Tag Archives: malware

Malicious vs. Malevolent Software Programs

– I was recently criticized—and rightly so—for interpreting malware to mean “malevolent software” when indeed it is commonly used to mean malicious software, whereas malevolent is used to describe programs—malograms?! So, I decided to look up some definitions. Here is what I found.…

Cybersecurity Lessons from the Pandemic: Prevention

– Prevention lies somewhere between avoidance and protection, and preventative methods can belong to either. For example, what is stopping outsiders from entering your country or state or town in order to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus? Some might say that is avoidance. Others might…

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…

Securing the Web – Dream On

– There are times when a reasonable person might have doubts about their views on a particular topic, especially when so few others appear to advocate the same drastic measures as oneself. So imagine my surprise and sense of validation when I attended a presentation by Roel Schouwenberg, who is a…

Embedded Exploits

– Two major Y2K security and safety concerns were:  embedded systems (such as control systems in elevators, power plants, automobiles, etc. would fail to operate properly when the date changed from December 31, 1999 to January 1, 2000, and computer applications that had been outsourced,…