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17 Mar 2019

A short history of DNS over HTTP (so far) Internet
The IETF is in the midst of a vigorous debate about DNS over HTTP or DNS over HTTPS, abbreviated as DoH. How did we get there, and where do we go from here?

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Stable link is https://jl.ly/Internet/dohsofar.html

24 Jan 2019

What's wrong with this security model? Internet
I'm moving some of my financial accounts to Lively, a fintech startup. We've had the usual chit-chat about details of where the money is coming from on the messaging system on their web site. It works fine, when there's something new they send me a note saying to log in and check my messages. Except that today they sent me a message through a third party "secure" messaging service. To protect the guilty, we'll call it Hubri.

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Stable link is https://jl.ly/Internet/sosecret.html

05 Sep 2018

GDPR didn't affect spam? Not so fast. Internet

I have recently become aware of a blog post from Recorded Future that attempts to analyse the effects of the GDPR on online security. Unfortunately, it starts by asking an irrelevant question, and then goes on to use irrelevant metrics to come to a meaningless answer.

The premise of Recorded Future's article -- that spammers would send more spam and register more domains because GDPR came into effect -- tells us nothing useful about how GDPR affects anything. It's the wrong question, it's not a question most security people are concerned with, and it ignores how spam and spammers work.

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Stable link is https://jl.ly/Internet/recorded-future.html

12 Feb 2018

Why is it so hard to run a Bitcoin exchange? Internet
One of the chronic features of the Bitcoin landscape is that Bitcoin exchanges screw up and fail, starting with Mt. Gox. There's nothing conceptually very hard about running an exchange, so what's the problem?

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Stable link is https://jl.ly/Internet/bithard.html

01 Feb 2018

How many people can you pay with bitcoins? Internet

An aquaintance wrote:

I think it's an open question as to whether that belief can sustain a meaningfully high Bitcoin price. There has never been a currency or asset that has been so easily tradable among every person in the world (even among anonymous people). ...

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Stable link is https://jl.ly/Internet/bitsome.html

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