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Debate is on Apple’s iPhone 5 security

Debate is on Apple’s iPhone 5 security (nextgov.com)

Phone technology and cyber security professionals are seeing risks in reliance on the new iPhone 5 fingerprint scanner. Is it more of a gimmick than something that will work at the highest levels of security? Will it meet the requirements of federal agencies? Another obvious question as the devices are deployed in the armed forces is how will they perform in wet, dirty, or other tough environments?

(update 9/17) Oh, and speaking of tough environments, your concerns with crooks severing your finger to unlock your phone might be eased—a little—by Mashable’s discussion of it.

Important to the average user is the risk of the system being hacked (by any means) and financial resources like credit accounts or the Apple store compromised. Fingerprint data, if  archived in the cloud, will become an irresistible target for hackers.

The challenge for Apple will be to satisfy both customers who are fans of Apple’s ease-of-use and those who depend upon the devices for business and work.

Russ Imrie, Sept 16, 2013

JAVA Still messed up after faux patch SHUT IT OFF Dagnabit?

Oracle‘s recent patch to cobble up a fix for Java’s security hole is out. OK.

To boot, reports are circulating that out in the world, a fake patch is actually ANOTHER infection. Good grief.

So the sordid saga of Java stewardship under Harry Ellison’s Oracle slithers on…meanwhile, cable TV is rolling out a new reality program – “PC Java Wars” Rescue will NOT arrive on the giant Catamaran zig-zagging back and forth offshore.

Researchers (in a Threatpost report) say not only is the patch weak, ineffective, and an embarrassment but they went ahead and doubled down.

They have dug up another one while scanning the first.
In a word, “shut off Java in your browsers” – javascript seems ok but that’s a much weaker animal, even if tried to reach up and just nip at your wrist, not your arse

Russ Imrie 2013

distant US Capitol dome

U.S. Capitol SOTU eve, 2011 – photo Russ Imrie

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