Another reason not to fly: The TSA will no longer let you opt out of full body scanning

The TSA wants to see you naked. And now, you can’t say “no.”

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has deployed Advanced Imaging Technologies (AIT) for operational use to detect threat objects carried on persons entering airport sterile areas. AIT identifies potential threat objects on the body using Automatic Target Recognition (ATR) software to display the location of the object on a generic figure as opposed to displaying the image of the individual. TSA is updating the AIT PIA to reflect a change to the operating protocol regarding the ability of individuals to opt opt-out of AIT screening in favor of physical screening. While passengers may generally decline AIT screening in favor of physical screening, TSA may direct mandatory AIT screening for some passengers.

Because flying isn’t already humiliating enough. And the TSA really needs to know if you’re carrying anything worth stealing.

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And now, TSA will keep us safe from grandmothers with dead cell phones

If you plan to fly, don’t let your cell phone battery run out. TSA will confiscate it, all in the name of “security,” of course.

Fliers headed back to the United States who let electronic devices lose their charge risk having them confiscated, after the Transportation Security Administration announced today that it not allow cell phones, laptops and other devices onto planes at undisclosed overseas airports if they could not be turned on.

The TSA today posted a statement from Homeland Security Director Jeh Johnson describing the new policy, which is intended to reduce the risk that explosives disguised as electronic devices will make it onto aircraft.

“I have directed TSA to implement enhanced security measures in the coming days at certain overseas airports with direct flights to the United States,” the statement read. “We will work to ensure these necessary steps pose as few disruptions to travelers as possible. We are sharing recent and relevant information with our foreign allies and are consulting the aviation industry.”

And if TSA rent-a-cops happen to go home with a few iPhones every day, hey it’s the price we pay to pretend we’re safe.

Healthcare.gov may be the single biggest magnet for identity thieves in world history

Doug Ross lays the smackdown.

It appears that individual user accounts and names are indexed via Google and can expose profile information of individuals that sign up on data.healthcare.gov.

Well, isn’t that special!

…The website cost an estimated $624 million and consists of over 500 million lines of code. With the number of lines of code, this is one of the most complex applications ever written in the history of applications. To put this in comparison, the Microsoft Windows 8 operating system, which is the latest, has an estimated 50 to 80 million lines of code and has over 25 years of development and maturity. It should be noted that with 80 million lines of code, the Windows operating system has had a significant amount of “exploits” that have hit their product line since it’s early existence…

Microsoft has one of the largest and most sophisticated security development, protection, and remediation processes today. This process has taken years to mature and places security at the forefront. With a website that is over 6 times more complex than the Microsoft operating system and developed in an extremely short period of time, there is and was no foreseeable way to build security into the website…

…there are clear indicators that even basic security was not built into the healthcare.gov website. TrustedSec is confident based on the exposures identified that the website has critical risks associated with it and security concerns should be remediated immediately…

It’s a hacker’s wet dream. And of course, Obama doesn’t care.

One of the more alarming trends is that the actual security testing of the website was deferred due to project delays. The website was launched without formal testing and with known risks around the security of the applications. Even further, there was little to no security built into the website or through the development.

They left it wide open on purpose.

So when you sign up for Obamacare, your troubles are just beginning.

And I should note, if an insurance company was so cavalier with your personal data, the regulators would come down on them like a ton of bricks. Proving once again, Barack Obama puts himself above the law.

Google knows nearly every wifi password in the world

Because Android automatically uploads wifi passwords to Google’s servers. Where they’re stored in an easily retrievable format.

The bad news is that, like any American company, Google can be compelled by agencies of the U.S. government to silently spill the beans.

When it comes to Wi-Fi, the NSA, CIA and FBI may not need hackers and cryptographers. They may not need to exploit WPS or UPnP. If Android devices are offering up your secrets, WPA2 encryption and a long random password offer no protection.

I doubt that Google wants to rat out their own customers. They may simply have no choice. What large public American company would? Just yesterday, Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo, said executives faced jail if they revealed government secrets. Lavabit felt there was a choice, but it was a single person operation.

Translation? Since Google knows your wifi password, so does Barack Obama and the NSA.

The NFL goes full TSA

Starting this season you can’t bring anything bigger than a matchbox into any NFL stadium. And what you do bring has to be inside a clear plastic 12” x 6” x 12” bag. Which the NFL conveniently sells, etched with your favorite team’s logo. Oh, and there will be two security checkpoints before you’re allowed inside. All to make you “safer,” of course.

Forget about bringing your big purse or backpack — or even a cooler — to NFL games this season. They’ll all be banned, along with seat cushions and camera bags, at all NFL stadiums beginning with preseason games.

In a press release Thursday, the NFL Committee on Stadium Security said to a provide a “safer environment” and to “expedite fan entry,” NFL teams will implement a policy that will limit the size and types of bags that can be brought into stadiums.

Prohibited items include purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, seat cushions, cinch bags or camera bags.

Game-goers are allowed to bring in bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12”.  One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags are also allowed.  NFLShop.com and club merchandise outlets will be selling official NFL team logo clear plastic tote bags.

The statement said that stadiums will establish a secondary perimeter around the stadium where security will check for prohibited items.

And they wonder why their games don’t sell out.

I hear that the TSA is decommissioning their older, first-generation full-body scanners. Wanna bet Roger Goodell is snapping ’em up as fast as he can?