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Wishing for a Data Glitter Bomb

By Steve Jones,

I live out in the country, with no houses near my home. If you follow me on Twitter, you might see pictures of my front yard, which shown the nearest house is quite far away. As a result, I haven't had any issues with package thieves. I'd be surprised if anyone had much trouble out in our area, as it's not easy to see packages on most houses from the street and more than a few of my neighbors are type that might respond to thievery with overwhelming force.

That's not the case for many people that live in suburban or urban areas, where package thievery is becoing a regular occurrence. I arn across a story of an engineer that created a glitter bomb to penalize and get information about some thieves. The video is interesting and it's fun to watch, although there are some questions as to whether this actually caught any thieves. Still, it's a good idea and likely was a fun project. Perhaps overkill as I've know some friends that caught thieves on video that the police used to capture the individuals.

It's the end of the year, and 2018 was a year rife with lots of data theft by hackers. As I think back on the year, and worry about what might be coming in addition to ransomware, malware, and ingenious social engineering, I wish there were a good way to seed data with a glitter bomb equivalent that might make it easy to track them down. I'd certainly love to know who has handled information, especially with regards to the methods used to gain access. I know there are forensic tools and methods that can determine how and when data was accessed, which might prove valuable in the aftermath of a data breach.

I'd like something else. Something more impactful. A data bomb that might embarress and humiiliate thieves, one that might expose them for the criminals they are. Perhaps a bomb that might get them to rethink their career choice. Spy thrillers are full of misinformation capers and that could be one way to get back at anyone that gets your data. It's unlikely that any such plot would really work or even have an impact on the number of data breaches taking place, but it might be fun setting one up.

I hope you've had a secure 2018 and haven't lost data and the same happens in 2019.

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