Smell You Later

In 2009, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security hatched a plan to use body-odor as a method of identifying individuals. The DHS wanted to establish odor based biometric signatures that could uniquely identify both friend and foe. It then might be able to determine if changes in odor could be used as a tool to provide evidence of deception. Civil liberty groups cried foul.

VANCOUVER–One of the first things we’re taught as kids is that sharing is good. If you have two Chocodiles and Billy has none, you give him one. Sharing once was the norm in the security community–or, more specifically, certain sections of it–as well, but if the atmosphere at the CanSecWest conference this year are any indication, those days are quickly coming to an end.

VANCOUVER–Authentication is one of the thornier problems in security and it’s one that’s never been solved to any real degree, despite decades of research, technological advances and trial and error. For companies such as Facebook that have to deal with authentication on a massive scale, the problem is even more difficult. Facebook is trying a number of different “social” authentication methods right now, and while some are innovative, they all come with serious drawbacks and weaknesses.

VANCOUVER–A group of researchers from VUPEN, a French security firm, was able to compromise Google Chrome in the initial stages of the Pwn2Own contest. But because of the new rules this year, that doesn’t guarantee them a win in the contest. Rather, it just gives them a nice head start.

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