- Patch Monday episode 128, “Cybercrime and the Russian mob”. Stephen McCombie, lecturer at the Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism at Macquarie University, explains why Eastern Europe is the perfect breeding-ground for online crime. And Chris Gatford, proprietor of Hacklabs, says that organisations’ networks are showing the same vulnerabilities as a decade ago. We’re not learning. And the payment card industry data security standard (PCI DSS) has failed us too.
- Hacking up the facts, Technology Spectator, 7 March 2012, written following lunch with RSA’s Art Coviello.
- Zero damage from last year’s RSA breach, CSO Online, 7 March 2012. A more accurate headline would be “Zero damage from last year’s hack, says RSA”, but that’s my fault for doing things in a rush.
- Oz ethical hackers to be set professional standards, CSO Online, 9 March 2012. We now have an Australian branch of the Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers (CREST), with Alastair MacGibbon as its first CEO.
- On Saturday I was quoted in a Sydney Morning Herald article about the Finkelstein media review, Rising anger over plans to regulate blogosphere. Whoever was angry, it wasn’t me.
- On Monday, RSA paid for lunch at The Summit Restaurant. From the rather lovely menu I selected the campechana of ocean trout, school prawns, Pacific oyster and crab in a wet tomato lime ceviche, followed by the dry aged Angus beef cheek and loin noisettes with Jerusalem artichoke, grapes and majoram — along with some of the double cream and butter mashed potato, and the crisp garden leaves and cress salad with chardonnay dressing. I forgot to write down what the wines were, sorry, but I can show you the view in directions one, two and three.
- Also on Monday, I had coffee with Brad Arkin from Adobe, and they paid. I didn’t see the need to take a photograph.
Most of my day-to-day observations are on my high-volume Twitter stream, and random photos and other observations turn up on my Posterous stream (or they used to before my phone camera got a bit too scratched up). The photos also appear on Flickr, where I eventually add geolocation data and tags.
[Photo: Rosella in da House. Technically this is being posted in the wrong week because it’s from 4 March, but it accurately summarises the mood of this week I think. Some of the local avian wildlife at Bunjaree Cottages has started to get a little more friendly.]