The Power of the 8th Layer (Part One)

It's been quite a while since I've blogged here, I do hope you will forgive me. It has been one doozy of a year. Today's blog series will be a little more personal than normal. It will also possibly be much more useful to you than a technical discourse on blockchain or routers or Internet … Continue reading The Power of the 8th Layer (Part One)

“Russia Hacked my Toaster!” and other tales of IOT intrigue

The Sleep Cycle alarm went off precisely at seven. From that point forward, Thursday was a day like any other - until the toaster attacked. The flames greedily licked the underside of the cabinet, as tendrils of smoke curled this way and that. Flaming toast of death! Russia hacked my toaster. It was payback for … Continue reading “Russia Hacked my Toaster!” and other tales of IOT intrigue

Bitcoin: Beyond the Basics

Today I'm going a little deeper into the wading pool that is Bitcoin. Overview / Recap As I discussed in our last episode, Bitcoin is a decentralized Cryptocurrency that is relatively anonymous. Technically speaking, it's pseudonomous, meaning it records all transactions based on your online Bitcoin ID. Believe it or not, my real name is … Continue reading Bitcoin: Beyond the Basics

The Geek’s Guide to Creepy Stuff, Part Two: Denial of Service

Story Time, Chapter One There was an old woman who lived in a shoe. She had so many children, she didn't know what to do. And I'll stop there, lest we dissolve into a heated debate about the dietary merits of broth without bread, and sparing the rod and spoiling the child, and all that … Continue reading The Geek’s Guide to Creepy Stuff, Part Two: Denial of Service

The Geek’s Guide to Creepy Stuff, Part One: Ransomware

I had an epiphany this morning. I was on the train into Philly, and was reading a whitepaper on TDOS attacks and mitigation. In a rare moment of insight, the stars aligned inside my skull and I understood just how frightening the new dialing features of Amazon Alexa and Google Home could potentially be. Any … Continue reading The Geek’s Guide to Creepy Stuff, Part One: Ransomware