Top Level Domains for Companies

Yes­ter­day, Canon announced they were acquir­ing the gener­ic top lev­el domain .canon. I pre­dict as this prac­tice becomes more com­mon­place, it is going to result in a web-brows­er secu­ri­ty night­mare. There are already plen­ty of peo­ple who don’t under­stand how to read a web address to com­pre­hend if they are actu­al­ly at the site they think they are. This is going to open up a whole new world to shady folks who use con­fu­sion and social engi­neer­ing to pull off all sorts of bad things.

War on Photographers

Bruce Schneier on the cur­rent War on Pho­tog­ra­phers:

…it’s non­sense. The 9/11 ter­ror­ists did­n’t pho­to­graph any­thing. Nor did the Lon­don trans­port bombers, the Madrid sub­way bombers, or the liq­uid bombers arrest­ed in 2006. Tim­o­thy McVeigh did­n’t pho­to­graph the Okla­homa City Fed­er­al Build­ing. The Unabomber did­n’t pho­to­graph any­thing; nei­ther did shoe-bomber Richard Reid. Pho­tographs aren’t being found amongst the papers of Pales­tin­ian sui­cide bombers. The IRA was­n’t known for its pho­tog­ra­phy. Even those man­u­fac­tured ter­ror­ist plots that the US gov­ern­ment likes to talk about — the Ft. Dix ter­ror­ists, the JFK air­port bombers, the Mia­mi 7, the Lack­awan­na 6 — no pho­tog­ra­phy.