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Did Facebook Manipulate Your Emotions? Not Really. But Journalists and the Blogosphere Are!

There has been substantial outrage by vocal journalists and Internet denizens since Saturday over the disclosure that Facebook and social scientists from 3 universities collaborated to tweak Facebook’s algorithms to adjust the emotional content of a subset of users’ news feeds for a week in 2012. Interestingly, it wasn’t until 12 days after The Wall […]

5th Annual Security Twits NCAA Tourney Bracket Contest

For the 5th year in a row, I have created an NCAA basketball tournament bracket contest on Yahoo for members of the information security community. The winner gets bragging rights until next year. The scoring format is a traditional 1/2/4/8/16/32 format with a twist – a bonus equal to the difference in seeds for each […]

(ISC)² Board Election – Candidates’ Responses Concerning Member Engagement & Transparency

I am one of the ~90,000 members of (ISC)². Though I’m active in the information security community, saying that I’m active in (ISC)² would be an inaccurate characterization. I maintain my CISSP certification by abiding by the code of ethics, maintaining my CPEs, and paying an annual maintenance fee of $85. Like many of my […]

My Next Chapter – I’m Joining Altria

I’m excited to announce that I’ve accepted a position with Altria Group in Richmond, Virginia as an IT security architect and consultant in its enterprise IT Risk Management group beginning April 22nd. For those unfamiliar with Altria (previously known as Philip Morris), it’s a Fortune 200 company headquartered in Richmond which owns several tobacco companies […]

4th Annual Security Twits NCAA Tourney Bracket Contest

I created an NCAA basketball tournament bracket contest on Yahoo for members of the information security community. The winner gets bragging rights until next year. The scoring format is a traditional 1/2/4/8/16/32 format with a twist – a bonus equal to the difference in seeds for each game in which you pick a lower-seeded winner. […]

Why I Canceled my RSA Presentation

I was ecstatic when RSA contacted me to let me know that my presentation “Crunching the Top 10,000 Websites’ Password Policies and Controls” was accepted for the RSA Conference 2013. This was the first time I’d submitted to RSA so I was honored. Unfortunately I chose to cancel the presentation earlier this week. I’d like […]

Create Legal Software and Face Prison and Coercion by Prosecutor to Hack Clients

New York authorities have charged Robert Stuart with promoting gambling in New York, alleging that his company’s online gaming software was used by others for illegal betting in New York. Stuart was not accused of making bets or taking bets – he was charged with creating software that allowed others to. Extension Software, Stuart’s company, […]

The Wrong Way to Steal Obama’s AV Equipment and Laptop

A Richmond, Virginia man was arrested this week for the 2011 theft of a commercial truck from a Richmond-area hotel parking lot. Eric Brown was probably happy to discover the truck contained audiovisual equipment and a laptop, but when he discovered the Presidential Seal on the equipment he should have realized the Obama administration and […]

The PayPal 0-day Exploit and Leak That Wasn’t

Late yesterday, Anonymous announced that PayPal had been hacked during a series of attacks against it and other organizations in celebration of Guy Fawkes Day (November 5th). I tried to access the alleged dump file an hour later, but it was unavailable. Media began reporting PayPal was exploited by a 0-day, but provided no additional […]

World’s #1 Hacker Charms Ricki Lake and Her Audience

Yesterday @iameltonjohn commented that she had spotted Gregory Evans giving women advice on the Ricki Lake Show so I watched the episode later in the day. Here’s a clip that includes most of his time on screen (thanks to @Cephurs for locating it so I didn’t have to use my longer, poorly recorded clip). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-TyJLO2fg4 […]

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