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Security quotes of the week

The password can't contain obscene language.
-- AT&T goes a bit overboard (as reported by ars technica)

So what is the solution to the copyright wars? It's the same solution we need to the press-regulation wars, to the war on terror, to the surveillance wars, to the pornography wars: to acknowledge that the internet is the nervous system of the information age, and that preserving its integrity and freedom from surveillance, censorship and control is the essential first step to securing every other desirable policy goal.
-- Cory Doctorow

GPS always reports you at the GooglePlex
Contacts list shows Justin Beiber as your only friend
Outbound packets over cell network should require visual inspection and confirmation
[...]
Continuous face detection - if non-owner detected, explode phone
-- Steve Kondik (aka Cyanogen) has some ideas for a secret agent Android fork
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Security quotes of the week

Posted Apr 4, 2013 6:32 UTC (Thu) by khim (subscriber, #9252) [Link]

What's so funny in the AT&T quote? Note that “the password can't contain obscene language” is listed right after “the password can't contain the words "password", "admin", "pa$$w0rd", or other common words”. I don't think AT&T cares too much about shock value of “obscene language” but the fact is that vocabulary of an “obscene language” is even more limited then that of regular language and thus easily guessable. If you'll invent particularly creative swear word not easily guessable from the list of normal swear words AT&T will allow it just fine.

Security quotes of the week

Posted Apr 5, 2013 10:45 UTC (Fri) by debacle (subscriber, #7114) [Link]

Why do they mention "obscene language" as something special? Do they list "colour names", "animal species", no "catholic saints" or whatever? Why don't they just say "no common words"? It just looks funny.

Security quotes of the week

Posted Apr 5, 2013 14:39 UTC (Fri) by bronson (subscriber, #4806) [Link]

Because they don't want to owe FCC fines when the passwords get leaked?

More seriously, maybe they expect you'll need to tell it to a customer service rep over the phone? Big fail if so.

Security quotes of the week

Posted Apr 8, 2013 7:28 UTC (Mon) by dvdeug (subscriber, #10998) [Link]

The article points out that fucker1 gets through, as does fuck3r. Neither is particularly creative.


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