Captchas Dying vs. The Red Queen

Matt Burgess’ October 2017 article in Wired, entitled “Captcha is dying. This is how it’s being reinvented for the AI age” is worth reading.  A high level survey of the history and misadventures of the CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart), the broken aspect of each evolution of the…

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ATG Vulnerabilities and Risk Management

The “Internet of Things” (IoT) includes a class of devices known as automatic tank gauges (ATGs).  ATGs play a critical role in monitoring and managing storage tanks, either underground or above-ground (USTs and ASTs respectively), which are used to store hazardous materials such as gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and so on. ATGs continuously test for leaks, for…

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IoT – Hackable Thermostats

The “Internet of Things” (IoT to the cognoscenti) has been around for a while, but is gaining prominence now as almost every technology-based product that can be integrated with Internet access is in fact being integrated for Internet access.  The reasons for doing this are not always compelling…but ‘smart home’ tech has been around for decades (remember the X-10 home…

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Attrition Models and Asymmetric Cyberwarfare

In 1999 two colonels in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) published their treatise, “Unrestricted Warfare” which details asymmetric strategies for defeating opponents that have technological or numerical superiority over your own forces. Cyberwarfare is explicitly called out, identifying the internet and computers in general as a new, fifth domain of warfare (in addition to land,…

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