Facebook Messenger and Linkedin Users: You are Being Targeted

(When I began writing this post, the exploit described only affected a specific image file and Facebook users. It has now been found in other image file formats and is targeting Linkedin as well as Facebook.) It starts with a message from one of your Facebook friends via Facebook Messenger. It might be a short … Continue reading Facebook Messenger and Linkedin Users: You are Being Targeted

Major Software Companies Pay to be Hacked at Pwnfest 2016

Wouldn’t it be nice to be paid $120,000 for 4 seconds of work? This is not a trick question to lure you into some money making scheme… or is it? Because at the annual white-hat hacker, bug-finding festival, known as Pwnfest 2016, that’s exactly what Chinese teams from Qihoo 360 received when they exploited a … Continue reading Major Software Companies Pay to be Hacked at Pwnfest 2016

Movie Review: Hacker, Algorithm and Other Movies about Hacking

As someone who writes about cybersecurity, I often have a problem with watching movies about hacking and hackers. Here’s the typical scenario. A computer containing vital information needs to be hacked into. The silly owner seems to have blocked access to it by using a password. Enter the typical nerdy looking hacker. Those needing the … Continue reading Movie Review: Hacker, Algorithm and Other Movies about Hacking

The 19th Century New England Whaling Industry and Quantum Mechanics

Whatever happened to the New England whaling industry? At one time, whaling was the 5th biggest industry in the US, but 50 years after reaching its peak, the whaling industry was dead. And it wasn’t just the whaling industry that was affected by this collapse. Ship building, rope making, pine tar production, the lumber industry, … Continue reading The 19th Century New England Whaling Industry and Quantum Mechanics