Where to Find Things Out: People

A Diverse Miscellany of Resources on People in Albuquerque and Beyond

Obviously you should start with the search engines:
Google, Yahoo, Bing at the very least.

Continue with the social networks:
LinkedIn, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter at the very least,
Xing.com, Ecademy.com and Ryze.com.

The Albuquerque Journal’s Online Archives: Stories, email and pictures since 1995.
Subscription required for most material.

Journal Watchdog: DWI Resource Center, arrest data, MADD, Courts, business records, even airplane marking identification.

InvestiDate: How to Investigate Your Date.
More of a “how-to” than a direct resource, but the webinar classes look promising.

CriminalCheck.com: Search criminal records by name.

Data on criminals who live in your neighborhood:

State District and magistrate courts: Criminal and civil cases by party name or case number.

Bernalillo County: Searchable records for Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court.

Municipal Courts: Online municipal court databases. Most municipal courts don’t have websites; you may have to visit in person.

The National Center for State Courts, http://www.ncsconline.org, helps locate state and federal courts.

GovEngine.com lists local courts.

Search for properties and their owners at the Bernalillo County Property Tax Search page: http://www.bernco.gov/property-tax-search-disclaimer/

To research attorneys, see FindLaw.com.

To research doctors, see the AMA site at http://www.ama-assn.org.


eChannelLine.com’s 10 IT Predictions for 2012

This is an interesting little list. Some of the predictions should be no surprise: big data will continue to grow.

But others offer just the clues we IT people need to study up on coming trends, and capitalize on them. And I do mean capitalize as in “capitalism,” which is to say, we have become recognized as critical players; therefore we must be paid and treated accordingly. Frankly, a large number of us do not need jobs. We only need clients. And there are literally millions of clients.

Check out the eChannelLine.com predictions here:

Microsoft will be able to remove Windows 8 apps remotely

Consider the contrasting models, and the results of their choices.

On the one hand is the Walled Garden approach of Apple, with strict (some would say onerous) screening of apps, and Apple’s ability to remove apps they deem dangerous (or subversive, or whatever it is).

On the other hand is the Android Market, which has already distributed malware more than once. One variant is Amazon’s control of Kindle Fire apps, but there’s little question that users have quite a bit of discretion with their devices.

It’s reasonable to argue that security is very much enhanced when an OS maker can wipe a malware app from every machine. But one person’s malware is another person’s mandatory feature; rootkits, for instance. How comfortable are you when that company is Microsoft? Consider it here:


The Great Linux Migration: Linuxcareer.com gives the details

I know lots of consultants and support people, because hundreds of them have come through my classrooms. One new independent is leaving his Windows roots and supporting Linux. Another long-time indie actively steers clients from (dear God) Small Business Server to free Linux platforms.

Personally, I support any move that frees companies, expands their capabilities and improves their security and stability. But you know that. Don’t take my word for these things; consider the (not disinterested) words of Linuxcareer.com:


Videos on ISECOM and the OSSTMM

I’ve been meaning to pass along these videos from Pete Herzog and ISECOM on the OSSTMM:

A few videos on the OSSTMM and ISECOM:  #days: Pete Herzog: No More of the Same Bad Security http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcILY0mLEUo  Pete Herzog on ISECOM and the OSSTMM with infraguard http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQe7d_2WG30&feature=related  A classic from 2002! H2K2: Open-Source Security Testing Methodology  Manual http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYWDgRO6VT0  Sincerely, -pete.

Those SCADA attacks just keep coming, says the FBI

The SCADA threat is getting awfully muddied. So the attack on Springfield, Ill. wasn’t at attack after all (though it still cost a fortune). But now the FBI admits three cities experienced penetration of their SCADA systems, which does not lend me comfort.

Read more at NakedSecurity:

Which leads to another interesting consideration: Should Homeland Security control the electrical grid? Boy, talk about a double-edged sword:

Yes, Virginia, you are a criminal

Loyal reader and security researcher DW writes:

In regards to the jailbreaking article I thought I should ask you something.  I have already been able to properly hack and manage my LG 3450 Verizon Phone.  The amusing thing is now that I adjusted advanced settings the computers at the Verizon Store no longer recognize the phone but it works like a champ and is fully updated with the latest operating system.  It also has a unique operating system, according to LG, and Bitpim does not include it in their list so it may be more difficult to hack into it.

