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Why Attack When We Can't Defend?
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Why Attack When We Can't Defend?

In December 2010, after we had reverse engineered the Stuxnet virus, I argued that the attackers must have known they would open Pandora's box. Others suggested...

Stuxnet Expert Calls ­.s. the 'good Guys' in Cyber-Warfare
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Stuxnet Expert Calls ­.s. the 'good Guys' in Cyber-Warfare

Sitting in the front row for the first full day of the International Conference on Cyber Conflict was one of the industry’s foremost "rock star" researchers, ...

Nations Must Talk to Halt 'cyber Terrorism': Kaspersky
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Nations Must Talk to Halt 'cyber Terrorism': Kaspersky

Eugene Kaspersky, whose lab discovered the Flame virus that has attacked computers in Iran and elsewhere in the Middle East, said on Wednesday only a global effort...

Can America Ever Have Another 'sputnik Moment'?
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Can America Ever Have Another 'sputnik Moment'?

In his 2011 State of the Union Address, President Obama declared, "This is our generation's Sputnik moment." Sputnik was the satellite that the Soviets had launched...

Why Antivirus Companies Like Mine Failed to Catch Flame and Stuxnet
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Why Antivirus Companies Like Mine Failed to Catch Flame and Stuxnet

A couple of days ago, I received an e-mail from Iran. It was sent by an analyst from the Iranian Computer Emergency Response Team, and it was informing me about...

Steve Blank Believes Social Might Be Killing Silicon Valley
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Steve Blank Believes Social Might Be Killing Silicon Valley

Amid the buildup to the Facebook IPO, serial entrepreneur Steve Blank was sounding an ominous warning to anyone who would listen.

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Augmented Reality Offers a New Layer of Intrigue

If you ever come across a photograph of communist-era East Berlin, or modern Pyongyang in North Korea, the cityscapes look drab and featureless. Billboards, advertising...

Craig Venter Wants to Solve the World's Energy Crisis
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Craig Venter Wants to Solve the World's Energy Crisis

There is one version of Craig Venter's life story where he would’ve been a dutiful scientist at the National Institutes of Health, a respected yet anonymous researcher...

What Fearmongers Get Wrong About Cyberwarfare
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What Fearmongers Get Wrong About Cyberwarfare

Should we worry about cyberwarfare? Judging by excessively dramatic headlines in the media, very much so. Cyberwarfare, the argument goes, might make wars easier...

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What's the Meaning of This: Flame Malware

From all indications, it would appear that attackers are continuing to attack and malware authors are carrying on writing malware.

The Remote Control as Subversive Technology
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The Remote Control as Subversive Technology

Television began as a box.

A Measure of Control
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A Measure of Control

Some limitations on measurements in software.

The Cybersecurity Risk
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The Cybersecurity Risk

Increased attention to cybersecurity has not resulted in improved cybersecurity.

Scale Failure
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Scale Failure

Using a tool for the wrong job is OK until the day when it isn't.

Security of the Internet and the Known Unknowns
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Security of the Internet and the Known Unknowns

Seeking answers to questions about Internet vulnerabilities.

The Myth of the Elevator Pitch
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The Myth of the Elevator Pitch

Instead of pitching, listen and offer.

Why Computer Scientists Should Care About Cyber Conflict and U.S. National Security Policy
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Why Computer Scientists Should Care About Cyber Conflict and U.S. National Security Policy

Cybersecurity and policy issues for computer scientists.

Daniela Rus Named Csail Director
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Daniela Rus Named Csail Director

Daniela Rus, a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been named the next director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial...

'barcode Everyone at Birth'
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'barcode Everyone at Birth'

If I were empress of the Universe I would insist on every individual having a unique ID permanently attached—a barcode if you will—an implanted chip to provide...

Meet the Man Who Invented the Instructions For the Internet
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Meet the Man Who Invented the Instructions For the Internet

Steve Crocker was there when the Internet was born.
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