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Tag Archives: authentication

Are Social Media Bots “Good”?

– I found it really eye-opening to read Nick Bilton’s article “Phony Friends, Real Profit” which appeared on page E2 of The New York Times of November 20, 2014, and seems to be in favor of using bots to represent fakes. Either Bilton was writing with his tongue in his cheek or, if not, was…

It’s About Time … Tamper-Proofing Aircraft Systems

– It took a while after the disappearance of flight MH370 and a series of harebrained conspiracy theories … a month in fact … before the necessity to tamper-proof avionics became a topic for discussion. For example, Andy Pasztor and Jon Ostrower wrote a piece in The Wall Street Journal…

NSA: IAM … What IAM?

– Update: It has been several weeks since the Snowden leaks and, at time of writing, his every move, real and virtual, is being tracked by the media. While Snowden having access to top-secret information was mentioned briefly, as noted in this column, it wasn’t until weeks after the leaks (and…

The FFIEC and Password-Generating Tokens

– In June 2011, the FFIEC (Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council) issued a “Supplement to Authentication in an Internet Banking Environment,” available at http://www.ffiec.gov/pdf/Auth-ITS-Final%206-22-11%20(FFIEC%20Formated).pdf The FFIEC comprises five financial regulatory…

Will the Real Sam DeKay Stand Up?

– Dr. Sam DeKay sent me an open letter via this very blog medium on June 1, 2009. But how do I know the letter is from the same Sam whom I know and admire, and not from some wily interloper who had hacked into the site and was masquerading as Sam? Well, I was able […] …