Bleu, Jeff, and Sean dig into some meaty topics for this week’s Universal Geek. Bleu provides a special report on Wizard World in Chicago, Jeff gives a report on an intrusive facial recognition system utilized by state and city governments called Trapwire. It is enough to make you think every crazy conspiracy theory you’ve ever heard might be true.
Geek News Shownotes
CONVENTIONS, GATHERINGS, SEMINARS
INTERNET, PRIVACY, CYBERCRIME
Is Fan Art/Fan Fic Legal?(s)
Are Pirates the New Witches (s)
Mat Honan details the Amazon and Apple security flaws that let hackers wipe his MacBook (Bleu)
Abraxis Corporation, TrapWire and AntiLeaks – probably best saved for another show, as this is a very large story. (Jeff)
- Anonymous hacked Stratfor intelligence firm, released 5.5 million emails to WikiLeaks
- WikiLeaks releases a batch of these emails which include details on Trapwire. A massive nation-wide surveillance system is already in place.
- WikiLeaks is then attacked and taken offline via sustained DDoS by a group calling themselves AntiLeaks. TrapWire articles disappear from other news sites as well.
- Close to home: 1,500 new security cameras (or more) have been installed at CTA and Metra stations in Chicago, and we’re getting a $1.1 billion dollar upgrade to train cars including “several security cameras” per car.
If I seem paranoid it’s because I am, in fact, being watched.
Wearable Tech (Bleu)
– How To Reimagine Wearable Technology
– MetaWatch STRATA: the Smartwatch for the iPhone 4S & Android