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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…

FAA, GAO … Please Read My Book!

– … and my articles, columns, etc. about the dangers of connecting information systems to control systems. The GAO (US Government Accountability Office) released an April 2015 report, GAO-15-370, on the cybersecurity of air traffic control and avionics systems, with the title “Air Traffic…

Big, Small and Personal Data

– There have been many articles of late bemoaning the fact that personal data are being collected in ever-vaster amounts and being analyzed to build broader profiles of each and every one of us that lead to targeted marketing and fraudulent activities. There have been many questions raised about how…