Hacking programmable road signs

Thanks to KC from my MSc gang for this ….. I guess its time the transport authorities improved their security!

Many citizens might notice the construction digital road signs on theside of the road while driving, indicating important information suchas road closures or traffic delays…..These digital road signs can be easily compromised…..


Just for a taster 😉

David Lacey likes my book!

The book launch that happened yesterday went very well. It was a great pleasure to find David Lacey there who has made a very nice posting on his blog concerning my book in ComputerWeekly.com.

David has also just published a book (Managing the Human Factor in Information Security)that is extremely relevant in a changed society that we live in today. Information security but from the ‘human perspective’. His thinking is a ‘bottom-up’ approach in the organisation, as the traditional top-down approach is just not working. I have only just started reading the book on my journey home from the U.K., just finished the chapter “Power to the People” 😉 very cool!

On my way home I also got distracted by my new gadget, my Sony digital reader that I purchased at the airport. Well if David has one, I want one too 🙂

ouch ….

Heartland Payment Systems Inc. said Tuesday that cyber criminals compromised its computer network, gaining access to customer information associated with the 100 million card transactions it handles each month.

The company said it couldn’t estimate how many customer records may have been improperly accessed, but said the data compromised include the information on a card’s magnetic strip — card number, expiration date and some internal bank codes — that could be used to duplicate a card. Read more…

Achieving miracles when times are tough

I came across this great article on how Hewlett-Packard started up, and succeeded, their ideas were innovative and their ways of doing things were different to what was generally accepted or understood at this time. It also talks about the HP Way. This is what makes me feel proud to be a part of HP. Let us do things differently, innovate and get excited about life and it’s surprises even during these more challenging times 🙂

China’s Net Nannies have been busy

This was brought to my attention a couple of months ago by one of my HP colleagues, just never got around to posting anything.

“A group of Canadian human-rights activists and computer security researchers has discovered a huge surveillance system in China that monitors and archives certain Internet text conversations that include politically charged words. The system tracks text messages sent by customers of Tom-Skype, a joint venture between a Chinese wireless operator and eBay, the Web auctioneer that owns Skype, an online phone and text messaging service. The discovery draws more attention to the Chinese government’s Internet monitoring and filtering efforts, which created controversy this summer during the Beijing Olympics. Researchers in China have estimated that 30,000 or more “Internet police” monitor online traffic, Web sites and blogs for political and other offending content in what is called the Golden Shield Project or the Great Firewall of China.” Read more…

“The Great Firewall of China” is described in a short chapter in my book Virtual Shadows. What they refer to here as “Internet police” are also rather quaintly referred to as “Net nannies” 😉