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Friday Squid Blogging: Person in Squid Suit Takes Dog for a Walk

No, I don’t understand it, either. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven’t covered. Read my blog posting guidelines here.

I Am Not Satoshi Nakamoto

This isn’t the first time I’ve received an e-mail like this: Hey! I’ve done my research and looked at a lot of facts and old forgotten archives. I know that you are Satoshi, I do not want to tell anyone about this. I just wanted to say that you created weapons of mass destruction where niches remained poor and the rich got richer! When bitcoin first...

The Proliferation of Zero-days

The MIT Technology Review is reporting that 2021 is a blockbuster year for zero-day exploits: One contributing factor in the higher rate of reported zero-days is the rapid global proliferation of hacking tools. Powerful groups are all pouring heaps of cash into zero-days to use for themselves — and they’re reaping the rewards. At the top of the food...

ROT8000

ROT8000 is the Unicode equivalent of ROT13. What’s clever about it is that normal English looks like Chinese, and not like ciphertext (to a typical Westerner, that is).

FBI Had the REvil Decryption Key

The Washington Post reports that the FBI had a decryption key for the REvil ransomware, but didn’t pass it along to victims because it would have disrupted an ongoing operation. The key was obtained through access to the servers of the Russia-based criminal gang behind the July attack. Deploying it immediately could have helped the victims, including...

Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services Hack

Apparently, a nation-state hacked Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services. Not sure why Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services is of any interest to a nation-state, but that’s probably just my failure of imagination.

Friday Squid Blogging: Ram’s Horn Squid Shells

You can find ram’s horn squid shells on beaches in Texas (and presumably elsewhere). As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven’t covered. Read my blog posting guidelines here.

Zero-Click iMessage Exploit

Citizen Lab released a report on a zero-click iMessage exploit that is used in NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware. Apple patched the vulnerability; everyone needs to update their OS immediately. News articles on the exploit.

Identifying Computer-Generated Faces

It’s the eyes: The researchers note that in many cases, users can simply zoom in on the eyes of a person they suspect may not be real to spot the pupil irregularities. They also note that it would not be difficult to write software to spot such errors and for social media sites to use it to remove such content. Unfortunately, they also note that now...

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

This is a current list of where and when I am scheduled to speak: I’m keynoting CIISec Live—an all-online event—September 15-16, 2021. I’m speaking at the Infosecurity Magazine EMEA Autumn Online Summit on September 21, 2021. I’m speaking at the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law Conference in Plano, Texas, USA, September 22-23, 2021. I’m speaking...

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