Category Archives: Physical Security

Oil Rigs’ Software Attacked by Malware

– In the February 23, 2013 Houston Chronicle, there is an article “Malware on oil rig computers raises security fears” by Zain Shauk, which describes how malware has infiltrated safety-critical software managing the activities and control systems of oil rigs. Shauk’s article is available at…

Google—Not Being Evil, Not Doing Harm

– In a couple of columns in December 2008, I questioned whether or not Google was being true to its maxim of not being evil. At that time, I confused their motto of “Don’t be evil” with the physicians’ Hippocratic Oath of “Do no harm.” But I also argued that infringement of privacy could…

Tampering and Security

– I have maintained all along that we don’t even know about most of the cyber attacks and quite a few physical attacks that have occurred wither because we haven’t detected them or because the criminals are expert enough to cover their tracks. I recently received a package sealed with tape that…