It is an old flip phone with a stub antennae but is so much cooler than the modern Samsung Intensity II that I also own.  The problem with the Samsung Intensity II is that because of the internal antenna it does not pick up carrier towers from as far away.  Sometimes, I do not get or receive text messages.  I already have had the cell phone replaced for free with a refurbished one.  Finally, it has Carrier IQ, which Verizon Wireless does not enable, but it is on Samsung phones as well as HTC phones. So now I consider my newer cell phone a piece of crap.  The only extra features I like are the Qwerty keyboard and camera that my LG 3450 cell phone lack.  So Glenn, I ask you, am I a criminal now that I jailbroke my LG 3450 cell phone that has been discontinued by Verizon Wireless?  <Grin>

To paraphrase a famous quotation, Yes, DW, you are a criminal. It’s funny to say, and I say it flippantly, but it’s also true. Under current laws, and even more so under coming legislation, you have at the very least violated your Verizon contract’s Terms of Service, as well as circumventing built-in protection measures, which likely could result in criminal charges under the DMCA. Plus other secret stuff we don’t even know about yet. You have become a Subversive, by subverting the device you own to your own purposes. Doesn’t it seem like that’s an important part of freedom?

Talk about governmental overreach: SOPA lets the Feds shut down any website – without due process

Now my friends, this is about something truly evil. Something that violates due process, presumes guilt, provides no recourse and dramatically curtails free speech.

I’m talking about the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA. Like so much of Washington’s current Orwell-speak, the title of this act deliberately conceals the powers it proposes to create.

In the name of shutting down pirate sites, SOPA would:

1. It would “require Internet providers to monitor customers’ traffic and block Web sites suspected of copyright infringement.”
(See this excellent Cnet.com article: http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-57329001-281/how-sopa-would-affect-you-faq/)
Are you ready for the federal government to monitor all traffic on the Internet?

2. It would function in the same ways, and for the same reasons, as China’s vast censorship:

It allows the U.S. attorney general to seek a court order against the targeted offshore Web site that would, in turn, be served on Internet providers in an effort to make the target virtually disappear. It’s kind of an Internet death penalty. …

section 102 of SOPA says:

“A service provider shall take technically feasible and reasonable measures designed to prevent access by its subscribers located within the United States to the foreign infringing site (or portion thereof) that is subject to the order…Such actions shall be taken as expeditiously as possible, but in any case within five days after being served with a copy of the order, or within such time as the court may order.”
(also http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-57329001-281/how-sopa-would-affect-you-faq/)

3. It would allow inspection of Internet traffic.

“It would cover IP blocking,” says Markham Erickson, head of NetCoalition, whose members include Amazon.com, Google, eBay, and Yahoo. “I think it contemplates deep packet inspection” as well, he said.
(also http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-57329001-281/how-sopa-would-affect-you-faq/)

So who’s complaining? Lots of people.

The New York Times calls SOPA the “Great Firewall of America” (and not in a complimentary sense).

Google, Facebook, Twitter, Zynga, eBay, Mozilla, Yahoo, AOL, and LinkedIn say SOPA poses “a serious risk to our industry’s continued track record of innovation and job creation, as well as to our nation’s cybersecurity.”

Yahoo has left the U.S. Chamber of Commerce because of their enthusiastic support for SOPA.

The European Parliament said don’t mess with DNS, in a resolution citing “the need to protect the integrity of the global Internet and freedom of communication by refraining from unilateral measures to revoke IP addresses or domain names.”

of ZDnet.com wrote an excellent open letter to his congressman, “Dear Congressman Posey, SOPA is both dangerous and un-American” at http://www.zdnet.com/blog/government/dear-congressman-posey-sopa-is-both-dangerous-and-un-american/11031?tag=nl.e620:

Summary: Take action. Otherwise we’re selling the Internet down the river to a couple of lobbying organizations who couldn’t care less about the future of America. …

Take, for example, the provision that allows the domain name system to be mucked with, to prevent domain names from being used by pirates. See, uh, the domain name system is designed to be redundant and self-repairing and just because you nuke a domain name here in the U.S., don’t expect that some pirate in Belarus won’t just route around things. The piracy will still go on.

But then there’s the whole complaint process, where one entity can file a complaint and the entire online payment structure for the alleged pirate can be taken down. There’s no due process in the bill.

Basically, due process means you can’t go around taking away people’s cash flow, Web sites, and domain names without some level of court oversight. Your bill does away with that, which is very bad lawmaking.

Definitely read the whole article. He points out to Posey that *his own* website could be shut down, without due process or recourse, simply because a political opponent files a SOPA complaint. That would sting, wouldn’t it Congressman?