Book review: Kill All Normies

I’ve just finished reading “Kill All Normies” by Angela Nagle, a thoroughly enjoyable experience for anyone who is interested in Internet culture wars and how politics is shaping and being shaped by various online tribes. The title comes from the name given to normal people in some online chatrooms, particularly […]

Cyberwar and the myth of the Hollywood Hacker

Depiction of computing and hacking in Hollywood has long been the subject of amusement for techies around the world. From the preposterous idea that you can hack into an alien computer, to increasingly unbelievable graphic user interfaces, film has been poisoning our perception of computing for years (and don’t get […]

Can Ashley Madison use copyright law to stop leaked data?

Back in July the infamous website Ashley Madison, which facilitates marital infidelity, was hacked by a group calling itself Impact Team, and the personal details of millions of subscribers around the world were compromised. The hackers demanded that the self-described “most famous name in infidelity and married dating” should be […]

Anatomy of a Skype hack attack

A few days ago I was hacked for the first time in my life. I keep telling me that everything is fine, that given the statistics this is nothing to be ashamed of. Even experts get hacked from time to time. It was meant to happen, for someone who spends […]

Passwords and cybersecurity

The above xkcd cartoon should be required viewing for every IT professional making decisions about cybersecurity. We are now constantly faced with services that ask us to change passwords all the time, and these must meet certain requirements. The password must have a cap, a number, and increasingly, a special […]

Cyberpunk 2.0

I am currently reading REAMDE, Neal Stephenson’s latest novel, and although I am still going through the initial pages (I am savouring it as I do most of Stephenson’s work), and it already has me thinking about new trends in literature. Cyberpunk is a well-defined post-modern sub-genre within science fiction, […]

Are hacking sanctions proportional to the crime?

Scotland Yard has caught LulzSec’s Topiary, their biggest scalp to date. Topiary has been identified as Jake Davis, an 18 year-old from the Shetland Islands (pictured here looking like a poster child for teenage hackers, including Neo-wannabe shades). He appeared in court earlier today and was released on bail, under […]

Hacking and DDoS: lessons from network resilience

After the spectacular hacking of The Sun newspaper and News International websites that took place earlier this week, hacking collectives like Anonymous, LulzSec and AntiSec seem unstoppable.  This air of invulnerability was part of LulzSec’s gloating the night the attack on The Sun’s web services took place. [blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/LulzSec/status/93093868379193344″] However, […]