Weekend Reads 011524

Thanks to Mark Prosser for a few links to add to the pile this week.

There’s a rumor flying around the Internet that OpenAI is training foundation models on your Dropbox documents.

Microsoft found that a popular form of video-based training reduces phish-clicking behavior by about 3%, at best. This number has been stable over the years, says Microsoft, while phishing attacks are increasing yearly.

The Internet Architecture Board (IAB) has warned that policy proposals requiring or enabling the automated scouring of people’s devices for illegal material – as floated by the European Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States – threaten the open internet.

Another update of the Ultimate PCAP is available. Again, there are some special new packets in there which I want to point out here. Feel free to download the newest version to examine those new protocols and packets by yourself. Featuring: SNMPv3, WoL, IPMI, HSRP, Zabbix, Pile of Poo, and Packet Comments.

The Genesis Market began operating in 2017, four years after Silk Road closed shop. Like its predecessor, though, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other law enforcement agencies took the Genesis Market down last April.

Miyake events are believed to be several orders of magnitude greater than the Carrington Event. It is not clear what causes the event.

The classical definition of a robot is something that senses, thinks, and actsラthatメs todayメs Internet. Weメve been building a world-sized robot without even realizing it.

The average cost of data breaches has been rising almost steadily since 2017. In 2017, the average cost was “merely” $3.62M. In 2023, it reached an all-time high of $4.45M in 2023. In the past three years, average breach costs increased by 15%.

Lars-Johan Liman, Netnod’s DNS nestor, makes a few personal reflections on the 20th anniversary of Netnod’s deployment of anycast – a technology that is a crucial part of the infrastructure of Netnod’s modern DNS services.

You know those little jokes that centre around a person with a PhD being on a plane, and someone asks for a doctor, and they say they aren’t that kind of doctor but the emergency involves their field of study?

The dark forest theory of the web points to the increasingly life-like but life-less state of being online.Dark Forest Theory of the Internet by Yancey Strickler Most open and publicly available spaces on the web are overrun with bots, advertisers, trolls, data scrapers, clickbait, keyword-stuffing “content creators,” and algorithmically manipulated junk.

After a decade or so of the general sentiment being in favor of the internet and social media as a way to enable more speech and improve the marketplace of ideas, in the last few years the view has shifted dramatically—now it seems that almost no one is happy.

When I first fell in love with the web, it was a radically different place. Aside from the many technical improvements that have been made, I feel like the general culture of the web has changed a lot as well.

And everyone is talking—correctly or not—in the language of therapy, peppering conversations with references to gaslighting, toxic people, and boundaries.