PGP could have lived on

In 1994 Philip Zimmerman wrote the book “PGP Source Code and Internals“. This book contained boring source code. It was a means to and end to get PGP shipped overseas, legally, so other people, besides Americans, can use this tool to securely communicate with each other. Exporting this encryption software was not allowed. Why? The […]

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People who are excellent in writing about security

Just read this article The Motherboard Guide to Not Getting Hacked. It’s a bit of a long read but worthwhile. If you read this one from Brian Krebs as well, then you can show off at cocktail party’s. I loved this part about privacy: ” Take a break from the wired world and meet people […]

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Japan exposes weak passwords of IoT devices

The Japanese government approved a plan that will allow government workers to log in to IoT devices as part of a big effort to secure IoT devices.  It will be carried out by employees of the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) under the supervision of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. […]

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NANHAISHU RATing the South China Sea

Note the intended pun by F-secure: RATing (RAT=Remote Access Tool). My take away from this whitepaper from F-Secure: some preventatives control could have stopped or at least delayed this attack.  Mentioning “delayed” here since it is capable of receiving and executing additional JScript and VBScript code. That could have bought the company’s/government security team some […]

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Sandboxing

What to do with a file you want to check for maliciousness? A virus scanner is so 2010. Just Sandbox it! Sandboxing is a proven technique for detecting malware and targeted attacks. Network sandboxes monitor network traffic for suspicious objects and automatically submit them to the sandbox environment, where they are analyzed and assigned malware […]

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Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Declaration consists of 30 articles affirming an individual’s rights. Adopted in 1948, this year it’s the 70th birthday. Article 1 is my favorite: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. United […]

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The Singapore health attack and the dwell time

When visiting Singapore in November 2018, I read an article in the local newspaper of an attack that apparently took place in the first half of 2018. The hack involved 1.5 million compromised (accessed, not modified) patient records of Singaporeans, out of a total of 5.01 Mln, including a famous patient: the prime minister of […]

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Planet Elektro

  Beautiful documentary with Leo Blokhuis about the electronic music and the role of the synthesizer in like the Roland TR-808, also called ‘the monster”. Listen here to find out which songs have been made with this Synthesizer.   Watch it here. Kraftwerk, Madonna, Prince, OMD, Donna Summer, Georgio Moroder, Tubeway army Some commentary is […]

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