The Illustrated Primer

Category: Security

Word Cities Summit 2014 and XRVision

After six months of grueling work, an impossible deadline, 15 hour days, and against all odds… we delivered XRVision, the world first standalone wearable face recognition system.

I hope that this will be a small contribution to making our cities, communities, and public gathering safer.

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Cyber Security Poetry

It was on starless March night,
The spear phishers went out for bite.

Through a zero day vulnerability,
They breached RSA’s network security…

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The Anti-Virus Virus Part II

One of the hundreds of affiliates install 154,825 copies of the malware in ten days, 2,772 of those copies were eventually purchased by the victims… the affiliate was able to earn the $146,525.25. A projection of this earning rate would land him over 5.5 million dollars year.

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The Anti-Virus Virus

Another interesting observation—which is not without its irony—is that large vendors such as Microsoft are completely unaware of the malware distribution platforms and are aggressively purchasing advertising space on these sites.

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Windows Live Credit Card Phishing

In many cases, the objective of phishing is to just recover your webmail credentials since the resale value of a legitimate web mail account on the black market can be as high as $2-$3—twice the amount one can get for a stolen credit card number.

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The Financial Advisor

He’s a natural, standing out at every public gathering—in the fitness club, on the golf course, at church and synagogue. He is jovial and funny, the toast of the party, a real screamer. Always the first to introduce himself, reaching across the room with a friendly and firm handshake.

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Mortgage Refinancing Shysters I

In what is further proof of the principal of horror vacui, it seems that the legitimate banking mortgage industry has now given way to a new breed of entrepreneurial ventures. These con-corporations have smelled the blood in the water and are aggressively following Mr. Bigweld’s motto: “See a need, Fill a need”.

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An Afternoon with a Fraudster

It was only after I played back the recording and listened to it several times that I realized how sophisticated and polished the scam was. The planners had thought of everything and had prepared for even the minutest of details.

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It’s All About Trust

The concept of clearance-based security (that is, non-expiring clearance) is reminiscent of cheese, especially the cheap Swiss variety, the one with too many holes.

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