Weekend Reads 121517

Crooks who make and deploy ATM skimmers are constantly engaged in a cat-and-mouse game with financial institutions, which deploy a variety of technological measures designed to defeat skimming devices. The latest innovation aimed at tipping the scales in favor of skimmer thieves is a small, battery powered device that provides crooks a digital readout indicating whether an ATM likely includes digital anti-skimming technology. —Krebs on Security

Not long ago, phishing attacks were fairly easy for the average Internet user to spot: Full of grammatical and spelling errors, and linking to phony bank or email logins at unencrypted (http:// vs. https://) Web pages. Increasingly, however, phishers are upping their game, polishing their copy and hosting scam pages over https:// connections — complete with the green lock icon in the browser address bar to make the fake sites appear more legitimate. —Krebs on Security

As the European Union General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) looms, a privacy stripping email setting continues in widespread use around the world. It threatens sensitive communications that containing personally-identifiable information, intellectual property, financial information, and your most intimate photos. —Free Code Camp

This week, the Supreme Court will hear a case with profound implications on your security and privacy in the coming years. The Fourth Amendment’s prohibition of unlawful search and seizure is a vital right that protects us all from police overreach, and the way the courts interpret it is increasingly nonsensical in our computerized and networked world. The Supreme Court can either update current law to reflect the world, or it can further solidify an unnecessary and dangerous police power. —Schneier on Security

It is true, as both Mendelsohn and Connolly state, that video is a far more powerful medium to deliver information. In that truth, though, lies a grave danger. It is far easier to manipulate the emotions through video than it is through the written word. Video conveys information through something akin to osmosis, the recipient need only to open his eyes and ears for the information transfer. Reading, on the other hand, requires an active participant, it demands the recipient of information think through and imagine the arguments or story, and to digest the meaning over time. —Intellectual Takeout

It is the mixture of private and communal property that is of interest. Aristotle writes that systems that take the best from both private and collective ownership are “already present in outline form in some city-states, which implies that it is not impracticable.” He mentions Sparta particularly, including a provision for collective property providing “when on a journey in the countryside, they may take what provisions they need from the fields.” —Law and Liberty