Youtube’s ban on “hacking techniques” threatens to shut down all of infosec Youtube:

Infosec’s watchword is “sunlight is the best disinfectant.” If you want to prove that a product is genuinely defective, it’s not enough to make the claim: you have to back it up with demos that anyone else can replicate — otherwise the companies will straight up call you a liar and assure their customers that there’s nothing to worry about.

Yesterday, Youtube froze Kody Kinzie’s longrunning Cyber Weapons Lab channel, citing a policy that bans “Instructional hacking and phishing: Showing users how to bypass secure computer systems.” He now has a “strike,” which prevents him from uploading any new videos.

… Youtube banning security disclosures doesn’t make products more secure, nor will it prevent attackers from exploiting defects — but it will mean that users will be the last to know that they’ve been trusting the wrong companies, and that developers will keep on making the same stupid mistakes…forever.

(Via Boing Boing)

Mind-bogglingly short-sighted by Youtube, but not surprising.

I don’t often go political, but in the wake of retroactively creating airports to take over for the US War of Independence this is worth more a mere note:

UK’s top envoy in US says Trump executive ‘inept’: report:

Britain’s ambassador in the United States has described President Donald Trump and his administration as “inept” and “uniquely dysfunctional”, according to leaked diplomatic memos published by the Mail on Sunday.

Ambassador Kim Darroch reportedly said Trump’s presidency could “crash and burn” and “end in disgrace”, in the cache of secret cables and briefing notes sent back to Britain seen by the newspaper.

“We don’t really believe this administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept,” Darroch allegedly wrote in one dispatch.

© 2019 AFP

(Via Japan Today)

The ambassador’s memo is unfortunate in that it is accurate.

A leaked cable from the British ambassador to the US, sent home to the
British Foreign and Commonwealth Office has the ambassador calling Trump
“insecure,” “incompetent” and “inept.” In the ambassador’s defense,
it’s completely true. Trump has not yet commented on the news.

(Via Boing Boing)

And this isn’t even the most egregious thing of which to be aware of with this administration, sadly.

PVC Security will soon go off to a farm in the country where it can play with other podcasts.

Edgar Rojas, Timothy DeBlock, Chris Madalena, Tracy Maleeff, and Paul R. Jorgensen very much enjoyed the time with you. They’re still around on various platforms, so don’t miss out.

You will be able to find the show archives by searching on archive.org or prjorgensen.com [coming soon]. Worst case, Tim or Paul has a local copy of the show you want. Ping either on the Twitter or other social media and they may be able to help, time permitting.

On behalf of the whole team, Thank You, The Listener, for letting us sing and talk and do our thing for 99 episodes.

Doing this show with these folks was so much fun. I wish we could have kept it up. If you haven’t listened, take the time to download all of the shows and start your journey from the beginning in Kansas City, of all places.

Thank you, Dear Listener!

p.s. as mentioned, I’m working on incorporating the PVCSec material into this site for continued access, but it may succumb to bit rot and lack of available effort. Follow the archive.org like above in case I don’t.

Inspiration from Brittany Packnett, Marcus Aurelius, Simon Sinek, and More – The Simple Dollar:

Marcus Aurelius on your thoughts and your life

The things you think about determine the quality of your mind. The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.” – Marcus Aurelius

Perhaps the single biggest revelation I had during the last ten years is that I have a ton of control over what I think about, and what I think about ends up shaping how I feel about a lot of things, how I react to things, and what I choose to do in life.

An example: if I spend my time thinking negative thoughts about working out, it’s not going to be long before I’m simply completely uninterested in working out and I’m going to stop any sort of workout routine. Rather, if I catch myself thinking negative thoughts about it, I intentionally kill them and start thinking positive thoughts instead. “This will feel good. This will make me healthier. This will be fun. Remember how much you enjoyed that workout a few weeks ago? What did you do during that? Let’s recreate it!” Thinking thoughts like that intentionally gets me more excited about exercising, makes it go better, and makes me feel better about it afterwards, and eventually I don’t really have those negative thoughts any more.

This is true for everything. You have so much power over what you choose to think about things, and if you choose to think negative thoughts about the better but more challenging things in life, things will go poorly. Save your negative thoughts for the things that actually harm you and then let them fly, but give positive thoughts to the good things in life, like the person who’s nice to you even when you feel grumpy. That person is awesome. Think about how awesome that person is.

(Via The Simple Dollar)