Keith on BFM

Keith_on_BFM_Tech_Talk3-4 weeks ago, I pimped myself an interview on BFM, and yesterday it finally aired. Woohoo!!

Here’s the audio, and below are some show-notes you might be interested in if you want to learn more. I searched for these links AFTER the show, so they may not be 100% in step, but good place to start.

Show notes:

  1. My post on how to change Unifi WiFi password and a bonus note, here’s how to hack them.
  2. Windows Tech Support Scam , here’s another and here’s how some pros respond
  3. Why Anti-Virus is dead from Brian Krebs
  4. Russian Business Network (I wrongly called them the Russian Business Alliance on the podcast): Wikipedia Link is here, but I suggest buying Spam Nation by Brian Krebs, easily the best book on the subject.
  5. Target hacked through their HVAC supplier, while their supplier was using anti-virus
  6. Kevin Mitnick on social engineering and corporate inoculation.
  7. Cybersecurity professional shortage…trust me, IT is the way to go.
  8. Security frameworks like PCI-DSS, I should have mentioned it.
  9. My favorite password manager: Lastpass
  10. The Fappening (if you don’t know what it is, please click the link NOW)
  11. Ashley Madison password, rights and wrongs.
  12. Why I don’t like bio-metrics
  13. OPM Hack : you need to know this
  14. TheStar reporting on teen winning award from Google (fake report)
  15. Google Malaysia was hacked–and my explanation on why it wasn’t.
  16. My take on our view of hackers and specifically anonymous
  17. Tech Journalism in Malaysia
  18. Ahmed didn’t build his clock and now he’s suing for $15 Million–damn.
  19. Tony Stark asking to boost ISDN by 15%.
  20. Hacker who claimed he could hack a plane avionics from the seat.

I really enjoyed the interview, and felt it came out really well.

Shout out to Jeff Sandhu for the brilliant work, and let me know if you enjoyed the show.

Keith Out!!

Hackers and terrorist

Tip to newsmenL Next time blur out the photos and names on the ID tags as well.

Pic from TheMalaysianInsider, Tip to newsmen: Next time blur out the photos and names on the ID tags as well.

There is no greater danger of tech illiteracy, than the way we treat hackers. A society that doesn’t understand technology will view those who can manipulate it as wizards and sorcerers.

Technology sufficiently advanced is indistinguishable from magic, and to most people that bar of being ‘sufficiently advanced’ isn’t set very high.

The magic analogy is apt, even in fiction, wizards are treated either with  awe, ala Harry Potter and the muggles, or disdain ala the Salem witch trials, where ignorance bred fear, which in turn led to persecution.

Regular readers of this blog will know Kevin Mitnick, the grand-daddy of hackers, who was once rumored to be able to launch a nuclear missile by whistling into a phone. Not only was the rumor patently false, it nudged Judges in American courts to deny him a bail hearing, something guaranteed to Mitnick by the countries Federal Constitution. Prosecutors quickly learnt that if you throw around words like Hacker and Nuclear, Judges will willingly jettison constitutional protections quicker than Han Solo can dump cargo to make the jump to light speed.

In the absence of a nuclear threat, law enforcement agencies have begun using terrorism, and found it equally effective in demonizing hackers and anyone else who could do seemingly magical things with bit and bytes on a computer screen. Continue reading