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No, Michigan voter registration data wasn’t “hacked”

Earlier today, I started seeing social media posts about voter data from multiple states being located on a so-called "dark web" website. The general picture being painted was that this data had been obtained through improper means and made available for sale. From there, the "story" picked up steam, and Russian and American news outlets… Continue reading No, Michigan voter registration data wasn’t “hacked”

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On conference CFPs and reviewing

As a member of the organizing group for this year's BSides Atlanta conference, I've been reviewing CFP proposals submitted by the community. As I read through the various submissions, I started noticing a few themes. This post is intended to help people interested in submitting a CFP in the future, to understand what reviewers (well,… Continue reading On conference CFPs and reviewing

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Quick rundown of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities

Yesterday, news broke about two new vulnerabilities, dubbed “Meltdown” and “Spectre”. The vulnerabilities are present in CPU chips produced by Intel, AMD, and ARM. To give you an understanding of the scope of the problem, almost every computing device you own - desktop computer, laptop computer, tablet computer, and even cell phone - relies on… Continue reading Quick rundown of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities