Category: "Security"

  2017-10-13

For and against security checklists, frameworks, and guidelines

  18:03, by Hagai Bar-El   , 636 words
Categories: Security Engineering, Security, Cyber Security, Counter-media
We have seen many of those by now. Starting with old ones like FIPS 140, and concluding with more recent additions as the NIST CSF (Cyber Security Framework). The question is: are whose worth my time? What are they good for? Do we need to adhere to them? In a nutshell, I think they have their value, and need to be consulted, but not worshiped. more »

  2014-09-05

Capturing PINs using an IR camera

  16:40, by Hagai Bar-El   , 97 words
Categories: Security
This video demonstrates how an IR camera, of the type that can be bought for a reasonable price and attached to a smart-phone, can be used to capture a PIN that was previously entered on a PIN pad, by analyzing a thermal image of the pad after the fact.… more »

  2014-04-03

Bitcoin does not provide anonymity

  22:22, by Hagai Bar-El   , 762 words
Categories: Security Engineering, Security Policies, Security, Counter-media
When people discuss Bitcoin, one of its properties that is often considered is its presumable anonymity. In this respect, it is often compared to cash. However, it shall be recognized and understood that Bitcoin is not as anonymous as cash; far from it,… more »

  2013-12-28

Book review: Little Brother

  11:25, by Hagai Bar-El   , 336 words
Categories: Security Policies, Sources, Security
I have just finished reading Little Brother by Cory Doctorow. more »

  2013-09-13

Protecting private data: with law or with technology?

  13:54, by Hagai Bar-El   , 954 words
Categories: Security Policies, Security, Counter-media
There is an ongoing debate on the need for new regulations that protect individuals' personal data. Regulation is said to be required to protect the personal data of citizens, consumers, patients, etc., both against corporate service providers… more »