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Category Archives: General

People Problems at the NYSE

– Recent newspaper articles tried to explain the 4-hour downtime on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, which was experienced by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) during the trading day. The knee-jerk reaction was that it was a coordinated cyber attack, since The Wall Street Journal home page and United…

Software Security Recall for Jeeps

– Author’s Note: This is a follow-up to my July 27, 2015 BlogInfoSec column “Jeep Hacked, Manufacturer ‘Dismayed.’” Fiat Chrysler’s recall of vehicles for security-related, versus safety-related, vulnerabilities is a very big deal and may pave the way for an entirely new approach to…

Jeep Hacked, Manufacturer “Dismayed”

– Dismayed? Is that as much emotion that Fiat Chrysler can muster when informed that their vehicles can be hacked remotely and many of the vehicle-control systems can be taken over by researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, including those systems that handle steering and braking (okay, right…

Data Masking: Good … Information Masking: Very Bad

– As we learn more and more about the huge data breach of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), two aspects are grabbing everyone’s attention. One is the weakness of the security measures implemented by OPM and its contractors; the other is that senior management of OPM and purportedly…

Coding? OK … But Security? Ha!

– Bloomberg Businessweek did something amazing. It devoted an entire double issue (June 5-28, 2015) to computer programming. Paul Ford’s 38,000-word essay “The Code Issue” describes the origins and history of computer programming and programming languages with the intention of educating those…