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Tag Archives: open source software

Juiced Beetle Not a Bug – Intentional Malware

– An editorial column in the September 24, 2015 Wall Street Journal had the title “The VW Emission Bug.” The “defeat-device” software, which Volkswagen confirmed that they had installed in some of their diesel cars, certainly wasn’t a bug, as my October 5, 2015 BlogInfoSec column “When…

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…

The Threat of Artificial Intelligence

– In a recent column I argued that general columnists, such as David Brooks, don’t understand enough about certain technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), to assess their impact properly. As a result AI is considered by the general public to be much more benign than some technologists…

Heartbleed, Open Source, and Internet Security

– On page A5 of the April 24, 2014 issue of The Wall Street Journal, there is a full page “Paid Advertisement” with the title “Internet Security and Heartbleed.” The ad, which is in the form of a letter from Klaus Brandstätter, CEO of software company HOB, touts HOB-SSL as a replacement for…

The (Sorry) State of Application Security

– In January 2011, research firm Forrester Consulting published a report, which was commissioned by Microsoft, with the title “State of Application Security: Immature Practices Fuel Inefficiencies, But Positive ROI Is Attainable.” The report is available for download at…