Episode 16 – Cat and mouse

Josh and Kurt talk about cybercrime and regulation. Show Notes Avalanche Global Fraud Ring Spam King Rosendale Speed Trap Attacking Broadband Routers Spreadsheet of VPN providers DNSSEC Root Signing Ceremony Chicago Tylenol Murders Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Calvinball CIH Virus Author Firefox 0day Comment on Twitter

The Economics of stealing a Tesla with a phone

A few days ago there was a story about how to steal a Tesla by installing malware on the owner’s phone. If you look at the big picture view of this problem it’s not all that bad, but our security brains want to make a huge deal out of this. Now I’m not saying that Tesla shouldn’tContinue reading “The Economics of stealing a Tesla with a phone”

Fast security is the best security

DevOps security is a bit like developing without a safety net. This is meant to be a reference to a trapeze act at the circus for those of you who have never had the joy of witnessing the heart stopping excitement of the circus trapeze. The idea is that when you watch a trapeze actContinue reading “Fast security is the best security”

Who cares if someone hacks my driveway camera?

I keep hearing something from people about IoT that reminds me of the old saying, if you’ve done nothing wrong, you have nothing to fear. This attitude is incredibly dangerous in the context of IoT devices (it’s dangerous in all circumstances honestly). The way I keep hearing this in the context of IoT is somethingContinue reading “Who cares if someone hacks my driveway camera?”

Episode 12 – Security Trebuchet

Josh and special guest host Dave Sirrine talk about feedback, OpenSSL, OAuth2, Let’s Encrypt, disclosure, and locks. Show Notes coh’s feedback OpenSSL security advisory Red Hat CLI security API Shovel Knight Pumpkin OAuth2 bug Let’s Encrypt Half of all Chrome connections use https Google’s Windows Bug RichSec (Richmond VA Information Security Users Group) RVASec (Yearly conference inContinue reading “Episode 12 – Security Trebuchet”

Free security is the only security that really works

There are certain things people want and will pay for. There are things they want and won’t. If we look at security it’s pretty clear now that security is one of those things people want, but most won’t pay for. The insane success of Let’s Encrypt is where this thought came from. Certificates aren’t new,Continue reading “Free security is the only security that really works”

Stop being the monkey’s paw

Tonight while I was handing out candy on Halloween as the children came to the door trick-or-treating getting whatever candy I’ve not yet eaten. I started thinking about scary stories the security universe. Some of the things we do in Security could be compared to the old fable of the cursed monkey’s paw, which isContinue reading “Stop being the monkey’s paw”