jack; both in their prime. Read more on Barnaby Jack in the Washington Post.