Information Warfare

How dangerous is image file metadata?

Unless your digital camera or camera equipped cellphone is more than fifteen (15) years old, the chances are good that any pictures taken with that device contain metadata; which describes the (who, what, where, when and how) conditions under which the picture was taken. The metadata is stored with the picture in an image file, and goes everywhere the file is copied, uploaded or downloaded. But as Catherine (Cat) Schwartz learned in 2003, certain kinds of image file metadata can be rather embarrassing. At the completion of a three (3) month qualitative risk assessment, The Assurer answers the question, “How dangerous is image file metadata?” Some of the more interesting results are that high risk probability for the iPhone 4 decreased 11.5% from the 3gs, while the amount of metadata created by the Droid 2 increased by 16% over the original Motorola Droid…

Waging Information Warfare over KB971033

For users who allow Windows to automatically download and install changes on their computers, they will not be affected. But if you believe that your explicit knowledge and consent is required, in order to affect changes to your computer; Microsoft has declared Information Warfare on you.

Being “gaslighted” by Windows 7

On February 11th, Microsoft General Manager Joe Williams, discussed the upcoming Windows Activation Technologies Update for Windows 7. While this is considered an “important update,” he went on to “…stress that the Update is voluntary.” So what did Joe mean by important update, but voluntary? I found out this morning.