22 March, 2018

Reverse Engineering the Cuban Sonic Weapon

Interesting analysis and…

21 March, 2018

Hijacking Computers for Cryptocurrency Mining

Interesting paper "A first look at browser-based cryptojacking": Abstract: In this paper, we examine the recent trend towards in-browser mining of cryptocurrencies; in particular, the mining of Monero through Coinhive and similar code-bases. In this model, a user visiting a website will download a JavaScript code that executes client-side in her browser, mines a cryptocurrency, typically without her consent…

20 March, 2018

Dan Geer on the Dangers of Computer-Only Systems

A good warning, delivered in classic Dan Geer…

19 March, 2018

Israeli Security Attacks AMD by Publishing Zero-Day Exploits

Last week, the Israeli security company CTS Labs published a series of exploits against AMD chips. The publication came with the flashy website, detailed whitepaper, cool vulnerability names -- RYZENFALL, MASTERKEY, FALLOUT, and CHIMERA -- and logos we've come to expect from these sorts of things. What's new is that the company only gave AMD a day's notice, which…

16 March, 2018

Friday Squid Blogging: New Squid Species Discovered in Australia

A new species of pygmy squid was discovered in Western Australia. It's pretty cute. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered. Read my blog posting guidelines…

16 March, 2018

Interesting Article on Marcus Hutchins

This is a good article on the complicated story of hacker Marcus…

15 March, 2018

Artificial Intelligence and the Attack/Defense Balance

Artificial intelligence technologies have the potential to upend the longstanding advantage that attack has over defense on the Internet. This has to do with the relative strengths and weaknesses of people and computers, how those all interplay in Internet security, and where AI technologies might change things. You can divide Internet security tasks into two sets: what humans do…

14 March, 2018

The 600+ Companies PayPal Shares Your Data With

One of the effects of GDPR -- the new EU General Data Protection Regulation -- is that we're all going to be learning a lot more about who collects our data and what they do with it. Consider PayPal, that just released a list of over 600 companies they share customer data with. Here's a good visualization of that…

13 March, 2018

E-Mailing Private HTTPS Keys

I don't know what to make of this story: The email was sent on Tuesday by the CEO of Trustico, a UK-based reseller of TLS certificates issued by the browser-trusted certificate authorities Comodo and, until recently, Symantec. It was sent to Jeremy Rowley, an executive vice president at DigiCert, a certificate authority that acquired Symantec's certificate issuance business after…

12 March, 2018

Greyshift Sells Phone Unlocking Services

Here's another company that claims to unlock phones for a…

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