Last week researchers at online security company Trustwave Infosec re-confirmed ‘password1’ as the top choice in a study of 626,718 hashed passwords collected by the security company whilst carrying out penetration tests during 2013-14. Nearly 54% of the hashes submitted to decryption within minutes, including evergreen top-ten favourites such as ‘Hello123’, ‘password’ and ‘Password123’.
The company’s threat intelligence manager Karl Sigler wrote that ‘A sequence of six lowercase letters followed by two numbers led 2013’s study at 10 per cent of cracked passwords’, and noted that in this respect the pattern remains unchanged from 2013. The list itself seems to belong in the late 1980s.”
Speaking on US television, Sir Peter Westmacott, said voice recognition technology had been used to pin down the identity of the man, believed to be a British born militant from London who calls himself John.
"We are not far away from that [identifying the man who beheaded James Foley]," he said. "[W]e are putting a lot into it, using voice recognition technology to try to identify him. I cannot say more than this but I know that we are close."
But he warned that the fighter was just one of many militants – hundreds of them from the UK – prepared to murder and die for the self-proclaimed Islamic State, formerly known as Isis. “This problem goes beyond one horrific criminal. As many as 500 British subjects have gone to Syria or Iraq to take part in jihad. There are more going from other European countries, too, and this is a betrayal of all our values,” he said during an interview with CNN.”
Mr Back, 55, a national newspaper photographer for 25 years who is to be found in Downing Street’s press pen most days, said his images of Mr Thompson carrying an internal BBC email detailing a defence of its coverage of spending cuts were just the latest proof of document-based carelessness by public figures.
He said: “It’s astonishing really. These are people out in public with papers containing important information. They know that there is a photographer outside No 10 and yet they just don’t cover them up. I must have spoken to the Downing Street press office a dozen times to say: ‘For God’s sake tell them to cover up their documents.’
"It is all down to digital technology. Images come out so sharp now that you can read detail that film cameras simply could not pick out. I would say I see a minister carrying readable documents once a month."”
One of a series of videos produced from aerial footage, shot with a GoPro camera from the Right To Flight balloon, two hundred feet above the streets of Peckham, South London.
These videos continue my use of the “rorsching” technique, previously used on Google Maps, Street View, and NYC traffic cameras (rorschmap.com), to transform automated and potentially infinite, “neutral” data and footage into abstracted artworks, inviting contemplation and analysis while reducing their utility as information or surveillance.