Noah Schiffman


DoD offers Free Security training

Our tax dollars at work...or is it tax dollars from our work? Regardless, you can save budgetary resources by outsourcing security training to our government.  A curriculum of free web based training from the Department of Defense...

When Smartphones Attack

A smartphone is only as smart as its user.  This clearly explains why smartphones will soon be in the hackers' crosshairs.  However, the subsequent application of appropriate security is a more complicated issue.  Where should it be...

Thanksgiving Security

Thanksgiving, for most, is a time for family gatherings, overindulgence and a day or two off from work.  It is also a day of relative security on the Internet (with the exception of the SCO website hack of 2004). Customary...

Quantum Computing: cryptographic challenges, but no end for security

Examination of the technical evolution within several industries reveals an approaching precipice of scientific change.  The glacially paced, but inevitable convergence of quantum mechanics, nanotechnology, computer science, and...

Security patches: A losing battle

Since my participation in Friday's roundtable discussion (see previous blog entry) has probably made some wonder about my level of security comprehension, and question whether English is my first language, I thought I would try to...

Hacker 'schooled' in chat room

Last Friday, I participated in a roundtable discussion on the topic of "Best innovations in Security."  Joined by notable security minds Jamey Heary, Dave Kearns, and Andreas Antonopoulos, an hour long chat room session ensued. I was...

The Olympic Games were Hacked

Another 0100 years have passed and the Olympic games have come to a close.  While most of the world fixated on the athletes and their events, a few of us focused our attention on the competitive hacking in cyberspace.  This year's...

Anti-Social Engineering

As a geek growing up, I had always admired and respected such magazines as Byte and Scientific American.  While perhaps not understanding every article as a 12 year old, I still appreciated the technological significance of their...

Greetings from...(not Black Hat)...NI Week 2008!

While heading to Vegas for the mother of all hackercons, the back-to-back Black Hat USA 2008/Defcon 16 conferences,I had some technical difficulties with my travel arrangements. I managed to take a wrong turn somewhere and I now...

1 website and 1 statistic hacked every 5 seconds

As a security researcher, analyzing malware trends is a common task.  This includes tracking data on the numerous types, variants, vectors and growth rates.  Occasionally, the byproduct of research yields information more interesting...

There's still HOPE for hackers

The seventh and last HOPE (Hackers on Planet Earth) conference took place last weekend, bringing the 14 year old biennial hacker con to an end.  Emmanuel Goldstein (Eric Corley), publisher of 2600 magazine, has been the brains behind...

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