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    • Putting FUD Back in Information Security 8 mai 2018
      FUD is Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. A tactic well played in the early days of Information Security. I never liked it because… well you know that Boy Who Cried Wolf story, right? It appears to me that FUD is making a strong comeback. This time instead of being used to help bolster InfoSec budgets or […]

    • Windows 10 Update Disrupts Pen Input; Microsoft Offers Potentially Dangerous Fix 16 avril 2018
      A recent Microsoft security update – according to Wacom’s support pages, the OS build 16299.334 – has had a rather unexpected side-effect. Many users of have been experiencing issues where drawing apps, such as Photoshop, no longer function correctly. For example, pressing the pen to the tablet device does not “draw” as it should, but […]

    • Information Security and the Zero-Sum Game 1 avril 2018
      A zero-sum game is a mathematical representation of a situation in which each participant’s gain or loss is exactly balanced by the losses or gains of the other participant. In Information Security a zero-sum game usually references the trade-off between being secure and having privacy. However, there is another zero-sum game often played with Information […]

    • Google’s new Gaming Venture: A New Player? 16 mars 2018
      Google in Gaming – Facts and Speculation In January 2018, game industry veteran Phil Harrison announced that he was joining Google as a Vice President and GM. With Harrison’s long history of involvement with video game companies – having previously worked with Sony and Microsoft’s Xbox division – this immediately prompted speculation and rumours about […]

    • Bubble Economies and the Sustainability of Mobile Gaming 9 février 2018
      Old Bubbles and New Bubbles Gaming is a technology-based market, and tech markets are no strangers to economic bubbles and the effects of them bursting. The market recession of the early 2000s, most commonly known as the Dotcom Crash, is probably the biggest and most influential ‘burst bubble’ of the internet era. The Dotcom Bubble […]

    • GDPR Material and Territorial Scopes 8 février 2018
      The new EU General Data Regulation will enter into force 25 May of this year. The GDPR contains rules concerning the protection of natural persons when their personal data are processed and rules on the free movement of personal data. The new regulation is not revolutionary but an evolution from the previous Data Protection Act 1998 […]

    • Uh Oh 365 10 janvier 2018
      In an earlier post, I talked about how some vendors tend to push enterprises into a weaker security posture. In this post, I continue with information relating to Office 365. Microsoft’s cloud implementation of the Office suite is mind boggling in its complexity and sheer want of native connectivity. If you are using a proxy, […]

    • Deceit and duplicity in the pursuit of monetizing social media 7 janvier 2018
      One thing I really dislike is deceit and duplicity in the pursuit of monetizing social media. LinkedIn is a prime example, especially after its acquisition by Microsoft. Ever since Nadella took the helm, Microsoft seems hell bent on monetizing anything that moves — and I think we’re just seeing the beginning with LinkedIn. LinkedIn members […]

    • The Gaming Industry Going Into 2018 4 janvier 2018
      Is the Game Industry Today Mirroring the Landscape of the 1983 Crash? Given the industry’s early years, the continued strengthening of the economics of video games has enjoyed phenomenal longevity since its last recession. With the industry having survived two severe crashes in quick succession – in 1977 and then in 1983 – the fact […]

    • Credit Due Where Credit Deserved – Microsoft 21 décembre 2017
      In the past, I have criticized Microsoft for the privacy invasive defaults of Win10. I failed to mention a feature that sheds a bit of light on what they collect. Beyond changing many of the settings using tools (which I highlighted here), you can actually review and delete some of the metadata being collected. If […]

TAO Security

    • Five Thoughts on the Internet Freedom League 13 septembre 2019
      In the September/October issue of Foreign Affairs magazine, Richard Clarke and Rob Knake published an article titled « The Internet Freedom League: How to Push Back Against the Authoritarian Assault on the Web, » based on their recent book The Fifth Domain. The article proposes the following:The United States and its allies and partners should stop worrying about the risk of authoritarians splitting …

    • Happy Birthday TaoSecurity.com 1 juillet 2019
      Nineteen years ago this week I registered the domain taosecurity.com:Creation Date: 2000-07-04T02:20:16ZThis was 2 1/2 years before I started blogging, so I don’t have much information from that era. I did create the first taosecurity.com Web site shortly thereafter.I first started hosting it on space provided by my then-ISP, Road Runner of San Antonio, TX. According to archive.org, it looked like …

    • Reference: TaoSecurity Press 1 juillet 2019
      I started appearing in media reports in 2000. I used to provide this information on my Web site, but since I don’t keep that page up-to-date anymore, I decided to publish it here. As of 2017, Mr. Bejtlich generally declines press inquiries on cybersecurity matters, including those on background.2016Mr. Bejtlich was cited in the Forture story Meet the US’s First Ever Cyber Chief, published 8 Septem …

    • Reference: TaoSecurity Research 1 juillet 2019
      I started publishing my thoughts and findings on digital security in 1999. I used to provide this information on my Web site, but since I don’t keep that page up-to-date anymore, I decided to publish it here.2015 and later: Please visit Academia.edu for Mr. Bejtlich’s most recent research.2014 and earlier: Seven Tips for Small Business Security, in the Huffington Post, 18 June 2014Strategy, Not Sp …

    • Reference: TaoSecurity News 1 juillet 2019
      I started speaking publicly about digital security in 2000. I used to provide this information on my Web site, but since I don’t keep that page up-to-date anymore, I decided to publish it here.2017 Mr. Bejtlich led a podcast titled Threat Hunting: Past, Present, and Future, in early July 2017. He interviewed four of the original six GE-CIRT incident handlers. The audio is posted on YouTube. Thank …

    • Know Your Limitations 29 mai 2019
      At the end of the 1973 Clint Eastwood movie Magnum Force, after Dirty Harry watches his corrupt police captain explode in a car, he says « a man’s got to know his limitations. »I thought of this quote today as the debate rages about compromising municipalities and other information technology-constrained yet personal information-rich organizations.Several years ago I wrote If You Can’t Protect It, D …

    • Dissecting Weird Packets 9 mai 2019
      I was investigating traffic in my home lab yesterday, and noticed that about 1% of the traffic was weird. Before I describe the weird, let me show you a normal frame for comparison’s sake.This is a normal frame with Ethernet II encapsulation. It begins with 6 bytes of the destination MAC address, 6 bytes of the source MAC address, and 2 bytes of an Ethertype, which in this case is 0x0800, indicati …

    • Troubleshooting NSM Virtualization Problems with Linux and VirtualBox 8 avril 2019
      I spent a chunk of the day troubleshooting a network security monitoring (NSM) problem. I thought I would share the problem and my investigation in the hopes that it might help others. The specifics are probably less important than the general approach.It began with ja3. You may know ja3 as a set of Zeek scripts developed by the Salesforce engineering team to profile client and server TLS paramete …

    • Thoughts on OSSEC Con 2019 28 mars 2019
      Last week I attended my first OSSEC conference. I first blogged about OSSEC in 2007, and wrote other posts about it in the following years.OSSEC is a host-based intrusion detection and log analysis system with correlation and active response features. It is cross-platform, such that I can run it on my Windows and Linux systems. The moving force behind the conference was a company local to me calle …

    • Thoughts on Cloud Security 13 mars 2019
      Recently I’ve been reading about cloud security and security with respect to DevOps. I’ll say more about the excellent book I’m reading, but I had a moment of déjà vu during one section.The book described how cloud security is a big change from enterprise security because it relies less on IP-address-centric controls and more on users and groups. The book talked about creating security groups, and …