April Fools 2010

April 1st is always a fun day for technologists.  Pranks, jokes, and spoofs have a special place in many geek’s hearts, and what could be more enticing than an entire day devoted to it?  The allure is difficult for many to ignore, thus on April 1st productivity essentially goes through the floor as those who […]

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 […]

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 […]

SmartPhone Unlock Screens: Moving in the Wrong Direction

I recently purchased the Motorola Droid from Verizon, and am so far very happy with it.  Other than finding the physical keyboard a bit lacking from being extremely spoiled by the Sidekick’s physical keyboard to which no other physical keyboard could ever hope to live up to, I’ve really had no complaints with the device […]

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 […]

DEFCON 17

After staying with some of my local Vegas friends during BlackHat, I went over and checked into the Riviera for DEFCON 17 on Thursday afternoon.  After dropping my bags in my room and getting my temporary paper badge because they were already out of the electronic badges, I ran back up to my room for […]

BlackHat USA 2009

Last week and through the weekend I was in Las Vegas for this year’s annual block of hacker conferences, BlackHat USA and DEFCON.  This year was a bit different for me as my employer no longer covers conference expenses (even if you’re speaking!), so since I was there not representing a company and entirely on […]

Simulating DDoS Attacks

Todd Manning and I have a new whitepaper available over at BreakingPoint on simulating Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks using the BreakingPoint product.  You can read more about the paper in my BreakingPoint blog post, or just grab the paper here.  If you’re a BreakingPoint customer, you’ll want the bundled version which comes with test cases […]

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, […]

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 […]