Nakamoto Family Foundation

Over what now approaches a decade since Satoshi first published the Bitcoin white paper there has been continued speculation of who might be Satoshi. Over time, various people—myself included—have been imagined to be Satoshi for various reasons. Certain would-be Satoshis have made attempts to claim that they are Satoshi. Unfortunately some have even been so persistent in their claims that they have been able to confuse newcomers to the distributed [...]

REcon 2012

I’ve just recently returned from REcon 2012 and while I heard a couple people express that they had “heard” that some people were more disappointed with this year’s conference compared to prior ones, I personally really enjoyed it and felt it was the best one yet.  I saw and enjoyed more of the lectures this year than I have in the past and seemed to have better interactions with the [...]

TSA Lectures, Lies, and Rude, Dismissive Behavior

On a recent trip to Orlando, I opted out of the full-body scan at AUS, as I always do at every airport security checkpoint.  While waiting for my pat-down, I was lectured by the TSA gate agent about how safe they are, was subsequently questioned about my cellphone use as a radiation exposure comparison, and was subjected to repeated attempts to get me to change my mind and just go [...]

By |2012-02-21T13:02:38+00:00February 21st, 2012|opinion, physical security, rant, security, technology, travel|0 Comments

ToorCon 12

After a two year absence due to unavoidable other obligations like good friends’ weddings, I finally made it back to one of my favorite hacker conferences, Toorcon.  San Diego is always beautiful when I happen to be there with nice weather and a cool mix of people, both locals and visitors who are there for the conference, and this year was no exception. […]

Fame, Trinkets and Cash

Taking place over the last week was the CanSecWest 2010 security conference, with their now annual Pwn2Own contest. For those that are unfamiliar, the Pwn2Own contest presents a number of devices usually consisting of mobile or cellular devices and laptops as targets and allows contestants to attempt to compromise them in some way. These targets are patched up through the most recent vendor patches, and if a contestant is able [...]

Cleverbot Not So Clever

Yesterday I came across Cleverbot, an “AI” from icogno.  As far as I can tell, it’s an incarnation of their jabberwacky AI which supposedly learns from it’s past interactions.  I’m always skeptical of anything that is claimed to be AI, because actually creating a convincing fake AI, much less a real one, is an extremely hard problem to tackle. So, chatting up Cleverbot, my skepticism was quickly justified in my [...]

By |2009-12-29T09:32:49+00:00December 29th, 2009|opinion, technology|0 Comments

Microsoft Exploitability Index

Earlier today, this article from ComputerWorld came across my desk.  The headline grabbed my attention, having indicated controversy and disagreement, which of course I’m going to look into.  The article, which cites Microsoft’s semi-annual security intelligence report, claims that  Microsoft has only been right in it’s vulnerability exploitability predictions about 27% of the time.  Others quoted in the article purport that since their accuracy is so low, what’s the point? [...]

Review: The IDA Pro Book

When a book is so well-received by your peers as The IDA Pro Book has been, even if reverse engineering isn’t a huge part of what you do every day, you pretty much have to give it a read.  The creator of IDA Pro, Ilfak Guilfanov, even recommends it himself for a number of reasons, calling it “the most thorough and accurate IDA Pro book.”  Even though I don’t do [...]

By |2009-02-12T11:22:52+00:00February 12th, 2009|book review, books, opinion, review, Uncategorized|0 Comments

When Magic Lost It’s Magic

Most that know me know that I’m an avid gamer.  I play video games, board games, card games, puzzles, pretty much anything I can get my hands on.  Because I like puzzles and strategy games, I’ve regularly been asked what I think the most strategic game I’ve ever played is, and I’ve gotten more than the occasional odd look when I don’t respond with “Chess” or “Go”, but with “Magic: [...]

By |2009-01-07T09:57:06+00:00January 7th, 2009|gaming, opinion, Uncategorized|0 Comments

MD5? Really?

First let me say that this article is not meant to diminish the work that Alexander Sotirov et. all have been doing for the past 6 months.  It’s good work, has brought about some awesome results, and has demonstrated what was once a theoretical attack on PKI certificates based on MD5 hash collisions.  What I’m amazed at is that it had the impact that it actually did. […]