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On the Cybersecurity Act of 2009

Making predictions is hard, especially about the future. In descending order, when predictions come true, it is likely because of: 1) some undisclosed foreknowledge of the event; 2) discernible writings on walls, patterns, trajectories, trends, or nigh inevitabilities; 3) pure random luck; 4) voices, visions, and other sorts of esoteric transmissions. The recent introduction of […]

Quackery

The 1980’s marked the beginning of what many consider to be the Information Age. A quarter of a century into it, my waning hope that science might someday have a fighting chance against superstition is somewhat renewed by the fact that President-elect Obama is planning to appoint the first Chief Technology Officer for the United […]

Where’d that firmware come from?

The word “hacker” is very frequently misused, insomuch as jargon can be misused. But who would dare argue with an RFC? This venerable 15 year old document incontrovertibly defines a hacker as “a person who delights in having an intimate understanding of the internal workings of a system, computers and computer networks in particular.  The […]

The modulating value of Common Criteria

Whether this claim that Maxtor shipped drives with a pre-installed virus turns out to be true or not, this is precisely the sort of event that makes Common Criteria a valuable security certification. Disparagers of CC would argue that you could probably get chocolate cookies EAL-4 certified if you spent enough time and money, but […]