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2016 ⇔ 2017

The end of the year was spent in Shanghai and Thailand. I was able to knock two things off my bucket list: Visited Shanghai Disneyland – which means I have now visited every Disney park in the world. Got certified … Continue reading

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Was Thinking Something Similar The Other Day

Found this on reddit recently.

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The Beginning of the End for Patent Trolls?

Beautiful! But will holding lawyers responsible for the legal fees incurred by the defense start an unforeseen trend in non-patent troll related cases?

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Social Engineering and You

Even if YOU are consistently vigilant about your private information, other people’s sloppiness can be catastrophic for you.

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Ransomware as MLM Schemes

Because holding your data for ransom wasn’t enough, now hackers want you to infect your friends’ computers for them. It’s a twisted, evolutionary step in both ransomware and social engineering.

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Hollywood Begins Embracing Realistic Portrayals of Hackers

Cory Doctorow recently wrote an article on the trend of Hollywood portraying hackers in a more realistic fashion. He cites Mr. Robot as an example of how hacker’s really work – through social engineering, white paper analysis, etc. Gone are … Continue reading

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NIST Guidelines for Password Administration

The US National Institute for Standards and Technology has formulated new guidelines for password administration, including doing away with both password hints and password expiration. It’s an interesting read.

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crypto-ransomeware

Ransomware has been hitting users – both individuals and large corporations. And not just Windows users, either. There are known ransomwares for Mac OS X and Linux as well. The best protection is not to get infected in the first … Continue reading

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A New Job

After nearly three years with the JET Program (or JET Programme for those speaking the Queen’s English), I have taken a new position as a lecturer and technology specialist at International Pacific University in Okayama, Japan. Posts will be few … Continue reading

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New AI Feats Just Keep Coming

A novel written by artificial intelligence made it past the first round of judging in a Japanese writing contest. One interesting thing the article says is that the AI was given words, sentences, guidelines, yet it wrote the story autonomously. That … Continue reading

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