Richard Stiennon

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Changes in store for ThreatChaos

Changes in store for ThreatChaos

I just spent nine months as an independent analyst covering the IT security space. You will have noticed that in addition to posting about the threats and rise of cyber crime I began to cover the security industry as well.

published November 27, 2006 by

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Good NAC

Good NAC

You may have caught my recent column on good vs bad NAC here.  To dig a little deeper into the good side of NAC that is the network  access control stuff as opposed to the admission control stuff, I talked with Sanjay Uppal, Founder and CEO of Caymas Systems.

published November 27, 2006 by

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Testing Scada Networks

Testing Scada Networks

SCADA is of course the protocol that utilities such as gas, electric, and telecoms use to control the equipment they have to manage. Think of a simple way to check a temperature or voltage reading and report back as well as set values on switches, pumps, etc.

published November 21, 2006 by

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The DerEngel interview

The DerEngel interview

Last week I caught up with DerEngel, the uber cable modem hacker, in his home in Hong Kong.  He has just published his first book, Hacking the Cable Modem, and we had an opportunity to talk about the book as well as his life work, hacking cable modems.

published November 14, 2006 by

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Good old identity theft as practiced in Chicago

Good old identity theft as practiced in Chicago

The only time I have been a victim of identity theft (that I know of) was the time I took a couple of visiting Japanese engineers out to dinner at ChiChi's restaurant in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It was 1983 and I discovered the theft when I got my monthly bill and it told the story of a spending spree from the strip clubs of 8 Mile Rd.

published November 12, 2006 by

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FTC takes down 180 Solutions

FTC takes down 180 Solutions

This is day to celebrate for anyone who has battled the ugly intrusive practices of 180Solutions and its affiliates. The FTC just announced that Zango (180) has settled with them for  $3 million and will cease to distribute their software.

published November 2, 2006 by

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