Thursday, February 16, 2012

Time for a Jubilee or something

Because basically every single foreclosure they looked at was invalid somehow or other. Seems almost like at this point, if you want to claim that a homeowner is supposed to be making mortgage payments to you, the burden of proof for your being entitled that should be on you. At least if the property in question changed hands since 2002 or so. You have to prove that fakery wasn't committed someplace. If nobody can prove a properly documented claim, the person living there should be presumed to have clear title. Especially if he's been paying taxes on it, claiming it as his primary residence.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Side Channel

In the analysis of communications security, a side channel is a leakage of information out of a secure channel, typically via some physical effect that was not considered by the device's designers. Sexy examples in cryptanalysis include tricks like monitoring fluctuations in the power consumption of a device as it decrypts a known message. Here is a kind of stupid but more real-world example, not limited to Android as the headline suggests.