Is Computer Security a Pseudo Science?

A major paper trying to explain why security experts have so frequently failed.    Cormac Herley: The Unfalsifiability of Security Claims paper /slides. It starts with a great classic, Karl Popper philosophy of science which would be the basis to say “security” is some sort of pseudo-science. We read that “there is no empirical test that allows us …

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Researchers in Cryptography vs. Big Brother

For decades the dominant paradigm in crypto and security research would be: to claim that security vulnerabilities occur accidentally, ignoring major questions such as why there are so many of them and why the “bad scenarios” repeat so many times, concentrate security research on topics of secondary importance, or those which have no importance whatsoever and …

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Record Breaking DAO Token Sale

In the last 2 weeks it was possible to buy DAO tokens, a major new form of distributed business constructed to run on ETH blockchain. Until Friday 12 May 2016 some 50 M$ were invested. Then the price of these tokens has started raising [following the pre-determined rule] for the last 2 weeks of token …

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A Short Human-Verifiable Proof that Craig Wright has Cheated the Press

Hours after his TV interview and his coming out in The Economist and elsewhere, I can confirm beyond reasonable doubt that Craig Wright (CW) has cheated us about his ability to sign messages with Satoshi’s private key. Here is a short executive summary of facts guaranteed to be 100% exact.This is also a short and …

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Is Satoshi Nakamoto Back?

Today the Economist publishes a picture of Craig Wright, who decided to confirm and embrace the claim that he is the mysterious creator of bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto. The picture and the paper portrays a sad man who is badly struggling “to convince the world that he is indeed who he claims to be”. He also …

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On Forces of Self-Destruction in Bitcoin

I have worked for several years in bitcoin community. In May 2014 I have published a paper in which I formulated the theory of programmed self-destruction of crypto currency.   Few points about this My conclusion was that many crypto currencies were genetically programmed or bound to self-destruct. This is absolutely certain. Not because they were …

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RNG – Do Not Stop Worrying About Linux urandom

I have spend a few recent days at 2015 CCC congress in Hamburg. CCC is the biggest security conference in Europe with 12,000 participants, and potentially more [tickets were sold out]. Most talks I have attended were really good! 90% are really excellent. CCC is IMHO also the best security conference in Europe. A place like …

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Stop Using Passwords, Now!

Edward Lucas wrote a nice piece on how businesses can dramatically improve their cyber-security. He says that: “Well-run organisations will stop using passwords and logins in 2016. Instead they will use identifiers that are harder to copy, fake, steal or guess […] Security questions will stop being […] “mother’s maiden name”. Instead they will ask …

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How Islamic State Terrorists Encrypt Their Messages

      According to BBC and many other sources, islamic state terrorists use a messaging app called Telegram to encrypt communications for groups of users. On the surface, Telegram developers seem to support high security standards: they have published the spec and API and funded in November 2014 a handsome 300,000 USD cash prize for cracking …

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Criminals Exploit Lack Of Knowledge of How Bitcoin Works

A so called Bitcoin Generator Tool v.2.9 have been released today (Sat 3 Oct 2015) and already 260 downloads within a few hours! It is a ZIP file which claims that it performs full access on the Bitcoin central SQL database and allows one to add bitcoins to his account. Needless to say there is no such …

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