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April Fools 2010

April 1, 2010

April 1st is always a fun day for technologists.  Pranks, jokes, and spoofs have a special place in many geek’s hearts, and what could be more enticing than an entire day devoted to it?  The allure is difficult for many to ignore, thus on April 1st productivity essentially goes through the floor as those who have devised something for the holiday release it to the world, and everyone else is constantly distracted as they are forwarded links for each newly-discovered April Fools prank on the Intercloud.  On April 1st, it’s quite hard to stay focused…

Here’s my April Fools 2010 link roundup:

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April Fools!

April 1, 2007

April Fools Day has always been a fun day for technology people, especially online. It seems to have become even more so for security people, as every April 1st the security mailing lists get hit with lots of April Fools advisories, fake tool releases, fake announcements from big projects and organizations like Metasploit and the EFF, fake RFC standards, and just an overall flood of craziness.

Of course I have to contribute, so every year I put out an April Fool’s security advisory. The one I released this year was entitled Window Transparency Information Disclosure.

Apparently, so far this year, mine is Bruce Schneier’s favorite, which he noted on his blog. Something I always try to accomplish with my April Fools advisories is to make them believable while still being fairly ridiculous. One of the comments to Schneier’s blog post by “Alex” points out the legitimacy of the vulnerability described in my advisory and calls into question whether or not it is actually an April Fool’s joke, which is exactly the reaction I always shoot for (:

You can find the definitive list of online April Fools jokes for 2007 here.

Diebold Fails as Badly at Physical Security as They Do at Digital Security

January 29, 2007

I love Diebold, I really do… they’re a non-stop fountain of hilarity… I can’t believe they are still in business.